Start your journey in Rome, the center of the world, both for Catholics and Renaissance. See historical artifacts and Roman architecture, including the monumental Coliseum, the old administrative center in Roman forum, And the Pantheon. Afterwards, visit the Vatican City located in the central area of Rome, where the pope's residence is located. Go to the Basilica of Saint Peter, walking through the square of the same name. It is the largest and most important Catholic basilica in the world. Admire the Sistine Chapel of Michelangelo, located in one of the Vatican museums.
Head north to the region of the Tuscany and visit the cradle of the Italian Renaissance, Florence. Visit the main art museums of the city to witness the artistic wonders of Italian art, such as Michelangelo's David, which is exhibited at the Galleria dell'Accademia delle Belle Arti, or the Birth of Venus in the Gallery Uffizi. In the nearby city of Pisa you will see one of the most important attractions in Europe, the Campo dei Miracoli, famous for its Bell tower inclined Finally, tour the vineyards of Tuscany, including the famous region of Chianti.
The northernmost area of Italy has two other important cities for you: Venice y Milan. Take the opportunity to take a walk along the Canal Grande in Venice. Afterwards, he arrives in Milan to contemplate the Duomo, one of the most fascinating Gothic cathedrals in Europe. Near there is the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie, with a simpler style, although in its facilities a very important work is protected: the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.
Travel to Italy by plane and reach the international airports of Rome, Milan or Venice. Touring the country by car or train is an ideal option. To end your visit with a well-deserved rest after visiting the big cities of Italy, sail to the calm Mediterranean islands of Sicily o Sardinia.
Holidays in Rome 2018
Rome is home to more than 2.8 millions of residents, many of whom will be happy to tell you which is the best pizzeria in the city or which is their favorite soccer team. The only time when the rhythm drops a little is in the afternoon, after the meal.
However, getting lost in Rome is part of the charm. You could discover some hidden treasure such as an underground bakery that serves "cornetti" (horns from the oven) or an archaeological dig in the center of some busy street.
In addition, an obligatory stop of your visit to Rome is to admire its artistic and architectural monuments. In the Vatican, you will find wonders of the Renaissance, such as the Palazzo Senatorio (the Palace of the Senate) and the Sistine Chapel. And you will also find jewels of the Baroque likeBasilica of Saint Peter Spain Square and theTrevi's Fountain. Travel to even more remote times to live close to the Roman Empire: stroll through Roman Forum, which culminates in the imposing Coliseum. Between each of your walks, sit and enjoy a coffee in one of the squares of the old city, like the Navona Square.
Along with opera and other musical styles, football and architecture, the Romans love food and wine, and you can eat delicious throughout the capital. In Rome there is quite good Italian cuisine and wine. Spaghetti carbonara is a classic stew, however, true Roman cuisine is much more than pasta. It is simple and delicious food that is prepared with what is available in the season.
Once you have visited the obligatory reference points every day, do as the locals do. Find a corner to eat your "gelato" (ice cream) and contemplate the pink tones of sunset while practicing the Roman ideal of "il dolce far niente", or "how sweet it is to do nothing".
Holidays in Venice 2018
Venice is a very lively city even in winter. Summer is usually very warm and that's when most people visit the city. If you prefer, come in privaera or autumn, when the weather is more temperate. It is easy to visit the main attractions in a matter of a few days. The St. Mark's Square(known as "The Piazza") is the perfect place to start. There you will see two of the most spectacular buildings in Venice: the St Mark's Basilica and Ducal Palace ("Palazzo Ducale", in Italian) In the Basilica you will find the best example of the Byzantine influence in Venice, with the golden mosaics and the domes complexes. For its part, the Palazzo Ducale will surely impress you with the luxury and power it reflects.
The Grand Canal forms an S and passes through the main points of interest. You could spend hours just watching gondolas and "water buses" (so-called "vaporetti"). Or, get on one and take an unforgettable ride. The aquatic tour can take you through buildings as renowned as the Ca 'd'Oro, the Basilica of Saint Mary of Health and it will allow you to go below the representative Ponte de Rialto. Try a traditional dish based on rice and peas (risi e bisi) in some traditional "osteria" (a small restaurant that serves local specialties).
Make sure you see other of the Venetian treasures, such as Church of Santa Maria de los Milagros (Chiesa Santa Maria dei Miracoli), a church of pure marble dating from the fifteenth century. Take a boat ride to the islands Murano y Burano. Both are known by artisans who work with glass (Murano) and lace (Burano). The walk through the islands can be done quietly in a day from the always busy but irresistible heart of Venice.
Savor your days in the City of the Canals and grapple with the food, romance and luxury of Italy.
Holidays in Florence 2018
Brunelleschi's dome at the top of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo, in Italian) dominates the horizon. Close up, the cathedral is no less impressive. The colorful marble facade occupies a prominent place in the cultural and physical heart of the city, the Piazza del Duomo. The central location of the square makes it the perfect starting point from which you can visit the main attractions of the city.
Walk in any direction to find more Florentine delights. To the south is the Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi), one of the most revered and important art museums in the world. Spend a whole day admiring the masterpieces of the great Renaissance artists such as Botticelli, da Vinci and Rafael.
Cross the Old Bridge, the famous pedestrian bridge that crosses the Arno River, to appreciate more artistic works in the Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti). The palace, which was once the residence of the ruling family of the Medici, houses a series of galleries containing works by masters such as Raphael and Caravaggio. In the Bóboli Garden (Giardino di Boboli), near there, you will discover one of the first examples of Italian garden design, a place that also offers you splendid views of the entire city. To the north you will find magnificent examples of harmonious and rational design, so important for Renaissance art. The Church of San Lorenzo (Basilica di San Lorenzo) it is distinguished by the artistic work of Brunelleschi and Miguel Ángel.
Several cafés located between the galleries and shops serve typical Tuscan delights, such as Prosciutto ham, tomato soups and Florentine steaks. Sit and watch local residents pass by on their scooters or wearing the latest designer outfits. This is the home of the Gucci brand, and the residents are very passionate about their style.
Florence has a hot and Mediterranean climate. There are only prolonged periods of bad weather during the winter months. The city attracts about 8 millions of visitors each year, so it is likely that you will always meet many people even in the low seasons. Book your tickets for the galleries in advance, especially the Uffizi, since you may not get them if you simply show up there the day of your visit.
The main attractions in the city are 15 minutes walk away from each other. Public transport in Florence is efficient, and electric buses serve the main museums. Driving and parking can be problematic.
Holidays in Bologna 2018
Bologna is beautiful all year round, but if you want to enjoy the magnificent landscapes for which it is known, and watch the sun embrace its streets and rooftops, visit it between the months of April and October. If you come in winter you will love the famous covered corridors of the city, known as I Portici. These make it possible to cross the center of the city without suffering directly from the inclemency of the weather. Follow the corridors to reach the main monuments of the city, including the towers degli Asinelli and dei Garisenda, the twin towers of the Renaissance that can be seen throughout Bologna.
Food is one of the most important aspects for an Italian; so that the fact that Bologna is considered the gastronomic capital of Italy, will excite even the finest palates. Thanks to the excellent quality of the products and the importance given to the kitchen it is difficult to find bad food here. Look for pizzerias and trattorias with local people, as they are probably the best in the area. The pasta dish served with a rich meat sauce is a regional delicacy, now known throughout the world as Spaghetti Bolognese.
Bologna is well connected to the main Italian cities by means of Italy's high-speed rail system, but also internationally, thanks to its international airport. Once in the city you can travel by bus, taxi, on foot, or, you can do as the locals and rent a bicycle to visit the city with great style.