The Walled Tuscan Town of Lucca, Italy – Things to Do & Travel Guide
Lucca, Italy is said to be one of the most charming places in Tuscany, known for its unique amphitheatre, so I couldn’t help but visit for myself. A lot of people say there isn’t much to do in Lucca but I found a few places to visit and got to see it all for myself. So without further adieu, here’s my report on the beautiful walled town of Lucca.
A History of Lucca, Italy
Modern Lucca started off as a Roman town in 180 BC – not surprisingly, as the site of the amphitheatre is still very prominent today. In … Continue reading
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Siena, a Beautiful Jewel in Tuscany – Things to Do & Travel Guide
Siena’s one of the most popular places to visit in Tuscany. It’s a beautiful medieval town filled with hills, shopping, and history. I’d been before and absolutely loved it, so I made my way back during my most recent visit to see Siena again.
The Story of Siena
Legend has it that Siena was founded by the sons of Remus, as in the Roman Remus and Romulus. With them they took the statue of the babies suckling off the she-wolf and it thus became a symbol of the town. Of course, it was really just brought by the Romans. Today … Continue reading
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Exploring Rome, Ancient and Modern – Things to Do & Travel Guide
I remember not wanting to go to Rome for some reason during my first trip to Italy at 16. Maybe because I wasn’t a huge fan of ancient history. But I also remember getting to the city and falling in love with it. I threw a coin backwards into Trevi Fountain and over a decade later made it back to Rome. Steeped in history and detail, Rome is a place that absolutely must be experienced.
The Essential Sights of Rome
Let’s start out with the very obvious – the Roman Forum. The Colosseum, a famous icon of the … Continue reading
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Ravenna, Italy: the Stunning City of Mosaics – Things to Do & Travel Guide
If you’ve taken art history then you may be very well aware of the mosaics of Ravenna, Italy. They’re surviving and absolutely stunning remnants of early Christian art. I am absolutely floored by the amount of work that goes into making mosaics, nevertheless the age of those in Ravenna – which are about 1500 years old and older! There’s nothing like this to be seen in the rest of the world, making Ravenna a truly unique destination.
The History of Ravenna
Around the time of Christ, Ravenna and its area Classe were actually important seaports. It’s hard to see now … Continue reading
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Volterra, Italy: a Town from Etruscan Times – Things to Do & Travel Guide
Volterra’s been on my list for a long time. The Tuscan hilltop town that dates from Etruscan times caught my attention years ago and, with a stroke of luck, I was able to visit on my latest trip to Italy. Here’s what I thought and what I recommend (and don’t recommend) doing.
A History of Volterra
It’s believed that Volterra was inhabited since around the 9th century BC and was one of the major cities of the Etruscan world. The town was quite big for the time with 20,000 inhabitants, and it was a major center of trade.
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Venice, Italy – Things to Do & Travel Guide (It deserves more than a day trip!)
Venice is one of the must-sees of Italy. There are so many places in the world nicknamed after it – “the Venice of the north,” “the Venice of the east,” “little Venice.” But there’s only one real Venice. It has a mixed reputation of being a magical place and one of the most overrated places in the world. My first trip, I found the city to be absolutely beautiful. No doubt it’s touristy, but on my second trip, I found Venice just as charming.
Most people carve out a day to visit Venice and, after a 2020 cancellation, etc., I … Continue reading
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Exploring Florence, Italy – Things to Do & Travel Guide
Florence is one of Italy’s most popular cities, and it’s very deserving of the status. This beautiful place is steeped in history, mainly Renaissance history, and of course art. Florence is an absolute must-visit for art lovers, who will find that there’s a lot to do.
The History of Florence
Florence actually dates to the times of Julius Caesar when it was established as an ancient Roman city. It’s even in this period that Florence was part of “Tuscia” (Tuscany). But as Rome is famous for its ancient history, Florence is famous for its Renaissance history. Florence became a central … Continue reading
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Pompeii is incredibly famous and since I was a kid reading about the ancient stories of how a volcano overtook such a thriving city, I’ve wanted to visit this legendary city in person. After getting an extension so my family and I could see Pompeii from Sorrento, we headed off to the famous archaeological site, and it was actually amazing.
(Also note that I was 16, so these pictures are not at ITFTS best – but there are many!)
On 24th August 79 AD, the Roman city of Pompeii had a normal day until the neighbouring volcano of Mt. Vesuvius … Continue reading
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