Italy Favorites

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Italy Favorites

  • Tourist Info

    Rome Favorites

    These three sites should be visited on the same day as they're in the same area and covered by one ticket price. To avoid the frustratingly long lines at the Colosseum, buy your combo ticket at the Palatine Hill ticket office (probably the shortest line) on Via di S. Gregorio 30. You can then choose to visit the sites in any order you wish. As many...

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  • Piazza San Marco & Basilica San Marco

    Venice Favorites

    Venice is a very safe city--one of the safest in Europe. I think it might be awkward to use a tripod to take photos because of the crush of tourists, especially at Piazza San Marco. Every spot is Venice is a great photo opportunity. You just can't go wrong taking pictures in this city.

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  • How to avoid waiting in lines

    Florence Favorites

    Would you like to see the David without any crowds? Would you want to visit the David and uffzi in 3 hours? We did it. It was one of the magical and surreal sights. Turning right and viewing the David for the first time. The whole place was empty.(The usual stewards were sitting near the walls and pillars out of sight) It was an amazing sight and...

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  • San Siro Stadium

    Milan Favorites

    Even my reply is late for you, i think you might like to know what i'm going to say. Tickets for Inter games can be bought on line one week before the game, on the Internet: www.intern.it. You receive a kind of voucher which you have to print and when you go to the stadium, there are special places for Internet tickets, where your voucher will be...

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  • The highlights

    Verona Favorites

    The Scaliger period of Verona is one of great political influence, economic power and territorial expansion, it was the golden age of Verona. During medieval times the fight for dominance of Verona between leading families of the area ended with the della Scala (Scaligeri) family taking control in 1277 and maintaining rule for the next 110 years....

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  • Victims

    Pompeii Favorites

    Over the cobbled streets, the buildings, the forum, and even vesuvius itself, the first thing most people think of is the dead bodies. Everywhere in Pompeii there are the plaster casts of the bodies of the victims of the eruption. Created by italian Archeologist Giuseppe Fiorelli, the plaster casts give a horryfying insight into the last seconds of...

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  • Food and shopping

    Bologna Favorites

    Bolognese's cuisine is famous within Italians.. I love the food I have tried.. or have seen.. :) Eataly, alti cibi.. (alti cibi means good food) Eataly is a slow-food concept mall.. my first try was their branch in Torino.. It was a huge joint with food market, supermarket with products all food-wise.. seperate food booths with different...

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  • The Tower

    Pisa Favorites

    Okay so while I am not the biggest tourist fan, there ARE places in the world where you go and follow all the tourists to see special things, such as THE Leaning Tower of Pisa. Not often am I impressed by a "mere" building, but this tower for some reason is very special, it seems to have a presence that is very striking. The tourists, us included,...

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  • Aquarium

    Genoa Favorites

    The aquarium in Genoa is one of the largest aquariums in Europe. My first impression of the aquarium wasn’t exactly what you call good though. When you enter the aquarium the first thing that happens is that a mascot jumps next to you and tells you to smile for a picture… arghhh! I totally dislike things like that, and yep, unusual for me, I...

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  • Miscellaneous

    Torino Favorites

    I have seen a lot of questions in the forum about relocating to Torino, looking for apartments, etc, and want to share the information that I have. If you are young, a good place to stay while house-hunting is the Ostello Gioventu (Youth Hostel) at Via Alby, 1. Take the bus #52 across the river and get off at Crimea, the hostel is up the hill....

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  • Faces of the city

    Palermo Favorites

    Important families use to have their own palace in the city centre (and maybe a place in the countryside, where they grew agricultural products). Many of these palaces now would deserve better maintenance, but resources are not always enough. As you may know, many people left Sicily a couple of hundrfeds year ago and establish themselves in...

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  • Città Alta

    Bergamo Favorites

    The town has two centres: "Città alta" (upper city), a hilltop medieval town, surrounded by 17th century cyclopic defensive walls, and the "Città bassa" (lower city). The two parts of the town are connected by funicular/cable car, roads, and foot-paths (the most convenient being immediately adjacent to the funicular station). Parking spaces are...

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  • Lakeside promenade

    Como Favorites

    The beautiful pavement promenade is build all over the lakeshore of the town of Como, closing the both sides of the city port. The western side of the promenade is in particularly beautiful, offering deep shade in a hot summer time.

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  • beach

    Rimini Favorites

    Rimini is one of the most famous seaside resorts in Italy thanks to its 15 km-long sandy beach, over 1,000 hotels. In this area the water is shallow and the ground sandy, so it is nice, agreeable and safe to take a bath, especially for children. Only far out on the open sea, the water can be somewhat deeper, a modest 100 m. I had only half an hour...

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  • San Apollinare church

    Ravenna Favorites

    This basilica was built by Theodoric sometime after 500 AD as an Arian cathedral (in the same era as the Arian Baptistery) dedicated to Christ; it was converted into a Catholic church dedicated to St. Martin around 560. The dedication was changed again in the 9th century to St. Apollinare, first bishop of Ravenna, when the saint's relics were...

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  • surrounding, cinque terre

    La Spezia Favorites

    If you're a bit confused about locations and places, take a look at a map. As you can see, Cinque Terre are part of a National Park and the five famous villages are not far from La Spezia and Levanto.

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  • The harbour

    Ancona Favorites

    Once the ferry sails out of the harbor, you can discover large warehouses, north-east to the city (first photo). The second and the third photo show the landscape that shows when the ferry tacks south-east. The promontory of Monte Conero is rocky and protects well the bay from southerly winds. The citadel that protected the city spreads on several...

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  • general

    Portovenere Favorites

    Portovenere is located in the Gulf of Poets, which is actually a nickname given to the Gulf of La Spezia. The nickname sounds much nicer and it has its historical justification. For centuries its beauty has attracted many writers and musicians, including English poets Byron and Shelley, French novelist George Sand or German composer Richard Wagner....

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  • St Peter's - Vatican City

    Rome Favorites

    Hi everybody, remember that, if you arrive at the entrance of the Vatican Museums around 1.00 pm you will find no lines at all...usually :-) Moreover, when you leave the Sistine Chapel it's quite better to choose the righ exit, in that way you can enter the Basilica without doing any line. Good Bye

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  • Campi, Calle and Canale

    Venice Favorites

    Get lost at a certain point of your trip in Venice. Soon you will find some nice spots. My favourite spots in Venice are made of a canal and a bridge or more. There are over 150 canals crossed by over 400 bridges in this city!

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  • Cities Not to Miss Near Florence

    Florence Favorites

    Siena is a well preserved Medieval town located 30 miles south of Florence. It is set on three hills. One of the main area in this town is piazza del Campo; a large scallop shaped square. It is divided in 9 segments representing the Concil of the Nine that ruled Medieval Siena. In piazza del Campo a historical bareback horse race called “Palio” is...

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  • The Duomo

    Milan Favorites

    In occasion of this visit to Milano, last week in July, I couldn't enjoy in magnificient front side of the Cathedral because it was under the major reconstuctions works. As far as I was told, this works will last a couple of years because the facade of the Cathedral is in a very bad conditions. Well, I cannot say I was disappointed, because I've...

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  • The day trips

    Verona Favorites

    I have just one day, or just few hours... What is a real must see? How many time we visist a city, even deserving more, but we don't have the time to see it at the right (slow) pace. It's a pity, but everyone of us did it, right? So, if you have only a few hours, here is a guide of 4 verona walking tours, made by the Municipality site: 4...

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  • The Entrance

    Pompeii Favorites

    Once you enter the archeaological area and buy your ticket, you will be approached by guides. Though not 100% necessary, especially if you have a good map, if you choose to hire one, make sure he is government licensed and agree on a price before you set off.

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  • old building

    Bologna Favorites

    The impressive Porta Saragozza was built in 1860, upon the remains of its medieval precursor. It is located in the most wertern part of the city walls, in the vicinity of Stadio Comunale Renato dall'Arra, which is home of F.C. Bologna. Porta Saragozza was designed by Enrico Brunetti Rodati, the gate is made of two large towers topped with...

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  • Campo dei Miracoli

    Pisa Favorites

    The most obvious of miracles here is that the leaning tower of Pisa is still leaning and has not yet fallen over of course. The Campo dei Miracoli comprises a set of buildings, the most impressive of which is the Leaning Tower, but also the Duomo (cathedral) and Babtistry are worth a viewing. Here you can see the photos show the Duomo from several...

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  • caruggi - historic centre

    Genoa Favorites

    Sotoripa is old core of the town situated right opposite to the Porto Antico. It is network of short and very narrow streets and due to the houses which stands very close to each other it is in permanent shade. Those who coming from the Mediterranean (and I am one of them) knows it well, such a streets are always refreshing by the wind coming from...

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  • 'Torino card'

    Torino Favorites

    Sacamos la tarjeta Torino /Piamonte de tres días ( 72 horas ) que entra en vigor , no cuando la compras , sino cuando la utilizas por primera vez Te permite utilizar todos los medios de transporte ( bus , tranvía ...) a excepción del metro y con él puedes entrar a todos los museos y sitios de interés , no es como otras tarjetas que excluyen la...

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  • Markets

    Palermo Favorites

    Maybe buying foish is not so easy as buying vegetables, but the street market is a good place to try your skills. Usually, fish is sold in the same day so it should be fresh and, if it is not, at least you may examine the product before choosing. .... until new stupid and overprotective "hygiene" rules will pretend to better defend the consumers...

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  • Piazza Vecchia

    Bergamo Favorites

    This is the main square of Upper Bergamo. It is surrounded by various old buildings. One of these is Palazzo della Ragione that was built during the second half of the XII century and rebuilt in the 1500's. It is connected by a bridge and a staircase to the Palazzo del Podestà. This was the seat of the chief magistrate, or governor who ruled...

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  • Villa Olmo

    Como Favorites

    "The neoclassical inspiration of Simone Cantoni fully manifests itself in the design of the villa's facade; a central body with five wide entrances in the median zone, above which rise six Ionic style columns. The roof of the villa is surronded by a balustrade interrupted by a large coat of arms of the Visconti di Modrone dukes. Especially striking...

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  • amusement parks

    Rimini Favorites

    Check ITALIA IN MINIATURA in Viserba di Rimini, that shows you Italy's most important architectural treasures only in a very small scale. Or have a great time in AQUAFAN in the nearby Riccione where you can splash around for a whole day. Or take your kids to MIRABILANDIA amusement park (50km up the coast from Rimini, 10 km south of...

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  • San Vitale church

    Ravenna Favorites

    visit basilica di San Vitale - inside wonderful breath taking mosaics, dating 6th century. Loved also Gala Placida, small, full of mosaics and sarcofags, but wonderful. Nice Italian style old town with central square, other nice places. Tomba di Dante – Dante’s grave. Mausoleo di Teodorico , guess the name says it all, I liked it. Also you can go...

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  • surrounding, Portovenere

    La Spezia Favorites

    . Portovenere is a medieval sea village at the gateway to the Cinque Terre . This enchanting and naturally beautiful town dates back to the Roman era. The lovely view admired from the Church of San Pietro located at the edge of the cliff, inspired famous poets such as Shelley and Byron and from whom took the name Golfo dei Poeti (The Poets' Gulf)....

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  • Historical centre

    Ancona Favorites

    Probably the best way to explore Ancona, and certainly its old town, is on foot. This is unfortunately not that easy for anyone with walking difficulties, as the hills can be quite steep in places and there are steps in others, those same steps mean that it is only on foot that you can access some of the most interesting hidden corners. Our late...

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  • city walls

    Portovenere Favorites

    . Look at the ancient city walls and the tower (Torre Capitolare). Its walls are faced with ashlar- work, each dressed stone is slightly blunted. Openings to the first few floors are enriched by mullioned windows and windows with tree lights. .

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  • Colosseum

    Rome Favorites

    We went to the Colosseum early in the morning, so we enjoyed our visit to the place better. There are no tourists around the first two hours when we were there. Before the gates were opened, we had time to check the grounds of the Colosseum- just walking around the structure. We went to the Forum also and we enjoyed seeing all the things that were...

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  • Canal Grande, Palazzi (Grand...

    Venice Favorites

    As you take Vaporetto #1 down the length of the canal there are so many architectural details that it impossible to record them all. If you try, be sure to get a map with pictures on it so that you will know what it is that you took a photo of when you get home. Otherwise you may find yourself looking at the pictures and thinking - why did I take...

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  • Where to find Great Views

    Florence Favorites

    Situated on the hilly patches of Tuscany and bisected by the polluted-but-pretty Arno River, there is no denying that Florence is heart-achingly scenic and romantic. One of the greatest (and cheapest) Florentine experience is to view the city from a good vantage point and revel in its dramatic setting and serene skyline. Tourists can do this from a...

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  • Central station

    Milan Favorites

    Located inside the Milan Central Station is a "Left Luggage" for the convenience of travelers who want to spend a few hours (or days, I guess) exploring some of Milan before taking trains to other locations. I was taking a late train to Como and I decided to leave my luggage here and take the metro into central Milan for some exploring. The Left...

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  • The Piazza's

    Verona Favorites

    Palazzo Barbieri occupying large space at Piazza Bra, it is neo-Classical structure built on the site of demolished Misericordia hospital. The palace was built from 1835 to 1848 by Giuseppe Barbieri and primarly had military purpose housing Grand Guardia Nuova. Later on the palace was home for the council offices. Inside the building hang two large...

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  • Ruins and history

    Pompeii Favorites

    Famous at the global level, the excavations of Pompeii is the only archaeological site in the world, along with that of Herculaneum, capable of returning visitors a Roman town, whose life has remained firm to a distant morning in 79 AD, an era from which the Vesuvius decided to cancel by earth orbit. Hour from November 1 to March 31 daily from...

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  • Churches and Squares

    Bologna Favorites

    The 15th century church of Madonna di Galliera is located in Via Manzoni, very close to Via dell'Indipendenza. This old and beautiful church, which is almost hidden between the medieval houses, is worth of seeing. The church feature a great facade but its beauty is almost invisible because it is covered by atmospheric pollution. This church used to...

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  • Walking around

    Pisa Favorites

    Pisa is a city in Tuscany on the right bank of the mouth of the River Arno on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Although Pisa is known worldwide for its leaning tower (the bell tower of the city's cathedral, contains more than 20 other historic churches, several palaces. While the Leaning Tower is the most famous image of the city, it is one of many works of...

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  • ancient buildings

    Genoa Favorites

    How funny is the trompe l'oeil on the façade of this building? The windows are authentic, but their balconies and all the other architectural elements are... painted! I like this technique very much! You will see this building at the beginning of via Balbi, if you come from the Piazza Principe railway station.

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