Damien Hirst exhibition in the Galleria Borghese in Rome
On June 8th the Damien Hirst exhibition “Archaeology Now” was opened in the famous Galleria Borghese in Rome. The exhibition is a continuation of another one that took place some years ago in the Palazzo Grassi in Venice. It also contains a number of new paintings by the artist. The exhibition started on June 8 and will continue until November 7, 2021.
The Cathedral of Ventimiglia is located in the main square of the city. Although dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, Saint Secondo is also venerated in the church. Highlights are the crypt and the baptistery.
The Baptistery of Padua is located next to the Cathedral of the city, on the Piazza del Duomo. It is dedicated to John the Baptist. The main point of interest of the building is a fresco cycle by Giusto de’ Manabuoi.
San Gregorio Magno al Celio Church Rome
The San Gregorio Magno al Celio Church was built in the middle ages on top of the house that used to belong to Pope Gregorio the Great and was transformed by him to serve as a convent. Highlights are the Salviati Chapel inside the church and the Sant’Andrea Oratorium in its garden.
Viterbo, City of Popes
Viterbo is the capital of the province of Viterbo in Lazio, Italy and lies slightly more than 100km north of Rome. Unofficially the area where Viterbo is located is called Tuscia. Some of its main attractions are the Museo Civico, which has its seat in the former convent of the Santa Maria della Verità Church, and the Santa Rosa Church.
Carnival in Viareggio
Viareggio, on the Tuscan coast, is famous for having one of the most impressive carnevale celebrations of the country. Its parades are characterized by giant, allegorical papier-mâché floats with satirical caricatures of politicians and celebrities. Highlight is the fireworks show at the end of the festivities. There is also a Carnival Museum.
Santa Croce Basilica Florence
The Santa Croce Basilica is a church on the Piazza Santa Croce in Florence. The church is not only packed with works of art but also houses the remains of none other than Michelangelo. There are frescoes by Giotto and father and son Gaddi, among others.
San Giovanni in Oleo Chapel Rome
The San Giovanni a Porta Latina Church is one of the city’s oldest and most picturesque churches. Thanks to the medieval portico, the cute courtyard well and the enormous cedar tree providing shade many Romans choose to have their wedding pictures taken here. The adjacent San Giovanni in Oleo Chapel was built on the spot where Saint John was submerged in burning oil and alughed it all off.
San Miniato al Monte Church Florence
The San Miniato al Monte Church stands on a hilltop near Piazzale Michelangelo. If you get up early, you can go and listen to a mass with Gregorian chant at 07.00 hours. The façade is preceded by a beautiful monumental staircase.
The Badia Fiorentina stands right in front of the Bargello in the historical centre of the city. It is the oldest monastery of Florence. It is in this church that Dante met his beloved Beatrice. Highlight is the Chiostro degli Aranci.
Italy in a nutshell
Few countries have more to offer than Italy, and few cities have more to offer than the capital, Rome, which with its Colosseum, Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Pantheon has some of the most famous tourist attractions in the world. The entire historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you can spend weeks here without being bored for even a moment.
Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region and is the perfect base from which to explore this beautiful wine region. Of course, the city itself also has lots to offer, including a magnificent cathedral and some of Italy’s finest museums. It does help that many of the most famous Renaissance artists were born in or near Florence.
Italy’s third major attraction is Venice, the only major city in Europe where almost all traffic goes by water. Piazza San Marco is a must-see and along the Grand Canal there are numerous beautiful palaces. The carnival in the city is world famous.
Naples is the capital of the Campania region in southern Italy. The city is notorious for its chaos and crime, but at the same time famous for the hospitality of its inhabitants and of course for its pizza. The most interesting sight in the city is the Archaeological Museum, where most of the objects found between the ruins of Pompeii are kept.
Milan is the second largest city in Italy. It is the capital of the province of the same name and also of the Lombardy region. The city is the financial and industrial center of the country. Tourists go there for the most part because of the shops, but with a.o. the famous cathedral, the city has more attractions.
Verona, in the Veneto region, is of course first and foremost famous for Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. Every year around Valentine’s Day there is a Shakespeare festival with concerts, exhibitions, etc. Meals are then served by candlelight in Verona’s restaurants. The festival is called “Verona In Love”. The biggest tourist attraction is the Arena.
Turin is the capital of the province of the same name and of the Piedmont region. Together with Milan, it is Italy’s most important industrial city and the country’s fourth largest city. Part of the historic centre of Torino is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The most beautiful buildings are the palaces of the former Italian royal family.
Assisi is almost entirely dedicated to the most famous inhabitant of the town, St. Francis. The walled centre of the city lies on top of a hill and is one of the most picturesque places in Italy. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Apart from the basilica dedicated to the famous saint, there are also several beautiful churches.
The Tuscan hill town of Arezzo is the capital of the province of the same name. The town has a number of beautiful Romanesque and Gothic churches. The most important of these are located around the central square of the city, Piazza Grande. Most of these churches are adorned with paintings, frescoes and sculptures by the most famous Tuscan artists.
Perugia is situated on a hill on the top (the Porta Sole) almost 500 meters high. It is a young, vibrant city, which is partly due to the two universities the city has, of which the smallest, the Università per stranieri, aims to teach foreign students the Italian language and culture. The main street Corso Vannucci is one of the most pleasant streets in Italy.
The Piazza del Duomo in Padua is the religious centre of the city. It is surrounded by some of the most important and beautiful buildings, including the Cathedral and the Baptistery. Other main attractions are the Prato del Valle central square and the Scrovegni Chapel. Those who want to visit Venice, but cannot deal with the crowds (and the prices), might consider a day trip from Padua.
Viterbo is the capital of the province with the same name in the Lazio region. It is located just under 100 kilometers north of Rome, in a region known as Tuscia. The city is nicknamed the “City of the Popes” (Città dei Papi) and many of its main attractions have to do with the former presence of these ecclesiastical leaders.