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Italy Culture

Most visitors to Italy go for a combination of the history and art (See Attractions) and with so much on offer it is hard to know where to start. Ancient monument enthusiasts will love the Valle dei Templi, Sicilia (Valley of the Temples in Sicily) where you can explore the ruins of 9 Greek temples once part of the city of Akragas. Holidayloop.co.uk offers Italy holiday rental and Villa rentals. You can rent a private apartment in Rome directly from your local home owner. The Museo Archaelogico Regionale in Palermo, Sicilia houses a wonderful collection of Phoenician, Greek and Roman artefacts found on the island. Pompeii near Napoli (Naples) should not be missed; in particular the House of the Faun and Vettii offer an excellent insight into daily Roman life when Vesuvius erupted in AD 79.In Napoli you can visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and view many artefacts excavated from Pompeii. In Roma the ruins of the Roman Forum, Colosseum, Pantheon and Palatine are well worth exploring as is the Museo Nazionale Etrusco with its impressive collection of pre-Roman antiquities from central Italy. Veronaalso has many fine Roman ruins while in Ravennayou can seesome of thebest early Christian mosaics in Europe.
 
There are many art galleries to choose from in Italy (See Attractions) and others worthy of a mention arethe Galleria dell’Accademia (Firenze) where you can see Michelangelo’s famous statue entitled David and the Bargello (Firenze) which contains Italy’s finest collection of Renaissance sculpture. Just outside Roma is the Museo e Galleria Borghese with a superb collection of paintings and sculptures. The Pinacoteca di Brera in Milano has some fine examplesof Italian and Baroque painting whilst the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria in Perugiahas paintings from the 13th to 18th centuries by Italian artists. In Venezia don’t miss the Peggy Guggenheim Collection famous for its modern art collection and the Accademia with works by masters of the Venetian school. 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.
 
If you like frescoes then head for the Convento di San Marco (Firenze) with beautiful works by Fra Angelico. The Capella degli Scrovegni near Paduais famous for its frescoes byGiotto and in the 13th century church of San Francescoin Arezzoyou can seethe beautifully restoredfrescoes by Pierro della Francesca.Other important frescoes can be seen in Assisi in Umbria at the Basilica di San Francesco.
 
There are many impressive buildings in Italy such as the Duomo di Milan (Milan Cathedral) which looks down onto a huge open square. Paduaalso has a fine Duomo and Baptistry. Sienawith its famous medieval square Piazzo del Campo and setting for the Palio (See Festivals) has a spectacular Duomo and the Palazzo Pubblico (Town Hall) is famous for its tall bell tower. The Duomo at Monreale in Sicilia is a superb example of Norman architecture. If you like Palladian architecture then head for Vicenzaand to see Italy’s most beautiful Renaissance palace go to the Palazzo Ducale in Urbino. Finally if you like monasteries then head for Certosa di Pavia in Lombardy. This beautifully decorated Carthusian monastery has a fine Renaissance façade. Don’t forget to take a good guide book along with you! A Cultural holiday in Italy, staying in self catering accommodation makes an ideal family holiday.

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