Wonders of Italy

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  • Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano
  • Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano
  • Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano
  • Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano
  • Castel Sant' Angelo
  • Castel Sant' Angelo
  • Doge's Palace, Venice
  • Duomo of Florence
  • Duomo of Florence
  • Fontana Dei Quattro Fiumi
  • Fontana del Moro Navona Square
  • Fontana di Trevi
  • Forum Of Ceaser
  • Grand Canal, Venice, Italy
  • Leaning Tower of Venice
  • Palazzaccio Rome
  • Palazzo Vecchio, Florence
  • Piazza Navona
  • Piazza Navona
  • Piazza San Pietro
  • Ponte Vecchio, Florence
  • Roman Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • San Giacomo di Rialto, Venice
  • San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Mark’s Basilica
  • St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Street Lamp, Venice
  • The Arch of Titus
  • The Pantheon, Rome
  • Vatican Museums
  • Vatican Museums
  • Vatican Museums
  • Venice
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Wonders of Italy

The Italian Republic is a history lover’s paradise with thousands of museums, churches and archaeological sites dating back to Roman and Greek times. Visitors will also find a hub for fashion and culture unlike anywhere else in the world. Explore Ancient history in Rome at the Colosseum and Rome’s Ruins. Rome’s greatest gladiator arena has history of unimaginable violence—games that would last 100 days in some cases and involve the slaughter of up to 10,000 animals—but today, it is one of the most majestic sites for Italian tourism. Take a trip to the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City where Michelangelo’s Genesis (Creation), commissioned by Pope Julius II and painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, attracts droves of visitors each year. Take a waterbus tour of the Grand Canal and stop along the way for a bite to eat and some shopping. Take in the most famous of the city’s churches and one of the best known examples of the Italo-Byzantine architecture, the Basilica of Saint Mark, which lies at the eastern end the Piazza San Marco, adjacent and connected to the Doge’s Palace. And don’t miss the Duomo of Florence.

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Grand Canal

Locally called the Canalazzo, the Grand Canal is the largest canal in the city of Venice and forms one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city. The Grand Canal snakes across the city in a large S shape from Saint Mark Basin at one end to a lagoon close to the Santa Lucia railway station at the other end. There are over 170 buildings on the Grand Canal including restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues. Prior to the 19th century, there was just one bridge that crossed the Grand Canal. The best way to see the Venetian-Gothic buildings along the canal is to travel by the vaporetto, the Italian word for waterbus. Visitors can also take a romantic gondola ride along the Grand Canal. Aside from sightseeing, visitors can also shop and eat along the canal. There are over 170 buildings on the Grand Canal including restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues.

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Venice, Italy
Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina) is the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City. It still serves as the venue at which the election of each new pope is performed. The Sistine Chapel is perhaps better known around the globe for its awe-inspiring artistic decoration. Michelangelo’s Genesis (Creation), commissioned by Pope Julius II and painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, attracts droves of visitors each year. As does the Giudizio Universale (Last Judgement), also painted by Michelangelo. Although most people are familiar with both of these works and have seen the images in print or online, the magnificence of seeing the work of Michelangelo in person has been described by Johann Wolfgang Goethe, who said, “Without having seen the Sistine Chapel, one can form no appreciable idea of what one man is capable of achieving.”

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Viale Vaticano, 2, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City (Open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sundays)
Sistine Chapel

Roman Colosseum

Rome’s greatest gladiator arena has history of unimaginable violence. It was completed in AD 80 after eight years of construction and used to stage spectacular gladiator games in front of cheering crowds. The games would last 100 days in some cases and involve the slaughter of up to 10,000 animals. The wooden floor was covered in sand to help sop up the blood. Two thousand years later, it’s Italy’s top tourist attraction, bringing in up to five million visitors a year. The Colosseum has a 50,000-person capacity and although it wasn’t the biggest of the arenas, it was certainly the most feared. The Colosseum was abandoned in the 6th century, after the empire fell, and was damaged by several earthquakes before later being used as a quarry for travertine and marble for Italian buildings. Parts of the Colosseum are open to the public by guided tour only and require advanced booking.

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Piazza del Colosseo (Open 8:30 a.m.- 1 hr before sunset)
Roman Colosseum

St. Mark’s Basilica

The most famous of the city’s churches and one of the best known examples of the Italo-Byzantine architecture, the Basilica of Saint Mark lies at the eastern end the Piazza San Marco, adjacent and connected to the Doge’s Palace. The basic shape of the church has a mixture of Italian and Byzantine features. In the first half of the 13th century, it had additional construction to the exterior to blend in with the Gothic architecture of the redesigned Doge’s Palace. It is officially known in Italian as the Basilica di San Marco. Originally, it was the chapel of the Doge and has only been the city’s cathedral since 1807. The construction of Saint Mark’s Basilica is opulent with gold ground mosaics and statues—a symbol of Venetian wealth and power. In the 11th century, the building was given the nickname, Church of Gold. As with most churches in Italy, you must be dressed appropriately to be allowed in. This mean not shorts, skirts or bare shoulders. Filming and photography is also not allowed at the Basilica of Saint Mark.

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San Marco, 328, Venezia, Italy (Open Monday-Saturday 9:45 a.m.-5:00p.m. and Saturday 2:00 p.m.-5:00p.m.)
St. Mark’s Basilica

Duomo of Florence

If you’ve seen a postcard of Florence, chances are, you’ve seen the Duomo. The Duomo of Florence is a cathedral built in the heart of Florence. The cathedral is one of Italy’s largest churches and, until development of new structural materials in the modern era, the dome was the largest in the world. It remains the largest brick dome ever constructed. Officially named, Santa Maria del Fiore, this is the main church of Florence, Italy. The exterior of the basilica is faced with polychrome marble panels in various shades of green and pink bordered by white and has an elaborate 19th-century Gothic revival façade. Inside, the Duomo features breathtaking artwork including the frescos decorating the ceiling depicting heaven and hell. Once you reach the top of the Duomo, small windows reveal breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Entrance to the cathedral is free. Due to popularity, expect a long line of tourists waiting to get in.

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Piazza Duomo, 50122 Florence (Open Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Sundays 1:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m.)
Duomo of Florence

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We loved the food, the scenery, the wine and … did we mention that we loved the food? TripXert organized an unforgettable holiday in the heart of Italy for my family and our friends. Excellent value for money.

Claire Dowson, Detroit