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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  • Termini Station Restaurants

    4 out of 5 stars

    Rome Restaurants

    The Odd Room is an easy going restaurant, with good food and friendly waiters who even did their best to explain the menu to me in English. Plain furniture, wooden tables and bar stools. I sat close to the front door, but there are also benches at the back for couples in search of a little more privacy. I had a three course menu: bruschettone, some...

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Venice

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  • Gondola

    4 out of 5 stars

    Venice Things to Do

    this will be my things to do tips for the gondola. I will have a separate transportation tip for it. If you are like me who view the Gondola Ride as a Priceless Experience and would nit mind the cost of riding one, then you would enjoy the Gondola Ride. Gondolas are actually traditional, flat-bottomed Venetian rowing boat that is used for public...

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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

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Florence Things to Do

    Work on the new cathedral, begun in 1296, was interrupted in 1302 when Arnolfo di Cambio died. His place as masterbuilder was taken by Giotto, in 1334. Due to a social situation and certain natural calamities, the construction of the cathedral slowed down. After Giotto's death, in 1337, Andrea Pisano, Francesco Talenti and Giovanni di Lapo Ghini...

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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

    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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  • Street Food

    4 out of 5 stars

    Milan Restaurants

    Eu5 for a large and warming bag of roast chestnuts sold aside the Duomo This was the 2nd week in December 2015 and the Christmas markets were crammed all around the Duomo except for the Piazza itself, not sure how many food vendors are only seasonal You take away a double bag so you can save the emptied shells until you get the chance to bin...

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Sorrento

See all 731 Sorrento Tips
  • Day Trip to Capri

    Sorrento Things to Do

    part two of my tips with more pictures Sorrento, Together with Naples, is the main stepping point for a day tour or two of the fabulous Island of Capri, termed the Luxe Resort Island and the payground of Emperors of the Roman Empire. Capri Nowadays is a Major Tourist and Shopping Destination along the Bay of Naples. Capri is accessible from...

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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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Bologna

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  • Santo Stefano

    5 out of 5 stars

    Bologna Things to Do

    The Cortile di Pilato...Pilate's courtyard...is an open space surrounded by cloisters which lies behind the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre. From there you can get an excellent view of the intricate brickwork patterns of that church's rear wall. The arcades on each side of the courtyard are made of brick in the Romanesque Lombard style. underneath...

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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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  • Da Nello al Montegrappa

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bologna Restaurants

    The restaurant is celebrating its 65th year in 2011. Most of the waiters here have been working in this restaurant for over 33 years or more. They all have a profound knowledge of their wonderful food and excellent wines on the menu. The ambiance is cozy-elegant with wooden panels on the wall and white tablecloth. Everything is home made and even...

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Verona

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  • Piazza delle Erbe

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Verona Things to Do

    Piazza delle Erbe was one of the most beautiful parts of Verona, but the rain was at its heaviest and iciest when we got here and we lost each other and had to wander round and round getting wetter and wetter till we found each other again. Despite the dreadful weather, I took lots of photos of it and so will post even more here. After all each...

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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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Pisa

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  • The Duomo - Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Pisa Things to Do

    The Cattedrale di Pisa is supposed to be the star attraction of the Piazza Dei Duomo but it is eclipsed by it's more famous bell tower, the campanile (the leaning tower of Pisa) that made the city famous around the world. This huge cathedral was started 1064 but was finished in 1093 and designed by Architect Buschetto into the Pisan Romanesque...

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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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Pompeii

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  • Human Remains

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Pompeii Things to Do

    beside the various artifacts unearthed around Pompeii that are displayed at the restored Forum Granary, you would also see the plastered remains of the humans and animals that perished in the famous Vesuvius eruption of 79 AD. at the northwestern end of the Pompeii forum is a large restored building which was the site of the former Forum Granary,...

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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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  • Via San Lorenzo and the cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Genoa Things to Do

    The San Lorenzo Cathedral or St. Laurence Cathedral is Genoa's stunningly beautiful black and white striped cathedral. It was founded in the 4th or 5th century. Since the Crusades it has housed the ashes of Saint John the Baptist -San Giovanni Battista, the patron saint of Genoa. The cathedral had a very lucky escape on February 9th, 1941, when...

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  • Melia Genova

    Genoa Hotels

    The hotel is nice, quiet position, very nice rooms... polite personnel-the majority of them. 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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  • Duomo - Cathedral

    Naples Things to Do

    Naples' Duomo dates from the 1200s, although to be perfectlky honest you have to look hard to see evidence of that nowadays. The facade dates from the 1800s and there interior dates from...well, almost any time in between those dates. No photos are allowed on the interior, which is a great pity as the chapel of San Gennaro, Naples' patron saint...

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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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  • Caffè Gambrinus

    4 out of 5 stars

    Naples Restaurants

    Take a coffe in Gambrinus, in Plebiscito square, it is not a real restaurant, but it is the most elegant coffe in the city, and I must admitt that their coffe is excellent. Ofcourse you pay the location so expect to py a coffe t least 2€ if you do not seat or 5 and more if you seat at a table.

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Lucca

See all 635 Lucca Tips
  • City walls

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Mara Meo

    Lucca Restaurants

    All my life I eat in the same way which is, in my opinion, quite healthy because I've never had stomach problems. During last ten years or so, media keep us worn what we shouldn't eat at all and the list of forbidden food is longer by each new day. At the end will turn out that we aren't allowed to eat anything at all because all food can harm...

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Como

See all 331 Como Tips
  • Funicular

    Como Things to Do

    Exit the train station, walk to the lake, then go right, you will reach the funicular. We were able to use it for free with our seven day Lombardy train pass, but we had to show our pass at the ticket office first and get issued with return tickets. When you get off at the top, go down the steps to the viewing platform before exiting the...

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  • Palace Hotel

    Como Hotels

    Initially I passed right by the hotel because the front gate looked too majestic to actually be the...

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  • Il Gatto Nero

    Como Restaurants

    Located in a small villa on the hills of Cernobbio overlooking Lake Como, il Gatto Nero is one of the musts when visiting the area. Dining takes place on two terraces with incredible views over the lake, which is why we decided to have our first lunch here in May 2015, and needless to say, it was a most memorable welcome meal. Although the food was...

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Taormina

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  • Greek Theatre

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Taormina Things to Do

    Taormina's most Romanticised monument, il Teatro Greco does leave you breathless. It is the Classical theatre with the best view in the world, consisting of the Mediterranean on one side and the hilltop town of Taormina on the other against a backdrop of snow-covered Mount Etna. Though mostly referred to as the Greek Theatre of Taormina (Teatro...

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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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  • Le Naumachie

    Taormina Restaurants

    This restaurant is named after the nearby ruins of the ancient Greco-Roman Naumachia. The food and its presentation is however very modern (though one or two dishes are what Michael Winner might term 'historic'). Bread comes with olive oil for dipping and an assortment of different salts (plain, orange and sage. A 'carpaccio' of local cheeses was...

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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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