Situated at 750 metres above sea level it is the oldest and smallest Sovereign State in the world, a state that over the centuries has maintained its freedom and independence. In recent years, it has become a popular destination for those hoping to buy hi-tech products or fashion goods at unbeatable prices as everything is tax-free.
Rich in art and history, Bologna will amaze the visitor. Walking along the ancient streets and the never-ending porticoes, canals are an unexpected surprise. They date back to the 12th century and can be visited underground too.
Ravenna is the home of the Mosaic Basilica. It is a walker's paradise, to say nothing of a shopping heaven for some. The old town is a mainly pedestrian area. If you like old churches and interesting architecture, the Basilica of Sant' Appollinare Nuovo with his amazing mosaics and Dante's Tomb is a must see.
The caves of Frasassi are part of the grand hypogean complex which extends for about 18 Km. The route is exciting and the illumination accentuates the shapes and the colours of the concretions: inlaid stalactites, gigantic stalagmites, small lakes, an hypogean itinerary which has been defined as one of the most beautiful in the world.
Gradara is a classic ancient village enclosed inside a long city wall where the imposing and spectacular castle completes the medieval centre. Legend has it that Gradara, the home of the Malatesta family, was the scene of the tragic love story between Paolo and Francesca, as immortalised by Dante, "The trembling mouth, kissed me..."
The town, nestled on a high sloping hillside, retains much of its picturesque medieval aspect, which is somewhat distracted by the large car parks below the town. The city hosts the University of Urbino, founded in 1564, and is the seat of the Archbishop of Urbino. Its best known architectural piece is the Palazzo Ducale.
Cruising the Grand Canal on a gondola boat is definitely one of the must-dos in the city of canals. But Venice also boasts of walking tours and day trips possibilities. Click here for a guided tour to Venice
Florence's museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. Wander some of the oldest streets in the city until you reach the Arno River, cross the Ponte Vecchio, and experience the "newest" area of Florence, the Oltrarno. Click here for a guided tour to Florence