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    Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore,Florence

    by gwened Updated Nov 28, 2014

    This is a majestic place that is a must to see. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore was founded in the 13C at the piazza del Duomo historic center of Florence. The contruction continues until 1436 was consacrated by Pope Eugene IV.

    It has a nave of three bays, the collateral columns are lower than the central bay with a chevet having three chapels holding a huge dome of 45 meters making it the biggest ever constructed. It has a huge frescoes of 3 600 sq meters done by Giorgio Vasari and Federigo Zuccaro.

    The Astronomer Paolo Toscanelli established the first modern gnomon by making a circular opening on the dome giving a large image of the Sun on the meridian line traced by a band of marble on the keypad, it is used to determine the solace points, variations of the ecliptic, and to correct the alfonsine tables.

    This is huge to describe, you need to visit it, I give you
    http://www.visitflorence.com/florence-churches/duomo.html
    official site here
    http://www.firenzeturismo.it/en/vivi-firenze-2/luoghi-di-interesse-2/luoghi-di-interesse-dettaglio-2.html?step=scheda&provenienza=e&id_risorsa=22036

    see main page for update info as the museum is closed Under works until 2015.

    Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore chapel of St John front of Cathedral from piazza arriving at Cathedral on Piazza del Duomo closeup architecture with saints
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    Christmas markets

    by angiebabe Written Nov 20, 2014

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    I love Christmas markets and though Germany has the reputation for the best markets for Christmas there are a few around Italy that are recommended.

    The ones up in the Alps are up on my wish list - take a look at the link and see if you cant get inspired to get a snow tyred car and head up there!

    Ive been to ones in Venice and Como - all magic around there too when theres snow.

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    Terrace of the Duomo in Milan

    by hopang Updated Nov 13, 2014

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    The highlight of our trip to the city of Milan is visiting the terrace of Duomo. Allow yourself between one and two hours to visit the terrace. It is really stunning! There are hundreds of statues at the terrace to visit and explore. They are not easily be seen from the ground or the square, therefore it is advisable to either take the lift or stairs to the terrace to have a closed-up view of these statues. Fond memories of your visit to the terrace will last forever! Don't miss the highest spire of Madonnina (Our Little Virgin Mary) in the center, soaring up to 108.5 meters high, a height never exceeded by any other monuments in the city of Milan. The statue was cast in copper by Giuseppe Bini in the second half of the 18th century.

    The view from the Terrace over the surrounding area and the city skyline is simply amazing! So don't miss the chance when you are in the city of Milan. Admission fee by lift to the terrace is €12.00 per adult and by stairs is just €7.00 per adult. If you are a holder of Milano Card you will be entitled to a 10% discount. You can obtain your ticket at Autostradale office at Passagio Duomo 2 just opposite the Duomo on the other side of the square. We have uploaded quite a lot of photographs taken at the terrace. Please feel free to visit them at our traveloques.

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    The Duomo of Milan

    by hopang Updated Nov 13, 2014

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    The Duomo (Milan Cathedral) is the most popular tourist attraction in the city of Milan. It is also the most famous landmark of the city. This Cathedral is the 5th largest cathedral in the world. It doesn't look huge from outside especially comparing the size of its facade but it can be seen so huge inside once you enter and the Cathedral has a capacity for 40,000 worshippers at a time. It took almost 6 centuries to construct from 1386 to 1965, just unbelievable! The Milan Cathedral was constructed of bricks and white marble from Candoglia. The Duomo has Italian Gothic style of architecture and was dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente (St. Mary Nascent).

    The Duomo is approximately 160 meters long, 90 meters wide and 110 meters high with hundreds of statues at the terraces. Admission to the Cathedral is free. However charges apply to other attractions such as the Baptistery, the Crypt and the Treasury as well as the terraces. Opening hours to the Cathedral are between 9.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. daily. Dress code applies inside the Cathedral, i.e. shoulders and knees shall not be exposed, therefore no short sleeve dress and mini skirts for the ladies. Photography and video recording are not permitted according to the signs at the entrance but sadly not many visitors follow the rules!

    The Duomo of Milan The impressive door of the Duomo in Milan Great sculptures on the facade of Duomo Beautiful stained-glass window of Duomo in Milan The interior of the Duomo in Milan
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    Piazza del Duomo in Milan

    by hopang Updated Nov 13, 2014

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    Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square) is one of the largest squares in the city of Milan. It is situated roughly in the center of the city. The square is in rectangular shape and is very crowded during the peak period of holiday season especially during the summer months. Beware of certain irresponsible traders who try to squueze some money out of you in the square and don't fool by their tricks.

    Piazza del Duomo was designed by Giuseppe Mengoni in the second half of the 19th century. It has a total area of approximately 17.000 square meters. The square is the most visited part of the city and certainly the most photographed square in the city as well. The bronze equestrian statue of Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of Italy (depicted on our main photograph), is situated roughly in the middle of the square.

    Several prominent buildings surround the square such as Galleria Vittorio Emaneule II, the Royal Palace of Milan and several other palaces, Propylaea and of course the imposing Duomo. The square is also a great meeting place for the locals. Piazza del Duomo and its surrounding area are our favourite destination in the city of Milan as we visited it several times during our stay in the city. It is so easily accessible by public transportation from all sides of the city.

    Equestrian statue of Vittorio Emaneule II Imposing facade of the Duomo in Milan View of Propylaea at Piazza del Duomo Cathedral Square in Milan The busy metro station of the Duomo in Milan
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    Equestrian statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi in Milan

    by hopang Updated Nov 13, 2014

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    The equestrian statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi is just of the few well-known statues in the city of Milan. It is located at Piazza Carioli just in front of the prominent Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle). The statue was constructed of bronze and was designed by Ettore Ximenes and Augusto Guidini in the late 19th century and was inauguated in the early 20th century. Giuseppe Caribaldi can be seen sitting on a horseback together with several figures near the base representing revolution and virtue.

    Giuseppe Caribaldi (1807 - 1882) was born in Nice and was considered an Italian hero for leading an Italian revolutuion in the War of Independence in the middle of the 19th century together with Giuseppe Mazzini. Along with Giuseppe Mazzini and Vittorio Emanuele II, Giuseppe Caribaldi was considered one of the Fathers of the Fatherland in Italy. For more information about this prominent figure, you may read the website below.

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    Castello Sforzesco in Milan

    by hopang Updated Nov 13, 2014

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    Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle in English) is one of the largest citadels in Europe. It is certainly one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city of Milan. It was designed by Galeazzo II Visconti in the 14th century as a defence castle during the era of Renaissance and built by Francesco Sforza, the Duke of Milan in the 15th century as residence for him and his family on the remnants of the 14th century fortification. The Castle was destroyed and underwent many restorations over the centuries. The present day fortification was rebuilt by Luca Beltrami in the beginning of the 20th century.

    Castello Sforzesco today houses several civic museums and art collections such as antique furniture museum, museums of musical instruments as well as Egyptian art and ancient and applied art and all of them can be visited by the public for just a few euros. Michaelangelo's last sculpture known as Pletá Rondanini can be seen in the Museum of Ancient Art. The frescoes by Leonardo da Vinci and Bramante can also be seen in the museum.

    The towers of the Castle are still very much intact and so is the entrance of the Castle known as Torre del Filarete, named after Florentine architect Antonio Averlino, aka Filarete. There are some Roman ruins located at Piaaza d'Armi (as depicted to the left of our third photograph) behind the children's playground. Opening hours to the Castle are between 7.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. daily. Entrance to the courtyard of the Castle is free. Opening hours to the civic museums are between 9.00 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. daily.

    Castello Sforzesco in Milan Torre del Filarete, the main entrance Piazza d'Armi (courtyard) and Torre del Carmine A sculpture of Francesco Sforza Torre di Bona di Savoia
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    Sempione Park in Milan

    by hopang Updated Nov 13, 2014

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    Sempione Park (Parco Sempione in Italian) is perhaps the largest park in the city of Milan. It is certainly the nearest park to the city center. Its area is almost 120 acres. Parco Sempione was designed by architect Emilio Alemagna and has history that dates back to the era of Visconti in the 14th century. It is great to take a stroll especially in the evening to escape the chaos of the city. We understand that it is a favourite meeting place for the locals. There is even a bar in the middle of the park for those who are thirsty. The park is ideal for locals and foreigners to have picnic, jogging, cycling and even sunbathing during the hot summer months.

    Among the prominent structures in the park are Branca Tower (Torre Branca), Arena Civica, Civico Aquarium which has free admission, its beautiful lake, Palazzo dell'Arte (Palace of Art) and the 19th century Arch of Peace (Arco della Pace. We did not have time to take a stroll in this beautiful city park. We did not even walk to the Arch of Peace on the other end of the park. We certainly hope to do so on our next trip if we ever come back to the city of Milan.

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    Leonardo3 Museum in Milan

    by hopang Updated Nov 11, 2014

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    Leonardo3 Museum is perhaps the most unique museum in Italy and probably in the whole of Europe. We consider this magnificent Museum a great tourist attraction in the city of Milan. The Museum exhibits the work of this sheer genius known as Leonardo da Vinci, the interactive programs of his drawings and inventions brought to life through models especially his flying machines, robots, military hardwares, bridge designs and those musical instruments including the mechanical devices with touch screen technology. We are certainly very impressed considering that he invented them more than 400 years ago!

    He was gifted not only through his inventions. He was also a famous artist producing two of the world's best known paintings, i.e. Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. The painting section of Leonardo3 Museum has pre and post digital restoration of both of these famous paintings. You probably need at least an hour of your time to examine all these exhibits. We consider this Museum a "must-visit" museum if you happen to visit the city of Milan on your vacation. You may also visit their official website for more information:- Leonardo3 Museum

    Admission fee is €12.00 per adult. Audio guide costs an additional €6.00. Most visitors need audio guide since most of the exhibits are in italian. However if you are a holder of Milano Card you will be entitled to a discount of 50% on the admission fee. Photography and video recording are not permitted in the Museum unfortunately. Opening hours to the Museum are between 10.00 a.m. and 11.00 p.m. daily. This is just one of the few museums in Milan that opens until so late in the evening. Don't miss this Museum even if you have very limited time for sight-seeing in Milan!

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    La Scala Theater in Milan

    by hopang Updated Nov 11, 2014

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    La Scala Theater (Teatro alla Scala in Italian) is a world famous opera house and theater. It was founded in the late 18th century and was originally known as New Royal-Ducal Theatre alla Scala. The theater was actually named after the Church of Santa Maria alla Scala in honour of Regina della Scala. Many of the world's famous singers and artists have performed in the theater over the past two centuries. Today the theater is home to La Scala Orchestra. Visitors can watch concerts, ballets and operas when there are events in the theater. You may visit the website below for calender of events and even book your tickets in advance. These performances are usually sold out in advance as they are very popular among local and foreign tourists. So to avoid disappointment book your tickets online in advance.

    If you do not have the opportunity to watch some of these events, you can still take a tour of La Scala Theater and La Scala Museum to discover the secret of this famous opera house. The admission fee to La Scala Theater and Museum is just €5.00 per adult. You will receive a discount of 35% if you possess a valid Milano Card. When we visited the theater there was a rehearsal by the Orchestra. So we were not allowed to take any photographs of the auditorium, theater boxes as well as the stage.

    The La Scala Museum has exhibits of costumes, busts, documents, musical instruments as well as portraits of famous Italian composers and maestros and their spouses. Visiting hours to La Scala Theater and museum are between 9.00 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. daily.

    La Scala Theater in Milan Orchestra having a rehearsal in the auditorium La Scala Museum in Milan La Scala Museum in Milan Portrait of a composer at La Scala Museum
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    Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan

    by hopang Updated Nov 11, 2014

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    Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II located between Piazza Duomo and Piazza della Scala is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city of Milan. It is today used as a shopping mall with lots of designer stores and eateries. This 4 storey duoble glass and iron roof arcade is one of the oldest shopping arcades in the world, certainly the oldest in italy. It is a famous landmark of the city and a great meeting place for the locals as well as foreign tourists.

    Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II was named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of Italy. It was designed and constructed by Giuseppe Mengoni in 1861 and completed in 1877. The octagonal shaped galleria is approximately 200 meters long and 50 meters high and is topped with a glass dome in the center. The neo-classical style arcade has a monumental triumphal arch at its entrance from Piazza Duomo. It is certainly one of our favourite attractions in the city of Milan. Roughly in the center of the arcade beneath the dome lies the picture of a bull. Take a spin on the bull's private part and who knows you may be lucky immediately!

    Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan Do a spin on your heel for good luck Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan Glass dome of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
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  • We didn't forget to see ROME at night!

    by darlings Written Oct 3, 2014

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    To wrap up our eight day visit to Rome, we chose a night tour. It proved the perfect choice! Our private guide customized our two hour outing with the provision of VIEWS from the Orange Park and from Pincio. We had a stop at the Trevi fountain currently under maintenance. Lasting memories were embedded. We are most grateful for our excellent tour guide. It was a tour with ease, since we were picked up and dropped off at our B & B.

    Porta del Popolo Night scene at Piazza del Popolo
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    Rome

    by solopes Updated Sep 14, 2014

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    I've been in Rome for several times, and I keep thinking that no visit to Italy is completed without several days in Rome.

    It deserves its own and large page, that will take time to build.

    However... it is growing.

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    Travel by train

    by jwilliams2005 Written Jun 12, 2014

    While living in Siclly, Italy, we caught the Salerno Ferrya from Messina . We had two options. The first option was to drive to Messina, drive your car onto the ferry, and transit to mainland, Italy. Then you could drive up the coast to whichever city that you wanted to visit. The second option was to take the train from downtown, Catania to Messina. At Messina, the engineers would uncouple the train and secured the train cars onto the ferry. When we reached the mainland, they would couple the cars, and we we would be on our way. Venice, Rome, Florence, etc. Florence is famous for it's leather goods.

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    Sardinia

    by solopes Updated May 20, 2014

    I must confess that I came somewhat disappointed from Sardinia.

    Good weather, many (good) beaches, beautiful landscape, but... I missed something - life, history, shopping, are topics where I expected better.

    Anyway, I can't blame anyone for my insufficient information, and it was a very good week in the beach, the main objective.

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