Free things in General

Sights in General

Skype is the cheapest way to make international calls

Sights and experiences you can get for free in Italy

 

Experiences in General

 (Photo courtesy of Paris Greeters)

Free greeter programs around the world encourage locals to welcome you to their hometown

 

Lodgings in General

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The Palagetto Guest House in Florence will give you a room in exchange for: Installing mosquito screens, professional photographs of the rooms, printing brochures for them, gently used bikes, installation of a shower by a professional plumber, or origami (Photo courtesy of the property)

Free lodgings in Italy: Hospitality networks (couchsurfing), home swaps, and house sitting services

 

Ways to sleep for free in Italy

 
 (Photo courtesy of Europosters)

Couchsurfing and other hospitality networks allow you to sleep for free in other member's homes

 
Getting to know some locals is a bit part of staying with a fellow hospitality club member (Photo courtesy of The Affordable Travel Club)

Hospitality networks gather folks who are willing to put up fellow members in their homes for free or for a small fee

 
This luxurious Tuscan apartment is in Pietrasanta, by the Forte dei Marmi seaside resort, halfway between Pisa and the Cinque Terre (Photo courtesy of Homeexchange)

Trading spaces isn't just a show on basic cable anymore. It's a way to live life like a local on your travels absolutely for free—so long as you let the local borrow your life (and home) in return.

 
This house in the Tuscan hills needs someone to house-sit and watch their dog for three weeks this spring... (Photo courtesy of mindmyhouse.com)

Sleep for free on vacation in Italy by watching someone's house (and, often, watering their plants and feeding their cat)

 
The Palagetto Guest House in Florence will give you a room in exchange for: Installing mosquito screens, professional photographs of the rooms, printing brochures for them, gently used bikes, installation of a shower by a professional plumber, or origami lessons by a Japanese artist. (Photo courtesy of the property)

Programs like WWOOF and Helpx let you barter your services for a free place to stay

 
Sailboats (Photo by plb06)

If you love sailing, or just have an unquenchable taste for adventure and new experiences, you can sign on to help crew a boat just about anywhere in the world, including Italy

 

Dining in General

Many Italian bars lay our free snacks in the evenings (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Free

Yes, there are a couple of ways to enjoy excellent Italian food absolutely free

 

Planning a trip to General

Skype is the cheapest way to make international calls (Photo by Skype)

Use Skype (and an internet connection) to make and receive free voice and video calls—or have your friends and family Skype your cell in Italy for 10¢ per minute or $3 per month.

 

Sights in Italy

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The massive basilica (Photo by Roberto Ferrari)
Free
Basilica di San Francesco
Assisi centro storico

The basilica of St. Francis is covered in the greatest Gothic frescoes in the world

 
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The church (Photo by Chris Light)
Free
Santa Chiara
Assisi centro storico

The Gothic church where St. Clare rests

 
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The temple facade (Photo by Mac9)
Free
Temple of Minerva
Assisi centro storico

A 1C BC ancient Roman temple recycled into a church on the main piazza

 
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The frescoes (Photo Public Domain)
Free
Oratorio dei Pellegrini
Assisi centro storico

Gorgeously frescoed little Renaissance chapel

 
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The hermitage (Photo by Superchilum)
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Ermeo delle Carceri
Outside the walls of Assisi

The mountainside hermitage where St. Francis and his followers lived

 
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transport
Free
San Pietro
Assisi centro storico

A pretty little Romanesque church

 
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Monte Subasio
Outside the walls of Assisi

A natural park at Assisi's doorstep

 
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Santa Maria degli Angeli
Outside the walls of Assisi

A Franciscan chapel and site where he died inside a monstrously huge 19C church

 
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The scudo fountain (Photo by Dennis Jarvis)
Free
Portico del Monte Frumentario
Assisi centro storico

A Romanesque hospital facade and locally famous fountain

 

Sights in Italy

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The central square and public living room of Bologna, with an oft-photographed Renaissance fountain surrounded by medieval buildings

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Sightseeing passes
Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields

Enjoy free admission to various Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus discounts at other attractions

 

Experiences in Italy

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A more rugged hike to see the eastern, wilder side of Capri (though you can cut it short as well)

 
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Bagni di Tiberio
Near Capri Town

The beach where the emperor used to bathe

 
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A short hike to some pretty gardens with a classic view

 
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transport
Free
Il Faro
Near Anacapri

A swimming cove by the lighthouse

 
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Scoglio delle Sirene
Near Capri Town

Rocky sunbathing and swimming with Homeric connections

 
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Given enough time, you can simply walk around the island of Capri rather than waiting for the tiny buses or cramming into a taxi

 
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Marina Piccola
Near Capri Town

Small beaches at the ferry harbor

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Enjoy free admission to various Caserta sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus discounts at other attractions

 

Sights in Italy

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A cool Etruscan tomb on the outskirts of Castellina in Chianti

 
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Santa Caterina delle Ruote
Florentine Chianti

A small church with early Renaissance frescoes

 
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Pieve di San Leolino
Florentine Chianti

A Romanesque church with some lovely altarpieces

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

The Cinque Terre Card (left) and the trains-included Cinque Terre Treno MS Card (right) (Photo courtesy of the Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre)
Cinque Terre Card
Cinque Terre

Enjoy admission to the trail system and various Cinque Terre sights and monuments

 

Sights in Italy

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The medieval shop-lined Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) over the Arno River in Florence (Photo by Gary Campbell-Hall)
Free
Ponte Vecchio
Florence: Centro Storico

Florence's "Old Bridge" is a medieval span lined by tiny goldsmith shops

 
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 (Photo by Marc Buehler)
Free
Piazza della Signoria
Florence: Centro Storico

Florence's main square is a public living room filled with ancient and Renaissance statues and fountains

 
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 (Photo by Mac9)
Free
San Miniato al Monte
Florence: Oltrarno

A gem of a Romanesque church perched atop a hill overlooking Florence

 
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 (Photo by Tim Adams)
Free
Piazzale Michelangiolo
Florence: Oltrarno

The greatest viewpoint over Florence

 
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 (Photo by Rutger Blom)
Free
Mercato Nuovo
Florence: Centro Storico

Florence's covered "New Market," a.k.a. the "Straw Market", a.k.a. the "Market of the Little Pig"

 
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 (Photo by Sailko)
Free
Loggia de' Lanzi
Florence: Centro Storico

An airy medieval porch filled with Renaissance and ancient Roman statues

 
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The view of Florence from the Parco della Rimembranza of Fiesole (Photo by Rufus46)
Free
Panoramic gardens
Florence: Fiesole

Spectacular postcard views over Florence in the valley below

 
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 (Photo by Arnaud 25)
Free
Arringheria
Florence: Centro Storico

The statue-lined terrace in front of the Palazzo Vecchio tells Florence's story in sculpture

 
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 (Photo by Mia Battaglia)
Free
Orsanmichele
Florence: Centro Storico

A Gothic granary-turned-church decorated by early Renaissance sculptures

 
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This Filippo Brunelleschi–designed church was called the most beautiful church in the world by Bernini (Photo by Randy Connolly)
Free
Santo Spirito
Florence: Oltrarno

The church of Santo Spirito in the Oltrarno: Brunelleschi at his best

 
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"Confirmation of the Franciscan Rule" (1483–85) by Domenico Ghirlandaio in the Sassetti Chapel (Photo Public Domain)
Free
Santa Trìnita
Florence: Centro Storico

A church by the river with amazing, courtly Renaissance frescoes by Ghirlandaio

 
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'Last Supper' (c. 1450) by Andrea Del Castagno (Photo by Jean Louis Mazieres)
Free
Cenacolo di Sant'Apollonia
Florence: San Lorenzo / San Marco

A gorgeous, hidden Last Supper fresco in Florence

 
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The facade (Photo by Max_Ryazanov)
Free
SS. Annunziata
Florence: San Lorenzo / San Marco

A treasure trove of Renaissance architecture and Mannerist art, and final resting place of several late Renaissance masters

 
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'Last Supper' (1480) by Domenico Ghirlandaio (Photo Public Domain)
Free
Ognissanti
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

Ghirlandaio frescoes, a long-lost Giotto masterpiece, and the final resting places of Botticelli, his Birth of Venus muse, and the namesake of America itself

 
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 (Photo by Giuseppe Moscato)
Free
Piazza Santa Croce
Florence: Santa Croce

Santa Croce square in Florence

 
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 (Photo by Pufui PcPifpef)
Free
Bellosguardo Hill
Florence: Oltrarno

Bellosguardo is the forgotten hill of Florence, rising above the Oltrarno and offering more intimate views across the city than the famous ones from Fiesole

 
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Fontana del Nettuno (Photo by Morio)
Free
Neptune Fountain
Florence: Centro Storico

The statue-studded fountain Florentines love to hate

 
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The sitting room (Photo courtesy of the Landmark Trust)
Free
Casa Guidi
Florence: Oltrarno

The Brownings' home in Florence for a few short, happy years

 
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 (Photo by Anton Nistratov)
Free
Santa Margherita de' Cerchi
Florence: Centro Storico

A tiny medieval church with several Dante associations

 
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'The Fiesole Altarpiece: Madonna and Child with Saints' (1424–30) by Fra Angelico and Lorenzo di Cfredi (Photo Public Domain)
Free
San Domenico di Fiesole
Florence: Fiesole

This country church on the road to Fiesole was where the future master Fra' Angelic first put on monk's robes and picked up paintbrushes

 
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The Chapter House, with central 'Crucifixion' fresco (1387) by Niccolò di Pietro Gerini (Photo by Sailko)
Free
Santa Felícita
Florence: Oltrarno

One of the oldest churches in Florence is decorated with Mannerist masterpieces

 
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The nave (Photo by Sailko)
Free
San Felice
Florence: Oltrarno

Beautiful Gothic paintings and a reference in English literature

 
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 (Photo by Samuli Lintula)
Free
Cimitero degli Inglesi
Florence: Outskirts

Eternal resting place of Elizabeth Barret Browning

 
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 (Photo by Nikko Max)
Free
Parco della Cascine
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

A beautiful public park stretched along the Arno just outside the center of Florence

 
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'Madonna and Child with Saints' triptych by Bicci di Lorenzo, on the High Altar (Photo courtesy of the Comune di Fiesole)
Free
Cattedrale di Fiesole
Florence: Fiesole

Fiesole's 11th-century Cathedral contains some delicate Mino da Fiesole carvings

 

Experiences in Italy

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A street in the outdoor market (Photo by Sergio S.C.)
Free
San Lorenzo leather market
Florence: San Lorenzo / San Marco

Florence's outdoor San Lorenzo leather market is a great place to bargain for a classic Florentine souvenir

 
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The central market is a great place to get fresh food (Photo by Renato Torii)
Free
Mercato Centrale
Florence: San Lorenzo / San Marco

Florence's central covered food market

 
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Via Vecchia Fiesolana (Photo courtesy of the Comune di Fiesole)
Free
Hiking from Fiesole
Florence: Fiesole

Hiking a narrow path past lovely villas from Fiesole back down into Florence

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

 (Photo courtesy of FirenzeCard)

Enjoy free admission to various Florence sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus discounts at other attractions

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Enjoy free admission to various Herculaneum sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus discounts at other attractions

 

Sights in Italy

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A detail of the 14C frescoes in the apse (Photo by Laurom)
Free

A Romanesque masterpiece with great 14C frescoes

 
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Detail of the facade (Photo by JoJan)
Free

A statue-studded facade and tapestry-lined cathederal—plus a digression on ancient local hero Pliny the Elder

 
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Abbazia di Piona
Northern Lake Como

A Romanesque Abbey making superior monastic hooch on a Notehrn Como lake peninsula

 
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Fiumelatte
Varenna

The shortest river in Italy

 
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A tiny Romanesque church in Bellagio

 
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transport
Free
Bellano
Northern Lake Como

A lakeside village with a spectacular river gorge you can walk

 
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An aerial view
Free
Lenno
Tremezzina

A tiny town with a magnificent villa, frescoed church, and, nearby, the spot where Mussolini was shot

 
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The nondescript driveway where Mussolini was killed

 

Sights in Italy

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The medieval frescoes (Photo by Allie Caulfield)
Free

A small Sirmione church with medieval frescoes

 

Sights in Italy

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A 16-picture panorama stitched with Hugin, Miller cylindrical projection (Photo by Romain.pontida)
Free

This genteel 19th century shopping center is still the social and shopping hub of Milan

 
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The Atrium (Photo by Jean-Christophe BENOIST)
Free
Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio
Milan: San Vittore

From this 4C church, St. Ambrose—bishop of Milan when the city was briefly capital of the Western Roman Empire—had a profound effect on the development of the early church

 
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The piazza in front of the basilica, including the AD 3C Roman columns set up in front (Photo by Oleg Brovko)
Free
San Lorenzo Maggiore
Milan: Ticinese

The oldest church in Milan attests to the days when the city was the capital of the Western Roman Empire

 
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The nave, including a frontal view of the "choir" behind the altar that isn't actually there (I;ll show you some lateral views in a second) (Photo by Geobia)
Free

This gorgeous little Bramante-designed church (encompassing an older Byzantine one) is sadly overlooked just off Piazza del Duomo

 
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The exterior (Photo by Latinboy)
Free

Renaissance architecture and a lovely cloister in the church attached to the Last Supper

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Enjoy free admission to various Milan sights and monuments—and free transit—with the Milano Pass, Milan Card, or Milan Tourist Museum Card

 

Sights in Italy

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Presepio figurines in a shop on Via San Gregorio Armeno (Photo by John Myers)
Free
I Presepi di Napoli
Naples: Centro Storico

A Neapolitan Bethlehem—The Presepio Christmas Crèche shops of Naples's Via San Gregorio Armeno

 
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The nave (Photo by Vitold Muratov)
Free
Il Duomo
Naples: Centro Storico

The duomo of Naples and Feast of San Gennaro

 
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 (Photo by jimmyweee)
Free
Galleria Umberto I
Naples: Port

One of the world's first shopping malls in Naples

 
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Basilica reale pontificia di San Francesco di Paola (Photo by Wolfgang Pehlemann)
Free

Naples's most elegant public square

 
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 (Photo by Miguel Hermoso Cuesta)
Free
Castel dell'Ovo
Naples: Chiaia

The castle out to sea in Naples

 
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Immacolata obelisk (Photo by Mstyslav Chernov)
Free
Guglia dell'Immacolata
Naples: Centro Storico

A nearly 100-foot spire of baroque statues and reliefs

 
The nave (Photo by Giuseppe Guida)
Free
San Gregorio Armeno
Naples: Centro Storico

A fine baroque church in Naples

 
Museo Civico Gaetano Filangieri (Palazzo Como) (Photo by IlSistemone)
Free
Museo Civico G. Filangeri
Naples: Centro Storico

Some nice paintings in a free (!) small private museum set in a lovely 18C palazzo

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

 (Photo courtesy of Campania Artecard)

Enjoy free admission to various Naples sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), free public transit, plus discounts at other attractions

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Enjoy free admission to various Paestum sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus discounts at other attractions

 

Sights in Italy

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Piazza Pretoria
Palermo center

A palazzo– and church-ringed piazza centered on the elaborate Fountain of Shame

 

Sights in Italy

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The Romanesque cathedral with 16C frescoes by Correggio and others

 
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A baroque face hides masterworks by the two great native artists: Correggio (Renaissance) and Parmigianino (Mannerist)

 

Sights in Italy

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Perugia's lovely main square is anchored by a spectacular Gothic fountain

 
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Corso Vannucci
Around Corso Vannucci

Perugia's bustling main drag and passeggiata epicenter

 
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Rocca Paolina
Around Corso Vannucci

The underground remains of a once-mighty fortress

 
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San Michele Arcangelo
Northern Perugia

The oldest church in Umbria

 
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Sala dei Notari
Around Corso Vannucci

A medieval assembly room with a Cavallini fresco

 
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Via della Gabbia
Around Corso Vannucci

Where medieval criminals had their heads displayed on spikes

 
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San Bernardino
Northern Perugia

A gorgeous facade covered in early Renaissance deep bas reliefs by Agostino di Duccio

 
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transport
Free
San Francesco
Northern Perugia

A massive Gothic church with an interesting facade and a performance space inside

 
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Arco d’Agusto
Northern Perugia

An ancient Etrusco-Roman city gate

 

Sights in Italy

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The gorgeous Cathedral of Pisa (and its famously tipsy bell tower in the background) (Photo by Vitbaisa)
Free
Cathedral
Pisa: Around Campo dei Miracoli

The glorious Gothic cathedral of Pisa

 
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No, the picture isn't askew; the church is (Photo by Samuele Manfrin)
Free
San Michele degli Scalzi
Pisa: Along the Arno

The evening-more-leaning tower of Pisa (bonus: leaning church)

 
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The facade (Photo by Luca Aless)
Free
San Paolo a Ripa d’Arno
Pisa: Along the Arno

The oldest church in Pisa with a lovely Romanesque chapel

 
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The octagonal church (Photo by Luca Aless)
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Santo Sepolcro
Pisa: Along the Arno

An octagonal Romanesque church by the Arno

 
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A Crucifixion carved by Giovanni Pisano (Photo by Jordiferrer)
Free
San Nicola
Pisa: Along the Arno

A Romanesque-Gothic church with a Giovanni Pisano inside

 
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There is lots of great Gothic carved detail in the facade (Photo by Sailko)
Free
Santa Caterina
Pisa: Eastern Downtown Pisa

A Gothic facade and Pisano carvings

 
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The interior (Photo by Johann H. Addicks)
Free
San Francesco
Pisa: Eastern Downtown Pisa

A barn of a church with Mannerist and Baroque pantings

 
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The piazza (Photo by Nikolai Karaneschev)
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Piazza Cavalieri
Pisa: Eastern Downtown Pisa

A felicitous square withe the Vasari-deigned Palazzo dei Cavalieri, San Stefano church, and legendary Palazzo dell'Orologio

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Enjoy free admission to various Pompeii sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges)

 

Sights in Italy

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The Baldacchino over the altar of St. Peter's (Photo by Jorge Royan)
Free
St. Peter's
Rome: Vatican

St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro) in Rome: Motherchurch of Christendom

 
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The crowds at the Trevi (Photo by Oleg Brovko)
Free
Trevi Fountain
Rome: Tridente

The Fontana di Trevi just may be the world's most famous wishing well—certainly one of the most lucrative, what with every tourist tossing "three coins in a fountain"

 
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The Cerasi Chapel, with paintings by Annibale Carracci (center) and Caravaggio (left and right) (Photo by Frederick Fenyvessy)
Free

Rome's church of Santa Maria del Popolo is like a primer on the development of art and architecture from the early Renaissance through the baroque

 
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 (Photo by gula08)
Free
Trastevere
Rome: Trastevere

The popular Trastevere district (Rome's 'left bank') is a postcard neighborhood of narrow, cobblestone streets, fantastic restaurants, and overflowing bars and clubs

 
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The Mithraeum at the lowest level of San Clemente (Photo by Allie Caulfield)
Free
San Clemente
Rome: Downtown Ancient Rome

A few blocks from the Colosseum is the best place in Rome to see the layer-cake effect of its history in action: church piled atop church piled atop pagan temple

 
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 (Photo by Carlat82)
Free
Campo de' Fiori
Rome: Tiber Bend

Rome's Campo dei Fiori is an outdoor market by morning, party central by night

 
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The Bocca della Verita (Mouth of Truth) in the church portico (Photo by nekotank)
Free
Santa Maria in Cosmedin
Rome: Downtown Ancient Rome

It's a shame that so many who stop to see the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) on the porch don't take the time to go inside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin itself

 
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A tunnel in the Catacomb of San Callisto
Free
Via Appia Antica
Rome: Outside the walls

The Via Appia Antica (Ancient Appian Way) is one of the original seven roads leading to Rome, Italy, and is lined by catacombs and Roman Ruins

 
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The ruins at Largo di Torre Argentina in Rome (Photo by Jakub Hałun)
Free
Largo Argentina
Rome: Tiber Bend

The sunken ruins of Largo Argentina in Rome, Italy, where Julius Caesar met his assassins and now cats nestle like easter eggs amongst the tall grasses

 
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 (Photo by Mike)
Free
Campidoglio
Rome: Tiber Bend

The Capitoline Museums, a Michelangelo-designed piazza, and killer views atop Rome's Campidoglio

 
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 (Photo by WolfgangM)
Free
Piazza del Popolo
Rome: Tridente

The "People's Square" marks the northern edge of the tourist's Rome, anchoring the Tridente neighborhood and flanked by the amazing church of Santa Maria del Popolo and above it, the greenery of Villa Borghese park

 
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Saint Peter's Square as seen from the base of the dome atop the Basilica San Pietro (Photo by Leinad-Z)
Free
Piazza San Pietro
Rome: Vatican

Bernini's elliptical colonnade and its fountains form the gorgeous front porch for St. Peter's

 
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The Contarelli Chapel with its Caravaggio paintings on "The Life of St. Matthew" (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Free
San Luigi dei Francesi
Rome: Tiber Bend

The church of San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome is a festival of Caravaggios

 
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The courtyard and facade (Photo by Mstyslav Chernov)
Free
Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza
Rome: Tiber Bend

The swirling, curling lanterns atop the dome of this baroque church plays peek-a-boo with pedestrians on the surrounding streets—good thing, as the church itself is hidden in a courtyard

 
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Arco di Constantino (Photo by Mike)
Free
Arch of Constantine
Rome: Downtown Ancient Rome

This triumphal arch celebrates the battle that made Christianity the religion of Rome

 
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Apse (Photo by kraen)
Free

The oldest church in Rome preserves some its most glorious medieval mosaics

 
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A detail from Pietro Cavallini's amazing late 13C frescoes, hidden in the nun's cloistered loft (Photo Public Domain)
Free

This Trastevere church looks like nothing much... until you pay the nuns to sneak downstairs to see remnants of ancient Rome, or upstairs to see precious frescoes by medieval master Pietro Cavallini

 
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A view from the Gianicolo (Photo by Elena Gabrielli)
Free
Gianicolo
Rome: Vatican

The Janiculum Hill (Gianicolo) is one my favorite spots in all of Rome, Italy

 
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Bramante's Tempietto (Photo by Quinok)
Free
San Pietro in Montorio
Rome: Trastevere

Bramante's Tempietto is a doll house–sized Renaissance church halfway up the Gianicolo hill

 
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View of St. Peter's dome through the keyhole (Photo by Angelo Nastri Nacchio)
Free
The Knights of Malta gate
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

A peek-a-boo view of St. Peter's dome through the keyhole on the gate to the headquarters of the Knights of Malta on Rome's Aventine Hill

 
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The facade (Photo by Berthold Werner)
Free
San Paolo Fuori le Mura
Rome: Outside the walls

St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls is one of the four great basilicas of Rome

 
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A nighttime panorama over the Forum from the back of the Capitoline Hill (Photo by Laruse Junior)
Free
Campidoglio Forum view
Rome: Tiber Bend

A secret panorama over the Roman Forum from the back of the Capitoline Hill

 
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The nave of the church (Photo Public Domain)
Free

The Museo delle Anime del Purgatorio (Museum of Souls in Purgatory)

 
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Ancient statues in the Aula Ottagona (Photo by Rene Boulay)
Free
Aula Ottagona
Rome: Termini train station

The Aula Ottagona is both the most atmospheric branch of Rome's Museo Nazionale Romano and the only one that's admission-free. Sadly, it's usually closed.

 
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Transept (Photo by Fczarnowski)
Free
Santa Maria degli Angeli
Rome: Termini train station

Rome's Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri is a church designed by Michelangelo to inhabit the remains of an ancient Roman bathhouse...you'd think it'd be more famous

 
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Pasquino, near Piazza Navona, is the most famous statua parlante (talking statue) of Rome (Photo by Emanuele)
Free
Pasquino
Rome: Tiber Bend

The Pasquino is the most famous of Rome's "Talking Statues"

 
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 (Photo by Ricardo André Frantz)
Free
Santa Maria in Aracoeli
Rome: Tiber Bend

The sad story of the Santo Bambino at the Capitoline church

 
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The Cornaro Chapel, with its Bernini sculptures (Photo by Livioandronico2013)
Free
Santa Maria della Vittoria
Rome: Termini train station

A baroque church with the bodacious Bernini set-piece of St. Theresa in Ecstasy marrying architecture and sculpture

 
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The stern end of the Isola Tiberina (Photo by Bgabel)
Free
Tiber Island
Rome: Tiber Bend

The Isola Tiberina, the only island in the Rome's Tevere River—and a brief history of the ancient medical profession

 
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The Basilica of St. Bartholomew on the Island (Basilica di San Bartolomeo all'Isola) (Photo by Vlad Lesnov)
Free
St. Bartolomeo all'Isola
Rome: Lower Tiber Bend

An ancient church of healing on Tiber Island

 
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The nave (Photo by David Bramhall)
Free
Sant'Agostino
Rome: Tiber Bend

The church has works by Caravaggio, Raphael, and Sansovino—and lies just off Piazza Navona—yet sadly sees few visitors

 
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The nave and Pozzo's frescoes (Photo by sarahtarno)
Free
Sant'Ignazio di Loyola
Rome: Tiber Bend

The "dome" in this church is a masterpiece of trompe-l'oeil

 
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 (Photo by Simone Ramella)
Free

This triumphal column reads like an ancient Roman comic strip of the Emperor's accomplishments

 
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 (Photo by Dennis Jarvis)
Free
Ponte Sant'Angelo
Rome: Tiber Bend

The statue-lined "Bridge of Angels" across the Tiber River

 
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 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
Free
Teatro di Pompeo
Rome: Tiber Bend

The remnants of Pompey's Theater are hidden away in the basement of an unassuming restaurant near Campo de' Fiori

 
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Via del Portico d'Ottavia, the "main street" of Rome's medieval Jewish neighborhood (Photo by Palickap)
Free
Jewish ghetto
Rome: Tiber Bend

The medieval Jewish neighborhood of Rome

 
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The Forum Boarium, with the round Temple of Hercules Victor on the left and the rectangular Temple of Portunus on the right (Photo by Carole Raddato)
Free
Foro Boario
Rome: Downtown Ancient Rome

Fraternal twin temples and the world's first sewer on lovely little "Cow Forum" by the Mouth of Truth

 
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The Teatro di Marcello and trio of columns of the Temple of Apollo Sosianus (Photo by Joadl)
Free
Teatro di Marcello
Rome: Tiber Bend

Marcellus's Theater was the Colosseum 1.0, the original Roman amphitheater

 
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 (Photo by Francesco Gasparetti)
Free
Piazza della Repubblica
Rome: Termini train station

Rome's loveliest traffic circle is known mainly as a Metro stop, but don't forget to poke into its sights as you zip from the nearby train station to the attractions of the historic center

 
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The facade (Photo by Martin Falbisoner)
Free
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Rome: Termini train station

The grand basilica of St. Mary Major is a wonderland of mosaics in a crummy neighborhood

 
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The lower register of Michelangelo's Monument to Julius II (1505–45) (Photo by Andrea Moroni)
Free
San Pietro in Vincoli
Rome: Downtown Ancient Rome

Michelangelo's famous Moses statue on tomb of Pope Julius II—plus the chains that bound St. Peter—at the chruch of "St. Peter in Chains"

 
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Market stalls (Photo by Roberto Riccardi)
Free
San Giovanni clothing market
Rome: The Viminal, Esquiline, and Quirinal

Dress like a Roman without boutique prices at Rome's biggest used and new clothing market at the Mercato di Via Sannio

 
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Beata Ludovica Alberoni (1671-75) by Gianlorenzo Bernini (Photo by Sailko)
Free
San Francesco a Ripa
Rome: Trastevere

This Trastevere church contains one of the raciest religious sculptures in the world, Bernini's Beata Ludovica in Ecstasy

 
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 (Photo by Torvindus)
Free
Acqua Paola
Rome: Trastevere

THE spot for Roman wedding photos

 
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The amazingly preserved 5C carved wooden doors (Photo Peter1936F)
Free
Santa Sabina
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

This ancient church on the Aventine Hill has some of the oldest Christian art in the world

 
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View of the dome of St. Peter's (Photo by fabian.kron)
Free
Giardino degli Aranci
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

A hidden garden with great views on the Aventine

 
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The miraculous footprints (Photo by Peter Heeling)
Free
Domine Quo Vadis
Rome: Outside the walls

The only church in the form of a question, built on the site where St. Peter finally found his mettle

 
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 (Photo by Anthony Majanlahti)
Free
Ponte Milvio
Rome: Outside the walls

The ancient Roman bridge where Constantine converted

 

Experiences in Italy

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Pope Francis I greeting the flocks at a papal audience in Rome's St. Peter's Square (Photo courtesy of SMCS Music Office)
Free
Papal Audience
Rome: Vatican

How to get tickets to hang with his Holiness on St. Peter's Square in Rome

 
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 (Photo by Gianfranco)
Free

The puppet theater on the Janiculum Hill

 

Dining in Italy

Aperitivi at Meo Pinelli (Photo courtesy of Meo Pinelli)

Bar hopping for free stuzzichini (snacks) and canapés during the aperitivo Happy Hour

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Typical prices and costs in Rome faced by visitors and tourists

 

Enjoy free admission to various Rome sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus discounts at other attractions

 

Sights in Italy

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Sant’Agostino
San Gimignano

This 13C church at the north end of town is full of good 15C frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli and others

 
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transport
Free
La Rocca
San Gimignano

The park ringed by remains of San Gimignano's castle walls provide lovely views

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Sightseeing passes
Santa Maria Capua Vetere

Enjoy free admission to various Santa Maria Capua Vetere sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus discounts at other attractions

 

Sights in Italy

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Il Campo and the Palazzo Pubblico (Photo by magro_kr)
Free
Piazza del Campo
Around the Campo

Arguably the most beautiful piazza in all Italy

 
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Casa di Santa Caterina
Terza di Camollia

St. Catherine's house is where Siena's famous home-grown saint and medieval diplomat lived

 
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transport
Free
San Domenico
Terza di Camollia

A Gothic church (and Siena landmark) housing the relics of St. Catherine of Siena

 
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Palazzo Piccolomini
Terza di San Martino

A Renaissance palazzo containing the state archives, including city account books painted by the greats of Sienese art from the Gothic to the baroque

 
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Palazzo Tolomei
Terza di Camollia

The oldest Gothic palazzo in Siena

 
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Porta Ovlie
Terza di Camollia

A medieval city gate with a Siense-School fresco

 
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Some lovely baroque frescoes in a church on the edge of Siena

 
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transport
Free
San Francesco
Terza di Camollia

A Gothic church with works by the Lorenzetti Brothers

 
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Fonte Branda
Terza di Camollia

A fortress-like medieval washhouse

 

Experiences in Italy

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The evening stroll in Siena

 

Sights in Italy

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Madonna delle Lacrime
Mainland Siracusa

The modern "Sanctuary of the Mary of the Tears" houses a miraculous statue from the 1950s

 
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A papyrus-filled pond with a mythical origin story

 

The rudiments of a Roman temple

 

Sights in Italy

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Piazza IX Aprile
Old Taormina

Piazza 9 Aprile is the main square and public living room of Taormina lined by cafes, views, and churches

 
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Teatro Odeon
Old Taormina

Taormina's small Roman-era theater

 
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transport
Free
Naumachie
Old Taormina

A series of giant, ancient Roman brick niches

 

Sights in Italy

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The mosaics of the transept (Photo by amberapparently)
Free
St. Mark's Basilica
Venice: San Marco

The gloriously mosaicked Basilica di San Marco

 
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 (Photo by Pedro Szekely)
Free
Grand Canal
Venice: Dorsoduro

Cruising the Canale Grande (Grand Canal), the watery main street of Venice, Italy

 
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 (Photo by vgm8383)
Free
Murano
Venice: The Northern Lagoon

The island where Venetian glass was born

 
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 (Photo by Eric Salard)
Free
Burano
Venice: The Northern Lagoon

Burano is an island of candy-colored fishermen's houses and hand-tatted lace in Venice's Northern Lagoon

 
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 (Photo by Murray Foubister)
Free
Santa Maria della Salute
Venice: Dorsoduro

The Church of the Virgin Mary of Good Health

 
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View from the Tower of the Cathedral of St. Mary Assumption (Photo by Zairon)
Free
Torcello
Venice: The Northern Lagoon

Glittering mosaics, breathtaking views, and a marshy proto-Venice in the Venetian Northern Lagoon

 
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"The Last Supper" (1592–94) by Tintoretto (Photo Public Domain)
Free
San Giorgio Maggiore
Venice: Dorsoduro

An island church built by Palladio, decorated by Tintoretto and Bassano, and offering great views from the campanile

 
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St. Mark's Square (Photo by Kayla Sawyer)
Free
Piazza San Marco
Venice: San Marco

The pigeon-filled St. Mark's Square

 
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 (Photo by Miomir Magdevski)
Free
Ponte di Rialto
Venice: San Marco

The Rialto Bridge, most famous and loveliest span across Venice's Grand Canal, and the market that extends from its foot into San Polo

 
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 (Photo by aconcagua)
Free
Squero di San Trovaso
Venice: Dorsoduro

See how a Venetian gondola is made at a gondola workshop

 
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 (Photo by Ethan Doyle White)
Free
San Simeon Piccolo
Venice: Santa Croce

The church of San Simeon Piccolo (a.k.a. San Simeone e Giuda) across the train station

 
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"Barbarigo Altarpiece" (1488) by Giovanni Bellini (Photo Public Domain)
Free
San Pietro Martire
Venice: The Northern Lagoon

A small Murano church loaded with paintings by Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese, and Giovanni Bellini

 
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 (Photo by BKP)
Free
Bacino Orseolo
Venice: San Marco

The gondola parking lot just off Piazza San Marco

 
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Devil's Bridge over the Grand Canal on the Island of Torcello (Photo by Zairon)
Free
The Devil's Bridge
Venice: The Northern Lagoon

Torcello's Ponte del Diavolo is a medieval bridge with a satanic legend

 
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 (Photo by François Philipp)
Free
Santa Fosca
Venice: The Northern Lagoon

A medieval Byzantine-style church on Torcello

 
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 (Photo by Didier Descouens)
Free

A gondola workshop in Dorsoduro

 
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 (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Free
Giardini Pubblici
Venice: Castello

A quiet park in the Castello neighborhood

 
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 (Photo by Didier Descouens)
Free
Giardini Savorgnan
Venice: Cannaregio

small park in the Cannaregio district

 
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 (Photo by Valery Toth)
Free
Giardino Groggia
Venice: Cannaregio

A small locals' park at the edge of Venice

 
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 (Photo by Didier Descouens)
Free
Giardini Papadopoli
Venice: Santa Croce

A small park near Piazzale Roma in the Santa Croce neighborhood

 
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 (Photo by trolvag)
Free
Giardinetti Reali
Venice: San Marco

The former Royal Gardens of Venice, just off Piazza San Marco

 

Experiences in Italy

★★★
The inquisition room (Photo courtesy of ItalyGuides)
Free

A tour that gets you—quite literally—behind the scenes, into the rooms and chambers hidden behind those lavishly decorated walls where the actual governing of the Venetian Republic happened

 
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Whenever the yellow signs point to some major tourist destination, go the other way instead. Put away the map. Discover the real Venice. (Photo by FTS-Ro)
Free

The fine art of getting lost in the backstreets of Venice and learning to love it

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Typical prices and costs in Venice faced by visitors and tourists

 

Enjoy free admission to various Venice sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus discounts at other attractions

 

Sights in Italy

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The frescoed facade of the Case dei Mazzanti (Photo by Wolf Meusel)
Free
Piazza delle Erbe
Città Antica di Verona

Verona's medieval market square still bustles with vendors hawking fruit and vegetables

 
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Arche Scaligeri
Città Antica di Verona

The most impressive Gothic tombs in Italy

 
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Piazza dei Signori
Città Antica di Verona

A genteel piazza surrounded by Gothic and Renaissance palazzi

 
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Arco della Costa
Città Antica di Verona

The archway between Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza Dante has an interesting legend

 
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Ponte Pietra
Città Antica di Verona

Verona's ancient Roman bridge

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Enjoy free admission to various Verona sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus free public transit, and discounts at other attractions

 
 
Useful links
Useful Italian phrases

Useful Italian for rail travel

English (inglese) Italian (italiano)  Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...train station la ferroviaria [or] la stazione lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah [or] lah stat-zee-YO-nay
ticket un biglietto oon beel-YET-toh
first class prima classe PREE-mah CLAH-say
second class seconda classe say-CONE-dah CLAH-say
one way solo andata SO-low ahn-DAHT-tah
round trip (return) andata e ritorno ahn-DAH-tah ay ree-TOUR-noh
Just the supplement Soltanto il supplemento soul-TAHN-toh eel sou-play-MEN-toh
Just a seat reservation Soltanto una prenotazione soal-TAHN-toh oo-nah pray-no-tah-tsee-YOH-nay
I have a Eurailpass Ho il Eurailpass oh eel YOO-rail-pahs
sleeping couchette una cucetta oo-nah koo-CHET-tah
berth in a sleeping car un posto nel vagone letto oon POH-sto nell vah-GOAN-nay LET-toh
track binario been-AR-ree-yoh
train treno TRE-no
car (carriage) carozza ka-RO-tza
seat posto PO-sto
departures partenze par-TEN-zay
arrivals arrivi ah-REE-vee
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay
left luggage deposito bagagli day-PO-zee-toh ba-GAHL-yee
     
punch your ticket timbrare il biglietto teem-BRA-ray eel beel-YET-toh
Is this the right platform for the Rome train? E questo il binario per il treno à Roma? ay KWAY-sto eel been-AR-ree-yo pair eel TRE-no ah RO-ma? 
delayed in retardo een ree-TAR-do
strike sciopero SHO-pair-oh
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
City / Train station names
English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Main station
Rome Roma Termini
Florence Firenze Santa Maria Novella
Venice Venezia Santa Lucia
Milan Milano Centrale
Genoa Genova Porta Principe
Naples Napoli Centrale
Leghorn Livorno Centrale
Turin Torino Porta Nuova

Useful Italian for air travel

English (inglese) Italian  (italiano)   Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is... Dov'é doh-VAY
the airport l'aeroporto LAHW-ro-port-oh
the airplane l'aereo LAIR-reh-oh
terminal terminal TEAR-me-nahl
flight volo VOH-lo
gate uscita d'imbarco oo-SHEE-tah deem-BARK-oh
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
keep going straight sempre diritto SEM-pray dee-REE-toh
departures partenze par-TEN-zay
arrivals arrivi ah-REE-vee
delayed in ritardo een ree-TAR-doh
on time in orario een oh-RAH-ree-yo
early in avanti een ah-VAHN-tee
boarding imbarco eem-BARK-o
connecting flight la coincidenza la ko-een-chee-DEN-za
check-in accettazione ah-chet-ta-zee-YO-nee
immigration controllo passaporti cone-TRO-lo pah-sa-POR-tee
security check controllo di sicurezza kohn-TRO-lo dee see-kur-AY-tzah
customs dogana do-GA-na
shuttle la navetta lah na-VET-tah
boarding pass carta d'imbarco kart-ta deem-BARK-o
baggage claim ritiro bagagli ree-TEER-oh bah-GA-lyee
carry-on luggage bagaglio à mano bah-GA-lyo ah MA_no
checked luggage bagalio bah-GA-lyo

Useful Italian for car travel

English (inglese) Italian  (italiano)  Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
car automobile ow-toh-MO-bee-lay
scooter/motorboke un motorino oon mo-tair-EE-no
gas station stazione di servizio stah-zee-YO-nay dee sair-VEE-tzee-yo
gas benzina ben-ZEE-nah
diesel gasolio [or] diesel gah-ZOH-lee-oh [or] DEE-zell
Fill it up, please al pieno, per favore ahl pee-YAY-noh, pair fa-VOHR-ray
Where is... Dov'é doh-VAY
...the highway l'autostrada lout-oh-STRA-dah
...the state highway la statale [written "SS"] lah sta-TAHL-eh
...the road for Rome la strada per Roma lah STRA-dah pair RO-mah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
keep going straight sempre diritto SEM-pray dee-REE-toh
to cross attraversare ah-tra-vair-SAR-ay
toll pedaggio peh-DA-jo
parking parcheggio par-KEH-jo
road map carta stradale kar-ta stra-DA-lay
where can I pay the fine? dove posso pagare la multa DOH-veh Po-so pag-GAR-ray la MOOL-tah


Typical road signs / terms » more

English (anglais) French (français) 
Stop Stop
Exit  Uscita
Staffic light Semaforo
One-way Senso unico
Dead-end Strada senza uscita
Parking prohibited No parcheggio or parcheggio proibito
Pedestrian zone Area pedonale
Limited Traffic Zone (you pay to drive in) ZTL or Zona Traffico Limitato

Basic phrases in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
How much is it? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
     
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
Excuse me (to get past someone) Permesso pair-MEH-so
     
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...the bathroom il bagno eel BHAN-yoh
...train station la ferroviaria lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay

Days, months, and other calendar items in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
At what time... a che ora a kay O-rah
     
Yesterday ieri ee-YAIR-ee
Today oggi OH-jee
Tomorrow domani doh-MAHN-nee
Day after tomorrow dopo domani DOH-poh doh-MAHN-nee
     
a day un giorno oon je-YOR-no
Monday Lunedí loo-nay-DEE
Tuesday Martedí mar-tay-DEE
Wednesday Mercoledí mair-coh-lay-DEE
Thursday Giovedí jo-vay-DEE
Friday Venerdí ven-nair-DEE
Saturday Sabato SAH-baa-toh
Sunday Domenica doh-MEN-nee-ka
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
     
a month una mese oon-ah MAY-zay
January gennaio jen-NAI-yo
February febbraio feh-BRI-yo
March marzo MAR-tzoh
April aprile ah-PREEL-ay
May maggio MAH-jee-oh
June giugno JEW-nyoh
July luglio LOO-lyoh
August agosto ah-GO-sto
September settembre set-TEM-bray
October ottobre oh-TOE-bray
November novembre no-VEM-bray
December dicembre de-CHEM-bray

Numbers in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
1 uno OO-no
2 due DOO-way
3 tre tray
4 quattro KWAH-troh
5 cinque CHEEN-kway
6 sei say
7 sette SET-tay
8 otto OH-toh
9 nove NO-vay
10 dieci dee-YAY-chee
11 undici OON-dee-chee
12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
13 tredici TRAY-dee-chee
14 quattordici kwa-TOR-dee-chee
15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
16 sedici SAY-dee-chee
17 diciasette dee-chee-ya-SET-tay
18 diciotto dee-CHO-toh
19 diciannove dee-chee-ya-NO-vay
20 venti VENT-tee
21* vent'uno* vent-OO-no
22* venti due* VENT-tee DOO-way
23* venti tre* VENT-tee TRAY
30 trenta TRAYN-tah
40 quaranta kwa-RAHN-tah
50 cinquanta cheen-KWAN-tah
60 sessanta say-SAHN-tah
70 settanta seh-TAHN-tah
80 ottanta oh-TAHN-tah
90 novanta no-VAHN-tah
100 cento CHEN-toh
1,000 mille MEEL-lay
5,000 cinque milla CHEEN-kway MEEL-lah
10,000 dieci milla dee-YAY-chee MEEL-lah


* You can use this formula for all Italian ten-place numbers—so 31 is trent'uno, 32 is trenta due, 33 is trenta tre, etc. Note that—like uno (one), otto (eight) also starts with a vowel—all "-8" numbers are also abbreviated (vent'otto, trent'otto, etc.).