Spanish and Italian Highlights

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Romantic
22 - 32
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The Classic cities of Spain and Italy, from Madrid and Barcelona, along the coast to Provence and the Cote dAzur, through Venice, Florence and Rome, ending up with the classic Sorrento and Pizza in Naples.

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Trip itinerary

  • 1

    Madrid, Spain

  • 2

    Valencia, Spain

  • 3

    Barcelona, Spain

  • 4

    Avignon, France

  • 5

    Nice, France

  • 6

    Savona, Italy

  • 7

    Bologna, Italy

  • 8

    Venice, Italy

  • 9

    Florence, Italy

  • 10

    Rome, Italy

  • 11

    Sorrento, Italy

  • 12

    Naples, Italy

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Things to do in and around Madrid

  • Madrid
  • Edificio Villanueva
  • Madrid near Plaza Mayor
  • National Archaeological Museum of Spain, Madrid
  • Museo Reina Sofia
  • Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial
  • Valle de los caidos
  • Palacio de cristal
  • Temple of Debod, Madrid
  • Estacion de Atocha (Atocha railway station)
  • Plaza Mayor
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  • segovia autumn sunset
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  • Convent of Las Descalzas Reales
  • Madrid - Museo El Prado
  • Madrid 454 Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
  • Consuegra
  • Avila, Spain-30
  • Palacio de Cristal
  • 20100130-IMG_2047
  • A fight!
  • El Río Jerte en El Rebollar / The River Jerte in El Rebollar
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Madrid

Spain, Community of Madrid region

CultureFoodNight lifeHistoric3 nightsFri. Mar 08 - Mon. Mar 11

Madrid is where ancient and old meet modern and cosmopolitan, where sightseeing, dancing, and shopping go hand in hand.

Madrid is the capital of Spain and its largest city. As the capital city of Spain, seat of government, and residence of the Spanish monarch, Madrid is also the political, economic and cultural center of Spain. While Madrid possesses a modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighborhoods and streets. Its landmarks include the Royal Palace of Madrid; the Royal Theater with its restored 1850 Opera House; the Buen Retiro park, founded in 1631; the 19th-century National Library building containing some of Spain's historical archives; a large number of National museums, and the Golden Triangle of Art, located along the Paseo del Prado.
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Things to do in and around Valencia

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  • Valencia Blue
  • Valencia Beach
  • Museum of Fine Arts / Музеят на изящните изкуства
  • Vineyard
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  • Valencia Cathedral
  • Oceanogràfic
  • Llotja de la Seda / Silk Exchange / Пазара за коприна
  • The National Ceramics Museum Gonzalez Marti / Националният музей на кремиката
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  • Vineyard
  • North Station, Valencia
  • Peñíscola
  • Teruel
   
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Valencia

Spain, Valencian Community region

FoodCultureNight lifeBeachesHistoric2 nightsMon. Mar 11 - Wed. Mar 13

While Valencia retains a pride and tight connection to its past, it also is extremely modernized in its demeanor and culture.

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain. Its historic center is one of the largest in Spain, with approximately 169 acres; this heritage of ancient monuments, views and cultural attractions makes Valencia one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. Major monuments include Valencia Cathedral, the Torres de Serranos, the Torres de Quart, the Llotja de la Seda, and the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciencies, an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex designed by Santiago Calatrava and Felix Candela.
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Things to do in and around Barcelona

  • Barcelona
  • Sagrada Familia
  • Barri Gòtic
  • Park Guell
  • Street
  • El petit Meteora català / Our own little Meteora in Catalonia
  • Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey
  • Terraces in Raval
  • 2011 Barcelona
  • 3 - Passeig de Gracia 2 Houses
  • La Rambla
  • Cardona mines
  • Monasterio de Montserrat
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  • Getxo at night
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  • Barcelona Beach
  • La Sierra de Montserrat
  • Sitges, Spain
  • Palau Nacional, Barcelona
  • Interior - Palau de la Musica de Catalana
  • Casa Milá (La Pedrera)
  • Barcelona Cathedral
  • Monasterio de Vallbona de les Monges
  • Gala Dalí Castle House-Museum in Púbol
   
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Barcelona

Spain, Catalonia region

CultureFoodHistoricNight lifeBeaches3 nightsWed. Mar 13 - Sat. Mar 16

A vibrant metropolis set on the Mediterranean Sea, famed for its brilliant architecture, rich culture, and captivating history.

Barcelona is the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain, and the second largest city in the country. Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important cultural center and a major tourist destination. Particularly renowned are the architectural works of Antoni Gaudi and Lluis Domenech i Montaner, which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Barcelona is one of the world's leading tourist, economic, trade fair and cultural centers, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities.
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Things to do in and around Avignon

  • Avignon
  • 2005-09-17 10-01 Provence 792 Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
  • La Cité des Papes dans la lumière du soir le 31 décembre 2012, île de la Barthelasse, Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence, France.
  • Saint-Bénezet
  • La Cité des Papes dans la lumière du soir le 31 décembre 2012, île de la Barthelasse, Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence, France.
  • Sugiton 1
  • Cirque de Navacelles
  • Avignon papal palace view to petit palais
  • Avignone - 10 - 26.04.06
  • 2005-09-17 10-01 Provence 109 Aix-en-Provence
  • Clock Tower Nimes France
  • Arles
  • Pont du Gard bei Nimes
  • France-002908B -  On the way to Sisteron
  • Fontaine de Vaucluse, Provence
   
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Avignon

France, Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur region

HistoricCultureFoodSmall townsNight life3 nightsSat. Mar 16 - Tue. Mar 19

Full of energy and architectural treasures, Avignon is an excellent base from which to explore Western Provence.

Avignon is a French commune in southeastern France, bordered by the left bank of the Rhֳ´ne river. Of the 94,787 inhabitants of the city, about 12,000 live in the ancient town center surrounded by its medieval ramparts. Often referred to as the "City of Popes" because of the presence of popes and anti popes from 1309 to 1423 during the Catholic schism. This is one of the few French cities to have preserved its ramparts. In addition, its historic center, the palace of the popes, Rocher des Doms, and the bridge of Avignon are well-preserved.
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Things to do in and around Nice

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  • le plateau du vercors
  • St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral 1
  • The Promenade
  • Villa des Arènes
  • Vue du Sémaphore
  • Cannes
  • Yves Klein
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  • 111 Paris - Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Musee Guimet
  • Nice
  • Gorges du Cians 2
  • Gorges du Daluis
  • Make My Living
  • France-002908B -  On the way to Sisteron
  • Rando Stand Up Paddle aux iles de Lérins
   
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Nice

France, Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur region

Night lifeFoodCultureBeachesHistoric2 nightsTue. Mar 19 - Thu. Mar 21

Known for its famous "Promenade des Anglais", this port city boasts a rich cultural life and a profusion of modern artworks.

Nice is the fifth most populous city in France, after Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse. Located on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Nice is the second-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille. The city is called Nice la Belle, which means Nice the Beautiful, For decades now, the picturesque Nicean surroundings have attracted not only those in search of relaxation, but also those seeking inspiration.
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Things to do in and around Savona

  • Penso a Savona
  • piazza Garibaldi, Finalborgo
  • Fortezza del Priamar
  • Cappella Sistina, Savona
  • Facciata Palazzo Gavotti
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  • Manarola afternoon
  • Mater Misericordiae Savonae. 1536.
  • Costa Concordia
  • Stunning Camogli and the Sea
   
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Savona

Italy, Liguria region

Beaches1 nightThu. Mar 21 - Fri. Mar 22

Once the home of Christopher Columbus, this coastal city is a historic seaport, boasting churches, museums, and medieval remnants.

Savona is a seaport and commune in the northern Italian region of Liguria, capital of the Province of Savona, in the Riviera di Ponente on the Mediterranean Sea. Savona used to be one of the chief seats of the Italian iron industry, having iron-works and foundries, shipbuilding, railway workshops, engineering shops, and a brass foundry. One of the most celebrated former inhabitants of Savona was the navigator Christopher Columbus, who farmed land in the area while chronicling his journeys. 'Columbus's house', a cottage situated in the Savona hills, lay between vegetable crops and fruit trees. It is one of several residences in Liguria associated with Columbus.
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Things to do in and around Bologna

  • Bologna
  • Bologna - Salone del libro 2005 671
  • The Two Towers
  • Bologna - San Luca
  • Wax anatomy models created for medical students, Museum of Palazzo Poggi, University of Bologna (8)
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  • Bologna
  • Colosso dell'Appennino (1579-1580) Giambologna
  • Rocchetta Mattei
  • CaCO3_lime
  • Dream or reality? Sammezzano Castle
   
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Bologna

Italy, Emilia Romagna and San Marino region

FoodNight lifeCultureHistoric2 nightsFri. Mar 22 - Sun. Mar 24

Home to the world's oldest university, this lively university city boasts a long history, fine art, great cuisine, and rich culture.

Bologna is the largest city (and the capital) of Emilia-Romagna Region in Northern Italy. It is the seventh most populated in Italy, heart of a metropolitan area (officially recognized by the Italian government as a città metropolitana) of about one million.

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Things to do in and around Venice

  • Venice
  • Doges Palace
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  • Grand Canal, Venice
  • venice - peggy guggenheim collection
  • Vista delle Tre Tofane - Dolomiti Bellunesi
  • Torcello near basilica
  • Venice Gondolas
  • St. Mark's Clocktower (Torre dell'orologio), Piazza San Marco, Venice
  • Venice
  • Venezia-2006-08-27-071
  • A view of Verona
  • PSIQUE REANIMADA POR EL AMOR / PSIQUE REVIVED BY THE LOVE. Antonio Canova. Musée du Louvre.
  • San Zaccaria
  • San Servolo Island
  • Lido di Venezia
  • Bridge of Sighs, Venice
  • cividale 1
   
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Venice

Italy, Veneto region

HistoricCultureNight lifeFoodNature2 nightsSun. Mar 24 - Tue. Mar 26

Famed worldwide for its romantic canals and gorgeous masks, this thriving city offers its visitors a wealth of cultural attractions.

Venice is a city in northeastern Italy sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. Venice is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. The city in its entirety is listed as a World Heritage Site, along with its lagoon. It is also known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period. Venice is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world for its celebrated art and architecture. The city has an average of 50,000 tourists a day.
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Things to do in and around Florence

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  • Florence
  • Michelangelos David
  • San Miniato al Monte
  • Uffizi Gallery (Florence)
  • I cipressi di San Quirico d'Orcia
  • Piazza del Campo, Siena
  • Boboli Gardens, Florence
  • Cathedral, Florence
  • Giotto's bell tower from the top of the Florence Cathedral
  • Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Colosso dell'Appennino (1579-1580) Giambologna
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  • Palazzo Vecchio
  • Arno, Vasari corridor & Ponte Vecchio, Florence
  • Italy Florence Piazza del Duomo August 2012
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  • Abbey of San Galgano
  • Dream or reality? Sammezzano Castle
   
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Florence

Italy, Tuscany region

CultureHistoricNight lifeFood2 nightsTue. Mar 26 - Thu. Mar 28

Tuscany's capital is full of history, boasting beautiful architecture, great art venues, superb food, and unforgettable atmosphere.

Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany. Florence is famous for its history, a center of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. A turbulent political history includes periods of rule by the powerful Medici family, and numerous religious and republican revolutions. The Historic Center of Florence was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. The city is noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments. The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries.
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Things to do in and around Rome

  • Rome
  • Rome - Trevi Fountain
  • Colosseum in Rome
  • Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Santa Maria in Trastevere
  • panoramica giardino all'italiana a Villa Lante
  • Civita di Bagnoregio
  • Vatican Museum
  • 07_ 111 Palatine Hill
  • Tonight at the Pantheon in Rome
  • Everybody's gone @ the Spanish steps, Rome, Italy
  • Gardens of Ninfa (Giardini di Ninfa)
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  • Villa Borghese
  • Roma, Villa Torlonia
  • Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna) in Spring
  • Grape Orchards
  • CALCATA
  • view of St. Peter's Basilica...
  • View of Non-Catholic Cemetery
  • St Peter's Basilica
  • Parco Regionale dell'Appia Antica, Rome
  • Veii
  • Morning sun on the Gran Sasso
   
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Rome

Italy, Lazio region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life3 nightsThu. Mar 28 - Sun. Mar 31

Italy's eternal capital boasts historic sites, ancient ruins, fine architecture, rich culture, superb food, and vibrant nightlife.

Rome is a city and special commune (named "Roma Capitale") in Italy. Rome is the capital of Italy and also of the homonyms province and of the region of Lazio. Rome is referred to as "The Eternal City", its history spans more than two and a half thousand years. Rome's historic center is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Monuments and museums such as the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum are among the world's most visited tourist destinations with both locations receiving millions of tourists a year. The Vatican City is an independent country geographically located within the city boundaries of Rome.
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Things to do in and around Sorrento

  • Sorrento Fishing Harbour
  • Sorrento
  • Sorrento
  • Eén van de 2000 bochten op de Amalfi kustweg
  • Positano
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  • Procida from Vivara
  • Naples
  • Panopticon, carcere borbonico di Santo Stefano
  • Vallone dei Mulini, Green and black
  • Morning walking
   
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Sorrento

Italy, Amalfi Coast region

FoodSmall townsNatureActiveNight life3 nightsSun. Mar 31 - Wed. Apr 03

A great spot from which to explore the riches of the Amalfi coast, this picturesque town offers lush views and historic buildings.

Sorrento is a small town in Campania, southern Italy, with some 16,500 inhabitants. It is a popular tourist destination which can be reached easily from Naples and Pompeii, as it lies at the south-eastern end of the Circumvesuviana rail line. The town overlooks the Bay of Naples as the key place of the Sorrentine Peninsula, and many viewpoints allow sight of Naples itself, Vesuvius and the Isle of Capri. Sorrento's sea cliffs and luxury hotels have attracts notable people and celebrities for years.
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Things to do in and around Naples

  • Naples
  • National Museum of Archaeology, Naples
  • Cappella Sansevero
  • catacombe di san gennaro
  • Siena
  • Eén van de 2000 bochten op de Amalfi kustweg
  • Sorrento Fishing Harbour
  • Il Duomo Naples 2
  • Royal Palace of Naples
  • Naples
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  • Positano
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Naples

Italy, Amalfi Coast region

FoodNight lifeHistoricCultureBeaches1 nightWed. Apr 03 - Thu. Apr 04

Italy's third-largest city is a bustling port rich with history, cultural monuments, various attractions, and great food.

Naples is the capital of Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy, after Rome and Milan. Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Bronze Age Greek settlements were established in the Naples area in the second millennium BC. Naples' historic city center is the largest in Europe, covering 1,700 hectares (4,200 acres) and enclosing 27 centuries of history, and is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. In the immediate vicinity of Naples are numerous culturally and historically significant sites, including the Palace of Caserta and the Roman ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Culinarily, Naples is synonymous with pizza, which originated in the city.
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