Italy Travel Guide

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Veneto

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Tuscany

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Lombardy

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Lazio

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Campania

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Liguria

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Sicilia

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Emilia-Romagna

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Piemonte

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Puglia

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Friuli-Venezia Giulia

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Umbria

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Trentino-Alto Adige

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Sardegna

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Marche

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Rome

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  • Colosseum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    final part of my pictures of the inside of the colosseum including the stations of the Cross, the Hypogenum and Arena. The Most Visited Roman Landmark of Rome is the famous Colosseum while the most famous Christian Landmark of Rome is the Saint Peter's Basilica and the most famous Rennaisane landmark of Rome is the Trevi Fountain. This famous...

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  • Hotel Santa Maria Rome

    Rome Hotels

    My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Santa Maria for three nights at the end of a three week trip...

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  • Ice Cream - Gelato

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Restaurants

    Traditional Italian ice cream is called gelato, and it can be found all over the city. Rome being so hot, the temptation to stop by a gelateria is sometimes pretty hard to resist! I tried to limit myself to one gelato cone (or cup) per day, but I was always on the lookout for the best - and most unusual - gelato flavours :o) I generally tried to...

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Venice

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  • Piazza San Marco

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Venice Things to Do

    I really enjoyed visiting Venice and all the beautiful buildings and musea. The piazza san Marco is the central square of Venice. On the square you'll find the entrance to the Doge's Palace and The San Marco Cathedral. On the Piazza san Marco you'll find several terraces. When the weather is good, it is very pleasant to buy a drink and enjoy the...

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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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  • Harry's Bar

    3 out of 5 stars

    Venice Restaurants

    If Harry's Bar is on your list of things to do in Venice, cross it off. For 33 euros you get 2 Bellini's. (Prosecco & Peach) served in a plain tumbler, which didn't taste any different to any other Bellini served anywhere else in Venice for around 6 Euros a glass. Save your money, pop your head in the door for a look and then go somewhere else for...

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Florence

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  • Il Duomo - Santa Maria del Fiore

    Florence Things to Do

    the famous Bell Tower was started by Giotto in 1334 but he dies in 1337 and the tower was finished by Francesco Talenti in 1359 and has a measurements of 84.7 metres tall and approximately 15 metres in breadth and has 444 steps to the top (with a separate entrance area from the Cathedral). It has many sculptural decorations and the same...

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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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  • Local Eating

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Florence Restaurants

    In Italy, you do not really leave a tip. If you choose to do so, it's a matter of rounding up a euro or two at the most. Most restaurants basically collect a "tip" in their cover charge which could be a "using table" charge or by charging you for the bread they bring to the table. Some restaurants flat out have a convenience charge of €5.00.

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Milan

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  • Duomo - Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Milan Things to Do

    I made an effort, and was able to get to the city centre where I made a visit to the Duomo. It was a reasonably warm day and waiting for a ticket was not an unpleasant experience. Security seems to be tight but it did not delay anyone unduly. I had bought a ticket which gave roof access using the levator rather than use the stairs. It is worth...

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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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Sorrento

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  • Street Scene

    Sorrento Things to Do

    Driving around Sorrento is a nice experience. One of two reasonable beaches, are not reason enough to take you out of the road, however, you must stop here, there and everywhere, because, any place you stop, you risk to have awesome sights. So, keep on driving and stopping!

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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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  • Zi Ntonio

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sorrento Restaurants

    Final part of my three part tip with more pictures of the Restaurant. This unpretentious Southern Italian Restaurant lies bear Piazza Tasso area, along Via Luigi de Maio, along the way to Piazza San Antonio. The Restaurant has three levels and a small opening along the road of which the underground area has a larger space for diners and is a...

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Verona

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  • Verona Arena

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Verona Things to Do

    The arena was not spectacular. You see only stones, arches and it was not so big. The moment that we were there, they were all building the stage for the performances for the summer like opera,... . I didn't like it. Maybe if we had seen a performence then it was realy nice, i think.

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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 Greppia

    5 out of 5 stars

    Verona Restaurants

    La Greppia, located in an alley opposite the statue of Juliette, is a must when you travel to Verona. There is plenty of seating indoors and outdoors, and has a lively atmosphere. The service is fast and friendly, and one cannot miss the desert cart that lingers in the aisle. The menu has something for everyone, and is reasonably priced. It is one...

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Bologna

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  • Santo Stefano

    5 out of 5 stars

    Bologna Things to Do

    In my previous tip about Santo Stefano I described the three churches that face on to the piazza: the Church of the Crucifix, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Church of Saints Vitale and Agricola. Here I cover the remaining parts of this extensive complex that lie behind those churches. Behind the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the open...

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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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  • Tamburini

    4 out of 5 stars

    Bologna Restaurants

    This is apparently something of an institution in Bologna, having been established since the 1930s and still managed by the Tamburini family today. Like many places in and around the Quadrilatero it is shop, bar and restaurant rolled into one. You can buy a wide range of typical Bolognese specialities such as mortadella and tortellini, you can...

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Pisa

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  • The Tower

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Pisa Things to Do

    The Piazza Dei Duomo maybe a Unesco World Heritage site and is really beautifual work of art, but the singular structure that put Pisa on the World Map is the lowly Campanile (Belfry) of the Cathedreal Santa Maria Assunta that has been leaning for several hundred years as it was made into an unstable ground foundation. It is the third oldest...

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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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  • Around Miracoli Square

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Pisa Restaurants

    We ended up at Ristorante L’Europeo in Pisa by the start of the evening. We saw all the beautiful buildings at the Piazza dei Miracoli and decided that is was time for a nice meal. We walked our way over the Via S Maria to see if we could find a nice restaurant. Our idea was to get away as far as possible of the tourist trap square, because we...

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Pompeii

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  • Forum - Foro

    Pompeii Things to Do

    Roman Forums where the center of any roman town or city and is where many of the political, judicial and religious establishments are in any Roman Settlement. Here in Pompeii, the Roman Forum is located along the Via Villa dei Misteri of which this large quadrangle of which has a generic construct of a basilica and other buildings having a...

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  • Hotel Forum

    Pompeii Hotels

    stayed in pompei 1 night but well worth it. get off at the cicrcumsision station pompei and turn...

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  • Porta Marina

    4 out of 5 stars

    Pompeii Restaurants

    there is a few cafeterias, restaurants and sandwich stalls along the Piazza Porta Marina area of Pompeii as this it the drop off and pick up route for the private cars and tour buses going to and from the Pompeii ruins of which the food stalls and restaurants here offer a variety of neopolitan and national Italian food and dishes such as pastas,...

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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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  • Grand Hotel Savoia

    Genoa Hotels

    We booked a room here for a special New Year's Eve treat and were not disappointed. The hotel is a...

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  • Maria

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Genoa Restaurants

    We got an enthusiastic tip for Maria's restaurant from our hotel, but we had a very mixed experience there. The atmosphere is REALLY authentic--gym basement decor, OK if you know it is what you are after. That was not our problem. Problems were (1) it was pretty hard to figure out what you were going to get from handwritten, Italian only menu, and...

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Naples

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  • Archaelogical Museum

    Naples Things to Do

    Yes, you must go.. even if this is the only thing you visit in Naples. The museum is housed in a rather magnificent 1586, originally the headquarters for the University of Naples and later used as a cavalry barracks before being turned into a museum during the late 1700s. The best sculptures, paintings and mosaics from Pompeii, Herculaneum and the...

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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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  • Pizza - Fried Food

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Naples Restaurants

    Along the street of Naples I found a local pizza place which sells take away pizza for one euro each, the pizza was just dough with tomato sauce which tasted very, very good. The store cannot even keep up with the demand and the shelves were always empty.

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Como

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  • Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Como Things to Do

    Como Cathedral is located on Duomo Square. It is a beautiful building attached to Como's medieval town hall with its large tower. In Italian it is called the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta; the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The construction of the cathedral began in 1396, 10 years after the foundation of Milan...

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  • Barchetta Excelsior

    Como Hotels

    Though definitely not Como's most beautiful building, Hotel Barchetta Excelsior nevertheless has an...

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  • Pasticceria Monti

    2 out of 5 stars

    Como Restaurants

    This is a typical local cafe that has everything except politeness, especially for the turists. The staff and supervisor were rude when we asked for complimentary chips and olives with our beer (6.50e) and said that they don't give. Well that was wrong as all the other tables with locals were full of them and sure they did not ask, as many were...

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Taormina

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  • Greek Theatre

    Taormina Things to Do

    Taormina's Greco-Roman theatre, which dates from the third century BC is the second largest largest Greek theatre in Sicily, after Siracusa. Architectural purists may be concerned about the Roman alterations to the original Greek building, but for the majority of visitors what matters is the fantastic setting with views of Mount Etna. It is still...

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  • Hotel Villa Fabbiano

    Taormina Hotels

    Just finished a wonderful stay at the Villa Fabiano in Taormina. The staff at this small, classy,...

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  • Texicana

    4 out of 5 stars

    Taormina Restaurants

    Speaking as a Texan away from home, the Texican was a blessing. The staff was extremely nice and just loved the Texas culture. The walls were filled with "cowboy" guns and decor. The food is about as close to real tex-mex as you can imagine since you are half way around the world, but it was delicious none the less.

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Lucca

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  • City walls

    Lucca Things to Do

    The history of fortified walls of Lucca begins in 200 A.C. - with a classic square of walls that surrounded the city centre, and with part of it seen there up to today. During the Napoleon era the walls were demilitarized, and since that acted as a public walkway. What a great idea  The access to the city was secured by several fortified...

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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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  • Visit the cathedral.

    Lucca Things to Do

    The duomo of San Martino (or the cathedral) was founded in the VI century. It was rebuilt around 1060 and renewed between the XII and the XIII centuries. The interior was rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries.One of the highlights of this church is Civitali' s tempietto; built in 1482. It houses the Volto Santo (Holy Face). A large wooden crucifix...

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Bergamo

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  • Piazza Vecchia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bergamo Things to Do

    This beautiful square in the centre of Bergamo has a lovely fountain in the centre. This is decorated with white marble lions donated to the city by Alvise Contarini in 1780. On the north side there is a library building which used to be the town hall. This was being restored and was hidden under tarpaulin during our visit. On the south side is...

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  • Mercure Bergamo Palazzo Dolci

    Bergamo Hotels

    Check-in and check-out were smooth. I obtained valuable information from the hotel staff. The...

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  • La Bruscetta

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bergamo Restaurants

    We had a party of seven and we were seated at an outside table. One the plus side it was nice as there was a good atmosphere but being next to the street it was a little noisy. Everyone enjoyed their meal and it was fairly priced. I liked the langoustino that stared at me before I ate him. It was part of the seafood platter.

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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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