Italy Travel Guide

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Veneto

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Tuscany

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Lazio

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Lombardy

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Campania

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Liguria

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Emilia-Romagna

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Sicilia

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Piemonte

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Friuli-Venezia Giulia

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Trentino-Alto Adige

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Umbria

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Puglia

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Marche

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Sardegna

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Rome

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  • Roman Forum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    The Roman Forum stretches from the Colosseum to the imperial forum. This amazing collection of ruins truly was the political and business heart of Ancient Rome, and it included several monuments, temples, and meeting places. Our guided tour of the Colosseum included the option of a having a quick introduction to the Forum by an archeology student....

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  • Albergo Del Senato

    Rome Hotels

    The Pantheon is my favorite building in Rome and might be my favorite building in the world. The...

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  • L'Archetto

    4 out of 5 stars

    Rome Restaurants

    This was our first trip to Rome and while there Hubby and I would be celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary. So we wanted to a nice place to eat for our special day. We aren’t the types to dress up fancy (heels just don’t work on the streets of Rome!), but we wanted a place that we could be assured of a good meal, rather than take our chances....

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Venice

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  • Palazzo Ducale - Doge's Palace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Venice Things to Do

    The gothic-style Doge's Palace (Italian: Palazzo Ducale) is the main tourist attraction of Venice and the historic seat of Venetian government. The palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the Republic of Venice, open to the public since 1923. The ducale palace has on average more than 1 million visitors per year....

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  • Al Ponte Antico Hotel Venice

    Venice Hotels

    My sisters and I stayed 2 nights at this hotel and our time there was priceless. Matteo and his...

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  • Cafe Florian

    4 out of 5 stars

    Venice Restaurants

    SAN MARCO My last night in Venice - the last night of my Holiday, and I was in Piazza San Marco. The crowds had left - pigeons paddling in the water from that afternoons Aqua Alta outnumbered the humans, music played by the cafe musicians drifted over the square. Bother the expense!, I wanted to sit in Piazza San Marco, at one of Venices most...

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Florence

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  • Ponte Vecchio

    4 out of 5 stars

    Florence Things to Do

    When you walk on the bridge at that moment you feel that you've run into a small alley filled with the shops and lots of shoppers. The atmosphere overwhelmingly reminiscent to the Rialto Bridge in Venice. In both of its sides the bridge is closed with densely dotted small houses-stores which give impression as if struggling for living space....

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  • Hotel David

    Florence Hotels

    We have stayed with this establishment many times. Initially, it was because they have free parking...

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  • Trattoria ZaZa

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Florence Restaurants

    I first visited Florence in 2006 and ate at Za/'Za because, according to my guidebook, this trattoria was one of the best for value. And I have to say I agreed. I always passed it on my way back to my hotel, and every time I did so it was full of both visitors and (more importantly) Italians. The latter is my point-of-judgement; if the locals use...

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Milan

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  • Duomo - Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Milan Things to Do

    If you buy the ticket then you will be able to get up on the roof of Cathedral Terraces. Views from the roof of Duomo are stunning. Just have a look at the pictures. When you are on the roof the first your impression is as if you get in the forest of spires. That magnificent masterpiece is worth the money you spent for your visit. Opening times of...

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  • Hotel Principe Di Savoia

    Milan Hotels

    One of Milan's best hotels, Principe di Savoia is housed in a Belle Epoque-style building. Though...

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  • Luini

    4 out of 5 stars

    Milan Restaurants

    The fast food takeaway of Luini, just off the Piazza Duomo, is very popular with both tourists and locals. It specialised in panzerotti, a kind of deep fried folded pizza which are delicious. The panzerotti is actually a traditional dish of Bari, in the heel of Italy in the deep south, but Luini make an excellent northern version of it, along with...

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Pompeii

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  • Human Remains

    Pompeii Things to Do

    One of the most impressive sights were the petrified bodies in exhibiting. Reading the guide, Horacio claimed that they were original. It would be too much violent so I told him they were scaled reproductions. He didn't insist and I relaxed. But not very sure. True or imitation, the figures hit the goal - to remember the human dimension of the...

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  • Hotel Diana Pompei

    Pompeii Hotels

    We intended to stay 2 nites.... we ended up finishing our month in Italy here, a little over a week....

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  • Thermopolium - Fast Food

    5 out of 5 stars

    Pompeii Restaurants

    The Romans were not fool and they had already invented the fast-food. In this restaurant (to be remodeled), they sold three types of soups. The customer chose his soup which was heated in a vat and received it immediately in a bowl, ready to be eaten.

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Verona

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  • Romeo & Juliet

    Verona Things to Do

    The House was built in the 13th century, It belonged to the Cappello family for a long time.The identification of the Cappellos with the Capulets gave birth to the idea that there stood the House of Juliet, Shakespeare’s tragic heroine. In the courtyard there is the bronze statue of Juliet by the sculptor Nereo Costantini and for some reason...

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  • Giulietta e Romeo Hotel Verona

    Verona Hotels

    The Giulietta e Romeo Hotel was a great place to stay in Verona. We thought we might have a problem...

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  • Trattoria or/and Osteria

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Verona Restaurants

    Trattoria Tre Marcchetti da Barca is best restaurant in Vrona and one of the best in whole Italy. It is tiny, cosy, full o people and noisy restaurant. The restaurant offers very traditional and home-based type of food. Here you can taste Italy "on the table". I suggest you to make the reservation! During the summer (Opera season of Verona) it is...

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Bologna

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  • Towers - Torri

    Bologna Things to Do

    As I mentioned in my tip about the Due Torri, Bologna has lots of towers. The reason the Due Torri are famous is that they remain pretty much at their Medieval heights; all the other were reduced in height in times past, for structural or financial reasons....but many of them are still visible if you take the time to look. The tourist Information...

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  • Grand Hotel Baglioni

    Bologna Hotels

    Quite expensive but situated right in the centre of the city , very nice hotel ,rooms and bar , and...

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  • Nutelleria

    4 out of 5 stars

    Bologna Restaurants

    Nutella is that lovely, gooey hazelnut chocolate spread countless backpackers discovered in Europe and then waxed poetic about when they got home and could no longer buy it. It’s now available just about everywhere. it’s a kind of fast-food chain, not unlike a McDonald’s for Nutella. We knew it was on via Independenza but couldn't find it when...

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Sorrento

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  • Day Trip to Capri

    Sorrento Things to Do

    Capri is a lovely, small resort island with an interesting town that has a lowr marina part and an upper part on the hills above. It has beaches for swimming, etc., and has been a resort destination since Roman times, when Emperor Tiberius, in particular, built pleasure villas on the island, the most significant of which was the Villa Jovis, the...

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  • Hotel Antiche Mura

    Sorrento Hotels

    We stayed in a Jr. Suite for 5 nights in June and truly enjoyed the convenience, quiet and terrific...

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  • Ristorante Bagni Delfino

    5 out of 5 stars

    Sorrento Restaurants

    On the last day of our Holiday we visited Marina Grande and whished we had visited on the first day, This great Cafe, bar and Restaraunt is a great place to do just about anything you want to, you can have a drink, a snack or a fantastic meal and you can spend all day there sunbathing and swimming from their Bathing platform. The views over the bay...

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Genoa

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  • Palazzo Ducale & Piazza De Ferrari

    Genoa Things to Do

    Piazza De Ferrari is Genoa's most important public square. It links Genoa's historical heart with its modern, commercial centre. In the middle of the square a large fountain shoots jets of water into the air. Several important buildings are located on this square. The Palazzo Ducale which means Doge's Palace has its main entrance round the...

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  • Best Western Hotel Metropoli

    Genoa Hotels

    It's good 3* hotel, rather centrally located (about 15 min walk to Duomo and 25 min walk to the...

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  • osteria di vico palla

    4 out of 5 stars

    Genoa Restaurants

    Very popular with locals and visitors, Antica Osteria di Vico Palla was full when we turned up one lunchtime during the Christmas period. Not having a reservation wasn't a problem, though, and we were happy to wait the five minutes in their cosy hallway. This isn't a place to come if you want extremely attentive service or to have a leisurely chat...

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Naples

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Pisa

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  • The Duomo - Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Pisa Things to Do

    The Cathedral of Pisa is located in the center of the Campo dei Miracoli . The medieval Cathedral has the shape of a basilica five arches and is dedicated to Mary The construction began in 1064, under the supervision of the architect Buscheto, his tomb is built into the leftmost arch of the facade, after the death of Buscheto , Rainaldo took over...

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  • Bologna Hotel Pisa

    Pisa Hotels

    This is a gentle warning to anyone using a vehicle on the road at the front of the hotel, who is not...

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  • La Buca

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Pisa Restaurants

    Vuole mangiare, mentre a Pisa? Hungry while walking around Pisa? Most people get this desire for food after walking the walk at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. 294 steps up and then down, burns off more calories than you care to, and with all the wonderful aromas of Italian kitchens in full fury of food preparation, a stop at a Trattoria, that is also a...

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Torino

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  • Museums (Egyptian, Cinema...)

    Torino Things to Do

    The museum is just reinagurated and in the interior design it has participated François Confino who also did the Museum of Cinema in Torino Torino who was the "big car factory" in Italy (Fiat (Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino), Pirelli, Lancia ...) has created a very interesting museum about the history of the automobile in which we go through...

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  • Grand Hotel Sitea

    Torino Hotels

    I seem to end up here most of the time I am in Torino. I walk the streets near the hotel if I can...

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  • Barratti & Milano

    5 out of 5 stars

    Torino Restaurants

    I originally wrote this review in 2007, but thought it was time to update with some better photos. As for the Baratti & Milano experience itself, some things never change - walking through the doors is always like stepping back in time to all the other occasions I've sat and had a chocolate here. Italian cafes are renowned for the real deal for...

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Bergamo

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  • Città Alta

    Bergamo Things to Do

    The Porta Sant’ Agostino city gate is the Southern gate to Città Alta for all motorized traffic. Although the center gate is just a single lane, all traffic (including the buses and trucks) have to pass this gate and making a sharp turn to get at the road along the outer walls. Porta Sant’ Agostino was designed by Paolo Berlendis. Construction...

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  • Best Western Premier Cappello d'Oro

    Bergamo Hotels

    The Best Western in Bergamo's lower town is located at the main crossing. You have easy access to...

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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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Lucca

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  • City walls

    Lucca Things to Do

    Lucca’s medieval city walls, which date from the early 1500s, are still in very good condition, which is rare for this part of Italy. A large pathway surrounded by lots of trees and greenery runs around the top of the walls and provides excellent viewing points of Lucca and its beautiful architecture. Within some parts of the walls, there are...

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  • Alla Corte degli Angeli

    Lucca Hotels

    it's beautiful, each room is different, if you really want to feel like you are on the set of "...

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  • Via Fillungo

    Lucca Things to Do

    Via Fillungo is probably Lucca’s most popular street and is definitely the place to go for good shopping. Simply walking down this street is a great way to go sightseeing here since you will pass San Frediano, Piazza Anfiteatro, and San Michele in Foro. In addition to the shopping, you can see Lucca’s picturesque row houses and find a nice café,...

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Trieste

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  • MIRAMARE Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Trieste Things to Do

    The eclectic Castle Miramare was built between 1856 and 1860 by the architect Carl Junker as the luxurious residence for Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Habsburg and his wife Charlotte of Belgium. The castle is surrounded by a 22 hectar large park, which is home to numerous exotic trees and plants as well as a small castle, where Charlotte lived...

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  • Starhotels Savoia Excelsior

    Trieste Hotels

    This imposing edifice on the seafront close the main square has all the trappings of the 'Grand old...

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  • Trains & Trams

    Trieste Off The Beaten Path

    The tram de Opcina is a 105-year-old rack-railway line that connects Piazza Oberdan in Trieste to the suburb of Villa Opicina. It correspond to line 2 of the public transport network. The track is five kilometres long but the tram takes half an hour to cover them, due to the steepness. It is used mainly by people of Opicina who work in Trieste, but...

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  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    NEWS: ITALIAN STATE MUSEUMS. According to multiple sources, new visiting guidelines for the state museums now allow photography, and tourists of any nationality over age 65 are no longer admitted for free. Additional changes include late openings on Fridays, free Sundays once a month, and some other minor updates. Regarding photography, it appears that flash and tripods are still banned.

    These rules apply only to the state museums/landmarks. This is the best reference I can find in English:

    buzzinrome.com/2014/06/23/re...

    Italian release on elimination of free tickets, free Sundays, etc:

    beniculturali.it/mibac/expor...

  • agathi's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    We have come back from our trip to Italy and although we were exhausted, everything went great. I would like to thank all of you in this site that helped us. God bless you all.
    I would like to inform you that we plan a trip to London and a new adventure of searching is starting. I would appreciate your help this time as well.

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Nov 2, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      Thank you so much for letting us know all went well - we're delighted! London will be equally as fun; looking forward to your questions! :O)

    • Rischard's Profile Photo
      Jun 1, 2014 at 1:55 AM

      I think Italia is the most attrective turist paradise in the world, it offer every thing a turist need to have pleasure. every corner, every city, every building and every person you meet is attractive, beautifull and memorable:)), ...it means I love Italia.

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