“All roads lead to Rome”. The most recognizable places of the Eternal City are the Roman amphitheater Colosseum, St. Peter’s Cathedral, the Pantheon, the Sistine Chapel, the Forum, St. Angel’s Castle, the Vatican enclave state. Milan is a city of fashionistas, aristocrats, aesthetes and football fans. On the central square of the Duomo is the second largest after the Cathedral of St. Peter in the Vatican, Duomo di Milano, which was built over five centuries. There is also a luxurious gallery Passage. Not far from Piazza Duomo is the La Scala Opera House and the Sforzesco Castle. Leonardo’s “Last Supper” can be seen in the church of Santa Maria del Grazie, in the same place – paintings by no less venerable masters Titian, Raphael, Caravaggio, Veronese and others. Verona is a city of lovers, where you can see the house of Juliet Capulet, and in the theater Arena with 22,000 seats to listen to the greatest singers of our time, admire the Christian basilicas of the Gothic Cathedral of St. Anastasia and wander around the Verona Kremlin – the castle of Castelvecchio. Venice, located on 118 islands, is a unique masterpiece of architecture, which has no equal in the world. These are canal streets, palaces, churches, bridges and, of course, the famous carnival. Attractions: Piazza and Cathedral of San Marco, Doge’s Palace, Church of Santa Maria dela Salute, Cathedral of Santa Maria Assuanta, St. Martin’s Campanile and Basilica of San Donato. The birthplace of the Renaissance Florence, where the great masters of the past lived and worked – artists, sculptors, musicians, writers and poets. The pearls of Florence are the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazza della Signoria and on it the Palazzo Vecchio and the fountain of Neptune, the Palatine and Uffizi galleries, the churches of Santa Maria del Carmine and Santa Maria Novella, the Pitti palaces, Palazzo Medici-Ricardi Michelozzo, Rucellai. Naples, a very dynamic city, however, offers many opportunities for walks, such as the National Archaeological Museum, the Museo de San Martino, the tomb of Virgil on the Mergellina Hill, Piazza del Municipio and the San Carlo Theatre, the Umberto Gallery and the Royal Palace. Rimini is the pearl of the Adriatic coast of Italy. In addition to the beaches, the Fellini Museum, the arch of Emperor Augustus and the park of masterpieces of Italian architecture are worthy of attention. Pisa is a city of education, the site of the first university, the birthplace of Galileo, one of the centers of culture. Attractions: Leaning Tower of Pisa and Pisa Cathedral, Baltisterium, Camposanto Cemetery. Genoa, birthplace of Columbus and Paganini, the world’s first bank,
According to Ethnicityology, Italian cuisine is considered one of the best in the world. A business card is a paste, i.e. pasta of all kinds included in most Italian dishes. Lasagna and ravioli are very popular. All pastas, like soups, are included in the first courses. The recommended Italian soup is Minestrone. In the kitchen, vegetables are very common, which are included in the main menu or served as a separate dish – tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, artichokes, lettuce. Parmesan cheese is a common first course companion. Risotto is a rice dish slightly reminiscent of pilaf. Pizza – no comment. Desserts (sometimes unexpectedly prepared from ravioli dough), ice cream and coffee are worth noting. The national drink is wine, Italians are great connoisseurs of it.
Railways and railway service in Italy are considered among the best in Europe, so most travelers prefer this particular mode of transport to travel around the country and to neighboring states (if there are no employee strikes at this point in time). Railway website – http://www.ferroviedellostato.it There are a number of categories for trains: IC-Intercity – domestic and near-foreign trains (first and second class); EC-Euricity – for international flights; EXPR – express trains for international communications; DIR-Diretto – trains with many stops (second class with seats); Espresso – predominantly second class carriages; Locale are quite comfortable electric trains. The fare is moderate, there are discounts for passengers under 26 and over 60 years old. Aircraft. Ticket prices are much more expensive than train tickets. Intercity buses are comfortable, the price is noticeably cheaper than rail transportation, and the time is faster. Cars. Movement is right-handed. The speed limit in built-up areas is 50 km/h, but it is often not respected. The speed limit is 90 km/h on state roads, 100 km/h on superhighways, and 130 km/h on motorways. Be sure to use seat belts, children under 9 months old must be in child seats, children from 9 months to 4 years old can sit in the rear seats. Rental – you must have an EU driver’s license or a national one translated into Italian (Russian international together with national). The rental is quite expensive (EUROCAR, AVIS, HERTZ, small car from 50 euros per day), as well as gasoline. Sometimes the rental company requires a deposit equal to the amount of the rental. Possible troubles on the road are specified in the rental agreement. Many gas stations are closed after 19.00 and on weekends. City buses are inexpensive transport, but too slow due to traffic jams. In large cities there is a subway with different types of tickets (one-time tickets for an hour, one-day passes, etc.).Taxis are quite expensive. There is a landing rate (7.5?), an increased rate for baggage, for a night, a country trip, trips on weekends and holidays. Separate fare for standing in a traffic jam. Taxis are equipped with a meter.