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Every author feels that she or he is unique. I haven't seen a series of capsules quite like mine. I love touring Italy so much that I am doing a series on the tourist attractions of Italy's twenty regions. Without neglecting the well-known sites, you'll get to visit parts of Italy that most tourists never see. I'll also focus on the local food, wine, and even present a bit of history. Please join me on this extended tour. There are so many capsules that we are presenting two lists. In first list Italy's twenty regions are presented in alphabetical order. The second list is divided into three: northern, central, and southern Italy. Within each of these three groups the capsules are in alphabetical order with a differnce; each article is introduced by a direct quote. Sharp eyes will notice that this series contains no capsules on Florence, Rome, or Venice. Don't despair, for each of these three cities we have written several capsules (for example 40 at this point for Rome). These capsules are grouped by region and include a brief introduction to the tourist sites and then a quick review of hotels (or bed and breakfasts) in the region with a clickable link to their websites. We present a direct quote from each article, followed by a clickable link. It will take you two clicks looking for tourist information for districts in Florence, Rome, or Venice.

Amalfi Boutique and Tourist Hotels Visitor's Guide

Florence Boutique and Tourist Hotels Visitor's Guide

Milan Boutique and Tourist Hotels Visitor's Guide

Rome Boutique and Tourist Hotels Visitor's Guide

Venice Boutique and Tourist Hotels Visitor's Guide

Author List

Italian Travel Capsules By Region

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Abruzzi:    Eastern Abruzzi    Gran Sasso    Western Abruzzi

Aosta Valley:    Aosta Valley

Apulia:    Eastern Apulia    Western Apulia

Basilicata:    Basilicata

Calabria:    Northern Calabria    Southern Calabria

Campania:    Amalfi Coast And Sorrento   Campania East Of Naples  
             Campania West Of Naples   Isle of Capri   Naples

Emilia-Romagna:    Emilia Subregion    Romagna Subregion

Friuli-Venezia Giulia:    Friuli-Venezia Giulia    Trieste

Latium:    Latium East Of Rome    Latium West Of Rome

Liguria:    Cinque Terre    Eastern Liguria    Genoa    Western Liguria

Lombardy:    Bergamo and Lake Como    Lake Garda
             Milan    Small Town Lombardy

Marche:    The Marche Region

Molise:    Campobasso, Molise    Molise

Piedmont:    Small Town Piedmont    Turin

Sardinia:    Central Sardinia    Northern Sardinia    Southern Sardinia

Sicily:    Eastern Sicily    Palermo    Western Sicily

Trentino Alto-Adige:    Alto-Adige Subregion    Trentino Subregion

Tuscany:    Eastern Tuscany    Tuscany's Chianti Area    Western Tuscany

Umbria:    Northern Umbria    Orvieto    Perugia and Assisi    Southern Umbria

Veneto:    Padua    Northern Veneto    Southern Veneto    Verona

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Northern Italy Travel Capsules

Aosta Valley

A Quick Tour Of Italy - Aosta Valley

" We end our tour of the Aosta Valley at Courmayeur on the sunny side of Mont Blanc. Yes both easy and difficult ski slopes are lacking and it is sometimes overcrowded. But... "

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Emilia-Romagna

A Quick Tour Of Italy - The Emilia Subregion

" ...Finish your tour at Europe's oldest wine bar where... "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - The Romagna Subregion

" Rimini on the Adriatic coast is a major European holiday destination, particularly crowded during the high season. Its Grand Hotel was... "

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Friuli-Venezia Giulia

A Quick Tour Of Italy - Friuli-Venezia Giulia

" ...Friuli is quite a multicultural experience with its special mixture of Italian, Austrian, and Slavic influences. ... "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Trieste

" ...Its foreign influences include Hungary for meat and fish goulash, Austria for coffee and a wide variety of pastries, Yugoslavia for grilled meat, and Germany for ... "

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Liguria

A Quick Tour Of Italy - Cinque Terre

" Cinque Terre are five coastal villages located in eastern Liguria. Collectively they form a UNESCO World Heritage site. ... "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Eastern Liguria

" Rapallo hosted the Russian-German Treaty in 1922. We all know how well that worked out... "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Genoa

" Caruggi, Genoa’s medieval center, is the largest such district in all Europe. You’ll find its tiny cobblestoned streets a-maze-ing. .. "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Western Liguria

" ...Maybe royalty and their hangers on just don't know what they are missing. "

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Lombardy

A Quick Tour Of Italy - Bergamo And Lake Como

" Bellagio lies at the center of Lake Como's Y. It was a tourist center even in Roman times. Las Vegas has a hotel with the same name, but definitely... "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Lake Garda

" The little town of Salo, population ten thousand, was the capital of Mussolini's Nazi-backed puppet state, the Italian Social Republic. Its main sights... "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Milan

" La Scala Opera House is another cathedral. Its season runs for about six months, and with only..."

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Small Town Lombardy

" Mantua is a city of about fifty thousand. Romeo fled to Mantua after killing..."

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Piedmont

A Quick Tour Of Italy - Small Town Piedmont

" In 1986 in the Piedmont city of Barolo Carlo Petrini founded the Slow Food association to protest against the opening of a MacDonald’s in Rome. Within twenty years Slow Food has grown to... "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Turin, Piedmont

" Italy’s Detroit hosts the Museo dell’Automobile (Automobile Museum). Its collection includes the first FIAT model, Bugattis,... "

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Trentino Alto-Adige

A Quick Tour Of Italy - The Alto-Adige Subregion

" ...The South Tyrol Archeological Museum's star attraction is Oetzi, the more than five thousand year old iceman..."

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - The Trentino Subregion

" Madonna di Campiglio advertises itself as Italy's number one ski resort. The clientele is mostly Italian and the slopes..."

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Veneto

A Quick Tour Of Italy - Padua

" The Fourteenth Century Cappella degli Scrovegni (Scrovegni Chapel) is Italy’s second best-known chapel after the Sistine Chapel. Its fresco collection devoted to the life of the Virgin Mary ... "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Northern Veneto

" ...Fortunately the future father in law wanted no duel and insisted on of a chess game to be played in the square near the lower castle. .. "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Southern Veneto

" How can you know if a Veneto town is peaceful or not? The answer is quite simple;... "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Verona

" ...The Roman emperor Julius Caesar spent a lot of time here, and probably enjoyed many of the sights described next. "

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Central Italy Travel Capsules

Abruzzi

A Quick Tour Of Italy - Eastern Abruzzi

" ...You may want to visit the house where the famous Italian poet Gabriele D'Annunzio was born. Given that he was an important figure in the Fascist history of Italy I’d rather go to the ... "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Gran Sasso

" ...Corno Grande, at just under three thousand meters (more than a mile and a half), is the highest peak in the Apennines. These peaks ... "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Western Abruzzi

" ...Nearby you can find Roman ruins (the important Roman city of Amiternum), ancient monasteries, and ..."

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Latium

A Quick Tour Of Italy - Latium East Of Rome

" The town of Ninfa was destroyed during the Fourteenth Century. For six hundred years it lay in ruins, in part because of the malarial mosquitoes in the nearby marshes. And then in 1920... "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Latium West Of Rome

" The Etruscans dominated large parts of Italy from an unknown prehistoric period up until the Roman Empire. While we don't know much about them,..."

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Marche

A Quick Tour Of Italy - The Marche Region

" ...Try to get to Ascoli Piceno for the first Sunday in August to enjoy..."

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Molise

A Quick Tour Of Italy - Campobasso

" ...There are still the traces of ancient settlements including Samnite walls built prior to the Christian era. Next to the castle ... "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Molise

" ...and geological specimens from the nearby Palaeolithic settlement which is over a million years old..."

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Tuscany

A Quick Tour Of Italy - Eastern Tuscany

" Cortona stars in Frances Mayes’ Under the Tuscan Sun. It now ... "

A Quick Tour Of Italy - Eastern Tuscany

A Quick Tour Of Italy - Tuscany's Chianti Area

" ...and Sant’Agostino displaying many masterpieces of the Italian renaissance artists. Its façade is very modest but ... "

A Quick Tour Of Italy - Tuscany's Chianti Area

A Quick Tour Of Italy - Western Tuscany

" More than two thousand years ago Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus met in Lucca and agreed to rule nearby Rome. ... "

A Quick Tour Of Italy -Western Tuscany

Umbria

A Quick Tour Of Italy - Northern Umbria

" ...Where else but in Italy do even the parking lots exude history? ... "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Orvieto

" ...Etruscans haven’t been heard of since. But you can see their treasures at the Museo Claudio Faina e Museo Civico (Archaeological Museum). "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Perugia And Assisi

" The Basilica of Saint Francis has been a World Heritage Site since 2000. The Upper and Lower Basilicas were started in 1228, shortly after St. Francis’ canonization. .. "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Southern Umbria

" Todi has often been called Umbria’s loveliest hill town, and believe me, it has a lot of competition... "

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Southern Italy Travel Capsules

Apulia

A Quick Tour Of Italy - Eastern Apulia

" Trulli are truly remarkable. They are human habitations in the shape of... "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Western Apulia

" The spur of Italy's boot is Promontorio del Gargano (Gargano Promontory), a very popular tourist destination. Its mountain roads... "

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Basilicata

A Quick Tour Of Italy - Basilicata

" ...In Matera's unique old town the streets are often rooftops; its houses, churches, and chic restaurants are caves, hewn out of solid rock. The Sassi of Matera are caves occupied continuously by human beings for some nine thousand years... "

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Calabria

A Quick Tour Of Italy - Northern Calabria

" ...Cosenza has been called the Athens of Calabria. ... "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Southern Calabria

" ...Its Norman Cathedral still hosts unexploded U.S. bombs from the Second World War, each bearing ... "

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Campania

A Quick Tour Of Italy - The Amalfi Coast And Sorrento

" Sorrento has been a resort town for two thousand years... "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Campania East Of Naples

" What a climb to reach the top of Mount Vesuvius, but the view is beautiful. Mount Vesuvius has erupted often, most recently in... "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Campania West Of Naples

" Baia was perhaps the greatest Ancient Roman resort of them all. All the big shots including Caesar, Nero, and Tiberius had..."

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - The Isle Of Capri

" Do you want to stay in Capri forever? Walk to the Bay of Naples and touch the Sphinx... "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Naples

" ...The Sicilian-based Mafia is not very present, but the..."

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Sardinia

A Quick Tour Of Italy - Central Sardinia

" ...This is the real Sardinia, not the coastal resorts. Natives feel a special pride that foreigners have never conquered them... "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Northern Sardinia

" One Sardinian specialty is roasting large animals in a wood-lined pit. I’m told that Porceddu (Roast Suckling Pig) works best... "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Southern Sardinia

" ...D.H. Lawrence, who wrote Sea and Sardinia, as well as Lady Chatterly’s Lover, compared Cagliari to a "white Jerusalem". "

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Sicily

A Quick Tour Of Italy - Eastern Sicily

" Mount Etna is Europe’s largest and highest volcano. It is still active. Depending on the weather report... "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Palermo, Sicily

" The Teatro Massimo (Great Theater) is Italy’s largest opera house. The movie Godfather Part III... "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Western Sicily

" ...It claims to have the most beautiful beach in Italy. "

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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Launching a Series

"The U.S. Tour Operators Association annual survey states that Italy is the world’s top vacation destination. Italy has something for everyone... "

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