Rich in beauties of great artistic and cultural interest, every year Italy and its cities are one of the most popular destinations for summer holidays. Every corner is steeped in centuries of history: the Italian peninsula was the cradle of the Roman Empire, as well as the center of the Renaissance and its energetic movement, two cultures that have left clear signs of their passing in the cities of the territory. Suffice it to think that Italy holds 51 of the 1,052 World Heritage sites: from villas to archeological sites, palaces, churches and castles to the beauties of nature and even entire cities.
Between the beauties to visit, the extremely pleasant Mediterranean climate and the local cuisine, Italy - great in all its forms - offers so many possibilities that choosing which place to go for your holidays becomes really complicated.
If you too are thinking of planning a holiday in search of art and culture, here is a quick guide to three Italian cities the world loves most for all their treasures: Florence, Rome and Venice. Leave for your dream vacation and take with you a special reminder of every single moment: create your own personalized bracelet with Composable Links dedicated to the beauties of Italian cities.
# 1 Florence, a trip to the cradle of the Renaissance
A city made of picturesque streets to get lost in, surrounded on every corner by beautiful things to admire: Florence is the perfect destination for a true holiday in search of art and culture. Amongst the most can’t miss places, there is a complex that is unique among its kind in the heart of the city that brings together a group of buildings with elevated artistic value: the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with its famous Dome designed by Brunelleschi, Giotto's Bell-tower and the Baptistery of St. John.
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And then there is the Uffizi Gallery, which with its wealth of collections and works of every age and place, is one of the finest museums in the world. Some of the most famous works by Raphael, Botticelli, Giotto, Titian, and Caravaggio are among the pieces on exhibit here.
But Florence also gives special moments to those who simply like to walk about aimlessly: the romantic landscapes of Lungarno, the Old Bridge, the hidden gardens and the Renaissance palaces steal the hearts of every traveler. Remember Florence and all its beauty with the city’s coat of arms, the the Lily, which has been the symbol of the city since the eleventh century: in this version, delicately designed with gold for a precious charm.
# 2 Roman Holidays
The capital of Italy is one of the favorite cities for those who are looking for a truly unique holiday: its majestic monuments, the popular tradition rooted in the territory, the heterogeneous landscape that characterizes it, make Rome a place full of surprises.
The only question when faced with the immensity of the Eternal City is: where to start? To see it all, one life is not enough, so a holiday in Rome requires a good plan. An obvious can’t miss is the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater in the world, which was an ancient theater for gladiatorial performances and shows.
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One cannot go without mentioning the myth about the city’s origin: the Capitoline Wolf is one of its symbols and is the protagonist of a famous legend about the founding of the city. In fact, the she-wolf fed Romulus and Remus, the two children who were ordered to be killed by their great uncle Amulio, because once they became adults, they would be a potential threat to his throne in the city of Alba Longa. The guard who was given the task did not have the courage to carry it out, so he left the children in the Tiber River inside a basket: this is where the she-wolf came in, feeding the children until the shepherd Faustolo began taking care of them, who along with his wife raised them as their children.
Legend has it that the two came to know their origins and took revenge on their great uncle for the wrongs suffered, finally deciding to found their own city: Rome. It was Romulus who succeeded in the task: several misunderstandings kept the two brothers in continuous conflict, that culminated with the death of Remus and the coronation of Romulus as the first king of Rome in 753 BC. The wolf and this legend have become a precious charm to wear: here is the symbol of the Eternal City Link.
# 3 Venice, a pearl to discover
A truly unique city in the world, rich in little treasures to discover: Venice, which with its romantic soul has fascinated all its guests from time immemorial.
Its uniqueness is already discovered by the narrow streets that run through it: here, in fact, they are called "calli", as well as the squares (piazzas), called "campi" and "campielli". The only piazza that has this name reserved is the majestic St. Mark's Square(Piazza San Marco), home to the homonymous Basilica and Bell-tower, originally built in 1173 with the function of illuminating the horizon for passing ships and then rebuilt completely after its collapse at the beginning of the last century. Next to the Basilica, another of the monument symbols of the city: the Ducal Palace, once the seat of the government of the Venetian Republic (la Serenissima), is today open to the public for tours of the interior and temporary exhibitions hosted in its halls.
An obligatory stop on a stroll through Venice is the Rialto Bridge, which is undoubtedly the most famous of the 435 bridges linking the old town's islets. Is there a better memory of the city than a precious charm decorated with the miniature Rialto Bridge in silver?
But in Venice it is also nice to get lost in its calli and campielli, savoring the most authentic tradition of the city, from the ancient artisan workshops that still produce the characteristic Venetian masks to the workshops of master glassblowers who forge glass sculptures and ornaments, mainly on the Island of Murano. And then there are the canals that wind through the old town offering picturesque views to all visitors: the ever-present gondolas, the typically Venetian crafts that offer the opportunity to navigate the city as it once was done. In memory of a fantastic gondola ride,
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