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Venetian Villas Offer Glimpse into Lives of Nobility

Venetian Villas Offer Glimpse into Lives of Nobility

Posted by Darya Camacci on September 9 2016

When you have taken in tiny Venice, take a guided cruise on the Brenta River and see dozens of fabulous villas and lavish gardens of the former Venetian elite. This area, for good reason, is known as the Brenta Riviera.

The Brenta Canal was built when engineers diverted the Brenta River's course and created a canal with locks. Back in the day, barges were pulled by horses for well-heeled visitors.

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Topics: architecture, art, northern Italy, Venice

4 Italian Basilicas You Should Know

4 Italian Basilicas You Should Know

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on August 5 2016

A monastery and a basilica are not the same thing, though we tend to conflate them.

monastery is a place where religious clergy devote their lives in isolation. Think of cloistered monks and nuns living in seclusion. A monastery has no public functions.

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Topics: architecture, art, church, history

Where is the Largest European Art Collection?

Where is the Largest European Art Collection?

Posted by Mira Todorova on July 31 2016

The world's largest church is at the Vatican, of course, but you may be surprised to learn the location of Europe's largest art collection.

If you said Florence or Paris, you'd be wrong. The Vatican Museums house the largest number of artworks in Europe with more than 65,000 pieces.

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Topics: architecture, art, Rome, church, history, the Vatican

6 Must-See Italian Monasteries

6 Must-See Italian Monasteries

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on July 29 2016

The Catholic Church's central role in Italy's history and culture means that the entire country is brimming with extraordinary churches and other religious institutions, most of them centuries old.

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Topics: architecture, art, church, medieval, history

Outdoor Rome is Endlessly Fascinating

Outdoor Rome is Endlessly Fascinating

Posted by Mira Todorova on July 17 2016

If you like being outdoors while vacationing, Rome is the city for you.

The city on the Tiber is glorious all year round, with moderate temperatures in the winter, ideal sunny weather in the spring and fall, and for those who thrive in warm weather, sultry summers.

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Topics: italian culture, architecture, travel, Rome, history

Cinque Terre Restrictions? Not This Year

Cinque Terre Restrictions? Not This Year

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on June 3 2016

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy is getting a bit too popular.

The picturesque and charming coastal "Italian Riviera" is looking at ways to limit the number of people who visit.

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Topics: architecture, travel

For Renaissance Art, Catch 3D Movie Set in Florence

For Renaissance Art, Catch 3D Movie Set in Florence

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on April 17 2016

A documentary that brings Florence's art and architecture to life is being shown in small arthouse theaters across the country.

"Florence and the Uffizi Gallery: A journey into the heart of the Renaissance" has a new twist on the documentary form: It's in 3D and ultra-high resolution 4K.  

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Topics: architecture, Florence, art, history, Tuscany

These Italian Churches Can't Be Missed

These Italian Churches Can't Be Missed

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on March 6 2016

Italy is justifiably famous for its natural beauty, compelling history, sumptuous foods and elegant culture. It’s also home to fascinating and magnificent churches and cathedrals, some of them the most famous in the world.

If you plan to visit Italy, we can guarantee you will see captivating churches. Even for seasoned travelers experienced in the majestic sights of Europe, churches in Italy are like nothing you’ve seen anywhere in the Old World.

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Topics: italian culture, architecture, travel, church, medieval, history

Siena: A Bit of the 13th Century in Modern Day Tuscany

Siena: A Bit of the 13th Century in Modern Day Tuscany

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on March 4 2016

Siena is perhaps the most beautiful medieval city in Italy, with stunning Gothic architecture. In the heart of Tuscany, Siena lures travelers from all over the world every year with its fascinating culture and history. Preserving its medieval character, Siena is a treasure that must be explored.

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Topics: architecture, medieval, history