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Rome

Rome

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Traditionally founded in 753 BC by Romulus and Remus, Rome began its great development beginning from the 10 century BC till it became first a Republic and then the centre of a great empire, the Roman Empire. After its fall, in 476 AC, the city underwent a slow decline and was invaded by barbarians. In 754, by the defeat of the Franks, began the temporal power of the Popes over the Sate of the Church. On Christmas D 800, Charlemagne was crowned as Augustus and Emperor. With him began the period of the Holy Roman Empire, during which the city reduced to a little, corrupted town with a purely symbolic role. The fortune of the city during the centuries was distinguished by ups and downs. To an increasing power of the Church corresponded a decline of the city self, field of fights among the noble roman families. As in other large Italian town during the 12th century the Commune of Rome strengthened its administrative position, soon to be annihilated again by the power of the popes and their domination over central Italy, known as Papal States. Artistically, Rome underwent a period of great rebirth during the Renaissance and the Baroque periods, but politically it freed itself from the domination of the temporal power only in 1871, when it became capital of Italy. The event that marked the rebellion against the popes is known as breach of Porta Pia, and was leaded by the national hero Giuseppe Garibaldi.


Venice

Venice

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Venice (Venezia) really needs no introduction. The Serenissima has been a fabled destination for centuries. Just the name Venice is enough to conjure up a host of images, even for those who have not yet set foot in Italy: gondoliers in striped jerseys, the Rialto and the Bridge of Sighs, masked balls, golden barges, courtesans in gondolas and crumbling palaces facing streets made of water. The western world's most famous figures visited Venice, marvelled at the gold mosaics of St Mark's, admired art in churches, explored the city's maze of canals (or, in Byron's case, swam in them), and then proceeded to preach Venice's wonders to those unable to make the journey. In these days of budget airlines, however, Venice really is open to anyone. Both Ryanair and Easyjet run flights to Venice, so the city of lions and doges has never been so accessible.No matter how many photographs or films you may have seen, it is still a jaw-dropping experience seeing Venice's canals and palaces for the first time. That first cruise down the Grand Canal - punctuated by exclamations and photo-snapping - is one of life's unforgettable experiences.


Lake Garda

Lake Garda

Lake Garda - Italy

Lake Garda is Italy's biggest lake. Its beautiful surroundings have inspired authors and artists alike. It has both old charming villages and modern towns with all manner of facilities. It provides a very versatile holiday destination, where you can find peace and quite and wild nightlife, not to mention the somewhat challenging experience of visiting the famous theme park, Gardland. there is a wealth of opportunity for excursions from here, either up to the Dolomite, or to the smaller lakes of Tenno, Ledro and Iseo. You can find famous places of interest in Verona, Brescia and Trento, but don't forget the wonderful tour along River Mincio down to Mantova, where you can visit the beautiful flower garden, "Parco Sigurta" en route. To the north and west, the mountains rise vertically from the lake, and there is an impressive drive from Gardone Riviera upto Riva del Garda on winding roads and through tunnels. Today the lake is considered one of the best places around foe hang-gliding, paragliding, windsurfing and mountain biking. The pleasant climate, fantastic countryside, the many historical places of interest and the hospitable people make Lake Garda an internationally famous holiday destination.


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Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast

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Magically suspended between the blue sky and the iridescent colored sea, the Amalfi coast seems to be born from the palette of a painter who wanted to use the warmer color gradients for creating a landscape that enchants the visitor at the first shot, giving thrilling experience and such evocative view to doubt, for a moment, it is real. It is the land where the sweet scent of lemon blossoms harmonizes itself with the most aromatic one of the Mediterranean vegetation and the acrid aroma of saltiness; where the brilliant colors of the majolica domes, bougainvillea and carnations pergolas give an evident colored touch to the typical whitewashed houses, clinging to the last offshoots of the Lattari Mounts that plunge dramatically into the sea. At the center of the main square there is the beautiful Cathedral of St. Andrew, with its impressive staircase, the bell-tower in Arab-Norman style and the charming Cloister of Paradise. The Handmade paper Museum and the Ancients Arsenals of the Republic also worth a visit.


Florence & Tuscany

Florence & Tuscany

Tuscany - Italy

Tuscany (Toscana) is one of the most beautiful and popular tourist destinations in Italy, and is located in central Italy, along the Mediterranean coast. Tuscany is a gently hilly region, known for its vineyards and olive groves, with large houses or small settlements scattered around the low hills. Its rich rolling landscape is complemented by towns overflowing with Renaissance art and architecture. The most important river is the Arno, on which Florence and Pisa are situated, although the Tiber also passes briefly through Tuscany. Florence is Tuscany's unmissable crown jewel, with its beautiful buildings, colourful history, priceless art and unique atmosphere. But Tuscany is one of the few Italian regions well-known to foreigners as a tourist destination in itself. For decades a Tuscan villa has been the dream holiday for many travellers. And amongst the vineyards and hills of Tuscany are other lovely historic towns - not as packed with attractions as Florence, but not as packed with tourists either. Siena is a patrician hilltop town with a past to rival that of Florence, famous for the rivalry between its districts (called contrade) which climaxes in the Palio. Pisa boasts not just the legendary leaning tower, but also several other attractions, and good transport links to other parts of Italy. Smaller Tuscan destinations which are popular with holidaymakers include Lucca, San Gimignano (a forest of medieval towers on a hill) and the wine-producing Chianti area.


Milan Cathedral

Milan Cathedral

Milan, Italy - Italy

The majestic building in white marble extends over 157 m length. With its five ships the cathedral is overwhelming. The light falls through beautifully decorated stained glass windows in the interior. The Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente, is the most important example of Gothic architecture in Italy.A particular pleasure is to walk on the roof of the cathedral. On the north side a staircase and an elevator run to the roof terrace on the roof.Then you are surrounded by over 4000 marble figures Guglie, the peakes of figures and ornaments, of which each is a unique piece.In the cathedral is to preserve silence and cell phones are off.Entry is only allowed in appropriate clothing. Tourists in shorts and strapless shirts will be denied Admission.


Siena

Siena

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Siena is likely Italy's loveliest medieval city, and a trip worth making even if you are in Tuscany for just a few days. Siena's heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio run here, a horse race run around the piazza two times every summer. Movie audiences worldwide can see Siena and the Palio in the James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. San Gimignano, a small walled village about halfway between Florence and Siena, is famous for its fascinating medieval architecture and towers that rise above of all the other buildings offering an impressive view of the city from the surrounding valley. At the height of its glory, San Gimignano's patrician families had built around 72 tower-houses as symbols of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano still retains its feudal atmosphere and appearance.


Pompeii

Pompeii

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Pompeii, Italian Pompei, ancient city of Campania, Italy, 14 miles (23 km) southeast of Naples, at the southeastern base of Mount Vesuvius.Pompeii was one of the largest and most shining cities built during the roman era.Large production and export of oil and wines, Pompeii became a very rich city and tourist destination for the Roman patricians. You never know what Pompeii would have become.ompeii archeological site is a chilling testimony of the city’s lifestyle at the time, since it seems peacefully asleep under the volcanic dust. The city attracts millions of tourists every year also for the presence of the Shrine of Blessed Virgin of the Holy Rosary, a Basilica that collects thousands of ex – voto. It is venerated by Catholics all over the world. On the days prayers to Virgin Mary are performed (8th of  May and the first Sunday of October), the city hosts about six million pilgrims who reach Pompeii by private vehicles and organized buses. Between the excavations and the Sanctuary, Pompeii hides other beauties that deserve to be seen. Below we will tell you the 10 things to see in Pompeii without missing anything about its millenary history.


Milan Cathedral

Milan Cathedral

Milan, Italy - Italy

The majestic building in white marble extends over 157 m length. With its five ships the cathedral is overwhelming. The light falls through beautifully decorated stained glass windows in the interior. The Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente, is the most important example of Gothic architecture in Italy.A particular pleasure is to walk on the roof of the cathedral. On the north side a staircase and an elevator run to the roof terrace on the roof.Then you are surrounded by over 4000 marble figures Guglie, the peakes of figures and ornaments, of which each is a unique piece.In the cathedral is to preserve silence and cell phones are off.Entry is only allowed in appropriate clothing. Tourists in shorts and strapless shirts will be denied Admission.



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