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Superlatives are heaped on Italy for good reason. No other country has and array of historic sites from great Doric Greek temples and art, Etruscan burial tombs and statues, great Roman ruins like Rome and Pompeii, through to Norman Palaces in Sicily, Byzantine Mosaics in Ravenna to the Renaissance art of Florence as well as Baroque & Palladian architecture of Northern Italy. The list is endless as is the list of its Dukedoms. The fragmentation of Italy into small Dukedoms and kingdoms until the 19th century left Italy with some of the greatest and most opulent palaces in the world as well as great art everywhere. It is to Italy and its heritage that these photo gallery collections are dedicated.



The front of the Amalfi Cathedral, Italy The front of the Amalfi Cathedral, Italy

Pictures & Photos of Amalfi, Italy

One of the grest Naval powers of the middle ages was Amalfi. It never rivalled Venice or Genoa and was absorbed by the Normans into their Kingdoms of Naples & Sicily. Amalfi is at the heart of the breathtaking Amalfi coast. Mountains rise out of the azure mediteraenean sea, their slopes covered with vineyards and lemon groves. Towns cling to cliffs precariously where rivers that have carved deep valleys in the coastal mountains reach the sea. This is a magical land and Amalfi with its great cathedral is its jewel.



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Pictures & Photos of The Amalfi Coast, Italy

The Amalfi coast is one of the most breathtaking coastlines in Italy. Its high mountains dip steeply into the Mediterranean sea which twinkles like a blue jewel way below vineyards and lemon groves that grow on the terraced slope. Amalfi is the main city on the coast but equally important is the jet set resort of Positano. High in the mountains are the gardens of Ravello which are a haven on a sun scorched summers day.



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Pictures & Photos of the Trulli of Alberobello, Italy

There are few palces that can ligitimately use the word "unique" and Alberobello is one of them. Its remarkably charming behive Trulli houses will not dissapoint even the most seasoned tarveller. This gallery of photos is dedicated to the Trulli and their extraordinary story.



Papal Basilica of St Francis of Assisi, Italy Papal Basilica of St Francis of Assisi, Italy

Pictures & Photos of Assisi, Italy

One of the great pilgimage destinations of Roman Cathoicism is the tomb of St Francis at Assisi, Italy. Driven by a rejection of worldly possessions St Francis formed the great monastic orders of the Franciscan Monks and Poor Claire Nuns. The great Basilica of Assisi is a testiment to the love people have had for St Francis and his importance as a saint and role model to the Catholic Church.



Bari Castle, Puglia, Italy Bari Castle, Puglia, Italy

Pictures & Photos of Bari, Italy

One of the great pilgimage destinations of Roman Cathoicism is the tomb of St Francis at Assisi, Italy. Driven by a rejection of worldly possessions St Francis formed the great monastic orders of the Franciscan Monks and Poor Claire Nuns. The great Basilica of Assisi is a testiment to the love people have had for St Francis and his importance as a saint and role model to the Catholic Church.



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Selective Color Photos of Burano, Venice, Italy

If you ever lucky enough to go to Burano Island in the Venetian lagoon be sure to take your sunglasses to protect you against the stunning colors the houses of the Island have been painted. What the buildings lack in architectural beauty is compensated for by the inhabitants competition to see who can have the brightest colored house. Wandering around Burano is a joyous event which will bring a smile to your lips. This selective color series of art photos is explores the vibrant colours of Burano.



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Pictures & Photos of Burano, Venice, Italy

Pictures of the wonderful colorful houses the line the canals of Burano Island in the Venetian lagoon. Burano is one of the outer island and is often missed by tourist. On a hot summers day the journey on the water bus past the cemetery island and Murano across the lagoon is a wonderful trip in itself.



Cinque Terre National Park,  Italy. Cinque Terre National Park, Italy.

Pictures & Photos of The Cinque Terre Coast, Italy

It is only recently that the 5 Cinque Terre fishing villages that make up the Cinque Terre National Park were accessable by road. Still the best way to enjoy the picturesque coastline and villages is by foot. Hiking is not for the faint hearted as the villages are linked by endless flights of steps that take you high into the hills from where the views of the Cinque Terre coast are breath taking. The Cinque Terre gives a glimpse of travel before the car in Italy and its beauty make it worthy of its UNESCO World Hertitage listing.



Naples Royal Palace of Caserta, Italy. Naples Royal Palace of Caserta, Italy.

Pictures & Photos of The Royal Palace of Caserta, Italy

It is a mystery as to why the great Royal families and nobles of Europe could not see that their excesses in building great opulent Palaces to their own glory and power at the expense of the down trodden peasants would not ultimately lead to rebellion and cost them their lives. One of the greatest palaces in Italy was the home of the Kinks of Naples, the Royal Palace of Caserta, Italy. This Royal Palace just has one aim which was to demonstrate the absolute power and enormous wealth of the Kings of Naples and to humble visitors to the Court of the King. The Royal Palace of Caserta is a glittering example of Empire decoration, each successive king furnishing his won apartments in a lavish style. Its gardens were built to rival Versailles with its great water garden.



Chioggia, Venice Italy Chioggia, Venice Italy

Pictures & Photos of Chioggia, Italy

Chioggia lies at the southern entrance to the Venetian lagoon. It has two large canals which are lined with restaurants and markets and grand palaces just like Venice. Unlike Venice it is not mobbed by tourists and it is possible to get the full flavour of Venice without the crowds.



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Pictures & Photos of the Colosseum, Rome, Italy

One the great Iconic buildings of the Roman Empire is the great Colosseum of Rome. Famed for its gladiatorial fights to the death, the feeding of Christians to the Lions and spectacular hunting tableau of exotic wild animals, the Colosseum is a place of legend.



Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy. Ponte Vecchio over the River Arno, Florence, Italy.

Pictures & Photos of the Florence, Italy

Florence is one of the most beautiful and cultured cities in the world. At the heart of the Renaissance, Florence has many great Renaissance buildings and of course the iconic statue of "David" by Michelangelo can be found in front of the Palazzo Vecchio. The Ponte Vecchio is a great tourist attraction as is the world renowned Uffizi Gallery. To be in Florence is to immerse oneself in Renaissance Italy and savor the full flavors of its culture and legacy.



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Pictures & Photos of the Baptistry of Florence, Italy

Next to the Duomo of Florence is its medieval Baptistry. The great and the good were baptised here from Dante to the Medicis the newly baptised would have stared up at the intrcate gold Byzantine style ceiling mosiacs. The intricate mosaic scenes on the Baptistry ceiling portray scenes from the bible and above the altar is a huge Christ Pantocrator sitting between angels and Aposatles. The Baptistry of Florence is one of the great examples of medieval Christian mosaics in Europe.



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Pictures & Photos of the Duomo of of Florence, Italy

When Eastern Byzantine Roman Emperor Theodosius II inaugurated Hagia Sophia on 10th October 415 in Constantinople, he could not have imagined that it would be another 1000 years before its great dome would be bettered by Brunelleschi on the Florence Duomo. Started 1420 and was completed in 1436 the Florence Duomo dome was the wonder of the medieval world. Because of the shortage of wood scaffolding the dome had to be built without any support so Brunelleschi devised a genius plan to archive its construction. The Dome is the crowing glory on a great Italian Gothic Basilica which still dominates the skyline of Florence today



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Pictures & Photos of Hadrian's Villa, Italy

One of the great Roman Emperors was Hadrian. An avid builder Hadrian endowed his Empire with new and innovative buildings and secured the Empires borders with great walls like Hadrian's wall between present day England and Scotland. Tiring of his palace on the Palatine Hill in Rome Hadrian built a new Villa near Tivoli. The Villa Adriana is dedicated to water. There are several huge bath complexes, a long canalised lake with a banqueting hall at the end and an inner sanctuary in the form of a round Thaetre surrounded by a moat, where Hadrian could retreat away from the hub hub of his court. Villa Adriana is a testament to Hadrian's ingenuity and innovative mind.



Ostuni, Puglia, Italy. Ostuni, Puglia, Italy.

Pictures & Photos of Ostuni Italy

Ostuni is also known as the white town. It sits ontop of hill above the olive groves on the coastal plain of Puglia in southern Italy. Ostuni's defensive postion shows waht a dangerous place medieval southern Italy was. Pirates raided coastal towns and Puglia was constantly fought over between the Byzantine Romans, Normans and Lombards. Ostuni is a wonderful medieval hill town with concentric narrow medieval street of white painted buildings that lead up to a medieval Duomo on top of the hill.



Paestum archaeological site, Italy. Paestum archaeological site, Italy.

Pictures & Photos of The Greek Temples of Paestrum

It is ironic that if you want to see some of the biggest and best preserved Greek Doric Temples of Ancient Greece then you should go to Sicily and Italy. Paestrum boasts not one but three ancient Doric Greek Temples which is unheard of in Greece. Apart from its temples the Paestrum archaeological site has also yielded the only examples of Greek Frescoes found in Italy.



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Pictures of the Tomb Frescoes of Paestum, Italy

the "Tomb of the Diver", which is the only example of Greek painting with figured scenes dating from the Orientalizing, Archaic, or Classical periods to survive in its entirety. Among the thousands of Greek tombs known from this time (roughly 700–400 BC), this is the only one to have been decorated with frescoes of human subjects.



Baptistry and Duomo - Palma Italy. Baptistry and Duomo - Palma Italy.

Pictures & Photos of Palma Duomo, Italy

The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, more commonly referred to as La Seu, is a Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral located in Palma, Majorca, Spain, built on the site of a pre-existing Arab mosque. it was begun by King James I of Aragon in 1229 but finished only in 1601. It sits within the old city of Palma atop the former citadel of the Roman city, between the Royal Palace of La Almudaina and the episcopal palace.



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Pictures & Photos of Basilica of Saint Anthony Padua

Construction of the Basilica probably began around 1232, just one year after the death of St. Anthony. It was completed in 1301 although several structural modifications (including the falling of the ambulatory and the construction of a new choir screen) took place between the end of the 14th and the mid 15th century. The Saint, according to his will, had been buried in the small church of Santa Maria Mater Domini, probably dating from the late 12th century and near which a convent was founded by him in 1229. This church was incorporated into the present basilica as the Cappella della Madonna Mora



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Pictures & Photos of The Leaning Tower & Duomo of Pisa, Italy

Italy is full of Iconic Buildings but the Leaning Tower is probably the most recognizable worldwide. It almost seems heaping superlatives on the Laening Tower of Pisa as it is one of the most celebrated building in the world. Visiting the tower is still a mesmerizing experience and its rakish tilt looks a lot more than the official 3.97 degrees. Its fame dwarf the wonderful Duomo and Baptistry of Pisa, both of which are world class buildings in their own right.



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Food Pictures & Photos of Classic Italian Pizzas

One of the great fast foods enjoyed all around the world is the Pizza. Many exotic versions exist but the classic Neapolitan original just has tomato, Buffalo Mozzarella and fresh Basil, which make up the colours of the Italian flag. Although Naples can claim to be the home of the Piazza its many and local variants mean that it is now hard to define what a classic pizza is. It is sure though that it will be a perennial favorite with even more exotic toppings well into the future.



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Pictures & Photos of Pompeii Archaeological Site, Italy

Pompeii is one of the best known Roman Archaeological sites in Italy. The story of it being buried with its inhabitants has struck a chord over the centuries and its site is mobbed every day by an endless stream of tourists. Pompeii is a big Archaeological Site that still has its streets and walls of buildings in tact. It is very easy to visualise how Roman cities looked when walking the streets of Pompeii. Shops still have written signs and shop front counters with holes to hold terracotta pots. Pompeii has done much to reveal how Romans lived and has revealed many artworks and mosaics, most controversially its erotic frescoes.



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Pictures & Photos The Erotic Art Of Pompeii, Italy

The meaning of the erotic art excavated from Pompeii was not understood and created much misunderstanding in the 19th century about the morals of the Roman world. In 1819, when King Francis I of Naples visited the Pompeii exhibition at the National Museum with his wife and daughter, he was so embarrassed by the erotic artwork that he decided to have it locked away in a secret cabinet, accessible only to “people of mature age and respected morals”. Today the erotic art is better understood and its place in the mythology of the Romans has shed a different light on its meanings.



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Pictures & Photos of the Picturesque Portofino Italy

To see what a chic place Portofino is to be seen in you only have to take a roll call of some of its visitors and inhabitants. Dulce and Gabanna have villas there, it was a favorite of Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Sophia Loren, Marlon Brando, Marcello Mastroianni, Orson Welles, Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis, Louis Armstrong and Walt Disney, John Wayne, Joan Collins, Anita Ekberg and Rex Harrison etc, etc, etc Read On



Positano, Amalfi coast, Italy Positano, Amalfi coast, Italy

PICTURES & PHOTOS OF POSITANO, ITALY

Positano is an easy going resort on the Amalfi coast for the jet set, celebreties and those looking for a romantic hideaway. Set against the dramatic mountains of the Amalfi coast Positano cannot help but impress and delight sun lovers and walkers alike. Positano is one of those places everyone should stay in once and chill out with a limoncello and watch the sun go down.



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Pictures & Photos of Rome, Italy

All roads lead to Rome. Well they did when it was at the heart of the greatest Empire to control most of Europe. Rome is marveling at the ancient Colosseum and the Forum, throwing a coin into the Trevi fountain, marveling at the opulence of the Vatican or sitting in the shade on the Spanish steps and watching the world go by. Rome is a world class destination which is high on most tourists lists and will not disappoint.



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Pictures & Photos of San Gimignano, Italy

Dubbed the Medieval Manhattan San Gimignano is a surprising sight as you approach it through the vineyards of Tuscany. Its towers are square and featureless and uninhabited. These pointless structures are signs of medieval one upmanship where size does matter. The council of San Gimignano had to cap the dangerous height the towers being built to by banning them being built higher than the town hall. This did not put off one family who built twin towers above their house to the maximum allowable height. Speed seemed also to have been of importance to the medieval tower builders with the result that most collapsed or had to be taken down. Enough survive though to create a most unusual city sky line.



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Pictures & Photos of Sienna Duomo, Italy

The Cathedral of Siena (Duomo di Siena), dedicated from its earliest days as a Roman Catholic Marian church and now to Santa Maria Assunta (Most Holy Mary of Assumption), is a medieval church in Siena, central Italy.



Villa d'Este, Tivoli, Italy Villa d'Este, Tivoli, Italy

Photos & Pictures of Villa d'Este, Tivoli, Italy

When Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este missed out on becoming Pope in 1550 he decided to temper his disappointment by building the greatest water gardens of his times. The result is Villa d'Este in Tivoli which uses natural springs to power hundreds of water jets and fountains and most usually an organ. If Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este had become Pope his name would probably been forgotten but his magnificent water gardens and villa have assured that his name will be remembered well into the future.



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Pictures & Photos of Mount Vesuvius, Italy

In AD79 Mount Vesuvius erupted spewing molten rock and pulverised pumice at the rate of 1.5 million tons per second, releasing a hundred thousand times the thermal energy of the Hiroshima bombing. When the erruption was over an estimated 16,000 Romans had been killed and Pompeii had been buried and lost.Luckily for the population of Naples that live in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius the vocano has bee dormant since 1944.



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Pictures & Photos of Venice, Italy

Very little needs to be said about Venice except that it is one of the few places that you can visit which will look exactly as you expect it to. It is difficult to believe that Venice was once a thriving Empire and goods from the far East were packed into the full store rooms below the Gothic Palaces of the Grand Canal. In medieval times the narrow streets along the canals of Venice would have echoed with many foreign languages of sailors and traders from exotic locations. Venice was a great and cunning Republic that was responsible for the final fall of the Roman Empire when Dodge Dandolo sacked Constantinople in 1453. The booty from the sack adorns the front of St Marks Basilica and many Palaces but wealth may have returned from the Fall of Constantinople but Dandolo did not, his body lies in the Great Hagia Sophia.



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Photos of The Clock Astrological Tower St Marks Venice, Italy

One of the landmark buildings in St Marks Square, Venice, is the Astrological Clock Tower. Built between 1496 and 1497 and the inauguration of both tower and clock took place on 1 February 1499 and the two bronze statues at the top of the tower have been striking the hour ever since



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Pictures and Photos of Gondolas, Venice, Italy

Venice would not be Venice without the Gondola. This iconic form of transport looks like the most unlikely craft to have been purpose built to navigate the narrow canals and backwaters of Venice. Once the taxi of the wealthy Venetians today it is high on the list of every tourist to round of a visit to Venice.



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Pictures & Photos of The Grand Canal, Venice

It is hard today to imagine the Grand Canal as one of the most important trading centre of the Medieval world. The great Palaces of the Grand Canal that today seem to be empty would have been busy with exotic goods being off loaded into their lower store rooms, while wealthy merchants barter with buyers from all over Europe. One of the great journeys of the world is still to get the water bus from Venice satation to St Marks square to marvel at the wonderful buildings that line the Grand Canal



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Pictures & Photos of The Doges Palace, Venice, Italy

After the Camanale of San Marco the fist major building visitors would see when sailing into Venice would have been the Doges Palace. It is a classic Venetian Gothic building built in the 15th Century. The Doges Palace is a mixture of simple form with intricate gothic arches that combine and scream out power and a sense of style. The Doges Palace is a fitting building for one of the most pwerful rulers of the Medieval world.



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Pictures & Photos of St Mark's Square, Venice, Italy

25,000 visitors pour into St Marks Square Venice everyday to marvel at the architecture that looks like it has just stepped out of a Canaletto painting. Few square in the world can boasts so many diverse and wonderful buildings as St Marks's Square.



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Photo Art Pictures of Venice, Italy

Selective Color photo art photos of Venice by award winning photographer Paul Williams.



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Pictures & Photos of Venice Markets, Italy

Venice was a great trading nation and one of the greatest markets in Europe was at the Rialto. Today it sells fresh fish, vegetables, fruit and trinkets to the throng of tourists that pass through it on the way to St Mark's Square



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Pictures & Photos of St Marks Basilica, Italy

Venice was a great trading nation and one of the greatest markets in Europe was at the Rialto. Today it sells fresh fish, vegetables, fruit and trinkets to the throng of tourists that pass through it on the way to St Mark's Square




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Photos & Pictures of Classic Italian Food

One of the great cuisines of the world is Italian food. The pizza, pasta and risotto eaten all around the glabe and it is to these great recipes this photo gallery is dedicated