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  • 1 Piscinas Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 09010 Piscinas

    Welcome to the mini-Sahara of Sardinia. The dunes stretch over 5km and are around 60m high, lining the emerald sea and pushing inland as far as the woods of the hinterland; only the robust scrubland, dotted with olive trees bent by the mistral's wind..

  • 2 Nido dei Passeri Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 09017 Tonnara

    The coastal road leads up to a sheer cliff dropping into the sea, a natural bastion of sorts; out at sea, coral reefs sticking out from the water have been colonised by birds and nicknamed "Sparrows' Nest" by inhabitants. On still days, thr..

  • 3 Tuerredda Beach Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - Capo Malfatano

    The fabulous Tuerredda beach (good facilities) is located in a gorgeous cove between Capo Malfatano and Capo Spartivento. With its impeccable white sand, a backdrop of exquisite valleys and a sea veering between azure and emerald green, it is indispu..

  • 4 Palazzo dei Normanni Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za Independenza 1 I - 90134 Palermo

    The Norman palace stands at the centre of a series of squares, in gardens laid out at the end of the 19C. Previously seat of the emir of Palermo, the old qsar was enlarged and improved by the Norman kings, then abandoned before being restored under t..

  • 5 Cappella Palatina Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za Independenza 1 I - 90134 Palermo

    The chapel of the Norman palace is a magnificent construction, built by Roger II between 1130 and 1140. The building achieves a perfect combination of Saracen, Byzantine and Norman art, bearing witness to the Norman sovereigns' tolerance towards othe..

  • 6 La Kalsa Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Porta dei Greci I - 90134 Palermo

    The district developed under Arab rule, around the citadel of the emir. It retains its Arabic name "al haklisah", meaning "the chosen one, the pure one", and its oriental atmosphere, emphasised by its Arab-Norman monuments. Centre..

  • 7 Oratorio des Rosario di San Domenico Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za S. - Domenico 1 I - 90133 Palermo

    This private chapel is a Baroque masterpiece, attributed to Giacomo Serpotta. During your visit, you will be surrounded by putti, the small cherubim that were so dearly loved by Italian Baroque. The entire interior is sculpted in the stucco, to achie..

  • 8 Oratorio del Rosario di Santa Cita Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. Valverde 1 I - 90133 Palermo

    The chapel is the masterpiece of Baroque sculptor Giacomo Serpotta who worked here from 1686 to 1718. Angels and joyful putti cavort with total liberty of movement and expression; playing, sleeping, crying, laughing, climbing up the window frames, gl..

  • 9 Aquarium Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Area Porto Antico, Ponte Spinola I - 16128 Genova

    The aquarium is both modern and informative. Luminous panels describe the exhibited species and their reconstructed natural environments. A video and computers make the visit "interactive" with the underwater world, whilst the numerous view..

  • 10 Via Garibaldi Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. Garibaldi I - 16124 Genova

    A little distance from the historic centre, Via Garibaldi (then called Strada Nuova) was in the mid-16C one of Italy's most beautiful thoroughfares. Lined by sumptuous palaces, these were the residences of rich and powerful noble families. Note at n°..

  • 11 Cattedrale di Santa Maria Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za Palazzo 4 I - 09100 Cagliari

    The cathedral was built in the 13C and substantially reworked between the 17C and the first half of the 20C. In its current incarnation the cathedral is a veritable palimpsest of styles. Take a look at the two pulpits depicting scenes from the life o..

  • 12 Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Altemps Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazza S. Apollinare 46 I - 00186 Roma

    Recently restored, this magnificent 15C palace today houses the Ludovisi-Boncompagni collection: in the first half of the 17C, Cardinal Ludovico decided to embellish his villa with a mass of statuary by the greatest artists of the age (including Bern..

  • 13 Octagonal Hall Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    v. Giuseppe-Romita 8 I - 00185 Roma

    Recently restored, this superb brick octagonal room (its cupola recalling that it served as a planetarium in the 1920s) was probably a frigidarium (cold room in baths complex) or ancillary area. Today it houses some important Antique statuary: the Re..

  • 14 Church of the Gesù Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza del Gesù I - 00186 Roma

    Often copied, this is the Jesuit church par excellence. It combines the solemnity and simplicity of the Counter-Reformation with some incredibly exuberant interior decoration from a century later, at the very height of Baroque movement. Baciccia's fr..

  • 15 Trinita dei Monti Steps (Spanish Steps) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza di Spagna I - 00187 Roma

    With its 138 steps and perfect perspective, this monumental staircase is a Baroque masterpiece. The architect Francesco de Sanctis played with dimensions here, broadening out and narrowing the steps to emphasise the height effect. This gracious and m..

  • 16 Catacombs of San Callisto Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. Appia Antica 110/126 I - 00179 Roma

    This is a huge cemetery, where more than 500 000 people are buried, including all the 3C popes. Its main attraction is the extraordinary wall paintings of the Sacraments Room, dating from the end of the 2C or start of the 3C.

  • 17 Catacombs of Domitilla Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. delle Sette Chiese 282 I - 00145 Roma

    The catacombs were the private cemetery of Emperor Domitian's niece Domitilla, and include an underground church.

  • 18 Catacombs of San Sebastiano Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. Appia Antica 136 I - 00179 Roma

    These catacombs seem to have been excavated around a core of three mausoleums which are open to visitors.

  • 19 The Capitoline Hill Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza del Campidoglio I - 00186 Roma

    On the ancient hill that symbolises the might of Rome stands the church of Santa Maria d'Aracoeli plus Piazza del Campidoglio and its palaces: Palazzo Senatorio (the town hall), Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo (these last two housing the M..

  • 20 Palazzo Senatorio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    I - 00186 Roma

    Piazza del Campidoglio is bordered by numerous palaces, including Palazzo Senatorio, built in the 12C and remodelled between 1582 and 1602 by Giacomo della Porta and Girolamo Rainaldi (today Rome's town hall).

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