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Rome on a Budget
The best way to get the most out of your trip to this beautiful city is to do your homework (groan) but lucky for you, I’ve done all the hard work for you! Here’s how you can get around Rome on a budget. Rome. The incredible, awe-inspiring, historic capital of Italy is home to some of the most influential architecture, art and food in the world. Being that the city has such a rich history and world famous historic ruins, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations. The list of places to visit in Rome is endless and you will need a minimum of three days and meticulous planning to cover most of its top attractions.
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Milan City Guide
Milan doesn’t often top people’s lists of places to visit in Italy, but this city has a rich cultural heritage. There are plenty of things to do in Milan, whether you’re into fashion, food, or history, there’s something for everyone.
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The Amalfi Coast, Italy
Treat yourself with some visual delights as you get on a scenic drive along the winding roads of the Amalfi Coast, Italy, where dramatic cliffs plunge into the azure waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The picturesque towns of Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello are decorated with pastel buildings that cling to the mountainsides like glittering gems. You can wander through narrow alleys, discover hidden coves, and savor delectable seafood cuisine at charming seaside trattorias, all while being surrounded by the soothing melody of the waves.
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10 Best Cities To Visit In Italy
From mouth-watering food and world-class art to its fabulous fashion and iconic buildings, Italy is nothing short of being one of the most alluring destinations in Europe. Steeped in history, this ancient city’s street is lined with fantastic palaces, churches, museums, and more. Italy has so much to offer that it can be quite overwhelming to decide which Italian cities are worth visiting, especially if it’s your first time visiting. Many travellers choose the classic itinerary of Rome, Florence, and Venice, perhaps with a side trip through Tuscany. But with each city offering a unique experience makes it even more challenging to list the best ones to visit. However, we have tried our best to list the best cities to visit in Italy.
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Beautiful Islands in Italy
From the glamorous shores of Capri to the rugged landscapes of Sardinia, Italy’s islands have something for everyone. Whether you’re a beach bum, a history fanatic, or a foodie, these islands offer a diverse range of experiences that are sure to delight and inspire. Picture yourself wandering through the narrow streets of Procida, sipping aperitivos in the piazzas of Ponza, or hiking through the lush forests of Elba. Or perhaps you prefer soaking up the sun on the beaches of the Aeolian Islands! So, let’s discover the hidden gems, iconic landmarks, and local secrets of Italy’s most enchanting islands together!
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My Trip to Milan
When you hear the word Milan, the first thing that comes to mind is iconic style, fashion, and brands! The Fashion Capital of the World is a title that is given to this bustling Italian city. Everything about this city reeks of wealth, money, and status. But there is more to it than that, so let me start at the beginning. We rumbled into Milano Centrale by train from Venice one cold morning. Dragging our bags behind us, we walked to our hotel which was just around the corner from the station. After a hearty breakfast of hot fluffy croissants washed down with coffee, we were all set to conquer Milano.
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Colosseum History
Did you know that in A.D. 80, Vespasian’s son Titus opened the Colosseum–officially known as the Flavian Amphitheater–with 100 days of games, including gladiatorial combats and wild animal fights? And now it’s one of the most visited sites in the world. Find out more about the history behind this colossal structure.
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Paestum, Italy (c. 600–550 BC)
Once a major Greek city, Pasteum (Poseidonia in Greek) is famous for the remarkably well-preserved complex of three temples in the Doric style to Hera and Athena.
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Italy Travel Tips
Italy is one of the most beautiful countries to visit in Europe. With so many famous destinations and sights, from the iconic ruins of Rome to the spectacular Tuscan countryside and the picturesque canals of Venice, you’re sure to have an unforgettable visit. But, with so much to see and do, you can get overwhelmed. So here are some Italy travel tips to make your trip a little smoother. Like most places, Italy has its own unique culture and customs. So, to save yourself any embarrassment or trouble, from big cultural faux pas to seemingly minuscule things, be sure to brush up on these useful Italy travel tips before you go.
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Basilica of San Vitale di Ravenna, Ravenna (Italy)
Like the Basilica of Sant’ Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, the Basilica of San Vitale was also originally built by Bishop Ecclesius in 526 under the Ostrogoths. It was completed by the Bishop of Ravenna in 547 under the Byzantines. It was sponsored by Julius Argentarius, a banker and architect who also sponsored the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe. The Basilica of San Vitale is said to have been built on the site of the martyrdom of Saint Vitalis (also known as Vitalis of Milan). The church is filled with spectacular mosaics, some of the finest and best preserved in the world. Among these are two panels depicting Emperor Justinian I and Empress Theodora respectively. Dressed in royal purple, they are accompanied by vast entourages of court officials and clergy.
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A day in Rome
A day in Rome
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6 Reasons to visit Italy
With its natural beauty, incredible food, art, and style, Italy is a destination where one visit is not enough. You will definitely come back for more, for its velvety tiramisu, piping hot melting cheese of fresh pizzas, the smooth cold taste of gelato, the perfect Instagram filter-like golden glow of Venice, the very elegant style of roman boutiques, sunlight split across olive trees. These are a few of the many reasons why people love Italy so much. If you are planning to book your tickets to Italy, here are more reasons to sweeten the deal for you. Its natural beauty, incredible food, art, and style are just the tip of the iceberg. So, why should everyone visit the famous boot-shaped country? Check out these top reasons to visit Italy.
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Italy – La Dolce Vita
When it comes to living the ideal sweet life, Italy is the best! The birthplace of pizza, pasta, and gelato, Italy tantalizes taste buds and captures hearts which makes it an ideal destination for those who’re passionate about food. From the historic marvels of Rome and the artistic treasures of Florence to the enchanting canals of Venice, this Mediterranean gem keeps travellers coming back for more.
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The best of Florence and Padua
We set off from Viareggio by train (you can click here to read about my stint there) to Fiorenza aka Firenze aka Florence in Tuscany. The birthplace of the Renaissance, it is known as the Athens of the Middle Ages. We checked into the quaint San Giorgio Hotel which is very close to the central train termini. A quick wash later, we donned our sneakers and set off on our “Walking tour” of Florence. That is the best way to do it – don’t bother with the bus tour. You can absorb the essence that is Florence only by walking its cobbled streets and paved sidewalks.
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Colosseum, Rome (70–80 AD)
Rome’s most famous classical ruin is also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre. Seating well over 50,000 people, it is located just next to the ruins of the Roman Forum