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Palermo

  Palermo – known as the capital of the autonomous region of the island of Sicily and the province of Palermo, this city goes back even further than the Roman Empire – having been first established by the Phoenicians in 734 BC. Palermo and the rest of Sicily had the distinction of having been invaded […]

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Naples

  Naples – this is Italy’s third-largest city, located within the Campania region just two hours south of Rome. Its Italian name (Napoli) originally came from the Greek word Neapolis (which means “new city”). Unlike Milan (which is the de facto center of modern Italy), Naples’ history goes back to Ancient Greece – when it […]

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Milan

Milan – located in the heart of the Lombardia region, Milan is the country’s second largest city, and earned its reputation as Italy’s commercial & banking capital going back to the Middle Ages. More recently, during the early 20th century, Milan led the country’s industrialization efforts. The end of World War II reinforced this, with […]

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Florence

  Florence – located in Italy’s fabled Tuscany region, travelers the world over are attracted to this city to celebrate its cultural heritage, which came to rise during the Renaissance period. Florence’s museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The most popular and important sites in Florence include […]

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About Italy

  Italy — the Italian Republic — is a boot-shaped peninsula extending from the southern edge of Europe into the Mediterranean Sea. It includes the two large Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Sardinia, as well as the independent enclaves of San Marino and the Vatican City. Acknowledged for its vital place in the development of […]

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Brera Art Gallery

Brera Art Gallery (Via Brera 28, Milan) – a.k.a. Pinacoteca di Brera, this is Milan’s main public art gallery, containing one of that city’s major collections of historic artworks. The building that the Gallery is housed in was originally a 14th-century monastery belonging to the Order of the Umiliati, was much later converted into this […]

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Basilica di San Marco

Basilica di San Marco (Piazza San Marco 328, San Marco, Venice) – considered one of Venice’s major tourist attractions, this church is the most famous in Venice, and a brilliant example of Byzantine architecture in the world. Located just off the Grand Canal, the basilica faces the Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) and adjoins […]