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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