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Rome, Florence, Venice vacations are always among the most popular Italy tour packages. And for good reason. These world class cities offer the traveler everything that makes great tours.  Tours of Italy include great sightseeing, fabulous food, and a fun culture. All while enjoying natural beauty and architectural beauty that is in Italy. For more about the best Italy tour packages with Rome sightseeing, Florence sightseeing, and Venice sightseeing be sure to visit http://italiantourism.us/italy-vacations-rome-florence-venice/
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Rome Sightseeing - Four Sanctuaries for The Gods: Area Sacra di Largo Argentina in Rome

Rome Sightseeing - Four Sanctuaries for The Gods: Area Sacra di Largo Argentina in Rome | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it
An ancient secret is buried in front of us—just meters below our current street level. Four years ago Spanish researchers of the Institute of History of the Center for Humanities and Social Sciences (CCHS-CSIC 2012) localized the supposed place of the m
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Right smack in Rome's historic center, around the corner from the Pantheon, Campo de Fiori and Piazza Navona is Largo Argentina. There you'll find ancient Roman ruins among the hustle and bustle of modern Rome's frantic pace. Fascinating article about this area, the archaeological sites, and Teatro Pompeii where Caesar is said to be stabbed. For more about sightseeing in Rome click http://italiantourism.us/italy-travel-guide/rome-sightseeing/

 

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Living in: Venice

Living in: Venice | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it
In this living, breathing, sinking city, residents enjoy dreamlike canal settings, peerless Gothic and Renaissance architecture and masterpieces by Titian and Tintoretto.
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Who hasn't dreamed of living in Venice? Well here's some tips to those who are seriously thinking about taking the plunge!

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7 surprising Ancient Rome facts

7 surprising Ancient Rome facts | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it
  1) The Roman’s couldn’t decide on their origins The legend of Romulus and Remus tells the story of twin brothers raised by wolves who become the founding fathers of Rome.
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Rome is long on history which contributes to its eternality. Its origin being the subject of various stories adds to its intrigue. One thing is for sure, among the stories there is no question that on its cobblestones man demonstrated that the impossible is possible. And the rest most certainly is history. For more about vacations to Rome click http://italiantourism.us/italy-vacations-rome-florence-venice/

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Venice Vacations - 10 of the best budget restaurants in Venice

Venice Vacations - 10 of the best budget restaurants in Venice | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it
With the Biennale opening a month earlier this year, to coincide with Milan’s World Expo, Venice is expecting a visitor overload. But that doesn’t mean they have to resort to overpriced, underwhelming tourist restaurants
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Venice is an expensive cities. These spots are a nice break from the wallet-busting restaurants you'll typically find on a Venice vacation.  If you are enjoying a Family Venice vacation these spots are especially nice. With a little effort, it is still possible to find reasonably priced meals costing about €15 a head all over town. The best deals are definitely on offer at lunchtime, while in the evening, more and more informal bàcari (bars) are opening up alongside the more traditional ones, where you can try cicheti, small snacks or “Venetian tapas”. All of these off-the-beaten path Venice restaurants are sure to please. For more information about Venice restaurants click http://italiantourism.us/italy-travel-guide/venice-sightseeing/

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14 Winter Pasta Recipes to Keep You Warm and Well-Fed

14 Winter Pasta Recipes to Keep You Warm and Well-Fed | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it
We’ll eat pasta any time of year , but winter pasta dishes are especially satisfying. Braised meats, slow-simmered sauces, and plenty of cheese: It’s all here, in these pasta dishes perfect for chilly weather. See the full list at Bon Appétit.
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There is no question pasta warms the heart and soul.  In our house no Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, or any other day's meal is complete without a bowl of pasta.  Enjoy these winter pasta recipes to warm your heart and soul and those you show your love for with cooking.  For more about traveling to Italy click http://italiantourism.us

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Venice Vacations - Even Monet Enjoyed A Passeggiata in St Mark's Square

Venice Vacations - Even Monet Enjoyed A Passeggiata in St Mark's Square | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it
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Monet enjoys time with his wife Alice in Venice's St. Mark's Square circa 1908  For more about Rome, Florence, and Venice tours of Italy visit ItalianTourism.us

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'Jesus the Homeless' sculpture may find home in Rome - Catholic News Service

'Jesus the Homeless' sculpture may find home in Rome - Catholic News Service | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it
Catholic News Service
'Jesus the Homeless' sculpture may find home in Rome
Catholic News Service
Appropriately, "Jesus the Homeless" may have found a permanent home in Rome, very close to the Vatican.
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Lovely story and a nice new addition to Rome's public art scene. 

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Scattering ashes in Venice, a labor of love

Scattering ashes in Venice, a labor of love | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it
I took my husband to Venice for his birthday on Oct. 7 for the last time. He stayed, and now Tom Carney is a resident of La Serinissima, or "the Most Serene," as the one-time independent republic was once known.
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Certainly not your average Italy vacation to Venice. In this bitter sweet story about a wife's determination to let Venice be the eternal resting ground for her husband, we get a taste of the beauty, tranquility, and peacefulness of Venice. And despite the notorious red tape that is the Italian bureacracy she succeeded! Lovely story.

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Portus, once-mighty port that served ancient Rome, yields its secrets

Portus, once-mighty port that served ancient Rome, yields its secrets | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it
British archaeologists say a dig in Italy has uncovered new secrets of Portus, a once-mighty port that served as a gateway to Rome.
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Outside Rome near Fiumicino there is also Ostia Antica.  Plenty of archaeology sites to discover along Italy's coast.

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Rome Vacations - Day trip to Calcata

Rome Vacations - Day trip to Calcata | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it
Located in the craggy-cliffed, bucolic Roman countryside, the charming medieval town of Calcata is the perfect spot for a day trip from Rome.
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There are lots of fabulous day trip destinations from Rome. Depending on your interests there are various ways to go. Here's an off the beaten track idea for a Rome day trip. For more about Rome vacation packages visit http://italiantourism.us

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Italy Vacations 2014 - The Best Beauty Shops of Florence

Italy Vacations 2014 - The Best Beauty Shops of Florence | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it
Florence is packed with little beauty shops and erboristas; even every farmacia showcases at least a smattering of ancient herbal products.
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Nothing better than a blow out and some spa services after the flight across the pond to Italy.  If you are planning a 2014 Italy vacation to Florence you'll want to check in at one of these spas. For more about Florence Italy Vacations 2014 visit ItalianTourism.us

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Rome Vacations - Is a Rome sightseeing pass worthwhile?

Rome Vacations - Is a Rome sightseeing pass worthwhile? | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it
Is a Rome sightseeing pass worthwhile?
Telegraph.co.uk
We are spending three days in Rome at the end of October and would value your opinion on the best-value tickets for visiting the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Borghese Gallery.
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The pass will give you entrance to the Forum but not a guided tour.  We do suggest a guided tour of the Vatican Musuem and also the forum.  It will bring to life and organize what might otherwise be an overwhelming experience. You'll learn a lot and save time too. For the best price on guided Rome tours with skip the line tickets click http://italiantourism.us/italy-travel-guide/rome-sightseeing/rome-tours/

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Rome Vacations - 5 Off the Beaten Path Rome Walking Tour Destinations

Rome Vacations - 5 Off the Beaten Path Rome Walking Tour Destinations | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it
Boston Herald
Beautiful sites of Rome won't cost euro
Boston Herald
ROME — Some of Rome's attractions are among the best-known spots on Earth.
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Always nice to hit some Rome vacation spots that are off the ususal tour routes.  The Janiculum hill is another one not mentioned here. If you do go over the Knights of Malta keyhole then plan to visit Rome's oldest market.  For more about Rome vacations visit http://www.ItalianTourim.us/

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Vacations to Rome - In Ostia, a Search for the Secrets of Rome’s Port

Vacations to Rome - In Ostia, a Search for the Secrets of Rome’s Port | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it

Archaeological projects abound in a town near Rome that’s often overlooked by tourists. What it can offer that Pompeii or the Colosseum can’t

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Ostia is a fantastic archaeological site 45 minutes from Rome. Whereas Pompeii is in ruins because it was destroyed by the volcano Vesuvius, Ostia is somewhat in tact allowing visitors unique insight in to life in ancient Rome. For more about vacations to Rome click http://italiantourism.us/italy-travel-packages/rome-vacation-packages/

 

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Mini guide to eating in Venice

Mini guide to eating in Venice | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it
Classic dishes bring Italy’s culinary acclaim to the City of Water, featuring savory cicheti, fresh seafood and rich gelati.
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Meals are often a highlight of a vacation to Italy. Venice, Florence, and Rome are each famous for their delicious cuisine. And each destination is distinct and different from the other. Here's a little guide to take on your vacation to Venice. For more about vacations to Venice click http://italiantourism.us/italy-travel-packages/venice-vacation-packages/

 

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Secret pagan basilica in Rome emerges from the shadows after 2,000 years

Secret pagan basilica in Rome emerges from the shadows after 2,000 years | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it
An underground chamber that was a place of worship for a mysterious cult 2,000 years ago has opened to the public for the first time
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For this interested in ancient Greece and Hellenestic culture this ancient subterranean basilica is a treasure trove into the past. Just opened to the public for the first time in 2000 years it is full of frescoes, bas-relief, arches, all depicting an ancient cult dating back to the first century B.C. It was built by a rich Roman family who were devotees of a little-known cult called Neopythagoreanism. Originating in the first century BC, it was a school of mystical Hellenistic philosophy that preached asceticism and was based on the writings of Pythagoras and Plato. For more about vacations to Italy click http://italiantourism.us

 

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Christmas in Venice

Christmas in Venice | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it
See a video of Christmas in Venice

I first saw Venice in June 1984. It was a sewer.
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Christmas in Italy is a fabulous time to plan a winter Italy vacation. The cities are all adorned with festive decorations. The locals are out enjoying their own places. Families strolling around enjoying life are everywhere.  For an all-encompassing Christmas Italy vacation click ItalianTourism.us http://italiantourism.us/italy-christmas-vacation-packages-italy-thanksgiving-vacation-packages/

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Venice official denies that wheelie suitcases to be banned in the city

Venice official denies that wheelie suitcases to be banned in the city | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it
Following uproar among visitors to Venice, government officials reassured tourists that they will be able to use wheelie suitcases and said the ban will instead affect commercial trolleys.
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Amid Europe's love affair with technocrats and their rules and northern Italy's supposed sophistication to want to succeed from Italy and Europe comes this ridiculous idea for yet more regulation in Venice. For more about the do's and dont's on a Rome, Florence and Venice vacation click http://italiantourism.us

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Rome's ancient graffiti to 'emotional' street art - Hindustan Times

Rome's ancient graffiti to 'emotional' street art - Hindustan Times | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it
Hindustan Times Rome's ancient graffiti to 'emotional' street art Hindustan Times Scribbling emotions on walls has been a tradition in Rome going back thousands of years and even the word "graffiti" was first used for markings found in the ruins of...
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When in Rome a stroll to Piazza di Pasquinia at the end of Via del Governo Vecchio, to find Pasquino, Rome's first talking statue is always fun!  For more about Rome sightseeing check out http://italiantourism.us/italy-travel-guide/rome-sightseeing/

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Rome Catacombs Tour - Priscilla Catacomb Earliest Virgin with Baby

Rome Catacombs Tour - Priscilla Catacomb Earliest Virgin with Baby | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it
Just in time for the Thanksgiving and Christmas Italy family vacations, the Vatican has unveiled newly restored frescoes in the Catacombs of Priscilla.
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In Rome the catacombs tour is a popular Rome vacation activity.  Now while touring you may also view the oldest fresco that depicts the Virgin with baby... Not going to Rome soon?  Get lost in the catacombs on Google maps.

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Aaronee's curator insight, March 5, 2014 3:30 PM

They depict the earliest know image of the Virgin Mary with Jesus, dating from 230-240 AD. They wanted to show the women priests in the early church.



 

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BBC World News - Fast Track, 09/11/2013 GMT, Is Venice sinking under the weight of too many tourists?

BBC World News - Fast Track, 09/11/2013 GMT, Is Venice sinking under the weight of too many tourists? | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it
How Venice is struggling to cope with the boom in visitor numbers.
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Venice is so beautiful of course it is popular among tourists.  Italy's cities are among the most popular vacation destinations in the world. The giant cruise ships are bringing thousands daily which is bugging many locals. 

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Rome Vacations - A Chef's Guide to Rome Restaurants

Rome Vacations - A Chef's Guide to Rome Restaurants | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it
Many locals and even celebrities love Rome's Antica Pesa—but where does the chef chow down (and hang out) when he's not cooking the city's favorite pasta?
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Rome is the city of food. It is hard to have a bad meal. Check out these spots on your next visit.

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Venice Vacations - Stay in a monastery in Venice: no frills, no crowds and the best views

Venice Vacations - Stay in a monastery in Venice: no frills, no crowds and the best views | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it
Venice's hotels can be a rip-off, but stay with the monks at the iconic San Giorgio Maggiore and you pay what you wish, and see a side of the city that really is serenissima
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While traveling around Italy you may find interesting and welcoming monasteries and convents.  If you are looking for an authentic Italy vacation while saving money versus hotels it's an idea to keep in mind. For more about Italy vacations click http://italiantourism.us/

 

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Heidi Nelson's curator insight, August 4, 2015 2:01 PM

While traveling around Italy you may find interesting and welcoming monasteries and convents.  If you are looking for an authentic Italy vacation while saving money versus hotels it's an idea to keep in mind. For more about Italy vacations click http://italiantourism.us/

 

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Italy Vacations - 10 Best Italian restaurants in Rome

Italy Vacations - 10 Best Italian restaurants in Rome | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it

He may be “a German in Rome,” says the Michelin Guide of La Pergola’s head chef, Heinz Beck, but his Roman and Mediterranean cuisine make him “more Italian than most of his colleagues.” Nice compliment, especially when accompanied by three Michelin stars -- more than any other restaurant in the city.

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2014 Italy vacations to Rome here are some restaurant ideas. Enhance your trip to Italy with some great Italian food.  It may just surprise you too! For more about 2014 Italy vacation packages visit http://italiantourism.us

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Tiana Kai in Florence's curator insight, May 21, 2014 7:08 AM

Saved for my next trip to Rome! 

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Rome Vacations - Was the greatest ancient Roman Athlete also the highest paid of all time?

Rome Vacations - Was the greatest ancient Roman Athlete also the highest paid of all time? | Rome Florence Venice Vacations | Scoop.it
Last fall, Forbes magazine was all atwitter as Tiger Woods closed in on becoming “the first athlete to earn over $1 billion” in the course of his career.
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Relative value or not this guy earned his billions!

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