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Pompeii Ruins

Pompeii is also known as the forgotten city since its name is quite synonymous to its ancient ruins. Located in the Campania region, near the city of Naples, Italy, Pompeii was practically destroyed during the cataclysmic eruption of the Mount Vesuvius Volcano 79 AD. The city was covered under many feet of molten lava and […]

Holidays in Naples

It is an indisputable fact that Italy is certainly one of the very best places to visit and explore. Its timeless beauty, old world charisma and modern finesse made it a haven for tourists, artists and vagabonds. One of the popular destinations in Italy is Naples, the charming city where the very first pizza was […]

Rome buildings

Rome is one of the greatest cities in the world, not only in history and culture, but especially in terms of architecture. Rome buildings are some of the grandest buildings on earth as well as some of the most famous ones too. In ancient Rome, throughout the Roman Empire, rich citizens lived in one story […]

Visit ancient cultures in Italy

The best part of visiting other countries is discovering ancient civilizations and history through architecture and artefacts.

Piazza Navona, Rome

Navona holds one of the finest examples of Bernini’s fountain work: the Fontana dei Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) built in 1651. Arrayed around the central rocky mass supporting the almost-obligatory obelisk are four large sculptures executed by his students. One of them, the Ganges, was sculpted by Claude Poussin who would later become a master under his own name.

Villa Borghese, Rome

Located north of the Spanish Steps, the entrances are above the Piazza del Poppolo and the Porta Pinciana. Villa Borghese is 80 hectares of greenery containing aviaries, museums and a stunning artificial lake. A vineyard in the 16th century, Cardinal Borghese had it transformed into a park with geometric landscaping ala Versailles.

Fountains in Rome

The Trevi is unquestionably the most famous, but it has many competitors for the attention of Rome’s many visitors. The Fountain of Triton (Fontana del Tritone) is just one stellar example. Designed by the renowned Bernini in 1642, it is a masterpiece in the Baroque style.

Domus Aurea, Rome

The original palace and related structures covered 350 acres that included a man-made lake, vineyards and the house itself. Terming the villa a house, however, is misleading. It contained 300 rooms, but is thought to have had no sleeping quarters. None that were intentional, at least. No doubt many passed out where they were during the parties for which Nero was famed.

The Doge’s Palace in Venice

The palace is located at one end of the Piazza San Marco and forms part of that impressive area in the heart of Venice. Despite fires, earthquakes, damage from Napoleon’s war machine and much more, it stands today as one of the premier symbols of this amazing city.

Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Visitors will want to spend some time in the Salone dei Cinquecento. Once a grand hall of the Grand Duke Cosimo I, they offer modern viewers a look at some of the Pallazzo Vecchio’s finest frescoes. Scenes depicting The Taking of Siena and Pisa Attacked by the Florentines are only two among many extolling the ruler’s military adventures.


For centuries the region has been the site of olive groves, wineries and hills of unparalleled loveliness. At the same time, cities like Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa and Florence have provided works of architecture, painting and sculpture that are at the pinnacle of achievement.

The Leaning Tower in Pisa

Begun in 1173 AD, the tower has been an architectural problem almost from its beginning. Owing to soft ground and a shallow foundation, the tower began to lean as early as the time the third floor was completed. This despite the over 13 foot-thick walls at the base. But engineers at the time had few resources to call on. There was no ground penetrating radar, geological science, lasers or huge cranes to right the work.