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    A view of the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.
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    Thanks to its canals, Venice is known to be one of the most magical places on earth. The city is a testament to the ingenuity of the human spirit and man-made invention. Stone buildings of great beauty sit on the water; boats of varying sizes traverse the canals the way cars, trucks, and buses crowd the streets of more conventional cities; crowds throng the bridges and narrow pedestrian streets ...

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    Part of the Amalfi Coast in Italy.

    The Amalfi Coast is a stretch of coastline of about 25km in the Gulf of Salerno in Campania, Italy. It is famous worldwide for its natural beauty and colorful villages.

    The famous coast takes its name from its most important city-village, Amalfi, the historic Amalfi Republic's historic capital, which is now a small and beautiful tourist destination. Also notable on the coast are Positano and Ravello's towns, both top holiday destinations chosen by the American 'jet set' of the mid-20th century ...

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    A Sistine Chapel wall and ceiling overview.

    In Rome, the Sistine Chapel is named for Sixtus IV della Rovere, who was Pope from 1471 to 1484. The chapel's interior walls are covered in exquisite frescoes painted by some of the greatest Italian artists in history, including Perugino, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Rosselli, and of course Michelangelo, who painted the stunning frescoes which adorn the ceiling. The chapel is not only a work of art; it is, in fact, still used as a site of papal religious activity—the election of a new Pope takes place in the chapel, at an event called a conclave ...

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    Saint Peter's square at the Vatican within Rome.

    You are standing in a courtyard, surrounded by hundreds of other people equally awed by the majesty of the sights you are all-seeing. Before you, over 400 feet tall and almost 400 years old, rises the magnificent Saint Peter's Cathedral. As you turn to glance about the elliptical colonnade in wonder, you are greeted with the sight of hundreds of pillars holding up the ancient Baroque architecture. When your eyes reach the center of the square, you are greeted by the sight of an ancient Egyptian obelisk dating back to the 13th century BC ...

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    The village of Manarola in Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy.

    Located in Italy's Liguria region, the predominant portion of the Cinque Terre is located on the coast of the Italian Riviera. It also comprises five villages: Riomaggiore, Monterosso al Mare, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Manarola.

    The low-leveled hills note cinque Terre by the name La Spezia. Owing to its fascinating location, Cinque Terre is counted amongst the World Heritage Site, UNESCO.

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    The Villa Borghese mansion in Rome.

    The Villa Borghese is a large natural park in Rome. It contains a few buildings, attractions and hosts the Galleria Borghese museum. Its main entrance is through the upward leading path of the Spanish Steps.

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    The area was a vineyard up until the 17th century ...

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    The leaning Tower of Pisa in Tuscany, Italy.

    The Pisa Tower, otherwise known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, really was a labor of love, taking well over a hundred and fifty years to build. This tower is the campanile of Italy's cathedral, which means that it is a freestanding bell tower. The tower is located in what is known as the Field of Miracles (Campo dei Miracles), which is behind the actual cathedral's main building. The tower's most distinctive feature is that although it was designed to stand vertically, its poorly laid foundation causes it to lean significantly toward the southeast ...

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    Overall view of the Roman Forum

    The Roman Forum, the heart of Rome. The citizens of ancient Rome spent a good part of their days there. The great place was surrounded with temples and legal buildings and filled with statues, bridges, arcs, and columns. So the 'Forum Romanum' was a remarkable marketplace center point for all business and shopping made by Rome's ancient citizens ...

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    A view of Florence's Duomo Cathedral in Italy.
    Cathedral of Santa Maria del FioreFlorence's skyline (Firenze), Italy, wouldn't be the same without the stunning Cathedral or Duomo that so personifies the grandeur and elegance of the city. The Duomo, which translates to 'the Cathedral' or 'Dome Cathedral', has a long and regal history dating back to the end of the 13th century.The Duomo's ArchitectureNear the end of the thirteenth century, the government that oversaw the Republic of Florence decided to replace their under-sized, rather plain Santa Reparata with a more majestic worshipping house ...

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    A landscape view of the old Genoa port in Liguria, Italy.

    The port is the historical and geographical backbone of Genoa. The first port in Italy is a huge complex 22 km long with 2 lanterns, 6 marinas, an aquarium, a sea museum, another of the Antarctic, bars and restaurants, terminals for ferries and cruise ships, shipyards and containers .

    The city has built its greatness on its port activity from the time of the Crusades to the recent renovation of the Old Port by a local child, the arch-celebrity architect Renzo Piano from the Boccadasse district ...

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    The famous Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy.

    The Trevi Fountain is one of the most popular and photographed fountain in the world. This grand fountain, most likely the most beautiful one in Rome, is located in the Quirinale district and is clearly the masterpiece of the small Trevi square. 'Trevi' is derived from the word 'Trivium', meaning 'where three streets meet'. This monumental baroque Trevi Fountain is within walking distance of the Piazza Navona and the Spanish Steps ...

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    The famous Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy.

    The Spanish Steps is another top-rated attraction located in Rome's heart ('Centro Historico'). It is also one of Rome's favorite romantic spots and one of the most popular city landmarks.The Spanish Steps has 138 steps that connect the Piazza di Spagna (or Spanish Square), one of the most elegant square, at the bottom to the Franciscan Trinità dei Monti church at a higher level ...

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    St. Mark Basilica's facade in Venice, Italy.
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    The Basilica di San Marco ('Saint Mark's Basilica' in English), right next to Saint Mark's Square and near the Doge's Palace, is the most famous of Venice churches is among the world's best-known examples of Byzantine architecture. Today, the basilica is considered a living monument to the heritage of the Byzantine, Roman, and Venetian cultures.

    The Basilica di San Marco has gone through many changes in its 1200-year history. It was initially constructed as a temporary building in 828 for housing holy relics of Saint Mark the Evangelist, believed to have authored Mark's Gospel ...

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    A picture of the Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy.
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    The Rialto Bridge is the oldest of the four bridges that cross the Grand Canal in Venice. It is approximately located in the center of the main island of Venice. When walking from the train station towards Piazza San Marco,  it is most likely one of the first tourist attractions to be recognized.

    It began as a floating pontoon bridge built by Nicolò Barattieri in the late-12th century and was named Ponte della Moneta due to its proximity to the mint's entrance ...

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    Water view of the Ca' d'Oro in Venice, Italy.
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    Officially titled Palazzo Santa Sofia, the Ca’ d’Oro (or “Golden House”) is one of Venice’s oldest palaces on the Grand Canal. It was nicknamed due to the gilt and polychrome decorations that once adorned the walls, with delicate marble filigree by Bartolomeo Bon on the façade that would have made an undeniably impressive vision.

    The Ca’ d’Oro was built by architects Giovanni Bon and his son, Bartolomeo Bon, between 1428 and 1430 for the wealthy Contarini family ...

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    Interior view of the La Fenice Theatre in Venice, Italy.
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    Teatro La Fenice is an opera-theatre house located in the heart of Venice. It was here that some of the most celebrated operas were premiered during the 19th century, including those by composers such as Verdi, Bellini and Rossini. It is one of the most famous theatre in Italy.

    Teatro La Fenice was constructed from 1790 to 1792 to replace the Teatro San Benedetto that had burned to the ground, with the name “La Fenice” (not 'La Venice'), referring to the opera company’s survival ...

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    One of the famous gondolas in Venice, Italy.
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    Venice's iconic symbol, gondolas, are a traditional, flat-bottomed rowing boat that was once the preferred means for Venetians to get around the city’s canals. These wooden boats are made by hand in special workshops known as squeri, with some still in operation today. A ride in one of these remains one of the top things to do in Venice by tourists.

    During the 17th and 18th centuries, it is estimated that there were between eight and ten thousand gondolas in the city, with vaporetti now the main means of getting around ...

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    Facade view of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice, Veneto, Italy.
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    Dating to the 16th century, the Scuola Grande di San Rocco is one of the most beautiful buildings in Venice. It was constructed from white marble to house a charitable society dedicated to San Rocco, regarded by many as a protector against the plague. It was designed like most other scuole in Venice, with two halls (one on the ground floor and the other above), with a staircase and landing topped by a dome connecting the two ...

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    A close view of the Ca' Rezzonico Palace in Venice.
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    Located on the Grand Canal in the Dorsoduro sestiere, Palazzo Rezzonico (also known as Ca' Rezzonico) is an opulent palace that provides a fascinating glimpse into 18th-century Venetian life. It was designed by the Baroque architect Baldassare Longhena, but not completed until 1756 (almost 100 years later) by Giorgio Massari.

    The palace is set across three stories, with an opulent marble façade facing the Grand Canal and ornate Baroque decorations. Massari remained true to the original plans of Longhena, only adding a few of his own design elements to reflect architectural developments since the palazzo’s conception ...

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    Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari Church in Venice, Veneto, Italy.
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    Situated on the Campo dei Frari at the center of the neighborhood-district of San Polo, the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is an important church in Venice. Affectionately known as the “Frari”, construction began on the church around 1340 by the Franciscans and its immense campanile (the second tallest in the city) was completed in 1396.

    The Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is constructed from brick and one of three Venetian churches built in the Italian Gothic style ...

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    Aerial view of the Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral on the island of Torcello in Venice, Italy.
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    Considered the “parent island” of Venice, Torcello lies at the Venetian Lagoon's northern end. It was first settled in the 5th century, developing into a bustling commercial town with its own cathedral by the 12th century and believed to be where Venice’s population originated.

    While it once contained palaces, churches, shipyards, and docks, only two churches and a small collection of homes remain ...

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    A view of the upper facade of the Santa Maria dei Miracoli church in Venice, Italy.
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    Nicknamed the “marble church”, Santa Maria dei Miracoli is one of the best-preserved examples of early Venetian Renaissance architecture. It was designed by Pietro Lombardo and built between 1481 and 1489 to enshrine a picture of the Virgin Mary, with the plans expanded in 1484 to include a new convent. The convent was built to house the nuns of St. Clare on the church's eastern edge and connected by an enclosed walkway that no longer stands ...

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    Part of the Lido di Venezia sandbar in Venice, Italy.
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    Separating the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea, the Lido di Venezia is a 12-kilometer-long strip of sand that is considered Europe’s first beach resort. It was once the place to be seen for celebrities and royalty, with grand hotels and Art Nouveau villas lining its golden sands.

    It’s just a short vaporetto ride from St. Mark’s, in Venice, to Lido, which is more residential and less touristy than Venice's center. Small canals still weave their way between the elegant architecture, and there are plenty of waterfront restaurants where you can soak up the city views ...

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    A raising view of the San Marco Campanile at St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy.
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    One of Venice's most iconic landmarks, the Campanile di San Marco is the soaring bell tower of Saint Mark’s Basilica. It stands alone in a corner of Piazza San Marco near the front of the basilica and towers to a height of almost 100 meters. It features a fluted brick shaft and a loggia that surrounds a belfry housing five bells. A cube tops this with faces depicting the Lion of St. Mark and the female representation of Venice, together with a golden weathervane in the form of the Archangel Gabriel ...

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    An angled view of Venice's Clock Tower at St.Mark's Square.
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    Towering on the northern side of Piazza San Marco near the entrance to the Merceria, the Torre dell’Orologio adjoins the eastern end of the Procuratie Vecchie. This Renaissance clock tower, and popular point of interest, dates to the late 15th century and was designed to exhibit Venice's wealth and strategically placed to be visible from the lagoon waters.

    The terrace at the top of the tower features two bronze figures known as the “Moors”, which strike the hours on a bell ...

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    Exterior view of the Santi Giovanni e Paolo church in Venice, Veneto.
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    One of the largest churches in Venice, Santi Giovanni e Paolo is located in the Castello sestiere and was built on the remains of an earlier church. Doge Jacopo Tiepolo donated the land after he experienced a vivid dream in which white doves flew over it. Most of Venice’s doges had their funerals within Santi Giovanni de Paolo in the post-15th century, with 25 buried at the basilica.

    Santi Giovanni e Paolo is designed in an Italian Gothic style, with its brick construction completed in the 1430s ...

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    An overall view of the Santa Margherita Square in Venice, Veneto, Italy.
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    Situated near the University of Venice, Campo Santa Margherita is a prominent city square in the Dorsoduro sestiere. It is named after a church that once stood on its northern side and has long been home to fisherman’s stalls and a small vegetable market. Its proximity to the university and the St. Lucia train station makes it a popular gathering place, with a number of significant buildings lining the square ...

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    A view of the Campo San Barnaba from a canal in Venice.
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    Located in Venice's lively Dorsoduro sestiere, the Campo San Barnaba is a little square named after the San Barnaba Church that stands by it. This Neoclassical church was dedicated to the Apostle Saint Barnabas and dates to 1776. It was reconstructed based on designs by Lorenzo Boschetti. It features a 11th-century campanile with a pinecone-shaped spire that is slightly detached from the main church. The Casin dei Nobili (Aristocracy Casino) served as a lively gaming house during the 1700s ...

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    A canal on a Murano island in Venice, Italy.
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    Renowned for its long tradition of glassmaking, Murano is a series of seven islands linked by bridges in the Venetian Lagoon. Jump aboard a vaporetto and make the short ride across the lagoon to visit Murano’s Museo del Vetro and shop for locally crafted glasswork.

    The Museo del Vetro is located within the 17th-century Palazzo Giustinian and features a magnificent collection of Venetian glass dating back to Roman times ...

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    The Pantheon in Rome.

    The Roman Pantheon is now the best-preserved building in Rome and the oldest 'important' building in the world to still have an entirely intact roof. The building's design is attributed to Apollodorus of Damascus, a second-century Greek engineer and architect. While the method of construction of the Pantheon has never been determined, there is no doubt that it is a truly remarkable achievement.

    The building of the Roman Pantheon was begun in 27 BC, commissioned by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa ...

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    A town by the Lake of Garda in northern Italy.

    Lake Garda is the largest and probably the most popular Italian lake, situated halfway between Milan and Venice. With its 50km length and 20km width, it covers three regions. Home to a collection of traditional towns that have retained its character and culture and at a stone's throw from Italy’s most iconic cities is Lake Garda, a perfect destination for everyone.

    Lake Garda is a region of contrasts ...

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    Verona Arena Structures picture, picture of Verona Arena

    The Arena di Verona is an ancient Roman amphitheater located in Verona (province of Veneto, in northern Italy) that could accommodate about 30,000 spectators.

    The amphitheater has a height of 32 meters. Often considered the third Roman amphitheater by its dimensions, after the Flavian amphitheater (Colosseum) in Rome and the amphitheater in Capua. The Verona amphitheater is, however, the best preserved.

    The cavea (public seating part of Roman theaters or amphitheaters) is about 138 meters long and about 110 meters wide ...

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    The Asiago War Memorial on a hill.

    The Asiago War Memorial, also known as Sacrario del Leiten, is a monument built to the memory of World War 1 combatants that fought in the Battle of Asiago.

    It was created by Orfeo Rossato and displayed to the public in 1938.

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    A view of Doge's Palace in Venice, Italy.
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    One of Venice's biggest attractions is the spectacular Doge's Palace, also known as the Palazzo Ducale. Much of the present building dates from the 15th century – although an earlier building on the spot may date back to the 9th century - has been rebuilt and added several times. The building was constructed in a dazzling pink and white marble design and has been described - fairly accurately - as an oversized wedding cake ...

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    View of the two famous columns of San Marco and San Teodoro in Venice, Italy.
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    Located overlooking the water in Piazza San Marco, the Colonna di San Marco e San Teodoro are two columns topped with bronze and marble statues that honor Venice’s patron saints. San Marco Evangelista is depicted as a winged lion on the Column of the Lion, while San Teodoro is seen atop the other. Together with Palazzo Ducale and the Marciana Library docks, they greet visitors accessing Piazza San Marco from the sea.

    The Colonna di San Marco e San Teodoro were constructed by Nicolò Barattiero under the dogato of Sebastiano Ziani during the 12th century when Piazza San Marco was being enlarged ...

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    The Castello Sforzesco fortress.

    Castello Sforzesco in Milan, Italy is a splendid palace that holds a significant place in Italian history. This fortified palace is a much-beloved landmark, as it stood witness to the ebbs and flows of the city of Milan. It was built by the Viscontis and the Sforzas, powerful men who ruled Northern Italy during the late Middle Ages until the Renaissance period. The palace serves as an emblem of power for the Viscontis and the Sforzas ...

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    An aeral view of the Santa Maria della Salute cathedral by the Grand Canal in Venice.
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    Santa Maria della Salute, a Roman Catholic church, is positioned on the narrow Punta della Dogana that lies between the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal in Venice. Construction began in 1631 following a devastating outbreak of the plague, and the church was dedicated to Our Lady of Deliverance (“Salute”), with many of its artworks referencing the “Black Death”.

    The church's site was selected as it allowed for an easy procession from Piazza San Marco during the Festa della Madonna della Salute, which saw the city’s officials parade to the church in gratitude for deliverance from the plague ...

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    Exterior structure and arches of the Roman Coliseum.

    The roman coliseum ('colosseum' or 'Colosseo') is probably the most ancient world-renowned monument in Rome. It was one of the very first roman amphitheaters to be built. It is located between the Caelian Hills and the Esquiline on marshy type of land. Records show that the colosseum was built over many years and was inaugurated around 80 A.D.

    The Emperor Vespasian started the construction of the coliseum, or 'colosseum' ( 'colosseo' in Italian) , about a decade after Nero's reign and the 'Great Fire' on Rome in 64 A ...

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    An overview of St. Mark's square in Venice, Italy.
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    The emperor Napoleon supposedly described it as 'the finest drawing room in all of Europe', and if you visit Piazza San Marco in Venice, it's easy to agree with him. The square, also known as Saint Mark's Square – dedicated to the city's patron saint - is one of the most beautiful public squares in Europe.St. Mark's is also one of the few large squares given over to pedestrians rather than vehicles. It's the only square in Venice known as a piazza – the other squares are technically called campi ...

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    Part of the Duomo di Milano facade.

    'What a wonder it is! So grand, so solemn, so vast! And yet so delicate, so airy, so graceful!'

    With these words, Mark Twain captured the essence of the Duomo di Milano. This elegant and enormous Gothic Cathedral ranks high in the 'Must See When in Europe' list. It is, in fact, one of Italy's landmarks. It also has the distinction of being one of the world's largest Roman Catholic cathedrals. It is second only to the Cathedral of Seville. It boasts a capacity of 40,000 and is built on 12,000 square meters of land ...

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    The Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Italy.
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    The Bridge of Sighs is a bridge in Venice that creates a connection between the prison and the Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace). It crosses the Rio di Palazzo canal and is made of limestone.

    The bridge was built in 1600 under the supervision of Antonio Contino, the nephew of the architect of the Rialto Bridge.  

    The name stands from the stories that prisoners would get a quick glance at the beautiful city when being moved back from the Palace to their cells ...

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    A part of the Venetian Arsenal complex in Venice, Italy.
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    Established by the Italian Royal Navy in 1919 (just after World War I), the Museo Storico Navale (Museum of Naval History) is located in Venice's Castello district. It highlights the city's naval and maritime history and its famous Arsenale (Arsenal), with a fascinating collection of ship models and old weapons.

    Venice was once the most feared maritime power in the Mediterranean, with the Arsenale the largest shipbuilding complex on the continent until the end of the 17th century ...

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    Zoomed view of the facade of the Gallerie Dell'Accademia in Venice.
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    Dedicated to pre-19th-century art, the Gallerie dell’Accademia is one of Venice’s most famous art museums. It’s situated on the Grand Canal's southern bank and originally served as the gallery of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia until the art school was relocated to the Ospedale degli Incurabili in 2004.

    The Gallerie dell’Accademia is situated at the prestigious Scuola Grande de Santa Maria della Carità (the oldest of the six Scuole Grandi) within a building that dates to 1343 ...

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    Part of the Ponte Vecchio in Firenze.

    Along with the distinctive Duomo, or cathedral and the famous statue of David by Michelangelo, the Ponte Vecchio has become one of the symbols of the beautiful Italian city of Florence.

    The Ponte Vecchio – or Old Bridge – is the oldest bridge of several that span the River Arno and the only one to survive World War II. It was built in 1235 by the architect Taddeo Gaddi and replaced an older wooden version of the bridge, which had stood on the spot since Roman times ...

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    The Piazza Navona in Rome, Italy.

    As always, the Piazza Navona is synonymous with joy, festivities and popular entertainment. Today, Romans and tourists hang there day and night beside street artists, musicians and portraitists. The medieval streets around the Piazza Navona are full of artisan shops, trattorias and pizzerias. There is an elegant and natural mixture of baroque and renaissance-style buildings ...

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    An alley in the Travestere area of Rome.

    Medieval Rome at its earthiest and in some areas, its most charming – that is Trastevere. Its name means 'over the Tiber', as it is separated from central Rome by this river that streams through the city. It used to be home to artisans during medieval times.

    Part of Trastevere's charm is the warren of narrow lanes that lead to street-corner shrines and garden terraces ...

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    Part of St. Peter's Basilica exterior in Rome.

    Saint Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, surrounded by the city of Rome, is a sight that delights the eye and captures wonder and beauty from every angle. With a dome that may have helped to inspire Saint Paul's Cathedral in London, among others, Saint Peter's rises over Vatican City like a shining star.

    The Saint Peter's Basilica, also known as the Basilica of Saint Peter, is the foremost place of worship of His Holiness, the Pope, who is the Catholic people's religious leader ...

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    The St. Angelo castle from the Tiber river.

    The Castel Sant'Angelo, also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, is located in the district of Borgo, in Rome. This cylindrical building was built on the right bank of the river Tiber between 135 and 139 AD. The ashes of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, who died in 138 AD, were placed there when the building was completed. Until the year 217 AD, the ashes of other Roman Emperors were also placed here, a room deep inside the building's interior ...

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    The facade of the Daneli Hotel in Venice.

    Hotel Danieli is a historic hotel in Venice, located on the Schiavoni quay, at the corner of the Rio del Vin, not far from St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace. It occupies the former Dandolo Palace, the name of a family that gave several doges to the city. The hotel offers a privileged view of the lagoon and San Giorgio Maggiore.

    The interior contains works of art, original furniture and Murano glass lamps, tapestries, pink marble columns ...

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    An angled picture shot of a sculpture and dome at the Uffizi Gallery.

    Galleria degli Uffizi (Uffizi Gallery) is among the world's most celebrated, oldest, and renowned art museums. It calls the Palazzo degli Uffizi in Florence, Italy its home. The Palazzo was originally built as offices for the Florentine magistrates of Cosimo I de' Medici. Giorgio Vasari began construction in 1560. What resulted is a horseshoe-shaped structure spanning the River Arno and the Piazza Signoria ...

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    The Teatro alla Scala interior.

    When we say opera, there is probably none greater than the La Scala (or more formally known as Teatro alla Scala). Undoubtedly, it is one of the most important and popular opera houses in Italy and the world. Attending an opera performance at La Scala is an all-important part of your visit to Milan, Italy.

    La Scala is located at Via Filodrammatici 2, right at the heart of Milan's city center, near the famous Duomo ...

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    The Via Montenapoleone luxury shopping street.

    When it comes to luxury shopping in Milan, Via Montenapoleone is the street to be. This elegant street is lined with high-fashion stores, jewelry shops and great cafes. Montenapoleone proves that Milan is not Italy's fashion capital for nothing. Along with Via della Spiga, Via Sant'Andrea, Via Manzoni, Via Santo Spirito, and Via Borgospesso, Montenapoleone forms a crucial part of what is called the Fashion Quadrilatero, which is, quite literally, the Fashion District in Milan ...

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  • Undoubtedly one of the best public squares in the world, Piazza del Campo is a sloping scalloped-shape area that stands as the heart of Siena, Italy. Its elegant beauty sweeps you off your feet, as it had captured the hearts of many for several centuries now. And it still is a plaza to fall in love with.

    The city of Siena is nestled at the foot of three hills. The Piazza del Campo sits right smack at the point where the three hills (the San Martino, the Castellare and the Camollia) meet, thus symbolically uniting these hills ...

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    La Lanterna at night in Genoa.

    When you speak of Genoa, Italy, the one predominant image is the tall lighthouse reigning over the harbor.

    Indeed, the Lanterna in Genoa is a city symbol and landmark. Standing tall at 117 meters above sea level, this lighthouse is the world's oldest working lighthouse and certainly one of the world's tallest. It actually is a 77-meter high tower, but as it is perched on a rock 40 meters in height, its total height reaches 117 meters ...

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    Front view of the Sanctuario della Beata Vergine della Salute sactuary in Abano Terme, Italy.

    The Sanctuary was built in 1435, following an apparent Marian apparition, while one of the periodic plague epidemics was raging. 

    Pietro Falco, an injured military at the time, decided to retire in prayer in a grove at the foot of Monteortone to find relief from his ailments. Towards the end of May 1428, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, would have appeared to him and invited him to immerse himself in the ancient thermal spring ...

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    The Campo de' Fiori plaza in Rome.

    One part of the eternal city that epitomizes the free-willed spirit of Rome is the Piazza Campo de'Fiori. A large languid city square in the heart of Rome, it is a place where you can hear the Roman heart-beat. Encircled by buzzing cafes, bars, and inns since ancient times, the place is home to a thriving fruit and vegetable market in the mornings and a throbbing and pulsating nightlife ...

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  • Dante's House (Casa Di Dante) in the 13th century was home to Alighieri families. This area stretched between church Piazza dei Donati and S. Martino in Florence, Italy. At the onset of 20th century, Municipal Administration asked to build a façade, now known as Dante's House, to commemorate the birth of Dante Alighieri, the famous author of Divine Comedy. This world over acknowledged masterpiece in literature was written by the writer in Terza Rima, in his vernacular language ...

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    A frontal view of the Basilica Papale di San Paolo fuori le Mura in Rome.

    Imposing and elegant, the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls - built in the 4th century - is one of Rome's four papal basilicas. About 2 km outside the Aurelian Walls (after which the basilica is named), this massive Roman church - and the second largest after St. Peter's Basilica- has undergone centuries of change and expansion. It was destroyed in a fire in 1823, rebuilt, and reopened in 1840 thanks to the contributions of many faithful Christians from all over the world ...

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    A view inside the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, Italy.

    Most tourists are unaware of the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, located over the Celio Hill on the south side of Rome. Even less might know that this splendid Basilica - and the oldest church in Europe - is the mother church of all Roman churches that ranks even above St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.

    The Basilica of St John Lateran is the official seat of the Bishop of Rome, (the Pope) and as such, it contains the papal throne ...

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    A panoramic view of Rome from the Janiculum Hill.

    Rising above the trendy neighborhood Trastevere, south of the Vatican sets the Janiculum Hill (Gianicolo in Italian). Some people consider it as the eighth hill of Rome. Nestled just outside the historical center, it is a peaceful place to visit and get away from Rome's hustle and bustle.

    Janiculum played an important historical role in defending the city; that's why its walking paths are full of sculptures of important heroes, including Giuseppe Garibaldi ...

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    The Via della Reginella street in the Roman Ghetto.

    The Roman Ghetto, within the Sant'Angelo District, is the oldest Jewish community in all of Europe. It was established in 1555 on the Tiber banks. Until 1870, the city’s Jewish population was forced to live behind a walled gate, under severe restrictions and controlled by the Pope. It was built on low, malarial land subject to floods from the Tiber. Although the walls were torn down in 1888, today's neighborhood (located around Via del Portico d’ Ottavia) retains its culture ...

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    Upper facade of the San Luigi dei Francesi church in Rome.

    Once you've gotten a taste of the works of Renaissance master Caravaggio, you might want to head to the San Luigi dei Francesi church to admire his most powerful works.

    Located between Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, this opulent baroque church is home to a celebrated trio of Caravaggio paintings: the Vocazione di San Matteo (The Calling of Saint Matthew), the Martirio di San Matteo (The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew), and San Matteo e L’Angelo (Saint Matthew and the Angel), known together as the Saint Matthew cycle ...

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    The interior of the Giorgio De Chirico House Museum in Rome.

    Giorgio De Chirico spent thirty years living and working in the 17th-century “Palazzetto dei Borgognoni” in Piazza di Spagna in the center of Rome, the city's cultural and artistic heart.

    De Chirico – who passed away 40 years ago - is known to have produced artwork in the neoclassical and neo-Baroque style, and his works are also featured in art institutions like the Guggenheim.

    Following careful restoration, the Giorgio de Chirico House-museum opened to the public in 1998 and offers visitors a guided tour of some of the artistic production of this master of surrealism ...

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    A view of the chic Via Condotti in Rome.

    Just like Milan, Rome is a cult for shopping. The eternal city is full of elegant shops, megastores and big brands shops, in the city center or on the outskirts. The hotspot for high fashion is the Tridente area; it stretches to Piazza di Spagna, Via Condotti, till Piazza del Popolo. It's the city's luxury center - loved by tourists and Romans - and one of the most expensive shopping areas in Italy ...

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    The Ponte Sisto over the Tiber river.

    Ponte Sisto, or Sisto Bridge, is one of Rome's most famous bridges, crossing the Tiber River and connecting Rome’s historic center with the charming Trastevere neighborhood, where laundry swings overhead and flowers burst from window boxes.

    The Ponte Sisto offers one of the most beautiful perspectives on Rome’s skyline, from the Janiculum Hill in the west to the St. Peter's Basilica in the north. Ponte Sisto was rebuilt on the ruins of the Roman bridge, “Pons Aurelio”, which was built under Emperor Antonino, with the aim to connect the two river banks ...

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    The papal balcony at the Vatican.

    Normally, Pope Francis holds a Papal Audience in St. Peter’s Square every Wednesday morning at 10:30 am that usually runs 60-90 minutes. During the winter months, they are held in the Paul VI Hall and occasionally at the Pope’s summer residence, Castel Gandolfo.

    The Vatican website has an up-to-date schedule informing about the location the audience takes place ...

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    Decorated arches inside the Vatican Museums.

    The Musei Vaticani, located in the Vatican City in Rome, are public museums devoted to displaying art and sculpture works from collections owned by the Roman Catholic Church. These museums are an exceptionally popular destination, receiving well over three million visitors every year.

    The museums were founded in the sixteenth century by Pope Julius II. The history of these museums began when the Pope purchased a sculpture of Lacoon, a Greek seer who figured prominently in the mythology of the Trojan horse ...

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    A panoramic view of Lago (Lake) Trasimeno in Umbria, Italy.

    Lago Trasimeno is the largest lake in Central Italy. Thanks to its warm climate, with long summers and moderate winters, you can swim in the lake from May to September (and is safe for children as well). Pike and carp fishing is a favorite activity for many locals and tourists.

    Lago Trasimeno has well-tended beaches and offers a variety of watersports including sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, and canoeing; rentals can be found in the town of Passignano ...

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    The Widmann-Foscari villa in the Riviera del Brenta area of Venice, Italy.
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    The Riviera del Brenta is a beautiful countryside area by the city and lagoon of Venice. The idyllic green surroundings attracted many Venetian royalties to build their villas along the 16th-century old canal, which was only a stone’s throw from Venice.

    The famous Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio designed many of the luxurious residences of Riviera del Brenta which were more functional in design at first ...

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    The balcony of Juliet's house in Verona.

    Juliet's house and its balcony is the inspirational location of where Shakespeare's famous characters (Romeo and Juliet) were secretly meeting. You may want to read that sentence again... Therefore, since there was no real Juliet, then her balcony has been placed at that specific location by sheer imagination. Strangely, however, this beautiful 14th-century house in Verona makes us believe that we are actually visiting the historical site of a famous real person ...

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