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To generalize, visitors for the first time should definitely see the following cities:
Rome: The city challenges visitors with plenty of resorts and monuments. Places that should be seen by everyone as possible include: Capitoline Hill and Forum, Colosseo (Colosseum), San Pietro (St. Peter’s) Basilica, Vatican Museums (Sistine Chapel), Pantheon, Santa Maria in Trastevere Church, Fontana di Trevi (the Trevi Fountain), the Ancient Appian Way and 'Catacombs', the Baths of Caracalla, Spanish Steps, Villa Borghese and panoramic view of city from Pincian and Gianicolo Hills.
Florence (Frenze) is the capital of intellectuals. It is not possible to avoid from the influence of Florence located in just the middle of country geographically, separated into two by Arno River and surrounded by the round hills of Tuscany. Here is the city of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Dante, Machiavelli, Galileo and Medici family. This small town, a city of bankers and tailors, is the center where Renaissance was born. Florence may be toured on foot. Visitors must definitely see Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral with 384 steps. The Cathedral is known with its pure interior with High Gothic vault and surrounding structures. The bell tower of Church, built by Giotto, was constructed with very colorful marble; and the Baptizing Section with Romanesque green and white marbles is famous with its East Gate named as the Gate of Heaven. Ponte Vecchio, a closed bridge dating back to the 14th century, is the land mark of Fiorentina. Jeweler shops are lined up on both sides of the bridge since the 16th century. Loggia della Signoria, Piazza della Signoria surrounded by the ancient palace and Uffizi Gallery, is like an open-air museum set with statues including Michelangelo's famous David (its original is in Fine Arts Academy in the neighbor district). Graves of Michelangelo as well as 274 people including Galileo are in Santa Croce Church. The Church, approximately 135 m long housing the works of Donatello, Giotto, Cimabue and Brunelleschi, is located in one of the ancient quarters of Florence.
Venice (Venezia): San Marko Cathedral, Bell Tower and Doge Palace, and San Marko Square. Venice: house of famous painters, capital of one of the powerful republics at one time, dream city of gondolas and palaces divided by channels and built on water.
Naples: Museo Nazionale, Royal Palace, Cathedral, Castel Nuovo and ancient San Marino monastery. The visitors can have the opportunity to see Ercolano, Pompeii, Amalfitana Coasts, Sorrento, Paestum and 18th century Royal palace (La Reggia) as well as Caserta with trips from the city to close vicinity. Ischia and Capri islands can also be visited by boat or ferry.
Geneva: Just on the south of Milan; place of birth of Columbus; gate opening to Liguria costs (or Italian Riviera).
Pisa: Pisa, hosting the famous Leaning Tower (Torre Pendente) completed in 1350, is located on the place where Arno river runs to the sea, approximately 90 km far from Florence. There are two possibilities why this bell tower with Romanesque white marbles is leaning: the soil ground in the foundation of building is soft or there is fault in its foundation construction. Pisa is also the birth place of Galileo as well as the location where Don Juan lived according to Byron.
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