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
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).