Campanile di San Marco ☆☆

The Campanile di San Marco at night, Campanile di San Marco, Venice, Italy (Photo by A L E S S I O)
The Campanile di San Marco at night

A ride up St. Mark's Bell Tower

The spectacular views from St. Mark's bell tower are still worth it—even if the admission fee to ride the elevator to the top to has grown ludicrously steep. (I'm sorry, but €8 ($9) for a bell tower is ridiculous, even if ther is an elevator; most towns in Italy charge a token €1 ($1) or €2 ($2).)

From the narrow balcony around the Istrian-stone bell-tower at the top, you'll be able to admire the multiple domes and spires of the cathedral's rooftop along with a glorious sweep across Piazza San Marco, the city of Venice, the Grand Canal, and the busy Bacino San Marco basin.

Why the Venice belltower is only about 100 years old

At 9:52 on the morning of July 14, 1902, Venice's overly tall campanile—the bell tower that had stood since the 12th century, a bit apart from St. Mark's Cathedral, and that had served Galileo as a perch during his 1609 experiments with telescopes—gave up on its own structural integrity and simply crumbled in on itself without warning.

Within seconds, it went from a graceful 323-foot spire to a pile of debris.

Since no city in Italy is worth its salt without a dome or tower or some other high, panoramic spot that requires a laborious, wheezing climb, Venice quickly built a new campanile that looked just like the old one.

The entire world contributed money to its exacting reconstruction, which was finished in less than decade.

There were, however, two major differences:

  1. This new, 1912 edition is a lot more architecturally sound.
  2. This time, they included an elevator.
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  • A fake photo by Antonio De Paoli of the tower
  • The crumbled remains of the original bell tower, Campanile di San Marco, Italy (Photo Public Domain)
  • The new campanile under construction, Campanile di San Marco, Italy (Photo by Unknown)

Where to find Campanile di San Marco architecture in Italy

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A gondola on the Grand Canal near the Rialto Bridge (Photo by Adam Smok)
Gondolas
Venice: Dorsoduro

A gondola ride is the one Venetian tourist trap everyone falls into willingly

 

Advice, resources, & tours for families traveling in Italy

 
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The facade (Photo )
Duomo
Milan: Duomo

The Cathedral of Milan is one of the largest Gothic churches in the world, an intricate festival of soaring spires and statuary

 
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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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Learn to cook in Paris (Photo )

Learn to cook Italian cuisine in Sorrento

 
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The other islands of Venice—Murano, Burano, and Torcello

 
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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

 
Quick bites
Sorrento

Where to grab a quick, cheap meal—Pizza rustica, street food, and fast food in Sorrento

 
Focaccia panini (sandwiches) (Photo by Marco Verch)

Where to grab a quick, cheap meal—Pizza rustica, street food, and fast food in Rome

 
Quick bites
Florence

Where to grab a quick, cheap meal—Wine bars, street food, and fast food in Florence

 
Cicchetti

Where to grab a quick, cheap meal—Pizza rustica, street food, and fast food in Venice

 
There is rarely not a line

Where to grab a quick, cheap meal in Milan

 

Classic cafes in Milan

 
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Frescoed rooms in the 16C Palazzo Antellesi overlooking Piazza Santa Croce in Florence (Photo courtesy of the property)

How to find and rent a vacation appartamento (apartment) from $40 in Italy

 
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The steps up to the top of the dome (Photo by Sailko)
The cathedral dome
Florence: Centro Storico

Climbing up between the cathedral dome's two layers to spectacular city views

 
Go for an appetizer sampler, a first course, and a dessert—skipping the steak—and you'll have a much more filling and interesting meal

Tips to save money on dining in Italy and eat better for it

 
Italian road sign for picnic area (Photo by Gigillo83)

Where to get picnic pickings in Naples

 
The terrace and hot tub overlooking the Bay of Naples

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Amalfi Coast

Apartments (rental flats and short-term tourist lets of apartments) in Amalfi Coast can offer substantial savings, especially for four or more

 
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Sorrento

Apartments (rental flats and short-term tourist lets of apartments) in Sorrento can offer substantial savings, especially for four or more

 

Where to get picnic pickings in Sorrento

 
A room at the Hotel Campo de' Fiori

Apartments (rental flats and short-term tourist lets of apartments) in Rome can offer substantial savings, especially for four or more

 

Apartments (rental flats and short-term tourist lets of apartments) in Amalfi can offer substantial savings, especially for four or more

 
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Positano

Apartments (rental flats and short-term tourist lets of apartments) in Positano can offer substantial savings, especially for four or more

 
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Ravello

Apartments (rental flats and short-term tourist lets of apartments) in Ravello can offer substantial savings, especially for four or more

 

Live life all'italiana for a few days or weeks by renting a villa near Sorrento, Italy, from €116—and that's for a three-bedroom home with a pool

 

Apartments (rental flats and short-term tourist lets of apartments) in Capri can offer substantial savings, especially for four or more

 
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Pompeii

Apartments (rental flats and short-term tourist lets of apartments) in Pompeii can offer substantial savings, especially for four or more

 
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Florence

Apartments (rental flats and short-term tourist lets of apartments) in Florence can offer substantial savings, especially for four or more

 
Central fruit & vegetable stand Mauro Frutta (Photo by pkaslik Carlik)

Where to get picnic pickings in Florence

 
Why, yes, that is the facade of St. Mark's right outside the window of your Deluxe double room

Apartments (rental flats and short-term tourist lets of apartments) in Venice can offer substantial savings, especially for four or more

 
The fruit and vegetable barge on Rio San Barnaba (Photo by NH53)

Where to get picnic pickings in Venice

 
A room with a poster bed

Apartments (rental flats and short-term tourist lets of apartments) in Tivoli can offer substantial savings, especially for four or more

 
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Cinque Terre

Apartments (rental flats and short-term tourist lets of apartments) in Cinque Terre can offer substantial savings, especially for four or more

 
The living room

Apartments (rental flats and short-term tourist lets of apartments) in Milan can offer substantial savings, especially for four or more

 

Apartments (rental flats and short-term tourist lets of apartments) in Pisa can offer substantial savings, especially for four or more

 
This luxurious Tuscan apartment is in Pietrasanta, by the Forte dei Marmi seaside resort, halfway between Pisa and the Cinque Terre

Fun stuff for kids—and their parents—in Italy

 
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The terrace and hot tub overlooking the Bay of Naples

What do do in Naples that will make the whole family happy—Sights, experiences, restaurants, tours, and more

 
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Biking by the Colosseum

What do do in Rome that will make the whole family happy—Sights, experiences, restaurants, tours, and more

 
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Family-friendly (Photo icon made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com)

What do do in Florence that will make the whole family happy—Sights, experiences, restaurants, tours, and more

 
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Family-friendly (Photo icon made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com)

What do do in Venice that will make the whole family happy—Sights, experiences, restaurants, tours, and more

 
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A rowing lesson in Venice (Photo courtesy of Carolyn Spencer Brown)

Be a gondolier for the day: Take rowing lessons in a bona-fide gondola or other classic Venetian boat

 
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Family-friendly (Photo icon made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com)

What do do in Milan that will make the whole family happy—Sights, experiences, restaurants, tours, and more

 
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La Cascina del Monastero in Piemonte'w wine district is one of my favorite Italian farm stays (scroll to the bottom for a link to a story about it) (Photo courtesy of La Cascina del Monastero)

Stay on a working farm agritourismo and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 
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Farm stays
Cinque Terre

Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Cinque Terre and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 
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The Spanish Steps (Photo by Martin Furtschegger)
Free
Spanish Steps
Rome: Tridente

The Spanish Steps, Piazza di Spagna, Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti—by whatever name you call it, this is one of Rome's prime outdoor living rooms, an elegant gathering place for locals and tourists alike

 
A hot-air balloon ride over Fontainebleau (Photo courtesy of Viator.com)

Weird, random, oddball, and just plain fun tours and activities you can sign up for in Italy

 
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Residences—like the Arethusa in Siracusa, Sicily—offer apartment amenities and hotel services (Photo courtesy of Residence Arethusa)

Serviced flats, residence hotels, Aparthotels, and other townhouse suite lodging in Italy

 
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Facing the Grand Canal is Marino Marini's "L'angelo della città" or "The Angel of the City" (1948–50) (Photo by Edal)
Peggy Guggenheim
Venice: Dorsoduro

The modern art of the Collezione Peggy Guggenheim

 
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Farm stays
Sorrento

Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Sorrento and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 
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Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Capri and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 
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Farm stays
Pompeii

Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Pompeii and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 
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Farm stays
Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields

Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 
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Farm stays
Florence

Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Florence and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 
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A room

Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Tivoli and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 
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A room
Farm stays
Lazio lake district

Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Lazio lake district and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 
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Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Pisa and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 
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Sightseeing discounts for children, students, seniors, families, and teachers

 
Italian road sign for picnic area (Photo by Gigillo83)

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Villa Greve in the heart of Tuscany's Chianti wine region sleeps 12 (Photo courtesy of the property)

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Italian cooking class (Photo by USAG Livorno PAO)

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Belvedere rose garden (Photo by Damian Entwistle)

The Giardini di Boboli offer a rare park in busy Florence—and the birthplace of opera—in terraces of greenery behind the princely Renaissance Pitti Palace

 
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A private guide can bring the art, history, and city alive (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

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Camping
Amalfi Coast

Camping and campgrounds (campeggi) are a cheap way to spend the night in Amalfi Coast

 
Camping
Sorrento

Campgrounds around Sorrento from €30 for a campsite for two, or €50–€100 for a cabin or bungalow sleeping 2-4

 
A bungalow at Campeggio Flaminio Village

Camping and campgrounds (campeggi) are a cheap way to spend the night in Rome

 
Camping
Pompeii

Camping and campgrounds (campeggi) are a cheap way to spend the night in Pompeii

 
Camping
Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields

Camping and campgrounds (campeggi) are a cheap way to spend the night in Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields

 
The rather spectacular lobby
Camping
Florence

Camping and campgrounds (campeggi) are a cheap way to spend the night in Florence

 
The pools (this doesn't even show the entire campground)
Camping
Venice

Camping and campgrounds (campeggi) are a cheap way to spend the night in Venice

 
Camping
Lazio lake district

Camping and campgrounds (campeggi) are a cheap way to spend the night in Lazio lake district

 

Camping and campgrounds (campeggi) are a cheap way to spend the night near Pisa

 
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Italian cooking class (Photo by USAG Livorno PAO)

Learn to cook Italian cuisine in Venice

 
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Take a sightseeing cruise on the Bay of Naples

 
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Italian cooking class (Photo by USAG Livorno PAO)

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Boat trips around the island of Capri

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

The island where Venetian glass was born

 
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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

 
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Gladiators duke it out (Photo courtesy of Viator)
Gladiator lessons
Rome: Outside the walls

Learn what it took to do battle in the Colosseum with a half-day Roman gladiator school

 
A family room can house the whole clan (Photo by John Hickey-Fry)

Crowd the clan into one room rather than renting two

 
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The Leonardo da Vinci gallery (Photo courtesy of the museum)

Amazing recreations from the master inventor of the Renaissance

 
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A fresco workshop (Photo courtesy of Viator)
Art class
Florence

Learn to paint, drawn, sculpt, or make ceramics in one of the world's great capitals of art

 
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ACF Fiorentina vs. AS Roma in the 2013 Copa d'Italia (Photo by Ver en vivo En Directo)
Attend a soccer match
Florence: Outskirts

Catching calcio fever

 
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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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Touring Florence by bicycle (Photo courtesy of Viator)
Bike tours
Florence

Guided bicycle tours of Florence

 
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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

 
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)

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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)

 
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The Campanile di Giotto (Photo by Txllxt TxllxT)
Giotto's bell tower
Florence: Centro Storico

The Campanile di Giotto is one of Italy's loveliest bell towers

 
Camping Panoramico Fiesole is in an Etruscan town in the hills right above Florence (Photo courtesy of Camping Panoramico Fiesole)

Camping and campgrounds (campeggi) are a cheap way to spend the night while traveling

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

The greatest viewpoint over Florence

 
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Cruising the Tiber River (Photo courtesy of Viator)

Take a sightseeing or dinner cruise on the Tevere (Tiber River) in Rome

 
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Take a cruise or private boat trip along the Grand Canal, the lagoon, or the back canals of Venice (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Take a sightseeing or dinner cruise in Venice

 
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Learn to cook in Naples (Photo )

Learn to cook Italian cuisine in Naples

 
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Veiled Christ (1753) by Giuseppe Sammartino (Photo courtesy of the museum)
Cappella Sansevero
Naples: Centro Storico

An exuberantly baroque chapel in Naples

 
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Italian cooking class (Photo by USAG Livorno PAO)

Learn to cook Italian cuisine on Capri

 
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Italian cooking class (Photo )
Cooking class
Cinque Terre

Learn to cook Italian cuisine in the Cinque Terre

 
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Italian cooking class (Photo )
Cooking class
Amalfi Coast

Learn to cook Italian cuisine on the Amalfi Coast

 
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Italian cooking class (Photo )
Cooking class
Vietri sul Mare

Learn to cook Italian cuisine in Vietri sul Mare

 
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Italian cooking class (Photo )

Learn to cook Italian cuisine in Parma

 
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Italian cooking class (Photo )

Learn to cook Italian cuisine in Milan

 
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The entry (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
Pizzeria Brandi
Naples: Port

The most famous pizzeria in Naples

 
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The main room (Photo courtesy of the cafe)
€€

The grand dame of Neapolitan cafes

 
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The terrace and hot tub overlooking the Bay of Naples (Photo courtesy of the flat)
€€€
Residenza San Martino
Naples: Vomero

A modern apartment overlooking the city from Vomero

 
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A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the B&B)
€€
B&B Ovo - Slow Travel
Naples: Centro Storico

A three-room B&B with modern appointments overlooking a leafy square in the heart of the centro storico

 
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Guided bicycle tours of Naples

 
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 (Photo by Together4europe2012)
Catacombe di San Gennaro
Naples: Capodimonte

The catacombs of San Gennaro

 
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The dining room

The best pizzerias in Naples, the history of pizza, and more pizza, pizza, pizza

 
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Bike tours
Sorrento

Guided bicycle tours of Sorrento

 
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Biking by the Colosseum (Photo Public Domain)

Guided bicycle tours of Rome

 
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An agriturismo (farm stay) near the ruins of the ancinet city

 
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The room of Electrostatic machines (Photo courtesy of the Museo Galileo)
Galileo Museum
Florence: Centro Storico

Galileo's telescopes and other relics from the early years of scientific inquiry live at the excellent (but rarely visited) Museo Galileo—which was, until 2010, called the Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, or History of Science Museum

 
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Guided bicycle tours of Milan

 
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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 laghetto with an 18C Temple of Aesculapius (Photo by Pierre-Selim Huard)
Free
Villa Borghese
Rome: Tridente

The Villa Borghese is Rome's version of Central Park—only with more museums

 
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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

 
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Pizza DOC—with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella di bufala (Photo by Julia H.)
Pizzeria Port'Alba
Naples: Centro Storico

My favorite pizza in Naples—but the service is awful

 
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Making a pizza alla salsiccia (Photo courtesy of the pizzeria)
Pizzeria Trianon da Ciro
Naples: Centro Storico

A true locals' pizzeria in Naples

 
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Baba al rhum—the regular version—in the display case (Photo by Alberto D.)
Scaturchio
Naples: Centro Storico

Naples' top pastry shop and bar

 
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 (Photo courtesy of the cafe)
Gran Bar Riviera
Naples: Chiaia

The inventor of the ice cream tartufo

 
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The castle offers fantastic views (Photo by Ra Boe)
Castel Sant'Elmo
Naples: Vomero

Little to see but some 20th century art and great views from the stony castle high above Naples

 
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Taking a barchetto for a spin on the Arno (Photo courtesy of Renaioli)

Take a sightseeing or dinner cruise in Florence

 
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Tiger (Photo by leastbutnotlast)
Bioparco
Rome: Via Veneto & Villa Borghese

Rome's zoo in the Villa Borghese

 
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The clock on St. Mark's clock tower tells both the time and the position of the sun relative to the signs of the Zodiac (Photo © Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY 2.5)
Torre dell'Orologio
Venice: San Marco

The Clock Tower on Piazza San Marco

 
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 (Photo by M@rcello;-))
Museo Stibbert
Florence: Outskirts

Incredible private collection that includes the largest display of Japanese arms and armour in Europe

 
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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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The main doorway (Photo by Sonse)
Free
Palazzo Zuccari
Rome: Tridente

The monstrous details decorating Palazzo Zuccari

 
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 (Photo by Gianfranco)
Free

The puppet theater on the Janiculum Hill

 
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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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 (Photo by Txllxt TxllxT)
Free
Piazza della Repubblica
Florence: Centro Storico

Elegant 19th century cafes and modern bookshops on an expansive square

 
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The pools (this doesn't even show the entire campground) (Photo )
Camping Marina di Venezia
Venice: Cavallino-Treporti

Venice actually does have campgrounds—and would you believe this one is right on the beach?

 
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 (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Camping Miramare
Venice: Cavallino-Treporti

A quiet, cozy little campground across from the beach and a vaporetto ride away from downtown Venice

 
Residences—like the Arethusa in Siracusa, Sicily—offer apartment amenities and hotel services

Italy tours aimed at families

 
The Maschio Angioino, or Castel Nuovo (Photo by Luca Aless)
Castel Nuovo
Naples: Port

The "New Castle" in Naples was built in the 1200s

 

Rent a flat on vacation and you can often get more space and more facilities for a lower cost that at a hotel (though less maid and concierge services)

More about Apartment

 

Stay on a working farm for country-comfy lodgings, low rates, and unique cultural insight (also: usually fabulous breakfasts)

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ApartHotels, townhouse suites—whatever you call them, these modular rental flats with a front desk balance some degree of hotel-like services (concierge, housekeeping) with the benefits of having your own apartment

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Renting a house or villa can easily save money for groups of four or more—plus you get all the comforts of home away from home, including a kitchen

More about Villa or house

 

Trade places with a local and you both get a place to stay for free and someone to watch the house while you're gone

More about Home swapping

 

Opportunities abound to stay for free at someone's home or apartment while they, themselves, are on vacation (often pet sitting or plant-watering are the only requirements)

More about House sitting

 
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Campanile Di San Marco tours
 
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Tips

How long does the bell tower take?

You can "do" the campanile in 30 minutes or less, depending on how long you want to stay up there staring at the city panorama.

Add another 30 minutes for standing in line in the height of summer.

The tower closes when windy

In the case of high winds, they close the bell tower.

Useful Italian phrases

Useful Italian for sightseeing

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is?... Dov'é doh-VAY
...the museum il museo eel moo-ZAY-yo
...the church la chiesa lah key-YAY-zah
...the cathedral il duomo [or] la cattedrale eel DUO-mo [or] lah cah-the-DRAH-leh
     
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
Closed day giorno di riposo JOR-no dee ree-PO-zo
Weekdays (Mon-Sat) feriali fair-ee-YA-lee
Sunday & holidays festivi fe-STEE-vee
     
ticket biglietto beel-YET-toh
two adults due adulti DOO-way ah-DOOL-tee
one child un bambino oon bahm-BEE-no
one student uno studente OO-noh stu-DENT-ay
one senior un pensionato oon pen-see-yo-NAH-toh

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.).