FLORENCE of the Medici, Birthplace of the RENAISSANCE

The Renaissance was a period from the 14th to 17th Centuries that was characterized by advancements in learning, the arts and trade. It origins lie in a cultural movement that began in Italy, and within Italy this movement was said to have been born in the city of Firenze, or Florence. Founded in Roman times,…

Queen of Canal Cities VENICE

Planning on traveling to Italy can sometimes be made less simple when it comes to deciding where to go. Aside from the storied wonders of its capital and ancient city of Rome, the country has a formidable selection of cities to consider visiting, each having their own grand history, culture showcases, art collections and choice…

Europe Historical Boot ITALY

At roughly the middle portion of the Mediterranean Sea between Europe to the north and Africa to the south, there is a large peninsula jutting out, shaped like a boot and seemingly kicking an island by its “toe.” This stretch of land, nearly surrounded by water save for its connection to the mainland, was the…

MILAN: The City that Does Everything

If Rome is the biggest city in Italy, then running in second place would have to be Milan. It has a place of prominence among the major communities of the peninsula for both its deep historical roots and its present-day status as an economic powerhouse. Situated up north in the storied region of Lombardy, Milan…

VATICAN CITY: Center of Faith and History

  The Italian Republic has the unusual honor of having two nations as enclaves, meaning these countries have their entire respective territories completely landlocked by Italy. It stands to reason then, that these enclave nations are among the smallest independent countries in the whole world. One is the Republic of San Marino, centered on Monte…

ROME: A City of the Whole World

  At roughly about the middle portion of the Italian peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea sits one of the greatest cities in the world. It is not without full reason that it goes by the moniker of the Eternal City, having existed as a city for over two millennia and a half. Straddling the River…