City vacation in Italy

Italy is filled with countless beautiful, historic cities, but if you don’t have unlimited time to spend, you may want to consider putting some of the country’s most famous cities. I spent one week in ‘la bella Italia’ And it was all worth the visit.

I began my trip In Pizza ohh wait no….. Pisa 🙂

Pisa

IMG_5238Pisa is a city in Italy’s Tuscany region best known for its iconic Leaning Tower. Already tilting when it was completed in 1372, the 56m white-marble cylinder is the bell tower of the Romanesque, striped-marble cathedral that rises next to it in the Piazza dei Miracoli.

The tower’s tilt began during construction, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure’s weight. The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed and gradually increased until the structure was stabilized (and the tilt partially corrected) by efforts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Pisa was oke but not that impressive. Of course you need to see the leening tower and take a picture with it but it is not that of a big deal. The town is overpriced and the area around the train station is grubby and smelly. If you really want to see the Tower, than you must go, but only for a little trip because we had seen whole Pisa in 2 houres.

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After driving another 350 km we were on our second destination—–> ROMA

Rome

 

1.Saint Peter’s Basilica

Saint Peter’s Basilica, is the most famous Roman Catholic church in the world and one of the holiest sites in Christendom, dating back to Roman architecture of the early Christian art period. The basilica is now the Pope’s principal church. To maintain this tradition, Popes are now buried within the basilica.

The interior of Saint Peter’s contains a number of priceless treasures in marble and bronze by the greatest Renaissance sculptors – works such as Pieta (1500) by Michelangelo – as well as Baroque sculpture – such as the baldachin or ceremonial canopy over the main altar, and the traditional Chair of St Peter , both designed by Bernini.

Absolutely wonderful and breathtaking. A must see for anyone passionate about travelling or for anyone that happens to visit Rome. The basilica itself is absolutely amazing.

 Get very early there is the TOP tip. Around 10h is a crazy crowd.

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2.The Colloseum

I think you all  know the colloseum or at least had heard of it (maybe even saw a picture) 🙂 It is the most famous Flavian Amphitheatre of all time.
It is an Iconic symbol of a time where people wore togas and engaged in gladiatorial battles. It’s an interesting view into history and is a climbable ruin of impressive engineering.
It was amazing. Get there first thing in the morning and you can easily get tickets, otherwise the wait could be hours. Ticket lines are shorter at the Forum, and your ticket is good for both. Avoid the tour guides, they aren’t worth the price. You can get an audio guide inside for a few Euro. They control the number of people allowed in at one time, and you must go through security screening at the entrance.

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3. Altare della Patria

This is a monument built in honor of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy. We just walked by, when we were on our way to the Colloseum. This monument is bigger than I Thought. It’s glaringly white color does not fit in with the surroundings but it is still impressive. Try to see it as a nice break from the medieval buildings. Be careful the roads around it are busy

 

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4. Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is a piazza in Rome, Italy. It is built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, built in 1st century AD, and follows the form of the open space of the stadium.

It is one of the most visited squares in Rome, there are always crowds of people, street artists and musicians. Also in that Piazza you will find a lot of artists who can sketch your face within 5 minutes either as portrait of can make a funny cartoon of your self. So for art lovers this is the place where you must go.

 

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5.Castel Sant’Angelo

The Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as Castel Sant’Angelo, is a towering cylindrical building in Parco Adriano. It was initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family.

 

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6.The Pantheon

The Pantheon is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome, Italy, on the site of an earlier temple commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus.

One of the most beautiful and well-preserved buildings in Rome. 80% of the floor is original making it over 1700 years old! The oculous is the only source of sunlight in the building and the floor is slanted to allow for proper drainage when it rains.

This building is really incredible!

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7. The Roman Forum

The Roman Forum is a rectangular forum surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city

Step back in time. The City of Rome should be commended for giving over so much prime real estate to this historical masterpiece. This forum was even better than the Colloseum. There are excavated structures and monuments everywhere around. Every rock has its own piece of history, and to try to imagen that this was the center of one of the largest empires in the world. This is a must see for anyone who loves history.

 

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8. Aqua Claudia

Aqua Claudia was an ancient Roman aqueduct that, like the Anio Novus, was begun by Emperor Caligula in 38 AD and finished by Emperor Claudius in 52 AD.  It’s a very charming place and it was so quiete. Great to spend a day in peace!

 

 

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9. Cinecittà

Cinecittà is a large film studio in Rome that is considered the hub of Italian cinema. The studios were constructed during the Fascist era as part of a scheme to revive the Italian film industry.

As the home of Italian cinema, Cinecittà has seen the production of many classic films such as La Dolce Vita and Fellini Satyricon.

It was a beautiful expierence to seel all these sets and decors.

 

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SAM_3123If you are a Victoria Secret lover: this was the set of one of their campains.

Florence

18428_604482186353880_3685840338717406872_nFlorence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. The Galleria dell’Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. The Uffizi Gallery exhibits Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.”

It was an perfect ending for my Italy City trip.

Tip:  go Shopping 🙂

 

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