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Three of Positano's Most Remarkable Must-Visits You Should Know About

Three of Positano's Most Remarkable Must-Visits You Should Know About

The iconic colorful houses tumbling down to the sea in a cascade of sun-bleached peach, pink, and terracotta makes Positano the most photogenic town on the Amalfi Coast. Flanked by wisteria-draped hotels and restaurants makes the town even more appealing to any social media savvy tourist. It is also rich in fashion history as moda Positano was born here and the town was first in Italy to import bikinis from France. So what are you waiting for? Download the Positano travel Guide and Offline Map now!

1.     Spiaggia Grande

You've most likely seen the picturesque beach umbrellas amidst the outstanding cliffside houses in the background. 300-meters long, the beach is one of the largest on Amalfi Coast and one of the most glamorous as well. So glamorous that it attracts artists, actors, and celebrities alike. If this grand beach is too crowded for you and you're looking for a more peaceful spot to enjoy the Mediterranean sun and sea then head over to Fornillo Beach, which can be reached via a coastal path from Spiaggia Grande.

2.      Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta

The beautiful church and its majolica-tiled dome can be seen from every corner of the town. It's most known for its Byzantine-inspired Icon of a black Madonna, dating back to the 18th century, is conserved inside the church. As an important part of Positano's culture, religion, and architecture, it is considered the towns most prominent and photographed sites. It is also considered the town's most iconic symbols.

3.     Island of Sirens

The three islets of Li Galli is the stuff of legends and it is said that Sirens once inhabited the islets just off the shores of Positano. The Sirens attempted to seduce with their song all those who sailed nearby. Among those who are caught in the spell of enchantment by the islets' allure is the famous ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev who spent his last years on the islets.

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Why You Must Visit Siena, the Epitome of Tuscan Culture

Why You Must Visit Siena, the Epitome of Tuscan Culture

The city of Siena is where architecture shines most in Tuscany. Everywhere you look you'll be greeted by great Gothic architecture, spectacular secular monuments from the medieval times, and extraordinary art collection from the same period. As one of the most well-preserved 17th-century villages, you can expect it to be as colorful and vibrant as it once was. Explore the beautiful city of Siena with the Siena Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.     Duomo

Built over a former Roman temple in 1179, Siena's iconic Duomo was constructed over the 13th and 14th centuries. The majestic cathedral showcases the talents of great medieval and Renaissance architects and artists. From Giovanni Pisano who designed its intricate white, green and red marble facade to Nicola Pisano who carved the elaborate pulpit just to name a few. Its intricate flooring took over 200 years to finish with 40 artists working on the depiction of the historical and biblical scenes.

2.      Piazza del Campo

Popular known as "Il Campo", the sloping piazza has been the city's civic and social center since the mid-12th century. What once was a Roman marketplace is now divided into nine sectors representing the number of members of the consiglio and these days acts as a carpet on which young locals meet and relax. Enjoy the view and marvel in its grandness by sitting in one of its cafes and have some popular Italian coffee or apertivi.

3.     Libreria Piccolomini

Commisioned by Cardinal Francesco Todeschini Piccolomini, archbishop of Siena who later on became Pope Pius III, in 1492, it houses books of his uncle, Enea Silvio Piccolomini Pope Pius II. But the books aren't the only things that draw in the crowds. Its vividly colored narrative frescoes by Pinturicchio that depict the life of Pius II is a thing to behold. In the center of the hall is a group of statues known as the Tre Grazie (Three Graces), a 3rd-century Roman copy of an earlier Hellenistic work.

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Three Best Things to Do in Lake Como, the Understated Italian Wonder

Three Best Things to Do in Lake Como, the Understated Italian Wonder

Just below the snow-capped, gigantic Rhaetian Alps and nestled in between lush, green hills lies one of Italy's understated wonders--Lake Como. It is considered as one of Lombardy region's most picturesque lakes Shaped like an inverted Y, its shoreline is dotted with spectacular medieval villages and as you would expect of any Italian water-side town, colorful villas. If that doesn't make you dream of visiting Lake Como then download the Lake Como Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.     Lakeside Village Hopping

The region's capital, Como, in its self, is a spectacular city that's famous for their silk products. Revel in its historic center where their impressive Duomo that dates back the 15th-century stands. To see an impressive view of the lake from above, you can take a cable car up to the quiet village of Brunate. A trip to Lake Como would never be complete without a visit to its most famous town, Bellagio. Its breathtaking view of the lake is considered the best in all the towns.

2.      Stroll Around Beautiful Villas

Lake Como is definitely a contender for having the most beautiful villas in the world. A short walk from the Bellagio town center is the gardens of Villa Melzi, a traditional English-style garden. It stretches along the lakefront and is home to a wide variety of plants and sculptures and even has an orangery and a small museum. Villa Carlotta is also a notable villa for its rhododendrons and azaleas that bloom in spring. The villa itself serves as a setting for art exhibitions and musical events.

3.     Enjoy Relaxing Boat Cruises

Taking a cruise in Lake Como itself is one of the best ways to marvel at the beauty of the lakeside houses owned by one of the most famous people in the world like Richard Branson and George Clooney. Going on a cruise not only gives you a glimpse of the lifestyle of the rich and famous, but it also gives you a grand view of the towns and villages. There's a wide variety of cruises to choose from as well. If you opt much more romantic scenery then a sunset cruise will be perfect for you.

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Top 3 Things to See in Lake Garda

Top 3 Things to See in Lake Garda

The serene Lake Garda is a popular holiday location in northern Italy. The saturated colors of its waters and being the largest lake in the whole of Italy, it is no wonder that it draws tourists and locals alike. Its shorelines are divided between the provinces of Verona, Brescia, and Trentino and it is nestled right on the edge of the famous Dolomites. There are hundreds of things to do, see, and experience in and around the lake itself so be sure to download the Lake Garda Travel Guide and Offline Map to guide you on your visit the majestic Lago di Garda.

1.      Sirmione and Castello Scaligeri

Reaching out into the lake from its Southern short is a picturesque little town called Sirmoine. You enter the town by crossing a moat onto a drawbridge and into the forecourt of the castle. Its fortress, Castello Sacaligeri, is completely surrounded by water and was constructed in the 12th century as a part of Verona's defensive network against Milan. Tour the restored interiors of the fortress and enjoy a scenic, panoramic view of Lake Garda and the entire town by climbing up the tower.

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2.      Arco

At the northern end of Lake Garda and amidst the majestic rugged mountains and small lakes lies an old town that sits atop a cliff called Arco. Before you reach the town a dramatic waterfall that has carved a corkscrew-shaped gorge as it drops from a glacial lake above will greet you. Its mild climate is the perfect place for farms and orchards to flourish. Arboreto di Arco a promenade planted in the 1800's is filled with trees from around the world. And if you aren't too scared of heights, climb up to the Castello di Arco on a cliff high above.

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3.      Vittoriale d'Italia

Known for his eccentric personality, it comes to no surprise that the poet Gabriele d'Annunzio's Art Deco villa and extensive grounds would be equally eccentric. There's much see here, and you can choose from several ticket and tour options. See his coffin-shaped bed, indigo bathroom suite, statuary, and other unusual tastes in decor. You can choose from three options from the basic house tour to an in-depth tour into his colorful private life, and one that features his military exploits.

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Top 3 Jaw Dropping Sights in Verona, the City of the Star Crossed Lovers

Top 3 Jaw Dropping Sights in Verona, the City of the Star Crossed Lovers

More famously known for being the setting of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet;"  the northern Italian city of Verona boasts more than just Juliet's House. Its medieval old town is built between the Adige River and is home to the smaller version of Rome's Coliseum yet equally meandering Arena di Verona. Explore one of UNESCO's World Heritage Center with the Verona Travel Guide and Offline Map as your adventure partner.

1.      Arena di Verona

Built in the 1st-century Arena di Verona is a huge Roman amphitheater that used to stage shows and games. It was so famous that spectators from all over the land--often far from away places would go to witness the. In ancient times, the arena is located in the Piazza Bra in Verona would host more than 30,000 guests. Today, it currently showcases concerts and large-scale opera performances fitting crowds of up to 15,000 people.

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2.      Lake Garda

The largest lake in Italy is a popular holiday destination for both locals and tourists alike. Located between Brescia and Verona, Lake Garda is nestled on the edge of the Dolomites. Glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age formed the picturesque alpine region. Its size is attested by how the lake itself and its shoreline are divided between three provinces--Verona to the South-east, Brescia to the South-west, and Trentino to the North.

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3.      Juliet's House

Moved by the power of storytelling hundreds of thousands of people go to Verona just to set foot in the most prominent setting in Shakespeare's "Rome and Juliet." The house that is said to have been Juliet's was owned by the family dell Capello. It dates back from the 13th century and the family coat of arms still stands tall on the wall. The most notable part of the house is the famous balcony that overlooks the courtyard.

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Top 3 Things to Do in Naples, One of the Oldest Cities in the World

Top 3 Things to Do in Naples, One of the Oldest Cities in the World

Sitting on the Bay of Naples is the third largest city in Italy and is considered one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It had undergone numerous changes from being a Greek settlement in the Bronze Greek Age starting in the second millennium BC to eventually becoming a cultural center of the Roman Republic in the sixth century BC. Today, it is famously known for its rich history--enclosing 27 centuries of memories and is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Enjoy your trip to Naples with the Naples Travel Guide and Offline Map.

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1.      Mount Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The eruption that rocked the Roman Empire is said to have released a hundred thousand times the thermal energy released by the Hiroshima-Nagasaki bombings. At present, Vesuvius remains active and is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years. Enjoy a stunning view of this sleeping dragon from the ruins of Pompeii or visit the Mount Vesuvius National Park.

2.      Castel Nuovo

Right in the heart of central Naples is the scenic and imposing castle that was erected in 1279. The medieval site is considered one of the main landmarks of the city. When Charles I of Naples became King he ordered a new castle to be built not far from the sea to house his court. Three years later, Castel Nuovo housed royalty up until the War of the Sicilian Vespers. Castel Nuovo soon became a witness to famous historical events so it's definitely a site not to be missed by history buffs.

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3.      Catacombs of San Gennaro

The series of underground paleo-Christian burial sites located in the northern part of the city can easily be identified by the church of Madre del Buon Consiglio. What was once separate cemeteries, dedicated to Saint Gaudiosus, Saint Severus, and St. Januarius is now interconnected by spacious passageways along two levels. The lower level dates back to the 3rd-4th century and may actually be an earlier pre-Christian cemetery.

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