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Italy is a country of incredible cultural importance in Europe. It served as a foundation of embryonic western civilization in the time of the Roman Empire and was the birthplace of the Renaissance movement centuries later. The many ruins left by the Romans are nothing short of spectacular, from the Concord Temple in the south to the Roman Colosseum, Forum, and Pantheon in Rome. The capital city itself offers an incredible blend of old and new, and really lives up to its reputation as the modern-day Mecca of fashion and design.

The Vatican is a fascinating place to visit for believers and non-believers alike. Venice offers both the history of its past, the romance of a city sitting on water and the showcases of centuries-old glass and lamp-making in Murano.

The renaissance art to be seen in churches and cathedrals is truly fascinating and wonderful. From the Alps in the north and the small medieval villages up in the hills, to the orange groves and hot stones of volcanic Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy has something to please everyone. Add superb food and good wine to the mix, and travelers are pretty much guaranteed an incredible travel experience.
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An extraordinary country! Good to visit, always!
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During the Norman domination, in 1184 the archbishop of Palermo Walter Offamilio started the construction of a splendid cathedral to replace the Muslim mosque with a Christian church. Over the centuries the additions and restorations modified the original building: the most radical change was made by Ferdinando Fuga in 1771 and in 1809. He was an architect from Florence and gave to the interior of the church a neoclassical aspect. Visiting the Cathedral it is important to observe: the XIV century portal with bronze doors, the long right side is decorated with a scenic portico in Catalan-Gothic style from the XV century, under which there is a highly decorated portal by Antonio Gambarra in 1426, the apses kept their original form of the XII century. The Cathedral contains the Royal and Imperial tombs. Among the people buried there are Roger II, Henry VI of Hohenstaufen, Costance de Hauteville, Frederick II of Hohenstaufen. Among the numerous chapels there is Santa Rosalia's, where in a silver urn done in 1631, there are kept the ashes of the patron Saint of Palermo. There is lastly fine treasure, comprising precious objects and pieces of embroidery found in Royal and Imperial tombs, holy vestments, chalices, ostensories.
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Historical and mesmerising, expensive and gorgeous, Taormina is every bit the picture-postcard image of Sicily... its Greek theatre perched on a cliff and opening out into the sea has to be seen to be believed... in a sense, it is the San Gimigniano of Tuscany or the Nice of the Riviera... you can't help being impressed and amazed... but at another level it is also tacky and commercial... touristy, full of shops, and pricier than most other Sicilian cities... but at least a short trip there is highly recommended, even if you are not into lux shopping and dining, just to take in its charm and architectural marvels... it was the place that earlier attracted some of the most famous in literature and art as their holiday resort... easily reached by train from Catania...

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