Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Visiting Italy's Interesting Places

One of the places I have always wanted to visit is of course, Italy. We're all familiar with the cities of Rome, Venice, Milan and Florence, just to name a few.

Rome is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the European Union. Visitors come from around the world to see famous landmarks such as the Colosseum, the Forum and the Patheon. You might want to throw three coins into Trevi Fountain, climb the Spanish Steps and later enjoy some latte in Piazza Navona. At Vatican City, you can visit St. Peter's Cathedral and enjoy its fountains, statues and the church dome. At the Vatican Museum, you won't want to miss the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael or the Sistine Chapel. Rome's two main airports are the Leonardo Da Vinci and Ciampino Airport. For affordable accommodation, you may want to check information on Roma Hotel which would suit your budget and travelling needs.

Florence is famous for its world-class art galleries and museums plus the beautiful setting along the Arno River. You may wish to hike up to Piazzale Michelangelo and enjoy a fabulous view of Florence's skyline. When you visit Florence, be sure to see the Italian paintings at the Uffizi Gallery and sculptures at the Bargello. You also won't want to miss Michelangelo's famous statue of "David" at the Accademia Gallery. Florence is located just two hours north of Rome. Check out Firenze Hotel for the best accommodation to suit your needs.

Milan is Italy's second largest city and is a world centre for banking, high fashion and international conferences. Visitors to Milan will be impressed by its famous landmarks which include the Duomo, the Vittorio Emanuele II shopping plaza and the La Scala Opera House. Many people visit Milan for shopping purposes of course. To find the best place to stay, check out Milano Hotel.

And finally the City of Venice. Visitors to Venice will find that this undeniably beautiful and unusual city has a whole host of things to interest any traveller. Once one of the most powerful cities in the world, the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Cathedral remain as a testament to its naval and religious past. Dominating one end of St Mark's Square, the cathedral is a spectacular building. Romanesque and gothic carvings as well as numerous mosaics contribute to make this one of Europe's most exotic cathedrals. Rising high to the side of the cathedral is the Campanile; at 99 metres the view from the top of the tower provides a spectacular panorama of the city with virtually every building able to be identified.

Although many tourists mistakenly think the Bridge of Sighs is so named due to people sighing at the beauty of the bridge, it is actually named after the sighs of prisoners who were taken across it to the city's prisons. Although gloomy, the prisons provide an insight into Venice's past.

Travelling from place to place in the city is often best on foot, but for those who can afford it, taking a tour on a gondola is one of the most decadent and romantic ways to explore the city's
winding canals. Grouping together with other people can make the ride more affordable, as can haggling with the gondolier for a cheaper price. To choose a place to stay, check out Venezia Hotel for the best choices to pick from.

Make your visit to Italy is a memorable one by ensuring you visit these grand cities!

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