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Published Jul 10, 2021
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Italy: Inspiring you to live La Dolce Vita
 
World-renowned composer Giuseppe Verdi once said, "you may have the universe... if I may have Italy." And for good reason. The delights of this small but vibrant country have been captivating travelers for centuries. From the ancient and towering Colosseum to Michelangelo's timeless masterpieces and some of the finest wine on earth—Italy has it all, enticing you to live the sweet life.
 
 
Art
 
The panoply of awe-inspiring works of art found throughout Italy will take your breath away, from the intricate glassblowing and silk-screening techniques to the potters and jewelry makers. And of course, no trip to Italy is complete without marveling over the works of Michelangelo. Stand before the nearly 17 ft. tall marble David, an iconic masterpiece and one of the world's greatest sculptures, then gaze in awe and wonder upon the meticulously detailed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
 
 
Architecture
 
Take a step back in time and discover the way of life in the Roman Empire at the imposing Colosseum in Ancient Rome. Listen to the water lap against your gondola as you travel through the Grand Canal and beneath the Rialto Bridge, admiring the stone arch that was constructed during the Renaissance. Explore St. Mark's Square with its magnificent Basilica, one of the best-known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture, and the beautiful Venetian Gothic style Doge's Palace, one of Europe's most recognizable buildings.
 
 
Cuisine
 
From the soft, delicate bites of gnocchi and the creaminess of Pasta alla Carbonara to crisp and light Marguerite pizza, these famous gastronomical delights and more are sure to please every palate, especially when paired with complex, world-famous wines. Be sure to save room for dessert: cool down with refreshing gelato or end your meal with the coffee-infused flavors of tiramisu.
 
Italian Treasures
 
 
The masterpieces of Italy: the canal city of Venice, the opulent art of Florence, the wine and cuisine of Tuscany, and the history—both modern and ancient—of Rome, with first-class hotels throughout
 
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Italian Treasures & Sorrento
 
 
Italian masterpieces come alive: from the canals of Venice and Florence's art & architecture to the wine of Tuscany, the history of Rome, and the stunning Amalfi coast. First-class hotels throughout
 
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