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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

    Independenza 1 I - 90134 Palermo

    The Norman palace is located at the exact centre of the first urban site. In 938, for security reasons, the emir abandoned the qsar to move to Kalsa. The palace became a royal residence once again under the Normans who enlarged and embellished it. Af..

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

    Religious buildings

    Via dei Bambinai 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..

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

    Religious buildings

    Via 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..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 Spaccanapoli Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Dante I - 80135 Napoli

    On the site of Greek Neapolis, the heart of the city, Spaccanapoli is an east-west road on the line of the decumanus of the Antique city (Via Tribunali corresponds with the main decumanus, Via Croce, Via San Giagio dei Librai and Via Vicaria with the..

  • 9 Fountain of the Four Rivers Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za Navona I - 00186 Roma

    This Baroque masterpiece by Bernini (1651) stands at the centre of Piazza Navona. The statues represent four great rivers (the Danube, the Ganges, Río del Plata and the Nile), symbolising the four corners of the earth.

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

    Museums and art

    P.za 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..

  • 11 Museo Nazionale Romano: Massimo palace in the bath Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Largo di Villa Peretti 67 I - 00184 Roma

    Most of this " National Roman Museum ", covering the end of the Republican and the Imperial eras, is exhibited in this palace. You will find sculptures there, notably the famous Augustus draped in his great pontiff's gown or Lancellotti Dis..

  • 12 Church of the Gesù Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za 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..

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

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za 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..

  • 14 Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za di Porta San-Giovanni 6 I - 00185 Roma

    Founded by Constantine, the basilica was totally rebuilt during the Baroque period and 18C. Galilei's façade gives access to a rather cold and solemn interior by Borromini and followers of Bernini. In contrast with the nave, the transept is awash wit..

  • 15 Catacombs of Domitilla Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. delle Sette Chiese 282 I - 00147 Roma

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

  • 16 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.

  • 17 Piazza del Campidoglio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    I - 00186 Roma

    Designed and partially built by Michelangelo from 1536, the square is bordered by three palaces and a balustrade overlooking the statues of the Dioscuri; in the centre Michelangelo placed the statue of Marcus Aurelius (today a copy stands in its plac..

  • 18 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).

  • 19 Musei Capitolini Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    P.za del Campidoglio (entrée pour personnes handicapées : via del Tempio di Giove) 1 I - 00186 Roma

    Based at the Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo, although part of the collection (notably items excavated in the rome region) are now on display at the Montemartini Power Station. Among the masterpieces are: the equestrian statue of Marcus Au..

  • 20 Castel Sant'Angelo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Lungotevere Castello 50 I - 00193 Roma

    This imposing building was erected in 135 AD as Emperor Hadrian's family mausoleum, and was converted into a chapel by Pope Gregory the Great in the 6C. It acquired a brick layer and keeps under Pope Nicholas V (15C) and octagonal bastions under Alex..

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