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about Italy and its regions and
capital of the region of Tuscany Italy, spreads on the banks of the
Arno, between the Adriatic and the Tyrrhenian seas, almost in the
middle of the Italian peninsula. It is a city which bustles with
industry and craft, commerce and culture, art and science. Being on
the main national railway lines, it is easily accessible from most
important places both in Italy and abroad. Italy
is a land celebrated for the arts, and not the least among the arts
that have attained their highest expression in Italy is the art of
hospitality. The Italian welcome is as warm and traditional as a
glass of fine wine. Italy is one of the most popular vacation
countries in Europe, all seasons being good for a visit. In summer,
Italy is an international playground, with visitors from all
continents mingling with vacationing Italians at the famous
Arezzo administrative centre of the province, is situated at the northern end of the Valdichiana and can be easily reached as it is linked to the Autostrada del Sole and is crossed by the main Milan-Florence-Rome railway line. Arezzo was founded by the Etruscan and called Aretium; the most representative work of the etruscan period is the Chimera, a bronze statuette of the Vth century B.C. which has become the symbol of the town. Later Arezzo passed into the hands of the Romans (IV-III century) and had a great development.
Ask most people to name the first Italian city that comes into their head and few will trump out Bologna. That suits this city just fine. While the tourist hordes clog up Florence, Rome and Venice, Bologna remains relatively tourist free, letting the locals enjoy one of the highest standards of living in Italy unmolested.The history of Catania, like any other place in the Mediterranean, is made up by the sequence of cultures passing through, conquering and being conquered by the locals, all leaving their mark in every aspect of life. It was founded by the Greek Chalsidian people in 729 b.c..Cefalu! A town of Medieval origins, going back to the V century B.C., which was built on a headland dominated by an overhanging cliff. Cefalu is characterized by beaches of fine sand, by the old houses which look onto the sea, and by its Cathedral of Norman origins, built by Ruggero II in fulfillment of a vow which he made when, overcome by a terrible tempest when at sea with his fleet, he managed to land in this town.
Five miles of rocky coast in eastern Liguria, two promontories lie at each extremity, thousands of kilometres of dry walling, cultivated into vineyards, five southerly villages castled up on spurs of stone or disposed in clusters of very small inlets. These are the co-ordinates of the Cinque Terre (Five lands). From a high Tuscan hill, fifty miles from Florence between Arezzo and Perugia, rises the equally ancient and nobile city of Cortona. Before the city lies a vast and beautiful plain, it is flanked on either side by distant hills and valleys while behind it are towering yet fruitful mountains. Cortona has a picturesque aspect, quite a bit longer than wide, turned toward the midday sun. Her district is fertile and is abundant with all that is necessary to human life. It is Cortona marked by the Meridian-Antartic star sign, feminine, in motion, pungent, earthy, frigid and dry and under the noble reign of...Lago di Garda is located on the border of Lombardia, Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige. It is one of the most beautiful places in Italy and that's saying quite a lot. Over the centuries the lake has always been very popular with holiday makers. The area has been rich in well-known products since Ancient Times: marble and wine, which were exported in all parts of the world. Worth a special mention is the Riviera degli Oliviâ, the long golden shore running along the lake for 50 kilometres (from Peschiera to Malcesine).
Como is a nice town with a beautifully maintained historical centre and a scenic location at the southernmost point of Lake Como. The impressive Duomo (cathedral) was developed and added to over a period of several hundred years ( so you can admire Gothic and Renaissance features including fine tapestries and paintings. The town's earlier cathedral (built in the tenth century), San Fedele, is another popular attraction, as is the tall nine hundred years old city gate Porta Vittoria. Lucca likes to promote itself as a diminutive Florence or Siena without the afflictions of mass tourism, offering a cheerful normality not always encountered in its more illustrious neighbours. Yet with its refined churches, family palaces and the remarkable imprint of a Roman amphitheatre, all joined together by a spider's web of medieval streets, this carefully preserved, walled Roman town, the birthplace of Puccini, is worth a visit in its own right.
Palermo, synonym for one of the most prestigious cities of the Mediterranean , as well as being the â€capital' city of Sicily rises up in a beautiful bay on the northern coast of the island. The history of Palermo goes back to the VIII-VI centuries B.C., the era of the Phoenecians of Carthage and then took the name of Ziz (flower). Perugia in Umbria, the great "Guelf strong-hold" rises up in the region's heart, with its 5 storical quarters closed-in by its Etruscan town walls. These enormous bastions formed by cyclopic square masses, were constructed 22 centuries ago and are still visible for long stretches. Rising 4 m. above sea level on the banks of the Arno river, on a fertile alluvial plain, this town is approximately 10 km. from the Tyrrhenian Sea. A centre of ancient origin, Pisa was already an important port in Roman times, definitively asserting itself as a seagoing power in the 12th century when it became a Republic after participating in the First Crusade. It extended its influence over the whole Tuscan coast and Sardinia, succeeding in defeating its rival Amalfi and the Saracens.
The Amalfi Coast. Nowhere do colours shine with such different, clear tones as on the Amalfi Coast in Italy, which has always attracted visitors of the greatest prestige. Set like an incomparable gem in a precious diadem, the villages scattered along the coast enchants even the most astute visitor. The Cinque Terre in Liguria Italy! Five miles of rocky coast in eastern Liguria, two promontories lie at each extremity, thousands of kilometres of dry walling, cultivated into vineyards, five southerly villages castled up on spurs of stone or disposed in clusters of very small inlets. These are the co-ordinates of the Cinque Terre (Five lands).