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First-time visitors to Italy come in search of la dolce vita (the good life) and they quickly learn just how easy it is to escape completely. A romantic gondola ride in Venice. A walk in Caeser's footsteps in ancient Rome. A meal of fresh tortellini in Bologna. There are thousands of discoveries to be made and places to explore, which provide travelers with plenty of reasons to visit again and again. Share the moments and photos that made your trip to Italy special for a chance to have your photograph featured in Fodor's Italy and receive a suite of Fodor's latest full-color guides (ARV = $130).

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Cafe with a View

Cafe with a View

A cafe view couldn't get much better---sitting at a cafe on the Piazzale Michelangelo looking over Florence and its Duomo.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Steve Brynes

Photo by Tim Wolsey

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Vernazza

Vernazza

Everywhere you looked, you saw something active to do - walking trails, boating, hiking, swimming. It was a perfect sunny day in Vernazza.

Photo: Tim Wolsey

Photo by Roberta Wagner

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Portovenere Castle Soccer

Portovenere Castle Soccer

I was exploring the ruins of the Portovenere fortress high above the water when I saw this father & son game of soccer. Definitely an "only in Italy" moment for me!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Roberta Wagner

Photo by miriam22

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3 Donne

3 Donne

Walking through Parco Ducale in Parma and I passed these three women. I asked if I could photograph them and they happily agreed, saying that they were just gossiping like schoolgirls.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Emilia–Romagna Travel Guide

Photo: miriam22

Photo by Andiamodue

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Roman church detail, sunset

Roman church detail, sunset

The light was all shadows and setting quickly,falling in gorgeous, angled shafts of light onto church details through the high windows. These statues seemed to come to life as the fading light quickly passed over them...

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Andiamodue

Photo by Andiamodue

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Entering the Grand Canal

Entering the Grand Canal

We were in shade on the gondola entering the Grand Canal, and Venice along the water was magically alive with light and color. Made for an amazing contrast!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Andiamodue

Photo by Nancy Forbes

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Interior of a villa

Interior of a villa

I love the composition, with the repetition of the squares, and the walls are still so vibrantly colored, they could have been painted yesterday.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Travel Guide

Photo: Nancy Forbes

Photo by BoffFamily

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Flurry of activity

Flurry of activity

St. Mark's square was buzzing with activity with fantastic cafe's each with their own musical accompaniment. A mixture of locals and tourists where even the birds are having a good time.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: BoffFamily

Photo by JLE_Boston

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Morning view from terrace

Morning view from terrace

This was taken from the terrace of the apartment that we were staying in on our last morning in Rome. You can still see the full moon from the night before.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: JLE_Boston

Photo by stuart tower

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More of Burano's colorful houses

More of Burano's colorful houses

Street after street, a veritable riot of color. Photo ops galore.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: stuart tower

Photo by csebec

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Classic Venice

Classic Venice

A Gondolier navigating the Grand Canal with the Rialto Bridge coming into view.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: csebec

Photo by tenderfoot

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Cathedral facade

Cathedral facade

Cathedral facade noted while walking through Perugia on our last Italian jaunt. Glad I didn't do this shortly after watching Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 "The Birds" :-)

Photo: tenderfoot

Photo by Cory Etchberger

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Amphicar on Lake Maggiore

Amphicar on Lake Maggiore

While visiting Stresa, Italy we saw an Amphicar in the parking lot. We took lots of pictures of the car while it was parked. Later we saw this amphibious auto actually tooling around Lake Maggiore. Amphicars are quite rare, seeing one on land and in the water was a real treat!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: Cory Etchberger

Photo by Joan Kanner

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Dusk Settles in Bressanone

Dusk Settles in Bressanone

Church steeples frame the misty mountain. The last light of day glints off church crosses as a woman tends her small flower garden. Dusk closes in and I’m enveloped in the warmth of the evening.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Dolomites Travel Guide

Photo: Joan Kanner

Photo by Joan Kanner

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Pizza Boy

Pizza Boy

This little boy in San Gimignano was momentarily distracted from the pleasure of his simple lunch.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Joan Kanner

Photo by hamachi

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comtemplating  in Il Duomo

comtemplating in Il Duomo

After making my way up the church I come across two students...one of elementary school age and another of life as well....the child pose with the delight of offering me her beautiful smile and the woman ponders at the beauty within the room...timeless...

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: hamachi

Photo by loisaa

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vroom vroom

vroom vroom

On our way up to the Vatican on a very hot August day. Now we know why we were told not to go in August. We loved every hot minute of it though.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: loisaa

Photo by Mountford

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Postcard Picturesque

Postcard Picturesque

Fabulous view of previous village we hiked from. We hiked the 3 middle trails up and down on natural rocky paths, when we arrived at a village at sea level we swam in the ocean and even witnessed a wedding! So natural , so beautiful. Vineyards all around.

Photo: Mountford

Photo by Annette37

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White Pheasants

White Pheasants

On Isole Bella

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: Annette37

Photo by Kile Petersen

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Glow of the Parthenon

Glow of the Parthenon

The shear grandeur of the inside of the Parthenon was breathtaking. I immediately walked in, looked up into the grand dome, and knew there was no way I could ever describe what I was experiencing to people who had never been there.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Kile Petersen

Photo by Sharon Bird

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Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth

We arrived in Varenna on a drizzly afternoon and were thrilled to awaken the next morning to this glorious view from our hotel room.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: Sharon Bird

Photo by Michael Parisi

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Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

The reflection of the "Old Bridge" on the Arno on a hot August afternoon.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Michael Parisi

Photo by Curt Hamilton

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Abandoned Bicycle

Abandoned Bicycle

It was right off our terrace in Portofino. At first, I thought bicycle. Then, I noticed it was abandoned. Then I noticed it was a tandom bicycle. It seemed to tell a tragic live story in romantic Portofino. Who left it. And why?

Photo: Curt Hamilton

Photo by Lora Koenig

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Foro Romano

Foro Romano

I love the texture of the clouds in the background, it just looked so incredibly striking against the ancient ruins.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Lora Koenig

Photo by Peggy Berger

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Lake Como from Pigra

Lake Como from Pigra

We took the funicular from Argegno up to the little village of Pigra and came upon this spectular view of Lake Como.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: Peggy Berger

Photo by Peonies

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Villa Carlotta Gardens and Lake Como

Villa Carlotta Gardens and Lake Como

In late April-early May, the Gardens of Villa Carlotta were spectacular. What a beautiful vista with Lake Como and the Dolomites in the background.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: Peonies

Photo by ceeceerose

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Morning in St. Mark's Square

Morning in St. Mark's Square

It was still early but this mom and baby felt compelled to listen to the band playing outside a cafe. An excellent example of how Venice affects everyone!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: ceeceerose

Photo by weingust / wolf

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evening outside the colosseum.

evening outside the colosseum.

standing in front of this magnificent structure build over 1,900 years ago is truly fantastic. only in italy can something like this happen.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: weingust / wolf

Photo by Rodney Grubiak

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REFLECTIONS OF THE PAST

REFLECTIONS OF THE PAST

Reflections on the Arno River allowed me to focus clearly on centuries of forgotten history and,if just for a moment,walk among those who had walked there before.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Rodney Grubiak

Photo by Kim Alexander Crudo

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Waiting on a Gondola

Waiting on a Gondola

We were waiting to get into our Gondola and had a Kodak moment.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Kim Alexander Crudo

Photo by ajclaudio

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On the tour bus, to Vatican Museums.

On the tour bus, to Vatican Museums.

For me was memorable for the History,symbols and the many movies maked on this place. Memorable for the San Miguel Angel on the top, as a peaceful and hope symbol.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: ajclaudio

Photo by Kim Alexander Crudo

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Eyes of Assisi

Eyes of Assisi

Another great amature photo shot.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Photo: Kim Alexander Crudo

Photo by Kim Alexander Crudo

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Room with a View

Room with a View

This was the view from our hotel room in Lake Como. In the distance are the Swiss Alps.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: Kim Alexander Crudo

Photo by Anthony Carabott

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Pleasures of Tuscany

Pleasures of Tuscany

This Enoteca is so typical of Tuscany. It reminds us of the great wines this area offers along with the lovely cheeses, hams and salamis ... an endless list of heavenly food.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Anthony Carabott

Photo by dcannava

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La Fontana di Trevi

La Fontana di Trevi

This was a rare moment in the small piazza where the gorgeous gem of the Trevi Fountain hides amongst the buildings. We rounded the corner around midnight and found it almost deserted unlike earlier in the day when you couldn't even get close to it without bumping into the multitudes. We were able to admire the splendour of the sculptures and the magical quality of the fountain at night.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: dcannava

Photo by Bart Edson, Santa Rosa, CA

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Hunky Monks

Hunky Monks

My wife and I were hanging out in front of the basilica of St. Francis, when she spied these two Franciscan monks walking below us. She was quite taken with them and urged me to take the photo quickly, before it was too late. When we got our Italy photos back, she dubbed this one "The Hunky Monks".

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Photo: Bart Edson, Santa Rosa, CA

Photo by Silvarani

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ponte vecchio

ponte vecchio

the beautiful panaromic view

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Silvarani

Photo by Lisa Daniela

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Adriatic Sea along Puglia

Adriatic Sea along Puglia

The boats gently lapping on the gorgeous waters of the Adriatic...doesn't get more calming than this!

Photo: Lisa Daniela

Photo by Trditch

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Basilica Di San Francesco

Basilica Di San Francesco

It’s obvious as you walk up to this Basilica what it represents. Even though you may not know the Italian language, when you see the letters PAX you can help but think "Peace".

Photo: Trditch

Photo by Trditch

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Murano Flowers in Bloom!

Murano Flowers in Bloom!

The history of Venice is overwhelming and the tradition of Murano glass is everywhere to be seen. Here you can see the creative use of Murano glass flowers in the balcony flower boxes.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Trditch

Photo by MariafromNJ

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Statue for the birds

Statue for the birds

A bird rsts on the head of Cosimo I de' Medici, one of the many statues of in the Piazza della Signoria.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: MariafromNJ

Photo by MariafromNJ

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Basilica of S. Apollinaris in Classe

Basilica of S. Apollinaris in Classe

Visitors take in the wondrous mosaic dome above the alter of the basilica.

Photo: MariafromNJ

Photo by OneTravelingFool

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Italian cat overlooking the Mediterranean and St. Francis

Italian cat overlooking the Mediterranean and St. Francis

This cat followed us up the hill to this spot, and posed right in front of the St. Francis statue.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: OneTravelingFool

Photo by dud444

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Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore

One of the beautiful islands and some of the incredible shoreline.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: dud444

Photo by Jason and Alexis Pinchot

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The White Grotto

The White Grotto

My wife and I had chartered a boat for a day's trip around the Isle of Capri. Our boat captain dropped us off on a steep, rocky outcropping to admire the White Grotto. The turquoise blue waters off the coast of Capri were in such stark contrast to the cold cave-like limestone formations of the grotto.

Photo: Jason and Alexis Pinchot

Photo by sweteach

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Schmoozing with the great minds

Schmoozing with the great minds

Touring the Vatican museums and discovering the many great works of art.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: sweteach

Photo by Ann Forcier

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Pont Vecchio

Pont Vecchio

Pont Vecchio is reflected in the still water of the Arno River in Florence on one of those perfect Italian summer days. When I think that I almost didn’t go to Florence because so many people said that it was “hot and crowded” I’m glad that I don’t always take others advice.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Ann Forcier

Photo by kcprof

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room with a view

room with a view

The pure beauty

Photo: kcprof

Photo by txupham

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Museo Internazionale delle Marionette

Museo Internazionale delle Marionette

Often overlooked, Palermo is filled with all kinds of treasures, one being the Museo Internazionale delle Marionette (International Puppet Museum). In this room there are hundreds of puppets hung on rails. It has that musty closet kind of smell which makes you feel like you're exploring an attic.

Photo: txupham

Photo by sweteach

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King for a moment

King for a moment

The street performers at the Uffizi were thrilled when my husband gave them a couple of Euro's!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: sweteach

Photo by colavecd

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My son surrounded by hungry pigeons!

My son surrounded by hungry pigeons!

Our son could have spent hours feeding the pigeons that grew in numbers the longer he fed them. He attracted quite a crowd, or was it the birds?

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: colavecd

Photo by Locanda

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Breakfast anyone?

Breakfast anyone?

While strolling back to our hotel one evening, we saw a line in front of a nondescript restaurant near Piazza Navona. Many in line were locals. Intrigued, we went back the next night for dinner and enjoyed one of the delightful evenings ever. Fine dining? Not exactly. Great food? Oh yes. Fun place to go? You got it! Check out Baffetto's pizza for some rather unusual (and delicious) dining options - such as pizza with fried eggs! All served with beer or your choice of beverage, along with a healthy dose of friendliness and comradarie.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Locanda

Photo by paintntu87

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True Venice

True Venice

It was fun to see the "men behind the scenes" that make Venice so special. These men seem to be taking a break from what to them is routine work, but brings such joy and magic to the people who visit their city. I hope they realize how much they contribute to the tourist treasures!. I wish that tourist had gotten out of the way.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: paintntu87

Photo by paintntu87

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Pompeii

Pompeii

The greenery, the blue sky and the ancient streets combined to give me an incredible sense of awe. This scene makes me try to visualize the people living there before the eruption.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Travel Guide

Photo: paintntu87

Photo by gmccarthy1

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View from terrace at Casale di Villore

View from terrace at Casale di Villore

Heaven on Earth: an early-evening sunset with a bottle of Chianti, good friends and ringside seats to take in all of the incredible beauty. The cuckoos were calling and the air was scented with jasmine and lavender.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: gmccarthy1

Photo by Pam McKinlay

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The Trevi Fountain in all its glory!

The Trevi Fountain in all its glory!

The Trevi Fountain was the highlight of my visit to Rome - absolutely incredible in detail and size, not to mention the history behind it! This is a must-see part of any tour of ancient Rome!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Pam McKinlay

Photo by gmccarthy1

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A classic rooftop view from San Gimignano, taken in May of 2009.

A classic rooftop view from San Gimignano, taken in May of 2009.

It was our first trip to Italy and we stayed in a little village in the Chianti region, right between Firenze and Siena. I fell in love with Italy immediately, as have so many others before me!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: gmccarthy1

Photo by fay_y

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View from Villa San Michele

View from Villa San Michele

The glorious view from the garden of Axel Munthe's fascinating Villa San Michele was even more stunning than I had expected, even in a part of Italy noted for its spectacular vistas. Looking out over the Gulf of Naples and down to the town below was simply magical.

Photo: fay_y

Photo by Barbara Snyder

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Stuck in traffic

Stuck in traffic

We had spent the day in beautiful Florence, Italy. The ride back to ship was another hour and we were stopped on this bridge in traffic. I remember thinking to myself, what an amazing place, surrounded by beautiful old buildings, mountains and water. The sky was so dramatic!I wish I could have spent more time taking in the view, but I only had about 10 seconds to take a picture before the bus started moving again. Those ten seconds made my memorable day of traveling in Italy complete!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Barbara Snyder

Photo by Joanie Gentry

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Wishing We Had Wings

Wishing We Had Wings

Having spent an hour and a half lost in Venice in the rain the night before, and facing this day’s trek through the city with trepidation, the sight of this bird soaring above the seemingly incomprehensible maze of tiny streets brought fervent wishes for a bird’s eye view like this fellow’s!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Joanie Gentry

Photo by voyageusemondiale

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Positano

Positano

We were shopping that afternoon and thought how lucky we were to be shopping in such a beautiful environ.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Italy Travel Guide

Photo: voyageusemondiale

Photo by voyageusemondiale

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Lake Como from  Villa Monasteri, Varenna

Lake Como from Villa Monasteri, Varenna

At this moment we caught the magic of Lake Como and the beauty of the gardens cultivated there.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: voyageusemondiale

Photo by agulha

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"Truly Venice"

First impressions stay with you..

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: agulha

Photo by D McFadden

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That's Italian

That's Italian

The town, Cortona, was romantic itself... then this. Mid-day, mid-square. Note the young woman's toes.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: D McFadden

Photo by Craig Guinn

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The Chapel at Il Falconiere

The Chapel at Il Falconiere

We had the great fortune to stay at Il Falconiere outside Cortona on our 1st trip to Italy. This is the building which houses the chapel. The beautiful colors represent everything we came to love about Tuscany.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Craig Guinn

Photo by trvlndance

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The gorgeous rocky coastline of Capri

The gorgeous rocky coastline of Capri

There I was standing at a lookout point staring out over some of the most beautiful coastline I'd ever seen. It's a moment I'll never forget.

Photo: trvlndance

Photo by amyrum

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Hanging Out in Florence

Hanging Out in Florence

Hanging around on our last day in Florence...having fun!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: amyrum

Photo by anniek

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The Duomo from Piazza Michelangelo

The Duomo from Piazza Michelangelo

The sheer size and dominance of the Duomo in relation to all of Florence around it was overwhelming!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: anniek

Photo by N2RUINS

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Temple of Saturn, Forum Romanum

Temple of Saturn, Forum Romanum

I had just finished a very hot, long day of explorations and decided to take one last walk through the Forum. The size and scale of Saturn's temple is nearly impossible to capture. With the sun behind the columns, you almost get it.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: N2RUINS

Photo by jtwiss53

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I love cheese!

I love cheese!

This picture was taken on a cheese factory tour near Parma. It was interesting for my daughter and I to see the process of how cheese is made but seeing all the cheese aging was another sight never to be forgotten.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Emilia–Romagna Travel Guide

Photo: jtwiss53

Photo by jenniferazevedo

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View of Capoliveri from Lacona

View of Capoliveri from Lacona

We travelled to the island from the US to be married at this villa. We had a wonderful view of the small town where my great-grandmother grew up from our villa which made it very special.

Photo: jenniferazevedo

Photo by JR

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Portofino in late August

Portofino in late August

We had amazing weather and a beautiful boat trip down the coastline.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: JR

Photo by MichaelBMenaker

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Trulli houses

Trulli houses

Unique in all the world, Trulli houses origins are lost in antiquity. Alberobello is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in "1,000 Places To See Before You Die" because it has the highest concentration of Trulli houses in Puglia. As you can see from the power lines, the Trulli are still used as homes for people in the region. I first saw Trulli in 1966 as a summer student and finally was able to return in May 2007 and bring my wife, Mary, to see these magical houses.

Photo: MichaelBMenaker

Photo by Kim Turner Young

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Sunflower field

Sunflower field

In the foothills of the Sibillini Mountains, fields of sunflowers stretched between medieval hill towns.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Photo: Kim Turner Young

Photo by AAAGroupVacations

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Gondoliers on a break

Gondoliers on a break

Although they all dress similarly, each gondolier has their own unique personality. I enjoy this photo so much because these two men who look so different also look so similar and in particular, they look so Italian.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: AAAGroupVacations

Photo by MichaelBMenaker

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Market Day in Alberobello

Market Day in Alberobello

We were treated like family by everyone in this small town. Alberobello is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the Trulli houses in the town.

Photo: MichaelBMenaker

Photo by taloola

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A table for Two?

A table for Two?

We left our table and our cups then took the picture of this spot. I thought it a better reminder of the moment and the view. Amazing.

Photo: taloola

Photo by Rob Conrad

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Laundry day in Siena

Laundry day in Siena

The ancient building, the daily laundry, the eternal Italian light.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Rob Conrad

Photo by DiAllen

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The Grand Canel from Bell Tower

The Grand Canel from Bell Tower

I went to the top of Bell Tower and I took many beautiful shots from different angles. I think Venus is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: DiAllen

Photo by Rob Conrad

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Pear tree overlooking the Duomo in Florence

Pear tree overlooking the Duomo in Florence

On a hill opposite the Arno River, there was a small orchard of espadrilled fruit trees. It made the perfect foreground to the famous dome in the background.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Rob Conrad

Photo by LeeR

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Prosecco, Campari and an olive!!

Prosecco, Campari and an olive!!

An afternoon drink in Venice, Campari, Prosecco and an olive. The most refreshing drink on a wonderful sunny day in Venice.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: LeeR

Photo by Rachel Spurlin

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Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Another beautiful view on the hike through the 5 cities.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Rachel Spurlin

Photo by Rachel Spurlin

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Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

I had a beautiful view when I rounded the corner of the hike.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Rachel Spurlin

Photo by Rachel Spurlin

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Lake Como

Lake Como

This was taken in Menaggio.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: Rachel Spurlin

Photo by TravelBug724

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sunset

sunset

We fell in love with Venice before we even arrived, and sunsets like this sealed the deal.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: TravelBug724

Photo by cristeen

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Pompeii

Pompeii

So many layers to Pompeii. It was amazing to walk through this modern city. I could really feel a part of the city and culture. Amazing preservation.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Travel Guide

Photo: cristeen

Photo by mimzk

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Fontana de Trevi

Fontana de Trevi

It was incredible to look around at Fontand de Trevi and see the amazing crowd that had all come together in this historic and beautiful location in Rome. Definitely a must see on your trek through Rome.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: mimzk

Photo by Gretchen McKeever Cureton

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Looking back on Vernazza during the hike to Corniglia.

Looking back on Vernazza during the hike to Corniglia.

During a hot July afternoon, we were on our second leg of the 11k Cinque Terre hike to Corniglia. Feeling discouraged on a steep part, we gained motivation and took a quick rest looking at the view of Vernazza behind us.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Gretchen McKeever Cureton

Photo by kathcollins

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Borghese Secret Gardens

Borghese Secret Gardens

A gilmpse in to Borghese Secret Gardens in early March 2009. Unexpectedly bright and colorful spring splendor to peak at while awaiting our turn to visit the museum.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: kathcollins

Photo by curlytravels (Gary Ott - Lakeway, TX)

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Crossing the Arno

Crossing the Arno

A great view of much of Florence can be appreciated from the Piazzale Michelangelo. From this viewpoint, my camera captured the Ponte Vecchio as it reflected in the Arno on a hazy autumn day. -October 2008

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: curlytravels (Gary Ott - Lakeway, TX)

Photo by SandraP

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Tuscany Countryside

Tuscany Countryside

This was taken at a winery near Montalcino. The poplar trees are such a symbol of Tuscany and I thought this scene captured the beauty of the countryside.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: SandraP

Photo by MissKelsey

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Cardinal on his cell phone, Vatican Rome

Cardinal on his cell phone, Vatican Rome

While touring the Vatican we spotted this Cardinal on his cell phone.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: MissKelsey

Photo by Lynn_Amato

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Palio parade

Palio parade

We took a bus from Florence to Siena and found a cafe on the central piazza. We couldn't figure out why everyone was busy removing tables and chairs from the area. Unbeknownst to us, it was the day before the palio!Suddenly, we heard the pounding of drums and we raced back up to the street to witness one of the contradas marching through town.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Lynn_Amato

Photo by Minerva_Bloom

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Approaching Bellagio

Approaching Bellagio

The town of Bellagio, surrounded by mist, as the Lake Como ferry approaches.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: Minerva_Bloom

Photo by Minerva_Bloom

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Red Tiled Rooftops

Red Tiled Rooftops

A view of the rooftops in Florence, Italy from atop the highest point of the Duomo after climbing 400+ narrow stairs. I was breathless, and not only from the climbing.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Minerva_Bloom

Photo by Snorp

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Simple, but delicious lunch

Simple, but delicious lunch

After taking the funicular to Brunate, high above Como, and visiting the Church there, we had lunch of grilled polenta and potatoes and smooth vino rosso at a table overlooking Como.

Photo: Snorp

Photo by westvirgina1982

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Brightly colored homes in Burano

Brightly colored homes in Burano

Upon the suggestion of our bed & breakfast host, we traveled to Burano to see everyday life in Italy. A short boat ride later, we arrived in a beautiful place with brightly colored homes & canals. If only there were more time to spend in Burano!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: westvirgina1982

Photo by dina4

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Grapevines in Montalcino

Grapevines in Montalcino

The vineyards surrounding Montalcino, world-famous for its Brunello wine, remain relatively quiet and untouched by masses of tourists.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: dina4

Photo by Jewlzb

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The Colosseum

The Colosseum

The history speaks for itself at the Colosseum in Roma

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Jewlzb

Photo by purduegrad

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The soaring clock tower

The soaring clock tower

The play of light and shadow highlight the striking height of the clock tower, which looks grand even from the back.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

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Photo by purduegrad

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St. Peter at St. Peter's

St. Peter at St. Peter's

This view of the statue of St. Peter holding the keys to the kingdom and framed by the eponymous Basilica with Christ the Redeemer in the background, captures the essence of the Vatican and the Holy Roman Catholic Church.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: purduegrad

Photo by purduegrad

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Watch out at the Mercado Centrale!

Watch out at the Mercado Centrale!

Florence is gorgeous, and the produce and foods at the Central Market were artfully arranged riots of color. We had a great laugh at this vendor's attempt to keep his wares looking good!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: purduegrad

Photo by Mamaw

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No more trick or treaters

No more trick or treaters

Just kidding. This statue scared me but I couldn't look away. The crowd around it was huge. It was hard to get a picture without a head in it. I'm pretty sure this was in Florence.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Mamaw

Photo by Mamaw

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No it can't be closed!

No it can't be closed!

How disappointed we were when the man had the nerve to take a siesta before we had the chance to ride on the ponies.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Mamaw

Photo by Mamaw

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The road to heaven

The road to heaven

This Restaurant was Divine. I dined here all alone. I didn't speak Italian and the Waiter didn't speak English. We got by somehow. Lots of staring and smiles. The food was Fantastic and I was there for hours. I can still hear the stones crunching as I walked back out to the sidewalk.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Dolomites Travel Guide

Photo: Mamaw

Photo by gogbgo

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Lunch Positano

Lunch Positano

As we were walking along the narrow winding road leading to the beach, we came across a charming slice of a cafe.

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Photo by crmiele8

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Not Your Typical Town

Not Your Typical Town

Civita di Bagnoregio is the "Dying City". This town, with only 14 year round residents, is literally crumbling away, day by day. On a hot day, it was treacherous to walk up what seemed like a vertical, mile long pathway, but we were soon captivated by the town's charm and hidden stories.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Photo: crmiele8

Photo by Mamaw

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Love Rome-Love The Coffee

Love Rome-Love The Coffee

My friend and I were having a quick cup of coffee while taking notes. The counter man made a heart in my coffee and smiled at me. I turned ten shades of red!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Mamaw

Photo by gogbgo

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Pure Sunshine

Pure Sunshine

We were so elated to stop and walk amongst the statuesque sunflowers. Quite a highlight of that day!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: gogbgo

Photo by Mamaw

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Sweet Jesus

Sweet Jesus

How could you not stop and take a moment to say a prayer? I'm sure millions of people had done the same thing as me. Made the sign of the cross.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Mamaw

Photo by crmiele8

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Dog Days on the Mediterranean

Dog Days on the Mediterranean

Upon arriving at the small town of Levanzo, we were greeted by a friendly, little dog. He followed us around excitedly as we explored the small island. Looks like he never gets tired of looking at the beautiful turquoise waters!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

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Photo by crmiele8

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Florence Illuminated

Florence Illuminated

Watching the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo on the outskirts of Florence is a breathtaking experience all to it's own. You immediately forget about the the long walk up the steep pathways, and are mesmerized by the vivid and somewhat unreal colors of the sky.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

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Photo by crmiele8

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Gateway to Firenze

Gateway to Firenze

After spending an afternoon roaming through the Boboli Gardens and the Bardini Gardens, we were rewarded with an exceptional view of Florence. Here you can see the combination of hills, city life, art, and nature that make the city so special!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: crmiele8

Photo by gogbgo

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looking at you

looking at you

Venetian fashion dolls stare out at the viewer as though frozen in time. So many textures and intricate designs; always an eyeful at every step taken.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

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Photo by crmiele8

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Time to Unwind in Sorrento

Time to Unwind in Sorrento

After spending a sunny day in Capri, exploring the blue grotto, enjoying a gelato, and swimming in the Mediterranean waters, we headed back to the mainland, and had a wonderful meal on the coast of Sorrento.

Photo: crmiele8

Photo by SakeDad

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Ship Escort

Ship Escort

Thi was the lead boat that escorted our ship out of the Venice port.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: SakeDad

Photo by SakeDad

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Colorful Shopping in Venice

Colorful Shopping in Venice

This was in a store window in Venice...amazing colors.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: SakeDad

Photo by SakeDad

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Slice of Pizza, anyone?

Slice of Pizza, anyone?

This looked like a great place to have a real slice as we walked through Venice.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

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Photo by SakeDad

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Hotel Principe sign

Hotel Principe sign

This sign looks like it's been there as long as the canals of Venice.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: SakeDad

Photo by SakeDad

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Ristorante Roma

Ristorante Roma

It was a stormy day in Venice so the low lighting of this beautiful eatery was very inviting.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: SakeDad

Photo by DTLusty

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The Duomo

The Duomo

Art and Architecture are so overpowering in Florence, it has been given a name, "Stendhal syndrome." The senses are overwhelmed and one must surrender to the power of beauty.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

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Photo by DTLusty

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Gelato to Die For!

Gelato to Die For!

The Gelato in Firenze is the original and best in Italy.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: DTLusty

Photo by Fiona Fraser-Thomson LRPS

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'Bleak House' - into the Dolomites

'Bleak House' - into the Dolomites

Having a heavy fall of snow in summer (at the end of July!)gave the double bonus of seeing the grandeur of the Dolomites with a winter mantle. A lonely, yet evocative, scene!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Dolomites Travel Guide

Photo: Fiona Fraser-Thomson LRPS

Photo by Doug Bailey

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Street Mimes in Rome

Street Mimes in Rome

My husband and I toured italy with a group of students. As we walked through the Piazza Navona we spotted some of our students posing with the street mime. Their smiles indicate how much fun they had in Rome!!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Doug Bailey

Photo by Fiona Fraser-Thomson LRPS

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Storm clouds over the Dolomites

Storm clouds over the Dolomites

No, not winter - this was taken at the end of July! But the threatening storm clouds only acted as a foil to the truly spectacular grandeur of the purple Dolomites

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Dolomites Travel Guide

Photo: Fiona Fraser-Thomson LRPS

Photo by Snowflake25

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Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

The reflection of the Ponte Vecchio on the River Arno was spectacular the day we visited Florence. Whenever I look at this picture I think of the wonderful time we had as we toured Italy in springtime.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Snowflake25

Photo by ItalyTravelista

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An Amazing Sky Over Saint Paul Outside the Walls

An Amazing Sky Over Saint Paul Outside the Walls

What an amazing view of Saint Paul Outside the Walls! A must see on your next visit to Rome! Ciao from Italy!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: ItalyTravelista

Photo by Greg_Jones

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a picture in time for all time

a picture in time for all time

While on our honeymoon I thought the "statue" in front of a statue looked very friendly and Sue is also very friendly, so why not put "friends" together

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Greg_Jones

Photo by ciaolaura

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Caciocavallo aging to perfection!

Caciocavallo aging to perfection!

It was a fantastic visit to a local cheese producer who allowed us to view the entire cheese-making process from processing the milk to the aging process and then TASTING the final products! It was amazing to see the different ways the same product (milk) can be altered into so many varieties of cheese! Bellisimo!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Travel Guide

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Photo by missmelmac

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Campo Santo Stefano

Campo Santo Stefano

This is one of my favourite places in the city to people watch at any time of day. In the early morning you can watch the locals on their way to work. During the day you can watch the tourists as they try to figure out where they are and where they are going. In the evening you can watch the local kids play or the many Venetians who pass through Santo Stefano during passeggiata. And the best place to watch is from Gelateria Paolin, a great cafe who has the best gelato in all of Venice!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

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Photo by missmelmac

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Enjoying The View

Enjoying The View

You never know what you might stumble upon when you venture away from the typical tourist sights in Venice. I was only too happy to share this view with this four-legged Venetian.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: missmelmac

Photo by Rachael Crawley

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Unseen Light

Unseen Light

I can only describe my first trip to Italy as magical. It was scenes such as this in St. Peter's Basilica that delivered such drama and emotion, I fell in love with the country instantly. Although the Basilica boasts an untouchable magnificence of it's own, it was the stream of sunlight that could only be captured through the lens that truly made this landmark the most captivating stop on our journey.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Rachael Crawley

Photo by dgrammer

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Venetian Gondolas

Venetian Gondolas

Pictures of Venice cannot express the charming beauty of this city. This is a city that will capture your heart and imagination. Everywhere you turn there is something old and wonderful to explore. From hidden little restuarants to the breath-taking scenery, this is a city to behold.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: dgrammer

Photo by Cindy Pitou Burton

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Disco Mania at the Uffuzi

Disco Mania at the Uffuzi

Seeing the riches of Florence is so astounding and intense that by the time we reached the Uffuzi Gallery we were weary and saturated with art. We picked up when we reached the "Disco Room" as we named it--a restorative laugh got us going again. Who knew that curators could have a sense of humor?

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Cindy Pitou Burton

Photo by dgrammer

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City of

City of "Three T's"

Bologna is one of the most wonderful cities you will ever visit. A cosmopolitan,quiet, picturesque city with historic covered porticos and over 20 towers. Bologna is like being in Florence wiithout all the traffic and tourist.

Photo: dgrammer

Photo by Cindy Pitou Burton

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Night in Lucca

Night in Lucca

Opening my shutters to the piazza brought the world into my small room. The morning was empty of all but pigeons who fluttered up as merchants opened their shops and the day brought a bustle of people and commerce. The night was my favorite--the laughter of late diners under umbrellas and a darkening sky behind the light splashed buildings.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Cindy Pitou Burton

Photo by Jedmo68631

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Beautiful Homes

Beautiful Homes

We decided to go to Murano to see glass made. What we got were beautiful colored homes in every color of the rainbow. Nice sleepy little town on the water.

Photo: Jedmo68631

Photo by Steven Bauwens

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Venice at night

Venice at night

When I walked in Venice at night everything looked so different. More like a dark ferrytale with its narrow streets, mysterious sounds and green water.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Steven Bauwens

Photo by Steven Bauwens

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Cloudy Venice

Cloudy Venice

This picture was taken in september when the season changed from summer to autumn. The combination of the city of Venice together with the beauty of the sky was extraordinary.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Steven Bauwens

Photo by TRSW

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Piazza Di San Marco

Piazza Di San Marco

Most pictures you see of St Marks square are packed with people. This was taken just before sunrise, with just me and the street sweepers there. It was sooo serene.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: TRSW

Photo by TRSW

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Produce Aplenty

Produce Aplenty

This was taken on a side street near the Pantheon. The rain really made the colors come alive!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: TRSW

Photo by Katie Johnson

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Hiking near Vinci

Hiking near Vinci

As a mathematician and an art-enthusiast, I love Leonardo da Vinci. While studying in Italy, I was able to see many of his great works in several different cities, but the most exciting experience was actually visiting the town of Vinci in Tuscany. The city itself is a wonderful example of small-town Tuscany, and you can actually hike a short distance to the house where Leonardo da Vinci was born and in which he grew up. This picture was taken during that hike.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Katie Johnson

Photo by pria

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perseus and medusa

perseus and medusa

cellini's depiction of perseus with the head of medusa

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: pria

Photo by Fiona Fraser-Thomson LRPS

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The foothills of the Dolomites

The foothills of the Dolomites

Taken at the end of July, the extraordinary vista of the purple Dolomites crowned with snow was awe-inspiring

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Dolomites Travel Guide

Photo: Fiona Fraser-Thomson LRPS

Photo by Fiona Fraser-Thomson LRPS

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Reflections of Lake Garda

Reflections of Lake Garda

Taken in Riva del Garda: the serenity of the view, with the gentle haze in the distance and the vibrant red geraniums standing out against a perfect backdrop of the mountains made this a picture-postcard photograph

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: Fiona Fraser-Thomson LRPS

Photo by Robert Parsons

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Positano

Positano

Almost every view of Positano in the summer is awe inspiring.

Photo: Robert Parsons

Photo by Robert Parsons

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The Colours of Burano

The Colours of Burano

The spectacularly colourful painted houses of Burano are a feast for the eyes. The local people going about their everyday lives seemingly oblivious of the swarming tourists sums up the relaxed feel of Italy.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Robert Parsons

Photo by John LaMarca

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Reverent Man

Reverent Man

Taken inside the Duomo di Catania, this statue, part of a larger family altar, had a powerful impact on me. The man is reverent as he looks towards the sky above; the statue's position on the altar is tenuous.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: John LaMarca

Photo by John LaMarca

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From the terrace of the Grand Hotel Timeo

From the terrace of the Grand Hotel Timeo

I shot this on the terrace of the Grand Hotel Timeo, Taormina's first hotel, built circa 1873. A section of the old Greek theatre (Teatro Greco) can be seen in the background. This was the first stop on our Sicilian honeymoon. The location was absolutely beautiful and the proximity to both the Teatro Greco and Mt. Etna made this one of the most memorable experiences of our trip.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: John LaMarca

Photo by Gabe Spiler

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Gondoliers hanging out

Gondoliers hanging out

Venice version of taxicab drivers hanging out waiting for the next fare.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Gabe Spiler

Photo by Christian Booth

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Chillin' Sicilians

Chillin' Sicilians

One of the most interesting things that my wife and I noticed while living in Sicily is that no matter what small town you are visiting on the island you will always see groups of men hanging out in the street. Not a woman to be found! These guys are truly living the Sicilian life!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Christian Booth

Photo by Christian Booth

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Mending His Net

Mending His Net

Castellamarre Del Golfo is still a working fishing town in Sicily. This man portrays the history and tradition of the town.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Christian Booth

Photo by pvd

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Fountain Fun

Fountain Fun

While sightseeing in Rome, we spotted this wonderful, playful fountain in front of the Pantheon. What a perfect shot of the Rome and the architectural marvels.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

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Photo by pvd

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Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

The morning sun was shining on this side of the Ponte Vecchio Bridge early one morning...just as the gold and silver that glittered brightly inside the stores within bridges' narrow walkway.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: pvd

Photo by Christina Spadora

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Vatacan Dress Code

Vatacan Dress Code

Don't forget to dress appropriately at the Vatacan! My sister had to make due with random pieces of clothing so she could enter the Vatacan. Made for a funny sight!

Photo: Christina Spadora

Photo by DLReynal

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Vesuvius Still Looms Over Ancient Pompeii

Vesuvius Still Looms Over Ancient Pompeii

Seeing ancient Pompeii was a realization of how quickly life in this city was destroyed. This was once an active, vibrant city- but they seemingly did not see Vesuvius as a threat. It is a wonder that modern Pompeii has also built very close to Vesuvius??

Photo: DLReynal

Photo by im_rob

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Sunlight creates art at the Doge Palace

Sunlight creates art at the Doge Palace

It was my first trip to Venice in 2008, a solo traveler feeling lost in the crowd of day trippers. Until I saw the magic of the afternoon sunlight at the Doge Palace. I could only think how the locals over hundreds of years have enjoyed the sunlit image that was now before me. For the first time I sensed the magic of Venice.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

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Photo by nfmasek

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Ancient  Floor Grille

Ancient Floor Grille

When I looked down and saw this grillwork, I was reminded that even ordinary items were elaborately embellished. People who had to work below street level, still had need for fresh air, and I assumed that these grilles were their method for allowing warming air to escape. Or perhaps, the building was heated from below the floor, and this was an opening to heat the room. This simple grate, called to mind that there is little new under the sun.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

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Photo by Brent Byrd

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Night Falls on Positano

Night Falls on Positano

As dusk recedes and night falls on Positano, the soft glow of the emerging lights casts a magical enchantment over the hillside and the Tyrrhenian sea in this view from our room at Le Sirenuse.

Photo: Brent Byrd

Photo by xyz99

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Lemons

Lemons

This is how limoncello starts – In Cinque Terre, everybody has a few lemon trees in their front or back yard. We tasted limoncello there for the first time, and realized what we had missed all these years…

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Photo by xyz99

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Business suites and carnival masks in Venice

Business suites and carnival masks in Venice

It was a late May afternoon, and we took the vaporetto back to our hotel, tired after a day of walking. Venice is not only a tourist place, people actually live there (how amazing would that be?) – some were on their way home, some were getting ready for a masked ball. Where else can you see this?

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

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Bella Notte

Bella Notte

A spectacular view of St. Peter's at night

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

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Photo by laurelh

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The Colosseum

The Colosseum

One of the wonders of the world, the Colosseum is especially etched in people's minds since the movie Gladiator brought it to life. Amid the hustle and bustle of Rome, as we came around a bend were shocked to see its imposing structure at the end of a busy street.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

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Photo by laurelh

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The Forum

The Forum

Wandering the forum using an audio tour leaves a lot to be desired, as does being with a guided tour and hordes of people. Just before closing I wandered up onto the Palentine Hill and shot this picture looking back at the forum. Instead of ruins, it appears as though we are looking at an ancient city.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: laurelh

Photo by Andrea

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Positano perfecto!

Positano perfecto!

Every day when you open up the doors to your terrace, this small town greats you with new beauty. The sun's reflection on the rooftops or the way the clouds linger on the top of the hills is amazing. It is my most treasured place to visit.

Photo: Andrea

Photo by Andrea

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Cefalu at it's best !

Cefalu at it's best !

After walking and walking through these small streets within Cefalu, you come to the end turn a corner and here you are at this beautiful beach with vibrant colors and it just takes your breath away - something everyone should experience at least once.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Andrea

Photo by laurelh

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Orvieto

Orvieto

Jetlagged, we drove out ot the Rome airport to embark on our trip through Italy. The beauty of the countryside and its hill towns was unexpected, but nothing prepared us for the grandeur of Orvieto, our destination, rising out of its surroundings on a sharp plateau. ssed as we were with the environs along the way, nothing prepared us for the sight of Orvieto

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Photo: laurelh

Photo by Susan Gerhart

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Morning hunt

Morning hunt

We stumbled upon a farm with rooms to rent late one afternoon on our way to Parma. The next morning on our way out we heard barking and whistles, then this scene. It summed up the wonderful rustic experience we had in this part of Italy.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Emilia–Romagna Travel Guide

Photo: Susan Gerhart

Photo by Christina Konno

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"Wine tasting & olive oil country"

"Speechless."

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Christina Konno

Photo by saluki00

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Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps

I thought this view of the Spanish Steps was beautiful. After taking this photo I purchased a gelato and sat on the steps and enjoyed it. Mmmmm. Gelato.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

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Photo by saluki00

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Testaccio Market

Testaccio Market

I loved seeing the famous sights of Rome. But at times it was nice to get away from the tourist hordes. Including going to the daily market in the Testaccio neighborhood.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

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Photo by saluki00

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Campanile

Campanile

Climb the Campinie of the Duomo for some of the best views in Florence. Including the iconic dome of the Duomo itself.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

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Photo by LizaMarie

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Arno River at Sunset, Florence

Arno River at Sunset, Florence

Strolling along the Arno River in Florence on the last night of my honeymoon I was rewarded with this gorgeous sunset!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

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Photo by LizaMarie

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Gondola and the Birdge of Sighs

Gondola and the Birdge of Sighs

Venice is beautiful! a gondola ride is something not to be missed. it is a once in a lifetime experience to be cherished forever!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

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Photo by LizaMarie

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breathtaking views of Capri

breathtaking views of Capri

Capri is like heaven on earth!

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Photo by LizaMarie

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Domes of Rome!

Domes of Rome!

Incredible view!! There is so much history in Rome

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: LizaMarie

Photo by Carol Thomas

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Generations Apart

Generations Apart

I was enjoying an expresso at an outdoor cafe in Volterra when this group of teenagers descended on this older woman's peaceful rest. I loved the generational difference and the older woman's mild interest in the teens' total silliness! The scene made me smile.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Carol Thomas

Photo by DaniB2909

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Afternoon gondola ride.

Afternoon gondola ride.

Alex, our gondolier, gave us a brief history lesson between gossip sessions and songs in Italian!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

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Photo by DaniB2909

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Front view of the Duomo.

Front view of the Duomo.

The photos really don't do justice to the detail of the sculptures on the front of this church. It really makes you feel small when you can stare at a wall for hours and not take it all in.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

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Photo by DaniB2909

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View from the bell tower.

View from the bell tower.

The island can feel a bit croweded and overwhelming, seeing it from this vantage point put everything in perspective.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: DaniB2909

Photo by kenav

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The Incredible Dolomites

The Incredible Dolomites

The sheer cliffs, the clouds overhead and the beautiful cable car ride up.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Dolomites Travel Guide

Photo: kenav

Photo by nicole vogels

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view on a lean

view on a lean

the view from the leaning tower. breath taking!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: nicole vogels

Photo by Meralis Plaza-Toledo

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Galleria delle Carte Geografiche, Vaticano

Galleria delle Carte Geografiche, Vaticano

One of the most impressive parts of the Vatican Museum.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Meralis Plaza-Toledo

Photo by Meralis Plaza-Toledo

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Under the Bridge

Under the Bridge

What I like about this picture is how the siren in the gondola emblem seems to be imitating what the gondolier is doing. I always wonder how gondoliers manage to go through all those little bridges of Venice…it was not that difficult at all!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Meralis Plaza-Toledo

Photo by nicole vogels

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what's your address?

what's your address?

i was completely lost in venice and stumbled across this street. The colors and buildings were beautiful and i just sat there and enjoyed the moment

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: nicole vogels

Photo by Elaine Lavine

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Venice canal at night

Venice canal at night

Venice is one of my favorite places in the world, and there's beauty and ambience around every corner.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Elaine Lavine

Photo by John Policastro

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Bellagio Bound

Bellagio Bound

As much as I love the big cities in Italy and their many wonderful sights, seeing these locals just enjoying a leisurely sail on Lake Como near Bellagio reminds me to slow down and just enjoy the Dolce Vita.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: John Policastro

Photo by John Policastro

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Varenna Backdrop

Varenna Backdrop

All the lake towns along Lago di Como are beautiful, but the town of Varenna lights up against the mountains like no other.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: John Policastro

Photo by Bugaboos

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Childhood Revisted

Childhood Revisted

Every time we found a playground park, such as this one along the beach in Monterosso al Mare, my wife had to play, because Italy restores her youth.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Bugaboos

Photo by Kishor Mistry

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Grand Canal, Venice

Grand Canal, Venice

Standing on the Grand Canal in the morning and watching the hustle and bustle of the of the daily life of Venetians. The waterways are the source of life and beauty.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Kishor Mistry

Photo by Cathy L.

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Waiting for passengers

Waiting for passengers

These gondolas were just bobbing in their slips waiting for their turn to carry someone on a magical journey.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Cathy L.

Photo by opaldog

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Coffee Break

Coffee Break

This was our much needed coffee break after spending a very pleasant day out at Ostia Antica.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

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Photo by opaldog

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Roma Fiat

Roma Fiat

I took pictures of old Fiats all over Rome. This school bus yellow stood out against the navy-gray cobblestones.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

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Photo by opaldog

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Easter Candy at Valzani's in Trastevere

Easter Candy at Valzani's in Trastevere

We shopped at this store everyday for some sweet or pastry. We bought huge chocolate eggs to bring home to the family.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: opaldog

Photo by Bruce Bock

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The Grand Canal

The Grand Canal

Standing on the Rialto Bridge with my 63 year old mother and 16 year old niece on their first trip to Italy. The sun was breaking through the clouds and the canal was magical.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Bruce Bock

Photo by maitaitom

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Who's That Little Kitty In The Window?

Who's That Little Kitty In The Window?

Strolling through Asciano, we were under the watchful eyes of this little guy.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: maitaitom

Photo by namaka

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Capri Sunset

Capri Sunset

Sitting on our terrace enjoying the beautiful view of the setting sun. I could've stayed there forever!

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Photo by namaka

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Gondola at night

Gondola at night

The evening was just perfect sitting in the gondola next to my husband and watching the excitement in the kids eyes on their first gondola ride.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

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Photo by namaka

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The old and the new

The old and the new

Seeing the gondolier talking on his cell phone was a kick!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

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Photo by namaka

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Yum!

Yum!

I love to stop at the bakeries and sample the wonderful pastries!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: namaka

Photo by Thorcat

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Positano

Positano

After a long hike through the mountains, we finally made it back to the coast.

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Photo by Thorcat

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The Forum

The Forum

One of the few days I've been in Rome that wasn't packed with people.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Thorcat

Photo by panecott

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Going Back in Time

Going Back in Time

I awoke to this dramatic view of clouds and sunlight on my first morning in the sassi of Matera feeling as though I'd been transported back to another era. Pondering this amazing sight it was easy to understand why Matera is the scene of so many biblical films.

Photo: panecott

Photo by BurtRem

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Olives

Olives

After a superb lunch at the winery, I strolled among the olive bushes. Getting close, I discovered this beautiful fruits, moist from the rainstorm that had just passed through.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: BurtRem

Photo by maitaitom

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Venice After Dark...and After Vino!

Venice After Dark...and After Vino!

I've been known to have a glass of vino (or four) at dinner. This was taken after one of those four-glass dinners. Funny, it looked straight at the time.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: maitaitom

Photo by BurtRem

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House in Siena

House in Siena

Right below my hotel window, this picturesque house was calling out to my camera.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: BurtRem

Photo by Cyanna

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Spirits of Lido

Spirits of Lido

These two figures (public art on the Lido) say so much about Venice and Italy: they're spirits of antiquity but very modern at the same time; they're graceful, sexy, and maybe a little strange; and there they are, offered for public enjoyment in a rich Mediterranean setting.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Cyanna

Photo by panecott

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Color Coordinated

Color Coordinated

This amusing scene with perfect color coordination caught my eye in Santa Maria de Leuca, a coastal town at the very tip of Italy's heel. I couldn't help wondering if they planned it that way.

Photo: panecott

Photo by Cyanna

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Early morning business

Early morning business

Dawn hours are when you can see Venetians conducting the business of the islands - all by boat, of course. It's a different city then, bustling but oddly quiet, with only natural light, a little fog, and maybe a church bell.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Cyanna

Photo by Cyanna

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Windows in windows

Windows in windows

This view was such a perfect "reflection" of how it feels to experience the Grand Canal in that first vaporetto ride - always wonderful no matter how matter how many times you've been there.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Cyanna

Photo by panecott

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Big Moment

Big Moment

This bride and groom prepare to enter the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie for their wedding. It was the first of two weddings I happened upon while visiting the nearby shrine of Padre Pio. Little glimpses into local life such as this are what I love most about traveling.

Photo: panecott

Photo by panecott

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Reflections

Reflections

While joining the locals for the evening passegiata in Foggia on the first day of my Puglia trip, I came upon this modern building with a lovely reflection of the church and older houses across the street.

Photo: panecott

Photo by kimbo88

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collseum

collseum

Just finally seeing what was on movies and shows a reality. I would have never believed i would ever see such a monument that is so popular and unique. Its a part of the past that we seek answers from today.There was crowds and crowds of people surrounding it and waiting hours inline just to see the inside. Italy is surrounded with ruins but this is one of the biggest and most intack. I would love to adventure there again just to take it all in again.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

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Photo by kimbo88

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fontana di trevi

fontana di trevi

This fountain was breathe taking!It was so unique from all the statues of old anceint tales in the fountain. What makes it such a big attraction is everyone wanting to follow the tale of if you throw a coin in it you will return again one day. This was my first day in Italy and being there just put me in a trance of the luxuries of the earth we all take for granted

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: kimbo88

Photo by happyhusky

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Afternoon walk

Afternoon walk

We spent an afternoon in this little village and I thought this shot captured the happy moment perfectly.

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Photo by happyhusky

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St. Peter's

St. Peter's

As I was leaving the Vatican, I turned around and caught this stunning view of St. Peter's.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: happyhusky

Photo by happyhusky

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Sorrento Lemon Orchard

Sorrento Lemon Orchard

Sorrento and the surrounding areas are famous for their lemons. We had the opportunity to visit a farm/orchard and had one of the best lunches ever.

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Photo by happyhusky

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Pantheon

Pantheon

The pantheon was my favorite site in Rome and I thought that this perfectly captured the moment.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: happyhusky

Photo by happyhusky

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Birds Eye View of the Amalfi Coast

Birds Eye View of the Amalfi Coast

This really captured what it meant to be in Amalfi as we toured the villages along the coast.

Photo: happyhusky

Photo by Amy S. Battis

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Roman Colosseum at night

Roman Colosseum at night

The late night trek out of my hotel and the walk to the Colosseum was cold and damp. Something about the golden glow from within the structure and the way it so solidly stood there, as if it had waited these thousands of years to welcome me, warmed me as soon as I saw it.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Amy S. Battis

Photo by pdanielsjr

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Face time at Boboli Gardens

Face time at Boboli Gardens

The Boboli Gardens in Florence was the most beautiful walk I’ve taken in my life. And to think I had to convince the rest of my group to include this in our tour itinerary.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: pdanielsjr

Photo by pdanielsjr

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Ponte Vecchi from the Uffizi

Ponte Vecchi from the Uffizi

In addition to being one of the best museums in the world, the Uffizi offered some great vantage points for taking photos of the sights around Florence including the Ponte Vecchio.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: pdanielsjr

Photo by Daniel E. McCarey

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The Roman Colosseum

The Roman Colosseum

A gorgeous view of the Roman Colosseum lit up at night.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Daniel E. McCarey

Photo by Daniel E. McCarey

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Swiss Guard Protecting the Vatican

Swiss Guard Protecting the Vatican

A nice shot of a swiss soldier protecting the entrance to the Vatican. Similar to the British Soldiers in front of Buckingham Palace, these guys don't smile a lot.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Daniel E. McCarey

Photo by pdanielsjr

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Skyview of Siena

Skyview of Siena

The obligatory picture of the Comune di Siena still makes for great wallpaper.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

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Photo by pdanielsjr

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Tuscan Double Rainbow

Tuscan Double Rainbow

Riding on a bus I was able to capture a rare double-rainbow and of all places, on the Tuscan countryside.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: pdanielsjr

Photo by AisleSeat

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Looking back in time

Looking back in time

Everywhere you look in Rome you see history seeping through every archway.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: AisleSeat

Photo by pdanielsjr

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Pitigliano at Night

Pitigliano at Night

Pitigliano was the first stop on my tour of Tuscany and I was impressed by the affect of the lights on this city medieval built into a cliff face.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: pdanielsjr

Photo by Heather Ratliff

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Indian musicians

Indian musicians

My husband and I were on our honeymoon and just got off the train from Florence. We started walking toward our hotel and saw these Indian musicians. Unfortunately, they had already finished playing for the day so we don't know how beautiful their music was!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Heather Ratliff

Photo by Heather Ratliff

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Beautiful sunset

Beautiful sunset

My husband and I were on our honeymoon and were walking along the Grand Canal just after our gondola ride. We enjoyed just watching the beautiful sunset.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Heather Ratliff

Photo by Travelcity

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From the top

From the top

Took this photo walking to the Villa Cimbrone in Ravello.

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Photo by Travelcity

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Sailing into Positano

Sailing into Positano

I had wanted to visit Positano for a long time... and here it was at last.

Photo: Travelcity

Photo by Gwen

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Alley in the Hills of Assisi

Alley in the Hills of Assisi

I was in awe when I saw this view. There was such a calming since that came over me while in Assisi.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Photo: Gwen

Photo by lchansen

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sant ivo

sant ivo

I hiked all over Rome looking for this Borromini masterpiece. After at least an hour and a half of trying to figure out what obscure side street to take, I stumbled upon it, only to discover it was closed to the public that day...my only day in Rome.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: lchansen

Photo by lchansen

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my pizza, my love

my pizza, my love

I am pretty sure I am married to this pizza. It was the first thing I ate after arriving in Rome and I proposed after my first bite. AMAZING!!!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: lchansen

Photo by lchansen

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st. peter's basilica, rome

st. peter's basilica, rome

st. peter's is filled with more details than one set of eyes could ever take in. i loved the mischevious look in this marble cherub's eyes...like he knew something I didn't!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: lchansen

Photo by lchansen

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graffiti, florence

graffiti, florence

walking around florence on my own, I naturally got lost and saw a side of the city I'd never seen. this image struck me as the "real" florence and I wanted to remember its beauty, honesty and simplicity.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: lchansen

Photo by jeep61

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Bird's Eye View of Varenna

Bird's Eye View of Varenna

We climbed to the ruins of a castle above the town of Varenna on Lake Como to see the colors of the old buildings, the small church we had explored and the gorgeous texture and color of the lake. The different perspective heightened the beauty of the town.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: jeep61

Photo by SAJ7707

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Wineries in Montalcino

Wineries in Montalcino

We spent a good part of the day with a native at a winery. He made us appreciate how important wine making is to local culture. They are very proud.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: SAJ7707

Photo by SAJ7707

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Bed and Breakfast in Siena

Bed and Breakfast in Siena

Every morning when we stayed at this B&B they had breakfast waiting for us outside overlooking the hills and wineries. It just doesn't get better than this!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

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Photo by SAJ7707

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A hot day in Positano

A hot day in Positano

Positano is so unique and different from the other areas of Italy. It is a charming place.

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Photo by SAJ7707

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The Colosseum

The Colosseum

We were so impressed by the Colosseum. The age and size of it is just amazing.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: SAJ7707

Photo by TDudette (Donna Rhody)

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Trevi from the Train

Trevi from the Train

An inviting view of Trevi which we passed by train on the way to our base town of Spoleto.

Photo: TDudette (Donna Rhody)

Photo by claudiaz19

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View of the Vesuvius from Naples

View of the Vesuvius from Naples

When we were taking a stroll around Naples, walking along the bay really convinced us that climbing the Vesuvius would be worth while...

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Travel Guide

Photo: claudiaz19

Photo by Jo-Anne Pearce

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View from a Tuscan villa.

View from a Tuscan villa.

This villa was rented to celebrate the 50th birthday of a dear friend. The beauty and tranquility of the Tuscan hills proved to be the perfect setting for friends to gather together and share a glass... or more, of Chianti, fresh local food and lively conversation. We never tired of gazing out at the Tuscan countryside. Its enduring stone buildings,olive groves and lush vineyards were unforgettable.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Jo-Anne Pearce

Photo by KN2011

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Assisi

Assisi

The whole time i was in Assisi i was wondering how i could re orgsanise my life and priorities so i could live there.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Photo: KN2011

Photo by A. Aquilante

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Taormina, Sicily

Taormina, Sicily

I spent a wonderful few hours wandering the streets of Taormina, such a beautiful town.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: A. Aquilante

Photo by annereilly

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interesting typical wall

interesting typical wall

People looked at me like I was crazy, but I wanted examples of Italian rustic walls, to try to include in my Italian-influenced home remodeling project

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: annereilly

Photo by A. Aquilante

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Valley of Temples, Agrigento

Valley of Temples, Agrigento

The Greek Temple of Juno from the shade of a hundreds of years old olive tree.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: A. Aquilante

Photo by annereilly

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Afternoon shadows on canal

Afternoon shadows on canal

Reflections on the water and shadows of hanging laundry revealed a tranquil side of Venice.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: annereilly

Photo by A. Aquilante

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Sorrento

Sorrento

This is San Francesco in Sorrento...such a beautiful, quiet church. There was a wedding outside in the courtyard when we visited and it seemed like such a lovely place to get married.

Photo: A. Aquilante

Photo by A. Aquilante

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Marina Grande, Capri

Marina Grande, Capri

We had just stepped off the boat from Naples on a beautiful morning and this was the scene that greeted us.

Photo: A. Aquilante

Photo by Andrea Allen

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Does this photo make me look fat?

Does this photo make me look fat?

Riding a gondola in Venice is not the only MUST! There's something to be said for feeding the hoards of pigeons in Piazza San Marco. What a great time can be had by all, whether offering sustenance to the sea of birds or watching the crazy antics of those doing so. Don't forget your video camera!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Andrea Allen

Photo by Andrea Allen

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A Venice Must!

A Venice Must!

I loved seeing the gondolas bobbing up and down on nearly every street. Oh, the stories the gondoliers must be able to tell. This is what I imagined Venice to be.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Andrea Allen

Photo by KN2011

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Ponte Angelo

Ponte Angelo

This was my last night in Rome, i wanted to prolong the experience as long as possible so i was wandering up and down along the Tiber River soaking it all in. This is my favourite memory and picture.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: KN2011

Photo by elnap29

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History Behind Every Door

History Behind Every Door

I could have spent the entire trip photographing the doors of Rome. So much historical artistry in the creation of each door...and the question of the history behind each door...captured my imagination.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: elnap29

Photo by zoecat

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Birdhouse

Birdhouse

The light on the southern Tuscany landscape warms my heart and senses.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: zoecat

Photo by elnap29

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Italian Style

Italian Style

The artistry of window displays in shops along Via del Corso entice many to stop and gaze.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: elnap29

Photo by elnap29

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Vespas Line Narrow Streets

Vespas Line Narrow Streets

My son-in-law's dream is to ride a Vespa in Italy. Here they are commonplace for negotiating streets too narrow for cars.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: elnap29

Photo by zoecat

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Trekking the Val d'Orcia

Trekking the Val d'Orcia

The beauty of the Val d'Orcia experienced step by step as I hiked from Pienza to Monticchiello. Each step was spectacular!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: zoecat

Photo by elnap29

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Narrow Streets

Narrow Streets

It was a thrill to look out our hotel room window and see walls of identical shuttered windows towering above the narrow street below.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: elnap29

Photo by Morgan Beck

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Colors of Spring in Assisi

Colors of Spring in Assisi

I had walked the streets of Assisi which were narrow, plain and without color. On my way to the cathedral I came upon this near optical illusion of brilliant hanging flowers. The striking contrast in this simple setting made me smile and appreciate the occupants' dedication to putting color in their life.

Photo: Morgan Beck

Photo by Warren Alexander

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The Temple at Agrigneto

The Temple at Agrigneto

The antiquities at Agrigento are spectacular, this is but one of them.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Warren Alexander

Photo by Jeane Rhodes

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Let's Take a Walk

Let's Take a Walk

This photo was taken on the Cinque Terre trail between Manarola and Corniglia. I was walking alone on the trail for the first time and this curve felt like an invitation to explore the entire trail. I feel the pull of that invitation each time I look at the photo.

Photo: Jeane Rhodes

Photo by AisleSeat

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A charmer in pearls serves ravioli at a streetside cafe near the Vatican

A charmer in pearls serves ravioli at a streetside cafe near the Vatican

This picture sums up the whole Roman experience of wonderful sights, food and and experiences. After a quick tour (if there is such a thing) of the Vatican museum we found a sidewalk cafe where the food and the service were memorable.

Photo: AisleSeat

Photo by Terri Corbett

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Inside the Castel Sant' Angelo

Inside the Castel Sant' Angelo

Just thinking about the history of the Castel while touring it makes the tour memorable.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Terri Corbett

Photo by Terri Corbett

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The beaches of Positano

The beaches of Positano

The dramatic colors of Positano are breathtaking. The houses seem to hang on the cliffside.

Photo: Terri Corbett

Photo by Terri Corbett

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A Beautiful View

A Beautiful View

It was a beautiful sunny day and a wonderful little village.

Photo: Terri Corbett

Photo by Terri Corbett

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The Angel on top of the Castel Sant' Angelo

The Angel on top of the Castel Sant' Angelo

The angel looks so powerful.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Terri Corbett

Photo by Terri Corbett

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The Baptistery & Leaning Tower

The Baptistery & Leaning Tower

Walking into the site of the Leaning Tower is an unbelievable experience. The grounds are so pristine and green. It's breathtaking on a sunny, Italian afternoon.

Photo: Terri Corbett

Photo by lindafrazer

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Man Looking for his dinner

Man Looking for his dinner

We were on a family vacation in Amalfi Coast. We stopped in the small village of Vetri because our daughter once had a teacher with that name that she admired very much. The town has no known tourist areas. We were walking down a small side street, turned a corner and come upon this beautiful tiled wall depicting the fisherman of the village. It really gets to the heart of the Amalfi Coast. Not the tourist stores and all the trappings the Americans see, but this simple and beautiful wall, tucked into this proud village.

Photo: lindafrazer

Photo by Corie Neumayer

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Old and New

Old and New

Th juxtaposition of the old and new, the motor bikes and the stone steps just made me realize variety and surprises that are around everycorner in Italy.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Photo: Corie Neumayer

Photo by skolat

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Road to Piazza Michelangelo

Road to Piazza Michelangelo

We took the long way (up past the fort, come to a main road and turned left) - Came upon this view - WOW. I think most people take the steps right up to the Piazza and completely miss this view.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

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Photo by skolat

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Manarola

Manarola

Coming down the trail to Manarola - the view took my breath away.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: skolat

Photo by Sue Kolat

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Beautiful!

Beautiful!

Loved walking the trails between villages - you come upon the most beautiful views

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Sue Kolat

Photo by Susan Gerhart

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What's that Grandpa?

What's that Grandpa?

Portofino was full of tourists, but this pair of locals caught my eye.

Photo: Susan Gerhart

Photo by Sue Kolat

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Vernazza

Vernazza

We stayed in Vernazza for three nights - absolutely wonderful!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Sue Kolat

Photo by Susan Gerhart

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Messages of love

Messages of love

The day was stormy and the whole fleet seemed to be in the harbor. This drying net strung with hearts made me think of the families happy to have everyone at home and safe.

Photo: Susan Gerhart

Photo by Sue Kolat

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Walking the trails - View of Vernazza

Walking the trails - View of Vernazza

Walking the trails between the villages in the Cinque Terre and coming upon this view of Vernazza.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Sue Kolat

Photo by Susan Gerhart

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Fishing boats in Genoa

Fishing boats in Genoa

We were in Genoa during the International Boat Show. After seeing all the huge, modern yachts we were delighted to see real fishing boats in the harbor.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Susan Gerhart

Photo by Susan Gerhart

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Varenna on Lake Como

Varenna on Lake Como

This view was from our hotel. It really gave us a sense of the size of the town relative to the mountains and lake, and the hike we made each time we went into town!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: Susan Gerhart

Photo by byronelaine

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World Soccer 06- Italy Stops

World Soccer 06- Italy Stops

We traveled in Italy for 12 days....the last 12 of the World Cup when Italy won. Everywhere we went we saw groups sitting outside in front of huge TVs and we got involved. When Italy kicked the penalty kick to beat Australia, our tour bus was stopped on the streets of Sorrento so we too could see a big screen TV and we screamed along with all the locals. A special highlight of our visit was the Italian love for their soccer.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

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Photo by mogollon

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San Gimignano from the Vineyard

San Gimignano from the Vineyard

San G from the vineyards of Hotel Pescille, October 2008

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

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Photo by mogollon

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Toscana from the Pescille Tower Room

Toscana from the Pescille Tower Room

We stayed in the Tower Room at the Hotel Pescille in October 2008. The room affored us with remarkable views from a 360 degree panorama. Highly

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

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Photo by byronelaine

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The Color Spectrum that is Italy

The Color Spectrum that is Italy

On a day trip while visiting our daughter who was studying in Florence, we spent a day at the Cinque Terre. We fell in love with the color, the juxtaposition of old versus new, and sat and watched children play at water's edge by their fathers' boats.

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Photo by annatomlin

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Lunch Time

Lunch Time

It was a cool, rainy day and I had gone to see Signorelli's beautiful frescoes in the Orvieto Cathedral. The rain had stopped when I exited the Cathedral and as I looked for a place to have lunch, I spotted this one calling to me.

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Photo by craig warren

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Pantheon Reward

Pantheon Reward

Emerging from a small side street where we had just enjoyed gelato, we turned a corner and were amazed at the sight of the Pantheon just ahead. That was the wonder of Rome: to walk a short distance and be rewarded with one incredible historic site after another.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

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Photo by craig warren

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Arno Reflections

Arno Reflections

On the afternoon of our first day in Florence, we were struck by the unique qualities of light and clarity in this view of the Arno from the Ponte Vecchio. The rich tapestry of colors, mirrored in the water, personifies the city of Florence.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: craig warren

Photo by Kyle Stephens

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Panorama

Panorama

To pay about six Euros to climb more than 400 narrow steps to the top of the campanile seems like a dumb idea until you are rewarded with views of the red rooftops of Florence.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Kyle Stephens

Photo by Kyle Stephens

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Forum & Palatine Hill

Forum & Palatine Hill

This is a late evening view of the Forum and Palatine Hill in Rome. A photo cannot capture the centuries of history this place holds.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Kyle Stephens

Photo by craig warren

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View from medieval tower

View from medieval tower

On our first visit to Florence, this view of the city's medieval skyline from the window of our 12th century era hotel evoked a true sense of the rich history enveloping us.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: craig warren

Photo by Kyle Stephens

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River Arno

River Arno

This photo of the River Arno in Florence was taken on a cool and cloudy spring morning. I didn't notice the reflection of the buildings in the water until I downloaded the photo later in the day.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Kyle Stephens

Photo by Kyle Stephens

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Gondolas

Gondolas

Gondolas and canals are what makes Venice famous and this photo was taken in the San Marco sestiere about halfway between St. Mark's Square and Rialto Bridge.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Kyle Stephens

Photo by Kyle Stephens

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Duomo

Duomo

This photo was taken on a warm Sunday morning in Milan while mass was being held inside. The spires are the focus of the photo and that's what makes the Duomo so remarkable.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: Kyle Stephens

Photo by daveesl

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Paestum

Paestum

Another wonderful place in Italy where you can be virtually alone. Ah, but it isn't Roman, it is Greek.

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Photo by daveesl

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S Giovanni in Laterano

S Giovanni in Laterano

It was a chance shot, light perfect, clouds perfect, shadows perfect.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

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Photo by daveesl

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A Nice Bath at the Basilica

A Nice Bath at the Basilica

Where else but Rome?

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Photo by daveesl

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S Maria degli Angeli

S Maria degli Angeli

We love Rome.

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Rome has something for everyone

Rome has something for everyone

In the old Jewish Ghetto you will find this testament to the historical diversity of Rome.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

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Photo by Misty Ramirez

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Italian Mail Slot

Italian Mail Slot

Only in Italy. Need I say more?

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Photo by Misty Ramirez

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Stadio Olimpico

Stadio Olimpico

Young and old Italians alike celebrate a game-winning "golden" goal during an AS Roma football match. It was thrilling to sit among the locals on a Sunday afternoon and cheer the team to victory. The passion of these supporters rivals any I've ever experienced.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

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Photo by Misty Ramirez

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Fountain of the Bees

Fountain of the Bees

It is incredible how there are small masterpieces literally around every corner in Rome. My husband and I saw this fountain around midnight on on the walk back to our hotel.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

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Photo by Misty Ramirez

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The Pantheon Dome

The Pantheon Dome

The amazing architectural treasure that is the Pantheon.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Misty Ramirez

Photo by basingstoke2

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Roman night mood

Roman night mood

Wandering down a narrow street in Rome one night near the Parthenon we were struck by colors the full moon created on the buildings.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

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Photo by basingstoke2

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Venice is not all Gondolas

Venice is not all Gondolas

These boats outside of the workshop where Gondolas are made reminds us that even the commercial side of Venice has its beauty and color.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

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Photo by basingstoke2

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Love notes and messages for Juliet

Love notes and messages for Juliet

The wall outside the "home of Juliet" is covered with notes from lovers around the world and messages to Juliet herself.

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Market street at night

Market street at night

Walking behind Bologna's Piazza Maggiore on a winter's night, we came upon this market. The available light brought to life the vibrant colors and life of the street. It is the picture of Bologna, the city of wonderful food, that remains in my mind. Truly, there is no wrong season for a visit.

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Photo by marie111

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Colosseum

Colosseum

The Colosseum on the way out of the Forum

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Photo by marie111

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View of Florence

View of Florence

View on the way up to the Bishop's Palace in Florence

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Photo by marie111

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Steps in Siena

Steps in Siena

We climbed all the way down into the residential area of Siena, then all the way back up these stairs to get back to the main part of the city.

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Photo by marie111

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Motorbike in front of a door in Siena

Motorbike in front of a door in Siena

Quintessential Italy: a motorbike and brightly colored flowers

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Photo by marie111

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Different Colored Buildings in Siena

Different Colored Buildings in Siena

In Siena with my two best friends while backpacking across Italy.

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Photo by Vister

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Lock Your Love

Lock Your Love

I don't know when this tradition started but when a boy loves a girl, he buys a padlock and writes both initials on it. He attaches it to one of the various posts at the river and throws the key into the river - sealing their love. But, what about that combo lock? Haha!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

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Photo by Vister

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Baths of Caracalla

Baths of Caracalla

Truly a beautiful park-like setting for this ancient site. It was a gorgeous day too!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

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Photo by Vister

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Ancient Road

Ancient Road

If Pompeii is isn't on your intenerary, the next best place would be Ostia Antica. It's closer to Rome and easier to get to. It's wonderfully preserved as well.

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Photo by Vister

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Wedding Jump

Wedding Jump

My friend's daughter was married in Venice and while we were waiting for our water taxi to take us to the reception, I got the groom (2nd from left) and his buddies to jump for joy!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Vister

Photo by Maureen Brothers

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Our peaceful and relaxing visit to Portofino

Our peaceful and relaxing visit to Portofino

This was taken after my daughter and I finished a lovely brunch, sitting by the charming little harbor.

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Photo by Maureen Brothers

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Looking back at Vernazza, from the trail

Looking back at Vernazza, from the trail

My daughter and I hiked this segment of the Cinque Terre trail on a gorgeous day in early May.

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Photo by Maureen Brothers

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We're walking to there??!!

We're walking to there??!!

An amazing day hiking with my daughter, from Vernazza to Corniglia, in early May.

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Photo by Maureen Brothers

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Gorgeous setting for our Mother's Day Brunch

Gorgeous setting for our Mother's Day Brunch

Mother's Day 2006: I snapped this photo while dining with my lovely daughter.

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Photo by Maureen Brothers

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View of Florence from San Miniato

View of Florence from San Miniato

Seeing Florence with my daughter was fun, because she knew all the good places to view the city.

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Photo by sanjayporwal

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God in the CLouds

God in the CLouds

Amazing Detailing , With Christ and CLouds in the Background, Looks Like Heaven!!

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Photo by sanjayporwal

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Murano Island

Murano Island

The Flowers on the Windows, The Gondolas. and the Magical Atmosphere ...

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Photo by sanjayporwal

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Time (Stops) in this Coutyard..

Time (Stops) in this Coutyard..

The Matching Color of the Buildings, Floor and Old People sitting on the Bench, looks like the Time has Stopped in this Coutyard...All This made this Picture a Memorable one.

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Photo by deebiondi

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Cute man, cute dog

Cute man, cute dog

As I was walking the streets of Florence, eating my Gelato I came across the cutest old man along with his old bulldog. I just found them adorable. I guess everything in Italy catches your eye.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

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Photo by BazzaK

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Rialto Bridge

Rialto Bridge

The Rialto at dusk in December

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Photo by BazzaK

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Christmas lights in Venice

Christmas lights in Venice

The beauty of Christmas evident in Venice

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Photo by BazzaK

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The dome of St Peter's

The dome of St Peter's

The magnificence of Michelangelo's creation

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

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Photo by BazzaK

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The Duomo

The Duomo

The facade, the dome, the blue December sky.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: BazzaK

Photo by jimbarraco

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Sunset in Florence

Sunset in Florence

As the sun was going down and we standing along the Arno- it was spectacular - the reflection on the river was spectacular.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

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Photo by jimbarraco

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View of Positano

View of Positano

We were on patio of the hotel have a glass of champage with this view - what a moment to remember.

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Photo by jimbarraco

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View of the Faraglioni Rocks

View of the Faraglioni Rocks

This was the view from our Hotel view - need I say any more?

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Photo by jimbarraco

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Sunset on the Grand Canal

Sunset on the Grand Canal

To watch the sunset from the Railto Bridge was spectacular this night - everything had this unblievable pink hue. It was memorable.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

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Photo by jimbarraco

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Rialto Market

Rialto Market

I love the markets of Italy. The way they prepare and arrange the produce is an art form. Their pride of their product is unreal.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

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Photo by ucsbalum

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candles in the duomo

candles in the duomo

I always stop to light a candle when visiting churches in Italy. Such a wonderful and comforting ritual for the traveler.

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Photo by ucsbalum

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empty gondala

empty gondala

I snapped this shot of two beautiful gondolas on an early morning in Venice. The gondola will always represent why Italy is such a draw for tourists all over the world.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

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Photo by sarge56

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Birds of a feather...

Birds of a feather...

This was my daughter's and my first trip to Italy. It was a glorious sunny day in Venice. We knew this was a "touristy" thing to do, but acquiesced to the moment. I love this picture of my daughter covered in Venician pigeons! We are already planning our return trip next April!

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Photo by SimonediSanti

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It's a dog's world

It's a dog's world

This beautiful dog was enjoying his lazy afternoon inside a garden in Ravello, totally oblivious to the presence of tourists passing by.

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Photo by SimonediSanti

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"The Rape of the Sabine Women"

This shocking sculpture in Florence is inside the Loggia dei Lanzi in Piazza della Signoria and sculpted by Giambologna. It depicts a moment in Rome's distant history when Roman men resorted to bride kidnapping in order to acquire wives. The lighting is what makes this sculpture more profound: it was purely accidental and unintended.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

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Photo by SimonediSanti

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Villa Cimbrone in Ravello

Villa Cimbrone in Ravello

This incredible view looking down to sea just left me in awe...words simply can't describe the feeling or the image.

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Photo by SimonediSanti

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Bank of River Arno

Bank of River Arno

Sunset on Ponte Vecchio in Florence is a ritual for me because no two sunsets are alike, and each evening the River Arno and its banks are transformed into a splendid masterpiece.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

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Photo by SimonediSanti

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Positano

Positano

Positano is as picturesque in person as in this photographed, taken on the beach as I happened to walk by.

Photo: SimonediSanti

Photo by Judith A. Reardigan

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Fresco in Pompeii

Fresco in Pompeii

Pompeii was an eerie trip through ancient history for me. It struck me how 2000 years later so much and yet so little has changed. If you love history and/or photography, be sure to give yourself a full day here.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Travel Guide

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Photo by Lisa Carlson

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Siena

Siena

Siena, mysterious and full of surprises.

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Photo by Lisa Carlson

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Monteriggioni

Monteriggioni

A peaceful feeling comes over you when you experience these ancient places that welcome you in

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Photo: Lisa Carlson

Photo by Judith A. Reardigan

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Unknown village perched on the mountains near The Cinque Terre

Unknown village perched on the mountains near The Cinque Terre

Driving from Livorno through Tuscany and into Liguria to get to The Cinque Terre was a spectacle in itself. This little place was one of many little hamlets tucked into the hills and mountains everywhere.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

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Photo by Judith A. Reardigan

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Window in The Cinque Terre

Window in The Cinque Terre

Walking the beautiful streets and paths in The Cinque Terre was my favorite part of our trip to Italy. These charming villages let you step back in time and imagine a life wholly different from ours back home.

Photo: Judith A. Reardigan

Photo by Lisa Carlson

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Hamlet

Hamlet

Amazing Hamlets pop up throughout Tuscany, inviting you to explore their charm

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Photo by Lisa Carlson

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Ruins

Ruins

The most magnificent sights and full of emotion; everything you see in Rome draws you in.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Lisa Carlson

Photo by Judith A. Reardigan

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Ceiling in the Vatican Museum

Ceiling in the Vatican Museum

All the time we were slowly making our way through the Vatican museum, we would go into more and more rooms and I kept thinking, "And what's this now, is this the Basilica, the Sistine Chapel?" But no, it was still just the museum - it goes on forever and is just as beautiful as the more famous rooms. By the time you see it all you have a definate crick in your neck from all the beautiful ceilings.

Photo: Judith A. Reardigan

Photo by Lisa Carlson

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Gelato

Gelato

As with everything in Italy, even the gelato display is a work of art

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Photo: Lisa Carlson

Photo by Judith A. Reardigan

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Santa Veronica in Saint Peter's Basilica

Santa Veronica in Saint Peter's Basilica

It's challenging to get photos at the Vatican without tourists in them, but when I saw how this one turned out with the blurred people walking by, I liked how it mirrored the motion of the statue itself.

Photo: Judith A. Reardigan

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Fresh, Fresh, Fresh!

Fresh, Fresh, Fresh!

The luscious fresh fruit and vegetables in this open air market in Padua was a wonderful reminder that good Italian food is made from these!

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Photo by Tuscanson

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I love driving in Italy!

I love driving in Italy!

For a lot of reasons, I love driving in Italy! Though Italians are maniacs on the road, I can always count on them to be paying attention. This sign is the kind of information they must absorb. Just looking at it makes me laugh. This picture was taken just below Cortona on the edge of the town, Camucia in Tuscany.

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Photo by Rasputin1

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Look at me!

Look at me!

This beautiful sculpture in a tiny piazzetta in Vicenzain the Veneto, was a reminder of what childhood should be - funfilled and carefree.

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Photo by Rasputin1

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Beautiful gates - Villa

Beautiful gates - Villa

These beautiful gates were once the entrance to this villa on the Brenta Canal. One can imagine the ladies arriving by gondolas and sweeping through the gates in their opulent dresses and jewellery.

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Photo by Rasputin1

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Beautiful ceiling - Doge's Palace

Beautiful ceiling - Doge's Palace

One needs opera glasses to see the details of the beautiful ceilings in the Doge's Palace. A sore neck is almost inevitable after a visit here.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

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Photo by Rasputin1

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A first view of Venice

A first view of Venice

Coming from the Brenta Canal into the Venetian Lagoon, this uninhabited island was our first view. We hoped that it was not a forewarning of what was in store for Venice in the future.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

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The Gelato!

The Gelato!

Yes it is the best you have ever tasted! and yes those are the cones in the huge bouquet!

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Photo by rebecca dawson

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Hercules!

Hercules!

From where I stood, this was his best side!

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Photo by rebecca dawson

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David

David

He is simply perfect, what more needs to be said.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

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Photo by rebecca dawson

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The Bell tower

The Bell tower

The square was so small I couldn't get far enough away to get the whole building - so I just took it from the angle I was standing. yes it was really tall

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

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Photo by rebecca dawson

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A view of from the Coliseum

A view of from the Coliseum

As we were walking through the ruins of the Coliseum, I noticed this beautiful view of other ruins accross the way.

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Photo by Dana Peterson

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Building Charm!

Building Charm!

Many of my vivid memories of Venice include the charming buildings with beautiful flowers!

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Photo: Dana Peterson

Photo by Flyzer05

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Gondolier in waiting

Gondolier in waiting

This photo captures exactly what Venice means to me.

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Photo by Dana Peterson

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Grand Canal of Venice, Italy

Grand Canal of Venice, Italy

I took this picture on my first day in Venice and thought it captured the peacefulness and uniqueness of the Grand Canal....AHH!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

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Photo by milienco1

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Canal Grande

Canal Grande

2 days in Venice on my way to Croatia

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Floating under the Bridge of Sighs

Floating under the Bridge of Sighs

How sad as prisoners once passed over the canal over the bridge of sighs to their cells. One last glimpse of the canal. Good historical perspective.

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Photo by travelwoman1

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Gondola on Venice Canal

Gondola on Venice Canal

The waiting gondola with the buildings reflected in the canal water, the church steeple and the Venetians in the doorway and others having a picnic. What a perfect Venice day!

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Photo by Kitty_Parigi

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Flowers on the lagoon

Flowers on the lagoon

We were browsing the glass boutiques in Murano when I spotted this decorated boat prow. I love the contrast between the colorful flowers, green water, and blue boat, and also how it captures the residents' relaxed attitude toward lagoon life in Venice.

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Photo by Mary Lacock

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View of Mt. Vesuvius range through a portal at ancient Pompeii

View of Mt. Vesuvius range through a portal at ancient Pompeii

I've read about Pompeii, the city that was completely buried during a two-day catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, ever since I started school. To finally see this ancient city and learn of the horrific stories was emotionally overwhelming as well as a visual feast.

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A quiet delight

A quiet delight

We searched out Scopello when we read in our guidebook that it was an underappreciated gem. What a lovely, quiet spot to soak in the sun and sea next to an abandoned tuna factory. Worth a detour!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

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Photo by Anita O'Brien

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The active beach at Cetara

The active beach at Cetara

I love the colors of Italian boats, and their setting below the castle at Cetara made a really nice picture.

Photo: Anita O'Brien

Photo by Anita O'Brien

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Breathtaking vistas all around

Breathtaking vistas all around

We'd wanted to visit the Dolomites for years and finally got there in June. The scenery was jaw-droppingly beautiful everywhere we looked.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Dolomites Travel Guide

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Photo by Anita O'Brien

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Pompeii poppies

Pompeii poppies

I've seen gorgeous poppies all over Italy, but this field at Pompeii in May was probably the finest ever.

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Photo by Anita O'Brien

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Cooling off at Marina Corta

Cooling off at Marina Corta

Tourism often takes a backseat to the beat of local life in the Aeolis. These boys were having a blast at the harbor, and I luckily caught them in action.

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Photo by Peter Martori

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Florence Panorama

Florence Panorama

A famous view from Piazza Michelangelo, this photo was taken at the end of my first visit to Florence. The deepening colors of the waning light speak to me of what Italy is: warm and rich.

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Photo: Peter Martori

Photo by Linda Brodsky

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Horse Trainer

Horse Trainer

While staying at an agriturismo in Agrigento, we watched a horse trainer at work.

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Photo by Linda Brodsky

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Here comes the bride!

Here comes the bride!

While walking around Taormina we happened upon a bride and groom on their way to get married.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

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Photo by Linda Brodsky

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Beautiful place to take a break

Beautiful place to take a break

After spending the better part of the day walking around the narrow streets of Cefalu, we stopped to take a rest in a quiet spot facing the water.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Linda Brodsky

Photo by Linda Brodsky

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Do you know which lock is yours?

Do you know which lock is yours?

We found this unusual and decorative way to store bike locks as we walked across a bridge in Caltigirone.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

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Photo by Linda Brodsky

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Harbor in Aci Trezza

Harbor in Aci Trezza

As we drove around the coast of Sicily, we stopped here to explore and have lunch. The bustling harbor area was filled with boats of all types and sizes.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Linda Brodsky

Photo by Vicki Hatfield

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Trastevere Shop Dog

Trastevere Shop Dog

I saw this little dog wandering in a shop as I walked through the honey colored buildings of Rome's quaint Trastevere neighborhood. I kept watching and waiting, hoping he'd pop out where I could see him and, as if on cue, he walked out and sat in the doorway to watch me go by. To me, he captured the essence of this warm, ivy dripped, delightful slice of Rome.

Photo: Vicki Hatfield

Photo by Vicki Hatfield

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Marina Piccola on Capri

Marina Piccola on Capri

It was our last day in Italy and we boated over to Capri and rented scooters for the day. The day was perfect and blissful and as we made our way back to the ferry, we stopped for a glimpse of i Faraglioni from Marina Piccola. To me, this moment captured the vivacious color and drama that is Capri.

Photo: Vicki Hatfield

Photo by Vicki Hatfield

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Romantic Positano

Romantic Positano

We spent a beautiful evening in Positano and as we rounded a bend in the road, saw a storm brewing in the sunset. The image was staggeringly beautiful and, to me, captured all the romance and poetry that is Positano.

Photo: Vicki Hatfield

Photo by Vicki Hatfield

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After the Rain

After the Rain

We only had one day to see Rome. It was raining but we powered on, not willing to miss a thing. As the storms blew past, I saw this image in a puddle left by the downpour and realized that this glorious city was just as beautiful seen through the rain as it was on a perfect day.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Vicki Hatfield

Photo by Vicki Hatfield

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Walking to Atrani

Walking to Atrani

We had done a tough hike from Castiglione to Ravello over to Pontone down through the Valle de Ferriere and to Amalfi. We then walked the coast road back to Castiglione, hot and tired. When this sight popped into view as we rounded a bend in the road, all the aches in my body washed away with the sheer beauty of the moment.

Photo: Vicki Hatfield

Photo by sdadolf

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The Grand Canal

The Grand Canal

My wife has waited 60 years to get to see Venice, and she enjoyed every minute of it.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: sdadolf

Photo by Mizhealthcare

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At St. Francis Monastery

At St. Francis Monastery

When we saw this elderly monk using an old sicle, and caring for roses at the monastery where St. Frances prayed, we felt that perhaps it was St. Frances......we were speechless. He refused to speak to us except to say, "leave me alone"

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Mizhealthcare

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Clouds over the Colosseum

Clouds over the Colosseum

Looking up at the sky from the Colosseum, one is blown away when you think that this is the same blue sky that was the last thing some people ever saw.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

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Photo by nkluedke

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Feeling reflective in Agrigento

Feeling reflective in Agrigento

It was hard not to take a step back and let it soak in in Agrigento. These ruins took my breath away.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

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Photo by nkluedke

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Positano at sunset

Positano at sunset

This was one of the beautiful sunsets we were lucky enough to witness from the patio off our room at Villa Rosa in Positano. Words cannot describe the beauty of this city.

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Photo by rbartizek

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Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona

Our family of 5 stayed in an apartment nearby and Piazza Navona became a frequent haunt. Note the nonchalant pigeons who are unimpressed with the art except as a sitting place!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

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Photo by nkluedke

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Cathedral of St. Andrew

Cathedral of St. Andrew

This was taken on the "lunch break" of our amazing boat tour of the Amalfi Coast with Salvatore and Gennaro's boat company (based out of Positano). My husband caught me before I was ready for the picture and he set up an amazing shot of the Duomo.

Photo: nkluedke

Photo by Francine Vallillo

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The Chianti Hills

The Chianti Hills

We were leaving the Belvedere Hotel in San Leonino. The gates opened for our car, and we got a wonderful view of the hills around us. What a great memory on our last day!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Francine Vallillo

Photo by Francine Vallillo

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A brief stop at the top

A brief stop at the top

Our car was at the bottom of the drive and we had to climb to the top to the hotel entrance, dragging our luggage. It was raining, but when we reached the top, the sun came out and illuminated the Chianti hills. We took a much needed break with a glass of wine, admiring the views.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Francine Vallillo

Photo by Francine Vallillo

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The Road to Cortona

The Road to Cortona

The road to Cortona was winding and steep. We were afraid to look down, concentrating on safely climbing the hills. We stopped to let a group of bicyclers pass, and were amazed at the beauty of the chapel and surrounding hills. The view was breathtaking! Glad we got this shot.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Francine Vallillo

Photo by Francine Vallillo

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The wine cellar

The wine cellar

We were listening to the wine maker at San Donato tell us stories about the harvest. As we were leaving, the doorway seemed to frame an old wine barrel aged and splintered. To us, it still had a great story to tell.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Francine Vallillo

Photo by Francine Vallillo

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Rain at Lake Como

Rain at Lake Como

The day was cloudy and it started to rain. The villa was closed, so we ran for cover in an open building next to the villa. We stopped in the doorway to admire Lake Como, still beautiful in the fog.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: Francine Vallillo

Photo by gretchen_johnson

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Sunrise in Ceserano,Italy

Sunrise in Ceserano,Italy

A classic Italian town at sunrise, exuding peacefulness and majesty with the mountains as a backdrop. Eight days of this view each morning and it wasn't enough!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: gretchen_johnson

Photo by gretchen_johnson

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Spectacle  on the Ligurian Riviera

Spectacle on the Ligurian Riviera

Outrageously beautiful and breathtaking coastal settings as Italy must have been 100 years ago. "Five Lands " looming up from the sea become an elusive spectacle never to be forgotten.

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Photo by gretchen_johnson

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Leonardo's world

Leonardo's world

The realization of all the marvelous inventions that the mind of Leonardo daVinci was capable of conceiving.

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Photo by leftybob

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Early morning knocker

Early morning knocker

The light and shadow on the metal and wood.

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Photo: leftybob

Photo by Ajaysattic

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Cruise to Italy Port Stop was Croatia

Cruise to Italy Port Stop was Croatia

We were on a Cruise to Italy and stopped in Croatia. What a surprise it was. What a beautiful place.

Photo: Ajaysattic

Photo by mjmiranda3

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Coastal Road leading to Positano

Coastal Road leading to Positano

What amazing views! Now I understand why this coastal road is listed in the top 10 scenic views in the world. We were lucky to have a clear sunny day and the water looked a stunning shades of blue.

Photo: mjmiranda3

Photo by mjmiranda3

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The Colesium

The Colesium

The Colesium was amazing due to its age and its Architecture. It was interesting to see the different areas and what the space under the floor looked like with its extravagant tunnels and cells.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

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Photo by mjmiranda3

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Leaving Positano by boat

Leaving Positano by boat

This was on our honeymoon and we were taking a day trip by boat from Positano around Capri. It was September but the weather was sunny and warm. They water was as blue as can be. The sites around Capri are amazing and easily seen by boat. This was a great way to take in the view.

Photo: mjmiranda3

Photo by StephanieS81

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Picturesque Venice

Picturesque Venice

We ended our Italy trip in Venice, so we were pretty much running on E. We mostly just walked around, took in all the beauty, sampled all the cuisine and enjoyed our last few days in Italy. This shot was taken when we were just cruisng around town just before sunset. Gorgeous shot from a gorgeous city!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: StephanieS81

Photo by StephanieS81

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Beautiful Cinque Terre

Beautiful Cinque Terre

Every moment in Cinque Terre was memorable! The moment we got off the train we regretted not staying here more than one night. The hike was a great way to see each city (and to get a great workout). The weather was sunny and warm, the water was sprakling and the entire area was quaint and romatic. Loved it!

Photo: StephanieS81

Photo by Serge Leef

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View from Isola Bella

View from Isola Bella

Beautiful lighting and colors of the lake blended with the gardens on Isola Bella, highlighted by the very red roses. A wonderful moment with my wife Anna on a 5-day mini-vacation.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta Travel Guide

Photo: Serge Leef

Photo by StephanieS81

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Church of Saint Miniato

Church of Saint Miniato

My husband and I were on our first trip to Italy for our 2nd anniversary and fell in love all over again at this church. The ambiance, the view, the romance and the fact that it was hidden away in the hill made it all so special! We happen to be there when people were signing in the back of the church and the beauty of their voices and amazing acoustics provided a nice soundtrack for wonderful afternoon.

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Photo: StephanieS81

Photo by valemart

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palestrina B&B paradise

palestrina B&B paradise

I loved looking off our terrace at this view. The field had just been plowed but previously there had been sheep grazing. What a glorious way to greet the morning and cap off the day with a sunset. What a great memory

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Photo: valemart

Photo by Shantelle

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Colorful Venice!

Colorful Venice!

As I was walking throughout Venice, this view caught my eye and I had to take a photo, it was quite beautiful and a bit dreamy!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Shantelle

Photo by Jim Calleran

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Town Home Entry Court

Town Home Entry Court

The architecture, the subtle hues of the walls, and the contrast of the foliage as the sunlight streamed down, seemed to capture, for us, the feel of the Old City of Tuscania.

Photo: Jim Calleran

Photo by Dena B

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A view across the canal

A view across the canal

A classic sight in Venice across the canal.

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Photo by Dena B

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Traditional Venice

Traditional Venice

The photo ops in Venice are amazing and everywhere.

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Photo by Dena B

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Still a favorite

Still a favorite

2nd trip to Rome and you never get tired of the sights.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Dena B

Photo by Dena B

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Amazing view

Amazing view

What an amazing place

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Photo: Dena B

Photo by Diggum

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Gluttonous Gulls

Gluttonous Gulls

Immediately after taking this picture in the Fish Market, these two peaceful gulls, sated with dead fish, had their gluttonous reverie interrupted as a shop keeper armed with a broom bopped them from underneath the awning.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Diggum

Photo by Diggum

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Fish Market Aftermath

Fish Market Aftermath

This colonnaded enclosure, near the Rialto Bridge, is where the daily fish market is held. We entered soon after the market closed. The smell of fish, the eerily quiet timing, and the bright red/green hues in an otherwise grey structure, made for an enjoyably surreal experience.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Diggum

Photo by jwbmartin1469

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The Palatine Hill

The Palatine Hill

An shot I took of the Roman ruins on the Palatine Hill. One of many things I had an opportunity to see on a study abroad trip to Rome.

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Photo: jwbmartin1469

Photo by jwbmartin1469

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Mange!

Mange!

You're not in Italy if you don't eat! Nearly two years ago I joined a group of other students as part of a study abroad trip to Rome. My favorite things about this photo is that you can see the motion of everyone talking and laughing; a traditional Italian meal

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Photo: jwbmartin1469

Photo by jwbmartin1469

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Temple of Saturn in the Forum

Temple of Saturn in the Forum

I spent 10 days in Rome as part of a Study Abroad group. Not only did I get to see some incredible sights, I also made some great friends and met a wonderful man!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: jwbmartin1469

Photo by SAJ7707

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Morning after thunderstorm

Morning after thunderstorm

Positano was breathtaking, a perfect honeymoon spot.

Photo: SAJ7707

Photo by BazzaK

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Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

The reflections off the water of the Arno River on a late afternoon in December

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Photo: BazzaK

Photo by Mark Monachino

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Mt. Vesuvius from the ruins of Pompeii

Mt. Vesuvius from the ruins of Pompeii

Mt. Vesuvius, rising over the ruins of Pompeii is both awe-inspiring and sadly poignant.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Travel Guide

Photo: Mark Monachino

Photo by tyrabarks

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Three Year Old Gondolier!

Three Year Old Gondolier!

I was pregnant and wanted to get in one final trip to Europe before our newest little one arrived. We traveled from Denmark to Sweden, down the German Rhine, Switzerland Italy and back home to San Diego, CA. All this, with me pregnant, my husband, my three year old son, my mother, and my father in law. The entire trip was by Eurorail. This is a photo of my mother and my son, during thier first trip to Italy. My son is the first mate gondolier. I have this photo in sepia blown up to 18x24" in my son's bedroom. Great photo and memories!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: tyrabarks

Photo by Maree Jones

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The Rooftops of Venice

The Rooftops of Venice

Alone in Venice, I fell in love with the city. My love increased ten fold when I found myself peering down on these Venetian rooftops.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Maree Jones

Photo by M.Tumchewics

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Sunrise on Positano

Sunrise on Positano

We spent six days in Positano and wished we could have spent a lifetime, it was pure magic!

Photo: M.Tumchewics

Photo by M.Tumchewics

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Coliseum in the early morning

Coliseum in the early morning

No matter how many times my wife and I travel to Rome the Coliseum never ceases to amaze or leave us with a sense of wonder.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: M.Tumchewics

Photo by Araminta Everton

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En route to Rivetto B&B

En route to Rivetto B&B

We found the Rivetto B&B on a whim while surfing the Internet for agri-tourism. This photo was taken from the grounds of the winery, just outside Alba and near Serralunga, offering a picturesque view of a nearby village along with incredible hillsides full of grapes ready for harvest. Between fabulous Barbaresco and Barolo wines, the memories associated with this photo are ones I will cherish.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta Travel Guide

Photo: Araminta Everton

Photo by Araminta Everton

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Santa Margherita

Santa Margherita

Santa Margherita is a fabulous town on the Italian Riviera, offering something for everyone... a vibrant, bustling life within a seaside resort. With a breathtaking promenade as its focal point, the area bustles with tourists, shopkeepers, and friendly locals who are more than willing to help an eager American polish their Italian accent and verb connotations. This photo was taken on a ferry and is memorable because it reminds me how every picture – regardless of the photographer’s skills -- came out looking like a postcard simply due to the beautiful landscape.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Araminta Everton

Photo by Araminta Everton

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September in Portofino

September in Portofino

Portofino is a tiny, but absolutely gorgeous gem on the Italian Riviera. We stayed in Santa Margherita but caught the “Beach Bus” down to this little village for an afternoon of exploration. The photo is memorable because it reminds me of that small village, where we found excellent food, beautiful views, and the playground of the rich and famous. On the far left of this photo you can see The Cyan, a large and luxurious yacht belonging to U2’s The Edge and rumored to cost some 12 million Pounds. That was fun to see.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Araminta Everton

Photo by Araminta Everton

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September in Riomaggiore

September in Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore in the Cinque Terre was among our first adventures on a recent trip to Italy. Staying in Santa Margherita, the Hotel Alberge offered a free roundtrip train ticket to the area for its guests. Traveling as a foursome, this was one of our first pictures and was memorable because of the initial opportunity to sample the sunshine, see the beautiful towns of the Cinque Terre, and enjoy the hospitality of its inhabitants.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Araminta Everton

Photo by greynomad Joy Hilton

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 In Trastevere's restaurant strip

In Trastevere's restaurant strip

The tourist menus we had encountered in Rome weren't as authentic as the delicious regional meals we had been enjoying.This was encouraging or at least clever marketing!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: greynomad Joy Hilton

Photo by Geena25

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Afternoon in Pompeii

Afternoon in Pompeii

It was so peaceful walking down this street in Pompeii. Vesuvius looms barely perceptible in the background.

Photo: Geena25

Photo by eric09f

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View from the top of St. Peter's in the Vatican

View from the top of St. Peter's in the Vatican

Long walk up the narrow spiral staircase ultimately led to a breathtaking view of the Vatican and the "Eternal City"

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: eric09f

Photo by ny_emerald

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Venetian dreaming

Venetian dreaming

This photo was taken as the sun was setting on our last night in Venice. It captures the magic of this unique and extraordinary city.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: ny_emerald

Photo by hausfrau

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It doesn't get much better than this

It doesn't get much better than this

We were very fortunate to drive a Mercedes SLK through the Dolomites as part of our driving tour of the Alps in August 2007. This day began with the mountains completely obscured by clouds, but towards afternoon the weather cleared and I got this shot on our circle tour of the Sella Gruppe.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Dolomites Travel Guide

Photo: hausfrau

Photo by ny_emerald

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An enchanted evening in Venice

An enchanted evening in Venice

This photo was taken just as evening approached on our first day in Venice. We snapped hundreds of photos that day, but this was the last one I got before my camera battery died.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: ny_emerald

Photo by hausfrau

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Flowers in Bellagio

Flowers in Bellagio

We arrived in Bellagio on Lake Como on this spectacular evening in August 2007.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

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Photo by hausfrau

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Via di Panico

Via di Panico

There are no famous monuments, but this is one of my favorite images of Rome - just a typical street scene.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

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Photo by hausfrau

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St. Peter's sunset

St. Peter's sunset

The evening sky was spectacular as we strolled around St. Peter's a couple of days after Christmas, 2006. It was a far cry from the thousands of people who had gathered here for the Pope's blessing on Christmas Day!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

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Photo by hausfrau

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Pantheon at night

Pantheon at night

We spent Christmas 2006 in Rome and stayed right on Piazza della Rotunda. We had many opportunities to experience the Pantheon but my favorite time was at night, when the piazza was quiet and the fountain and Pantheon literally glowed.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: hausfrau

Photo by SandraRisbey

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Three coins in the fountain!

Three coins in the fountain!

Late at night, few people,magnificant art!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: SandraRisbey

Photo by SandraRisbey

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St. Peter's- Morning Glory

St. Peter's- Morning Glory

Awe inspiring early morning visit to the Basilica.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

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Photo by SandraRisbey

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The Lace Island-Colorfully Quiet

The Lace Island-Colorfully Quiet

It was our anniversary escape!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: SandraRisbey

Photo by Jeremy Liebster

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Pizzeria in Bergamo

Pizzeria in Bergamo

Bergamo is an untouristy gem in the north of Italy. Just a few miles from Milan yet otherwise a world away. The old town is a cobbled maze of medieval streets, packed with cafes, incredible restaurants and mouth watering pizzerias like the one in this photo. This photo was taken on a Sunday lunchtime when it seemed as though the whole town was trying to get served.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: Jeremy Liebster

Photo by gillespoirier

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After a day of adventure...

After a day of adventure...

We would return to relax after enjoying each day-trip, be it to Pisa, Rimini, Firenze, Siena,or the local market. We will be back...

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

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Concert in San Marco Piazza

Concert in San Marco Piazza

The first night we were in Venice, there was a free concert in the piazza sponsored by SWATCH watches entitled, CreART. It was a colorful, musical, FREE extravaganza. The following night there was a concert by Andrea Boccelli which was not free, however, it could be heard for blocks and blocks! We sat outside, eating gelato, soaking in the beautiful sounds of Boccelli under the Venetian sky. How much better can it get than that?! To top it all off, this was all unplanned! It was just one of the many events held in Venice in the summertime.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Susan Berry

Photo by Susan Berry

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Burano Plaza

Burano Plaza

My daughter and I enjoyed a very leisurely daytrip to Burano, enjoying the sights of seeing Venice from off the coast, the colorful island of Burano boatside, and then taking in the island of Burano with a leisurely walk. It's a quaint, colorful fishing and lace-making village that hasn't lost it's local flavor with the influx of tourists. It is a photographer's delight!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Susan Berry

Photo by metalstein

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Europe's answer to Bali Pantelleria

Europe's answer to Bali Pantelleria

picture taken from the islands best restaurant.

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Photo by Susan Berry

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Blue Hour Dining

Blue Hour Dining

There were so many beautiful little canal-side restaurants at which to eat in Venice. This one was just typical of many of them. You can spend an entire evening at a restaurant, soaking in the atmosphere, the music, the different languages, and most of all, enjoying the great food!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Susan Berry

Photo by Liza Rahmat

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Can I have one scoop for each flavour please?

Can I have one scoop for each flavour please?

The cold winter winds couldn't deter me from having the gelato ... simply delicious, nothing like the ones I had back home. Maybe it's the Italian air that made the gelato taste oh so much more delicious. Yummy!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Liza Rahmat

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Rocks

Rocks

We were on beach in the Tuscany area .So many beautiful rocks .I love to collect rocks from different area of the work and there were so many to choose from.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

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Photo by Venezia123

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Roof Tops

Roof Tops

All the stone rooftops that were so different from what i have ever seen.Made with stone .Just kind of reminded me of something magical.

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Aug.2009

Aug.2009

What a view! Overlooking the ancient theatre of Taormina.With Mt.Etna in the background. It was really hot that day but forgot all about it looking out on this wiew

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

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Beautiful Day in Venice

Beautiful Day in Venice

Venice is such a wonderful place so full of life and romance.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Venezia123

Photo by Monique Barns

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Sorrento 'beach'

Sorrento 'beach'

Walking around town you come to a cliff face, and look down and this is what you see! The 'beaches' of Sorrento. I had my eye on the floating sunbeds, amazing, until I realised it costs 20 Euro for the privilege of laying on one! Stunning town.

Photo: Monique Barns

Photo by Monique Barns

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Il Palio de Siena

Il Palio de Siena

Eight hours of waiting in the sweltering sun, to witness this battle of the Contrade in this medieval city Siena. After a big procession, a bareback race of a horse and rider from each Contrade lasts a matter of minutes. It is the horse that wins - rider or no rider! The winning contrade goes on to celebrate all night, amongst cheering and drum-beating. Best experience of my life.

Photo: Monique Barns

Photo by M. Tumchewics

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Trevi Fountain in the early morning

Trevi Fountain in the early morning

I loved the peacefulness of the early morning and the colors that were produced by the predawn light.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: M. Tumchewics

Photo by david_rubin

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Approaching Pitigliano

Approaching Pitigliano

As our bus was heading toward Pitigliano, we rounded a corner and there through the trees was our destination, sitting atop its tuffa outcropping. This sudden apparition was breathtaking. We stopped for a photo op, and the tree in the foreground provided a lovely frame for the city.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

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Photo by Kal

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Rimini Sunrise

Rimini Sunrise

Sunrise over the Adriatic.

Photo: Kal

Photo by Kal

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Rainy Day in Venice

Rainy Day in Venice

While waiting at the train station, a small storm broke out.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

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Photo by Kal

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Ahhhh Venice

Ahhhh Venice

Night in Venice is amazing...

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

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Photo by Kal

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Mountain of Michelangelo's Marble

Mountain of Michelangelo's Marble

We thought it was snow.

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Photo: Kal

Photo by annereilly

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 Westin Regina-Europa coffee break

Westin Regina-Europa coffee break

Watching the boat traffic on the Grand Canal, while sipping iced coffee was refreshing. The iced coffee wasn't even on the menu, but they whipped up a heavenly concoction for us, which was so good it was addictive- as was the whole experience.

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Photo by annereilly

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Vino and risotto in Burano

Vino and risotto in Burano

An enjoyable boatride from Venice, this island is known for lace. My sister and I chose it over Murano, because we thought we'd spend less money, not being partial to lace. We both ended up spending many euros on beautiful hand-made lace clothing, as well as having a superb lunch.

Photo: annereilly

Photo by Snowflake25

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Doors to the Past

Doors to the Past

We were fascinated by the contrast of colors we saw on the buildings along the canals in Venice.

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Photo: Snowflake25

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Town Festival

Town Festival

As a young boy, my father would take us to all these small town festivals to see the lights and sounds of people having fun.

Photo: penaltybox

Photo by george_contreras

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A Ray of Hope

A Ray of Hope

Inside of St. Peter's the ray of light was inspiring.

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St. Peter's at Dusk

St. Peter's at Dusk

A beautiful Holy Week sunset at the Vatican

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Photo by george_contreras

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Greek Temple

Greek Temple

Cherry blossoms in the spring highlighting the Greek ruins in Agrigento, Sicily.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

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Photo by george_contreras

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Carabinieri on Parade

Carabinieri on Parade

The power of these Carabinieri horses as they enter their last lap in the Palio Parade.

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Palio Fervor!

Palio Fervor!

You have to experience the Palio live to get the true sense of the passion and pride that the people of Siena have on this VERY special day of racing!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

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Photo by Tim Killcoyne

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Dinner in the Chianti

Dinner in the Chianti

This just typifies our experience. Elegant, natural beauty and relaxed. Truly La Doce Vita!

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Photo: Tim Killcoyne

Photo by margmitc

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A beautiful sculpture in Siena's Duomo

A beautiful sculpture in Siena's Duomo

The beautiful area of Tuscany is filled with so many wonderful sights, magnificent architecture and exquisite artwork. This lovely sculpture of a sleeping child or perhaps of a cherub, in the cathedral of the ancient city of Siena, was among the most striking and serene sculptures we encountered.

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Photo: margmitc

Photo by Delaine J. Foss

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Temple of Antoninus & Faustina - Foro Romano

Temple of Antoninus & Faustina - Foro Romano

The well-preserved columns of this temple, later used as a church, recalled the "grandeur that was Rome." Knowing that Emperor Antoninus dedicated the temple to his wife Faustina also made ancient Rome seem more real and less impersonal.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Delaine J. Foss

Photo by Delaine J. Foss

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View Overlooking Positano

View Overlooking Positano

When I took this picture it was early morning, and the haze, which was still present, infused a slight sense of mystery. Seeing the incoming ship made me think of the nearby Li Galli islands, legendary home of the Sirens, and of Odysseus returning from Troy.

Photo: Delaine J. Foss

Photo by Delaine J. Foss

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Piazza San Marco at Dusk

Piazza San Marco at Dusk

When I steppted through the arch into the piazza, the combination of the dusk and the light fog slightly obscuring the campanile and basilica made me feel almost as if I were stepping into a magical realm.

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Photo: Delaine J. Foss

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Moses

Moses

Michelangelo's sculpture of Moses in Saint Peter-in-Chains in Rome.

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Vespas

Vespas

What's more Italian than the Vespa?

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Photo by bjohn435

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San Gimignano

San Gimignano

The Twin Towers of San Gimignano, the Italian Manhattan. Thought-provoking after 9/11.

Photo: bjohn435

Photo by Delaine J. Foss

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View Through Tower Window - Vernazza

View Through Tower Window - Vernazza

This view through the rough-hewn rock window seemed almost like a secret view onto my own private picture postcard.

Photo: Delaine J. Foss

Photo by bjohn435

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Giotto's Bell Tower

Giotto's Bell Tower

The Baptistry doors get most of the attention,but . . .

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Photo by Delaine J. Foss

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Piazza Della Cisterna - San Gimignano

Piazza Della Cisterna - San Gimignano

The view from the top of the tower was like seeing a patchwork quilt of Italy.

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Photo: Delaine J. Foss

Photo by bjohn435

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St. Mark's Square at Night

St. Mark's Square at Night

Just after a rain storm, the square was virtually deserted.

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Photo: bjohn435

Photo by Carroll Clark

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Capri Lane

Capri Lane

Our first tour off of the cruiseship - the colors, architecture and serenity of Capri.

Photo: Carroll Clark

Photo by librarygirrrl

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Anyone for Cards?

Anyone for Cards?

Standing waiting for the ferry we were dripping in the heat of mid August. I spotted these two young women engrossed in their card game beside the Mediterranean.

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Photo by Statia

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Colorful Gondolas

Colorful Gondolas

Colorful gondolas docked at the well known Ristorante de Raffaele.

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Photo by iris1745

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San Gimignano

San Gimignano

Looks like my daughter and husband are enjoying their visit to this town. This is our second week on this trip and we now have eleven family members and my sisters boyfriend. Richard

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Photo: iris1745

Photo by Statia

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Burano Canal

Burano Canal

Walking around Burano, an outer island of Venice proper, is like being dropped into a box of crayons. The quaint homes are all so colorful!

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Photo by iris1745

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Somewhere outside of Montefalco

Somewhere outside of Montefalco

With part of our traveling family, we stopped to admire the 'sunflowers'. We had eight family/friends with us on the first week of this trip. On the left, my sister, Betty, friend Bill, wife Anne, that's me Richard and son-in-law, Bob. Great time. Richard

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Residential Rome

Residential Rome

One of many beautiful and serene residential alleys in Rome.

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Photo by Betsy Friduss

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Tired Antiquities Dealer

Tired Antiquities Dealer

This was taken on a Sunday afternoon during the monthly week-end antiquities market in Arezzo (the Tuscan town made famous by the Academy Award-winning film "Life is Beautiful". The market was crowded with thousands of people visiting hundreds of stores and vendors. This shopkeeper apparently had enough for the day!

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Photo: Betsy Friduss

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Doge's Palace

Doge's Palace

The palace was so beautiful on such a sunny Venetian fall day, after many days of fog prior.

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Photo by Statia

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Shimmering Gondolas

Shimmering Gondolas

I loved the way the sun was shimmering off the water as the gondolas were gently swaying in the slow current. It was so peaceful to hear these beautifully crafted vessels lightly clinking against one another as the water swooshed in between them.

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Photo by LeeFeinswog

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Boy eating ice cream in Bevagna

Boy eating ice cream in Bevagna

I was laughing when I saw the kid and asked the mom in my broken Italian if she minded if I took the shot. She laughed, too. I wish I had her email so I could have sent her a copy.

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Photo: LeeFeinswog

Photo by Lisa Manuell

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The Serenity of the Gondola Ride

The Serenity of the Gondola Ride

There are few images as peaceful as that of a gondola ride through Venice.

Photo: Lisa Manuell

Photo by Deborah Millan

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Storm Clouds over the Giudecca Canal

Storm Clouds over the Giudecca Canal

At first disappointed that inclement weather had greeted me on my recent arrival in Venice, I cheered up when I saw this vista before me. For certainly a sunny sky would not have framed the Church of Il Redentore on Giudecca Island with such dramatic beauty.

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Photo: Deborah Millan

Photo by Lisa Manuell

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Viewing Tuscany

Viewing Tuscany

Sitting in Pienza and viewing the beauty of Tuscany was amazing. But it was this photo of the viewing spot itself that struck us as the most splendid reminder of the Tuscany countryside.

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Photo: Lisa Manuell

Photo by CarlB9090

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Bust of Cellini

Bust of Cellini

A bust of Benvenuto Cellini, the most famous of all Florentine goldsmiths, stands in the middle of the Ponte Vecchio bridge.

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Photo by Lisa Manuell

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Lisa in Venice

Lisa in Venice

While it's not unusual to see boats in Venice, it was quite a suprise to see one with my name on it!

Photo: Lisa Manuell

Photo by Chad Manuell

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The Life of Leisure

The Life of Leisure

We spent the entirety of our trip adjusting to the Italians tranquil way of living and envying their afternoon naps! Near the end of our trip, we saw this little boy lounging on the streets of Venice. To us, it symbolized the beauty of Italy - not only in its landscape, but in its people.

Photo: Chad Manuell

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Mountain Garden View

Mountain Garden View

Staying in a little house in the middle of the mountains, you never knew what to expect. Each day the light and weather were different. It might be blazing blue skies or creeping dank mist. You might find yourself in the middle of a cloud or gazing at a crystal clear view. As the day went on the light and shadows would sculpt and illuminate the landscape around you, altering the colours and textures of the grass, granite and the water of the lakes below.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

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Ice Cold Water

Ice Cold Water

Around every corner was a lake. Not one of the major, more famous lakes, but small one - no less beautiful. The local villagers and children would be picnicking around the edges. There would be a ramshackled cafe selling salami, cheese, bread, luscious bowls of pasta and crispy, tomato laden pizza. After a long hot drive the water was heavenly - clean, turquoise and fresh........but icy.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

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Photo by Tapenade

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Cooking for the Village Festival

Cooking for the Village Festival

At one of the regular and frequent Summer Village festivals, on a misty and chilly evening, villagers are cooking vast vats of steaming meat stews and polenta. The long trestle tables were laden with locally made salamis, olives and bread to nibble on, washed down with local red wine, while you waited for the bowls of stew to arrive. There was the aroma of garlic, onions, seared meat and spicy sausage.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

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Photo by Tapenade

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Breakfast on a mountain

Breakfast on a mountain

We were staying in a wooden and granite house, perched on a mountain, with this amazing view beneath us. It changed frequently as the weather would vary between blazing sunshine and eery clouds and mist. We could sit for hours just watching the movement of the tiny cars below, the birds at our eyeline and the sound of.....well....nothing.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: Tapenade

Photo by Tapenade

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Mountain Village Summer Festival

Mountain Village Summer Festival

There were festivals everywhere, every weekend throughout the Summer. The villagers all muck in and cook, set up tents, play music and, in this case, dance. This festival was set up in a huge field strewn with wild flowers, amongst the mountains. Even though we were interlopers and really quite conspicous, we were embraced - literally - and invited to dance with everybody else - old and young alike. There was melon, ham, bins full of bread, polenta with sausage in a rich gravy and then fruity tarts with strong coffee and grappa. Very happy times!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: Tapenade

Photo by Jitna Bhagani

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Street artists

Street artists

Street artists waiting for tourists to walk by - Piazza di Spagna.

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Photo by Jitna Bhagani

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Il Colosseo

Il Colosseo

A lesser known view of the Colosseum, but magnificent nonetheless.

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Photo: Jitna Bhagani

Photo by Jitna Bhagani

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Piazza Venezia

Piazza Venezia

The most flashy roundabout in Rome, Piazza Venezia, is an illuminating site at night, particularly with the cars speeding past it.

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Photo: Jitna Bhagani

Photo by Jitna Bhagani

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Fashion capital of the world

Fashion capital of the world

Everything is fashionable in Milan.

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Photo: Jitna Bhagani

Photo by Jitna Bhagani

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Il Duomo

Il Duomo

Il Duomo looked absolutely magnificent on this clear spring day. In the centre of the city, it captivates you from wherever you are. Simply stunning.

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Photo: Jitna Bhagani

Photo by M.Tumchewics

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Arch of Constantine

Arch of Constantine

This photo was taken shortly before sunrise during a recent trip to Italy to celebrate our 22nd wedding anniversary

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Photo by M.Tumchewics

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Early morning in Piazza Navona

Early morning in Piazza Navona

Early morning was the most peaceful time to wander the streets of Rome and photograph the sights.

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Photo: M.Tumchewics

Photo by ExServiceman

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Emergency boat on the Grand Canal

Emergency boat on the Grand Canal

Emergencies happen, even in Venice and everything on the canal got out of the way of this boat as it raced along.

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Photo: ExServiceman

Photo by sheri_lp

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Sunset Comes to Positano

Sunset Comes to Positano

From my balcony at Il San Pietro, the sunset turned the cliffs into dreamscapes.

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Great way to cool off

Great way to cool off

I was exploring Tuscany with my girlfriend and got lost on a small road in a vineyard. Eventually I saw a road that looked interesting since it went up to a walled town. What a surprise to find this watermelon in the town plaza with the locals sitting around in the afternoon heat.

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Photo: kbarshay

Photo by Merrill Albert

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Contrasts in light at the Duomo

Contrasts in light at the Duomo

I like the composition of this picture with the Duomo in the background and the lion in the foreground, with the contrasting light.

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Photo: Merrill Albert

Photo by zhifan9

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Venice in a clear day!

Venice in a clear day!

Just simply a beautiful view of Venice in a clear day.

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Photo by philsmith5

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A different view of Florence

A different view of Florence

Florence is such a beautiful city that you want to keep coming back again and again. But take the time and effort to see it from different aspects. To really experience the Duomo and the city take the Ultrano walk up to San Miniato.

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Photo by philsmith5

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Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona

You can't visit Rome without finding Piazza Navona. The best way is to enter from one of the narrow alleys which then allow you to experience the vastness of the Piazza.

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Photo by philsmith5

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Dinner in a Tuscan villa

Dinner in a Tuscan villa

Here's how to see Tuscany! Get a group of friends together and rent a villa at Castellina in Chianti. Then roast a lamb with rosemary, open a bottle of chianti and enjoy.

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Photo by philsmith5

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Venetian Mask

Venetian Mask

What do you associate with Venice? Water, gondolas and masks

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Photo by philsmith5

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Venice by night

Venice by night

You can visit Venice by day and then explore a completely different Venice at night. The gondolas are no longer working but still exude romance

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: philsmith5

Photo by IGQ

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Il Duomo

Il Duomo

View of the city of Florence from one of the tiny windows as I climbed the 463 steps to reach the top of the dome!

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Photo: IGQ

Photo by IGQ

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Florentine Steak

Florentine Steak

A 1 kilo Florentine steak made for 2 but eaten by 1!!!

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Photo: IGQ

Photo by Norma Tetlow

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Traveling by Gondola

Traveling by Gondola

I thought that taking a gondola ride would be overrated, overly expensive, kind of tourist-y, but it was amazing. The weather was beautiful and we saw so much of Venice.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Norma Tetlow

Photo by Norma Tetlow

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Commeration

Commeration

This was taken at the Forum. The entire place was so beautiful and so amazing. I can't wait to go back.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Norma Tetlow

Photo by Uma

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Gondola ride

Gondola ride

This, for me, is quintessential Venice.

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Photo: Uma

Photo by IGQ

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Basilica of St Francis of Assisi

Basilica of St Francis of Assisi

I was mesmerized by the beauty and tranquility of this place.

Photo: IGQ

Photo by Snowflake25

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Ponte Santa Trinita in Florence

Ponte Santa Trinita in Florence

Nothing could be more spectacular than admiring the bridges of Florence and their reflections on the River Arno.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Snowflake25

Photo by Monica J. Pileggi

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Gondola Reflections

Gondola Reflections

When I think of Italy, I immediately think of Venice. What screams Venice? Gondolas! I loved the colors of the gondolas and building reflecting in the water. Venice is a magical city!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Monica J. Pileggi

Photo by claudiaz19

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Narrow streets in Perugia

Narrow streets in Perugia

It was in the first few days I spent in Perugia that I truly discovered the "dolcefarniente" while walking these narrow streets after having an amazing coffee in Corso Vanucci...

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Largest Italian yucca plant

Largest Italian yucca plant

We took a long hike out to see the Temple of Sagesta. On the way around it, we stopped for a picnic lunch of panella and wine. Nearby we noticed these succulents growing one enourmous blossom. Noone seemed to know what it was precisely, though. Had a lovely time that day.

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Photo by Meghan Foley

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Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

The Trevi fountain is stunning, day and night. At night there were hundreds of people packed into the tiny piazza de Trevi and it's just so exciting. It's one place that you absolutely must visit at night!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

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Photo by Meghan Foley

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Castel Sant'Angelo

Castel Sant'Angelo

During the Summer in Rome, they have a market on the river right in front of Castel Sant'Angelo. This is just one of several gorgeous pictures I took!

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Photo: Meghan Foley

Photo by Meghan Foley

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Villa D'Este

Villa D'Este

The fountains of Tivoli were absolutely stunning, and it makes it especially fascinating that all the fountains were natural (no pumps).

Photo: Meghan Foley

Photo by Meghan Foley

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The Coliseum

The Coliseum

It was a gorgeous day, and the Coliseum is just breathtaking.

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Photo: Meghan Foley

Photo by notshymilo

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A break in the rush

A break in the rush

Every moment of the day it seemed that the narrow streets of Ortigia were awash in Sicilians, their vibrance electrifying and echoing up to my B&B. Motos, cars, families, older people, stray animals - all trod these narrow ancient streets. As I was grabbing a Coke with my girlfriend we both noticed the lull. I grabbed my camera for the shot.

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Remembrance

Remembrance

I discovered on my first trip to Italy that Italians, especially Sicilians, felt the same way about family as my parents did. As first generation Americans my parents tried to instill in all their children the belief that nothing is more scared or important than family. Not only do Sicilians post announcements of deaths, but they post the anniversaries of deaths, announcing to all who pass that their loved ones are never far from their hearts and minds.

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Photo by notshymilo

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One of a dozen emblazoned balconies

One of a dozen emblazoned balconies

I had not seen my best friend in over a year. She had met, fell in love and moved to Sicily for an Italian man. After traveling from their home in Ortigia by moto to the ancient city of Noto, we stopped and ate mussels, cheese, Prosecco, and baskets of bread, safe from the heat of the July sun. Just as we were leaving we noticed the narrow main street, which is festooned entirely with flowers once a year. Below the balconies lining the streets were dozens of ancient, decorative soffits - all depicting a different set of figures, representing the ownership of the unit. We walked along taking our fill. Then we hopped on the moto and sped back through back streets and roads to Ortigia. This was just one of the many hidden treasures that Sicily has to offer - and that I discovered on my very first trip.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: notshymilo

Photo by Tim Donahue

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At the Rialto Market

At the Rialto Market

When I go to markets in other countries, I'm always amazed at how much the locals love food, pay attention to shopping for it, etc. In Italy, it's reflected in most every restaurant meal. I have other pictures from Venice's market but the juxtaposition: red vs blue, hot vs sweet, of this picture grabs me.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Tim Donahue

Photo by Janet Sampson Reider

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Milano Fashion

Milano Fashion

I found the juxtaposition of the young 1/2 naked woman in the underwear ad watching over the unaware shoppers a humorous touch in the scheme of Milan's serious fashion industry.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: Janet Sampson Reider

Photo by Janet Sampson Reider

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Water Play Venetian style

Water Play Venetian style

This little girl was very serious about filling her cup with water - to throw on her brother! A universal theme viewed in a special place - Venice

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Janet Sampson Reider

Photo by Janet Sampson Reider

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La Piazzetta - San Marco, Venice

La Piazzetta - San Marco, Venice

The light and shadow is what it's all about - as well as the majesty of this historic venetian Piazza.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Janet Sampson Reider

Photo by jjob143

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Sorrento Harbor

Sorrento Harbor

Breathtaking view of the harbor in Sorrento

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Photo by Janet Sampson Reider

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Burano Laundry

Burano Laundry

The blue shirt and the blue facade of the adjoining building were irresistible

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Janet Sampson Reider

Photo by jjob143

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Wysteria in Bloom

Wysteria in Bloom

The Isle of Capri and all of its beauty

Photo: jjob143

Photo by Janet Sampson Reider

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Venetian Twilight

Venetian Twilight

It's memorable because it's beautiful!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Janet Sampson Reider

Photo by jjob143

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Roman Forum

Roman Forum

Beauty in the ruins

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Photo by jjob143

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Entrance to Pompeii

Entrance to Pompeii

Beauty of nature among the ruins

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Photo by jjob143

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PonteVecchio

PonteVecchio

Seeing the various contrasts of buildings, water and bridges.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: jjob143

Photo by Barbara Fuscsick

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Detail from the Bapistry Doors

Detail from the Bapistry Doors

As an Fido-fan, I was pleased to see canines represented in this impressive panel.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Barbara Fuscsick

Photo by Barbara Fuscsick

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The Pope's Public Pulpit

The Pope's Public Pulpit

Having seen this well-known balcony many times on television, it was surreal to see it live.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Barbara Fuscsick

Photo by Jenny Young

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Love the colors....

Love the colors....

I LOVED all the brightly colored houses.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Jenny Young

Photo by Jenny Young

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Reflection

Reflection

I just thought this was a cool thing to take a picture of...especially with the building reflecting in the water.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Jenny Young

Photo by Jenny Young

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Pigeons

Pigeons

This is exactly what I always pictured in St Mark's Square

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Jenny Young

Photo by Jenny Young

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Lagoon

Lagoon

This is the weather we had the first day we showed up in Venice. But it didn't dampen our mood one bit.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Jenny Young

Photo by Barbara Fuscsick

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St. Peter

St. Peter

The Vatican is such an overwhelming plethora of exquisite art, architecture,and religious statuary, I felt it's impressive historical impact in this detail of the Catholic Church's founder.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Barbara Fuscsick

Photo by batsvann

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This is

This is "Venice"

This picture shows what Venice is all about. The streets of water, and the boats waiting to move passengers or goods around the city.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: batsvann

Photo by Clare Ashcroft

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Peace in Venice

Peace in Venice

In January Venice was almost deserted, just us and the sparrows.Even the pigeons were hiding. Definitely the best time to go.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Clare Ashcroft

Photo by Duane Klaus

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Old Bike

Old Bike

A few minutes after taking this photo, a nun hopped on the seat and guided the old machine over the cobblestone streets of Florence.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Duane Klaus

Photo by dklaus

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Colored Bikes

Colored Bikes

These bikes from a German tour operator waited for the riders to return from a tour. The smells of Veneto highlighted the colors.

Photo: dklaus

Photo by Clare Ashcroft

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Winter sun in Venice

Winter sun in Venice

We were staying in Venice, in January. It was cold, but sunny and beautiful. Does anywhere else have pink glass in the street lights?

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Clare Ashcroft

Photo by Duane Klaus

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Morning in Tuscany

Morning in Tuscany

Biking in Tuscany brings one to many beautiful places. This farm came alive in the morning light.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Duane Klaus

Photo by Dianne DiGregorio

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Nector of the Gods

Nector of the Gods

I prefer them more liquid than this, and much older! But this made a better picture!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Dianne DiGregorio

Photo by Duane Klaus

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Red Boat

Red Boat

Hiking Cinque Terre, we came upon this red boat. We ate focaccia bread and watched the world go by.

Photo: Duane Klaus

Photo by Dianne Digregorio

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Sunset over Lake Como

Sunset over Lake Como

Ah, the peace and serenity of all. Good wine, good company and incrediable visuals! Living La Dolce Vita!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: Dianne Digregorio

Photo by Dianne DiGregorio

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Live Like the Locals!

Live Like the Locals!

An entoca! (wine store) Bring your own empty 2 liter container and they fill it, usually for between 2 & 5 euro. And, it was some of te the best wine we had in Italy! Salute!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Dianne DiGregorio

Photo by Dianne DiGregorio

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A Muddy Bay of Naples

A Muddy Bay of Naples

The morning after a thunderstorm produced this unusual view of the Bay of Naples.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Travel Guide

Photo: Dianne DiGregorio

Photo by batsvann

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Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

This bridge, which is the oldest surviving bridge in the city was built in 1345. Originally used by blacksmiths and butchers now houses fine jewelers.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: batsvann

Photo by Dianne DiGregorio

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A Tree Grows in Sicily

A Tree Grows in Sicily

We would pass this determined tree every day as we walked to the beach, and it reminded us of the resolve and determination of this small yet ofter conquered island.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Dianne DiGregorio

Photo by wowanderer

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Fashion!

Fashion!

The small town of Positano is filled with small shops along the winding roads that traverse up and down the hillside. Fashion (in pink!!) is so much a part of Italy as are vespas!

Photo: wowanderer

Photo by daldoc1

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Piazza della Signoria

Piazza della Signoria

The statue of Perseo holding Medusa's head is amazing and what amazes me most is the fact that it is out in the open for all to see and enjoy.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: daldoc1

Photo by daldoc1

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prosciutto & mortadella nothing says Bologna better

prosciutto & mortadella nothing says Bologna better

What is more Italian than cured meats and Bologna is where it is the best

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Emilia–Romagna Travel Guide

Photo: daldoc1

Photo by daldoc1

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the Compo in Siena

the Compo in Siena

We were on the remains of the church that was to be built to replace the Duomo.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: daldoc1

Photo by daldoc1

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Todi a beautiful hill town in Umbria

Todi a beautiful hill town in Umbria

the sky and a picture perfect hill town

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Photo: daldoc1

Photo by daldoc1

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along the river Arno

along the river Arno

The light on the river

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: daldoc1

Photo by Peggy Blanton

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What a view!

What a view!

My first day at our hotel and everywhere I turned there were unbelievable views.

Photo: Peggy Blanton

Photo by TDudette (Donna Rhody)

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Perugia

Perugia

Perugia made a good base for train and bus trips to nearby Umbrian towns. Be sure to take the earliest bus possible so you don't arrive when everything is closed for lunch.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Photo: TDudette (Donna Rhody)

Photo by TDudette (Donna Rhody)

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Stormy Skies in Deruta

Stormy Skies in Deruta

We were on the city bus to Perugia when we passed Deruta. The stormy sky behind was very dramatic. We returned to Deruta and enjoyed browsing the pottery shops and visiting its museum.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Photo: TDudette (Donna Rhody)

Photo by Peggy Blanton

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The Jolly Shoemaker

The Jolly Shoemaker

The colors of the shoes, the smell of the leather, the banging of the hammer brought me back in time to the childrens story, The Elves and the Shoemaker.

Photo: Peggy Blanton

Photo by Linda Gillespie

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Laundry Day

Laundry Day

It was common to see laundry hanging from the windows in Florence, something we never see here. Hanging your bloomers out the window seems to illustrate a rather intimate connection to the world outside!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Linda Gillespie

Photo by touristblob

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points on the mounds

points on the mounds

In Biai Sardinia the limestone outcrops dot the coast and to see two figures on the top of these rocks that are about 20 m apart at the same time was very unique and lucky to capture.

Photo: touristblob

Photo by touristblob

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The people emerge

The people emerge

we arrived in Trieste on a saturday afternoon and found the city virtually deserted. When we returned for dinner at sunset the people emerged from every corner of the city for Night shopping till midnight, the place was packed and the atmosphere was electric, an amazing suprise.One of the unexpected joys of travel.

Photo: touristblob

Photo by touristblob

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Gondola Heads

Gondola Heads

Venice at night is a magical experience and the sight of Gondolas asleep on the lagoon reflecting their finery is spellbinding

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: touristblob

Photo by Jessica Roberts

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On our first day in Rome, the pepperoni pizza we ordered was not exactly what we expected. Browsing through the pizzicheria the next day we saw where we'd gone wrong!

On our first day in Rome, the pepperoni pizza we ordered was not exactly what we expected. Browsing through the pizzicheria the next day we saw where we'd gone wrong!

One of my favorite delights while traveling is to stop along the way at farmer's markets and local groceries. We filled our picnic basket with colorful fresh fruit and local wines in the town of Sorrento, and then continued along a winding, narrowing road to a picturesque beach of pebbles to enjoy.

Photo: Jessica Roberts

Photo by touristblob

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Sea Shell door mat

Sea Shell door mat

I have a facination for Italian doors and windows and this one was a beautiful example of simplicity in perfection.

Photo: touristblob

Photo by touristblob

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Authentic boating amongst the luxury cruisers

Authentic boating amongst the luxury cruisers

entering portofino by boat it was refreshing to see authentic fishing boats taking pride of place in the centre of the bay surrouded by multi million dollar cruisers

Photo: touristblob

Photo by Sarah Gabriele

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Sunset among the olive groves

Sunset among the olive groves

Alone among the olive trees at sunset, I felt like I was in on a secret only this part of the world knows.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Sarah Gabriele

Photo by ASQRDB

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Diocletians Palace

Diocletians Palace

I just fell in love with Rome the first time I went. I will have to go back many, many times to get my arms around everything that is there. Love the people. Love the place. Awesome trip.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: ASQRDB

Photo by Sarah Gabriele

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One of these things is not like the other...

One of these things is not like the other...

This scene stopped me in my stroll along the Arno...it speaks for itself! This defines the essence of traffic in Florence.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Sarah Gabriele

Photo by Sarah Gabriele

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Countryside in Montalcino

Countryside in Montalcino

Sometimes it is the Italian sky that takes my breath away as it makes for an even more idyllic scene over an already perfect countryside.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Sarah Gabriele

Photo by Sarah Gabriele

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Portovenere - a continuation of the Italian Riviera

Portovenere - a continuation of the Italian Riviera

I found a little piece of paradise (as did Lord Byron) just south of the Cinque Terre

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Sarah Gabriele

Photo by lxmiller

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Fun in Venice

Fun in Venice

this was great. I felt like I belonged there.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: lxmiller

Photo by cathies

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The House of the Faun

The House of the Faun

It's remarkable that Pompeii still lives after centuries buried beneath the volcanic ash of Vesuvius.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Travel Guide

Photo: cathies

Photo by Virginia Glenn

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due cuoce e il forno

due cuoce e il forno

Two cooks and the oven - an outdoor olive wood burning oven that made the most delicious food. This is the way to cook!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Virginia Glenn

Photo by cathies

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A man and his world

A man and his world

The solo gondola ! Quintessential Venice.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: cathies

Photo by Virginia Glenn

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Anna watches cooking class

Anna watches cooking class

We were taking a cooking class during our farm stay at Volpe e l'uva - a family farm near Perugia. Anna's grandmother Alberta (seen at the left) was our teacher and Anna played "store" with us while we learned. A wonderful family experience.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Virginia Glenn

Photo by cathies

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Peak hour in venice

Peak hour in venice

It may not have cars or traffic lights but Venice certainly has peak hour

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: cathies

Photo by cathies

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Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is simply a beautiful part of Rome. the orange lighting just makes it a world apart

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: cathies

Photo by cathies

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Positano

Positano

We had just finished a most remarkable bus ride along the coast, precariously positioned between high mountains and the sea far below. As we settled our nerves we were presented with this view which took our breath away.

Photo: cathies

Photo by DTLusty

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Ancient Greek Temple at Segesta

Ancient Greek Temple at Segesta

The oldest intact Greek temple in Sicily at Segesta,near Calatafimi, built in the 5th century B.C. Segesta allied itself with Athens, and then Carthage, against Selinunte which was destroyed.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: DTLusty

Photo by Lisa Simmons

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Verona

Verona

It's just a great shot. Agreed?

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: Lisa Simmons

Photo by DTLusty

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Sicilian Donkey Cart

Sicilian Donkey Cart

My wife poses with small donkey cart typical of Western Sicily, in the Piazza at Monreale, near her father's hometown.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: DTLusty

Photo by DTLusty

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Taormina Amphitheater

Taormina Amphitheater

The 2000 year old Roman Amphitheater in Taormina, Sicily, overlooking the town of Naxos below is one of a kind setting in Italy

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: DTLusty

Photo by Lisa Simmons

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The grandeur of Rome

The grandeur of Rome

Of all the photos we took of Rome this one just seems to encompass the magnitude of the former empire

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Lisa Simmons

Photo by Tamara Kenyon Photography

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Hiding from the Rain

Hiding from the Rain

This was the first thing we saw visiting the cute little village of Amalfi. The rain had just stopped and sun had come out.

Photo: Tamara Kenyon Photography

Photo by Tamara Kenyon Photography

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The Power of Vatican City

The Power of Vatican City

I love this photo because it feels so powerful with the Vatican in the background and the beads of water coming down the fountain.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Tamara Kenyon Photography

Photo by Tamara Kenyon Photography

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Pastries Galore!

Pastries Galore!

My first trip overseas and on my honeymoon. Pastries were our favorite and this place was very quaint and cute.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Tamara Kenyon Photography

Photo by piliph

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late afternoon Tuscany

late afternoon Tuscany

Late afteroon, we went to a small hilltop village in Tuscany for a memorale dinner at their sole restaurant.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: piliph

Photo by Tamara Kenyon Photography

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The City of Love

The City of Love

My first overseas trip and my honeymoon. Saw this young couple walking down the street and the flag above. Shows real life Italy, not a tourist feel.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Tamara Kenyon Photography

Photo by Marti Wilburn

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Vatican Museum Ceiling

Vatican Museum Ceiling

We had no idea what to expect when we went to see the Sistine Chapel. We were pleasantly surprised to find room after room after room of incredible art including paintings, sculptures, and tilework. I wondered how the ceilings could get any better than this, but of course, the Sistine Chapel was even more incredible.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Marti Wilburn

Photo by SCameron

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Lucca's Merry-go-round

Lucca's Merry-go-round

This colorful carousel, ornately draped in pearlesque, is situated in the main square of the medieval, walled Tuscan city of Lucca.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: SCameron

Photo by stevedur

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A busy San Marco

A busy San Marco

This picture reminds me of the business, the holiness and the beauty of this most important area of Venice, another reason I will be back to Northern Italy very soon!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: stevedur

Photo by Norma Tetlow

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Visiting the Vestal Virgins

Visiting the Vestal Virgins

A friend and I were running around the Roman Forum desperately trying to find the Vestals before we had to leave. It took us a while, and we almost missed them (it wasn't very obvious) but after two hours, we finally found them!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Norma Tetlow

Photo by Michelle Stuckey

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Street artist in Firenze

Street artist in Firenze

The fact that everyone in Italy seems to be an artist still amazes me. This street artist is more talented with sidewalk chalk than I am with anything. I was so impressed during my visits with the beauty and culture that the Italian people add to their country.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Michelle Stuckey

Photo by Norma Tetlow

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Temple at the Forum

Temple at the Forum

Gorgeous building in the Roman Forum.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Norma Tetlow

Photo by stevedur

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The Grand Canal in Venice..a beautiful sight

The Grand Canal in Venice..a beautiful sight

The beauty and history of Venice, the cleanliness, the friendly people, the the wonderful food, the many historical sights, and the unforgettable memories all came together seamlessly to make this one of the best trips ever!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: stevedur

Photo by Michelle Stuckey

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Two priests walking down Via Vittorio Emanuele II

Two priests walking down Via Vittorio Emanuele II

This picture really personifies the city of Rome for me. The blending of today's society, with mass transit and ATM machines, with the tradition of religion that Rome has held for centuries. Modern priests in present-day Rome have such a different life than their predecessors, but they still uphold the traditions of the church.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Michelle Stuckey

Photo by Michelle Stuckey

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Stained glass window in Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Stained glass window in Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Of all the lovely stained glass I saw while in Italy, this window captured my heart. I love how the twelve saints are stemming from Jesus. I think it makes a point very easily that other artwork tries too hard to make.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Michelle Stuckey

Photo by Michelle Stuckey

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Cinque Terre coast

Cinque Terre coast

After spending a month in downtown Rome, escaping to the coastal towns of Cinque Terre was relaxing and one of the most amazing experiences of my trip. This picture captures the most peaceful moment of my hike along the five towns.

Photo: Michelle Stuckey

Photo by Michele Cohen

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They start young in Sicily

They start young in Sicily

I encountered this adorable little boy riding a child sized motor scooter with training wheels inside a pastry shop in Palermo. His proud papa was thrilled by the photo and had the boy give me a kiss on each cheek!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Michele Cohen

Photo by Michelle Stuckey

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

When I was studying in Italy, everything seemed bigger than life. It was so hard for me to capture that feeling in pictures. Then I looked up at this monument that has a bad foundation but is still one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. This is the closest I came to capturing that feeling on film.

Photo: Michelle Stuckey

Photo by Steve Ritch

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Tuscan Light on Ponte Vecchio and Arno River in Florence

Tuscan Light on Ponte Vecchio and Arno River in Florence

After a memorable day with my students at Machiavelli's Villa outside of Florence,we enjoyed a lazy dinner, perfect light, and satisfaction at early twilight from the hotel rooftop. Ah,Florence!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Steve Ritch

Photo by fdxeng

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Greek Roman Theater in Taormina

Greek Roman Theater in Taormina

To be sitting in the same theater where people watched plays several hundred years ago was thought provoking and moving. The beauty was breathtaking.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: fdxeng

Photo by Michele Cohen

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Where to begin?

Where to begin?

Sicilian desserts are beautiful to gaze at and famously delicious, too! On a recent October afternoon, we devoured treats from this bakery while waiting for the bus in Monreale. Fortunately, calories don't count when you are on vacation.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Michele Cohen

Photo by Christina Spadora

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The Countryside

The Countryside

We just hiked a hill in the countryside of Urbania and at the top of the hill was an amazing view!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Christina Spadora

Photo by Michele Cohen

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Glorious!

Glorious!

I was totally unprepared for the jawdropping art in this 12th century Cappella Palatina chapel in the Palazzo dei Normanni in Palermo. I could have stayed for hours marvelling at the glittering mosaics on the walls, the intricate marble floors and fabulous honeycomb wooden ceiling - all created by Muslim artists for a Christian king!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Michele Cohen

Photo by CarlB9090

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Michelangelo's Pieta

Michelangelo's Pieta

Originally intended to be placed on his tomb, Michelangelo's Pieta now stands in the mezzanine of the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: CarlB9090

Photo by Christina Spadora

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Townsmen

Townsmen

Same men in the same spot, every day! what a life!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Christina Spadora

Photo by CarlB9090

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Putto Fountain

Putto Fountain

This copy of Verrocchio's Putto Fountain was placed in the courtyard of the Palazzo Vecchio in 1565.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: CarlB9090

Photo by Michele Cohen

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Romantic scene evoking 19th century etchings

Romantic scene evoking 19th century etchings

A mid October afternoon visit to the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento reminded me of 19th century travelers who took the "Grand Tour of Europe" and bought etchings capturing the romantic vision of the fabulous ruins they saw to hang on their walls at home.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Michele Cohen

Photo by CarlB9090

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Ponte Santa Trinita

Ponte Santa Trinita

A view of the Ponte Santa Trinita, considered the most beautiful bridge in Florence. Michelangelo is credited with its elliptical curve design.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: CarlB9090

Photo by Michele Cohen

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A splendid place for a chat

A splendid place for a chat

Late afternoon light highlighted the glorious facade of the recently renovated San Nicolo Cathedral in Noto. I visited in mid October and was enchanted with the completeness of the town's Baroque style of architecture.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Michele Cohen

Photo by Kelli Glaser

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Fall Sunflower Harvest

Fall Sunflower Harvest

Despite the fact that these sunflower plants were dead, I found the hillside scenery to be a beautiful yellow and golden sign that the fall season was here.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Kelli Glaser

Photo by Kelli Glaser

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En route to St. Peters

En route to St. Peters

Such a dreary river was made beautiful by bright green moss and a still reflection.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Kelli Glaser

Photo by Kelli Glaser

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Ancient and Powerful

Ancient and Powerful

Visiting the colosseum was the first time I had been around structures this old, it was humbling to say the least.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Kelli Glaser

Photo by Kelli Glaser

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Manarola

Manarola

Hiking the trail between the villages was filled with beautiful photo opportunities like this.

Photo: Kelli Glaser

Photo by Peter Beer

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now this is a steep street

now this is a steep street

I found this street stunning when you think of a heavy rain. It was so steep that it had been terraced

Photo: Peter Beer

Photo by jjgorm

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The Tiber and Vatican at Sunset

The Tiber and Vatican at Sunset

This photo was taken on the last night of my Study Abroad experience during college. I walked over the Ponte Sisto (bridge pictured) everyday on my way to class, and this last final glimpse of the gorgeous sunset and view of the Vatican will permanently be pressed in my mind. To me, this picture captures Rome in a rarely serene moment, and portrays the beauty of the Eternal City.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: jjgorm

Photo by Kelli Glaser

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Vernazza View

Vernazza View

It was a beautiful day hiking the the cinque terre. When we stopped at this view point, I was awe struck at the colorful buildings and terraced hillsides.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Kelli Glaser

Photo by Cyndy Doty

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Concordia Temple

Concordia Temple

The ruins in Agrigento, Sicily are amazing. This is the Temple Concordia, one of several ruins found in Agrigento.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Cyndy Doty

Photo by Cyndy Doty

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The Coliseum

The Coliseum

A trip to Rome is not complete without a visit to the Coliseum. History comes alive while walking inside the walls, where Romans once came to watch the gladiators.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Cyndy Doty

Photo by penaltybox

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Hometown Church

Hometown Church

Hometown Church( one of many)

Photo: penaltybox

Photo by Cyndy Doty

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St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica

This great basilica in Vatican City is simply awe inspiring. We waited in a long line to enter the basilica, and then enjoyed all the sights inside, including a trip to the catacombs.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Cyndy Doty

Photo by penaltybox

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Trulli Homes

Trulli Homes

These homes with their pointed roofs with symbols from religious,magical and superstitious beliefs wereeasily build by not using any kind of cement but by just builing one piece on top of each other

Photo: penaltybox

Photo by Cyndy Doty

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Santa Margherita Beach

Santa Margherita Beach

Santa Margherita is such a beautiful town with a lovely beach. The azure water did look inviting as it slowly lapped the pebbled beach. We only had a few moments to enjoy this idyl before a ferry ride to Portofino .

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Cyndy Doty

Photo by scholnicks

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Rialto Bridge

Rialto Bridge

This photo really captured Venice for us

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: scholnicks

Photo by scholnicks

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Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

Since we first starting planning our trip to Italy, we wanted to go to the Trevi Fountain. And it completely lived up to our high expectations.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: scholnicks

Photo by ccarlson

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Portofino

Portofino

The conditions made this photograph suburb. Doesn't it make you want to take a boat ride along the coast?

Photo: ccarlson

Photo by musicjones

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Ponte Vechio Mirror

Ponte Vechio Mirror

The Ponte Vechio bridge in Florence is a well known and beloved landmark. I have always wanted to see this important part of Florence that spans the Arno river. After I took this picture, I was amazed to find that the image of this beautiful bridge was twice as lovely as I imagined! What a joy to discover that the mid-afternoon sun had helped to reproduce a mirror image. I am very happy with the "Ponte Vechio Mirror"...so much so that I have had an enlarged print mad which is now hanging on my bedroom wall!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: musicjones

Photo by Isidore1248

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Pompeii

Pompeii

The silence of the surroundings and the crystal clairty of the day

Photo: Isidore1248

Photo by Cyndy Doty

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Portofino

Portofino

Portofino is such a lovely harbour and town. The houses and shops wrap around the base of the hill. The earthen colors are a wonderful contrast to the gorgeous blue skies and are a visual delight. The variety of harbour craft, from small skiffs to the large luxury yachts makes for interesting scenery.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Cyndy Doty

Photo by calicogobye of Bourbonnais, IL

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Motorcycle on Amalfi Drive

Motorcycle on Amalfi Drive

There are so many breathtaking views along the Amalfi Coast. But I was especially pleased with this photo taken through the back window of the tour bus. Yes, I captured one of many of Italy's motorcycles, but you can see, also, the narrow road (car parked off the side), the cliff with homes up the side, and the wonderful colors of the landscape.

Photo: calicogobye of Bourbonnais, IL

Photo by Julia Springer

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Gondola ride in Venice, Italy

Gondola ride in Venice, Italy

I went to Italy with my classmates in the Summer of 2006. We toured all around Italy, but for some reason, Venice stuck out to me as being the most unique city in Italy. During our gondola ride, I took this captivating picture and I think it really depicts the beauty that Venice has to offer. When I look at it, I can still remember our gondola man singing in Italian as he paddled us through the canals of Venice.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Julia Springer

Photo by Rena Kathreptis

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Back Streets of Venice

Back Streets of Venice

My friend and I were just strolling along the back streets of Venice and got a bit lost.....which was not a bad thing since we saw some wonderful old buildings, churches and bridges we would not have found. We must experience life's little adventures when offered, no?

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Rena Kathreptis

Photo by Fran Forbes

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Amore Assisi

Amore Assisi

After an exhausting day of climbing the winding streets of Assisi, visiting all the Basilicas and haunting the tourist shops we relaxed over an enjoyable Italian dinner. Tired but happy we strolled slowly back to our hotel.But -WOW-turning the corner to the Piazza San Francesco! We just stopped and stared....we were awestruck... for the lighting in the Piazza filled us all with a sense of tranquillity,joy and peace!To this day this photo gives us the same feeling!!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Photo: Fran Forbes

Photo by Rosana Kutnikas

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Pompei

Pompei

I shoot this picture during my visit to Pompei. Even haven visiting the Amalfi Coast this place is a return to the past so real and also in all the corners we are able to feel the hopeless that those people have had during the Vesuvio eruption. For sure it's a MUST SEE place in Italy and not very far from Rome. It's possible to make a round trip in the same day by train which the station is very close to the archaelogical site.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Travel Guide

Photo: Rosana Kutnikas

Photo by nyctraveler11

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Side view of Positano

Side view of Positano

Positano looks like a painting. Colorful houses just clinging to the mountainside with the beautiful sea right at the bottom. It's instantly relaxing!

Photo: nyctraveler11

Photo by Lear8118

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Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Town out on a ledge, just as we were on the Cinque Terre hike. Exhilerating!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Lear8118

Photo by Piper Kuske

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Colors

Colors

Grocery Shopping in Florence!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Piper Kuske

Photo by Lear8118

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cat napping

cat napping

Found this cat taking a nap in a fishing boat on our Cinque Terre hike. Wanted to join him!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Lear8118

Photo by Lear8118

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storm coming in

storm coming in

Finished the Cinque Terre hike before the storm. Beautiful!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Lear8118

Photo by Piper Kuske

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The Window

The Window

Beauty Surrounds Us....Everywhere We Look.....

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Piper Kuske

Photo by Lear8118

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Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Fabulous hike along the coast!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Lear8118

Photo by Chris Weingartner

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Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore

Getting off the train for the first time in Riomaggiore I was met with this breathtaking view. The beautiful weather combined with beautiful colors of the buildings and boats to provide the warmest welcome to any city I've ever visited in Italy.

Photo: Chris Weingartner

Photo by dbrockbank

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Colosseum

Colosseum

Felt like a day and time the gladiators would be walking in, and looking up, the sight had to be quite similar.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: dbrockbank

Photo by Bob Mamrak

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Christmas night in Assisi

Christmas night in Assisi

We attended the Christmas service in the crypt where St. Francis is buried. Afterwards we wandered the back streets of his hometown.

Photo: Bob Mamrak

Photo by Bob Mamrak

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Alley with a view.

Alley with a view.

The steep, narrow, streets and alleys of Siena provided many hours of great exploring.

Photo: Bob Mamrak

Photo by 1almondjoyce

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La luna sopra Castello Saraceno

La luna sopra Castello Saraceno

When I lived in Sicily in the 1990's I toured this castle which has been closed for many years. This summer while I was on my friends balcony looking out towards the sea I took this shot thinking it was a lovely Kodak moment.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: 1almondjoyce

Photo by Bob Mamrak

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Sforza Castle

Sforza Castle

We drove far out of our way to see this unusual, magnificent castle. It was worth the drive.

Photo: Bob Mamrak

Photo by Mark Monachino

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Tigger in Venice

Tigger in Venice

In Venice with my daughter Molly, who carried Tigger around Europe and took pictures ala the Traveling Gnome.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Mark Monachino

Photo by Bob Mamrak

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Grand Canal

Grand Canal

It was a cold winter day, so few gondolas were in use. The deep, rich blues of these docked gondolas caught my eye.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Bob Mamrak

Photo by Bob Mamrak

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Plaster cast of a Mt. Vesuvius victim

Plaster cast of a Mt. Vesuvius victim

I have always been interested in Pompeii. Seeing casts of people who died in Vesuvius' erruption was incredible.

Photo: Bob Mamrak

Photo by Meghan Kuske

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Italian Trees!

Italian Trees!

We were told by the concierge at our hotel that the drive from Cesenatico to Florence was long and at times could be treacherous. We decided to take our chances. This was taken on our way. The memories we would have missed had we listened to her advice...

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Meghan Kuske

Photo by baglady

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Typical street in Naples

Typical street in Naples

I loved the mix of beautiful flowers, old buildings, narrow street, new motorbikes and the gentleman sitting in his chair waiting for someone to visit with.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Travel Guide

Photo: baglady

Photo by mogollon

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Volterra Flower Market

Volterra Flower Market

Market time in Volterra

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: mogollon

Photo by jwmilz

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The harbor at Bellagio

The harbor at Bellagio

The village of Bellagio on beautiful Lake Como has all the charm you would expect and much of what you don't expect; from bargain shopping to community festivals.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: jwmilz

Photo by madams77

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Kitchen staff taking a quick break after the lunch rush!

Kitchen staff taking a quick break after the lunch rush!

The extraordinary beauty of seeing ordinary events of every day life. (Lucca September, 2009)

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: madams77

Photo by mogollon

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Spanish Steps at 2AM

Spanish Steps at 2AM

How often do you see a picture of the Spanish Steps devoid of people?

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: mogollon

Photo by mogollon

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Ponte Della Maddelena

Ponte Della Maddelena

Almost mystical day on a drive into the mountains of northern Tuscany

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: mogollon

Photo by KatieinTC

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Verdant Lucca

Verdant Lucca

It was raining, but the majesty and beauty of the verdant trees outside the walls of Lucca deserved our attention.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: KatieinTC

Photo by KatieinTC

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A Feast for the Senses

A Feast for the Senses

A treat for the eyes and the body!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: KatieinTC

Photo by baglady

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Positano at its loveliest!

Positano at its loveliest!

I had read about Positano and seen pictures of Positano, but that view from the bus took my breath away. To see so many beautiful, old, pastel-colored buildings jutting from that cliff was jaw-dropping. Coupled with the pure blue sky and sea, it just doesn't get any better!

Photo: baglady

Photo by naneu

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The Backdoors of Venice

The Backdoors of Venice

I took this picture along the route from our B&B to the grand canal. I was fascinated by how everything is delivered to all the shops and cafe's in the midst of Venice along these narrow little waterways

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: naneu

Photo by KatieinTC

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The old and the new

The old and the new

As in most cities in Italy, you can be walking down a crowded street and peek through a small doorway to find brilliant surprises.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: KatieinTC

Photo by 1almondjoyce

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Now That's Italian

Now That's Italian

While living in Taormina 15 years ago I was invited to ride in a caretto and play the bells while riding down Corso Umberto in the parade. The couple in the back of this cart are my sicilian family. It was a pleasant surprise while visiting Castlemola last summer I found them playing in the parade in Castlemola. Note the miniature horse in the background.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: 1almondjoyce

Photo by 1almondjoyce

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Montalbano

Montalbano

While wandering through the quaint backstreets with my son we came upon this gentleman enjoying the afternoon sunshine in his charming corner of the town.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: 1almondjoyce

Photo by aholliday34

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Sight into the Pienza Valley

Sight into the Pienza Valley

Pienza is a lovely sid-hill town in south-east Tuscany. This view shows a peaceful valley to the south of the town.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: aholliday34

Photo by lori2003

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Palatino ruins

Palatino ruins

This place was so peaceful, you could have been there a thousand years ago.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: lori2003

Photo by aholliday34

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Arch with two trees

Arch with two trees

Todi is a hill town, and we became lost on the way down. This scene was found at the end of a short street. The photo made up for coming down the hill on the opposite side of the parking lot 2 miles away.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Photo: aholliday34

Photo by GLong2027

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Trevi Fountain -- Rome

Trevi Fountain -- Rome

Last day of our 23-day vacation (mother, daughter, grandmother) to Italy and Greece. Rome -- What a way to end the trip!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: GLong2027

Photo by GLong2027

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Peeping through a Knights of Malta gate keyhole at St. Peter's ... Wow!

Peeping through a Knights of Malta gate keyhole at St. Peter's ... Wow!

This photo was shot through a keyhole of a gate at a retreat of the Knights of Malta on Aventine Hill ... who would have ever known this view was inside a keyhole?

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: GLong2027

Photo by Pvoyageuse

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Nice hat

Nice hat

A very dignified donkey in a garden in Palermo

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Pvoyageuse

Photo by RoyThornton

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Clock of all Clocks

Clock of all Clocks

This was the male steam bath at the ruins and the sky light was built to tell time. It was very interesting how they made life so simple

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: RoyThornton

Photo by Pvoyageuse

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Photo: Pvoyageuse

Photo by GretchenJensen

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The Colors of Burano

The Colors of Burano

We couldn't bare to do one more factory tour and skipped the lace factory and discovered the gorgeous island of Burano.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: GretchenJensen

Photo by jessicadebrasouth

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Inside St. Peter's Basilica

Inside St. Peter's Basilica

Although it was very difficult to get well light pictures inside St. Peter's Basilica, this photograph shows off the colors of the marble and the artistry of the carvings perfectly.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: jessicadebrasouth

Photo by Elizabeth R. Liles

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Peek-A-Boo

Peek-A-Boo

A villager looks out his window to see the tourists below. As I snapped the photo I was unaware that he was there peeking out the window. What perfect timing.

Photo: Elizabeth R. Liles

Photo by GLong2027

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Cinque Terre Village

Cinque Terre Village

My mother, my daughter, and I shared a day of fun, food, sun, and laughter, as we visited the villages of the Cinque Terre. Our visit was not long enough, so returned two years later.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: GLong2027

Photo by 1almondjoyce

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Acireale

Acireale

This castle is constructed from lava stone which is a result of volcanic activity from Mt Etna. It is dark but beautiful especially against the sparkling blue green ocean in a lovely bay in Acitrezza.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: 1almondjoyce

Photo by jessicadebrasouth

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Man on the Rock

Man on the Rock

As we passed around the Isle of Capri on a beautifully sunny morning, we all waved to and greeted the statue on the rock. It was such an unusual, striking and very memorable moment of our tour.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Travel Guide

Photo: jessicadebrasouth

Photo by GretchenJensen

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The Senate and the Roman People

The Senate and the Roman People

Dirty, gritty Roman beauty.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: GretchenJensen

Photo by RoyThornton

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What a meal

What a meal

This had to be one of the best meals ever. They should put this on the front of a food magazine or use it for a regional article on dining

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: RoyThornton

Photo by jessicadebrasouth

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Sunlight on Capri

Sunlight on Capri

The lighting in this photo is just captivating and truly illustrates what a beautiful morning it was when we took a boat around the Isle of Capri. The water, the cliffs and the plant life being hit by that striking morning sun are unspeakably beautiful.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Travel Guide

Photo: jessicadebrasouth

Photo by Elizabeth R. Liles

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A View From Above

A View From Above

Capturing the beauty of the morning, as I walk toward the fisherman's area in the town of Sorrento. Every corner you turned in this quaint town was so photogentic.

Photo: Elizabeth R. Liles

Photo by GLong2027

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Priano Cove -- Amalfi Coast

Priano Cove -- Amalfi Coast

My mother, my daughter, and I scrimp all year to be able to visit Europe each May. There is a small family-run cafe in this cove where the owner's son was celebrating his 8th birthday, and when we entered the cafe, we were asked to join in the celebration. We felt truly Italian!

Photo: GLong2027

Photo by GretchenJensen

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Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco

Shop keeper preparing for the tourists in the Piazza San Marco.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: GretchenJensen

Photo by jessicadebrasouth

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Isle of Capri

Isle of Capri

This is the view we had from the top portion of the Isle of Capri on what was the sunniest day of our tour.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Travel Guide

Photo: jessicadebrasouth

Photo by GLong2027

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Byron's Grotto -- Portovenere

Byron's Grotto -- Portovenere

I teach English literature, so seeing Byron's grotto was like going on a pilgrimage to me. Having my daughter (pictured) and my mother with me made the trip even more special.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: GLong2027

Photo by GretchenJensen

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I Heart Italia

I Heart Italia

When in Rome!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: GretchenJensen

Photo by jessicadebrasouth

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Sunset & Vesuvius

Sunset & Vesuvius

We were driving up a narrow, winding road to our hotel in Sorrento. We were so tired after a long day of touring and driving, but this moment with the sunset and Mt. Vesuvius in the background was the highlight of the day. A very majestic sight.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Travel Guide

Photo: jessicadebrasouth

Photo by RoyThornton

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What life must have been like?

What life must have been like?

Visiting the Coliseum and woundering what like was like was very exciting. The degree of work that was put in by the builders and the pure thought of how each piece would work for their purpose. This has to be one of the all time greats of the world from a contstruction view point

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: RoyThornton

Photo by 1almondjoyce

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Bronte

Bronte

When I entered this courtyard I was enamored by the rustic charm of the ivy covered walls combined with my favorite flowering vines&trees.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: 1almondjoyce

Photo by Victoria Deppe

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Passeggiata

Passeggiata

No visitor to Italy should miss passeggiata.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Victoria Deppe

Photo by Michael Winnick

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Vernazza Lunch

Vernazza Lunch

Italy is food. For a seafood lover there is nothing better than a platter of pasta, frutti di mare, and wine. After a 5 hour hike from Rimaggiore to Vernazza this stop was a welcome reward.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Michael Winnick

Photo by Victoria Deppe

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The Pantheon

The Pantheon

One of Rome's many engineering marvels, the Pantheon is in excellent condition, owing to its continuous use since antiquity. The oculus provides the only light in the entire structure.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Victoria Deppe

Photo by maria amato

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a beautiful sunset over pietraperzia

a beautiful sunset over pietraperzia

we had a wonderful family holiday in sicily in 2007 and whilst driving to our home in pietraperzia we were able to capture this beautiful sunset. very happy memories

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: maria amato

Photo by Michael Winnick

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Countryside Poppy's

Countryside Poppy's

When I think Tuscany, besides hill towns, I think of views like this. A curving country roadway, poppy's, house on a hill, and drama adding dark clouds.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Michael Winnick

Photo by Victoria Deppe

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A bride & groom enjoy a quiet moment on their wedding day.

A bride & groom enjoy a quiet moment on their wedding day.

Rome isn't just a fabulous cultural destination. For millions of people, it's home.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Victoria Deppe

Photo by Karleen Bradford

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The Boar in the Florence Market

The Boar in the Florence Market

Rub his nose and you will be sure to return to Florence.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Karleen Bradford

Photo by maria amato

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temple at agrigento

temple at agrigento

we had the most wonderful family holiday in sicily and a particularly fantastic day at agrigento

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: maria amato

Photo by Ashley Jones

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Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

While studying abroad in Roma, my first weekend trip was to Firenze. It was the first absolutely gorgeous day (it was February) and Firenze is breathtakingly beautiful. I loves the way the sunshine illuminates the Ponte Vecchio in this photo. I had an amazing weekend with friends and the locals. When I went back to Roma, I left a large part of my heart in Firenze!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Ashley Jones

Photo by Karleen Bradford

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The Faraglioni off Capri

The Faraglioni off Capri

We sailed right through the hole!

Photo: Karleen Bradford

Photo by astoep

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Bella Italia

Bella Italia

I took this photo while on a bike tour in Italy. We rode from Venice to Florence. This photo was taken at a time when I felt overwhelmed with the beauty and peacefulness of the country side, and love of life.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Emilia–Romagna Travel Guide

Photo: astoep

Photo by Victoria Deppe

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Venetian Traffic Jam

Venetian Traffic Jam

In some locales, being stuck in traffic is a bit more pleasant than others!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Victoria Deppe

Photo by Michael Winnick

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Il Duomo Facade

Il Duomo Facade

The Duomo in Florence is one of the most beautiful and colorful in Italy. We have been to Florence numerous times and it never ceases to impress us.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Michael Winnick

Photo by Victoria Deppe

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East meets West:  a Byzantine Window

East meets West: a Byzantine Window

Until we traveled to Italy, I did not realize the profound impact trade with the east had on this city.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Victoria Deppe

Photo by Karleen Bradford

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Vesuvius as seen from Pompeii

Vesuvius as seen from Pompeii

Vesuvius is awe-inspiring

Photo: Karleen Bradford

Photo by Karleen Bradford

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View from our hotel

View from our hotel

We were woken up every morning by the bells from this lovely old church. (And barking dogs, crowing roosters and bleating goats!)

Photo: Karleen Bradford

Photo by Karleen Bradford

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Amalfi Harbour in the moonlight

Amalfi Harbour in the moonlight

This was taken from our hotel balcony on our first night in Amalfi. Magical!

Photo: Karleen Bradford

Photo by oinchats

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Vernazza at night

Vernazza at night

The colors at night here are something to behold.

Photo: oinchats

Photo by alcarr00

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Did you ever think Italy looked like this?

Did you ever think Italy looked like this?

I have traveled many places in the world and this is one sight that truly took my breath away. Italy is so beautiful in so many ways.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: alcarr00

Photo by Cathmik

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Garden overlooking Bagania, Italy

Garden overlooking Bagania, Italy

We left Viterbo, one hour North of Rome, in search of this garden for the second time in a week. It is up a SMALL lane in the city of Bagania. We were at the top of the garden, which shows the surrounding valleys in the background. What a perfect day!

Photo: Cathmik

Photo by alcarr00

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Does it get any fresher than this?

Does it get any fresher than this?

The colors of the foods, the warm day, the drink of cold water I had just gotten out of the fountain...

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: alcarr00

Photo by annerev

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Photo: annerev

Photo by Elizabeth R. Liles

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Double Rainbow over Pompeii

Double Rainbow over Pompeii

It was so awesome to see this at the end of a short rain during my first trip to Italy. I knew my guardian angel was watching over me when the rainbow appeared. It filled the sky with wonder.

Photo: Elizabeth R. Liles

Photo by Peter_krynicki

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Impossible to Capture

Impossible to Capture

In this digital age there are still people willing to spend the time and effort to try to capture a scene with a brush and paint.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Peter_krynicki

Photo by maria amato

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san giorgio from the piazetta

san giorgio from the piazetta

i love this view of san giorgio from the piazetta, showing the gondola poles, the lamp and just the tip of a gondola, on a beautiful clear day. So peaceful.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: maria amato

Photo by maria amato

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a foggy day

a foggy day

from the accademia bridge, for me this photo captures venice

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: maria amato

Photo by maria amato

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the beautiful Ca'd'Oro

the beautiful Ca'd'Oro

visiting this palazzo, i was mesmerised by the beautiful architecture, with the mist over the grand canal through the windows

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: maria amato

Photo by schnookies

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Gondolier in deep thought

Gondolier in deep thought

While there were people everywhere sightseeing, walking, shopping and trying to find "the right gondola ride", this guy was just in his own world. Sitting in deep thoughts, never looking up. It just caught my attention and added to my picture and made it my favorite one!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: schnookies

Photo by peteritaly

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What a relaxing view

What a relaxing view

After dreaming for so many years of visiting the home country of my parents my wife and I toured central Italy and found Positano the most serene and filled with beauty.

Photo: peteritaly

Photo by Jennifer M. Price

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Lush Lemons

Lush Lemons

This picture just epitomizes Italy to me, not to mention I love Limoncello!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Jennifer M. Price

Photo by Jennifer M. Price

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Pink Carnations

Pink Carnations

"The Five Lands" of Cinque Terre were breathtaking. I had to take this picture of the blooming pink carnations outside a pesto shop in Monterosso al Mare.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Jennifer M. Price

Photo by Nancy Krause

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Spectacular Amalfi Coast

Spectacular Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast was all that I expected and more. I had so many great pictures of the area it was hard to pick just one. I picked this one because I loved the combination of the flowers, the single building on the left and the magnificant hilltop.

Photo: Nancy Krause

Photo by Jennifer M. Price

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Graffiti

Graffiti

Walking along the streets of Florence we had to stop and reflect on this very appropriate message. Then we got thirsty and stopped for some red wine.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Jennifer M. Price

Photo by Jennifer M. Price

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View of Vernazza

View of Vernazza

The challenging 2-hour hike from Monterosso al Mare to Vernazza was well worth it to experience this breathtaking view. It also meant that we were almost done and could celebrate with some wine and pizza!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Jennifer M. Price

Photo by bjnuffer

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The Monastery of Cortona

The Monastery of Cortona

This monestary was such a peaceful place, snugged into a beautiful hillside near Cortona.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: bjnuffer

Photo by bjnuffer

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Market Day

Market Day

It was fun to see all the local produce. Notice the beautiful zucchini blossoms!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: bjnuffer

Photo by Margarita Schultheis /PA-USA

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Vittorio Emanuele II Monument

Vittorio Emanuele II Monument

This structure has been called..."the wedding cake", "the false teeth", "the typewriter". It is so gordy - it's breath- takingly beautiful!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Margarita Schultheis /PA-USA

Photo by bjnuffer

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Leaving The Market in Cortona

Leaving The Market in Cortona

We arrived early for the weekly market in Cortona so we could enjoy the locals. We spotted this woman who had already done her shopping for the week and was carrying her produce home.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: bjnuffer

Photo by vineyardCT

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Pope Benedict's Mass in Memory of Pope John Paul II

Pope Benedict's Mass in Memory of Pope John Paul II

This photo took place exactly one hour after landing in Italy! We were lucky enough to find seats in the 11th row. My family and I could not believe our good fortune and just goes to show that one does not need to be a travel expert to create such treasures - just a fabulous Fodor's guide!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: vineyardCT

Photo by bjnuffer

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A Garden in Lucca

A Garden in Lucca

We were biking along the wall surrounding Lucca and spotted this gorgeous garden. We biked down and toured the garden. Loved all the statues and roses.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: bjnuffer

Photo by bjnuffer

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Views of Sienna Piazza Del Campo

Views of Sienna Piazza Del Campo

We had been to Sienna last year in the pouring rain and returned a year later to this gorgeous blue sky....we fell in love with Sienna.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: bjnuffer

Photo by vineyardCT

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Doges Palace courtyard

Doges Palace courtyard

While waiting for our Doges Palace tour to begin, I shot this photo when the sun was peeking through. The courtyard was completely circled and the building is huge - I realized that the sun does always find a way through.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: vineyardCT

Photo by Kathy Usher

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Father & Son stroll down a Venice street

Father & Son stroll down a Venice street

My daughter and I stopped into a little shop and when we left, I saw this photo of father & son strolling down a Venice Street as though they were residents who lived there for ages. Looking closely at the back of my son's t-shirt will tell you that he is a member of the FDNY. - a very poignant moment for me!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Kathy Usher

Photo by madams77

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Even in Volterra, pets take siesta! Sept. 28, 2009

Even in Volterra, pets take siesta! Sept. 28, 2009

The simplicity of life as it can be!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: madams77

Photo by Robert Seidenberg

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A Hidden Hillside Oasis

A Hidden Hillside Oasis

Walking the trail from Monterosso to Vernazza on a day of stifling heat. We arrived at this point with a refreshing glimpse of this beautiful village that awaited us as we descended on Vernazza. We were hot, and tired. It was a beautiful oasis that was upon us. We would finish our descent and immediately jump in the refreshing water. A truly memorable image and memorable day.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Robert Seidenberg

Photo by Kathy Usher

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View from I Melograni, Empoli

View from I Melograni, Empoli

After years of planning for a family "Dream Trip" we were finally here! I looked out our bedroom window and saw my children walking towards Piazzano Vineyards. Beth had suffered from radical brain surgery and Brian is a member of FDNY.I realized that this was a once in a lifetime photo which took years to create. On those very bleak New England days, I take this out of my memory.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Kathy Usher

Photo by Ilana Seror

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A home supplies

A home supplies "store" in Marettimo, Sicily

I am from Northern Italy, but this was my first time in Sicily. I was sailing with friends last summer, and we stopped at Marettimo, a tiny island off the coast of Trapani. This man was selling home supplies to people of the town. It was not a touristy attraction. It was original!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Ilana Seror

Photo by cschell44

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A perfect day for reflection.

A perfect day for reflection.

The Devil's Bridge 9/22/09.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: cschell44

Photo by acozier

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The Duomo

The Duomo

The celling of the The Duomo. Just breathtaking.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: acozier

Photo by acozier

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Leaning Tower

Leaning Tower

a freakishly beautiful building

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: acozier

Photo by ISLEMAN

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Sunset on the Grand Canal

Sunset on the Grand Canal

A beautiful evening in a beautiful city !!!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: ISLEMAN

Photo by annatomlin

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St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica

On the afternoon I visited St. Peter's, the sky suddenly clouded over and a heavy rain fell. The plaza suddenly became almost devoid of people and only the sound of the rain was heard. This was at the time that Pope John Paul II was gravely ill.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: annatomlin

Photo by acozier

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View if Firenze (Florence)

View if Firenze (Florence)

What can words say :)

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: acozier

Photo by acozier

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Duomo

Duomo

Taken last year (08) on our family holiday around Italy. Florence's cathedral dome just breath taking to look at.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: acozier

Photo by suz123nj

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A view to Remember

A view to Remember

Awakening to this view made the day begin perfectly. Eah morning we were greetly my the birds' songs and the fragrent flowers in the garden.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: suz123nj

Photo by amerchanthouse

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Ripe for the picking!!!

Ripe for the picking!!!

While driving to Montefalco, we stopped by a vineyard along a back road to photograph the coming harvest.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Photo: amerchanthouse

Photo by amerchanthouse

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Ravello's view

Ravello's view

We have traveled to some beautiful places in the world, but no spot so far is more beautiful or peaceful than this place high above the ocean in Ravello.

Photo: amerchanthouse

Photo by Nancy Yesu

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Now that's a HIKE!

Now that's a HIKE!

A moment of reflection near the home of my great grandfather, Vincenzo LoBello. He came from Sicily to America with only $20 in his pocket to try and make a better life for his family. At that moment I was so grateful for his courage and determination. I thought about him hiking up these 100 or so terraced stairs every day to bring dinner home to his family. What a different life I now lead.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Nancy Yesu

Photo by Amy Ferguson

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Torre del Mangia

Torre del Mangia

This was taken in Siena, Italy. This is the Torre del Mangia in the Piazza del Campo. Another perfect sky in Italy.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Amy Ferguson

Photo by Nancy Yesu

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Let your light shine upon us

Let your light shine upon us

It wasn't until I was home from my trip and looked at my photos on my computer that I realized they symbolic nature of this photo.I hadn't noticed the light streaming through the window when I took the photo.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Nancy Yesu

Photo by marchegiano

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The view from Pompei

The view from Pompei

This is the view from Pompei. You can see the steam vents -signs of the resting power that both destroyed and preserved. As we entered Pompei my son said "It's like walking into a history book."

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Travel Guide

Photo: marchegiano

Photo by Nancy Yesu

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Past or present?

Past or present?

What struck me about this photo was the modern scooters lined up against the historical entryways.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Nancy Yesu

Photo by Nancy Yesu

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Serenity

Serenity

When we peeked inside the lobby to this apartment building I was struck by how something so beautiful could just be by itself tucked in the corner. It was a peaceful contrast to the hustle and bustle of the Spanish steps right outside the doorway.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Nancy Yesu

Photo by ANG2152

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FOUNTAINS AND MORE FOUNTAINS

FOUNTAINS AND MORE FOUNTAINS

MY WIFE AND I VISITED THE VILLA FOR HER BIRTHDAY, A TRULY UNFORGETABLE PLACE.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: ANG2152

Photo by Lyn Clarke

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Life in a Venice neighborhood

Life in a Venice neighborhood

This alley captured my attention because it reminded me of neighborhoods around Boston when I was a kid. There is something universal about daily activities like laundry.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Lyn Clarke

Photo by Amy Ferguson

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Row!!

Row!!

We seemed to just happen upon the best festivals and sights when we were in Italy. This was the Regata Storica 2007.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Amy Ferguson

Photo by lpennin104

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The Gardens of Isola Bella

The Gardens of Isola Bella

This area of Italy is not well known but full of lovely areas. I'd never heard of Isola Bella but was delighted by it's magnificant gardens and fabulous mansion. Well worth the boat trip to see.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: lpennin104

Photo by Nancy Yesu

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Chestnuts anyone?

Chestnuts anyone?

Seeing this young man roasting chestnuts reminded me of my grandfather roasting chestnuts for me as a little girl.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Nancy Yesu

Photo by Amy Ferguson

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Il Duomo

Il Duomo

We had just arrived in Florence and were taking a stroll. We walked around a corner and came upon Il Duomo. It was such a beautiful, breathtaking sight, tears were actually brought to my eyes.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Amy Ferguson

Photo by Lyn Clarke

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The Calla Lunga canal in Venice.

The Calla Lunga canal in Venice.

We had just arrived in Venice. After all the initial burst of activity; finding the vaporetto, tugging our suitcases down cobbled alleys, finding our apartment, and unpacking, it was finally time to wander to the local grocery store. We walked a few yards from our apartment and we were thrilled to see this view. Suddenly, we sighed and realized why we came.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Lyn Clarke

Photo by Amy Ferguson

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Vatican

Vatican

This photo was taken in the Vatican gardens looking up at the domes. Seems there's always a perfect sky in Italy.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Amy Ferguson

Photo by Lyn Clarke

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First glimpse of Monterosso from National trail.

First glimpse of Monterosso from National trail.

In the Cinque Terre, the National trail can be arduous in places. But, there is this moment when one suddenly sees one's first glimpse of the next fairy tale town. Fabulous!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: Lyn Clarke

Photo by Amy Ferguson

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Life goes on

Life goes on

I thought this was a beautiful photograph showing the ruins of the Colosseum and the new, fresh blooming flowers.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Amy Ferguson

Photo by ExServiceman

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Angels in the park in Taormina

Angels in the park in Taormina

I had returned to Sicily for the first time in sixty-six years to show the island to my wife. I spotted these bronze angels in the Giardino Publico and just had to take a snap.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: ExServiceman

Photo by Scates

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Festa Medievale - Bevagna

Festa Medievale - Bevagna

The day we arrived in Bevagna the Hotel (l'Orto degli Angeli) had made us reservations for the Festa Medievale's evening performance. A wonderful gesture that led to an evening of fun.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Photo: Scates

Photo by Scates

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L'Orto Degli Angeli - courtyard

L'Orto Degli Angeli - courtyard

After 4 days on the go in Rome we headed for Bevagna for some peace and relaxation. Wonderful food, very nice people, and the town Festival was in full swing.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Photo: Scates

Photo by Bernadetta Rydel

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Venetian sunset

Venetian sunset

Breathtaking sunset

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Bernadetta Rydel

Photo by Bernadetta Rydel

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small canal in Venice

small canal in Venice

Small, dirty but beautiful canal in Venice.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Bernadetta Rydel

Photo by Bernadetta Rydel

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colorful houses on Burano Island

colorful houses on Burano Island

You have a feeling you enter anothe world more colorful more joyfull

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Bernadetta Rydel

Photo by piliph

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San Gimignano Door

San Gimignano Door

The sense of time past, and many generations who have passed through those doors.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: piliph

Photo by Holly McKee

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Dolomites

Dolomites

A memorable hike through the scenic Dolomites.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Dolomites Travel Guide

Photo: Holly McKee

Photo by Holly McKee

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Quiet Venice Canal

Quiet Venice Canal

Cliche but still a beautiful moment in Venice.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Holly McKee

Photo by Holly McKee

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Vernazza, Cinque Terre

Vernazza, Cinque Terre

A lengthy hike to the top of Vernazza was rewarded with this amazing view.

Photo: Holly McKee

Photo by Holly McKee

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Orvieto Duomo

Orvieto Duomo

One of Italy's most spectacular duomos.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Photo: Holly McKee

Photo by Holly McKee

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Manarola, Cinque Terre

Manarola, Cinque Terre

They use a crane to launch the boats from this picturesque Cinque Terre village.

Photo: Holly McKee

Photo by ExServiceman

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Fading light on the Grand Canal

Fading light on the Grand Canal

It was the end of a perfect day and most of the gondoliers had gone home. As I watched the scene from our balcony the light on the canal just begged to be snapped

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: ExServiceman

Photo by sandy3

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"Positano"

When we arrived in Positano, I asked our driver, "Where is the dome overlooking the town as seen in travel brochures?" I was expecting to see a look of "not understanding what I was talking about" when all of a sudden he said, in his Italian accent -"Come, I'll show you!". When we arrived at the hotel that overlooks this site - I was stunned at how beautiful it was and that I was going to have my very own picture! Lasting memory - you bet! My son proposed to his girlfriend in Positano.

Photo: sandy3

Photo by Dick Williams

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Street scene in Rome's Trastevere section

Street scene in Rome's Trastevere section

The ancient merges seamlessly with the present, the subllime with the mundane throughout Rome and to walk the streets and alley ways is to soak up centuries of Italian life.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Dick Williams

Photo by sandy3

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Italians on vacation

Italians on vacation

I had always heard that July in Europe was crowded with vacationers. This small beach at Amalfi proved it with colorful umbrellas covering every bit of sand! People were shoulder to shoulder but yet everyone seemed to be laughing and having a good time. Living la vida loca!

Photo: sandy3

Photo by Uma

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Twins

Twins

We spent a lazy afternoon with the twin churches, people and fountains in Piazza del Popolo.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Uma

Photo by carolinaking

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Does it get any better than this?

Does it get any better than this?

The picture perfect weather!

Photo: carolinaking

Photo by Love2Vacation07

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Trevi Fountain at Night

Trevi Fountain at Night

The Trevi Fountain was beautiful in the day time but more extraordinary at night!!! Amazing!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Love2Vacation07

Photo by Uma

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Perfect Balance

Perfect Balance

We liked to watch the gondolieri ply the waters of the Grand Canal.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Uma

Photo by Uma

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Gondolas at rest

Gondolas at rest

One of many, many gondola pictures my husband took.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Uma

Photo by Love2Vacation07

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Ancient Greek Theatre

Ancient Greek Theatre

I thought this was a cool shot of one of the openings in the Greek theatre where you can see part of Mt. Etna, the active volcano. It was such a beautiful day!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Love2Vacation07

Photo by Uma

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Traffic on the Grand Canal

Traffic on the Grand Canal

Watching all the traffic on the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Uma

Photo by TRSW

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The Three Grace's

The Three Grace's

On my first trip to Florence, I became freinds with the owners of the Pensione that I stayed at. As a cook, we had talked about me making dinner for them at the Pensione. Unfortunatly those plans fell through. Flash forward a year. The dinner is going to happen. But it will take place out at Luciano and Susy's farmhouse with 3 couples they invited. The dinner went well into the night and I spent the night. When I awoke, the hills were shrouded in fog. As I take off to take photos, I come across what Luciano calls his "Three Grace's". They are three, fully operationl, 1960's era Fiat 500's.

Photo: TRSW

Photo by Love2Vacation07

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Taken from a cliff in Taormina Sicily

Taken from a cliff in Taormina Sicily

The sea there was so serene, blue and beautiful! I never seen water like this. A paradise!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Love2Vacation07

Photo by Love2Vacation07

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Beautiful work of art near Vatican City

Beautiful work of art near Vatican City

We were on our bus tour when I saw this statue. I don't know how I capture this shot on a moving bus. It looks incredible against the sky!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Love2Vacation07

Photo by Love2Vacation07

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The Tiber River in Trastevere

The Tiber River in Trastevere

This was a beautiful shot of the sunset in Trastevere on the Tiber River with the Italian music playing, the outdoor films playing and all the lights in the background. Bellissima!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Love2Vacation07

Photo by Jane Horlings

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San Biagio

San Biagio

We have stayed at a small inn just by this church several times. The simplicity of the church is beautiful, surrounded by the rolling hills of Tuscany; it's an area we return to over and over!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Jane Horlings

Photo by ajassal29

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Calm Waters

Calm Waters

This was taken on a day that my fiance and I decided to lose the map and just get lost in this beautiful city.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: ajassal29

Photo by April Nelson

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Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona

This picture is not out of focus. It's what the Piazza Navona really looked like - after a bottle of wine...or two... Rain started an umbrella salesmen popped up everywhere out of nowhere. We bargained so long, we were soaked when we finally bought one for 4 Euros.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: April Nelson

Photo by Boko

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Photo: Boko

Photo by April Nelson

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Inside the Colosseum

Inside the Colosseum

The Colosseum was great, but splitting a panini outside the Colosseum in the rain with my husband was the best.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: April Nelson

Photo by April Nelson

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Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo

Trying to see Rome in a day. Sundown was the middle of the day.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: April Nelson

Photo by April Nelson

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Fountain in St. Peter's Square

Fountain in St. Peter's Square

The water glowing in the sunshine. Spending a week in Europe with my husband.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: April Nelson

Photo by LMCastagna

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Rooftops to St. Peter's

Rooftops to St. Peter's

A top the Spanish Steps, looking out over the city rooftops toward St. Peter's looming in the distance, what a view!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: LMCastagna

Photo by NancyD9393

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Montelcino door knocker

Montelcino door knocker

Not only are the doors fabulous in Italy, so are the many varied knockers. Loved this one!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: NancyD9393

Photo by April Nelson

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Vatican City - Swiss Guards

Vatican City - Swiss Guards

Serious job - super fun outfits. I think the Denver Broncos have the same socks...

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: April Nelson

Photo by LMCastagna

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Looking up at the Spanish Steps

Looking up at the Spanish Steps

Our hotel was just atop the Spanish Steps! I loved this area, loved my time in Rome!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: LMCastagna

Photo by gracie04

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Rialto Market

Rialto Market

I love the outdoor markets of Europe, the colors are so vibrant. The Rialto Market in Venice is a favorite. I loved walking through the market in the morning, and bringing back treats to the apartment for later.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: gracie04

Photo by NancyD9393

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Montepulciano door

Montepulciano door

Classic gorgeous doorway in Italy! Taken in Montepulciano, Tuscany.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: NancyD9393

Photo by NancyD9393

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Wine Shop in Rodda in Chianti

Wine Shop in Rodda in Chianti

loved this wine shop in the village of Rodda in Chianti. It was so colorful and alive.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: NancyD9393

Photo by NancyD9393

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The Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Bridge

Love this bridge, and the scenery directly behind it.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: NancyD9393

Photo by NancyD9393

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Cortona doorway

Cortona doorway

I loved the lighting, and the many different textures and colors on the old wall around this doorway. It's classic Italy!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: NancyD9393

Photo by LMCastagna

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Good Friday in Venice

Good Friday in Venice

Taken on Good Friday in a Taxi ride to Murano Island; just look at the sky; it looked and felt like Good Friday, the day felt special. Had a Great time in Murano!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: LMCastagna

Photo by Peter R. Burzynski

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Classic Venetian Canal

Classic Venetian Canal

When traveling with my wife, we try as best we can to avoid the crowds and congestion of cities. After arriving in Venice, the classic Venetian sights - San Marco Square, the Rialto Bridge, Doge'sPalace, the Grand Canal - were teeming with tourists. Sensing that the only way to escape the crowds was to head away from these areas, we went into the "heart" of backstreet Venice. Within a few minutes, we happened upon this scene...a quiet, serene canal. The laundry drying on the shared clothesline overhanging the canal bespoke of a Venice not everyone gets to experience. And we were the better for finding it!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Peter R. Burzynski

Photo by Patrick Walsh

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A Tuscan Profile at Sunset

A Tuscan Profile at Sunset

We had been driving a circuit around the Val d'Orcia all day and were on our way to San Quirico for dinner when we spotted this hillside in the setting sun. It was a mad scramble to get out of the car and climb into some fields to find an angle to capture the moment.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Patrick Walsh

Photo by laurette

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The bells of Santo Stefano, Assisi

The bells of Santo Stefano, Assisi

The beautiful, tiny Romanesque church of Santo Stefano, tucked away on a quiet, hilly street in Assisi. The ground outside the church was covered with rice from a wedding earlier in the day.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Photo: laurette

Photo by LMCastagna

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A top the Boboli Gardens

A top the Boboli Gardens

It was a cold cloudy morning and by the time we got to the top of the Boboli Gardens the Sun came out and you could see clear out across the Tuscan Hillside. Just Beautiful! I just want to pop through this picture every time I look at it.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: LMCastagna

Photo by laurette

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Detail of exterior wall sconce, the Vatican

Detail of exterior wall sconce, the Vatican

It was my fourth visit to Rome, but there's always something new to discover and admire! November 2007 - my 60th birthday trip to Italy.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: laurette

Photo by Peter R. Burzynski

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Venetian Gondoliers

Venetian Gondoliers

The unique "streets" of Venice are plied by gondoliers who offer travelers a wonderfully romantic experience with vocal accompaniment. As my wife and I had just emerged from our own half-hour tour, we looked down from a bridge to see other gondolas that were making their way down the canal. The day had been ideal - including touring the city and visiting its many historic sights, and culminating with a fabulous Italian meal and then an incredible gondola ride. It was a classic way for us to celebrate thirty years of marriage.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Peter R. Burzynski

Photo by laurette

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The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

Thanksgiving weekend 2007 - and my 60th birthday - in beautiful, amazing Assisi (Umbria). This photo was taken from the top of the Rocco Maggiore, the ancient fortress overlooking the town Saint Francis called home.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Photo: laurette

Photo by JAX9000

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Evening stroll at Piazza Navona

Evening stroll at Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is my favorite place in Rome. That night the city of Rome was offering a show at the piazza, featuring opera singers. It was my last night in Rome and a unforgetable moment

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: JAX9000

Photo by Jody A. Thompson

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On the Spanish Steps

On the Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps were where Rome was happening!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Jody A. Thompson

Photo by PRLCH

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The View at Lake Como

The View at Lake Como

We woke up to this stunning view from our apartment every morning. The intense blue water surrounded by mountains and homes makes Lake Como a unique place

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: PRLCH

Photo by Jody A. Thompson

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The Colosseum

The Colosseum

The Colosseum at night.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Jody A. Thompson

Photo by johnsag

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Lamp Post Along The Arno

Lamp Post Along The Arno

This is the base of a lamp on the border of the Arno River that splits Florence in half. This shows that even the slightest little detail of the city does not go overlooked. It is historic, eerie, and beautiful.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: johnsag

Photo by Jody A. Thompson

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Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

The iconic Trevi Fountain.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Jody A. Thompson

Photo by Jody A. Thompson

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Regional Wine Tasting

Regional Wine Tasting

Italy was magical in so many ways, but imagine happening upon a tasting on regional wines and olive oils in the middle of a piazza in Florence. It was a real taste of Florence, and the winery owners were eager to share stories.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Jody A. Thompson

Photo by johnsag

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Sunny Day at Piazzale Michelangelo

Sunny Day at Piazzale Michelangelo

The first sunny day all week! My friends and I hiked to the top of Piazzale Michelangelo where we could get an amazing view of Florence. Atop this lookout point life seemed to stand still with the simply strumming of a guitar floating in the background. It was pure excellence.

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Chocolate Fair

Chocolate Fair

This is a Chocolate Fair in February in the Piazza di Santa Croce. I lived in an apartment lining the piazza. I was outside drinking boxed wine on the steps of the church with my friends as we watched Italians and tourists alike mill about the fair. It was so lovely just to step outside my door and walk right into this wonderful scene. Life couldn't have been any better at this moment.

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Photo by JAX9000

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The Palio Race

The Palio Race

A long wait, a fast race and a beautiful show

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Photo: JAX9000

Photo by Allison Codie Swift

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Gelato

Gelato

The scenery and weather was beautiful when we were in Florence, but the gelato was so good that we went back to the same shop every day. The owner of the shop was so nice that it was the icing on the.... Gelato!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Allison Codie Swift

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Detail of Fount in front of the Panteon

Detail of Fount in front of the Panteon

Funny detail in this XVIII century fountain

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Photo by Bob Berne

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Chiusrue, January morning

Chiusrue, January morning

Early morning in Chiusure, Italy, 3 kms from Monte Oliveto in central Tuscany.

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Photo: Bob Berne

Photo by Jody A. Thompson

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A view from the Campanile

A view from the Campanile

Venice is a treat to see from the water, but just as beautiful from above.

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Photo by irishincanada

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Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday

I looked around for Clark Gable but he wasn't there.

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Sistine Chapel

Sistine Chapel

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Sunbaked Towers

Sunbaked Towers

Not hard to see where Giorgio de Chirico got his inspiration.

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Photo by TorontoJeff

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Classic gondola ride

Classic gondola ride

Some of the knooks and crannies of the canal system are absolutely magical.

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Entering the Pantheon

Entering the Pantheon

An abstract take on the Pantheon interior. From the door, it forces your gaze upward.

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Photo by TorontoJeff

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Sorrento

Sorrento

The beach is beautiful, and the sightlines are almost more beautiful back up the town built into the hill than they are out towards the horizon!

Photo: TorontoJeff

Photo by jj435

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Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Although the Leaning Tower is the most famous site in Pisa, there is much more to see, plenty for more than a quick stop.

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Uffizi Gallery at Dusk

Uffizi Gallery at Dusk

The intense blue sky and illuminated buildings drew my gaze upward to celebrate the magnificent architecture.

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Gondolas

Gondolas

The gondolas sharing the canal

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The Arno at Sunset

The Arno at Sunset

Enjoying the staggeringly bright sunset shimmer off the Arno in the midst of diesel-fueled traffic is so very Italian.

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Photo: TorontoJeff

Photo by PDurst

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Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

My cousin and I ventured outside Florence on foot. We walked for hours through the hills and neighborhoods. Upon returning at dusk, we saw the Ponte Vecchio in the distance like a peaceful blue beacon.

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Photo by jj435

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Forum

Forum

Walking around the Forum allows visitors to hear echoes of the civilization that flourished in Italy centuries ago.

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Photo by JAX9000

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Late shopping at Ponte Vechio

Late shopping at Ponte Vechio

After the rain, that sent the crowds to the hotels, the rush hour at Ponte Vechio was a beautiful scene

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Photo by mcdfamily

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Amalfi Coast by boat

Amalfi Coast by boat

We were on a private boat slowly cruising the Amalfi Coast.

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Photo by PDurst

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Water Taxi Line

Water Taxi Line

For some reason these gondolas reminded me of a fleet of ancient ships. This was early morning and Venice was quiet - not a ripple in the water.

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Photo by TorontoJeff

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Duomo

Duomo

Climbing the belltower was very rewarding, with clay-tiled views to the foothills in all directions.

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Photo: TorontoJeff

Photo by Amoli Pandya

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Colosseum ruins

Colosseum ruins

The majestic Colosseum, deteriorated by nature.

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Photo by noreensfl

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Gondola ride

Gondola ride

I loved Venice and especially loved all the quaint buildings along the canals. A gondola ride is NOT to be missed!

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Night At Rialto Bridge

Night At Rialto Bridge

I like the moment here and how typical Venitian

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Photo by Shirali Pandya

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Spices

Spices

A vendor selling aromatic spices for every type of dish.

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Photo: Shirali Pandya

Photo by Peg Burkhardt

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Funicolare

Funicolare

This funicular climbs 1700 feet from Lake Como to the village of Brunato. The cars travel in both directions via separate tracks.

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Photo: Peg Burkhardt

Photo by Shirali Pandya

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Shadows

Shadows

The serenity of a palm tree in the hubbub of the Spanish Steps.

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Photo: Shirali Pandya

Photo by Tim & Laura Ditch

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Carnevale

Carnevale

Carnevale…Let the fun begin! The atmosphere during Carnevale is buzzing and full of life. This was one of the most fascinating of our experiences in Italy.

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Photo: Tim & Laura Ditch

Photo by Peg Burkhardt

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Casino Royal Villa

Casino Royal Villa

James Bond fans will remember this villa in San Siro served as 007's Italian villa in the movie Casino Royale. The speed boat is ready to wisk your inner secret agent off to adventure. The shot was taken facing down the lake.

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Photo: Peg Burkhardt

Photo by Shirali Pandya

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Giotto's Tower

Giotto's Tower

The beautiful tower next to the Duomo in Florence. The views of Tuscany from the top of this tower were stunning.

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Photo by noreensfl

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"Deposition" by Volterra

My friend and I climbed the Spanish Steps and entered the "Trinita dei Monti" Church. When I saw the statue, "Deposition" done by a student of Michelangelo, Daniele da Volterra, I thought it was one of most beautiful statues that I have seen.

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Photo by momnan30

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Medieval Town of Erice

Medieval Town of Erice

Medieval Erice is located on top of Mount Erice, at around 750m above sea level, overlooking the city of Trapani. We felt like we could touch the clouds.

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Photo: momnan30

Photo by Amoli Pandya

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Quaint Italian alley

Quaint Italian alley

We took two buses and nearly got lost on our trek from Florence to San Gimignano. The trip was well worth it when we reached this town, frozen in time. We discovered numerous quiet alleys, beautiful views, and delicious gelato.

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Photo: Amoli Pandya

Photo by noreensfl

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Spiral Stairs in the Vatican Museum

Spiral Stairs in the Vatican Museum

Just completing a wonderful visit to the Vatican Museum and the Sistene Chapel, we arrived at these spiral stairs. I was so fortunate to have an opportunity to capture them without any people on them!

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Venice At Dusk

Venice At Dusk

What a great moment to be on the bridge during dusk and catch this typical scene from Venice

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Photo by noreensfl

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Pompeiian Columns and Vesuvius

Pompeiian Columns and Vesuvius

Touring Pomeii on a beautiful day and seeing Vesuvius in the distance with a cloud hanging over it made you wonder what the day of the eruption was like!

Photo: noreensfl

Photo by PETERtheK

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The Most Romantic Place on Earth

The Most Romantic Place on Earth

Venice is the most romantic place on earth. Just looking at the picture evokes a warm and loving feeling. The city is all you expect it to be, and more.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: PETERtheK

Photo by Peg Burkhardt

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Morning Ferry Trip

Morning Ferry Trip

The true beauty of Lake Como can best be appreciated from the water. This photo was taken on a late September morning with the Italian Alps providing the magestic backdrop.

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Photo: Peg Burkhardt

Photo by momnan30

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Sunset in Cefalu

Sunset in Cefalu

This is the view at sunset sitting on the edge of the infiniti pool at our villa overlooking Cefalu.

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Photo: momnan30

Photo by Tim & Laura Ditch

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Ferro Di Prua

Ferro Di Prua

Nothing says Venice like the beauty of the Gondola. The ornamants on the front of the Gondolas are called “Ferro Di Prua” or Prow Iron. This is one of the most notible feature of the Venetian Gondola.

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Photo: Tim & Laura Ditch

Photo by noreensfl

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Stone wall seen from Piazza Michelangelo

Stone wall seen from Piazza Michelangelo

From Piazza Michelangelo we had the most beautiful view of the entire city of Florence but this western view of the old stone wall really impressed me.

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Photo: noreensfl

Photo by Nancy Long

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Reflections on Florence

Reflections on Florence

My daughter and I had a very special time together in Florence- we were captivated by this scene! We loved everything about the city, and will have lasting memories of our trip.

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Photo: Nancy Long

Photo by opaldog

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Jogging Along the Tiber

Jogging Along the Tiber

Crossing the bridge I looked down and saw the lone jogger as he ran towards a group of priests who parted to let him through. It was the perfect Roman moment.

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Photo: opaldog

Photo by fpmassa

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Quintessential Italy

Quintessential Italy

We had walked this medieval town and came across this Vespa rental agency on a Sunday afternoon. We were ready to stop walking and rented a scooter for the rest of our afternoon in this most picturesque town in the Chianti hills.

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Photo: fpmassa

Photo by Jim Riesterer, Edina, MN

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Rooftops at day break

Rooftops at day break

The view out of the window of our great hotel - a former convent, now a high end jem - of the tiled roofs of Montepulciano, a must see Tuscan town.

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Photo: Jim Riesterer, Edina, MN

Photo by Jim Riesterer, Edina, MN

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Morning at the Beach

Morning at the Beach

The view on the beach at Monterosso al mare before the bathers got out of bed.

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Photo: Jim Riesterer, Edina, MN

Photo by Jim Riesterer, Edina, MN

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Sunset in the Cinque Terre

Sunset in the Cinque Terre

A beautiful sunset over the sea in the Cinque Terre captured while enjoying a glass of prosecco in a small cafe by the sea.

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Photo: Jim Riesterer, Edina, MN

Photo by Shar

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Evening in Napoli

Evening in Napoli

As we were walking to a restaurant right on the coast - fabulous dinner - we turned and captured this as the Sun was setting behind Vesuvius.

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Photo: Shar

Photo by Tim & Laura Ditch

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View from the Rialto

View from the Rialto

My wife and I had the opportunity to live in Northern Italy for 3 years. This photo captures the breathtaking view of the Grand Canal. What a beautiful place to live. We still dream of being there. La Dolce Vita!

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Photo: Tim & Laura Ditch

Photo by Sharon Tastor

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Lucca from the Tower

Lucca from the Tower

We enjoy climbing towers when we are in Italy. This photo was taken from a church tower in Lucca looking back at the city.

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Photo: Sharon Tastor

Photo by Sharon Tastor

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Thru the arches

Thru the arches

early morning walk before anyone was up and about. Streets were clear, air was clean and the sights were mine and mine alone

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Photo: Sharon Tastor

Photo by greendot13

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Images of Burano

Images of Burano

I couldn't wait to get to Burano and I was not disappointed. The brilliant color of the homes, the quaint fishing village was everything I expected and more. It felt a world away from the craziness of life and I left the island with a feeling of peace and calm that I fondly reflect on today.

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Photo by bmadaio

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St Mark's Square - Krista and Kelsey

St Mark's Square - Krista and Kelsey

Travel brings the family closer... sisters share a special moment.

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Photo by kathisu

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High tide in St. Mark's Square

High tide in St. Mark's Square

We picked our way through the water when the ride rushed into the square. Soon there was a series of planks hastily set up as makeshift walkways.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

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Photo by kathisu

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Gondola parking

Gondola parking

I could hardly believe I was in Venice. When I snapped this photo, I felt like I had been transported into a painting and I never wanted to leave!

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Photo: kathisu

Photo by Jim Riesterer

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Kayakers passing under the Ponte Vecchio

Kayakers passing under the Ponte Vecchio

Our first trip to Florence, a beautiful sunny day, taken out the window of the Uffizi Gallery.

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Photo: Jim Riesterer

Photo by greendot13

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Church in Siena

Church in Siena

This was my favorite church in Italy. The frescos, architecture, floors, everything never failed to amaze me. I could have stayed there for hours mesmerized by every inch of the church. There was not one area left blank.

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Photo by kathisu

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My first look at Venice

My first look at Venice

I will never forget sailing into Venice on a Med cruise. It was noon when St. Mark's Square came into view, the church bells were pealing, opera was playing over the ship's speakers and my friends and I were in tears at the beauty we were seeing, and getting ready to explore!

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Photo: kathisu

Photo by ppikes

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Canal of love

Canal of love

Had a great kiss there.

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Photo: ppikes

Photo by Barbara Madaio

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The Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre

Enjoying a dip after hiking from town to town.

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Photo: Barbara Madaio

Photo by greendot13

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Doges Palace

Doges Palace

This was my first day in Italy and I never stopped being amazed and awed by the architecture.

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Photo: greendot13

Photo by Joy Hilton

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Back street in Trastevere

Back street in Trastevere

Behind these picturesque aged facades you can find plasma tv's, microwaves and a disco!

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Photo: Joy Hilton

Photo by greendot13

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Twilight in Venice

Twilight in Venice

Dusk is my favorite time of day in any city but in Venice it was magical. As the day was ending before the night was alive we took a break atop the Rialto Bridge and admired the scenery of the Grand Canal

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Photo: greendot13

Photo by rockysmaster

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Faraglioni Rocks

Faraglioni Rocks

This picture was taken while my wife and I enjoyed a cruise around the Isle of Capri on Oct. 17, 2009. It was a Beautiful Day!

Photo: rockysmaster

Photo by sassy27

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San Giorgio Maggiore from the Mainland

San Giorgio Maggiore from the Mainland

I was trying to recapture a picture I had taken years before but this one came out better than the old one.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: sassy27

Photo by greendot13

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You looking at me?

You looking at me?

I absolutely loved every moment I spent in Siena. This photo represents to me the simple life in a Tuscan hill town. The photo became more special to me as I didn't even notice the man in the window until after I got home and was reviewing my photos.

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Photo: greendot13

Photo by Barbara Madaio

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The Ponte Vecchio

The Ponte Vecchio

This photo reminds me of beautiful Florence.

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Photo: Barbara Madaio

Photo by Joy Hilton

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Lunch break

Lunch break

Locals watching the tourists watching locals!

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Photo: Joy Hilton

Photo by sassy27

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Courtyard in Doge's Palace

Courtyard in Doge's Palace

It rained just about every day we were in Venice. While walking around Doge's Place, there was just something about being there in the rain that brighted up our trip.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: sassy27

Photo by Patti Ramsay

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Sign in St. Mark's Square

Sign in St. Mark's Square

I thought this sign was pretty ominous. It was only in English!

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Photo: Patti Ramsay

Photo by BruceTheTaller

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Sorrento's Cloister of San Francesco

Sorrento's Cloister of San Francesco

Stepping in here on a warm day was a real treat. It was cool and deserted. We spent perhaps half an hour enjoying the peace before leaving to find, what else, gelato.

Photo: BruceTheTaller

Photo by Patti Ramsay

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Venice Canal

Venice Canal

This was the very busy canal near our bed and breakfast.

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Photo: Patti Ramsay

Photo by paree

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What a great experience

What a great experience

Color, food and beautiful people made our spring trip to Italy a wonderful addition to our 35 years of marriage. Rodney and Judy Lemonier

Photo: paree

Photo by rms1090

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Family in Greve

Family in Greve

This was our family summer gathering at a beautiful farmhouse in Greve in Chianti

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Photo: rms1090

Photo by MariaCarnicelli

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Capri

Capri

A wonderful fishing town with wonderful people.

Photo: MariaCarnicelli

Photo by sndiego

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Window shopping in Venice

Window shopping in Venice

I wondered if this kitty's favorite place to nap in the early morning sun really served to lure shoppers in to the jewelry shop.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: sndiego

Photo by Patti Ramsay

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Early Evening

Early Evening

I spent a week in Venice in May 2008. It was unusual to see so many gondolas "at rest".

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Photo: Patti Ramsay

Photo by Joy Hilton

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Gondolier of the modern era

Gondolier of the modern era

We smiled at the blend of a tradition specific to Venice with a more recent global phenomenon!

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Photo: Joy Hilton

Photo by decoratordale

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Former monastery now a weaving shop

Former monastery now a weaving shop

I had a great tour of this studio and took lessons from a true master.

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Photo: decoratordale

Photo by sndiego

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On the trail above Lake Orta

On the trail above Lake Orta

The morning was crisp and the views charming.

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Photo: sndiego

Photo by MariaCarnicelli

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Mangia!

Mangia!

Florence is a very romantic place with great cafes!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: MariaCarnicelli

Photo by sndiego

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Pigeon at the Pinacoteca Brera

Pigeon at the Pinacoteca Brera

We had just emerged into the courtyard of the Pinacoteca Brera having viewed marvelous works of art and here was a pigeon stating his own 'opinion'.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: sndiego

Photo by MariaCarnicelli

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Art

Art

Long halls of such beautiful art!

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Photo: MariaCarnicelli

Photo by Monica J. Pileggi

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Market Day in Greve in Chianti

Market Day in Greve in Chianti

Any chance I get, I hit the outdoor markets of Italy. I love seeing the fresh fruits and vegetables and watching locals select their foods for their daily meals. Sometimes I'll purchase some cheese, sliced proscuitto, fruit, and bread for a picnic lunch.

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Photo: Monica J. Pileggi

Photo by Luminita Slevoaca

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Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore

Loved this place!

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Photo: Luminita Slevoaca

Photo by Luminita Slevoaca

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Vernazza

Vernazza

Everywhere you look in Cinque Terre seems to be picture perfect. My favourite place in Italy!

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Photo: Luminita Slevoaca

Photo by Luminita Slevoaca

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Rialto Bridge, Venice

Rialto Bridge, Venice

Rialto Bridge, Venice

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Luminita Slevoaca

Photo by Luminita Slevoaca

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Rome

Rome

walking around in Rome

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Photo: Luminita Slevoaca

Photo by sndiego

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Grand Canal

Grand Canal

It was my first full day in Venice after a long train ride. The air was clear, the breeze cool, and I looked forward to several days wandering the streets.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: sndiego

Photo by ljkinas

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Colors of Burano

Colors of Burano

The simplicity and color are just amazing. Who wouldn't want to live there?

Photo: ljkinas

Photo by Patti A Spino

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Serenity 2

Serenity 2

While visiting my cousin, I enjoyed this beautiful plaza that overlooks the sea. It is truly amazing!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Patti A Spino

Photo by Lloyd Allen Murphy

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View from the beach at Positano

View from the beach at Positano

Standing on the beach in front of the Covo dei Saraceni, the view of the water was probably less memorable than the sight of all of the beautiful buildings stacked along the rocky coast. They seemed to frame the dome of the old cathedral in the foreground.

Photo: Lloyd Allen Murphy

Photo by Lisa McNamara

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Bellissimo Capri

Bellissimo Capri

This was our very first Regent cruise. Our ship went right through the Isle of Capri which was completely breathtaking.

Photo: Lisa McNamara

Photo by sndiego

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Hiking Above the Lakes

Hiking Above the Lakes

We were hiking to the small church in upper left of the photo and I was thinking...We are headed THERE?

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: sndiego

Photo by mikej48

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Assisi Outside Upper Bascilica

Assisi Outside Upper Bascilica

Such a wonderful tribute to St. Francis. Inside you can feel his presence.

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Photo: mikej48

Photo by Claudia_Steve

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We're Finally Cool!

We're Finally Cool!

My husband and I spent three weeks in Italy July 2006 finishing in Lake Como with our friends (Anne, Chet and Eileen) who had been in other areas of Italy. He and I visited Rome, staying next to the Spanish Steps – an experience with the baritone at 2:00 am, toured Sorrento, Pompeii and Tuscany with Chet and Eileen – sampling Limoncello, visiting Capri and Positano, and driving through Tuscany. Then we headed to Florence by ourselves – the city is spectacular. We met Anne in Venice and took a gondola ride through the wonderful city. The three of us took the train to Milan - Chet and Eileen joined us just outside of Venice. Riding trains is an experience in Italy! All of us ended our Italy experience at Antonio’s – top of the funicular 1500 feet above Lake Como – the only time we were all cool! WE ALL LOVE ITALY!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: Claudia_Steve

Photo by JoAnn_Storey

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The Duomo from atop the Boboli Gardens

The Duomo from atop the Boboli Gardens

2007: My youngest son Mark graduated from college and agreed to accompany me to Europe -- our first trip overseas. We were like little kids seeing the sights. This particular day in Florence, Mark had the map and announced we were going to walk up the path of the Boboli Gardens. We still argue today over who took this picture! It is framed and in the entry to my home. Every time we look at it we reflect on that wonderful day and laugh over who got the shot.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: JoAnn_Storey

Photo by Monica J. Pileggi

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Colorful Venice

Colorful Venice

Venice is my favorite city in Italy to visit. It's such a unique city and around every corner there is always something special to see, including this small and colorful canal with its boats. I can spend days in Venice just wandering and finding picturesque spots.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Monica J. Pileggi

Photo by ljkinas

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San Gimignano

San Gimignano

This was so tucked away on a back street... and still, a beautiful garden.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: ljkinas

Photo by WiseAlternatives

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Battistero di Parma - History, Religion and Colour!

Battistero di Parma - History, Religion and Colour!

In Italy culture and religion flourish in every corner of the country and across generations. The Italians have the knack of assimilating their past with flair, style and colour. You are drawn into the landscape, smells and textures, irrespective of your personal inclination. The Battistero di Parma and adjoining buildings evoke for me a perfect marriage of history, tradition and future.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Emilia–Romagna Travel Guide

Photo: WiseAlternatives

Photo by Lloyd Allen Murphy

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Capri in a '61 Fiat Presidente limousine

Capri in a '61 Fiat Presidente limousine

Many times we told the driver to pull over by a sheer rock wall at the side of the road, so we could jog across traffic to experience yet another breathtaking view of Capri. We will always think of our driver Lorenzo and his striking '61 Fiat limousine when we think about Capri.

Photo: Lloyd Allen Murphy

Photo by ljkinas

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Retirement?

Retirement?

Just look at the smiles on their faces. Was it their conversation or just being able to enjoy the day on the water?

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: ljkinas

Photo by Patti A Spino

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Serenity

Serenity

I am at such peace when I look out at the sea from this plaza in Livorno- visited my cousin this October and the city is BEAUTIFUL!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Patti A Spino

Photo by Reilly17

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View from our room at the Grand Hotel Fagiano Palace

View from our room at the Grand Hotel Fagiano Palace

The hotel and dining room staff were old style elegant and gracious. When I look out our balcony, I think of them.

Photo: Reilly17

Photo by ljkinas

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Colors of Burano

Colors of Burano

There is nothing better than being on my bike and this image let me imagine a life where anywhere you needed to get to, you could do it by getting on a bicycle. Of course, in Burano, you can!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: ljkinas

Photo by watercolorjen

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The Ponte Vecchio from Piazza san Michelangelo

The Ponte Vecchio from Piazza san Michelangelo

You can see the entire city of Florence from this vantage point. Breathtaking!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: watercolorjen

Photo by Lloyd Allen Murphy

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Life without cell phones and iPods

Life without cell phones and iPods

We spent several days at a remote farmhouse in Tuscany. With no Internet, cell phones, or electronics, my daughters Elizabeth (18) and Laura (13) began reading books, lounging on the lawn, and talking to one another. It was a treat to see them interacting the way people did in MY childhood.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Lloyd Allen Murphy

Photo by Richard E. Stacy

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The view from our Rome Star Hotel room balcony

The view from our Rome Star Hotel room balcony

My wife and I were in Rome to be with a tour group that would go to all of the locations mentioned in both of Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons". We were thrilled to see the Vatican this close just as we entered our hotel room.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Richard E. Stacy

Photo by Monica J. Pileggi

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Just Another Sunday

Just Another Sunday

On a sunny day in small piazza in Arezzo, I came across what I thought was a festival. The performers were dressed in colorful costumes tossing flags of various prints high into the air with such precision. I asked at the tourist office what the festival was all about, which I was told it was for their Sunday Mass.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Monica J. Pileggi

Photo by MariaCarnicelli

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The Forum

The Forum

Just a wonderful view - of an ancient market place.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: MariaCarnicelli

Photo by DVCNV8811

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CAPRI

CAPRI

VILLA MALAPARTE

Photo: DVCNV8811

Photo by momnan30

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The Valley of the Temples

The Valley of the Temples

Although we had read about the beauty of this site in Agrigento, we had no idea just how stunning these ancient Doric temples would be. They stood majestically under the Sicilian sun and for a moment we were transported to another time in history.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: momnan30

Photo by watercolorjen

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Saint Marks Square

Saint Marks Square

My husband loves to feed birds and the pigeons in Saint Marks Square rewarded me with one of my favorite photos!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: watercolorjen

Photo by Lloyd Allen Murphy

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A Thousand Years of Architecture

A Thousand Years of Architecture

Walking through the historic part of the city, this view of several structures undergoing restoration reminded us of how ancient this city is. The "new" structure in the photo was in use when the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. The others are centuries older.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Lloyd Allen Murphy

Photo by bachity

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Ana Capri

Ana Capri

View from the top

Photo: bachity

Photo by bachity

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Autumn on Capri

Autumn on Capri

Again, the colors...

Photo: bachity

Photo by bachity

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on Capri - AnaCapri

on Capri - AnaCapri

A roman statue calling, showing the beauty of the island

Photo: bachity

Photo by Jonty

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Moonlit night, Ortygia

Moonlit night, Ortygia

Our fantasy fortnight in Sicily culminated in the dreamiest place of all - the islet of Ortygia, just across the canal from Siracusa. The medieval citadel, cuisine, culture, history, & architecture all collide to create an amazing, mad melange like nothing else on earth.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Jonty

Photo by bachity

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on the way to Capri

on the way to Capri

Beautiful coast could not make one not to fall in love...

Photo: bachity

Photo by betsm51

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Laundry Day

Laundry Day

Apartments are small with no or small balconies and very few have washers or dryers. Hanging clothes across the canals solves that problem.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: betsm51

Photo by Lloyd Allen Murphy

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Dinner time at Castel Gandolfo, overlooking Lago di Albano

Dinner time at Castel Gandolfo, overlooking Lago di Albano

We spent the day driving on rural roads just outside Rome, and were ready to stop for dinner. Walking through Castel Gandolfo, we came upon this restaurant, with a view so riveting you couldn't take time to look at your plate.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Lloyd Allen Murphy

Photo by bachity

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Moped

Moped

Bright red colors of a moped made me stop and take this picture

Photo: bachity

Photo by Lori Bennett

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Fishing Is My Life

Fishing Is My Life

This photo captured the color and character of the fishing village on Burano, a treasured spot.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Lori Bennett

Photo by DVCNV8811

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FROM SAN MICHELE

FROM SAN MICHELE

CRUISE IN VENICE

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: DVCNV8811

Photo by betsm51

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Sunday Family Outings

Sunday Family Outings

Families strolled down the street and socialized as their children played.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: betsm51

Photo by Monica J. Pileggi

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Temple of Saturn in the Early Morning

Temple of Saturn in the Early Morning

Rome is a city with pulse and with people on the go all day and night. I was able to enjoy some peaceful time alone among the ruins of the Roman Forum before the city woke and tourists arrived. I enjoyed seeing the Temple of Saturn, the Arch of Septimius Severus, and other historical sights of the forum bathed in the first sun rays of the day. It made me think of the days when Rome was power and citizens using the forum for political and social discussions. What a great place it must have been!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Monica J. Pileggi

Photo by jj435

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Pompeii

Pompeii

What appears to be a statue is actually the remains of a person who was covered in the volcanic eruption.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Travel Guide

Photo: jj435

Photo by betsm51

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Enjoying a meal

Enjoying a meal

The owners of this stall was packing up as this pigeon decided it was meal time.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: betsm51

Photo by Jonty

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San Calogero, Agrigento

San Calogero, Agrigento

The festival of San Calogero celebrates Agrigento's patron saint. To me, this photo captures the passion of Italy - proud men & sophisticated women driven by cell phones & Catholicism, collapsing under twin burdens of beauty & bureaucracy.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Jonty

Photo by Jonty

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Hellenic Temple, Agrigento

Hellenic Temple, Agrigento

Sicily is an amazing place. Agrigento alone provided an incredible display of some of the best preserved Greek ruins outside of ... well, Greece!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Jonty

Photo by watercolorjen

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Roman Coliseum

Roman Coliseum

A thousand photographs cannot really capture the true impression of this immense structure. Not to be missed at night after the crowds have gone, I swear you can see the souls of slain gladiators in the shadows!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: watercolorjen

Photo by Jonty

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Diana, Greek Goddess

Diana, Greek Goddess

Sicily is an amazing place. Agrigento alone provided an incredible display of some of the best preserved Greek ruins outside of ... well, Greece!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Jonty

Photo by jj435

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Burano

Burano

This beautiful fishing village is just a short boat ride from Venice. The houses are brightly colored so that fishermen would be able to find their homes, even in bad weather.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: jj435

Photo by Paul Daze

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St. Peter's Square

St. Peter's Square

In the afternoon, after a long day in the museums and basilica, I wandered into a virtually empty St. Peter's square. The workers were completing their finishing touches on preparing the square for the pope's (John Paul II) audience the next morning. It was an oddly peaceful, beautiful moment before the coming storm of people.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Paul Daze

Photo by Jonty

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Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

A delightful maze of alleys & staircases, the island of Panarea blends spectacular scenery & reclining relaxation into a wonderful escape from reality.

Photo: Jonty

Photo by DVCNV8811

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CINQUE TERRE

CINQUE TERRE

Lovely place

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: DVCNV8811

Photo by Paul Daze

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Residential avenue in Orvieto

Residential avenue in Orvieto

Orvieto was such a beautiful and unexpected walled city in the center of Italy. The people were wonderful, the architecture spectacular and the environment truly brought you back in time. The mixture of ancient and modern in one small town truly captured the magic of Italy.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Photo: Paul Daze

Photo by D. Byrne

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Spectacular!

Spectacular!

Take a little walk on the Island of Capri, and you find nature at it's best!

Photo: D. Byrne

Photo by Tina Hamilton

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Romance

Romance

My husband and I had taken many photos from typical spots, but this was taken during a quiet stroll alone through the beautiful streets and just after that moment, we discovered we were totally lost and not near our hotel. But we didn't care-look at the beauty of that spot!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Tina Hamilton

Photo by watercolorjen

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Taormina

Taormina

Taormina is a gem that sits high on a mountain slope on the east coast of Sicily, midway between the towns of Messina and Catania.. Mount Etna to the right and the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean sea.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: watercolorjen

Photo by DVCNV8811

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VILLA PETRAIA

VILLA PETRAIA

Wonderful building of rinascento, with lovely garden and view to Firenze. It was a "cottage" for Medicis'family.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: DVCNV8811

Photo by marisecakes

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the Ruins

the Ruins

looking back through time..

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: marisecakes

Photo by jj435

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Trulli Houses

Trulli Houses

We spent the better part of a day wandering the streets of this village of Trulli houses. Many of the locals will invite you in to see their houses (at no charge), but watch out for the low ceilings.

Photo: jj435

Photo by Linda Scotting

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Gelato!!!

Gelato!!!

Only the Italians know how to make the best ice cream which of course, is gelato. We couldn't resist it most afternoons. Trying to choose which flavor to have was so difficult...this photo was taken in a little village we happened to stop at while driving the length of Sardinia.

Photo: Linda Scotting

Photo by marisecakes

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The Ruins

The Ruins

I just love this picture..

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: marisecakes

Photo by Getzgirl

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Italian job or parking place?

Italian job or parking place?

There are so few places to park up on the Amalfi coast road and so school buses are parked up in any spaces they can find!

Photo: Getzgirl

Photo by peibelmont

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The Grand Canal in Late Afternoon

The Grand Canal in Late Afternoon

I enjoyed how the beauty, history, and sheer magnificence of the scenery contrasted against the everyday traffic of the canal.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: peibelmont

Photo by Lucie Ayres

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Saturday Market on Lake Maggiore

Saturday Market on Lake Maggiore

Spice isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Italy but it should be!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: Lucie Ayres

Photo by watercolorjen

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Trattoria Alberco Caneva

Trattoria Alberco Caneva

Venice is truly a magical place with a million beautiful canals to be discovered off the beaten track and away from the crowds!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: watercolorjen

Photo by marisecakes

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Palace of Caserta gardens

Palace of Caserta gardens

so beautiful...

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Travel Guide

Photo: marisecakes

Photo by marisecakes

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I love Venice!

I love Venice!

We were on a boat and I kept thinking that what I was seeing wasn't real.. it was a postcard..

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: marisecakes

Photo by Mary Venard

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Will you do our laundry, please?

Will you do our laundry, please?

The dignity and strength of the old woman was a reminder of the people who make Rome work.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Mary Venard

Photo by Getzgirl

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Scooter in Termini

Scooter in Termini

Just loved the casual way that the rider parked, got off and left the bike in a matter of moments. The mirror and pink wall completed the shot.

Photo: Getzgirl

Photo by Pvoyageuse

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Sardinian coast near Cala Gonone

Sardinian coast near Cala Gonone

I never thought the water would be that emerald-green...

Photo: Pvoyageuse

Photo by cmtjht

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Street market in a neighborhood in Rome

Street market in a neighborhood in Rome

When we asked our driver to take us to a typical neighborhood for lunch, he took us to his neighborhood. This is the wonderful street market where the locals shop.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: cmtjht

Photo by rosemariebaker

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Perfect day

Perfect day

Perfect weather, view, wine & food! That's Tuscany.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: rosemariebaker

Photo by MikeONYC

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Masks

Masks

On a long walk through the back streets and canals of Venice, we chanced upon the most elegant mask shop away from the commercial areas. The window display was a beautiful composition that captured the sense of mystery and beauty that is the sould of Venice. This photo always takes us back to its only possible source.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: MikeONYC

Photo by kasisti

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Greek Theatre, Taormina

Greek Theatre, Taormina

The Greeks sure knew where to build their theatres! Spectacular views from wherever you stood.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: kasisti

Photo by Pvoyageuse

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"Mamuthones", Masks Museum of Mamoiada

A very strange costume worn during the Festival of San Antonio in the center of Sardinia.

Photo: Pvoyageuse

Photo by Mike Offit

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Reflection, Villa Feltrinelli

Reflection, Villa Feltrinelli

On a beautiful summer morning, the glass of the lakeside door perfectly caught the reflection of the tables, flowers and water, while showing the welcoming warmth of the Villa Feltrinelli's gorgeous salon inside. This image captured both aspects of Italy's amazing landscape and artistic heritage and hospitality, and the attractions of travel to such a beautiful place.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: Mike Offit

Photo by Carole T.

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Alia, Sicily

Alia, Sicily

Standing in the courtyard of Villa Dafne with the town of Alia in the background. My ancestors were from Alia.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Carole T.

Photo by gatinha

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Gondolas in a Row

Gondolas in a Row

Venice makes you truly fel as if you have stepped back in history.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: gatinha

Photo by Jessica Molzan

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Italian Countryside

Italian Countryside

It was my first time travelling outside of my home country, on an archaeology dig. I couldn't believe how beautiful Italy was. This picture was taken from a hillside road in the town I stayed in.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Photo: Jessica Molzan

Photo by behemuthm

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The roof of St Peter's Basilica

The roof of St Peter's Basilica

Perfect weather and white fluffy clouds make a great backdrop for the Disciples.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: behemuthm

Photo by meimei606

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Castello Doria

Castello Doria

View of the castle where we were married in Portovenere (Port of Venus).

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: meimei606

Photo by behemuthm

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The Pope's Weekly Address

The Pope's Weekly Address

We happened to be at the Vatican the day the Pope gave his speech!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: behemuthm

Photo by gatinha

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Fruits

Fruits

The lucious lemons contrasting with the peppers and grapes perfectly captured the culinary delights of Italy.

Photo: gatinha

Photo by lori2003

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Self Explanatory

Self Explanatory

Everyone sees the Piazza Navona, it's a must in Rome. I thought it would be pertinent to get the actual name plate on a very Italian doorstep. It felt Italian.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: lori2003

Photo by meimei606

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Port of Love

Port of Love

View of the town from our hotel room on our wedding day.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: meimei606

Photo by Mike Offit

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Dock at Villa Feltrinelli , Solstice Morning

Dock at Villa Feltrinelli , Solstice Morning

I was a bit jet lagged, and woke very early on the morning of the summer solstice. The sun was just coming over the hills to the East, casting a faint, warm glow through the mist on the lake. There was hardly a sound, save the birds and the lapping of the pellucid water on the pebbled shore. I felt as if in another time and place, alone at this most beautiful hotel, my family warm and asleep while I greeted the longest day.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: Mike Offit

Photo by gillespoirier

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from the Ponte Vecchio...

from the Ponte Vecchio...

Kelly and I had just left the Uffizi, walked through the gold/jewelry shops on the Ponte Vecchio...and saw this view. It is the exact same shot we later saw on David Rocco's Dolce Vita show (after we came back to Canada! We will be back !!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: gillespoirier

Photo by gatinha

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Pompeii´s Gardens

Pompeii´s Gardens

The trees and flowers among the ruins were so evocative-life and death hand in hand.

Photo: gatinha

Photo by Maria do Carmo Diniz

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St Peter's Cathedral

St Peter's Cathedral

I saw and heard the Pope Benedict XVI

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Maria do Carmo Diniz

Photo by esamberg50

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What's Venice without a gondola ride?

What's Venice without a gondola ride?

Okay, we knew we were going to go on a gondola. We had our romantic ride and enjoyed every minute of it.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: esamberg50

Photo by behemuthm

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Colosseum at Night

Colosseum at Night

We walked around Rome for the entire day and were exhausted, but decided to stop by the Colosseum to see what it looked like at night. Glad we did!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: behemuthm

Photo by jeannez

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Olive Tree at Sant' Antimo

Olive Tree at Sant' Antimo

We went to hear the monks chanting and was amazed by this olive tree that must be hundreds of years old.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: jeannez

Photo by esamberg50

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Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo

Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo

On our last day, we crossed the river up to Piazzale Michelangelo. We didn't want to leave, picking out all the spots we had visited, taking lots of photos with us in the foreground, so we could remember it all.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: esamberg50

Photo by jeremysmith1981

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Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

This shot of Trevi Fountain was taken from what seemed to me the only shady spot in all of Rome...

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: jeremysmith1981

Photo by bhParker

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Between Harvest and Planting

Between Harvest and Planting

There is something really beautiful about a plowed field - the color, the textures and the potential and this house sits on the verge of all of that...

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: bhParker

Photo by esamberg50

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Our first view of Ponte Vecchio

Our first view of Ponte Vecchio

One of the classic attractions in Florence, who can't help but take a picture?

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: esamberg50

Photo by D. Perryman

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Capri Fruit Stand

Capri Fruit Stand

We were strolling the the narrow streets of Capri and turned a corner and ran into this stand of the most fresh and ripe fruits I had ever seen.

Photo: D. Perryman

Photo by jeremysmith1981

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Vatican Prayer

Vatican Prayer

I caught this prayer while photographing the Vatican exterior.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: jeremysmith1981

Photo by jeannez

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Pienza

Pienza

I love the continuity of the streets of Pienza. No matter the season it is always beautiful.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: jeannez

Photo by RKlyman

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Across the Bridge

Across the Bridge

On the hop-on-hop-off bus while touring Rome.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: RKlyman

Photo by jeremysmith1981

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Pompeii

Pompeii

Taken on an extremely hot day in June, this shot captures the age and texture of this ancient city.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Travel Guide

Photo: jeremysmith1981

Photo by jeremysmith1981

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Photo: jeremysmith1981

Photo by jeannez

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Sulmona

Sulmona

We were visiting the home town of my husband's mother, Sulmona.

Photo: jeannez

Photo by esamberg50

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The essence of Chianti country

The essence of Chianti country

This amazing view of vines, cypress trees, and olive trees is the epitome of Chianti country. We just stood and soaked in the view for a long time.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: esamberg50

Photo by RKlyman

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Anyone for some Corona?

Anyone for some Corona?

While my husband and I were on our honeymoon in Europe, we stumbled upon this and thought it depicted a nice blending of the times...

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: RKlyman

Photo by berhbs

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St. Marks Square

St. Marks Square

I have been to Venice twice & never viewed it from above. It provides an excellent perspective of what the square is really like .

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: berhbs

Photo by gatinha

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Blue Gondola

Blue Gondola

I love the deep blue , the movement of the water and the gondeliers' hats..I think it captures Venice´s spirit.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: gatinha

Photo by jeremysmith1981

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View from Assisi

View from Assisi

The shot was taken between two buildings, from the winding hilly streets of Assisi.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Photo: jeremysmith1981

Photo by lori2003

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Palatino

Palatino

It was so hot and the wind was kicking up the dust. At a moment it settled, I took this photo. I loved the lonliness of this tree.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: lori2003

Photo by behemuthm

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Looking down from St Peter's Bacilica

Looking down from St Peter's Bacilica

Perfect day at the Vatican; we even got to see the Pope speak!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: behemuthm

Photo by behemuthm

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Huge Horse

Huge Horse

Perfect Day in Rome

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: behemuthm

Photo by gatinha

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Stunning Amalfi /coast

Stunning Amalfi /coast

The contrast of the cliffs , the azure sea and sky and the chic towns make the Amalfi Coast a perfect place to visit.

Photo: gatinha

Photo by JstLv2Crz

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Photo: JstLv2Crz

Photo by lori2003

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St. Peter himself

St. Peter himself

The essence of the Vatican is St. Peter's Basilica. When we saw him, it was as if time stood still.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: lori2003

Photo by RKlyman

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Lookout over Capri

Lookout over Capri

After taking a chair lift through Capri, we ended on the top of an old Roman lookout while surrounded by all of Capri and Anacapri. It was breathtaking!

Photo: RKlyman

Photo by Roman Fuzaylov

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San Marco

San Marco

So many frames views of the beautiful San Marco.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Roman Fuzaylov

Photo by Jacob

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Italy's Greek history

Italy's Greek history

Paestum was the most beautiful place we found on our round the world trip which culminated in a road trip from Paris to Rome via the Amalfi region and Paestum.

Photo: Jacob

Photo by JstLv2Crz

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Living the high life!

Living the high life!

This was the view on our way to visit Portofino Italy

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Photo: JstLv2Crz

Photo by CarlB9090

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Baptistry in Cathedral Square in Pisa

Baptistry in Cathedral Square in Pisa

When not distracted by the (leaning) Bell Tower, the Baptistry at Pisa shows off its magnificence for all to see.

Photo: CarlB9090

Photo by Julia Xiao

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San Marco

San Marco

The magic of Venice leaves one wanting to come back again and again.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Julia Xiao

Photo by J.J. Burns

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Quinessential Venice

Quinessential Venice

The winding canal, the creeping gondola, the hanging laundry...I'd seen this picture in my mind for years before I finally got to see it in person.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: J.J. Burns

Photo by esamberg50

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A view down Via San Giovanni

A view down Via San Giovanni

This view from Torre Grossa down Via San Giovanni pointed right to Locanda Viani, our wonderful B&B on a hill. San Gimignano was our first stop in the countryside and it took our breath away.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: esamberg50

Photo by berhbs

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Corridor in St. Peter's

Corridor in St. Peter's

The magnificence of the paintings, ceilings & columns awesome.

Photo: berhbs

Photo by bobberne

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Siena from a distance

Siena from a distance

This picture of Siena was taken from about 30 kilometers away. It appears on this horizon, only in the morning when the sun is directly behind the photographer and when there is no haze; otherwise it is not visible to the naked eye. I had been going to a farmhouse where this was taken for five years before i was there on a day when Siena was visible. I thought for a moment it was an optical illusion.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: bobberne

Photo by jedistar

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South of San Vincenzo

South of San Vincenzo

Our family holiday

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Photo: jedistar

Photo by Julia Xiao

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Duomo di Milano

Duomo di Milano

To see the vast city from above is a breathtaking and priceless experience.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: Julia Xiao

Photo by JstLv2Crz

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Zimmer Casa Prati

Zimmer Casa Prati

This was our hotel we stayed at while visiting Alagna. Alagna is on the Italian side of the Matterhorn.

Photo: JstLv2Crz

Photo by bhParker

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October in Umbria

October in Umbria

Early morning at La Coste on the border between Umbria and Tuscany...villa, village, morning mists and that amazing light...

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Photo: bhParker

Photo by Marsha Ripplinger

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Brilliant Burano

Brilliant Burano

The colors reflected in the canal double the pleasure of the colorful homes.

Photo: Marsha Ripplinger

Photo by TRAVEL_TMAC

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An Evening at the Vatican

An Evening at the Vatican

The trip was on our honeymoon. Just the two of us. Before having so much of life's responiblities on us. Now 10 years later it seems that was a different life.

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Photo: TRAVEL_TMAC

Photo by berhbs

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Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

It was very quiet & The bridge, river looked so peaceful

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: berhbs

Photo by J.J. Burns

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Surprise show in Rome

Surprise show in Rome

My wife and I were walking back from dinner through the backstreets of Rome when this impromptu - and likely illegal - lit up the sky above a tiny piazza.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: J.J. Burns

Photo by Nikolaki

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Villa Cimbrone Garden

Villa Cimbrone Garden

This is what heaven must be like---the peace, serenity and beauty of the garden at the Villa Cimbrone. I almost wish I could be frozen in time just as the figure in the background sits peacefully, appreciating the passing of the seasons, the scent of the amalfi lemon harvests, the crispness of an Italian spring and the bite of the summer sun. How I wish I could be there right about now. Thanks for letting me share.

Photo: Nikolaki

Photo by t rauch

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Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

There were so many hundreds of people crowded around the Trevi fountain it was almost impossible to take a peaceful photo, until I was patient and waited for an opening.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: t rauch

Photo by Kevin Kelley

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Brooke Italy

Brooke Italy

Everyone is so pleasant in Reggio-Emilia. We really enjoyed our stay.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Emilia–Romagna Travel Guide

Photo: Kevin Kelley

Photo by Donna Greenspan

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A beach in Sorrento

A beach in Sorrento

The view from Hotel Belevue Syrene

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Travel Guide

Photo: Donna Greenspan

Photo by camay

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View from our Window

View from our Window

View from our Window from the Hotel Loggiato dei Serviti in Florence.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: camay

Photo by Paul Devall aka InvictaMoto

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Temple of Athena

Temple of Athena

A superb May day at Paestum. The three Greek Temples laid out for all to see some 2500 years after they were built.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Travel Guide

Photo: Paul Devall aka InvictaMoto

Photo by bobberne

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The tuscan farm house, Collebianco

The tuscan farm house, Collebianco

This is a typical Tuscan farmhouse in the Crete Senese, about 30 kilometers south east of Siena, on a foggy January morning. The picture could have been taken 50 or 100 years ago and looked pretty much the same. The farmers in the area raise sheep for the milk to make the pecorino cheese.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: bobberne

Photo by Julia Xiao

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Santa Maria Novella

Santa Maria Novella

Inspiration comes in all shapes and forms. In Florence, they can be found every which way you look.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Julia Xiao

Photo by Takeme2

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Photo: Takeme2

Photo by camay

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Sheep herded by a boy on a bike

Sheep herded by a boy on a bike

This charming photo was taken at a sheep farm where a young boy was herding sheep from his bike.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: camay

Photo by camay

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On the way to Portofino

On the way to Portofino

The walk from Santa Margarita to Portofino!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: camay

Photo by Bob Berne

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Umbrella Pines in the Crete Senese

Umbrella Pines in the Crete Senese

These umbrella pines in the Crete Senese, can be seen from 20 miles away. this was taken from a farmhouse one km away, and shows the simplicity and beauty of Tuscany, the play of land and light, and the expectation of spring.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Bob Berne

Photo by camay

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Charming Venice

Charming Venice

In Venice, every turn was a photo!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: camay

Photo by Julia Xiao

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An Architectural Wonder

An Architectural Wonder

The charm of Florence emerges around every corner of the city. Every turn reveals an architectural wonder.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Julia Xiao

Photo by J.J. Burns

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Lunch time in Piazza San Marco

Lunch time in Piazza San Marco

Though far fewer in number than years past, the pigeons in St. Mark's Square are still there. And they're still hungry.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: J.J. Burns

Photo by Chuck Perino

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Sunset in Manarolo

Sunset in Manarolo

It was a day and we were in awe of the warm colors of the town as the sun set.

Photo: Chuck Perino

Photo by Diana Krause

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fiori gloriosi

fiori gloriosi

I love markets at home or anywhere I travel. When I came across these glorious flowers it was hard to choose which to buy for our apartment that was just steps away.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Diana Krause

Photo by Paul Devall aka InvictaMoto

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Duomo di Vietri sul Mare

Duomo di Vietri sul Mare

We stopped in the viewpoint car park and looked over the edge to see this beautiful city below.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Travel Guide

Photo: Paul Devall aka InvictaMoto

Photo by Chuck Perino

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Manarolo's perch

Manarolo's perch

It was amazing seeing how life (agriculture, transportation, and the buildings them selves are so intertwined with the terrain

Photo: Chuck Perino

Photo by Michael Strickland / Stricklandia.com

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A Medieval Town and its Towers

A Medieval Town and its Towers

San Gimignano is a charming medieval town that any visitor to Tuscany must see. It's also one of the only Italian medieval towns that still has its towers.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Michael Strickland / Stricklandia.com

Photo by Donna Greenspan

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Confetti di Sulmona

Confetti di Sulmona

Touring through Abruzzo we stopped in the town of Sulmona. Home to the famous Confetti, candy covered almonds, famous for being the most popular Italian Wedding Favor. Always grouped as 3, the local companies receive orders from all over the world.

Photo: Donna Greenspan

Photo by Michael Strickland / Stricklandia.com

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The Battistero

The Battistero

Parma was a labyrinth full of discoveries like this, looking out on the nearly-1,000-year-old Battistero.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Emilia–Romagna Travel Guide

Photo: Michael Strickland / Stricklandia.com

Photo by Ana C. Moreno

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Masked at Carnival

Masked at Carnival

Strolling through St. Mark's Square in Venice during Carnival is one of those must-do moments for all travel aficionados. The elaborate costumes will blow your mind and your camera memory cards.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Ana C. Moreno

Photo by Nikolaki

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Hadrian's Mausoleum

Hadrian's Mausoleum

The beauty and grace of the sculpture against the tumultuous almost angry sky just made me stop and take a picture. Of the hundreds of pictures taken on our Honeymoon in Italy, this one always gets a reaction. Thank you for letting me share my memory.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Nikolaki

Photo by Michael Strickland / Stricklandia.com

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Florence's Duomo

Florence's Duomo

Most tourists waited in long lines to climb to the top of the Duomo for a view of Florence (you can see them if you look closely). I climbed the bell tower to get a view of the city that ALSO included the Duomo.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florence Travel Guide

Photo: Michael Strickland / Stricklandia.com

Photo by appellateatty

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Spoleto hillside

Spoleto hillside

My wife, daughter, and I spent 8 days in Spoleto one cool and rainy March. The grand houses perched on the hillsides lent an air of majesty and timelessness to the place; this is one such view.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Photo: appellateatty

Photo by J.J. Burns

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Two beauties in Roma

Two beauties in Roma

A nighttime serenade by a breathtaking young girl in the shadow of a breathtaking old building.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: J.J. Burns

Photo by camay

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Vernazza

Vernazza

View leaving Vernazza and heading toward Monterosso. Cinque Terre is magical!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Italian Riviera Travel Guide

Photo: camay

Photo by cap220

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Asolo

Asolo

asolo is a charming town that takes you back to old-world italy...calm, peaceful and out of this world food

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Dolomites Travel Guide

Photo: cap220

Photo by Marsha Ripplinger

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Window scene

Window scene

Delightful small Tuscan village square with a picture perfect window box.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Marsha Ripplinger

Photo by Donna Greenspan

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This is what Italy is all about!

This is what Italy is all about!

My husband and I were strolling the Via Tragara on Capri to visit the Hotel Punta Tragara. When we came to the end we looked over and were just blown away by the view.

Photo: Donna Greenspan

Photo by NRG

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Beautiful Venice

Beautiful Venice

We did a Med cruise from Venice to celebrate our 25th anniversary. It is the most beautiful and romantic place on Earth. What a wonderful memory.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: NRG

Photo by Michael Strickland / Stricklandia.com

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Ray of Light

Ray of Light

This moment was too perfect: a ray of light shining down on pews deep within St. Peter's... a visual metaphor.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Rome Travel Guide

Photo: Michael Strickland / Stricklandia.com

Photo by Charlotte MacLeay

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Quiet ride on the canal

Quiet ride on the canal

Having had enough of the craziness and crowds of San Marco and vicinity, we escaped to Via Garibaldi for a quiet lunch and walk where we saw a gondola plying this quiet canal. A good gondolier will take you away from the masses of people that one finds in Venice in the summer.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Charlotte MacLeay

Photo by Michael Strickland / Stricklandia.com

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Sunset in Capri

Sunset in Capri

Sunset at Lido de Faro on Capri was magical. After an afternoon spent on chaise lounges at the water's edge, and swimming as the fancy struck us, this sunset caught our breath as we walked up to get a taxi.

Photo: Michael Strickland / Stricklandia.com

Photo by P.Melia

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Val d'Orcia

Val d'Orcia

driving along the countryside we spotted this lovey tree formation and exited the car to take the photograph. this region of Tuscany is quite beautiful and I'm afraid sometimes overlooked. such a memorable trip!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: P.Melia

Photo by cap220

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Piazza del Plebiscito

Piazza del Plebiscito

we wandered into this piazza after a cappucino

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Travel Guide

Photo: cap220

Photo by J.J. Burns

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Calling it a day

Calling it a day

As my wife and I walked the winding Venice streets on our last evening in Italy, I caught this busking accordionist starting his commute home.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: J.J. Burns

Photo by wayne smart

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Lemon Tree!

Lemon Tree!

Romantic Interlude!

Photo: wayne smart

Photo by Marsha Ripplinger

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market symmetry

market symmetry

I'm a late sleeper, but it was worth the early wakeup to visit the colorful market.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Venice Travel Guide

Photo: Marsha Ripplinger

Photo by cap220

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Limone

Limone

these beautiful lemons caught our eye...thinking of all the limencello that will be made from these!

Photo: cap220

Photo by bbrown1226

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Every is a picture

Every is a picture

I love the little details of Italy. Everyone you look is a memory you want to capture forever! Barbara Brown

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: bbrown1226

Photo by cap220

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Via Krupp

Via Krupp

beautiful winding road plummeting into the sea...breathtaking

Photo: cap220

Photo by cap220

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I Faraglioni

I Faraglioni

standing over these beautiful cliffs was inspirational and calming

Photo: cap220

Photo by Abby Robertson

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The Color and Balance of Tuscany

The Color and Balance of Tuscany

Our 25th wedding anniversay and our first trip to Italy. We hired a driver and headed to Tuscany. We stopped along the way at a tiny and pituresque winery. We had a glorious lunch of fresh olives, tomatoes and italian sliced meats. It was true Italy and the highlite of our trip.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: Abby Robertson

Photo by P.Melia

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beautiful Pienza

beautiful Pienza

on our 25th anniversary trip to Italy we(husband actually captured this photo) loved exploring the Tuscan hill towns. as a forty-something stroke survivor I found Pienza to be the most accessible. a site to behold was around every corner and this one spoke to us.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tuscany Travel Guide

Photo: P.Melia

Photo by wayne smart

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Crema di Limoni

Crema di Limoni

The Limoncello!

Photo: wayne smart

Photo by bobthenavigator

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The Greek temple at Selinunte

The Greek temple at Selinunte

The Greeks ruled Sicily for several centuries. Here is the best preserved ancient temple in Sicily on the west coast of the island at Selinunte. A gorgeous spring day made it all perfect.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: bobthenavigator

Photo by bobthenavigator

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Wedding bliss in Palermo.

Wedding bliss in Palermo.

What a lucky shot ! We happended upon a wedding in the famed San Francesco church in the heart of old Palermo. I stationed myself--on a chair--outside the church door and caught this image as they came out--complete with the doves being released and the rice being thrown. It was an incredible moment.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: bobthenavigator

Photo by bobthenavigator

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The market in Palermo