Monday, March 1, 2021

Japan

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Why visit Japan?

For the international traveler seeking to enjoy amusement parks, architecture, art, beaches, bicycling, bullet trains, cherry blossoms, culture, fishing, gardens, golf, historical sites islands, hot springs, memorials, mountainous terrain, music, national parks, palaces, religious shrines, sculptures, shopping, spectator sports, surfing, sumo wrestling, temples, theater, volcanoes, and wildlife.



Kiyomizu-Dera (Buddhist Temple), Kyoto, Japan. Photo Credit: Michelle Maria/Pixabay 



At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Art, calligraphy, cameras, ceramics, china, crystal, dolls, electronic goods, flower arrangements, green tea, karate gear, kimono, kites, lacquerware, pearls, poetry, pottery, lacquerware, paper lanterns, porcelain, red coral, rice paper products, swords, and woodblock prints.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Donburi (rice bowl/meat). Green Tea Ice Cream (dessert). Gyūdon  (beef dish). Kakigōri (shaved ice dessert). Miso Soup. Nattō (soybean side). Soba  (buckwheat noodles). Udon (noodles). Yakitori (grilled chicken).
  • Local Drink to Try: Botamochi (sticky rice dumpling). Hamo (eel). Happoshu (malt beer). Matcha (tea). Sake (brewed rice/alcohol). Sekihan (red rice). Shōchū (distilled spirit). Sweet Potato Shochu (whiskey). Tonkatsu (pork cutlet).


Toyko, Japan. Photo Credit: Pierre Blaché/Pixabay 



Fun Facts
  • During the 16th Century (1501-1600), upon the arrival of Europeans Christianity and guns were introduced to them.
  • In 1905, they defeated Russia.
  • In 1945, the first atomic bomb in the world struck Hiroshima (Honshu Island). Days later a second atomic bomb struck Nagasaki (Kyushu Island).
  • In 1974, "Hello Kitty" was born.
  • Capital moved from Nara to Kyoto.
  • Origin of Shinto (kami-no-michi) indigenous and nature religion. Beliefs that "gods" or "spirits" inhabit all things. There's 100,000 public shrines.
  • Buddhist Temples usually have gateways and tiled roofs vs Shrines always have gates, two horizontal beams and pillars.
  • Buildings are numbered by the year built, not according to their street location.
  • Gambling and mechanical game parlors (Pachinko) are popular. 
  • Comic books (Manga) are read by all ages.
  • Pristine beaches on islands of Kyushu, Okinawa, and Shikoku.
  • Western region of Nagano Prefecture (Kamikōchi) offers spectacular hiking views.
  • Skiing is popular on Niseko Mountain (Hokkaido Prefecture).
  • Maximum speed of the Bullet Train is 199mph.
  • Comprises of 6852 islands. 
  • Has the sixth longest coastline in the world.
  • Known to have 111 active volcanoes.
  • Compared to any other country is known to have the largest Military Budget in the world.
  • Largely exports auto parts, iron, motor vehicles, semiconductors, and steel products.
  • Offers over 1500 registered breweries.
  • Supports commercial whaling.
  • Home to the world's largest automobile company, Toyota.
  • Ranks highest amongst Asian countries to receive international travelers annually.
  • A leader in video gaming.
  • Japanese writing includes Arabic numerals, Chinese characters, two sets of kana, and Latin alphabet.
  • Karaoke is significantly popular.
  • Traditional theaters include bunraku (puppet), kabuki (classical dance drama), kyōgen (comedy), and noh (oldest classical dance drama).
  • Martial Arts is taught in junior high school curriculum.
  • Baseball is their most popular spectator sport.


Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto, Japan. Photo Credit: René Vlak/Pixabay 



Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: (January) Ball-Catching Festival, Bullfinch Exchange Festival, Candy Fair, Dezomeshiki Acrobatics, Nozawa Fire Festival, Sounkyo Ice Festival, Toka Ebisu Festival, Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival, (February) Bean-Throwing Festival, Kumamoto Castle Marathon, Lake Towada Snow Festival, Lantern Festival, Oyster Festival, Sapporo Snow Festival, (March) Doll Festival, Matsue Jozan Koen Festival, Tokyo International Anime Fair, Water-Drawing Festival, (April) Flower Festival, Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival, Kakunodate Cherry Blossom Festival, Kitakai Tenshochi Cherry Blossom Festival, Matsuyama Shiroyama Koen Cherry Blossom Festival, Takato Joshi Koen Cherry Blossom Festival, Takada Koen Cherry Blossom Festival, Takayama Spring Festival, Tsuyama Kakuzan Koen Cherry Blossom Festival, (May) Grand Spring Festival, Hakata Dontaku Port Festival, Hollyhock Festival, Kanda Festival, Mifune Festival, Odawara Hojo Godai Festival, (June) Himeji Yukata Festival, One Million Goku Festival, Otaue Rice-Planting Festival, Sanno Festival, Yamagata Cherry Festival, (July) Fuji Rock Festival, Gion Festival, Ground-Cherry Pod Fair, Japanese Floating Lantern Festival, Kangensai Music Festival, Nachi Fire Festival, Nagoya Sumo Tournament, Nango Summer Jazz Festival, Obon Festival, Star Festival, (August) Aomori Nebuta Festival, Bon Festival, Eisa Festival, Kurayoshi Utsubuki Festival, Matsuyama Festival, Rising Sun Rock Festival, Takamatsu Festival, Yamaga Lantern Festival, (October) Autumn Festival, Festival of the Ages, Kawagoe Festival, Ikegami Honmonji Temple Oeshiki Ceremony, Nada Fighting Festival, Nagoya Festival, Nikko Toshogu Shrine Festival, Okunchi Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, Tokyo Motor Show, (November) "7-5-3" Festival, Fujiwara Autumn Festival, Kobe Marathon, Rake Fair, (December) Battledore Fair, and Tokyo Comic Con.
  • Holidays: New Year's Day, Coming of Age Day, National Foundation Day, The Emperor's Birthday, Vernal Equinox Day, Shōwa Day, Constitution Memorial Day, Greenery Day, Children's Day, Marine Day, Mountain Day, Respect for the Aged Day, Autumnal Equinox Day, Health and Sports Day, Culture Day, and Labour Thanksgiving Day.


Mt Fuji, Shizuoka, Japan. Photo Credit: bewkaman/Pixabay 



Good to Know
  • Consists of five main islands spanning from north with Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawa in the south. 
  • Major cities visited include Fukuoka, Kobe, KyotoOsaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Toyko, and Yokohama.
  • Primary regions include Hokkaido, Tōhoku, Kantō, Chūbu, Kansai, Chūgoku, Shikoku, and Kyūshū.
  • Nanpō and Ryukyu Islands are subtropical.
  • Rainy Season begins in Okinawa (early May) and moves North.
  • A costly destination to visit, not for the budget conscious traveler.
  • During major holidays many businesses are closed and public transportation is fully booked. Avoid traveling the first week of January, last week of April, first week of May, late July or early August.
  • Written English is often better understood than verbal amongst locals.
  • Okinawa is known for scuba diving. Beach is best visited from July - August. 
  • Tipping is not practiced.
  • Akihabara (Tokyo) is a shoppers mecca.
  • Cities of Kyoto, Hokkaido, and Nagano are popular during the Fall and Spring Season. 
  • Travelers pay a 1,000YEN Departure Tax.
  • Restaurants often provide moist towelette for hand washing before eating.
  • Bullet train seats are designed for short(er) individuals.
  • Crowding and shoving is a regular occurance.
  • Credit or debit cards are not widely accepted for purchases.
  • Requires a International Driving Permit to drive.
  • Popular attractions: Disneyland (Tokyo), DisneySea (Tokyo), and Universal Studios (Osaka).
  • Pick pocketing is known to occur in tourist areas.
  • Spiking of drinks is known to occur in bars and nightclubs. Never leave your drink unattended.
  • You must carry your U.S. Passport with you at all times.
  • Possession of ammunition or a gun is a crime.
  • Carrying a knife longer than two inches is illegal.
  • Driving is not advisable due to signage and inability to read. Traffic drives on the left side of the road. 
  • City traffic is often very congested.
  • The standard blood-alcohol-level is 0.03 percent, driving under the influence is 15 years in prison.


Itsukushima Floating Torii Gate (Shinto Shrine)Hiroshima, JapanPhoto Credit: pen_ash/Pixabay 



This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport and one blank page for entry stamp.
  • Tourist VISA not required for visits under 90 days.
  • Currency Restrictions for Entry/Exit: $10,000USD.

Prone to earthquakes, humidity, snowstorms tsunami, and volcano eruptions.


Rokuon-ji (Zen Buddhist Temple), Kyoto, Japan. Photo Credit: Marie Wakefield/Pixabay 



  • Best Time to Visit: April & October
  • Coldest Months:  December - February
  • Hottest Months: June - August
  • Peak Season: April - November


Osaka (Island of Honshu), Japan. Photo Credit: Gaby OBS/Pixabay 



Your Must-See & Do
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Buddhist Monuments in the Hōryū-ji Area, Fujisan sacred place and source of artistic inspiration, Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu, Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region, Himeji-jō, Hiraizumi Temples Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land, Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome), Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara, Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama, Itsukushima Shrine, Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape, Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun Ancient Tumulus Clusters, Ogasawara Islands, Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region, Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range, Shirakami-Sanchi, Shiretoko, Shrines and Temples of Nikkō, Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel Shipbuilding and Coal Mining, The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement, Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites, and Yakushima.


Mount Chōkai (Tōhoku Region), Japan. Photo Credit: David Mark/Pixabay 



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Hokkaido, Japan. Photo Credit: Jacqueline Macou/Pixabay 


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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Italy

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“Bel Paese” (Beautiful Country)



Orvieto City, Umbria, Italy. Photo Credit: Valter Cirillo/Pixabay 



Why visit Italy?
One the most visited destinations offers something for everyone to enjoy art, architecture, beaches, carnivals, coastlines, bicycling, culture, festivals, fountains, galleries, gastronomy, hiking, historical sites, lagoons, lakes, markets, monuments, motorsports, mountains, museums, national parks, performing arts, picturesque ruins, shopping, spas, villa rentals, vineyards, volcanos, water sports, wildlife, and world-class skiing.



Italian Riviera Coastline, Cinque Terre. Italy. Photo Credit: Kookay/Pixabay



popular destination for:
  • Amateur & Professional Photographers
  • Bucket List Destination
  • Cruise Embarkation/Debarkation
  • Foodies & Wine Lovers
  • Groups: Family, Friends and Multigenerational
  • Incentive Travel Program
  • Milestones: Anniversary, Birthday, Honeymoon, Proposal, Retirement, Vow Renewal


Venice, Italy. Photo Credit: Gerhard G/Pixabay 



At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Antiques, ceramics, cheese, dry pasta, designer clothes, embroidery, espresso cups, jewelry, lace, leather goods, limoncello, marble, masks, murano glass, olive oil, pinocchio, good, religious goods, silks, truffles, violins, wine, and wood carvings.
  • Local Cuisine to Try:  Agnolotti (stuffed meat pasta). Bistecca alla Fiorentina (steak). Cannoli (cream pastry). Carasau (bread). Casu Marzu (sheep milk cheese). Castelmagno (cheese). Finocchiona (salamni). Focaccia (flat rosemary bread). Fontina (cheese). Gelato (ice cream). Mozzarella (cheese). Neapolitan Pizza. Orecchiette (pasta dish). Parmigiano-Reggiano (hard cheese). Panettone (cake). Pasta alla Norma  (eggplant and pasta). Pecorino di Filiano (cheese). Pistum (dish). Prosciutto (ham). Risottos (rice). Ragù (pasta dish). Speckknödel (soup). Taralli dolci (snack). Tiramisu (dessert). Zeppola (fried pastry). 
  • Local Drink to Try: Amaro Sicilianos (digestive liquor). Barbaresco (wine). Barbera d'Asti (wine). Bicerin (coffee). Brunello di Montacino (wine). Campari (liquor), Franciacorta (sparkling wine). Frascati (white wine). Grappa (brandy). Limoncello (lemon liquor). Martini (sparkling wine). Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (red wine). Morellino di Scansano (red wine). Piedmontese Barolo (wine). Prosecco (sparkling wine). Tuscan Chianti (wine). Vermouth (forfeited wine).


Tuscany, Italy. Photo Credit: Dagny Walter/Pixabay 



Fun Facts
  • Laundry is often line dried outdoors.
  • Shaped like a boot with Sardinia Island by the toes.
  • Apennine Mountains run the length of the country.
  • A professional squad of sommeliers are trained to detect fraudulent wines.
  • Number of visitors to see The Last Supper (Milan) is strictly limited with admittance of air quality and humidity level control for its own preservation.
  • Italian Explorers are credited to discovering new routes to the Far East and the New World during the Middle Ages.
  • Holds the world's largest number of World Heritage Sites.
  • Province of Brescia has the largest rock carvings in the world.
  • "Ötzi the Iceman" (mummey) was found in a Similaun glacier.
  • After Mount Vesuvius erupted, Herculaneum and Pompeii were once buried under volcanic ash.
  • From the alps area, Po River flows into the Adriatic Sea.  
  • Home to Europe's largest active volcano, Mount Etna (Sicily). 
  • Lake Garda (north) is their largest lake.
  • Lake Como is Europe's fifth deepest lake.
  • Lake Bolsena is Europe's largest volcanic lake.
  • Has over 1000 lakes throughout the country.
  • Comacchio Valleys (Emilia-Romagna) and the Stagno di Cagliari (Sardinia) are protected natural environments.
  • Of their 14 volcanoes, only four are considered active: Etna (Catania), Stromboli (Stromboli Island), Vesuvius (Campania), and Vulcano (Vulcano Island).
  • First country to benefit from electricity production of geothermal energy.
  • Fourth largest holder of installed solar energy in the world.
  • President is elected for a single service of seven years.
  • Highly ranks in exports and world trade.
  • Manufacturing home of well known luxury cars such as Ferrari (Maranello), Lamborghini (Sant'Agata Bolognese), and Maserati (Bologna).
  • The world's largest wine producer.
  • Education is free and mandatory for youths between 6-16.
  • Rome invented the architecture and concept of the Basilica.
  • The Last Supper painting  (Milan) is the most recognizable painting in the world.
  • Birthplace of a popular children's character, Pinocchio (Pescia).
  • The origin of Ballet Dance during the Renaissance period.
  • Teatro di San Carlo (Naples) is the oldest continuously active opera venue in the world.
  • Birthplace to recognozible jewelers brands of Buccellati, Bvlgari, and Damiani. 
  • Venice International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world. 


 Arno River & Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), Florence, Italy. Photo Credit: Ervin Gjata/Pixabay 



Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: (January) Campaccio, Carnival of Foiano della Chiana, Trieste Film Festival, Cross della Vallagarina, Festa di Sant’Agnese, Festival of Italian Popular Song, Venice New Year's Concert, (February) Battle of the Oranges, Carnival of Satriano di Lucania, Cinque Mulini, Fiera Milano, Italian Cross Country Championships, Milan Fashion Week, Satriano di Lucania, (March) Carnival of Venice, Festa di San Giuseppe, Macchina di Santa Rosa, Sanremo Music Festival, Trofeo Alasport, (April) Giro di Sicilia, Holy Week, Roma Sana, Scoppio del Carro, (May) Garda Trentino Olympic Week, Giro d'Italia, International Horse Show, Lega Basket All Star Game, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Mille Miglia, Turin International Book Fair, (June) Arena di Verona Opera FestivalBiennale Arte, Boat of Saint Peter, Calcio Storico, Festa dei Gigli, Gioco del Ponte, , Giostra della Quintana, Festa di San Ranieri, Milano Pride, Roman Summers, (July) DeepCon, Disfida, Festa del Redentore, Internazionali Femminili di Palermo, L'ardia Di San Costantino, Madonna Bruna Festival, Palio di Siena, Puccini Festival, Ravello Festival, Umbria Jazz, (August) Il Cinema Ritrovato, Celestinian Forgiveness, Italian Basketball Supercup, La Quintana, Rome Independent Cinema Festival, San Biagio Festival, Varia di Palmi, Venice International Film Festival, (September) Festa di San Gennaro, Milan Furniture Fair, Palio di Asti, Regata Storica, Romaeuropa Festival, Venice International Film Festival, (October) Festival della Scienza, Festival Romics, Genoa International Boat Show, Memorial Peppe Greco, Milan Film Festival, Pordenone Silent Film Festival, Rome Film Festival, Rome Jazz Festival, Torino Jazz Festival, White Night, (November) Flaiano Prizes, Milano City Marathon, Rome Independent Film Festival, Torino Film Festival, (December) BOclassic, Capri Hollywood International Film Festival, and Christmas Blessing of the Pope.
  • Holidays: New Year's Day, Epiphany, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, Liberation Day, Labour Day, Republic Day, Assumption Day, All Saints' Day, Immaculate Conception, Christmas Day, and Saint Stephen's Day.


Dolomites Range, South Tyrol (Alto Adige), Italy. Photo Credit: Elias Obernosterer/Pixabay 



Good to Know
  • Tuscan Cigars (Lucca) are made from all-natural tobacco.
  • Most active ports are Ancona, Brindisi, Civitavecchia, Genoa, Naples, Palermo, Portofino, Salerno, and Venice.
  • Bus and train tickets must be validated prior to boarding.
  • From Ancona or Brindisi you may ride a ferry to Croatia or Greece.
  • During peak tourism season museums are known to be open late night.
  • Best favored coastlines are the Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre.
  • Most of the thermal spas are in the northern area.
  • Motor scooters are popular.
  • A traditional breakfast is a cup of cappuccino and a croissant.
  • From December -June opera performances are popular.
  • Every city/region has their own distinctive cuisine specialties.
  • Four restaurant categories: ristorante (most expensive)trattoria (casual), osteria (local speciality), and tavola calda (counter ordering).
  • Citizens usually have a three-hour lunch break (1:30-4:30PM).
  • Most restaurants close at 3PM until dinner.
  • On Sunday it is normal for only cafes and gelaterias to be open.
  • Entry at art galleries, churches, and museums turn off your mobile.
  • Best time to drive along the Amalfi Coast is May thru mid June or mid-September thru mid-October for fewer crowds.
  • Val d'Ossola is a scenic mountain drive.
  • Rail service inexpensively connects most cities.
  • Traffic violations often require cash payment to the police officer to avoid vehicle confiscation.
  • First-class rail tickets are the only assigned seats.
  • Unless, emergency car horns are strictly prohibited while driving through towns and villages.
  • Cameras are known to photograph license plates of illegally driving throughout the city that require a permit. Fines will be forwarded to your home for payment. 
  • Minimum driving age is 18.
  • Intercity buses require reservations in advance.
  • Taxi fares are known to increase on holidays, after 6PM weekdays, and weekends.
  • Public transportation strikes are common.
  • Coast of the Gods offers a scenic view of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
  • Riviera delle Palme (Marche Coast) is a popular tourist location.
  • Riviera del Brenta (Venice) boasts architectural heritage villas built between the 15th and 18th Century.
  • Trabocchi Coast offers coves, fishing, and reefs.
  • Lagoons exist in Grado, Marano, Orbetello, and Venice.
  • Regional cheeses display a "indication certificate" for their authenticity to avoid confusion with low-quality mass-produced cheeses.  
  • Third most visited city in Europe is Rome.
  • Ranked amongst the World's Top 100 Destinations is Florence and Venice.
  • Italian designer brands to shop for include: Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Ferragamo, Gucci, Max Mara, Missoni, Moschino, Prada, Trussardi, Valentino, and Versace.
  • Thieves are known to target tourist impersonate police officers in civil attire asking for your wallet. 


Portofino, Italy. Photo Credit: Domenico Farone/Pixabay



This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport with six months of validity upon return and two blank pages for entry stamp.
  • Tourist VISA not required for visits under 90 days.
  • Required Vaccination from select countries. 
  • Currency Restrictions for Entry/Exit: $10,000USD.


Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral), Lombardy, Italy. Photo Credit: Pixabay 



Prone to avalanches, earthquakes, flooding during high tides (especially Venice), humidity, snowstorms, and volcano eruption.





Colosseum, Rome, Italy, Photo Credit: Sung Rae Kim/Pixabay 




  • Best Time to Visit: April - June & September - October
  • Coldest Months: December - February
  • Hottest Months: July - September
  • Peak Season: June - August


Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy. Photo Credit: Elijah Lovkoff/Pixabay 



Your Must-See & Do
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: 18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli and the San Leucio Complex, Amalfi Coast, Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale, Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia, Archaeological Area of Agrigento, Archaeological Areas of Pompei Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata, Archaeological Areas of Pompei Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata, Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico) Padua, Castel del Monte, Cathedral Torre Civica and Piazza Grande Modena, Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci, Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological Sites of Paestum and Velia and the Certosa di Padula, City of Verona, City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto, Crespi d'Adda, Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna, Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia, Ferrara City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta, Genoa: Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli, Historic Centre of Florence, Historic Centre of Naples, Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura, Historic Centre of San Gimignano, Historic Centre of Siena, Historic Centre of the City of Pienza, Historic Centre of Urbino, Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands), Ivrea Industrial City of the 20th Century, Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-Eastern Sicily), Longobards in Italy Places of the power (568-774 A.D.), Mantua and Sabbioneta, Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany, Monte San Giorgio, Mount Etna, Piazza del Duomo Pisa Portovenere Cinque Terre and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto), Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps, Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe, Residences of the Royal House of Savoy, Rhaetian Railway in the Albula/Bernina Landscapes, Rock Drawings in Valcamonica, Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy, Su Nuraxi di Barumini, Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica, The Dolomites, The Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene ("Le Colline del Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene"), The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera, The Trulli of Alberobello, Val d'Orcia, Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th centuries: Stato da Terra - western Stato da Mar, Venice and its Lagoon, Villa Adriana (Tivoli), Villa d'Este (Tivoli),  Villa Romana del Casale, Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe - Roero and Monferrato.


Positano, Italy. Photo Credit: David Mark/Pixabay 



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The Vatican, Italy. Photo Credit: Selim Geçer/Pixabay 

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