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Italy tour - Venice, Florence and Rome
For a person that appreciates culture and history, Italy is deffinitly a place to go. The Coloseum, the Pantheon the Roman Forums and the Palatinium are just 1-2 kilometers one from another. The tallest building in the Rome is not taller then 4-5 floors, so you can have a very nice panoramic view. There is a nice shoping street - Via del Corso - and right next to it you can find the Spanish steps and Fontana Trevi - the fountain that is said to bring luck and to return to Rome. The Vatican (with the Sixtine Chapel) can't be for sure missed. It's taking 1/2 - 1 full day to visit, but is worthing.
Florence is a city with small roads and a lot, a lot of bikes and scooters. At least this is what I saw in the 2*2km. area that i visited. There is the "Galeria delle Arte" - the galeria that host the original David's statue and a lot of other Michelangelo's statues. Palazzo Pitti - once the residence of the di Medici family - is also a place worth seeing. The Ufizzy and the ??? are also interesting to see, if you stay in Florence more then one day. The gardens situated on a hill near the Florence offer a very nice view over the city.
Venice is a small island that can be cressed by foot in 40 minutes of relaxing walk. There are a lot of narrow streets and you can easily get lost if you don't have a map. The only mean of transportation is the Vaporeto, that goes on Canale Grande and to the other islands nearby. Gondolas are a usual way of transportation only in the movies. In Venice, they are for plasure tours of the island - ~100EURO for a 2 hours tour. You will find no bike or scooter there. The streets are too narrow and everybody walks. The Sant Marco Square and the Basilica are very nice, if the water level is below the square. The Rialto Bridge - one of the main Venetian attractions - offers a nice sunset view and is full of souvenir shops. Right after the bridge, there is a road with many inexpensive souvenir sellers. You can find there Tshirts from 6EUR, masks from 2.5 EUR and Murano glass between 3 to 40 EUR. Murano, Burano and Torcelo are 3 islands close to Venice. Murano is well known for the "Murano Glass" - one of the finest glass in the world. There are many glass factories over there and is worthing visiting one. Burano is an fisherman's island, with a very interesting look - all the houses are bright coloured and each house's color is uniquie.
If you go there, you will for sure enjoy eating in a traditional Tratoria or Osteria. There are many Italian dishes that you can eat worldwide - pizza and spaghetti are the most common - but how about tasting them in Italy? I felt the difference and is worthing. But, be aware of the eating hours: the Lunch is served till 15-15:30 and the Dinner starts at 19-19:30. Between this hours you will only find Fast Foods open. No respectable Tratoria is open all day long. So, keep this in mind when you plan yoour tour.
by Lucian Preda