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Italy began as a collection of city-states. Today each of its many cities still feels like its own little world with its own set of world-famous treasures: beautiful cathedrals and important da Vinci paintings. Move from city to city, investigating relics from the Roman Empire, some of the world’s largest and most spectacular churches and some of the best-known pieces of Renaissance art.
Start in Rome, the center of the world for both Catholics and classicists. See legendary Roman architecture and artifacts, including the 50,000-seat Colosseum, Rome’s ancient administrative center at the Roman Forum and the Pantheon. Then, step into Vatican City at Rome’s core, where the Pope’s residence is located. Walk along Saint Peter’s Square to reach Saint Peter’s Basilica, the largest basilica in the world and Catholicism’s holiest site. See Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in one of the Vatican museums.
Head north to the region of Tuscany, with the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence. Tour the city’s main art museums to see crowning achievements in Italian art, including Michelangelo’s David at the Galleria dell'Accademia delle Belle Arti and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus at the Uffizi Gallery. In the nearby city of Pisa, see one of Europe’s biggest attractions, the Campo dei Miracoli complex with its leaning Bell Tower. Finally, enjoy a tour of Tuscany’s wine country, including the famous Chianti region.
Italy’s northernmost region has two more great cities: Venice and Milan. Take a gondola tour along the Canal Grande of Venice. Then, head to Milan to see its Duomo, one of the most ornate Gothic cathedrals in Europe. Nearby, the relatively modest Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie features da Vinci’s Last Supper.
Arrive in Italy by flying into an international airport in Rome, Milan or Venice. Get around the country by car or train. If you need to rest after exploring all of Italy’s major cities, take a boat to the relaxing Mediterranean islands of Sicily or Sardinia.
Set in a 17-story tower, this hotel is 2 blocks from Milan's Main Central Station, and adjacent to Piazza Duca d'Aosta, from where coaches run to the airports and metros run to the Duomo in 15 minutes.
Strategically located in Milan, only 200 meters from Central Station and 150 meters from 2 metro stations. Hotel Berna allows easy access to the Duomo, the Castello Sforzesco, and the Fashion Quadrilateral. The Milano Rho-Pero, Milano City, and the new MICO Milano Congressi are also within easy reach.
This family-friendly Fiumicino hotel is located on the waterfront, within 3 mi (5 km) of Necropoli di Porto, Ostia Antica and Ostia Antica. Castello di Giulio II and Parco Pier Paolo Pasolini are also within 3 mi (5 km).
This Florence hotel is 150 meters from the Bargello Museum and 250 meters from Dante’s House, the Piazza del Duomo, and the Badia Fiorentina. The Duomo Works Museum is 300 meters away.
Central Rome hotel housed in a late 19th-century building retaining much Imperial grandeur, 500 metres from Quirinale Palace and one kilometre from the Colosseum.
Located in Favaro Veneto, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Forte Bazzera and within 9 mi (15 km) of Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Basilica. Ca' d'Oro and St. Mary of the Friars are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Centrally located in Rome, this hotel faces the Teatro dell'Opera and is within 2 blocks of the Repubblica metro station and Via Nazionale and within 1 km (0.5 mi) of Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
This family-friendly Venice hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from San Salvador Church and Rialto Bridge. St. Mark's Basilica and Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo are also within 10 minutes.