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Italy Holiday Package
Italy, officially the Italian Republic is a unitary parliamentary republic in South-Central Europe. Rome, the capital of Italy, has for centuries been a political and religious centre of western civilization, as the capital of the Roman Empire. Modern Italy is a democratic republic playing a prominent role in European and global military, cultural and diplomatic affairs. This Republic is located on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe, and on the two largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily and Sardinia. Italy has been the home of many European cultures, such as the Etruscans and the Romans, and later was the birthplace of the movement of the Renaissance, that began in Tuscany and spread all over Europe.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa and theDuomo di Pisa in the Piazza dei Miracoli Site are examples of Romanesque architecture including The Piazza which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Italy has a very broad and diverse artistic design style, which cannot be simply classified by period, but also by region, due to the country’s division into several city-states. However, this has created a highly broad and eclectic range in the architectural designs.
Italy is home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and has rich collections of art, culture and literature from many different periods. The country has had a broad cultural influence worldwide, also because numerous Italians immigrated to other places during the Italian diaspora. Furthermore, the nation has, overall, a countless monuments consisting of museums, palaces, buildings, statues, churches, art galleries, villas, fountains, historic houses and archaeological remains.
Over the centuries, Italian art has gone through many stylistic changes.vis-a -vis Italian painting and is traditionally characterized by a warmth of colour and light, as exemplified in the works of Caravaggio and Titian, and a preoccupation with religious figures and motifs. Italian painting enjoyed pre-eminence in Europe for hundreds of years, from the Romanesque and Gothic periods, and through the Rennaisance and Baroque periods, the latter two of which saw fruition in Italy. Other notable artists who fall within these periods include Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, Botticelli, Fra Angelico, Tintoretto, Bernini ad Raphael. The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci: equally to Mona Lisa, is the most famous, most reproduced and most parodied portrait and religious paintings of all times.
Italian fashion has a long tradition and is regarded as one of the most important in the world. Milan, Florence and Rome are Italy's main fashion capitals. Italy has many beautiful and historic cities worth a visit. Travel to cities is best done by trains as driving in Italian cities may be very difficult and the extensive train system is inexpensive.
Rome is the capital of modern Italy and full of history landmarked with ancient monuments, interesting medieval churches, beautiful fountains, museums, and Renaissance palaces. Modern Rome is a bustling and lively city and has some excellent restaurants and nightlife. St. Peter’s Basilica, The Vatican, home of the Pope, has the largest church building in Christendom and hightlights inside the Basilica include Michelangelo's Pietà and a 29 metres tall baldachin by Bernini. Trevi Fountain [Fontana di Trevi] is the largest of the Baroque fountains of the city and the Legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return visit to Rome. The Pantheon was originally built by the Romans as a Pagan Temple and is the best-preserved and most beautifully proportioned of the city’s ancient monuments. Another place of interest with the most striking feature is the Pantheon which has a mass concrete dome, and at its centre is a giant circular opening. From a fortress and a castle, it has now been converted into a museum. Piazza Navona is a large square in Rome that features many Baroque attractions by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Francesco Borromini, Giacomo della Porta and is a popular place for the city’s denizens and tourists to visit not only for its sculptures and architecture, but also for its street performers, restaurants and cafes, exhibitions and several small stalls selling paintings and novelty goods. Having tossed the coin into the wishful fountain and put yourself to sleep while dreaming of a return to this city with that gleam even in those shut eyes on this Italy Holiday Package!
Today, the Colosseum, is the symbol of Rome worldwide and is a major tourist attraction, a must see! The Imperial forums of Rome consist of a series of monumental public squares. Spend some time strolling along the streets, eating, shopping, visiting art galleries and enjoying a sense of togetherness! The Spanish Steps or Piazza di Spagna is a monumental stairway on a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and the Piazza Trinita dei Monti above. At the base of the steps are La Fontana della Barcaccia, a Baroque fountain, plus the house where the English poet John Keats lived. The Castel Sant Angelo is a large cyndrical building commissioned as a mausoleum by the Roman Emperor as a fortress and castle and is now a museum. Piazza Navona is a large square in Rome that features many baroque attractions and is a popular place for tourists to visit it for its sculptures and architecture, street performers, restaurants, cafes, exhibitions and several small stalls selling paintings and novelty goods.
The Vittorio Emanuele II monument is the colossal white marble structure, and tourists can get the views of Rome from the top of the structure. Piazza Del Popolo, a large pedestrianised.square is a place to sit and rest and is renowned for various events.
Venice is one of Italy's most beautiful and romantic cities as well as one of the most popular for visitors located towards the northeast and historically were a bridge between the East and West. The heart of Venice is Piazza San Marco with its magnificent church. There are many museums, palaces, and churches to visit and wander along Venice's canals is interesting.
Florence is one of the most important Renaissance architectural and art centers, located in Tuscany. Its Duomo and Baptistery are grand but crowded with tourists as is their large piazza. The city has several interesting museums with many famous paintings and sculptures. There are also Medici palaces and gardens, leaving the visitors in a state of ecstasy! The Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral, which has the biggest brick dome in the world and is considered a masterpiece of Italian architecture!
A view of the Piazza del Duomo, the city's main and most central square, surrounded by several palaces and important buildings, such as the Milan Cathedral, the Vittorio Emanuele II Galleria,and the Royal Palace of Milan, would definitely leave the tourists spellbound! The city boasts of a wide variety of parks and gardens situated in a "green park district", found in the areas of Piazzale Oberdan (Porta Venezia), Corso Venezia, Via Palestro and Via Manini, which were landscaped in a neoclassical style, representing traditional English gardens, often full of botanic richness.
The city contains several cultural institutions, museums and galleries, some of which are highly important at an international level, such as the city's Duomo and Piazza, with its beautiful marble façade, the Convent of Sta Maria delle Gazie along with Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, the San Siro Stadium, the Castella Sforzesco, the Pinacosteca de Brera and the Via Monte Napoleone. Most tourists visit sights such as the Castello Sforzesco and the Teatro all Scalla, including other main sights such as the Basilica of Sant Ambrogio, the Navigli and the Brera Academy. Milan, one of Europe's richest cities, is known for stylish shops, galleries, and restaurants and has a faster pace of life than most Italian cities. It also has a rich artistic and cultural heritage. La Scala, within the city, is one of the world's most famous opera houses.
Naples is one the most vibrant cities and lies on the coast south of Rome, defining itself as the most important city in southern Italy. The city has recently undergone some renovation but still retains much of its old character and holds many historical and artistic treasures.
Verona is known for the story of Romeo and Juliet and for its Roman Arena, the third largest in Italy and the venue for a top opera festival. It has a good medieval center, Roman remains, and an interesting castle complex, and well worth a stop on a northern Italy travel itinerary.
Turin is a major cultural hub with excellent museums, elegant shops, and good restaurants. There are also some very unique examples of baroque architecture and historic palaces. This city has many historic cafes, artisan workshops, and arcades. Turin is Located in the northwest of Italy, between the Po River and the foothills of the Alps.
Bologna is known for its beauty, wealth, cuisine, and left-wing politics. Its streets are lined with beautiful arcades, making it a good place to walk even in the rain. It has one of Europe's oldest universities and a nice medieval center. There are several attractive squares, lined with buildings and nice porticoes. Bologna is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy.
Italian fashion has a long tradition and is regarded as one of the most important in the world, and so Milan, Florence and Rome are Italy's main fashion capitals. Shopping in Rome is fantastic, no matter if you are searching for haute couture, antiques, or a bargain. Some of the biggest names in Italian fashion, Fendi, Valentino, Bulgari hail from Rome along with their flagship stores set therein, as well as boutiques by Prada, Armani, Versace, Ferragamo, Cavalli, Gucci, and many others, resting along the grid of streets near the Spanish Steps. Via Condotti is Rome's main drag for haute couture and "aspirational" window shopping, though you would also find high fashion beckoning from the boutiques on Via Borgognona, Via Frattina, Via Sistina, and Via Bocca de Leone. Most of Via del Babuino, close By, has many shops selling antique paintings and furniture. Via Guilia, a beautiful street to travel along abounds with some antique sellers. One of Europe’s largest flea markets is the Porta Portese in Rome, Near Trastevere, which is flooded with antiques, jewellery, clothing and original paintings, besides other goods. Via Sannio, a little away from the Basilica of San Giovanni, also has a flea market selling designer ware, clothing and accessories. Piazza Venezia to Piazza Del Popolo is a large market with all kinds of wares and department stores to shoe stores. There are innumerable shopping haunts all over Italy for the visitors to indulge in their fancy or just window-shop! Milan and Venice are famous for their stylish shops. Florence has antiques, perfumes, marbled stationery and gold. Inside the market, you will find fantastic food stalls, selling meats, cheeses, olives, breads, and countless goodies to fill up a picnic basket. Vendors of clothing, leather goods, ceramics, reside in the stalls outside of the market. The Mercato Nuovo, near the Ponte Vecchio, is another place to look for discount finds and tourist trinkets. Across the Arno, Piazza Santo Spirito is the place to go for produce and other provisions as well as vintage clothing and accessories, antiques, jewellery and pottery. Venice is known for its fine silk and glorious velvets and many shops selling an enormous range of beautiful fabrics. The nearby island of Murano is the best place to go for Venetian glassware, with simple, traditional designs and more contemporary glassware; these factories have large showrooms, to display the glass at its best. There are also some attractive pieces for sale in the city centre and there are several shops in the San Marco region selling both original and reproduction antique glassware. Venice is well-known for its amazing masks and costumes throughout the city. However, genuine masks make great souvenirs and the Laboratorio Artigiano Maschere in Castello specialises in traditional mask making, with some truly splendid and eye-catching designs.
There are possibilities for every pocket and for every mood and hip spots that attract fashionable crowds, haute cuisine restaurants, countless pizzerias, those popular eateries called ”trattorie”, where it is not hard to find an old mama, making fresh hand-made pasta or even wine bars where you can nibble while enjoying a glass of wine.
The culinary delights vary in each region, though pizza, pasta, lasagna, gelato, focaccia, cheese, espresso coffee, cappuccino and white wine are part and parcel of the Italian cuisine, which are served in restaurants, cafes and hotels all over the country. There are innumerable pizzeries, dishing up endless varieties of pizzas with toppings to suit individual tastes, and several restaurants serving seafood and Italian as well as Roman cuisine, haute food spread and wine bars. Rome has a few vegetarian restaurants, besides Sciam in Campo de’ Fiori dishing out Arabian cuisine, Duke in Paroili serving American cuisine, Franz in the Vatican area serving Austrian and Bavarian food, Akropolis in Trastevere serving Greek food , and Maharajah in Monti serving a variety of authentic Indian food.
Thanks to the great longitudinal extension of the peninsula and the mostly mountainous internal conformation, the climate of Italy is highly diverse. In most of the inland northern and central regions, the climate ranges from humid subtropical to humid continental and oceanic. In particular, the climate of the Po Valley geographical region is mostly continental, with harsh winters and hot summers. The coastal areas of Liguria, Tuscany and most of the South generally fit the Mediterranean stereotype. Conditions on peninsular coastal areas can be very different from the interior's higher ground and Valleys, particularly during the winter months when the higher altitudes tend to be cold, wet, and often snowy. The coastal regions have mild winters and warm and generally dry summers, although lowland valleys can be quite hot in summer.