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Sorrento (Neapolitan: Surriento) is a small town in Campania, southern Italy, with some 16,500 inhabitants. It is a popular tourist destination which can be reached easily from Naples and Pompeii, as it lies at the south-eastern end of the Circumvesuviana rail line. The town overlooks the Bay of Naples as the key place of the Sorrentine Peninsula, and many viewpoints allow sight of Naples itself, Vesuvius and the Isle of Capri.
The Amalfi Drive (connecting Sorrento and Amalfi) is a narrow road that threads along the high cliffs above the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Ferry boats and hydrofoils provide services to Naples, Amalfi, Positano, Capri and Ischia. Sorrento’s sea cliffs and luxury hotels have attracted notable people, including Enrico Caruso and Luciano Pavarotti.
Sorrento is famous for the production of limoncello, a digestif made from lemon rinds, alcohol, water and sugar. Other agricultural production includes citrus fruit, wine, nuts and olives. Wood craftsmanship is also developed.
Venice is a city in northern Italy which is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. It is the capital of the Veneto region, with a population in the whole comune of about 270,660 (census estimate 30 April 2009). Together with Padua and Treviso, the city is included in the Padua-Treviso-Venice Metropolitan Area (PATREVE) (population 1,600,000).
The name is derived from the ancient Veneti people of who inhabited the region by the 10th century B.C. The city historically was the capital of the Venetian Republic. Venice has been known as the “La Dominante”, “Serenissima”, “Queen of the Adriatic“, “City of Water”, “City of Masks”, “City of Bridges”, “The Floating City”, and “City of Canals”. Luigi Barzini, described it in The New York Times as “undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man”. Venice has also been described by the Times Online as being one of Europe’s most romantic cities.
The city stretches across 117 small islands in the marshy Venetian Lagoon along theAdriatic Sea in northeast Italy. The saltwater lagoon stretches along the shoreline between the mouths of the Po (south) and the Piave (north) Rivers. The population estimate of 272,000 inhabitants includes the population of the whole Comune of Venezia; around 60,000 in the historic city of Venice (Centro storico); 176,000 in Terraferma (the Mainland), mostly in the large frazioni of Mestre and Marghera; and 31,000 live on other islands in the lagoon.
The Republic of Venice was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain and spice trade) and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. This made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history. It is also known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period. Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music, and it is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi.
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Rome is the capital of Italy and the country’s largest and most populated city and comune, with over 2.7 million residents in 1,285.3 km2 (496.3 sq mi). The city is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, on the Tiber River within the Lazio region of Italy.
Rome’s history spans two and a half thousand years. It was the capital city of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, which was the dominant power in Western Europe and the lands bordering the Mediterranean Sea for over seven hundred years from the 1st century BC until the 7th century AD. Since the 1st century AD Rome has been the seat of the Papacy and, after the end of Byzantine domination, in the 8th century it became the capital of the Papal States, which lasted until 1870. In 1871 Rome became the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, and in 1946 that of the Italian Republic.
After the Middle Ages, Rome was ruled by popes such as Alexander VI and Leo X, who transformed the city into one of the major centers of the Italian Renaissance, along with Florence. The current version of St Peter’s Basilicawas built and the Sistine Chapel was painted by Michelangelo. Famous artists and architects, such as Bramante, Bernini and Raphael resided for some time in Rome, contributing to its Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
In 2007 Rome was the 11th-most-visited city in the world, 3rd most visited in theEuropean Union, and the most popular tourist attraction in Italy. The city is one of Europe’s and the world’s most successful city “brands”, both in terms of reputation and assets. Its historic centre is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Monuments and museums such as the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum are amongst the world’s 50 most visited tourist destinations (theVatican Museums receiving 4.2 million tourists and the Colosseum receiving 4 million tourists every year). Rome hosted the 1960 Summer Olympics and is currently bidding to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.
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Milan (Italian: Milano) is an Italian municipality, capital of Lombardy, the province of Milan, with about 1,308,735 inhabitants. The urban area of Milan is the fifth largest in the European Union, with an estimated population of 4.3 million inhabitants. The metropolitan area of Milan is the largest and most populous of Italy, with an estimated population of 7.4 million inhabitants of According to OECD estimates.
In European terms, Milan’s metropolitan area covers a land area equivalent to that of Paris with a population of over seven million inhabitants. This area meets the criteria of combined statistical areas (CSAs) of the United States. By population, Milan is Italy’s second largest city and third largest metropolitan area in the European Union.
The city was founded under the name of Mediolanum by Insubria, a Celtic people. It was later captured by the Romans in 222 BC, making it very successful under the Roman Empire. Later, Milan was ruled by the Visconti, Sforza, in 1500 the Spanish and the Austrians in 1700. In 1796, Milan was conquered by Napoleon I, who made it the capital of his Kingdom of Italy in 1805. During the Romantic period, Milan was an important cultural center in Europe, attracting many artists, writers and important literary figures. Later, during World War II, the city was severely damaged by Allied bombing, and after the German occupation in 1943, Milan became the main center of the Italian Resistance. Nevertheless, Milan saw a post-war economic growth, attracting thousands of immigrants from southern Italy and abroad. An international and cosmopolitan city, 13.9% of the population of Milan is appropriate foreign origin. The city remains one of the main industrial centers transportacionais and Europe and is one of the most important centers of the European Union for business and finance, with its economy being one of the richest in the world with a GDP of U.S. $ 115 billion. The metropolitan area of Milan has the highest GDP in Europe: U.S. $ 241.2 billion (2004 estimates). Milan also has one of the highest GDPs of Italy (per capita), about € 35,137, which represents 161.6% of average EU GDP per capita. Moreover, Milan is the 11th most expensive city in the world toexpatriate employees. The city has also been classified as one of the most powerful and influential in the world.
Milan is known worldwide as the capital of design, with greater global influence in commerce, industry, music, sports, literature, art and media, making it one of the major cities of the world. The city is especially famous for its fashion houses and shops (such as Via Montenapoleone) and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in the Piazza Duomo (the world’s oldest shopping mall). The city has a rich cultural heritage and has a cuisine rich in variety of dishes (it is home to many famous dishes, such as Christmas cake and panettone). The city has a particularly famous music, especially opera, by tradition, is home to several major composers (such as Giuseppe Verdi) and theaters (including the Teatro alla Scala). Milan is also known to contain several major museums, universities, academies, palaces, churches and libraries (such as the Academy of Brera and the Castello Sforzesco) and two world famous football clubs: Associazione Calcio Milan and Internazionale Milano Football Club. This is one of Milan’s most popular tourist destinations in Europe, with more than 1.914 million foreign tourists in the city in 2008. The city hosted the Universal Exhibition of 1906 and will host the Universal Exhibition of 2015.
The people of Milan are referred to as “Milanese” (Italian: Milanesi or informally Meneghini and Ambrosian).
Verona is a city in Veneto, northern Italy, home to approx. 265,000 inhabitants and one of the seven provincial capitals of the region. It is the second most populated municipality of the region and the third of North-East Italy. The metro area of Verona has an area of 1.426 km2 and has a population of 714,274 inhabitants. It is one of the main tourist destinations in northern Italy, thanks to its artistic heritage, several annual fairs, shows, and operas, such as the lyrical season in the Arena, the ancient amphitheatre built by the Romans.
The city has been awarded world heritage sites status by UNESCO because of its urban structure and architecture. The house of Juliet (fictitious or not) is in Verona. The Capello’s family was mistress of the house on Via Capello for many years … Many believe that the similarity with the name Capulet in Shakespeare’s tale encouraged the belief.
Tuscany is known for its beautiful landscapes, its rich artistic legacy and vast influence on high culture. Tuscany is widely regarded as the true birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and has been home to some of the most influential people in the history of arts and science, such as Petrarch, Dante, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Amerigo Vespucci, Luca Pacioli and Puccini. Due to this, the region has several museums (such as the Uffizi, the Pitti Palace and the Chianciano Museum of Art). Tuscany has a unique culinary tradition, and is famous for its wines (most famous of which are Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano and Brunello di Montalcino).
Six Tuscan localities have been designated World Heritage Sites: the historic centre of Florence (1982), the historical centre of Siena (1995), the square of the Cathedral of Pisa (1987), the historical centre of San Gimignano (1990), the historical centre of Pienza (1996) and the Val d’Orcia (2004). Furthermore, Tuscany has over 120 protected nature reserves. This makes Tuscany and its capital city Florence very popular tourist destinations, attracting millions of tourists every year. Florence itself receives an average of 10 million tourists a year by placing the city as one of the most visited in the world.
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