One of the best places to visit in Italy, Venice is a unique city in that is built upon a lagoon surrounded by the Adriatic Sea. Located in northeastern Italy, Venice is an archipelago of 118 islands all connected by hundreds of beautiful bridges and scenic canals. Of the canals, the Grand Canal is most famous and divides the city into two sections. Picturesque waterways and historic architecture make Venice one of the most romantic cities in the world. Venice is often crowded but well worth visiting to see its magnificent landmarks like Saint Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doge’s Palace and Rialto Bridge. One of the most popular things to do is to take a gondola ride along one of its many canals.
Formerly the capital of the Roman Empire, Rome today is the government seat and capital city of Italy. Located in the country’s central region of Lazio, Rome is a vast and complex city that is both historic and modern at the same time. Best known for housing ancient Roman structures and the Vatican City, Rome has endured for more than 2,500 years as an important center for culture, power and religion. From ancient romantic plazas to stunning cathedrals and Renaissance architecture, there is so much to see and do in Rome, that it could take months or even years to see it all.
Florence / Pisa
Tuscany is famous throughout the world for its lovely scenery and also for its fabulous cuisine and wines. So a short trip to the Tuscany countryside is a perfect way to discover what many consider to be the real “Italy.”
During this all-day guided tour from Florence, you will get to see and enjoy some of the region’s finest sites and attractions, including the beautiful medieval city of Siena, which sprawls across three hills. Siena is truly a must-see city that boasts handsome Gothic buildings and a magnificent cathedral, the Duomo which sits above the famous Piazza del Campo. Your tour includes entry to this church, which is home to amazing artwork, including frescoes by Pinturicchio. The cathedral’s Piccolomini Altarpiece also boasts four sculptures that were completed by a young Michelangelo. One of these statues, St. Paul, is believed to be Michelangelo’s earliest self portrait
The next stop of your tour will take you to the Chianti Hills where you can enjoy a wine tasting and a delicious Tuscan lunch at an organic wine estate. After your appetite has been sated, you will next visit lovely San Gimignano, a small walled medieval town, where you can find approximately a dozen tower houses. During medieval times, these tower houses were the homes of the very wealthy.
The Prato della Valle in the south of Padua is not just the largest city square in Padua but also one of the largest squares in Europe. No wonder it is a popular resting and strolling area for the population of Padua. From the elliptical shape of the square you can still easily tell that a huge Roman arena once stood here
The remains were, however, demolished in the 16th century and used for the construction of the Basilica di Santa Giustina. In the resultant swamp the city government finally began in the 18th century to build the square in its present form. Around the island, surrounded by a channel, is a row of 78 stone figures, which represents famous citizens of Padua. Along the bridges, popes, doges and other famous people from history ofPadua such as Galileo Galilei are crowded together.