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Italy

                       WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO?

Bella Italia! Italy is one of my favorite countries, a dream destination I could return to time and time again. Italy has Europe's richest and most ancient culture. After all, Italy is the cradle of European civilization — founded by the Roman Empire and embellished by the Roman Catholic Church. 

 

As you explore Italy, you'll confront some of the world's most iconic monuments -- Roman ruins, UNESCO sites, Renaissance masterpieces, and elegant medieval towns. But you'll also find jaw dropping landscapes and magical seaside hamlets.

ROME

Endlessly inspiring and ethereal, Rome is the magical mecca of carbs and ancient architecture. It's a grand showcase of Western civilization, full of Imperial pomp and circumstance. Rome has spent centuries accumulating layers of beauty, history, and romance -- just waiting for its admirers to arrive.

 

I've spilled a lot of ink over bella Rome. Here are some of my popular Rome itineraries and travel guides:

 

• 3 day itinerary for Rome

• 5 day itinerary for Rome

• Hidden gems in Rome

• Best museums in Rome

• Archaeological sites in Rome

• Guide to the Borghese Gallery

• Rome's secret palace museums

Guide to the Capitoline Museums

Guide to free art in Rome

• Guide to Palatine Hill

Guide to the Roman Forum

Guide to the Colosseum

 

VATICAN CITY

Masterpieces of the Vatican

Guide to the Vatican Pinacoteca

Guide to the Vatican's Raphael Rooms

Guide to the Sistine Chapel

Underpants in the Sistine Chapel

Guide to St. Peter's Basilica

FLORENCE

Florence is an overwhelmingly beautiful city, the "Cradle of the Renaissance." With the best Medieval and Renaissance art in Europe, Florence is a veritable art lovers paradise. 

 

Florence is a city that's alive, sensual, and romantic. You can be seduced by Botticelli and awed by Michelangelo, in a time tunnel experience. Not surprisingly, Florence's entire city center is a designated UNESCO site. You can visit frescoed churches, majestic cathedrals, elegant palaces and piazzas, and world class museums.

Here are some of my travel guides for Florence:

 

1 day itinerary for Florence

• 3 day itinerary for Florence

• Best museums in Florence

• Hidden gems in Florence

• Must see sites in Florence

• Florence art bucket list

• Best day trips from Florence

• Guide to the Medici Palaces

• Guide to the Uffizi Gallery

• How To Visit the Duomo

• Guide to Santa Croce Cathedral Complex

Guide to San Lorenzo and the Medici Chapel

Guide to the Palazzo Vecchio

Guide to the Pitti Palace

ponte vecchio Florence

VENICE

The floating city of Venice is truly unique. It's one of the world's most beautiful and captivating cities, a natural movie set. No other place looks quite like it. Venice is a city built on water that shouldn't exist in real life.

 

Here are some of my guides to Venice:

 

• 2 day itinerary for Venice

• Must see sites along the Grand Canal

• History of Venice in a nutshell

• Guide to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum

• Guide to the Scrovegni Chapel

7 day itinerary Venice to Milan

Guide to the mosaics of Ravenna

MILAN

Milan is an amazing destination in northern Italy. It's a vibrant and exciting modern city, the thriving finance and fashion capitol of Italy. Milan has personality, combining old world charm and modern "bright lights, big city" flair in compelling fashion. You can't help but be dazzled by Milan's architecture, historic sites, iconic art, and culinary specialities. Leonard da Vinci lived in Milan for almost 20 years, beautifying it along the way.

Here area my guides to Milano:

• 1 day itinerary for Milan

• Must see sites and hidden gems in Milan

• Leonardo da Vinci’s guide to Milan

• How to see Leonardo’s Last Supper Fresco

• All of Leonardo’s paintings

Guide To Must See Sites in Mantua

Guide to the Pinacoteca di Brera

Top art to see in Milan

Piazza del Duomo in Milan