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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (Milan) – built during the later 1800s, this is reputed to be the oldest shopping mall in the world, and is currently Milan’s premiere shopping destination. Named after the first king of the Kingdom of Italy, there are luxury retailers selling high fashion, jewelry, books & paintings, along with restaurants, cafes […]

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Trevi Fountain

  Trevi Fountain (Piazza di Trevi, Rome) – tapping into a water source from the Ancient Roman period (the Aqua Virgo aqueduct), this fountain was actually completed in 1762 by Nicola Salvi, making it the largest and most famous Baroque fountain in Rome. The fountain’s central figures are Neptune (God of the sea), flanked by […]

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Saint Peter’s Basilica/Basilica di San Pietro

  Saint Peter’s Basilica/Basilica di San Pietro (Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City, Rome) – this is the world’s largest shrine to Christianity, located in the heart of Vatican City (the global center of the Roman Catholic Church). With a surface of 22,000 sq. meters, 20,000 followers can pray inside of it. The original church was […]

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Roman Forum

  Roman Forum (Via della Salaria Vecchia 5/6, Rome) – this is a plaza from the Ancient Roman period that contains the ruins of several government buildings – located in the center of modern-day Rome. During the days of the Roman Empire, this was the place where commerce, business, the administration of justice and religious […]

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Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio (Florence) – this is Florence’s most famous bridge. Completed circa 1450, it was Florence’s first bridge across the Arno River and is the only surviving bridge from Florence’s medieval days (others were destroyed in World War II). The Ponte Vecchio is still lined with shops selling gold and silver jewelry. From the bridge, […]

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Pompeii

Pompeii (near Naples) – this was a Roman-era seaside town just outside of present-day Naples that fell victims to Mount Vesuvius’ volcanic eruption and subsequent flows of lava afterwards in 79 AD — wiping out the town. The excavations that took place in modern times revealed slices of life of Ancient Rome – from ordinary […]

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Pantheon

  Pantheon (Piazza della Rotonda, Rome) – this is a one-time pagan temple (rebuilt in AD 120 by the Roman emperor Hadrian), that became a church in AD 608. This is one of the most preserved structures from Ancient Rome, and draws crowds for that very reason. The dome of the Pantheon is supported by […]

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Palazzo Ducale

  Palazzo Ducale (Piazza San Marco 1, Venice) – this is the Doge (Duke of Venice)’s palace – the supreme authority of the Republic of Venice. Built in Venetian Gothic style in 1340, it is one of the museums administered by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia. Exhibits range from Renaissance items to more modern […]

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Museo Archeologico Regionale

Museo Archeologico Regionale (Piazza Olivella 24, Palermo) – located in a former Renaissance-era monastery, this is one of the most important archaeological museums in Italy. The artifacts here reflect Sicily’s Ancient Greek and Roman past, as well as relics from Ancient Egypt and other periods. Some of the items displayed here were excavated at Selinunte […]

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Museo Archeologico Nazionale

Museo Archeologico Nazionale (Piazza Museo Nazionale 19, Naples) – located at the northwest corner of the original Greek wall of the settlement known as Neapolis (which later became Naples), this museum has a large collection of Roman era artifacts from the towns of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae. It also has artifacts from Ancient Greece & […]