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Inside Sistine Chapel - The Frescoes of Michelangelo (Vatican, Rome, Italy).

Inside Sistine Chapel – The Frescoes of Michelangelo

Inside Sistine Chapel are the well-known frescoes of Michelangelo. For many, seeing these stunning art preserved in a chapel is an experience of a lifetime. Gazing at the incredible masterpiece from the floor to the wall and unto the ceiling is an experience that would never go away. I felt like this is one of […]

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Bologna's Portico di San Luca - The Road to Sanctuary of the Madonna (Italy)

Portico di San Luca – The Road to Sanctuary of the Madonna

Bologna’s Portico di San Luca is the road to Sanctuary of the Madonna. It’s actually not a road but a 3.7-kilometer covered pathway that goes to a Catholic Sanctuary on a hill. Whether it’s a sunny or a rainy day; snowy or windy, visitors can always shelter themselves against extreme weather conditions. Locals, young and […]

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View from the top of San Pietro Tower in Bologna (Italy).

View from the Top: Bologna is a City That Still Looks Medieval

Bologna is a city that still looks medieval from the streets to the rooftops. And thank goodness, it’s one of the off-beaten paths that tourists skip when visiting Italy. I’m glad I did stop here for two nights without expecting much on what to do and see. After two weeks of backpacking in Italy, I […]

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What to See Inside Casa de Giuletta in Verona (Juliet's House, Italy).

What to See Inside Juliet’s House in Verona

The charming city of Verona is home to Shakespeare’s ill-fated lovers – Romeo and Juliet. Perhaps, the city’s most famous tourist attraction (or tourist trap) is Juliet’s House built in the Middle Ages. Did Juliet Really Live Here?┬áNope, she didn’t. She’s just a fictional character from Shakespeare’s most well-known tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet.” If she […]

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Basilica di San Marco Glitters in Gold (Venice, Italy).

Basilica di San Marco Glitters in Gold

In Venice, Basilica di San Marco glitters in gold. No, you won’t be able to see gold on its facade but wait until you see its interior. I’m not sure if they intended to have the interior a bit dark. Perhaps, it’s to emphasize the beaming gold that you’d see on the mosaics above and […]

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The Mosaics of San Marco Basilica (Venice, Italy).

Venice: The Mosaics of San Marco Basilica

These mosaics of San Marco Basilica are from 11-th century but they never lose their luster. They’re our windows to Byzantine arts. Be warned: you can’t take photos inside St. Mark’s Basilica. While there’s no entrance fee, the number of visitors allowed to get inside is controlled, limited. There’s usually a queue outside in the […]

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View of Venice from the Top of San Marco Campanile (Italy).

Cityscape: View of Venice from the Top of San Marco Campanile

The view of Venice from the top of San Marco campanile (St. Mark Bell Tower) at sunset is beyond mesmerizing. It’s magical! Looking down at the red-tiled roofs and a host of unique architectural designs, I had goosebumps that I’d remember forever. Yes, Venice is crowded with tourists and even on the campanile but seeing […]

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Corniglia is the Oldest Village in Cinque Terre Mentioned in Decameron (Italy).

Corniglia is the Oldest Village in Cinque Terre Mentioned in Decameron

Corniglia is the oldest village in Cinque Terre that’s mentioned in Giovanni Bocaccio’s “Decameron.” It’s an Italian classic prose that contains 100 stories told by ten young people (7 women and 3 men) who gathered around in a hidden villa to escape Black Death that plagued the neighbouring city. How to get (go up) there […]

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