Italy Travel Guide

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Italy Highlights

  • Pro
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    sim1 says…

     The sun, the magnificent sunsets, the beautiful hills, the small towns that haven't changed since the middle ages, the friendly people and the fantastic food!......hahaha, do I need to say more? 

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    orlandom says…

     They drive like there's no tomorrow ,and lineup's don't exist in italy : ) 

  • In a nutshell
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    Paul2001 says…

     The place to head to if you want to see the best of Europe 

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Veneto

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Lazio

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Italy/Lazio/TravelGuide-Lazio.html

Tuscany

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Italy/Tuscany/TravelGuide-Tuscany.html

Lombardy

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Italy/Lombardy/TravelGuide-Lombardy.html

Campania

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Italy/Campania/TravelGuide-Campania.html

Liguria

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Italy/Liguria/TravelGuide-Liguria.html

Sicilia

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Italy/Sicilia/TravelGuide-Sicilia.html

Emilia-Romagna

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Italy/Emilia_Romagna/TravelGuide-Emilia_Romagna.html

Piemonte

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Italy/Piemonte/TravelGuide-Piemonte.html

Friuli-Venezia Giulia

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Italy/Friuli_Venezia_Giulia/TravelGuide-Friuli_Venezia_Giulia.html

Umbria

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Italy/Umbria/TravelGuide-Umbria.html

Puglia

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Italy/Puglia/TravelGuide-Puglia.html

Sardegna

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Italy/Sardegna/TravelGuide-Sardegna.html

Trentino-Alto Adige

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Italy/Trentino_Alto_Adige/TravelGuide-Trentino_Alto_Adige.html

Marche

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Italy/Marche/TravelGuide-Marche.html

Rome

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  • Colosseum

    Rome Things to Do

    Originally known as the Flavian Amphitheater, this largest of Roman arenas was constructed between 70 and 80 AD on the former site of Nero's artificial lake. That very naughty emperor claimed as his own a large area of Rome which had been devastated in the great fire of 64 AD, and built the lake, extensive gardens and a lavish palace (Domus Aurea)...

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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 di Fontana di Trevi

    Rome Restaurants

    again no special resa just walking around and hungry near trevi decided to stop here as it was off the main road, and very quaint. We took the terrace out on the street against the wall. the service was nice and fast, the pizzas were bland and the pasta nothing to shout about. wife got a bit sick off the mushrooms pasta dish. We eat pasta and...

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Venice

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  • Churches

    Venice Things to Do

    Santa Maria della Salute is my favoured church in Venice, more than San Marco for a very practical reason: during my last two visits to Venice the queue at San Marco was so long that I abandoned any hope of getting inside, while at the "Salute" there was no queue and I could sit quietly on the steps of the square in front of the basilica with a...

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  • Hotel Antiche Figure

    Venice Hotels

    Thanks to the hotel tip from fellow-VT'r "Herkbert's" Venice page, we chose the Hotel Antiche Figure...

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  • Cafe Florian

    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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Milan

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  • Duomo

    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

    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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Sorrento

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  • Marina Grande

    Sorrento Things to Do

    Beaches are a rarity near Sorrento because of the cliffs But there are a few, the best by far is at Marina Grande, a small fishing village that has now become a part of Sorrento. There are some nice Shops, bars and Restaraunts there and it's a lovely place to take a stroll or relax in a bar and take in the Lovely views or watch the local fishermen.

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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

    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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Verona

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  • Romeo & Juliet

    Verona Things to Do

    This is it, Juliet's original, absolutely genuine bed. Not from the fourteenth century, of course, but from the twentieth, when it was built and used for the love scene in Zeffirelli's film Romeo and Juliet in 1968. This film won two Oscars, for the Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design. Zeffirelli was also nominated for Best Director, and...

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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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  • Ristorante

    Verona Restaurants

    Those who do not know the city of Verona very well probably wouldn't be able to find this restaurant which is situated in so-called Tombetta. The easiest way to reach it is by taking the opposite direction from Verona Fair to the church Santa Teresa del Gesu Bambino. If not familiar with this part of the city the best is to take a taxi. When in...

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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 they 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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  • The train

    Pompeii Transportation

    Getting to Pompeii and/or Herculaneum is very easy and inexpensive by train from Sorrento (we did) or Naples. Go to the station and ask for round-trip tickets on the Circumvesuviana: you'll want the Napoli-Sorrento line, trains run frequently (although not 24/7) and the trip will take about 30-40 minutes from either place. You'll want to get off at...

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Bologna

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  • Towers - Torri

    Bologna Things to Do

    The two towers, both of them leaning, are the symbol and the emblems of Bologna and they have a names of course. The taller one is called Torre Asinelli while the smaller but more leaning tower is called Torre Garisenda. The names derive from the noble families which are traditionally credited for their construction between 1109 and 1119. There is...

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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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  • La Felina

    Bologna Restaurants

    The restaurant is located on the hills of Bologna, quite big and with a variety of tipical disches from the menu. It's a good choise for who wants to organize a great meeting! The design and the decorations of this restaurant are warm and confortable. I ate "tigelle" ! They are like little flatted sandwiches where you can put every kind of sauce...

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Pisa

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  • The Tower

    Pisa Things to Do

    Everyone knows The Leaning Tower of Pisa, the tower is a freestanding bell tower , or Campanile , which like the Duomo in the Campo dei Miracoli , the wonders of the field Designer of the tower was probably Diotisalvi, the original intention was to build a vertical tower but shortly after the start of construction in 1173, the building began to...

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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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  • Live music

    Pisa Nightlife

    If you plan to stop over in Pisa check out the Theatro Verdi. An impressive old Theatre and Opera House dating from 1865-67. Performances of opera, dance, music and plays. There is also a nice little cafe bar which is open during the day. Although the box seats are not very comfortable, the acoustics and productions are good. Dress code seems to...

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Genoa

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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

    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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Naples

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  • Archaelogical Museum

    Naples Things to Do

    The Farnese Bull is the tallest and largest work in the museum. The Doryphorus is also a fine statue. Another full length statue is the Dancing Faun which stood in Pompeii at the house of the same name. The last two statues are from Roman times, first a Roman matron and finally a River God.

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  • Hotel Palazzo Decumani

    Naples Hotels

    We stayed here for 1 night, on a short trip from Rome, to visit Pompei and Herculaneum. A hidden...

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  • Castel Nuovo

    Naples Things to Do

    Naples is rich in art, culture, historic buildings the beautiful location an absolute must is the thirteenth century Castel NuovoThis castle is located in the old city of Naples, Santa Lucia. Naples magnificent main symbol of the city since it began in 1279 with the construction have been various modifications and alterations occurredSeveral kings...

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Positano

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  • Walking and Hiking

    Positano Things to Do

    No matter how you choose to get to Positano, all roads end and start at the top of Positano. To see the rest of the town and to get to the beach you must climb down through the its windy corridors, or if you have a car there is a single road that goes through part of the town. However as alluring as the beach may seem, take some time to walk around...

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  • Hotel Buca di Bacco

    Positano Hotels

    This was by far, one of the most incredible hotels i have ever stayed at. The team at Buca di Bacco...

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  • Fabulous Seafood

    Positano Restaurants

    A really wonderful and fun restaurant run by two brother...the father own the enoteca right down the street. If you are lucky they sometimes have entertainment singing all the Italian/American songs. You can eat inside or on the patio. Fresh anchovies, lobster w/pasta, risotto w/shrimp, linguine w/clams. Everything is just great in this...

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Palermo

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Trieste

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  • MIRAMARE Castle

    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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  • 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.

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      Nov 2, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      I'm so pleased your trip went well. And you know you'll get lots and lots of helpful advice about London from VT-ers. :-)

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      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)

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