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Top 10 Italian cities you must visit!

Italy is one of the most magical countries in the world but… What are the best Italian cities to visit?

Home of cities full history, outstanding landscapes and magnificent cuisine, considered as one of the World’s best. Italy hosts one of the most romantic cities “Venice”, and one of the world’s most famous capitals of fashion and design “Milan”. Do not miss this top 10 cities on your next trip to Italy!…

Rome, the city of the best public squares and churches. Visit Rome with us

Let’s get started with the capital, a city that conquers you day and night. Called the Eternal City, visiting Rome is getting into the most exciting stories imaginable. Full of Renaissance churches that will make you travel back to the times of Michelangelo, and spectacular public squares that will impress you.

You cannot leave Rome before throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain, before imagining a gladiator battle in the Colosseum, or before walking down the Roman Forum, an authentic open-air museum that will make you dive into the history of the city.

Fontana Di Trevi, ROMEVerona, the city of Romeo and Juliet

Verona is known as the city of love, and there we find the balcony of Juliet! We owe this to the famous writer Shakespeare, since exactly there the immortal love story between Romeo and Juliet took place.

It is not the only attraction this city hides. In Verona, you can explore the Roman theater dating from year 30 BC, one of the best preserved of its era. It is a must if you love the Opera, because inside it holds some of the successes of the season.

The Basilica of San Zenon, on the way to Castlevecchio, and the magnificent restoration of Carlo Scarpa, as well as the Scaligero Bridge, are other must-see places. Such a beautiful city that will make you sigh with love.

VERONAThe Tuscany

It is one of the most beautiful and unique areas of Italy, and perhaps the best one to enjoy Italian gastronomy, although every place in Italy has an exceptional cuisine.

Siena, San Gimignano, Montalcino, Volterra, Luca or Montepulciano are just some of the places in Tuscany that will make you fall in love.

TUSCANYPisa city

Pisa is a fascinating city. On the Banks of the Arno, it is full of Romanesque buildings, Gothic churches, Renaissance palazzos, piazzas and lively streets that make up a complex difficult to forget.

The Tower of Pisa is the monument that attracts more tourists, but Pisa does not only consist of its Piazza dei Miracoli, where the Duomo, the Baptistery, the Campo Santo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa are located, but also, we can find more touristic places such as the Piazza dei Cavalieri, the Church of Santa Maria della Spina, or the old church of San Pietro in Vinculis.

PISAMilan, Italian capital of fashion

Just to know the culture of fashion makes it worthy to visit the heart of the ‘made in Italy‘. It turns out that the financial capital of Italy beyond its cathedral, one of the largest Gothic churches in the world, is a trend market that has its best letter of introduction in the Quadrilatero d’Oro.

Well-known fashion center, its nightlife presumes to be one of the best in the country, and within its artistic legacy reigns the fresco of `The Last Supper´ that ‘The Da Vinci Code’ gave an important relevance.

MILANSardinia

Sardinia is the ideal place to spend your summer holidays, (if interested, you can check our themed tours clicking the following link: our themed tours) and why not, those of any other time of the year.

Cities like Alghero, where time seems to have stopped; Stintino, with its famous beach of Pelosa; the incredible town of Castelsardo, ideal place to make a stop for a few days to rest; La Madalena, an indispensable place where we can find spots that seem to be taken from the Caribbean; or the chicest part of the island, like Porto Cervo, are just some of the places you can visit if you come to Sardinia.

SARDINIAFlorence city

The magnificent works of the Medici town makes it a perfect destination for a weekend getaway. A city that makes you fall in love wherever you look! With a centre small enough to reach all the most important places on foot, Florence is one of those cities that you want to return to before you leave.

You cannot miss its emblematic Ponte Vecchio or its impressive Duomo, one of the most beautiful in Italy. As well Piazza della Signoria is a meeting place impossible not to visit during your stay. Piazza Michelangelo is our last recommendation to have the best views of the city, but of course, these are just some examples of the essentials waiting for you in Florence.

FLORENCEThe villa of Siena

The villa of Siena is the medieval treasure of Tuscany. A historic city that retains the grandeur of its best period. Guarded by the Mangia Tower, the second highest medieval tower in Italy. Home of beautiful monuments such as the elegant Palazzo Pubblico, the Gothic building of the Town Hall, and the dazzling Duomo.

In the center of its labyrinth of medieval streets the Piazza del Campo is found, where every July 2 and August 16 El Palio is celebrated, the most famous horse race in the world.

SIENARavello town

Ravello is one of those towns on the Amalfi Coast that leaves you breathless.

One of the most beautiful sea views you can see, city full of alleyways and a public square to stroll and get lost. It also has a lively cultural scene, thanks to the classical music festival in summer and a short distance to a fantastic beach where you can rest and enjoy the sea.

RAVELLO townVenice city

Venice is considered one of the most romantic cities in the world, where more couples have already declared their love.

It is a unique city, where we can find its famous St Mark’s Square, the Bridge of Sighs or the neighboring islands of Burano and Murano. But really, the maxim of Venice is to enjoy its streets and canals, with no fixed destination and of course no map in hand! Anyway, that map would not have served us much, since Venice is a city in which getting lost is very easy, almost forced. Crossing some of its hundred bridges can disorient even the experts.

VENICE

In addition, there is the Carnival, the Film Festival, the Dance Festival and all its cultural heritage flooded by palaces, churches and canals.

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Arena di Verona, best opera festival in Italy

Verona hosts the best Opera Festival in Italy! It celebrates its 95th edition with a program full of events. Dates for this summer season are set till August 27. Good news is that tickets are still available!

Be delighted by the authentic italian opera you can dream of
in the romantic city of Romeo and Juliet!

Author: Paul Arps (Flickr account)

The Verona Opera Festival

This 2017 Arena di Verona celebrates the Opera Festival with five different tittles: a new production of Nabucco; two versions of Aida, one of La Fura dels Baus, and the classic of Gianfranco de Bosio; Riggoletto; Madama Butterfly with the scene of Zeffirelli; and Tosca.

First three tittles belong to Giuseppe Verdi, and the last two tittles to Giacomo Puccini. These two Italian compositors are well-known by its immense dominance of the Opera. They clearly master the communication of emotions and passion through their characters. Imagine yourself surrounded by such a special environment!Author: Alex Watkins (Flickr account)

We know it is very difficult to decide between the tittles, so if you want to see all the performances remember that there is a Season Ticket staged during the Arena Opera Festival.

Here you can check the official calendar and information of the Gala.

Things you must visit in Verona

Verona is steeped in history, thankfully you won´t miss a thing with our advices! To enrich your travel to the Verona Opera Festival we can also offer you our themed tours. Let us give you a walked along the art of the city and the most special spots.

This Italian gem is mostly known by the impressive Roman Arena, built in 1 BC and considered one of the most important and well preserved Roman amphitheatres. Visiting it while the Opera Festival takes place would be the best!

Palazzo Barbieri and Palazzo della Gran Guardia are also worth a look! The Palazzo Barbieri has a neoclassical architecture. It was built in the 17th century meant for military purposes, but currently it hosts the headquarters of the Municipality. The Palazzo della Gran Guardia is now home for important exhibitions and events.

Author: David Schiersner (Flickr account)

Located in the city centre we found the Piazza Bra, a very joyful public square considered the biggest Piazza of Verona. From there we can take a walk along Via Mazzini, one of the best streets for shopping, and turning right into Via Cappello, at number 23 at your left side you can visit the courtyard of Juliet’s house! Do you recognize that balcony?

Full of charm this city can also be very local. It is very common to see Verona people go for a walk to the Liston pavement or to go shopping to Piazza delle Erbe, an ancient Roman Forum that currently hosts a daily fruit and vegetable market.

Other things you should not miss in Verona

And now one home-made hint to reach the most beautiful views over the city! From Piazza dei Signori it is possible to see the Arche Scaligere and get into the Cortile del Mercato Vecchio, from which Torre dei Lamberti can be visited. From there you will be able to admire incredible views.Author: Pedro Nuno Caetano (Flickr account)

For Opera lovers, we recommend visiting the Amo Arena MuseOpera, full of exhibitions and temporary events that will complete you experience in Verona. Another pleasant visit is Teatro Romano, which hosts important theatre and ballets performances during the summer. And finally, the famous Castelvecchio with its Scaligero Bridge, a must-see before leaving Verona.

Author: Pedro Nuno Caetano (Flickr account)

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Easter traditions in Europe!

Easter is around the corner! and every country has its own way to celebrate it. Find some of the most popular and unusual traditions among our european destinations and do not miss anything during your Easter themed tour in Europe! 

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