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Shopping in Florence

The market offers food that are works of agricultural art, while providing an atmosphere that is itself a stellar combination of architecture and social display. Vendors here sell everything from simple meats and fish to an array of cheeses. Check out the wild boar salami for a very different tasting sandwich.

Venice Carnival

Venice takes place typically in February, and continues for about two weeks. Gondola rides down the Grand Canal take on an especially delightful air during the festivities. The already beautiful boats are decorated and one can observe costumed merry-makers gliding down the waterway singing lusty songs.

Colosseum in Rome

Looking over the huge arena from atop its 48m (157ft) height, it isn’t difficult to imagine the show below as if it had happened only yesterday. True, the red brick arches are crumbling and the slaves and lions are long gone. But this popular Roman site remains alive with the ghosts of battles past and the many tourists in its present.

St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice

St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice was built in the late 11th century. The facade is essentially drawn from early Constantinople, lending the building its Byzantine appearance. There are literally hundreds of small areas that merit a look in St. Mark’s Basilica.

Wine Tasting in Tuscany

Montalcino is also no slouch in the winemaking department. Tours of the Castello Banfi estate will persuade even the most finicky of wine drinkers of that. Over 7,100 acres provide this winery with ample stock from which to produce outstanding wines. Unlike many of its neighbors, the winery is only 25 years old, so it sports state of the art equipment. But the 11th century castle has been amazing visitors for centuries.

Piazza del Duomo in Pisa

Begun in 1063, over a hundred years prior to the tower, the cathedral is the very prototype of late Romanesque architecture in this area of the world. With a floor plan in the standard shape of a cross, it is 100m (328 feet) long by 35m (115 feet) wide. Though not enormously tall by contemporary standards its 34m (112 feet) height would have been extremely impressive to citizens of its day.

Spanish Steps in Rome

Spanish Steps or Scalinata di Spagna were constructed between 1723 and 1725 and are 137 steps arrayed near the Piazza di Spagna. It’ among Rome’s most frequently visited tourist attractions.

Vacation in Friuli-Venezia Giuli

Gorizia’s old city is known as Borgo Castello in honor of the medieval castle surrounded by Sixth Century walls. It has quite a collection of Venetian art. You’ll also want to see the Gothic Fourteenth Century Church of San Spirito, the Baroque Seventeenth-Eighteenth Century church of San Ignazio, the Sixteenth Century Duomo (Cathedral) and its frescoes, and the Baroque Eighteenth Century Palazzo Attems.

Carnevales in Calabria

On the first Saturday of Carnival they celebrate the “Feste dei Morti.” The poor and children go from house by house collecting alms. Then they march to the local cemetery where food and drink is served surrounded by the gravestones. The food known as “Colivi” is made from boiled wheat and was eaten at Paleo-Christian funerals.

Lucca, Tuscany

In Lucca you can visit San Michele Church. This church was built in 12th century on the famous site of old Roman forum. This church is also a good example of best Romanesque architecture, which is built by the three tiers of columns of marble. Every single piece is twisted and carved in a different pattern.

Maremma area in Tuscany

Maremma serves as a home to Italy’s most wonderful beaches, intriguing hilltops, natural healing springs, natural parks and lush vegetations.

Top ten must-see attractions in Italy

There’s nothing more Romantic than going on a boat ride through the famous canals of the floating city of Venice. These quixotic canals are featured in various movies and are a favorite of newlyweds all over the world. It’s also a great way to take in all the sights of the beautiful city.