Top 5 Must Do's in Italy

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Italy is a country full with of marvelous adventures. Most visitors to Italy, don't even know where to start. Here's are the top 5 must do's in Italy.

Basilica of Saint James in Como

When visiting Como, you will find that there are plenty of great sights to experience. From the beautiful villas, to the breathtaking views of the Lake Como, there's always great things to do in Como. A special highlight of the city of Como is the Basilica of Saint James, one of the gems of Romanesque Lombard architecture. The construction of this basilica dates all the way back to the late 10th and early 12th centuries. The importance of this basilica is so great in Italy, that the in 1904 the basilica was declared a national monument by ministerial decree.

Stunning Venice

With its unique structure and hundreds of bridges, moving in this wonderful city may sometimes lead to a certain feeling of frustration as many visitors loose themselves in the beautiful, winding corridors. The two main landmarks are the San Marco Square ("Venice's downtown", where you can find the basilica) and the Rialto, the most famous bridge over the Grand Canal. To learn more about the history of this city, visit the Museo Civico Correr, located at the opposite side of St. Mark's Basilica. For an amazing modern art collection, try the Peggy Guggenheim, where you can find works from Dali, Chagall, Braque and Giacometti. While charming, please be aware that water taxis are the most expensive means of transportation in Venice.

Prosciutto and Parmigiano in Modena

The rich flat plains of Emilia-Romagna offer you rossy prosciuttos, rich parmesan cheeses, fascinating aceto balsamicos and much more! Here are some restaurants that we highly recommend. For those eating on a budget, try the Bar Schiavoni at 13 Via Albinelli, where a panini for two goes for about $11. Another great option is the Mon Cafe at 128 Corso Canalchiaro, where coffee and pastries for two goes for about $7. If you are not concerned about money and just want the very best in taste, look no further than theOsteria Francescana at 22 Via Stella (a dinner for two goes for about $250). Finish your culinary experience with a visit the Museo dell' Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena to learn everything there is about traditional balsamic vinegar from Modena.

Capella degli Scrovegni in Padova

This Chapel is a true Italian treasure. Built in the early 1300s, the Capella degli Scrovegni holds one of the most famous frescos in the world. The high tech system that is used to preserve these frescos is really impressive. When visiting the Scrovegni Chapel, you will be for about 15 minutes in a climate controlled vault that is locked tight while a special system stabilizes the temperature between the inside and outside of the chapel.During your stay in Padova, it is also a good idea to visit the city's university because it is the oldest one in Europe.

Pizza, Beer and Gelato in Rome

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Here is from local favorites. For gelato, try the Gelateria dei Grachhi at 272 Via dei Grachhi, where gelato for two goes for about $6. Local food magazines consistently rate Grachhi's pistachio gelato as Rome's best year after year. For pizza, try the Pizzarium, at 3 Via della Meloria, where a pizza for two goes for about $12. This tiny store's specialty is the pizza al taglio, which is the Roman pizza sold by the weight. Last but not least, great beer and food are found at Bir & Fud, where a dinner for two goes for about $64. A funny fact about Bir & Fud is that one of its owners, Leonardo Di Vicenzo, has a doctorate in biochemistry.

October 19, 2009 change by damiandavilarojas

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