Visiting Italy’s Great Arts
Italy has a long documented history that makes the major problem for the tourist is to select among the nation’s never-ending cultural appeals. All main centers, most of the provincial cities and many relatively small towns have museums. Of all the countries in the worlds, there is none more miraculous than Italy, a traveler’s idyllic destination.
Ancient monuments and archeological sites are absolutely conserved; the museums are stuffed with the brilliance of Italy’s best men: Raffaello, Michelangelo, Tiziano, Canova; present-day architects are still inspired by ancient buildings and squares (piazza). Italian cities are true living museums.
Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
Valcamonica, sited in the Lombardy plain, has one of the world’s greatest collections of primeval petroglyphs – more than 140,000 symbols and figures carved in the rock over a period of 8,000 years and portraying matters associated with cultivation, navigation, war and magic.
Valcamonica’s rock art, which contains over 140,000 engravings on about 2,400 rocks spread on both sides of an entire valley, form an outstanding example of this sort of expression of human thought.
The number, duration and variety of the engravings, stands for example navigation, dance, war and plowing and their connection with present-day archaeological sites, contribute to the extraordinary value of this collection. Moreover, the apparent continuance of the performance of engraving for a period of more than 8,000 years, from the Epipaleolithic until the Roman and Middle Age periods, and in some cases until modern times, links this amazing expression of human ingenuity to present day communities.
Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie
The dining hall of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie forms a vital part of this architectural complex, begun in Milan in 1463 and reworked at the end of the 15th century by Bramante. On the north wall is The Last Supper, the incomparable masterpiece painted between 1495 and 1497 by Leonardo da Vinci, whose work was to indicate a new period in the history of art.
Historic Centre of Rome
Established, according to legend, by Romulus and Remus in 753 BC, Rome was first the centre of the Roman Republic, then of the Roman Empire, and it developed into the capital of the Christian world in the 4th century. The World Heritage site, expanded in 1990 to the walls of Urban VIII, incorporate some of the most important monuments of ancient periods such as the Forums, the Mausoleum of Augustus, the Mausoleum of Hadrian, the Pantheon, Trajan’s Column and the Column of Marcus Aurelius, with the religious and public buildings of papal Rome.
Historic Centre of Florence
Founded on the location of an Etruscan settlement, Florence, the representation of the Renaissance, ascended to economic and cultural superiority under the Medici in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its 600 years of astonishing artistic doings can be found above all in the 13th-century cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore), the Church of Santa Croce, the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace, the work of grand masters such as Giotto, Brunelleschi, Botticelli and Michelangelo.
Venice and its Lagoon
Built in the 5th century and stretch over 118 small islands, Venice developed into a main maritime power in the 10th century. The entire city is an amazing architectural work of art in which even the tiniest building consists of works by some of the world’s greatest artists such as Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and others.
The cultural and past impact of Florence (or Firenze) is awesome. Close up, conversely, the city is among Italy’s most impressive and pleasing, retaining a strong similarity to the small late-medieval central that contributed so much to the artistic and political progress of Europe.
Its remarkable buildings, fearsome galleries and treasure-crammed churches show to the Florentine care for display. Yet long after it had set on the political and financial prospect. Florence upheld its graceful manifestation: its skyline, all chocolate rooftops and patronizing domes, is certainly pleasing.
The current and the next are made-up daily in Milan, Europe’s artistic capital. Until Milan led the way, who knew that joyful hour could last 4 hours, and that clothes and home appliances could be made out of basketry, and that coffee could compose an appetizing pasta sauce?
This city is all concerning sophisticated pleasures. Shopping is of quasi-religious implication. Theatre and cinema thrive in this stylish locale, as does a hopping club panorama and a swing of alluring restaurants. Separately from some gems, the city is not well-known for its looks; its way of life that counts.
Lively, wild and careworn, Agrigento is Sicily’s oldest traveler site thanks to the remarkable Greek remains, the Valley of the Temples. Overshadowed by soaring apartment blocks, this site loses much of its direct impact; only when you get in the middle of the ruins can you value their monumentality.
Bologna presents a possibility to relax and savor before joining the multitudes of tourists in Florence and Venice. Enclosed by hills, the city’s central is still much as it was in the Renaissance: shadowy red-colored buildings, broad piazzas and domed porticoes with floors lay with marble
Sardinia is only some hours by ferry from mainland Italy but can appear a world away from Cagliari, the island’s capital, is a group act that hums with international charisma yet retains a flagrant conservative sense. There are lashings of past and culture, in addition to Italy’s longest beach just up the road.
In the past of southern Italy, over the Crati and Busento convergence was an attractive town called Cosenza. Destiny sent earthquakes to obliterate the area but Cosenza declined to fall. At present, medieval alleys, some no more than slender stairways, live contentedly ever after among once-elegant manors.