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BOLOGNA Nearly every city in Italy is a large historic centre with numerous places of interest. Rome, Milano, Venice and Florence remain major tourist destinations, and all of them are totally worth visiting. Rome is one of the oldest cities in the world. Almost every building in this city has historic or architectural value.
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The magnificent Coliseum was built almost 2 thousand years ago. Before that, the site of the Coliseum was the location of Nero’s Palace and a big artificial lake. The building of the Coliseum was joyful for inhabitants of Rome because it was much more pleasant to see a beautiful forum rather than a tyrant’s palace. Circus Maximus is another large and unusual landmark. According to some experts, Circus could provide seats for 200 thousand visitors. The venue was used to host competitions of carts and other important public events. Mons Palatinus is an interesting place from the historic point of view. According to scientists, homes of first settlers of Rome were located there. Later, noble Romans built their houses on Mons Palatinus. There were many temples in that area and many important celebrations took place there.
Milan is a beautiful city with many wonderful landmarks like Duomo Cathedral that is considered one of most beautiful churches in the city. Its building started in the end of the 14th century and lasted till 1965. The mural painting “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci is the main decoration of the shrine. Other interesting landmarks are La Scala Theatre, The Pinacoteca di Brera, Francesco Emmanuelle Gallery and Castello Sforzesco. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Grand Canal has become the signature landmark of Venice. All most beautiful palaces and castles are located along the canal. Palazzo Ducale is often called the most beautiful castle in Venice. This is a wonderful historic building, which halls have retained their original look of past centuries.
Tramonto su Lipari a Quattrocchi Santa Maria del Fiore is probably the best known landmark of Florence. This magnificent cathedral was built in the 13th – 15th centuries. The building is made in elegant gothic style and decorated with green, red and white marble. Its inner premises are no less beautiful and are decorated with paintings and sculptures. Galleria degli Uffizi is a well-known centre of European art. The gallery exhibits works of Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Rafael, Titian, Giorgione and many other internationally famous Italian artists.
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History and Entertainment

Already in the first millennium BC, large settlements of Italic people appeared on the territory of modern Italy. Later, the Latin Union was formed. This is one of the first forms of the ancient country headed by the Council of Elders. The Latin Union included over 30 large districts, civitases under Rome. In the times of the Roman Empire, the old country gained a new status. It was divided into large provinces governed by consulares and praeses.
Isle of Capri In the middle of the 6th century, the entire territory of the big country was conquered by Byzantium. After this, several independent duchies were formed. Consequently, the struggle for uniform Italy continued until the middle of the 19th century. After uniting it behind the Kingdom of Sardinia, Florence became a capital of Italia. By 1870, Rome became a new capital joined the new Kingdom of Italy. The economic and cultural development of the union country was seriously hindered by the First and Second World War. They resulted in a long reform period.
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At present, Italy attracts travelers not only with its precious cultural attractions, but also wonderful beach resorts. The most popular beach resort is Rimini. The total length of its beaches is over 15 km. Among accessible beach resorts, there are quite noisy and youth ones, such as Sanremo, as well as luxurious ones, for instance, the Venetian Riviera.
Italy is also famous for its breathtaking holidays, among which the most remarkable is the Venetian Carnival. This is a marvelous festival that is celebrated 40 days before Easter. It is a historical holiday and has a lot of interesting traditions. The climax event of the carnival is a festive parade in the main Venetian streets. On the festive day, there are beautiful costume balls in historical Venetian palaces. In the streets, you can witness theatrical and musical performances.
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It is very interesting to visit Italy on Christmas Eve. During this period, there are traditional festive fairs in all cities. You can catch big sales in shopping malls. You also can taste here special national treats that are not sold at other time of the year. A lot of interesting street festivals are held in summer. In late August, the traditional Venetian film festival is organized.
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Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks of Italy
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale dei Monti Sibillini' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale del Cilento e Vallo di Diano' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale del Circeo' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale del Gargano' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale del Golfo di Orosei e del Gennargentu' . On the map   Photos
Map of all Michelin restaurants
Michelin-starred restaurants in Italy
♥   Restaurant '50 Kalò' Napoli. Type - Pizza. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'A Casa di Babette' Rosignano Monferrato. Type - Piedmontese. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'A Mangiare' REGGIO NELL’EMILIA. Type - Classic cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'A Modo' BERGAMO. Type - Modern cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'A Ridosso' BACOLI. Type - Classic cuisine. On the map   Photos
Map of all castles
Castles of Italy
♥   Castle 'Agogna Castle' Agogna. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Aicurzio Castle' Aicurzio. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Albertis Castle' Genoa. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Altafiumara Fort' Villa San Giovanni. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Andalo Valtellino Castle' Andalo Valtellino. On the map   Photos
Map of all palaces
Palaces in Italy
♥   Palace 'Castello Sforzesco' Milan. On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Castello del Valentino' Torino. On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Doge’s Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Ducal Palace' Parma. On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Ducal Palace of Colorno' Colorno. On the map   Photos

Famous and uniques places in Italy from our review series

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

From the series “The Most Elegant Buildings of Baroque Architecture”
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is the sightseeing of the world meaning. It is one of the main Basilicas in Rome that was built in 352 year. The legend says that Pope Liberius saw the Blessed Virgin Mary in his dream. She ordered him to build a marvellous church where on the next day the earth will be covered with snow. Notwithstanding that fact that it was August, the pope built the church on the very spot which was covered with snow.

Later the church has been changing its façade and inner decorations. In 1377 there has appeared a new 75 meters high bell tower, today it is the highest in Rome. Nevertheless the numerous rebuilding, some elements of the original interior were saved. Visitors can see there wonderful 14th-century mosaics and in the leading nave have saved 5th-century … Read all

Palazzo Beneventano del Bosco

From the series “The Most Elegant Buildings of Baroque Architecture”
Palazzo Beneventano del Bosco is one of the most beautiful sightseeing in Cecilia. It was constructed for the Arezzo family in the medieval times. However, the today’s look the building took from the late 18th century. The palace is built in the Sicilian Baroque style following its purchase by Baron Guglielmo Beneventano.

Originally in the medieval times there was a local government. At the end of the 18th century, it was rebuilt in a residential house. This period was crucial for the palace because right at that time it got its unique Baroque features. As hundred years ago, the façade of the building is decorated with columns and sculptures compositions. They are made in the original style that looks great thanks to the play of light and shadow and remoulds the shape of the palace. … Read all

Basilica di Santa Croce

From the series “The Most Elegant Buildings of Baroque Architecture”
The Basilica di Santa Croce in Florence is a bright example of the baroque style. It is the largest principal Franciscan church in the world. The Basilica attracts not only with its unique architectural style but also with the great inner decoration. The chapels are decorated with great old frescoes by Giotto. On the territory of the church, you can find the shrines of the notable Italian people. The church has been built for about a hundred years and was finished in 1385.

Legend says that Santa Croce was founded by the main Catholic saint Franciscus Assisiensis. The church was decorated by the best Italian artists and sculptors. Many of their masterpieces we can see within thousands of years. Today the main decoration of the Basilica is the delicate stained-glass windows, the main altar … Read all
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Rome
The Pantheon. The Pantheon is one of the main temples of the city. It is located on Piazza della Rotonda. The Pantheon was built in 27 BC, destroyed by fire, and then rebuilt in 125 AD. In the XVII century, Pope Boniface IV decided to place a church in the Pantheon. This is the main reason why the classical circular building with a colonnade in front of it managed to survive, unlike the majority of pagan temples. This place is also the location of graves of two famous Italians - Raphael and … Read more
Florence
Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore. Without a doubt, this magnificent cathedral is one of the greatest attractions not only of Florence, but also of the whole of Italy. The construction of the cathedral was started in 1296; in 1995 it was completely renovated. The word «fiore» means “lily”. This flower is depicted on the emblem of Florence. A solid belfry stands near the cathedral. The façade made of green and white marble of the XIII century looks absolutely unreal and fascinating, as if this … Read more
Milan
Museo Poldi-Pezzoli exhibits a collection of artworks gathered by a wealthy Milanese named Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli. In the end of 1881 he gave his collection to the city. The most famous painting exhibited in the museum is, without a doubt, Madonna with Child by Botticelli. The design of the museum and its special atmosphere help to experience the atmosphere of the XIX century. Galleria d'Arte Moderna is located in Villa Reale. This is the place where visitors will be able to see works … Read more
Venice
The Doge's Palace was home to all the most important political institutions of the Republic of Venice. A part of the palace was occupied by offices of lawyers and naval officers, the chancellor and the censor of the city. There was even a separate room for people who wanted to make a complaint. The room was called Bussola. In Piazetta Square tourists will see a huge gate made in the late gothic style. This is Porta della Carta , the main entrance to the palace. The gate was built by the … Read more
Rimini
The focus of unique historical monuments is Cavour square. Nearby, is the building of the city theater, and beautiful palaces erected during the Middle Ages. The main decoration of the square is a luxurious fountain made of white marble. It was installed in the 16th century. Several times a week, a market runs on the square. It is also historical and has been continuously operating for more than 200 years. One of the most ancient buildings in the city is the bridge of Tiberius. It was built … Read more
Naples
A unique monument of architecture is the Cappella Sansevero valuable for its unique interior decoration. The founder of this temple is John Francesco di Sangro, the duke who has miraculously recovered from a serious illness. After recovering, he decided to build a magnificent temple in gratitude to the holy Virgin. Its construction was completed in the second half of the 18th century. Today, the chapel can offer wonderful frescoes and sculptures, as well as valuable marbles used for interior … Read more

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