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Visit Italy Before You Die

Updated on November 20, 2009

Italy is one of the most visited countries in Europe. This is due to its magnificent attractions that combine art, history, technology and society. Its attractions. In terms of economy, Italy is ranked as the seventh largest economy in the world. Italy is well known for its deep Catholic roots, famous wines, roman ruins, and renaissance art. It is also known for its magnificent artists among them: Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo and many more. With its rich art it is one country everyone should visit at least once before they die. With this lens I want to give you a sense of Italy. If I were to write a comprehensive guide on Italy it would be a million pages long. I just picked some cities, some attractions and some information, so you can fall in love with Italy and investigate further. So sit back and enjoy!

Some brief facts on Italy

Country Full Name: Italian Republic

Measurements: Metric

Currency: Euro

Population: approximately 59.5 million.

Religion: Christianity 90%.

Capital: Rome

Life expectancy: male 79.68, female 82.81

Rome

Rome was the ancient capital of the Roman empire. It is also the headquarters of the Catholic church. It has many monuments and picturesque sights that make it a walking museum. Among some of the most popular places to visit here are:

1. The Colosseum

A historic place where gladiators fought lions. It is more than 2000 years old and it can hold 50,000 spectators. One of the most impressive structures in the world. It is touted as one of the great works of Roman architecture.

2. Trevi Fountain

One of the most beautiful fountains in Rome. One legend has it that if you throw a coin with your back to the fountain, you will return back to Rome. Its central figure is Neptune riding a shell pulled by horses.

3. The Vatican & Sistine Chapel

The Vatican, which is a city within Rome, has the Sistine Chapel where marvelous old testament characters are displayed to the walls and the ceiling. The Sistine Chapel is a place where they elect the new Pope. Its walls are painted by the great Michelangelo and depict God's Creation of the World, God's relationship with Mankind and Mankind's fall from God's Grace.

4. Spanish Steps

Longest and widest of all Europe. They are three flights of steps that lead to a church. In the summer it may be covered with flowers making it a beautiful sight to behold. There are street sellers and caricature artists on the foot of the steps honing their skills.

5. Pantheon

Also known as the temple of all Gods, interior made of marble. The inside has an opening in the middle that is open to the sky. A great sight to behold, it is one of the most well preserved of the Roman

buildings.

5. Travestere

A residential quarter that used to be a city port at the time of Agustus until the end of the 19th century. Visitors claim it has a vast array of delicious restaurants for much cheaper rates than other parts of Rome.

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VENICE

Take a gondola through the Grand Canal, a waterway that is approximately two-miles long with views of impressive palaces

1. Piazza San Marco (St Mark's Square)
Inside it is the Doge's Palace, St Mark's Basilica, St Mark's Clocktower, the Procuratie Vecchie, the Napoleonic Wing of the Procuraties, the Procuratie Nuove, St Mark's Campanile and Loggetta and the Biblioteca Marciana. You can visit all these attractions in this square, so it's a great place to go. A brief note about some of these:

a. St. Mark's Basilica: A spectacular mass of domes and arches, one of the most famous churches in Italy.

b. Doges Palace - official residence in Venice of the doges, who were the elected leaders of the former Venetian republic. It is also the a seat of residence where many important decisions in Venice's history were taken. It is one of the city's most famous buildings.

c. St Mark's Campanile - A bell tower 98.6 meters tall, near the front of the Basilica. You can get an awesome view of Venice from the top of this tower.

2. Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs)
Supposedly prisoners who would cross this bridge, which connected old prisons to interrogation rooms, would breathe a last sigh seeing beautiful Venice as they continued on their imprisonment. The bridge is very small and can best be seen via a gondola.


3. Rialto Bridge

Designed by Antonio da Ponte, there are many souvenirs that can be bought from merchants through here. Two inclined ramps lead up to a central portico. On each ramp there are rows of shops.

4.Ca' d'Oro
- One of the most beautiful palaces in Venice. Built between 1428 and 1430 for the Contarini family who provided Venice with eight Doges (Dukes of Venice).

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FLORENCE

Home of the world's most famous artists such as: Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael. (and I don't mean the teenage mutant ninja turtles)

1. Ponte Vecchio

A beautiful medieval bridge lined with shops and vendors everywhere. It is the oldest of Florence's six bridges. You can view beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

2. Galleria Degli Uffizi - Awesome museum with works by masters such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael. Make some reservations, you may have to wait hours in line.

3. Michaelangelo's David - One of the greatest works of art depicting young David from the Bible. Make sure you get a reservation due to the long lines.

Florence Featured Video

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MILAN

Milan Cathedral - is one of the world's largest churches, being second in size within Italy only to Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. Its high spires reprsent one of the most awe inspiring works of architecture. Make sure you travel to the top for awesome views of Milan and this Cathedral.

Montenapoleone - Ok women, this one is for you. If you love to shop this is the place to go in Italy. It has all the famous names: Versace, Dolce Gabbana, Louis Voitton, Valentino. It is the Italian Beverly Hills. Rich and famous go here, spend money if you have it!

Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle) - A castle built in 1368 to defend the city from attack. It was rebuilt several times, and now it's home to various art collections and antique musical instruments. It has a wonderful park nearby adding to its majestic beauty.

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NAPLES

Mount Vesuvius - It is the only active volcano in the mainland of Europe. It takes about 30 minutes to hike around the crater. It has beautiful views from the top. If you have a love of nature this is the place to visit. Make sure you bring a jacket so you don't freeze.

Sorrento - One of the most popular places with beautiful views everywhere. Located on a terrace overlooking the sea.

Pompei - One of the most famous archeological sites in Italy. It was buried by Mount Vesuvius in 79 C.E. The ash that buried the town mummified the entire city. It is a great place to visit and see history before your very eyes.

Capri - An island noted for its natural beauty and romantic atmosphere. It is very costly with expensive shops and hotels lined throughout the island.

Pisa

IN CONCLUSION: Who could forget the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Pisa is home to the unmistakable image of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Done in 3 stages over a period of 177 years. It began in August of 1173 and continued with two long interruptions for about two hundred years. The tower began to sink to one side due weak unstable subsoil and only a 3 meter foundation. It has 294 steps to the top of the tower.

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    • blue22d profile image

      blue22d 7 years ago

      I would love to go. There is so much to see. Not sure if I could every afford to go at this point in my life - but I still dream. Great lens *****.

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      dustytoes 7 years ago

      I'll never go, but love the photos you provide...what a place!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      My husband and I visited Italy several years ago. I'd like to go back.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Lizzy

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Italy is definitely on our travel list. So many places, so little time! Wonderful photos here, which make me want to go there even more.

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      Love your photos! Italy is my favorite country in the world. Lensrolled to my Italy lenses.

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      Tonie Cook 8 years ago from USA

      My MIL is from Naples. Italy is one place I'd love to visit. Your lens describes it beautifully.

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      squid-janices7 8 years ago

      Lovely lens with fantastic photos! My husband and I are going to Italy for the first time this fall. This lens has gotten me even more excited to go. Thanks so much.

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      SylvianeNuccio1 8 years ago

      Beautiful lens! I've been to Italy quite some times, love it, especially Venice.

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      Senora M 8 years ago

      Cool lens. 5*s! I went to Italy last summer and it was so fun. We loved the pesto and gellato there. Yum!!

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      thewishpearl 8 years ago

      Beautiful pictures! I love Italy, my family and I visited Rome in 2006, at the same time as the Italian soccer team won the World Cup, it was a madhouse! We loved it and will definitely visit again. 5*.s

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      Light-in-me 8 years ago

      Great lens, Love the photos and would love to go there !

      Thank's for sharing. 5*s from me...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i always wanted to go to italy

      it is soo freking beautiful =]

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      pkmcr 8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Congratulations on your great achievement in becoming a Giant Squid! Your lenses are awesome!

      Take care

      Paul

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      I love Italy. I lived in Milan for a year almost 10 years ago and my girlfriend had an assignment there last year so I was commuting there, from London, alternate weekends.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Its been years. I would love to go back.

      Great lens

      LizzyJean

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      SuzanneM 8 years ago

      Great lens and fabulous photos. I was in Rome and Umbria a couple of months ago so it brings back the memories!

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      I like your lenses, they are very nice. I am not sure what exactly the criteria is too pass one up and not another.

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Welcome to Italy Headquarters, and a Squid Angel Blessing for this gorgeous lens!

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      ZipClip 8 years ago

      I am going to Italy in less then a week. I think Milan is just as cool as anywhere in the country. We are going to hit Rome.

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      Debbie 8 years ago from England

      Super lens well put together. I've always wanted to go but just didn't make it yet but I hear Florence is stunning. 5*****

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      Delia 9 years ago

      great lens and photos...I will check back here before I go to Italy and refresh my memory.. 5*s

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      Rob Hemphill 9 years ago from Ireland

      I love your photos. Must get back to Italy soon, it is so beautiful.

      Thanks for dropping by my Wine lens.

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      markbestweb 9 years ago

      I just LOVE Europe, this lens has great information about Italy. When I went to Europe, we took extra time to visit other countries. I went to Spain and visited Galicia quite a nice place to go

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Gorgeous photos! I love Italy, and with the exception of Milan, have visited all of these wonderful places. Welcome to All Things Travel.

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      Kiwisoutback 9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great lens! I like the pictures and info...hopefully I'll be heading here someday. I'll be passing this one along to some other people who are considering going. Nice work!

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      lifelongfitness 9 years ago

      I've always wanted to visit Italy. Looking at these images makes me want to go more

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      oldhamrealestate 9 years ago

      What great information and wonderful pictures. Brings back very good memories. 4 kids now, no trips planned, but gives us something to shoot for, 5 stars

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      lithops 9 years ago

      Nice lens

      please consider also my lens about Italy

      https://hubpages.com/travel/10-Italy

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      Allan R. Wallace 9 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      You have just made my planned trip to Italy much longer. Thank you

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      dtbs 9 years ago

      interesting lens! thanks for sharing this info! please check mine out at----------------> Kava Kava.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      My husband and I took a vacation to Italy when I found out I was pregnant with my first child. (We figured it would be the last true vacation for awhile.) We wandered around the country for 3 weeks. It helped that Chris spoke the language. I want to go back for our 25th. This time we'll take the boys with us.

      great lens (5*)

      Lizzy

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      grassosalvato86 9 years ago

      I'm Italian and I can say that you've made a fantastic lens!! You deserve 5 stars!! I've also lensrolled your lens to my Italian language lens.

      Have a great weekend!!

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      gurneywagon 9 years ago

      Awesome images! Nicely done :)