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Top 10 Things to Do in Italy

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Our top 10 list of things to do in Italy is your guide to unbridled adventures. Castello Sforzesco is a 14th Century castle that houses museums and paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and Bramante. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is Milan's 19th Century version of a mall - and it's perfect for shopping and people watching. Marina Grande Beach is the largest beach in the city of Amalfi and is always buzzing with activity. The water is clear - perfect for swimming- and the most beautiful part of the beach can be found on the eastern edge. No visit to Italy would complete without a trip to Centro Storica. Set aside an entire day to explore this historical venue on foot. Here you'll find many of Rome's most famous historical sites such as the Pantheon, Campo dei Fiori, and Piazza Navona. Use our top 10 list of things to do in Italy as a springboard to the perfect vacation. read more about Top 10 Things to Do in Italy

Area Sacra

Area Sacra

  • largo Torre Argentina
  • tel:+39 6 48 8991 (Tourist Information)
  • Rome, 00186
Centro Storico

Centro Storico

  • Centro Storico
  • Rome
Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori)

Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori)

  • Piazza del Duomo
  • Piazza del Duomo
  • tel:055-230-2885
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 53100
Palazzo Vecchio (Museo)

Palazzo Vecchio (Museo)

  • Piazza della Signoria
  • tel:+39 55 276 8224
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50122
Duomo (Cathedral of Sant' Andrea)

Duomo (Cathedral of Sant' Andrea)

  • Piazza Duomo
  • Piazza del Duomo
  • tel:089 871 059
  • Amalfi, 84011
Marina Grande Beach

Marina Grande Beach

  • Corso Repubbliche Marinare
  • Amalfi, 84011
Santa Maria della Salute

Santa Maria della Salute

  • Campo della Salute
  • tel:+39 0412743911
  • Visit website
  • Venice, 30124

Having been constructed at the end of the Plague in1630, la Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute, the Church of St. Mary of Health, was built as a sign of thanksgiving for lifting the plague off the city of Venice. A beautiful octagonal shaped interior adorned with paintings such as Tintoretto's "Le Nozze di Cana" and particularly ornate marble-work coincides harmoniously with the elegant rising exterior of this handsome baroque church designed by Baldassare Longhena. The Santa Maria della Salute participates annually in the traditional Festa del Redentore (usually held the third Saturday in July), as a bridge of boats is temporarily constructed across the canal from the Santa Maria della Salute to the Chiesa del Redentore. Located at the opening of the Grande Canal, and just across the canal from Piazza San Marco, the Santa Maria della Salute seems to stand on her own but not far down the alleyways are the Peggy Guggenheim Museum and the Galleria dell'Accademia. read more about Santa Maria della Salute

Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)

Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)

  • San Marco 1
  • Entrance for the public: Porta del Frumento, Piazzetta San Marco
  • tel:+39 041 271 5911
  • Visit website
  • Venice, 30124

Located next to the Basilica di San Marco, the Doge's Palace has been the symbol of Venice's political life and public administration for hundreds of years. The building has been continuously evolving into its present form since 1340, even though its fundations date back to the early Middle Ages (10th century). Considered a masterpiece of the gothic style, it has been destroyed many times, most notably during the fire of 1106. It was rebuilt by Barbarossa in 1177 and modified over the time by the different Dogi reigning in Venice. More than a palace, the Palazzo Ducale is an extensive infrastructure, comprising the apartments of the doge (often used as an exhibition space), the government quarters and the palace of justice. When visiting the palace, many parts are worth the detour. In the Museo dell'Opera, you'll see the remaining pieces of the building's medieval facades as well as a collection of sculptures dating from the 14th and 15th Centuries. Before heading towards the Doge's appartments, you'll enter the magnificent courtyard. Take some time to walk alongside the Loggias to enjoy the various angles of the Palazzo. In addition to the Institutional Chambers and the Prisons, take some time to see the great collection of weapons and armaments in the Armoury. read more about Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)

Castello Sforzesco

Castello Sforzesco

  • Piazza Castello 3
  • Piazza Castello
  • tel:+39 02 8846 3700
  • Visit website
  • Milan, 20121
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
  • Just off Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Scala
  • tel:+39 02 7252 4301
  • Milan, 20121