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Italy Favorites

  • Colosseum

    Rome Favorites

    Colloseum was immense. After reseaching this place, viewing google into the site, reading reviews...yep, its size sure does catch you by surprise. The crowds on line trying to understand filter signs and not understanding correctly returned on itself at many sites. Breath deeply, tolerance and focus on your space and you will get thru it. It seems...

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  • Canal Grande, Palazzi (Grand...

    Venice Favorites

    Canal Grande is the main street of Venice. On each side you find beautiful Palazzos, churches, all kind of boats. Just get on one of the four bridges and enjoy the traffic, people, buildings and atmosphere.

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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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  • 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 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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  • Churches and Squares

    Bologna Favorites

    I stole this term from my Polish colleagues who invented it to describe their favourite research and pastime, as opposed to all those other activities ending in –ing which have adapted from English by other languages. Befitting the location, we then translated it into Italian as “Chiesare” ;-) Bologna is full of churches, big and small. San...

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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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  • 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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  • '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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  • Local customs

    Palermo Favorites

    Palermo presents an impresive range of fresh fishes . While being in Sicily I ate all my lunch at a friend mom's home, and later on I was trying to find the recipes of whatever she was making. The fresh fishes are easy to cook, the lunch is not complicated, and the taste is simply perfect. Here are some of the recipes: Sicilian Salmon...

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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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  • 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, 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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  • Canals

    Treviso Favorites

    In a certain way, the canals make Treviso very similar to Venezia. The old walls and the canals formed around it by the rivers Sile and Cagnan, give Treviso the aspect of a fortress. The river Sile is crossing Treviso from west to east, while Cagnan (called Botteniga until it arrives to Treviso) passes under the old Ponte Fra’ Giocondo. Once...

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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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  • 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

    The beautiful Clock Tower in St. Mark's square is possibly the second most well known clock in the world; after "Big Ben". It was built in 1499. It was designed by Mauro Codussi, and decorated with an astronomic clock that shows the hour, the moon phases and zodiac signs. At the top of the tower, once an hour the bronze statues of two huge...

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  • Where to find Great Views

    Florence Favorites

    OK, so I haven't made a dime on this shot but it has been seen by several million Minnesotans and anyone who has cruised the VT "Top 10" lists. We were doing our Sunday session with the newspaper awhile back, and The Husband said, "Oh look; Florence! Golly, that sure looks like the shot you took of that bridge." By golly, it WAS my shot....

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  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

    Milan Favorites

    I mentioned that the Piazza del Duomo seems like a natural center in town. In front of the Duomo itself is the piazza and it is occupied by pigeons, tourists, street vendors and people trying to sell pigeon feed to the tourists. The people trying to sell the pigeon feed were a bit aggressive and annoying. Even if you said “no” they tried to grab...

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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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  • Portici

    Bologna Favorites

    The invention of the “portici”, arcades along the facades of the houses that cover the walkways and enlarge the ground plan of the upper storeys, had a precedessor already in the middle ages. The oldest palazzi do not have arched arcades but timber constructions made from strong beams that look quite archaic. Palazzo Isolani in Strada Maggiore is...

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  • Arno river

    Pisa Favorites

    Have spoken with several friends who took guided tours around Italy and of course they all come to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, who wouldn't. But all of them said that after they had seen the tower and the other buildings of the Campo dei Mircoli, they trooped back onto their bus and left Pisa, missing one of the most beautiful spots, the banks...

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  • views

    Genoa Favorites

    Before 12th century Genova emerged as an independent city-state and its main occupation was trade, shipbuilding and banking. Very soon the city become largest and most powerful navies in the Mediterranean. The modern port of Genova covers a very huge area extending for 20 kilometres along the coastline. With a trade volume of approximately 60...

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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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  • Via Roma

    Torino Favorites

    Visit Via Roma And Via Garibaldi, The Two Most Important Street In The Centre Of Turin. In Via Roma There Are A Lot Of Shop, Under The Porticos, And In Via Garibaldi You Can Meet A Lot Of Young People And You Can Do Shopping

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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 in 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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  • 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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  • The naval dockyard

    La Spezia Favorites

    One thing that struck us about La Spezia was the size of the Naval Dockyard: it is huge!! When we drove past La Spezia heading for Portovenere we took a small road and drove along the naval dockyard for quite some distance. It spreads along the coast for some km, and it is obviously restricted to visitors. Looks like as it is of major importance...

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  • Via Roggia

    Treviso Favorites

    The history of the town goes back into the Roman period when Treviso was Roman municipium. The town reached its greatest prosperity in the Middle Ages, it was the centre of a Lombard duchy, then the capital of a Carolingian marca and finaly, after 1389 the stronghold of the northwestern border of Venetian republic. The town is situated on two...

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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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  • Piazza di Spagna - Spanish Steps

    Rome Favorites

    This square takes its name from the Spanish embassy that is located there. Piazza di Spagna is crowded every time and is known for the Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti (Spanish Steps). This long staircase was built between 1721 and 1725. It links the square with the church of Trinità dei Monti. At the bottom of the stairs there is a fountain...

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  • Churches

    Venice Favorites

    Churches in Venice are often very elaborately decorated and have a special atmosphere inside. I found myself sitting on a bench and lighting a candle and make a wish. Candles cost from 0,50 to 1 Euro, mostly. Many churches in Italy have electric candles or other modern ones these days, simply to prevent fires. This doesn't look as atmospheric as a...

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  • Where to find Great Shopping

    Florence Favorites

    One thing I love about shopping in italy is that all the stuff they sell exudes a certain style and quality. This is esspecially true with regards to leather goods and clothing. We all know the famous high fashion brands like Gucci, prada. But what about the lesser known local brands. These brands outside of italy tend to market themselves as high...

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  • Shopping

    Milan Favorites

    Just paralel to Vittorio Emanuele, Via bagutta is full of painters to display their wonderful art pieces.. When you reached the end of the Vittorio emanuele street, you will see a fountain in front and just turn left and the first road on the left is via bagutta.

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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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  • Streets

    Pompeii Favorites

    One of the sights I remembered from an earlier visit to Pompeii 40 years ago were the step stones used for crossing over busy streets (pictured). They are still there, of course! Wheeled vehicles could pass around them easily yet kept the residents free of the mud and slosh generated there. Also, notice how much higher the sidewalks are compared...

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  • Food and shopping

    Bologna Favorites

    Shopping and window-shopping in Bologna is not about chain stores but about the little, locally owned shops. This applies to most of Italy, by the way. Underneath the portici there are countless small shops of all kinds and genres. Many still have their old shop fronts, like the hat shop in photo 4. Some sell everyday goods, but the majority...

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