Italy is known for its long history as one of two countries that saw the birth and nursing of western civilization. Famous worldwide for its tasty cuisine, its trendy fashion industry, luxury sports cars and world class wine. There is so much to see in Italy and no time to be bored. The Renaissance city of Florence, the world famous canals of Venice, the fashion city of Milan, the sun-soaked southern provinces, and of course Rome, whom lead one of histories greatest empires and exported civilization across Europe and the world, and who still bears the marks of that glorious past.
Having been a center of power, culture, and religion for millennia, Rome, has earned and still does, its nickname as the eternal city, It has endured, evolved, grown, and exported civilization to many corners of the world. Walking through the city is a trip through history. It is stacked with monuments that need no introduction: the pantheon, the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Forum and Palatine Hill, statues and edifices telling the stories of emperors and commoners alike, Churches, palaces, and more ruins. All of which make it one of the worlds most visited cities, holding on to an age old heritage, yet embracing modernity. The infrastructure is excellent, the restaurants, bars, markets are refreshing stops, and offer the many tastes of Italy and the nightlife is great. Rome also provides a chance to visit the Vatican.
The modern face of Italy, although it maintains a great deal of heritage. Milan is hub for or shopping, opera, and has a great nightlife. It is a celebration of the Italian lifestyle with a modern take. In Milan you can see some the finest artwork by renaissance Baroque and modern artists. You can also see old churches- the oldest in Italy - palaces, excellent museums, the gardens of the Guastalla, La Scala theater and opera house. and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, which is a 19th century style building housing a shopping mall.
Is the birthplace of the Italian renaissance, a cultural, artistic and architectural jewel. renaissance and neoclassical architectures, seen in much of Europe's famous cities originated in Florence. The city's name is synonymous with many great names the astronomer Galileo, artists Donatello, Michelangelo and Leonardo to name a few... The Medicis, ruled the city and through marriage spread the cities renaissance to other parts of Europe. the city has some excellent meuseums, among which is The Uffizi.
Built by refugees escaping barbarian invasions, The city developed into the unique gem that it is today. It is has for a long time been the link between the east and the west. Absence of cars makes the city ideal for pedestrians. for those who prefer the more romantic option of gondolas, although they are less practical. There is no shortage of things to see and visit, museums, churches markets etc...
There are so many other destinations that make Italy one of the most favored countries to visit. Naples, the birthplace of pizza, Capri, the emperor's retreat, Torino to name a few more, each offer a different taste of the country's lifestyle, culture, food and wine.
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