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5 Must See Amalfi Coast

5 Must See Amalfi Coast Highlights

The Amalfi Coast stretches for 43 miles around the Bay of Naples. It is on many people’s must-do-list and is renowned for its natural beauty and summertime appeal to jetsetters.

Ravello

Even though Ravello is a small town along the Amalfi Coast, I’ve decided to highlight two great things to see.

Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

Ravello is a tiny town perched more than a kilometer above the Amalfi Coast. Ravello’s Villa Cimbrone is one the Amalfi coast’s top must-see places. The views are spectacular. If you are a music lover and lucky enough to be there during one of the summer concert series, then don’t miss this opportunity. The Villa Cimbrone dates back to the 11th century and is now a hotel with well tended gardens that are open to the public.

Ravello for music lovers

Music lovers must at least once in their lifetime go to Ravello during between the months of April and October for the music concerts. Most concerts a tribute to the classical musicians. http://www.ravelloarts.org/9-uncategorised/92-2014-concerts-booking.html

Things to do in Florence Italy

THINGS TO DO IN FLORENCE ITALY

Half Day Florence Itinerary
When in Florence, the Duomo  is a must-visit things to do on any list. Centrally located, you can easily walk around its pDSC00918erimeter on the way to or from any other. If time is limited, walk around the duomo’s exterior and skip the long line to get inside. Take the time to admire intricate façade and appreciate Filippo Brunelleschi’s dome and Giotto’s Bell Tower from various angles. Look closely at the incredible marble work, a masterpiece for any era. The marble has been cleaned recently exposing the incredible greens, browns, blacks, and terracotta colors. Pictured below is some of the outstanding detail.

Conveniently adjacent is the Baptistery. In a half day you won’t have time to check out its interior but do take the time to  stop in front of Lorenzo Ghiberti’s doors. The biblical stories told in the worked bronze of these extraordinary doors are awesome.

Food Markets Italy’s Cities

Food markets in Italy can be found in every city, town and village. In the larger cities the food markets are generally in permanent locations and even within permanent structures. In the smaller towns these markets may appear once or twice a week, pack up, and move on to the next town. When visiting smaller towns it’s best to check ahead and find out what day of the week the market will be there. Here are a few permanent food markets in the larger cities.

Bolognia

Bolognia has been called Italy’s heart of food. My pick in this city is Mercato Centrale, Bologna. The main produce market overflows from via Francesco Rizzoli to il Quadrilatero. The surrounding region of Emilia-Romagna is home to some of Italy’s greatest gastronomic gifts (prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Grana Padano, mortadella, balsamic vinegar, and more), and you can find them all here, along with fish vendors, meat stalls, fruits and vegetables, and a great housewares store, Antica Aguzzeria del Cavallo, which carries every kind of pasta cutter imaginable. For me, the highlight of the market is A.F. Tamburini, a 78-year old pasta and provisions store where you can buy excellent ravioli, tagliatelle, and tortelli, either fresh or, in the adjoining cafe, cooked and served with a rich ragù bolognese. (9 via Francesco Rizzoli, Bologna.)

Florence Statues worth visiting

Florence: Statues in Piazza della Signoria

Florence’s Piazza della Signoria is a must stop for any renaissance aficionado. Most of the statues are of male nudes, and very well proportioned ones at that.

In the 15th century Renaissance sculptors studying the classical ideal found that freestanding nudes had been missing in Europe since the Roman Empire. Even though our own modern times seems to have an absence of free standing nudes, I haven’t seen a mass movement to erect new ones!