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 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: 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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Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region, having around half a million inhabitants and being situated almost in the middle of the Italian peninsula. Here, you can visit many beautiful, renaissance style buildings, including interesting churches and majestic palaces. The heart of the city is Piazza de Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, the center of the city being steeped in culture.
If you are planning to visit Florence soon and you are looking for accommodation, you should know that lodging in Florence can be quite expensive, especially in summer. Hotels offer their customers comfortable and practical accommodation, but most of them fit into the luxury category. If you don’t want to spend an important amount on money, we suggest trying rentals in Florence. The difference between hotels and rentals is the fact that the last ones offer great accommodation conditions but they are less expensive.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: by Richard Chapo
Often consider Rome Light, Florence is the city of the Medici and art galore. Despite this, there is an odd modern influence in this hallowed city.
When it came to the Renaissance, Florence was definitely one of the places to be. The city is full of examples of the past whether from great artist, architecture or significant sites. The city center dominates travel guides, but gardens and interesting sites can be seen by just strolling through the city.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: Michele De Capitani
Among academies, libraries and museums, religious monuments, churches, civil architecture and buildings you will experience you really are in a treasure hunting. For this reason not only tourists, or backpackers but prevalently international students or even international volunteers are choosing this city for their academic courses, stages and studies.
Well, to start, we mention an international place where students, travellers, journalists and actors usually meet: at Acqua al 2 you can get cannelloni, beef, selection of salads, pasta, cheese and excellent wines at average prices of â‚¬30. Acqual al 2 is a modern bistro that we suggest in Via Vigna Vecchia ,40; ph: +39 055 284 170; open daily from 7.30 pm-1am).
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By Alberto Scarsi
Florence! The heart of the art! Located in the middle of Tuscany, it has represented for centuries the cradle of art, in all its forms and expressions. This enormous and priceless heritage has attracted people from all over the world, making of Florence one of the most popular tourist destinations. This has not always been the case though, at least for some years.
Thousands of soldiers were sent to Europe, and Italy, during the Second World War and Florence became a land to conquer and then to defend. Museums, churches, cathedrals, piazzas and other beauties of Florence were no longer the aim of those who came from far away. Sadly, many would not make their way back home and thanks to their lives, Florence, Italy and Europe could find again its previous freedom.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: By Simone Ficozzi
Florence is a city full of history, where itâ€™s easy to be charmed by what surrounds you and do not notice some little corners, minor ones, that make you rediscover the city and the character of Florentine people.
One of these is in Borgo Ognissanti at number 12, where is located the reversed balcony. Admiring it is a pleasure especially if you think about the legend that surrounds it, not because it was object of peculiar tales but because it reflects very well the city and its inhabitants, reflection where I see myself too.
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