A leading city of culture throughout its long history, Bologna is home to a variety of exceptional museums that illustrate its enduring artistic heritage.
From Medieval times to the Baroque era, the magnificent churches of Bologna chronicle the historic and artistic grandeur of the city,
Along the Porticoes of the Strada Maggiore, an introduction to Bologna’s medieval golden age.
In the northwestern corner of Italy, the unjustly overlooked ancient hillside city of Saluzzo has preserved the urban characteristics of the fifteenth century.
From former capital of the powerful Dukes of Savoy and glorious showcase of Piemontese Baroque architecture to industrial powerhouse, Turin is one of Italy’s best kept secrets.
Throughout history, the fate of the mountainous northwestern corner of Italy bordering France and Switzerland has been influenced by its strategic location as the entry point to the Italian peninsula from the surrounding Alpine passes. Today, its many Roman and Medieval fortified towns and monasteries still give evidence to this turbulent past.
In the foothills of the Italian Alps, the historic city of Turin recounts the story of very different civilizations in two world-class museums: The Egyptian Museum and the Palazzo Madama.
Commissioned during the 12th century by Sicily’s Norman rulers and largely the work of Greek mosaicists brought to Sicily from Constantinople, some of the most breathtaking examples of Byzantine mosaics in the world decorate the churches and cathedrals in and around Palermo.
Once known to the Greeks as Akragas, Agrigento was founded around 580 BC by settlers from Rhodes and Crete, and soon became one of the preeminent cities of the Hellenic world. The memories of its grandeur can still be found today in The Valley of the Temples.
On the south-western coast of Sicily, the ancient city of Selinunte was once one of the richest and most influential cities in the Hellenic World. Today, its awe-inspiring ruins make it one of the largest archaeological sites in Europe.
From early Phoenician settlements to modern coastal towns, the ports of Marsala and Mazara del Vallo narrate three millennia of rich Sicilian history.
Sicily, the largest of the Mediterranean islands, has been a crossroads of history since ancient times. From the Greek and Phoenicians to the Carthaginians and the Romans, all have left their indelible mark on the land.
For two days in 79 AD, death rained down on the Roman towns surrounding Mount Vesuvius. Buried for 1700 years under 50 feet of lava, Herculaneum became a unique time capsule of daily life in Ancient Rome.
Matera, one of the oldest living cities in the world, is also one of Italy’s best-kept secrets.
Created by Giotto in the early 14th century, the Scrovegni Chapel cycle of 37 frescoes it is widely recognized as one of the milestones in the evolution of European art.
A short boat ride away from its legendary center lay a Venice few tourists ever see: small islands scattered throughout the lagoon, each with its own history and personality.
Separated by the Grand Canal from the shuffling crowds of San Marco, the Dorsoduro District is home to the most inviting House Museums in the city: the Peggy Guggenheim Foundation and the Ca’ Rezzonico Museum of 18th century Venice.
Beyond the grand tourist clichés of the central St. Mark district, in the labyrinth of ancient side canals and back alleys of the Castello, Venice lives on as it has for centuries.
Venice requires no introduction. The fabled destination is on everyone’s European wishlist, a distinction that from Easter through October can turn it into a chaotic citywide museum. But come winter the tourists fade away, the Venetians reclaim their city and the Serenissima becomes once again serene.
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