Italy – The Boot Of The Mediterranean
Italy, commanding a long Mediterranean coastline, has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine. Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance treasures such as Michelangelo’s "David" and its leather and paper artisans; Venice, the sinking city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.
Average Weather and Climate in Italy
Italy is situated in southern Europe, a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia.
The moderating influence of the sea and the protection given by the Alpine barrier from the cold north winds give Italy a nice temperate climate. Nevertheless, the weather varies considerably according to how far one is from the sea or the mountains. The winter is very cold in the Alps, but mild and even warm on the Ligurian coast, the Neapolitan coast and in Sicilia. The summer is hot and dry and in the Alps it is pleasantly cool. In mountain areas, winter is ideal for skiing.
Rome is the capital of Italy and also of the Province of Rome and of the region of Lazio. With 2.9 million residents in 1,285.3 km2 (496.3 sq. mi), it is also the country's largest and most populated commune and fourth-most populous city in the European Union by population within city limits. The urban area of Rome extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of around 3.8 million. Between 3.2 and 4.2 million people live in Rome metropolitan area. The city is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, within Lazio (Latium), along the shores of Tiber River. Vatican City is an independent country within the city boundaries of Rome, the only existing example of a country within a city: for this reason Rome has been often defined as capital of two states.
SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN ROME
The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheater, is an elliptical amphitheater in the Centre of the city of Rome, Italy.
The Pantheon is a building in Rome, Italy, on the site of an earlier building commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus. The present building was completed by the emperor Hadrian and probably dedicated about 126 AD
The Roman Forum is a rectangular forum surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome.
The Trevi Fountain is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci.
Piazza Navona is a piazza in Rome, Italy. It is built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, built in 1st century AD, and follows the form of the open space of the stadium.
Villa Borghese is a large landscape garden in the naturalistic English manner in Rome, containing a number of buildings, museums and attractions. It is the third largest public park in Rome after the ones of the Villa Doria Pamphili and Villa Ada.
The Baths of Caracalla in Rome, Italy, were the second largest Roman public baths, or thermae, built in Rome between AD 212 and 217, during the reign of the Septimius and Emperor Caracalla
The Capuchin Crypt is a small space comprising several tiny chapels located beneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini on the Via Veneto near Piazza Barberini in Rome, Italy.
The Pyramid of Cestius is an ancient pyramid in Rome, Italy, near the Porta San Paolo and the Protestant Cemetery.
STAR HOTELS METROPOLE (3*)
Step out of the hotel and into central Rome, with many of the city’s artistic and architectural treasures within easy reach. You’ll find our hotel near the Termini railway station and the Teatro dell’Opera, from where it’s just a short walk to Rome’s most iconic monuments.
Discover the ancient splendor of the Colosseum and throw a coin into the Trevi fountain. Then explore the city’s religious heritage at the city’s many beautiful churches and famous sites, such as the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. Recommended for families and couples.
ROME MARRIOTT GRAND HOTEL FLORA (4*)
Located on top of Via Veneto with easy access to the underground within a few minutes walking distance from Villa Borghese gardens, Spanish Steps and shopping streets
Starting' higher at the roof top, your delicious start of the day in a heavenly way. Recommended for families and couples.
Milan is the second-most populous city in Italy and the capital of Lombardy. The city proper has a population of about 1.3 million, while its urban area is the 5th largest in the EU with an estimated population of about 5,264,000.The massive suburban sprawl that followed the post war boom of the 1950s–60s and the growth of a vast commuter belt, suggest that socioeconomic linkages have expanded well beyond the boundaries of its administrative limits and its agglomeration, creating a polycentric metropolitan area of 7-10million people, stretching over the former provinces of Milan, Bergamo, Como, Lecco, Lodi, Monza and Brianza, Pavia, Varese, Novara. It has been suggested that the Milan metropolitan region is part of the so-called Blue Banana, the area of Europe with the highest population and industrial density.
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Milan Cathedral is the cathedral church of Milan, Italy. Dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, currently Cardinal Angelo Scola. The Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete.
La Scala is an opera house in Milan, Italy. The theater was inaugurated on 3 August 1778 and was originally known as the New Royal-Ducal Theatre alla Scala. The premiere performance was Antonio Salieri's Europa riconosciuta
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the world's oldest shopping malls. Housed within a four-story double arcade in central Milan, the Galleria is named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy.
Sforza Castle is a castle in Milan, northern Italy. It was built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, on the remains of a 14th-century fortification
The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, commonly known as San Siro, is a football stadium located in the San Siro district in Milan. It is the home of AC Milan and Inter Milan
Pirelli Tower, is a 32-storey, 124.1 m skyscraper in Milan, Italy. The base of the building is 1,900 m², with a length of 75.5 m and a width of 20.5 m. The construction used about 30,000 m³ of concrete.
The Milan Planetarium is the largest and most important planetarium in Italy. It is located in the Gardens of Porta Venezia, in the Porta Venezia district of Milan. It was established in 1930, and has been in operation since then
Arena Civica is a multi-purpose stadium in Milan, Italy, which was opened on 18 August 1807 and is one of the city’s main examples of neoclassical architecture. Today it mainly hosts football and rugby union games, concerts and cultural events.
ANTARES HOTEL RUBENS (4*)
Hotel Rubens, 4-star hotel in the Centre of Milan, is part of the Antares Hotels L’Ospitalità group in Milan. The hotel is affiliated with the First Class Collection of World hotel the most important and prestigious hotel chains in the world.
The Antares Hotel Rubens is centrally located in Milan in an area full of restaurants and trendy venues close to the shops of Corso Vercelli and the basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie, where the Last Supper can be admired. The Antares Hotel Rubens is located 100 metres from the Gambara stop of the red metro line. Piazza Del Duomo and Milan's historic Centre with its monuments and museums are just 8 stops away. Recommended for families and couples.
STAR HOTELS ROSA (4*)
As the only hotel on the Piazza Fontana, the Rosa Grand is a short stroll from some of Milan’s most impressive artistic and architectural treasures.
You’ll be just minutes from the gothic spires of Milan’s famous Duomo, the historic center, and many of the city’s modern attractions including the chic boutiques and fashion houses of the Galleria Vittorio, as well as the famous La Scala Theater. Recommended for families and couples.
Venice, capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a marshy lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Its stone palaces seemingly rise out of the water. There are no cars or roadways, just canals and boats. The Grand Canal snakes through the city, which is filled with innumerable narrow, maze like alleys and small squares
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The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, northern Italy. It is the most famous of the city's churches and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture
The Grand Canal is a canal in Venice, Italy. It forms one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city. Public transport is provided by water buses and private water taxis, and many tourists explore the canal by gondola
The Doge's Palace is a palace built in Venetian Gothic style, and one of the main landmarks of the city of Venice in northern Italy
The Rialto Bridge is one of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It is the oldest bridge across the canal, and was the dividing line for the districts of San Marco and San Polo
Teatro La Fenice is an opera house in Venice, Italy. It is one of "the most famous and renowned landmarks in the history of Italian theatre", and in the history of opera as a whole
The Lido – or Venice Lido – is an 11-kilometre long sandbar in Venice, northern Italy; it is home to about 20,000 residents. The Venice Film Festival takes place at the Lido every September.
The Bridge of Sighs is a bridge located in Venice, northern Italy. The enclosed bridge is made of white limestone and has windows with stone bars.
San Giorgio Maggiore is one of the islands of Venice, northern Italy, lying east of the Giudecca and south of the main island group.
The Museo Correr is a museum in Venice, northern Italy. Located in St. Mark's Square, Venice, it is one of the 11 civic museums run by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.
HOTEL CARLTON & GRAND CANAL (4*)
Facing the magical Grand Canal, the Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal is the ideal destination for an unforgettable holiday in Venice. Near to the railway station of Santa Lucia, to the Cruise Terminal/Maritime Station and the parking areas at Piazzale Roma, the hotel is practical, convenient and easy to reach, in a privileged position to visit all the main tourist attractions.Recommended for families and couples.
HOTEL DANIELI (5*)
With sweeping views over the Venetian lagoons, Hotel Danieli enjoys a location rich in history on Riva degli Schiavoni. The hotel is just moments from Piazza San Marco, the heart of the city and guests can easily wander around the many authentic streets nearby. Hotel Danieli offers a distinguished setting for prestigious events, meetings and other occasions. Recommended for families, couples and for business purposes
Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and birthplace of the Renaissance, is home to masterpieces of art and architecture. One of its most iconic sites is the Florence Cathedral, with its terra-cotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and bell tower designed by Giotto. The Galleria dell'Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David,” while the Uffizi Gallery exhibits preeminent works such as Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.
Italy’s Tuscany region is packed with some of the worlds most recognizable Renaissance-era art and architecture, including Michelangelo’s "David," the works in the Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo basilica of Florence. Its diverse natural landscape encompasses the snow-capped Apennine Mountains, Elba’s sunny beaches overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and Chianti’s famous olive groves and vineyards
SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN FLORENCE AND TUSCANY
The Uffizi Gallery is an art museum in Italy. It is located in Florence, and is one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the world.
The Palazzo Vecchio is the town hall of Florence, Italy. Overlooking the Piazza della Signoria with its copy of Michelangelo's David statue as well as the gallery of statues in the adjacent Loggia dei Lanzi.
The Ponte Vecchio is a Medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River, in Florence, Italy, noted for still having shops built along it, as was once common.
David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created between 1501 and 1504, by Michelangelo. It is a 5.17-metre marble statue of a standing male nude. The statue represents the Biblical hero David, a favored subject in the art of Florence.
The Boboli Gardens is a park in Florence, Italy, that is home to a collection of sculptures dating from the 16th through the 18th centuries, with some Roman antiquities
Santa Trinita is a Roman Catholic church located in front of the Piazza of the same name, traversed by Via de' Tornabuoni, in central Florence, region of Tuscany, Italy.
Stadio Artemio Franchi is a football stadium in Florence, Italy. It is currently the home of ACF Fiorentina. The stadium was temporarily noticed as the host of Italy's Six Nations matches from 2012. The old nickname of the stadium was "Comunale."
HOTEL ADLER CAVALIERI (4*)
Hotel Adler Cavalieri is located in a former monastery dating back to the 1300s on Via della Scala, a beautiful street in the historic center of Florence. The refined 4 star luxury hotel is ideal for those who travel by car or train. The hotel is 200 meters from the Santa Maria Novella train station and just a few minutes from the most famous places in Florence, such as the splendid cathedral in Piazza del Duomo, Brunelleschi’s famous dome and Giotto’s bell tower. Recommended for families and couples.
HOTEL ATHENA (4*)
The Athena, a four-star hotel in Siena, stands in the heart of the old town Centre inside the ancient city walls.
It is ideally located for reaching Piazza del Campo and the Cathedral, just a few minutes’ walk away. Recommended for families and couples.