Italy cities, attractions and photos


Italy is a county that has contributed enormously to the development of the western civilization. Starting with the Roman Empire 2000 years ago and its great architectural structures, going through the Renaissance with its great thinkers, painters, musicians and architects, today Italy has a great heritage and itís a delight for the traveler. Rome, Venice, Florence, Verona, Pisa, Milan and the little villages along the Amalfi Coast like Positano, and the Island of Capri are just some of the jewels in the Italyís crown.

Italy is situated in Southern Europe and borders with Austria, France, Slovenia, and Switzerland. The Italian Republic covers two large islands, Sicily, and Sardinia, situated in the Mediterranean Sea. In addition, there are two enclaves within its territory: the Vatican City and San Marino. The capitol Rome is situated in the central western part of the Italian Peninsula and has a population of about 2.7 million residents.The best seasons to visit the country are spring and autumn.

In general, Italy is famous for Etruscans, Julius Caesar, Roman civil engineering, gondolas, mafia, fascism, pizza, pasta, wines, and much more. The buildings in Italy reflect various architectural styles. The Romanesque period is marked by the work of Cosmati. Fine example of his work is the Chiesa di Santa Maria Sopra Minevra.

During the Renaissance, the Gothic style concentrated on detail and sophistication. This period gave birth to genius artists such as Giotto and Boccaccio. Painting dominated over other art forms during the early Renaissance period. However, some prominent sculptors and architects of the time had been Donatello, Lorenzo Ghiberti, and Filippo Brunelleschi. Artists of this period, such as Andrea Mategna, studied and painted the human body.

The High Renaissance is marked by colossal figures such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buanarotti, and Raphael Santi. Leonardo, who used the sfumato technique, is famous for his painting Mona Lisa. Michelangelo produced the ceilings of the Sistine Chapel. His most famous sculptural work is David. Rafael is best known for the paintings The Nymph Galatea and The School of Athens. Both works of art are on exhibit at the Vatican Museums.

The Venetian artists Giorgione and Titan, the Baroque artists Michelangelo da Caravaggio, and Gianlorenzo Bernini and their works of art are also visible in Rome, Vatican, Venice and Florence.

Rome the Eternal city is an unforgettable experience.

Venice is a truly unique city frozen in time.

The city is best known with the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Genoa is the home of Christopher Columbus.

Verona is an ancient romantic city home of Romeo and Juliet.

Milan is the fashion and business center of Italy.

Amalfi Coast
Amalfi Coast is the most famous stretch of coastline in Italy.

The Island of Capri - the Garden of Eden.

Florence Ė The cradle of Renaissance