Travel Tuesday: Visit Italy

Florence Florence is the capital of Tuscany and considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, once ranked as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and noted for it's history, culture and architecture as well as art. Galleria dell'Accademia...

Florence

Florence is the capital of Tuscany and considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, once ranked as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and noted for it's history, culture and architecture as well as art.

Galleria dell'Accademia

Today, the gallery is visited by those who want to see the world famous sculpture, Michaelangelo's David. It arrived to the Galleria in 1873 from it's original setting place: The Piazza della Signoria (where a copy still stands). The sculpture was constructed between 1501 - 1504 and consists of 5.17 metres of marble.

The Uffizi Gallery

Galleria degli Uffizi in Italian, is one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the Western World. Building of the palace began in 1560 and has since held collections of well known paintings and sculpture of the day. The gallery had only been open to the public since 1765 and includes work by Leonardo da Vinci, Sandro Botticello, Michaelanglo and Raphael.

Venice

Capital of the Veneto region in Italy, Venice consists of a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked together by bridges. The Carnival of Venice is a world famous carnival held in Venice every year, and ending with Lent, 40 days before Easter.

Rome

The Colesseum

The largest amphitheatre ever built in the Roman Empire and the largest in the world. Construction of concrete and stone began in 72 AD and completed in 80 AD, capable of seating 50,000 and used for gladiatorial contests during its day.

The Trevi Fountain

The largest Baroque fountain in Rome and one of the most famous in the world. The Trevi Fountain had started construction in 1732 and took 30 years to complete! A tradition holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they will most certainly return to Rome!

St Peter's Basilica

The magnificent late renaissance church within Vatican City and remains one of largest churches in the world. It is considered one of the holiest Catholics sites and the traditional burial site of Saint Peter, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus.

Traditional Italian Cuisine

Traditional Italian cuisines can vary depending on which part of the country you happen to be, but have you ever wondered about where your favourite Italian dishes come from? Venice and the surrounding parts of Veneto are best known for risotto, as well as polenta being typical of Northern Italy. Also from the North is agnolotti; pasta filled with a meat and vegetable stuffing. Notable dishes like lasagna and tagliatelle originates in Bologna whereas Campania is one of the largest producers and consumers of spaghetti, styles can feature tomatoes, cheese, claims and shellfish.

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