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Palladio architecture in Vicenza 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.
varenna 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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Map of all parks
National and city parks in 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 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
Remaining castles and fortresses 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 open for public
♥   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

Positano Village

From the series “Small flamboyant towns painted with Van Gogh colors”
Several beautiful villages can be found in Italy, and the charming Positano is among them  The main attraction of this colorful town is the church of Santa Maria Assunta that stores the religious relic that is known to the whole world - the icon of the black Madonna. A lot of amazing stories and legends are associated with the icon. According to one of them, a few hundred years ago, pirates have stolen the relic. On their way, they were overtaken by a violent storm. Pirates heard the mysterious voice that commanded them to bring the icon to the nearest church. This is how the relic got to Positano. Many pilgrims come here especially to bow to the amazing icon.

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Riomaggiore Town

From the series “Small flamboyant towns painted with Van Gogh colors”
Riomaggiore in Italy can claim the title of one of the most beautiful places in the world. This town is located on the coast of La Spezia province. It is conveniently located on the cliffs. The place is known to many tourists because of its small houses that are painted in various colors. Travelers are attracted by the wonderful mountain scenery. Tourists can also visit some of the most picturesque beaches in Italy, which managed to maintain their original beauty.

According to historical records, the town was founded in the 13th century. Today, it occupies an area of ​​about 10 square km. About 1 700 people constantly live in the town. Many travelers get to Riomaggiore within a sightseeing tour after visiting the nearby village of Manarola. Two of these small settlements are … Read all

The Catacombs of San Sebastiano

From the series “ Survived artifacts of early Christian civilization”
Unique attractions of the Christian world include not only ancient temples and monasteries, but also some historical areas, where archaeologists have found amazing Christian artifacts. An excellent example is the Via Appia, along which there are legendary Catacombs of San Callisto and San Sebastiano. Once, there was a pagan cemetery underground. Subsequently, it was used by the first Christians.

They built six underground chapels and adorned the walls of dungeons with religious paintings. Some of the elements of this painting survived to the present day. Catacombs owe their current name to the Basilica of St. Sebastian that is situated nearby. It is believed that relics of the saint were kept in these dungeons. Underground structures are of great interest not only for pilgrims, but also … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Italy

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
Fans of old buildings are recommended to make an excursion to San Augustin Chapel, which is considered one of the oldest buildings in this city. The chapel is an excellent example of Gothic architectural style. You can see its main features even in the interior of the building. Here you will find amazing murals, beautiful drawings, various jewelry and crucifixes that remind of past centuries. Those tourists, who wish to become acquainted with the inhabitants of the deep sea, should visit … Read more
Napoli
The National Museum, which was founded in the 18th century, is the most famous cultural facility of the city. It exhibits a large collection of ancient art items. The first floor of the museum is entirely devoted to sculpture, and the second one features beautiful paintings and mosaics. The central part of the city is the location of Piazza del Plebiscito Square. Here is located St. Francis Cathedral. It was founded in the honor of the fall of Napoleon and is considered one of the most … Read more

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