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Venice and Beyond

Destination(s): Florence

This is your week in Italy and making Venice your home base is a step toward understanding what makes Italy so special. After seven days in the land where "si" is heard you may be writing sonnets and performing them in your cubicle to whomever may care to listen. Explore Venice and spend a day in Florence and Rome. read more about Venice and Beyond

Basilica di San Marco

Basilica di San Marco

  • San Marco 328
  • Piazza San Marco
  • tel:+39 0412413817
  • Visit website
  • Venice, 30124

Even before arriving in front of the Byzantine styled Basilica di San Marco, her many magnificent domes can be seen from afar announcing their presence and status in Venice. The story goes, that the remains of St. Mark were brought, or stolen – depending on your point of view, by the Venetians from Alexandria to rest in this elaborate burial place back in the 9th century. On closer observation, you will notice not all of the columns on the Basilica di San Marco are the same (some green marble, others not) due to trading with incoming merchants for the materials to build and decorate this amazing edifice. History throughout the centuries is woven into the world-wide known Basilica di San Marco, including the originally looted Bronze horses being stolen by Napoleon, and then returned again in 1815. read more about Basilica di San Marco

Murano

Murano

The skilled Glass Blowers are the founders of this fair sized island called Murano. In 1291, the furnaces were moved off of the main island to Murano in case they ever caught fire, making sure the main city of Venice would still be preserved. To this day, Murano is still known for the beautiful glass works of art, with many stores allowing tours and on-looking crowds to watch the intense production of these delicate pieces. Many quaint restaurants and shops line the quiet streets of Murano, located just a short 15 minute boat ride from Venice. read more about Murano

Gallerie degli Uffizi (Uffizi Galleries)

Gallerie degli Uffizi (Uffizi Galleries)

  • Piazzale degli Uffizi 6
  • Off Piazza della Signoria
  • tel:055-238-8651
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50122
Piazza di Spagna

Piazza di Spagna

  • piazza di Spagna
  • tel:+39 6 48 8991 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Rome, 00187
Chiesa di S. Giorgio Maggiore

Chiesa di S. Giorgio Maggiore

  • Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore
  • tel:+39 41 528 9900
  • Visit website
  • Venice, 30133
San Polo

San Polo

  • Campo San Polo
  • tel:+39 (0)41 529 8711 (Tourist Information)
  • Venice, 30123
Palazzo Labia - Salone del Tiepolo

Palazzo Labia - Salone del Tiepolo

  • 275 Campo San Geremia
  • tel:+39 41 524 2812
  • Visit website
  • Venice, 30131
Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo

  • Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Florence, 50125

The vista which one can see the whole valley of Florence and of the surrounding hills is a must see.  The climb up is rewarding, the view is breathtaking. There are buses available to take you to Piazzale Michelangelo. Tourists, tourist groups and tour buses all congregate at this panoramic view.  Vendors set up early in the morning with cool beverages for the parched tourists and souvenirs for the eager shoppers. A sunset visit is for the romantics, bringing a wine bottle and gazing at the Florentine sky as it ends another day. There is never a bad time to visit Piazzale Michelangelo, there is always something to see from this height
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San Marco Campanile

San Marco Campanile

  • San Marco 328
  • tel:(+39) 041 241 3817
  • Visit website
  • Venice, 30124

Located in the very same Piazza San Marco, for which it is named after, the San Marco Campanile, or St. Mark's Bell tower, soars 98.5 meters high with spectacular panoramic views of the orange rooftops of Venice and on a clear day, the snow-capped Alps seem at your very fingertips. After paying at the entrance, one of the biggest elevators you'll find in Italy (a normal sized elevator for Americans) swiftly brings you up the San Marco Campanile to the observatory area where wind speeds seem to increase exponentially. Originally constructed in 1173, the San Marco Campanile has had many varied functions throughout the years such as a lighthouse for incoming ships on the lagoon, a means of tying up prisoners for torture during Medieval times, and an observatory for Galileo to demonstrate his telescope in 1609. After suddenly collapsing in 1902, the San Marco Campanile was reconstructed from its remaining base, a collection of marble sculpted storyboards called La Loggetta, and has been firmly standing since its re-inauguration in 1912. read more about San Marco Campanile

Museo Vetrario - Murano

Museo Vetrario - Murano

  • Fondamenta Giustinian 8
  • (Settore Vetro antico, Fondamenta)
  • tel:+39 41 73 9586
  • Visit website
  • Venice, 30141
Palazzo Vecchio (Museo)

Palazzo Vecchio (Museo)

  • Piazza della Signoria
  • tel:+39 55 276 8224
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50122
Trevi Fountain (Fontana dei Trevi)

Trevi Fountain (Fontana dei Trevi)

Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri)

Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri)

Legends, passions, hopes and despair form the emotional history of the ever famous Ponte dei Sospiri, or Bridge of Sighs, a must see for every visitor to Venice. Connecting the Palazzo delle Prigioni (Palazzo of the Prisoners) and the Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace), the Bridge of Sighs is where prisoners going from their trial and conviction in the Doge's Palace, would look across the bridge at their last glimpse of freedom before entering the prison and let out a sigh. Over the years it has gained a more hopeful out look being known as the bridge where if two lovers kiss under it, most likely in a romantic gondola, their love will last. To "walk the last walk" over the Bridge of Sighs, you will need to take a tour of the Palazzo Ducale or Palazzo delle Prigioni. read more about Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri)

Chiesa di San Salvador

Chiesa di San Salvador

  • Sestiere di S.Marco 4835
  • Campo San Salvador (just south from the Rialto bridge on Via 2 Aprile)
  • tel:041-523-6717
  • Visit website
  • Venice, 30124
San Francesco della Vigna

San Francesco della Vigna

  • 2786 Castello
  • Campo San Francesco
  • tel:+39 41 529 8711 (Le Informazioni Turistiche)
  • Visit website
  • Venice, 30122
Basilica di San Marco - Pala d'Oro e Tesoro

Basilica di San Marco - Pala d'Oro e Tesoro

  • Piazza San Marco
  • (Basilica S. Marco)
  • tel:+39 41 522 5205
  • Venice, 30124
Ercole Moretti

Ercole Moretti

  • 423 0141 Fondame Navagero Murano
  • tel:+39 41 73 9083
  • Visit website
  • Venice, 30100
Loggia dei Lanzi

Loggia dei Lanzi

  • piazza della Signoria
  • Florence, 50122

The Loggia dei Lanzi or Loggia della Signoria is a wide-open gallery of great works of art and sculpture.  It brings together the piazza with the Uffizi Gallery flowing down into the Arno River.  As the Florentines adored this masterpiece, Michelangelo suggested having loggia encompass the whole Piazza della Signoria.  The artist or designer of the Loggia dei Lanzi was Orcagna.  He built it between 1376 and 1382 when Benci di Cione and Simone Talenti took over.  The name Loggia dei Lanzi came from the years the Grand Duke Cosimo I was in power, it was used to keep his Lanzichenecchi(Italian) or Landsknechts(German).  Shortening it to Lanzi, these were German mercenary pikemen.  As the Uffizi was nearly complete, the Loggia's roof was constructed as a terrace for the Medici so they could watch ceremonies in the piazza away from the peasants.  The Loggia's roof was designed by Bernardo Buontalenti. Today, the sculptures of divine beauty that are located inside are Benvenuto Cellini's Perseus, Giambologna's Rape of the Sabine Woman and the Rape of Polyxena by Pio Fedi.  Loggia dei Lanzi is gorgeous at night.  Take a stroll after dinner to see the Loggia light up.
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Fontana delle Tartarughe

Fontana delle Tartarughe

  • piazza Mattei
  • tel:+39 6 48 8991 (Tourist Information)
  • Rome, 00186
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)

Chiesa di S.Nicola da Tolentino

Chiesa di S.Nicola da Tolentino

  • Campo dei Tolentini
  • tel:+39 (0)41 529 8711 (Le Informazioni Turistiche)
  • Visit website
  • Venice, 30124
Santa Maria dei Derelitti

Santa Maria dei Derelitti

  • Salizzada Santi Giovanni e Paolo
  • Venice, 30123
Ponte di Rialto

Ponte di Rialto

Ponte di Rialto is Venice's most famous bridge arching over the Grande Canal, known as a commercial area of the city with the busy Rialto Market nearby, filled with bright colored fruits, vegetables and fish (only open in the morning), and souvenir shops lined up and down the bridge itself. After its construction in 1591, the Rialto Bridge remained as the only bridge connecting the two sides of "the fish" called Venice for almost 300 years. The Ponte di Rialto is perfect for shopping or strolling along with gelato in hand while gazing off the bridge at the passing gondoliers and boats, and postcard perfect shots of the orange buildings & green water against the pink sky at sunset. read more about Ponte di Rialto

Museo Correr

Museo Correr

  • Piazza San Marco 52
  • (Ala napoleonica)
  • tel:+39 41 522 5625 / +39 41 240 5211
  • Visit website
  • Venice, 30124
Piazza del Duomo

Piazza del Duomo

  • piazza del Duomo
  • tel:+39 055 2 3320
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50122
San Luigi dei Francesi

San Luigi dei Francesi

  • Via Santa Giovanna d'Arco 5
  • tel:+39 6 68 8271
  • Rome, 00186
Da Remigio

Da Remigio

  • Castello Ponte dei Greci 3416
  • tel:39 41 523 0089
  • Venice, 30131
Galleria dell'Accademia

Galleria dell'Accademia

Containing the world's finest collection of Venetian paintings, the Galleria dell' Accademia houses works of art by Mantegna, Bellini, Carpaccio, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, Tiepolo and Canaletto – arranged for the most part in chronological order from room to room. A sophisticated tour through Byzantine, Gothic, Pre-Renaissance, High Renaissance, and Baroque art, the Galleria dell'Accademia is easily reached by crossing over the wooden Academia Bridge, having been named after the Galleria itself, residing on the Grande Canal. read more about Galleria dell'Accademia

Santa Maria del Giglio o Zobenigo

Santa Maria del Giglio o Zobenigo

  • Campo Santa Maria Del Giglio O Zobenigo
  • tel:+39 41 522 1188
  • Venice, 30124
La Furatola

La Furatola

  • Dorsoduro Calle Lunga S. Barnaba 2869/A
  • tel:39 41 520 8594
  • Visit website
  • Venice, 30122
Due Colonne

Due Colonne

  • San Polo Campo Sant' Agostin 2343
  • tel:39 41 524 0685
  • Venice, 30125
Battistero

Battistero

  • Piazza San Giovanni
  • tel:+39 55 230 2885
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50129
Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona

Alla Patatina

Alla Patatina

  • 2742 Sestiere San Polo
  • tel:39 41 523 7238
  • Venice, 30123
Antica Bessetta

Antica Bessetta

  • Santa Croce 1395
  • tel:39 41 72 1687
  • Venice, 30121
Hotel Rialto

Hotel Rialto

  • San Marco 5149 Ponte Di Rialto
  • tel:39 41 52 09 16 6
  • Visit website
  • Venice, 30124
Campanile di Giotto

Campanile di Giotto

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi

  • piazza Navona
  • Rome, 00186
Orsanmichele

Orsanmichele

  • Via Arte della Lana 1
  • Via de' Calzaiuoli
  • tel:055-284-944
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50122
Sant'Ignazio di Loyola

Sant'Ignazio di Loyola

  • 8a Via del Caravita
  • tel:+39 6 679 4406
  • Visit website
  • Rome, 00186
Vecchia Roma da Severino il Pugliese

Vecchia Roma da Severino il Pugliese

  • 52/54 Viale Manzoni
  • tel:39 6 495 8493
  • Rome, 00185
The Pantheon

The Pantheon

  • piazza della Rotonda
  • Piazza della Rotonda
  • tel:+39 6 6830 0230
  • Visit website
  • Rome, 00186
Bled

Bled

  • 40 Via Santa Croce in Gerusalemme
  • tel:39 67027808
  • Visit website
  • Rome, 00185
Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

  • Piazza della Minerva 42
  • tel:+39 6 699 0339
  • Visit website
  • Rome, 00186
Piazza del Campidoglio

Piazza del Campidoglio

The Colosseum (Colosseo)

The Colosseum (Colosseo)

  • Piazza del Colosseo
  • Piazzale del Colosseo, Via dei Fori Imperiali
  • tel:+39 6 700 4261 / +39 6 700 5469
  • Visit website
  • Rome, 00184
Basilica di San Pietro (St. Peter's Basilica)

Basilica di San Pietro (St. Peter's Basilica)

  • piazza San Pietro
  • Piazza San Pietro
  • tel:+39 (0)6 48 8991 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Rome, 00193