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What to See Inside the Pisa Cathedral (Italy).

Italy: What to See Inside the Pisa Cathedral

The Pisa Cathedral marks the zenith of the architectural power of Pisa at the time of its creation by having bits from the Islamic, Byzantine, Lombard-Emilian, and classical architecture. Lying peacefully in the Piazza dei Miracoli (Miracle Square), it gleams in multi-colors, courtesy of the different types of marbles that it is adorned with, especially […]

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Italy: Why You Should Visit the Baptistry of Pisa

The Baptistery of Pisa – Where Galileo Was Baptized

Located in the Piazza dei Miracoli (Miracle Square), on the west coast of Italy, the Baptistery of Pisa forms one of the four buildings. In fact, it comes second in the chronological order, neighboring the Duomo di Pisa, the cathedral, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It is an ecclesiastical building, and throughout history, it […]

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These Splendid Mosaics at Basilica Sant'Apollinare Nuovo Will Take Breath Away (Ravenna, Italy).

Ravenna: These Splendid Mosaics at Basilica Sant Apollinare Nuovo Will Take Your Breath Away

You can’t visit Ravenna without looking up and down the splendid mosaics at Basilica Sant Apollinare Nuovo. They covered the walls of the whole basilica. It’s really an impressive work of religious art that’s been there since the 6th century. These series of mosaic are a testament to the contact between the Catholics and the […]

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San Giorgio Maggiorre Church From Afar (Venice, Italy).

Venice: Admiring San Giorgio Maggiore Church From Afar

A friend had suggested to visit San Giorgio Maggiore Church because the incredible view from its tower is much better than the one atop the San Marco Campanile. Well, that’s his point of view – and I can’t agree to that because I never had the time to visit it. All I could do was […]

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Basilica Santa Maria della Salute - Where 12 Titian Paintings Hang Inside (Venice, Italy).

Basilica Santa Maria della Salute – Where 12 Titian Paintings Hang Inside

Standing at the mouth of the Grand Canal, Basilica Santa Maria della Salute ‘s imposing Baroque structure looks like it guards the beautiful city of Venice. Its impressive dome was put in by the survivors of the plague. For their salvation, the city built the church as a dedication to Our Lady of Health/Deliverance (Salute). […]

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Visiting the Tomb of Dante Alighieri in Ravenna (Italy).

Visiting the Tomb of Dante Alighieri in Ravenna

You can’t talk about Italian literature without mentioning Dante Alighieri who peacefully rests in Ravenna. I’d say that his Divine Comedy (Divina Comedia) is, perhaps, the greatest Italian literary work the world has ever known. It’s a classic that must be read whether you’re a believer of hell, purgatory and paradise or not. Is Dante’s Tomb […]

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The Views From Rialto Bridge - The Oldest Bridge in Venice (Italy).

The Views From Rialto Bridge – The Oldest Bridge in Venice

Rialto Bridge is the oldest bridge in Venice that connects San Marco and San Polo areas. It was first but in the 12th century and has been rebuilt so many times since then. There’s no doubt that Rialto Bridge is the most famous bridge and most photogenic of all 4 bridges in the Grand Canal. […]

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Views of Venice From the Accademia Bridge is Postcard Perfect! (Ponte dell' Accademia, Venice, Italy).

PHOTOS: Views of Venice From the Accademia Bridge is Postcard Perfect!

The views of Venice from the Accademia Bridge is postcard perfect! In fact, visit any souvenir shops in Venice and there’s a 100 percent chance that you’ll find the views of the Grand Canal from this bridge on the shelves. They’re not just in postcards but also in books, t-shirts, videos, fans, porcelains, hankies, posters, […]

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One Day in Salamanca (Spain).

Travel Itinerary: One Day in Salamanca

One day in Salamanca may not be enough to explore this medieval town. Up to this day, the community is still known as a university town. The town’s premier university – University of Salamanca – is Spain’s oldest university and the world’s 3rd oldest that’s still operating until today. Salamanca is definitely one of the […]

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Inside the Monastery of St. John of the Monarchs - A Heavenly Refuge in Toledo (Spain).

Inside the Monasterio San Juan de los Reyes – A Heavenly Refuge in Toledo

If you’re visiting in summer, Monasterio San Juan de los Reyes is a heavenly refuge in Toledo from the searing heat outside. After walking for a long time, I finally found this monastery in the middle of a neighbourhood that used to be predominantly Jewish. And as soon as I entered the premises, I felt […]

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