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Rome

History:

"Beginning in the eighth century B.C., Ancient Rome grew from a small town on central Italy’s Tiber River into an empire that at its peak encompassed most of continental Europe, Britain, much of western Asia, northern Africa and the Mediterranean islands."

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History:

"The history of Italy can be characterized as two periods of unity separated by a millennia and a half of division. In the sixth to third centuries BCE the Italian city of Rome conquered Peninsular Italy; over the next few centuries this empire spread to dominate the Mediterranean and Western Europe. This Roman Empire would go on to define much of Europe's history, leaving a mark in culture, politics and society that outlasted the military and political."

Fun Facts and Trivia:

"Pizza is one of the very few words which is understood all over the world. The Pizza Margherita was invented in Naples in 1889 to honour Italy's Queen Margherita of Savoy that was visiting the city."

Customs and Culture:

"Appearances matter in Italy. The way you dress can indicate your social status, your family's background, and your education level. They unconsciously assess another person's age and social standing in the first few seconds of meeting them, often before any words are exchanged."

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Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations

Visas: Not required for a US citizen for a stay up to 90 days

What to Pack: "Italians tend to wear muted colors, so wearing bright colors screams "American Tourist" in the major cities."

 

 

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Water Safety: Water is safe to drink

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Pisa

History:

"Pisa lay by the sea until the 15th century, by which time accumulated silt deposited by the Arno River had completely cut the city off from the receding shoreline."

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Venice

History:

"Venice, Italy, is known by several names, one of which is the ‘Floating City’. This is due to the fact that the city of Venice consists of 118 small islands connected by numerous canals and bridges. Yet, the buildings in Venice were not built directly on the islands. Instead, they were built upon wooden platforms that were supported by wooden stakes driven into the ground."

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Milan

History:

"Strategically placed at the gateway to the Italian peninsula, Milan and the surrounding region of Lombardy have been the subject of constant disputes over the centuries. Celts, Romans, Goths, Lombards, Spaniards and Austrians have all ruled the city at some stage of its history and for the most part, the city has capitalised on its position and has emerged today as the undisputed economic and cultural powerhouse of a united Italy, not without occasionally fighting back against foreign dominators."

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1 Day in Milan: 2 Weeks in Italy

Bologna

History:

"The arcaded streets of the central part of the city, built on the old Roman town, still preserve a medieval aspect, characterized by the leaning Asinelli and Garisenda towers both built in 1109–19."

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Rimini

History:

"Italy is spoiled for history, and Rimini is particularly spoiled thanks to its strategic importance as a gateway to the Po river plain and the whole of Northern Italy. From the Romans through to the Allied troops in 1944, the key to holding Italy has often been Rimini."

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Siena

History:

"The Romans established a military outpost in 30AD called Siena, and it developed into a busy little trading post in the following years."

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Florence

History:

"For the sake of defense, the city was set at the confluence of two streams, the Arno and the Mugnone, where the oldest populations had previously been located."

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