Rome: it's hard to say what you'll find most breathtaking about the Eternal City - the arrogant opulence of the Vatican, the timelessness of the Forum, the top speed of a Fiat Bambino, the gory resonance of the Coloseum, trying to cross a major intersection, or the bill for your cafe latte.


Florence was originally established by Julius Caesar in 59 BC as a settlement for his veteran soldiers. It was named Florentia and built in the style of an army camp with the main streets, the cardo and the decumanus, intersecting at the present Piazza della Repubblica. The city is one of Italy's most atmospheric and pleasant, retaining a strong resemblance to the small late-medieval centre.

Italy has it all: popes, painters, polenta, paramours, poets, political puerility and potentates. Its dreamy light and sumptuous landscapes seem made for romance, and its three millennia of history, culture and cuisine seduces just about everyone.

There is no dearth of activities to do - visit the Roman ruins, gawk at Renaissance art, stay in tiny medieval hill towns, go skiing in the Alps, explore the canals of Venice and gaze at beautiful churches. Naturally you can also indulge in the pleasures of la dolce vita: good food, good wine and improving your wardrobe.

Being avid fans of the “Roman Holiday”, we first set out to seek some not usually visited sites such as the Boca Della Verita (Mouth of Truth). The legend of it said that if a liar put his hand inside the mouth, he would lose the hand. A truthful person, however, would have nothing to fear. We, of course, had nothing to fear. :-)


Pisa is a city in Tuscany, central Italy, on the right bank of the mouth of the Arno River on the Ligurian Sea. It is the capital city of the Province of Pisa. The city is known worldwide for its famous bell tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa. Pisa's origins are unknown.

The city lies at the junction of two rivers, Arno and Serchio in the Ligurian Sea forming a laguna area.


Venice is a city in northern Italy, the capital of the region Veneto. Venice has been known as the "La Dominante", "Serenissima", "Queen of the Adriatic", "City of Water", "City of Bridges", and "The City of Light". It is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

The name is connected with the people known as the Veneti (perhaps the same as the (W)enetoi mentioned by Homer).

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