the Eternal City, with its unique and fascinating history, its thousand
churches, palaces and fountains; Rome, where behind every corner and
building lies a secret to be discovered, a legend to be told, history to be
revealed, welcomes you.
Rome, the city that inspired poets and writers, philosophers and
politicians, popes, and kings, travelers and students, is ready to embrace
you and to charm you with its warmth, its friendly smile, its great food and
Florence is one of the most beautiful and ancient cities
in Italy and the world. It gave to birth many of the men who have more
profoundly influenced the course of human history in every field of
knowledge, art, literature and philosophy. Most of the world artistic
patrimony is believed to be here, in Florence. Florentia, the city of
flowers was the place where the Renaissance grew and anticipated
Enlightenment and thus Modernity as a whole. Florence is reached every day
by crowds of visitors who, in the attempt of seeing the city in only few
days, are often overwhelmed by the huge amount of beauty and culture that
the simple walking around its ancient streets imposes to every eye.
Probably, a life dedicated entirely to the study of this unique city would
not be sufficent to deepen the subject exhaustively enough. Surely, it is
not possible to explain properly every monument, painting or concept
originated from this fascinating city with a web site. We have tried to
offer a preview, to those interested in coming and seeing for them selves,
introducing the subjects we believed more interesting but aware of the fact
that every topic we discussed might be deepened enormously and only with
years of hard study and sharp observation.
The city of Venice, Italy is simply stunning and completely
unique. Founded more than 1,500 years ago on 117 different islands, Venice
is linked by a series of over 150 canals, 400 bridges and many ancient
pavements. The historic city centre of Venice is divided into six quarters
(sestieri) - Cannaregio, Castello, Dorsoduro, San Marco, San Polo and Santa
Croce. All buildings in Venice are supported on slender oak and pine piles
(posts) which are driven deep into the ground to create a solid foundation.
As the soil is waterlogged, with no free oxygen, the piles remain strong and
do not decay.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
This is the monument that, among the others of the "Piazza dei
Miracoli", stirs the imagination of everybody, from the old to the
young. Firstly we like to give you some information and events regarding its
long history. The construction of this imposing mass was started in the year
1174 by Bonanno Pisano. When the tower had reached its third storey the
works ceased because it had started sinking into the ground. The tower
remained thus for 90 years. It was completed by Giovanni di Simone, Tommano
Simone (son of Andreo Pisano), crowned the tower with the belfry at half of
The top of the Leaning Tower can be reached by mounting the 294 steps which
rise in the form of a spiral on the inner side of the tower walls.
This very famous work is of Romanesque style, and as already stated dates
back to the year 1174. Cylindrical in shape it is supplied whit six open
galleries. A cornice separates these galleries one from the other and each
presents a series of small arches fitted on the capitals of the slender
columns. In the base there is a series of big blind arcades with geometrical
decorations. In the belfry there is the same design of arcades as that of
the base, with the difference that here, there are, apart from the reduced
proportions, the housings of the bells.
Tour of Murano, Burano & Torcello :
Here, you can admire expert glass-makers at work in a real glass factory.
Leaving Murano, you arrive, further to the north, at Burano which is a
fishermens island with brightly-coloured houses and which, still
today, is famous for the handicraft production of lace, the technique for
which is inspired by the weaving of the fishing nets. Finally you go to the
nearby Torcello, where time seems to have stood still. The island is now
almost uninhabited, covered by a rich typical vegetation of the lagoon. The
island still has the lagoons oldest monument, the majestic Basilica of
Santa Maria Assunta and Attilas famous throne.