Italy Resorts

Italy Resorts No other country in the world has as rich a history of artistic and intellectual creativity. After all, Italy is the birthplace of the Renaissance and Baroque movements, and the home of such notable artists and brilliant thinkers as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Titian and Raphael. Naturally, many visitors take in the marvelous painting, sculptures and frescoes of these major artists during a resort stay in Italy - but then there's so much more to see and do.

Tour ancient ruins and some of the world's most beautiful cathedrals; climb to the top of the world-renowned Leaning Tower of Pisa; drive through beautiful Tuscany, filled with rolling hills and beautiful vineyards; sun yourself on the tropical Mediterranean coast. And then there's the absolutely delicious cuisine! From pizza to pasta, and polenta to prosciutto, indulge in all of your authentic Italian favorites on a resort vacation in Italy.

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Catania Resorts
Cantania is a province and a city in the island of Sicily in the extreme southern part of Italy. The coastal town is known for its baroque style and its city center, the Piazza Duomo, with its fountain of the ancient elephant. From your Catania resort, visit the archaeological area of Syracuse to see the famous stone quarries, including the most well known limestone cave, the "Ear of Dionysius." Catania is also a good base camp for a drive up Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe.
Florence Resorts
The birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence's history dates back to pre-Roman civilizations. Visit the beautiful domed cathedral, known simply as the Duomo, and its nearby Giotto's Bell Tower and the Baptistery of St. John. With its phenomenal art collection spanning centuries, a visit to the Uffizi Gallery is a must, as well as Accademia dell'Arte del Disegno housing Michelangelo's David. Browse the many shops and stalls at the Ponte Vecchio, where you can purchase fine Italian leather goods and other souvenirs.
Genoa Resorts
A seaport on the northwest coast of Italy, Genoa is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus (or so many academics claim). Its landmarks include the early 13th-century Cathedral of San Lorenzo, with a pretty black-and-white striped fa├žade, and an ancient lighthouse near the port. Visit one of the many art galleries housing impressive collections, or for a change of pace, see the exhibits at the Genoa Aquarium, one of the largest in Europe.
Naples Resorts
On the coast in south-central Italy, Naples enjoys a lovely Mediterranean climate. The city claims that pizza originated here, and it serves up some of the most authentic pizza margherita you'll ever find-so enjoy! This is also the place to sample gelato, delicious homemade ice cream. Naples' National Archeological Museum offers visitors a look back in ancient history, with an outstanding collection of antiquities from Greek and Roman times, including mosaics recovered from the ruins of Pompeii, site of a volcanic eruption in 79 A.D.
Palermo Resorts
This city is in Sicily, an island at Italy's "toe" (in the southern tip). Day trips from your Palermo resort include Monreale to admire the cathedral with its splendid 12th-century mosaics, and the cloister of the Benedictine monastery with its magnificent Moorish design. Famous for its Norman architecture, Palermo has many cathedrals and churches dating back to the 10th and 11th centuries.
Pisa Resorts
Thousands of visitors flock to Pisa every year to see its renowned Leaning Tower, which is actually the bell tower for the city's massive cathedral. It started leaning during construction way back in 1173-amazingly, the tower still stands! Take some time to stroll around the Campo dei Miracoli ("Square of Miracles") in the heart of town, or visit the many other museums and churches.
Rome Resorts
Once the center of a civilization that dominated the Mediterranean Europe for centuries, Rome is today a modern metropolis with many opportunities to learn about its fascinating history. See the remains of the Roman Colosseum, impressive Renaissance architecture and art, and the walled city-state Vatican City with St. Peter's Square and Basilica.
Siena Resorts
This Tuscan city not far south from Florence is known for its town square, Piazza del Campo, where the world-famous horse race, the Palio, takes place on two dates at the beginning of July and mid August. The elegant cathedral is a fine example of Romanesque architecture.
Sorrento Resorts
In southwestern Italy on the Bay of Naples, pretty Sorrento with its majestic sea cliffs is the gateway to the chic island of Capri. From your Sorrento resort, you may also want to visit Pompeii to see the excavations of the Roman city that was destroyed by the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 A.D. It was covered in ash for hundreds of years, until archaeologists discovered it in 1748; because it was so well preserved, it gives visitors a fascinating peek into Romans' daily life in the first century.
Venice Resorts
With its intricate network of canals, you cross over scenic bridges many times throughout a walking tour of romantic Venice. Stop in famous St. Mark's Square (watch for hundreds of pigeons!) and the nearby Basilica. Other famous sights are ornate Doge's Palace, the 16th century Bridge of Sighs, and the Prisons. And of course you can't leave Venice without a ride in one of its famous gondolas!

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