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Italy City Breaks

Below you find some great information and ideas on City breaks to Italy.

ROME

Known as “CAPUT MUNDI” (capital of the world). The most alluring and compelling of all of Italy's historical cities. Explore the relics of over 2000 years including some of the best preserved buildings of the Roman Empire including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.

Rome

Highlights

THE COLOSSEUM – The Roman Empire's largest amphitheatre.

TREVI FOUNTAIN – Toss in a coin and you're bound to return.

VATICAN CITY – Home to St Peters Basilica, as close to heaven as mere mortals come.
Vatican City is a landlocked sovereign city-state, which is a totally walled and closed society within the city limits of Rome. The entire area is around 110 acres and is home to many different attractions

ROMAN FORUM – One of the most popular sights this was once the centre of the mighty and extensive Roman Empire - it was from the buildings that once stood in this area that the Empire was planned, achieved, and governed. Spend your time exploring the columns, arches and porticoes.

SISTINE CHAPEL – Located within the Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel is most famous because it is here that the heads of the Catholic Church meet to decide the new pope after the previous one has died.

SPANISH STEPS ( PIAZZA DI SPAGNA ) – With its characteristic butterfly plan, the Piazza di Spagna is one of the most famous images in the world.

PALAZZO FARNESE – Rome's finest Renaissance palace.

PANTHEON - More than 18 centuries old and now serving as a church . It was built in dedication to 12 Olympian gods of ancient Greece.

ANCIENT CATACOMBS – Rome has 67 of these fascinating underground cemeteries.

VILLA BORGHESE GARDENS – A welcome retreat when the buzz of the “eternal city” gets too much. Stroll around and admire the fountains, boating lake and aviary.

CAMPO DEI FIORI – A lively fruit, vegetable and flower market.

VENICE

A romantic city famed for its palaces, basilicas, grand squares and gondolas which glide around its delightful waterways. Its grace and timeless beauty never fail to enchant even the most experienced traveller. All of Venice is easily accessible on speedy vaporetti and stately serene gondolas. The lattice work of the islands, canals and bridges enchants all who see them.

Venice

Highlights

GONDOLA RIDES – Experience a softly gliding gondola ride along the Grand Canal, admiring beautiful floodlit palaces and through romantic, dark canals while singers and musicians serenade you.

ST MARKS BASILICA – Symbol of Venetian glory, embellished with spoils from the East.

BRIDGE OF SIGHS - Part of an impressive collection of bridges.

ST MARKS SQUARE – The soul of the city.

DOGES PALACE – A rare example of civil Venetian Gothic.

RIALTO BRIDGE – The most famous of the bridges that cross the Grand Canal, overflowing with stalls and a vantage point over the canal.

THE LAGOON ISLANDS – Take a tour to see the three major islands, BURANO, TORCELLO and MURANO.

FLORENCE

Set in the beautiful Tuscany countryside on the banks of the river Arno this city is the birthplace of the Renaissance. The city boasts a multitude of museums and galleries and lavish architecture making it a haven for art lovers. The most important art collection in Italy can be found in the world famous UFFIZI gallery, home to the Medici art collection

Florence

Highlights

DAY TRIPS TO PISA – A historic university town, home to the leaning tower, the cathedral and the baptistry.

ROLLING HILLS OF CHIANTI – Take a tour through the chianti countryside before visiting a wine estate for wine tasting.

PIAZZA DEL DUOMO AND DUOMO CATHEDRAL – Brunelleschis gravity defying dome which dominates the skyline.

THE BEATUIFUL PONTE VECCHIO – Florences oldest bridge (14th century) where all that glistens is gold.

BOBOLI GARDENS – Take a delightful stroll around the most beautiful garden in Italy, offering fabulous views, fountains, temples and classic period Medici works of art.

SANTA CROCE CHURCH – The elegant Franciscan church where some of Italy's most gifted men are buried.

VERONA

The setting for Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet, Verona is a romantic city with so many sights to be discovered.

Wander amongst the cobbled streets and explore medieval squares and arched bridges.

The hub of the city Piazza Bra houses the most famous of open-air opera venues ARENA DI VERONA.

Highlights

ROMAN ARENA - 1st century Roman structure seating approximately 20,000 it is the third largest amphitheatre in existence today.

CASTELVECCHIO FORTRESS – See the brilliantly designed art gallery in this grand castle setting.

SAN ZENO – Veronas most visited church boasting a magnificent triptych on its high alter.

SCALIGERI TOMBS – From the 14th century here are some of the most elaborate Gothic funerary monuments in Italy.

MILAN

Italy's vibrant capital of commerce and fashion. Home to some of the worlds greatest art treasures.

Milan

Highlights

THE MAGNIFICENT DUOMO - Italy's deep bow to Gothic architecture.

GALLERIA VITTORIO - A stunningly elegant shopping arcade housing many smart boutiques and cafes.

LA SCALA – The worlds high temple of Opera.

SANTA MARIA DELLA GRAZIE – Home to Da Vincis The Last Supper, one of the worlds most famous paintings.

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