By Austin Minning
Tuscany and Umbria contain some of Italy’s most photogenic landscapes. The two regions include the famed cities of Florence, Siena, Assissi, Perugia, and Pisa; miles of coastline; and the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago.
While Tuscany is known for its blend of cosmopolitan culture with classic architecture, Umbria is known as the “green heart of Italy,” perfect for walking, caving, hang-gliding and rafting. Within these Italian regions, are some of the most scenic and historical spots in the Mediterranean; so it’s no wonder why Tuscany and Umbria contain the most visited sites in Italy.
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By Helen Forbes
When you’re planning that dream holiday to Italy, the key is to research first and not try to do everything at once. There is so much to see while in the country, when it comes to travelling, Italy is best bitten off in small chunks. If you want to visit the countryside, take time to explore it properly by driving around one area and not overextending yourself when travelling. Italy lends itself quite well to a slow-paced ride through small villages and hamlets, stopping here and there as whimsy strikes. But, if you want to immerse in the art and history and love the hustle and bustle of a large city, you may want to explore the two cultural capitals of Rome and Florence. Here is just a taste of what you can encounter in these two very different, but equally impressive, destinations.
“All roads lead to Rome,” so the saying goes – and it is mostly true. As the capital city, and the largest in Italy, Rome requires some time for a proper exploration when you are travelling. Italy’s extensive history is on evident display everywhere here. Since its founding in 753BC, Rome has been inhabited since some 14,000 years ago. The centre of the ancient city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – with the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon and the arches, just to name a few attractions. There are also the markets, the museums and lesser-known sites like the catacombs and the “bone church”. Whatever you decide to focus on, be sure to give yourself ample time, as you could spend months in Rome and not truly see it all.
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By Irisa L Ynn
he rich artistic architectural allure will captivate you while the sensational food choices will leave you wanting more. Trying to find that perfect vacation option that appeals to all age levels yet provides intellectual stimulation? Consider the beauty of Italy and the prestige of Florence.
Italy is among the top vacation destinations in Europe. Traveling alone or with a family can become challenging during any season. Being prepared for any unforeseen occurrences while overseas is a great way to offer assurance to yourself as well as your traveling companions. Keeping all-important documentation together in a safe place insures identification when required. Obtaining currency or utilizing the use of a credit card is a great way to securing funds. Consumers traveling over seas are able to cancel a credit card if it appears to be lost or stolen. Planning to have additional funds for a return ticket or purchasing a round trip ticket is a great way to ensure a safe return home. Traveling the world is a great way to open your awareness of different cultures and lifestyles, yet there is nothing like returning home.
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By Glenn Aitelli
If you haven’t been to Florence, Italy, you are missing out on one of the most beautiful masterpieces in the world, quite literally. Florence was home to many famous artists like Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci and contains some of the world’s most beautifully designed buildings and landmarks.
The panoramic views from Boboli Gardens or Piazzale Michelangelo offer breathtaking views of the city of Florence and the mountainous surrounding landscape. Piazzale Michelangelo is a tribute to Florence’s favorite son and has a copy of the David in the center of the Piazza. You can take a picnic lunch and enjoy the serene beauty of the River Arno and the four bridges that cross it.
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By Sara Rossi
Suzanne Morris, a frequent and seasoned visitor to the land of wine and pasta, shares her secrets for successful travel for those who are planning a trip to Italy.
Morris combines research and personal experience to share with her readers everything one needs to know when planning a trip to Tuscany: all the must-see venues, from famous museums and attractions to little-known holes-in-the-wall that will provide an authentic cultural experience for any traveler.
Need tips for travel to Italy, whether you’re traveling as a family or planning a romantic get-away for just the two of you? Morris helps readers find lodging that meets their needs. It also offers suggestions for authentic restaurants for every budget, as well as a comprehensive listing of wineries and vineyards that offer wonderful wine tastings. Additionally, she also includes opening hours, prices, and tips to facilitate visits to popular sites in this culturally rich metropolitan city.
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Pisa is an enchanting city with wide streets, the peaceful flow of the Arno, and bright sunny days. When the sky is clear, you can see the Apuan Alps and the famous marble mines in Carrara. Thanks to its strategic position close to the seaside, Pisa used to be trade center of Tuscan cities and faraway countries, attracting even businessmen from overseas. In the past, the city was full of foreign sailors and merchants. Today, its streets are full of tourists and students from all around the world, who study at the University of Pisa.
In the Middle Ages, Pisa was an important trade port and a powerful naval state. It constantly, and successfully, fought with Genova, Venice and Amalfi to gain control over the Mediterranean, and grew to become the leading power of the region. At those times, the city built Piazza dei Miracoli, the Square of Miracles, that turned into the center of business, politics and culture.
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By L Jabr
It is difficult to imagine many locations in the world that give birth to romance and beauty as does the city of Florence, Italy in the heart of Tuscany. It is believed that close to 400,000 residents live in the city and when you speak of the complete metro area; the number climbs to nearly 1.5 million. Florence is nestled magnificently upon the River Amo. The city is full of amazing history, splendid architecture, and artistic beauty, making Florence one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Florence, Italy is undoubtedly one of the most famous places in the world for attractions. Nearly 2 million tourists a year visit the city to view amazing destinations such as the Statue of David, The Basilica di San Miniato al Monte and the Opera at St. Mark’s Anglican Church. The Statue of David by Michelangelo is breathtaking. The Basilica di San Miniato al Monte rests upon a hill on the outskirts of Florence. It was built nearly a thousand years ago and still reflects passionately on Tuscany. There is nothing quite like viewing an opera at the Opera at St. Marks Anglican Church. You will find attractions like this all over Florence.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: ROBERT BELL
Maremma is a tourist hotspot that is visited by tourists during their Tuscany holidays to spend a relaxing time I a wild nature… Maremma is located in the southwestern part of Tuscany this is the place where is possible to enjoy nature, culture, beautiful landscape, hot springs, sea, sandy beaches, historic town, medieval villages, etc, in this place.
Photograph by Tiziano
The climate of the region is mild and the region is replete with almond trees, which makes it a great destination in Tuscany beach holidays. The hilltops of Maremma house some interesting towns and the place has been home for ancient Etruscan settlements and tombs. This coastal region is a ‘hiker’s haven’ and has many fishing villages.
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Siena is a city in Tuscany. It is the provincial capital of Siena province. The historic center of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. Siena is surrounded by olive groves and the vineyards of Chianti. Set on three hills, the city is drawn together by winding alleyways and steep steps. A wonderful city that is the home of some of the most precious medieval art and architectural treasures. Siena offers a never-ending number of cultural sights and interests for travellers.
Arrival Plane Florence Airport “Amerigo Vespucci” connects with all major Italian airports and 13 European destinations. From the airport there is a direct coach bus service for Siena offered by Train or take the train from Florence S.M. Novella station. Pisa International Airport “Galileo Galilei” is the most important in Tuscany: it links the city with major Italian and European destinations. Pisa is connected to Siena by many trains (app. two-hour trip) with a change at Empoli.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: ORSON JOHNSON
You might feel your breath virtually taken away by overwhelming awe for a number of times, while in Florence – the city brimming with breath taking beauties. Florence certainly is one of the most awesome beauties of the world. Surely, one of my favorite travel destinations, Florence is an exotic city strewn with many awe-inspiring sites and landscapes.
Famous for its marvelous art & architecture and beguiling scenic beauty, Florence is the city hemmed in by captivating sites. The city certainly has numerous charms, which are not only within the main city, but spread all over its surroundings and adjoining areas. So, whenever you are in Florence, don’t miss to take a trip outside the city, after relishing all major attractions within the city. Here are some of the worth visiting places outside Florence.
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