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1978/2019

First/Last visit:

Number of visits:

94

Personal Rating:

23/193

UNESCO Sites visited:

53/55

Places Visited:

Roma, Aosta, Barolo, Luino, Verbania, Castelseprio, Orta S. Giuliu, Porlezza, Como, Milano,Brescia, Torri del Benaco, Santa Teresa Gallura, Puerto Cervo, Florence, San Gimignano, Siena, Venice, Livorno, Pisa, Genova, Turin, Bergamo, Parma, Vicenza,Verona, Fiavé, Ferrara,Mantua Modena, Monza, Ravenna, Bozen, Merano, Tirano, Padua, Triest, Aquileia, Naples, Pompeji, Ravello, Salerno, Wolkenstein, Crespi d'Adda, Maranello, Urbino, Rimini, Assisi, Passignano, Pienza, Val d'Orcia, Tarquinia, Cerveteri, Caserta, Paestum, Sassi di Matera, Alberobello, Trani, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Stresa, Ivrea, Bard, Fenis, Catania, Taormina, Milazzo, Cefalu, Palermo, Monreale, Erice, Trapani, Marsala, Agrigento, Caltagirone, Ragusa, Noto, Syracuse, Messina, Valdobbiadene, Pantelleria, Lampedusa.

Highlights:

Rome (UNESCO), Colosseum, the biggest amphitheatre ever built, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain (Rome has about 2,000 fountains), Roman Forum, Sistin Chapel and the Vatican Museums (UNESCO) plus St.Peter's Basilica and the square, Capuchin Crypt, Tivoli (Villa Adriana) and Villa d'Este (both UNESCO), Galleria Borghese, Trastevere, Piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiori, Milano Duomo, Grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Castello Sforzesco, Pinacoteca di Brera, Scala, Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie with the "Last Supper" of Leonardo da Vinci, Walk down Naviglio Grande along the river, Via Monte Napoleone, 10 Corso Come shopping complex and Piazza Gae Aulenti. Rho Alfa Romeo Museum Verona (UNESCO) is a city of gates, towers and a nice amphitheater where the Summer operas take place, Piazza delle Erbe, Casa di Giulietta, the Basilica and Castelvecchio. Fiavé Prehistoric Pile Dwellings (UNESCO) actual outdoor site and museum. Turin with its Royal Residences and castles (UNESCO), Museum Egizio. San Gimignano (UNESCO) historical center with a skyline of medieval towers.Venice St. Mark's Square and Basilica, Canale Grande and Ponte di Rialto, Bridge of Sighs, Murano, Doges Palace, Fondaco dei Tedeschi, a luxury boutique mall in a historic building along the Grand Canal, nice rooftop, the best views, a must. Vicenza (UNESCO). Bergamo fantastic Basilica of St. Mary Major, Piazza Vecchia Mantua (UNESCO) Cathedral of St. Peter, Rotonda di San Lorenzo, Ducal Palace. Aquileia Patriarchal Basilica and Roman ruins (UNESCO). The buried towns of Pompeji and Herculaneum (UNESCO). Naples Historical downtown, Santa Chiara monastery complex (UNESCO). Amalfi Coast (UNESCO), especially Ravello. Dolomites (UNESCO) I was in Wolkenstein South Tyrol. Maranello Ferrari Museum. Modena Cathedral(UNESCO) and its towers (Ghirlandia) Ferrara the City of Renaissance (UNESCO).Ravenna (UNESCO) 8 Christian monuments with outstanding mosaics, like Basilica of San Vitale. Urbino (UNESCO) with its Ducal palace and steep streets. Assisi (UNESCO) Basilica of San Francesco. Florence Palazzo and Ponte vecchio, Galleria Academia, Duomo and Campanile, Basilica of Santa Croce, Baptistery of St. John, Uffici Palace and Galleries. Piazza de la Signoria. Boboli Gardens, Piazzale Michelangelo for great views over the entire city. Pisa (UNESCO) Piazza del Duomo with the Leaning Tower. Pienza (UNESCO) Piazza Pio II with its impressive historical buildings. Val d'Orcia ( UNESCO, cultural landscape). Etruscan necropolises at Tarquinia and Cerveteri (UNESCO). Royal Castle of Caserta (UNESCO). The anicent Greek buildings at Paestum (UNESCO).Sassi di Matera (UNESCO) cave homes with Rupestrian churches. Trulli of Alberobello (UNESCO). Cinque Terre (UNESCO Riomaggiore, Vernazza and Manarola) Vineyard Landscape of Piemont (UNESCO) Barolo, Barbaresco, Asti Spumante Siena (UNESCO) Cathedral and Piazza del Campo. Stresa Borromean Islands Sicily Mount Etna Europe's highest and most active volcano Catania Piazza del Duomo with its Elephant fountain, Saint Agatha Cathedral, an authentic fish market and seafood restaurants Taormina and isola Bella. Aeolian Islands (UNESCO) went to Volcano island, up the trail to the crater. Stromboli is an active volcano. Cefalu, Monreale and Palermo Cathedrals, part of the Arab-Norman World Heritage sites in Sicily.Palermo Paletine Chapel in the Norman Palace, Archaeological and Puppet museums, La Martorana, Capuchin Abbey and Catacombs, Trip to Ustica island.Erice well preserved hilltop village, can be reached by cable car. Boat trip to Mozia island a Phoenician archeological site. Scala dei Turchi amazing white cliffs SW of Agrigento (UNESCO) and its huge archeological complex, the valley of the temples. Piazza Armerina Villa Romana del Casale with stunning colourful and lively mosaic designs like the athletic Bikini girls. Caltagirone (UNESCO) famed for its tiles, huge staircase leading to the church of Santa Maria del Monte, but also the churches and palaces in Ragusa and Noto, part of the Val die Noto World Heritage Sites. Sardegna Costa Smeralda and Puerto Cervo.