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Italy Favorites

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • '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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Calmaggiore

    Treviso Favorites

    Calmaggiore is the main street of "centro storico" (historic center) of Treviso, connecting Piazza del Duomo and Piazza dei Signori. Its name derives from the Latin word "cardo". The "cardo" was a north-south oriented street in Roman cities. The cardo, as integral component of the Roman city plannings, was lined with shops and vendors and served as...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Campi, Calle and Canale

    Venice Favorites

    Take your time and walk along the canals through the city. Also visit the alleys and canals outside the tourist area alone. Start at San Marco and just take right and left turns without looking on the map and be surprised. After every corner a new splendid view, a tranquil atmosphere, a busy canal, loads of tourists, nobody but you, laundry...

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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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  • 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 streets & the parks

    Verona Favorites

    We saw lots of beautiful buildings as we were just wandering by. I did not photograph all of them because my hands were so cold I did not want to keep taking off my gloves, but every now and again I just could not resist.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Trevi Fountain

    Rome Favorites

    Trevi Fountain! Beautiful! I must confess I was truly unaware of what to expect of Rome. Definitely a sight to see & experience. Meeting other tourists posing for pictures around this area is a must! Take pictures & throw a coin! ;)

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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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  • 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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  • 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 legends

    Verona Favorites

    The house belonged to the Capulets, the powerful medieval Veronese family. From the internal courtyard, which is always overcrowded by the tourists from all over the world, you can see the famous balcony which plays such an important part in the legend. Many says it is fake love story and fake legend which never really happened. Is it important...

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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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