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Rome and Venice

Where does one begin when discussing Italy. Well, if you intend to travel there, Rome and Venice are great places to start.

Rome

Perhaps you’ve heard of it? It goes without saying that Rome has a rather prominent past. Let’s see, in Rome you will find…[deep breath]…the Vatican, Colloseum, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Church of Saint Agnese, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and a guy name Allassandro. Just making sure you’re paying attention. Indeed, Rome is filthy with historically significant attractions. It seems you can’t turn around without bumping into something an Emperor built, captured or destroyed. For those willing to risk potential wrath, there are also the new Divinci Code tours, which take you to the locations found in the book.

In all seriousness, Rome is a city you should visit at least once in your life. No article could ever do it justice, so I’ll just stop here.

Venice

I fondly refer to Venice as the floating city even though it is apparently sinking. If you’ve seen Venice in movies or televisions show, everything you have seen is accurate. Piazza San Marco looks exactly the same, birds and all. The Grande Canal is, well, a grand canal with incredible houses lining it and boats putting up and down the water way. Built on mudflats in a lagoon, the city doesn’t really have much room to grow.

It just seems paralyzed in time. Once you’ve conquered the tourist attractions, it will be time to get serious about discovering the real Venice. The best way to do this is to stand in front of your hotel or hostel, determine which direction the tourist attractions lie and start walking the opposite way. While you may feel like you’re driving the wrong way on a freeway for a few minutes, you’ll soon see real Venice begin to reveal herself.

An entirely different side of Venice will appear as you walk along and you’ll love it. You’ll find little cafes with locals happy to talk to you [and plenty of delicious food at non-tourist prices]. Venetians will tend to hold you in high regard since you’re a tourist who is bypassing the better known tourist areas. This, of course, will logically lead to a whirl of introductions to this nephew, that son of a brother and so on. Next thing you know, you’ll be relaxing with them over coffee and complaining about Italian politicians and how things used to be better in the old days.

While Rome and Venice are excellent travel destinations, you can’t really go wrong in Italy. If you are adventurous, you could try setting your itinerary with the old map and dart technique, but you’ll get more from your Italian experience if you let us arrange it for you! All you need to do is tell our friendly and experienced Italian travel experts the type of adventure you’re looking for and we’ll soon have you winging your way to Italy for the experience of a lifetime.