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Bellagio on Lake Como

Bellagio ItalyBellagio is a beautiful small commune or resort situated in the region of Lombardy on Lake Como. It provides a picturesque scene on the southern side with Alps overlooking the river on the north. The area of Bellagio is accessible via two roads, one from Como and another from Lecco, though both have narrow roadways, Como is recommended as a safer drive. Bellagio is a very well known tourist spot and is located on the top of the headland where the river is divided into a ‘Y’ shape and flows towards Como and Lecco. There are also ferries, motorboats and water shuttles that take tourists to and from the area of Bellagio. Bellagio on Lake Como…

Assisi in Umbria Italy

Basilica of Saint_Francis in AssisiAssisi is best known as the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi, who is also considered the patron saint of Italy and one of the most famous saint in Catholic history. It is a small town in the region of Umbria and falls in the area of Central Italy. Assisi is 400 meters above sea level and is well known for its medieval streets, sacred places of visit and roman ruins. Assisi is considered to be a major pilgrimage destination for the Catholics for centuries and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. Assisi in Umbria Italy…

Arezzo Tuscany Italy

arezzo tuscany italyArezzo is a beautiful city that is situated in the south-east of Tuscany in Central Italy. Being about 296 meters above sea level, Arezzo is located on the hill rising from the floodplains of the river Arno, which is the second largest and an important river of Italy after the River Tiber. The town of Arezzo contains beautiful pastures and woodland as well as it contains beautiful sceneries and landscapes with monastic settlements. There are many parishes from the Roman times as well as old trees that might be more than a century old adorn the place with great magnificence.

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Urbino

A wonderful city for art lovers, Urbino is just inland from the Adriatic coast (in the Marches region, south of Rimini and Ravenna). The town is noted for its sublime Renaissance Palazzo Ducale, which contains the National Gallery of the Marches, featuring important works by Raphael, Santi, Piero della Francesca and Barocci. Also worth seeing is the Oratorio di San Giovanni Battista (with frescoes by the Salimbeni brothers) and Raphael’s home (the artist was born in Urbino and lived there as a boy). Get a great view from atop the city’s ramparts. Like many of the small towns in Tuscany and Umbria, Urbino is quite isolated – allow extra time for the drive there along winding roads. Once there, plan at least a half-day visit. 70 mi/110 km east of Florence.

Trieste

In a scenic setting near the rugged Slovenian border (on the northeastern coast of Italy), this diverse seaside city has been shunted back and forth between Italy and Slovenia for centuries. Slavic influences distinguish Trieste from other cities in Italy. Man-made attractions include Romanesque churches, a Roman theater, San Giusto and its 16th-century castle and the Museo di Storia e Arte (a collection of coins, art and other exhibits). The city also boasts a world-renowned coffee culture, with sidewalk cafes that roast their own coffee. Hikers and walkers will revel in the Carso, the plateau surrounding the city that is rich in rocky terrain, natural caves and botanical gardens. The Val Rosandra area offers adventure to mountaineering enthusiasts, too. Trieste is an excellent stopover point for those heading to the east, and the perfect gateway to the brilliant coast of Croatia. It’s a bit out of the way for those not continuing on to Croatia, but if you are in the area, it deserves at least a day, if not two. 95 mi/154 km northeast of Venice.

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