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Italy Attractions

Italy’s main attractions have to be its historic towns and cities crammed with beautiful buildings, museums and galleries. Where would you start? Holidayloop.co.uk offers Italy holiday rental and Villa rentals. You can rent a private apartment in Rome directly from your local home owner. Many visitors will head for the capital Roma (Rome)to see the famous Basilica di San Pietro and Il Vaticano (St Peter’s and the Vatican) the headquarters of the Roman Catholic church with its vast museums containing Greek and Roman antiquities, Egyptian and Etruscan artefacts and a superb collection of medieval, Renaissance and baroque paintings. The Sistine Chapel is a must, famous for its ceiling frescoes painted by Michelangelo.
 
After Rome, Venezia (Venice) and in particular Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) draws the crowds. The square is dominated by the ornate Basilica di San Marco. Next to the Basilica is the Gothic Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) linked to the prison by the well known Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs) and at the far end of the square a fine art gallery called the Museo Correr.  Towering above the square is the Campanile (Bell tower). The square itself has numerous smart cafes often with live classical music where you can sit and watch the hustle and bustle around you. Another famous bridge is the Rialtowhich spans the Canal Grande (Grand Canal)and few visitors to Venice leave without having crossed over it. Venice is truly a magical place to explore on foot, exquisite buildings flank the canals and bridges and if you get tired there is an excellent vaporetto (waterbus) service along the Canal Grande which also links the lagoon islands. Or, why not treat yourself to a gondola ride! Holidayloop.co.uk brings together a great collection of Italy holiday accommodation, Italy holiday apartments, Italy holiday villas and Apartments. Holidayloop.co.uk is unique in providing Italy holiday lettings because we are the only site that allows you to find someone local to you who may have advertised their Italy home.
 
Firenze (Florence) in Tuscany should definitely be on your list of places to visit. Head for the richly-decorated Duomo (Cathedral) of Santa Maria del Fiore with its orange-tiled dome which offers wonderful views across the city. Most visitors will head for the Ponte Vecchio, the oldestbridge in Firenze and now lined with antique and jewellery shops. The Galleria degli Uffizi (Uffizi Gallery) is Italy’s greatest art gallery and not only has an impressive collection of Italian Renaissance paintings but works by many other great European masters.
 
Pisaand its famous Torre Pendente (Leaning Tower) have long been an attraction. The Leaning Tower is actually the bell tower within the Cathedral grounds known as Campo dei Miracoli. The tower has recently been stabilised and is now open to the public.
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Other notable places you should try and see are historic Lucca and San Gimignano with its 13 medieval towers, both in Tuscany. If you are visitingthe souththen don’t miss Lecce with its golden sandstone buildings. Oh, and then back in the north there is of course Siena, Padua, Verona, Bologna etc! The list is endless! Don't forget, a holiday in Tuscany or Umbria, Italy, staying in self catering accommodation makes an ideal family holiday.

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