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Monte Amiata

Monte Amiata: Southern Tuscany’s Highest Mountain

About Monte Amiata In these days of wild and violent volcanic eruptions - Etna, Stromboli, and (who knows when?) Vesuvius - it is reassuring to come across a tame, almost extinct, Volcano. Monte Amiata, the highest mountain in southern Tuscany (1791 metres), is just that. There is sufficient activity to...
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Images of Milan

Milan (Italian: Milano) is the main city of northern Italy, located in the plains of Lombardy. The city proper (Comune) has about 1,308,500 inhabitants (2004). The population of the urban area (Greater Milan), comprising the core of Lombardy, is estimated, as of 2006, to be about 4,280,820 people. Finally,...
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Budget Travel Guide to Backpacking in Italy

Venice The number one aim of anyone visiting Venice should be to get lost. The island is a rabbit warren with small streets haphazardly linking the beautiful architecture. Attempting to use a map will only add to new-city-confusion you so throw any form of agenda out the window. A good point...
Liguria

Region of Liguria

There's an unexpected change as you cross the border from Nice and Monaco: the Italian Riviera (as Liguria's commercially developed strip of coast is known) has more variety of landscape and architecture than its French counterpart, and is generally less frenetic. The mountains which, in places, drop sheer to the...
Tropea

Tropea: One of the pearls of the Mediterranean

Tropea is situated midway along the Costa degli Dei - the coast of the Gods - a 40 kilometre coastline stretching from Pizzo in the north to Nicotera in the south that juts into the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is a land of white sandy beaches and turquoise sea, the...
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Images of Amalfi Coast

The towns lying on the Amalfi Coast are Vietri sul Mare, Cetara, Maiori, Minori, Ravello, Atrani, Amalfi, Praiano, Scala and Positano. The area is known for its rugged terrain, scenic beauty, and picturesque towns. The Amalfi Coast is listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage site. The Amalfi coast...
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Region of Molise

Much of Molise still seems to be struggling out of its past, its towns and villages victims of either economic neglect or hurried modern development. The cities, Isernia and Campobasso, are large and bland, rebuilt after earthquakes and fringed with factories erected by northern money that has been lured here...
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Milano by Night

Guide to some of the most trendy clubs and bars in Milan Besides its wonderful Navigli and Porta Ticinese night life, for those in search for fun, Milano by night proposes many clubbing venues; open from 11pm to 4am, although many already start with pre-party dinners. Many of the...
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Images of Lake Garda

Lake Garda (Italian Lago di Garda or Benaco) is the largest lake in Italy. It is located in Northern Italy, about half-way between Venice and Milan. It is in an alpine region and was formed by glaciers at the end of the last ice age. The lake and its...
Tuscany

Region of Tuscany

Tuscany is like a picture that has long held an irresistible attraction for northern Europeans and Americans. The expat's perspective may be distorted, but Tuscany is indeed the essence of Italy in many ways. The national language evolved from Tuscan dialect, a supremacy ensured by Dante, who wrote the...
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Italy’s Top 10 Must See Destinations

Our top 10 Italy destinations Italy has much history to be found in its beautiful cities and crisp green countryside, with a superb public transport system to facilitate this (particularly with regards to the train system). Each and every year, millions of tourists flock to the countries beaches, lakes, mountains...
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Images of Assisi

Assisi is a town in Italy in Perugia province, Italy, in the Umbria region, on the western flank of Mt. Subasio. It is the birthplace of St. Francis, who founded the Franciscan religious order in the town in 1208, and St. Clare (Chiara d'Offreducci), the founder of the Poor...
umbria

Region of Umbria

Within its borders Umbria contains a dozen or so classic hill-towns, each resolutely individual and crammed with artistic and architectural treasures to rival bigger and more famous cities. To the east, pastoral countryside gives way to more rugged scenery, none better than the dramatic twists and turns of the...
Sant'Ambrogio

Living with Sicily

Carmelina migrated to Perth, Australia and returned to Sant'Ambrogio, Sicily. Sant' Ambrogio, a small village in northern Sicily sits comfortably on a steep slope of the coastal Madonie Mountains. Below the houses lies the old tortuous coastal road and the Tyrrhenian Sea that, even on a windless day or night, keeps...
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Images of Lake Como

Lake Como (Lago di Como in Italian, also known as Lario; Latin: Larius Lacus) is a lake of glacial origin in Lombardy, Italy. It has an area of 146 km², making it the third largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. At 410 m deep it...
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Seagulls over Italy

What is surprising is the increasing presence of seagulls in Italian cities, a phenomenon which was practically unknown 100 years ago. Just imagine; in 1912 birdwatchers (yes, they do exist in Italy) joyfully reported the passage of just one Herring Gull over Rome! Today the presence of these birds...
Emilia Romagna

Region of Emilia-Romagna

Set between Lombardy and Tuscany, and stretching from the Adriatic coast almost to the shores of the Mediterranean, Emilia-Romagna is the heartland of northern Italy. It is two provinces really: Emilia to the east and the Romagna to the west - the former Papal States, joined together after Unification. Before...
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Top 5 Picture-Worthy Hotspots in Florence

Places where to capture the best views of Florence, Italy Florence is widely known as one of the most spectacularly beautiful cities to visit. With its historic architecture and stunning views, photographers and scenery lovers flock to this city to absorb all its beauty and capture the scenes on camera....
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Images of Capri

Capri is an Italian island off the Sorrentine Peninsula. On the south side of the Gulf of Naples, Capri has been a celebrated beauty spot and resort since the time of the Roman Republic. The island and specifically the town of Anacapri has been a very popular spot among...
marche

Region of Marche

Lying between the Apennines and the Adriatic, Marche (sometimes anglicized as The Marches) is a varied region, and one you could spend weeks exploring. Large areas of it are unspoilt, particularly in the southwest between Macerata and the Sibillini mountains, where crumbling hill-villages make atmospheric bases for hikes into the...

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