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Attractions in Italy

Amalfi CoastAmalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is the most dramatic coastline in Italy and easily reached from Sorrento by ferry, or an organised boat trip. The 'Metro del Mare', a regular ferry service runs all the way from Naples to Salerno. This passes along the mountainous coast in half the time of the overland buses and gives fantastic views of the mountainous coastline.
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Basilica of St. Francis, AssisiAssisi

Birthplace of St Francis, Assisi is a nice small city, very hilly with lovely views of the surrounding valley covered in farmland and small towns. From the highest point of the fortress of Rocco Maggiore the whole town is laid out beneath with the terraces falling away to the plain below.
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Fountain of Neptune, BolognaBologna

Bologna is much more a working city than either Rome of Florence and lacks the big tourist crowds. There's still plenty to see and do, and it's a pleasant city to stroll through. This is mainly due to the porticoes that line the majority of the streets and provide respite from the hot sun or rain. Some 40km of the city's streets are lined with these columned covers, which give Bologna a unique feel. It's a great town for shopping as well, with plenty of affordable shops along the porticoed streets and narrow alleyways full of market stalls.
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Bomarzo Monster ParkBomarzo Parco dei Monstri (Monster Park)

About 100km north of Rome is Bomarzo Parco dei Monstri (Monster Park). This is an old sculpture park, originally built in 1550 around the ruins of an old villa.
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Faraglioni, CapriCapri

The island of Capri has always been a very popular and expensive destination and is located just at the end of the Sorrento Peninsula with great views over the Bay of Naples.
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Ponte Treponti, ComacchioComacchio

Just inland form the many beach resorts on the Adriatic coast is the small town of Comacchio. It used to be completely surrounded by water and built around a series of canals, much like Venice. Much of the surrounding lagoons have been drained for farmland but the town is still surrounded on three sides by water and there is a network of canals running through the town's streets.
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Castello Estense, FerarraFerarra

Ferarra has some of the best preserved city walls in Italy and is dominated by the huge Castello Estense. Built in the 14th century, it has four towers around a central courtyard as well as its own moat.
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Basilica, FlorenceFlorence

There are amazing murals all over the Florence along with some beautifully ornate churches so it's well worth a walk around away from the main tourist haunts.
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Herculaneum RuinsHerculaneum

Herculaneum is a few miles closer to Naples than Pompeii and was buried under lava in the same eruption that destroyed Pompeii. The excavated ruins here are a lot smaller, but in much better condition.
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Greek Temple, PaestumPaestum

Paestum is a small town, with the remains of an ancient Greek colony at its centre. These ruins hold three massive Greek temples, some of the best preserved monuments of the ancient Greek world.
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Leaning Tower of PisaPisa

The world famous leaning tower is just part of a larger set of buildings set in the 'Plaza del Miracoli', the 'Plaza of Miracles'. The cathedral and baptistery lean as well as the bell tower, although to a much lesser extent.
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PompeiiPompeii

The ruins of Pompeii are huge and still only partially excavated. The entire town was buried under hot ash and rock in 79 AD and so is an extremely well preserved example of Roman life. Currently two-thirds of the city has been uncovered and this is more than enough for a full day's exploration - there's just too much to take in in one go.
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Ravenna MuralsRavenna

Ravenna is a pleasant city, quiet peaceful and spacious in the pedestrianised city centre. There are many pedal bikes around instead of the usual mopeds as the city is so flat. The main draw of the city is its Byzantine heritage. Ravenna was once the capital of the Western Roman Empire and then one of the outposts of the Byzantine Empire - they have left their mark in the form of mosaics in the city's religious monuments.
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Domes of RomeRome

Rome's centre contains so many cultural and historic sites it's impossible to appreciate them all. Besides the Roman remains, there are churches and monuments as well as many beautiful piazzas complete with Renaissance statues and fountains.
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San Gimignano TowersSan Gimignano

This strange town is perched on top of a hill surrounded by the Tuscan countryside. It's main features are a dozen tall towers each three or four stories higher than the neighbouring buildings, built in the 11th century by the town's feuding families.
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SiennaSienna

Sienna is touted as one of the most captivating towns in Italy and hold one of the oldest Palio (horse races) in Italy
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SorrentoSorrento

Sorrento is a typical resort town, very busy and full of cafes, restaurants and tourist shops all bordered by the harbour. It's a great place to start excursions around the bay, to the islands of Capri and Ischia as well as the rugged Amalfi Coast.
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St Peter's Square, Vatican CityVatican City

The worlds smallest country, the vatican City draws millions of visitors to both the most sacred catholic church and the incredible musuems of treasures collected over the centuries by the popes.
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VeniceVenice

If there's one city you could fall in love with, it's definitely Venice. A city like no other, many days can be spent exploring Venice's labyrinth of streets, some following canals, crossing over elegant bridges or just disappearing into the waters.
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VeronaVerona

The historic centre of Verona is very beautiful, with many buildings covered in murals and with lots of balconies. It's great to walk around and explore the narrow alleys and historical buildings, with many houses painted in oranges and yellows, and most of the public buildings in pink stone. The largest of these is the opera house, originally a Roman amphitheatre and still very much intact.
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VesuviusVesuvius

Constantly threatening the surrounding towns Vesuvius dominates the Bay of Naples. The only active volcano on the European mainland, Vesuvius is reached by a winding bus ride to the summit. The climb offers superb views of the sprawling city of Naples below as well as the solidified river of lava that once flowed towards the coastal towns.
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Villa PisaniVilla Pisani

Villa Pisani is the grandest of the 50 or more palaces and villas built as summer houses for Venice's elite. These are stretched out along the Riviera del Brenta, an extension of Venice's Grand Canal on land and the drive along here makes a pleasant diversion from the busy city.
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