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Italy began as a collection of city-states. Today each of its many cities still feels like its own little world with its own set of world-famous treasures: beautiful cathedrals and important da Vinci paintings. Move from city to city, investigating relics from the Roman Empire, some of the world’s largest and most spectacular churches and some of the best-known pieces of Renaissance art.
Start in Rome, the center of the world for both Catholics and classicists. See legendary Roman architecture and artifacts, including the 50,000-seat Colosseum, Rome’s ancient administrative center at the Roman Forum and the Pantheon. Then, step into Vatican City at Rome’s core, where the Pope’s residence is located. Walk along Saint Peter’s Square to reach Saint Peter’s Basilica, the largest basilica in the world and Catholicism’s holiest site. See Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in one of the Vatican museums.
Head north to the region of Tuscany, with the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence. Tour the city’s main art museums to see crowning achievements in Italian art, including Michelangelo’s David at the Galleria dell'Accademia delle Belle Arti and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus at the Uffizi Gallery. In the nearby city of Pisa, see one of Europe’s biggest attractions, the Campo dei Miracoli complex with its leaning Bell Tower. Finally, enjoy a tour of Tuscany’s wine country, including the famous Chianti region.
Italy’s northernmost region has two more great cities: Venice and Milan. Take a gondola tour along the Canal Grande of Venice. Then, head to Milan to see its Duomo, one of the most ornate Gothic cathedrals in Europe. Nearby, the relatively modest Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie features da Vinci’s Last Supper.
Arrive in Italy by flying into an international airport in Rome, Milan or Venice. Get around the country by car or train. If you need to rest after exploring all of Italy’s major cities, take a boat to the relaxing Mediterranean islands of Sicily or Sardinia.
Located in Repubblica, this romantic hotel is steps away from Piazza della Repubblica and Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Trevi Fountain are also within 15 minutes.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Volandia Museum of Flight and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Castelnovate Ruins. Basilica di Saint Agnese and Castle Visconti San Vito are also within 6 miles (10 km).
This family-friendly Fiumicino hotel is located on the waterfront, within 3 mi (5 km) of Ostia Antica, Ostia Antica and Castello di Giulio II. Parco Leonardo and da Vinci Market Central are also within 9 miles (15 km).
This family-friendly Rome hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Santa Prassede and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Golden House of Nero and Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the heart of Milan, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pirelli Tower and Corso Como. Cathedral of Milan and Teatro alla Scala are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in Castello, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace. St. Mark's Square and St Mark's Campanile are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Flaminio, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Maria del Popolo and Piazza del Popolo. Villa Borghese and National Gallery of Modern Art are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Centro Storico, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palazzo Reale and Cathedral of Milan. Piazza del Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II are also within 15 minutes.