Wednesday, 3 February 2010

"An Italian Trilogy" (Siena, Florence and Rome) by Cheryl Locke

I was thrilled to have the opportunity during 2009 to visit 3 of the most beautiful Italian cities. Siena, a fabulous Tuscan town, is a mediaeval oasis steeped in history, art and tradition. The ’Palio’ horse races held in the wonderful Piazza del Campo creates an electric atmosphere in July and August, whilst the vineyards of Chianti, the tower of Pisa and the walled city of Lucca are all close by to visit.

Florence, the city of Michaelangelo, Da Vinci, Giotto, Dante and their patrons, the Medici family, is home to museums, palaces, and churches housing some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The most popular and important sites in Florence include the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi, the Bargello & the Accademia. Wander some of the oldest streets in the city until you reach the Arno River, cross the Ponte Vecchio and experience the ‘newest’ area of Florence, the Oltrarno.

Rome is an unforgettable city, rich with relics of 2,000 years of history and, after the face-lift it received for the 2000 celebrations, this wonderful city is looking better than ever. I would recommend a guided city tour to ensure that the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Piazza Venezia and St.Paul’s Basilica are all visited, along with the invaluable information gained from the very experienced guides.

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