ITALY

Italy essentials

Coliseum

Colosseum

Location: Via dei Fori Imperial, Roma

This amphitheater is one of the classical antique remains and main sights of the Italian Peninsula. It was constructed 72-80 AD and holding enough space for estimated between 50,000 to 80,000 spectators, making it the largest amphitheater in Roman Empire and ever built. It is also depicted on the Italian version of the five-cent euro coin. Attractions include a museum dedicated to Eros located in the upper floor of the outer wall of the amphitheater, and a network of subterranean passageways once used to transport wild animals and gladiators to the arena. Very iconic and majestic sight and a must-see for history enthusiast.

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Venecia

Venice canals

Location: Venice

With the network of 177 canals and 409 bridges, the city of Venice, built on a lagoon and an archipelago of 117 islands, is uniquely labyrinthine and the largest car-free area in Europe. Transportation within the city is still mainly on water or foot. Traffic with vaporetti waterbuses and water taxes offer to a visitor very extraordinary chance to feel the Italian urban pulse by waterway. City center Mestre-Carpenedo is the heart of mainland Venice and there are several bus routes and one tramway line. Notable canal attractions are e.g. Ca’ Loredan (City Hall of Venice), Caffè Florian, Doge’s Palace and Piazza San Marco.

Photo: Flickr – Hernán Piñera

 

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Como järvi

Lake Como

Location: Lombardy. To towns Como, Lecco and Colico leads the train connection from Milan,  where is an international airport.

With an area of 146 km², Lake Como is third-largest in Italy and very popular resort for its idyllic beauty. The lake area has been known for its splendid villas since antique times, with few remarkable ones such as Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo and Villa del Balbianello, restored as museum, in Lenno. Notable sight include the Abbazia di Piona Abby in Colico, Basilica di Sant’Abbondio in Como and the Orrido waterfront in Bellano.  Ferry transportation in lake between the hamlets is maintained well

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Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Location: Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa. How to get in Pisa

This remarkable belltower made of white marble is one of the architectural mirages. Funny story of its construction occured in three stages across 199 years. Construction was begun in 1173 and the tower began to sink after construction had progressed to the second floor in 1178, due the soil. In 1272 construction resumed. In an effort to compensate for the tilt, the engineers built upper floors with one side taller than the other. Because of this, the tower is actually curved. After the centuries of labour, the bell-chamber was finally added in 1372.

After the renovation work in 2008, the tower is again stabile and open for tourists.

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Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore

Location: Piazza del Duomo, Florence

This beautiful Gothic cathedral is the main church of Florence and a real eye-catcher of skyline of the historic city. Its construction began in 1296 and was completed in 1436. The cathedral complex includes the Baptistery and Giotto’s Campanile. These three buildings are part of the historic centre of Florence, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Roma

Piazza di Spagna

Location: Rome

At the bottom of the Spanish steps, this beautiful square widens in middle of the urban pulse of Rome. In the middle of the square lies its landmark, the Baroque fountain Fontana della Barcaccia. Located at the right corner of the Spanish Steps is the house, where English poet John Keats lived until his death in 1821. Currently it houses a museum dedicated to him and his friend Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Another attractions in the area are the Trinità dei Monti church, the Column of the Immaculate Conception and the Babington’s tea room for resting.

Photo: Flickr – Andrea Puggioni

Campo di Fiori

Campo de’ Fiori

Location: Parione district, Rome

This rectangular square is well-known as the centre of vivid nightlife and the meeting place due the proximity of several nightclubs and restaurants. It is also holding a famous open-air market, where visitors can find cheap souvenirs, flowers and fresh bread among the other things.

Very suitable place to have a glass of wine or latte macchiato and rest.

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Pincio

Pincio Gardens

Location: Prati district, Rome.

Here a tired visitor can relax and sense the tranquillity of green gardens on the hill.

Area also consists of several busts of famous persons lining the pathways.

Situated in the center of the gardens, lies an obelisk, which is believed to be a copy erected by the Emperor Hadrian as a tribute to his dead favorite friend and lover Antinoüs.

Here is also a famous water clock, originally constructed for the Paris Universal Expo in 1867. The balustraded Pincio Terrace offers divine panoramic view over the city and is a must-see during sunset.

Sixtina

Sistine Chapel

Location: Vatican City

Situated in the Apostolic Palace in picturesque papal area of the Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel is an artwork per se and one of the most important religious landmarks in the world.

It consists several breathtaking frescos, one of the most remarkable in ceiling as handicraft of famous Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo. The altar wall painting The Last Judgement is also his work. If a visitor must choose one religious attraction from Italy,  this is it.  Opening times

Alghero

Alghero

Location: Sassari province, Sardinia. Has an airport. Good bus connections to Cagliari, which is more popular flight destination.

This center of northwestern Sardinia is known for its very decent beaches and medieval atmosphere.  As a less known sight, it has a nickname ”Little Barcelona” because Catalan is co-official language of the city as a remain of the Spanish regime and there is even Catalan roadsigns.

Along with beach life, Alghero offers sights like the Palazzo Carcassona, the stalactite cave Neptune’s Grotto and the three different architectural styles comprising Alghero Cathedral

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  • Venice

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