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Italy, the boot-shaped country, is one of the most popular places to visit in the world which attracts millions of tourists worldwide. It was the home of many European cultures, such as the Etruscans and the Romans and it was for centuries the center of Western civilization. Today, Italy is a democratic republic and a developed country with the 8th-highest Quality-of-life index rating in the world. Nobody can resist the charms of Italy's culture and architecture.

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The Coliseum
The Coliseum is an elliptical amphitheatre structure in the center of the city of Rome, built in 70-80 AD. It is one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.

No other civilization in the world could top the Romans in terms of strength and power. And for their entertainment, they had the Coliseum where the prizes of their conquests, lions and other exotic animals were made to battle with the gladiators. It has been estimated that about 500,000 people and over a million wild animals died in the Coliseum games

It is one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions .On every Good Friday the Pope leads a torch lit "Way of the Cross" procession to the amphitheatre.

Piazza Campidoglio
The Piazza Campidoglio, or the Capitoline Hill, was the seat of power of the Ancient Romans. Pope Paul III (Farnese) decided to reshape the Capitoline Hill into a monumental civic piazza. Michelangelo designed the two palaces on the opposite sides of the square, whose divergence creates a widening perspective which is most effective and his Piazza del Campidoglio is one of the most significant contributions ever made in the history of urban planning.

And up until today, it still stands as Italy's center of politics. It holds the famous statue of Castor and Pollux and various structures designed by the great Michaelangelo himself like the double staircase and other buildings.

The Pantheon
The Pantheon means "Temple of all the gods" was originally built as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome, and rebuilt circa 125 AD. The Pantheon is the oldest standing domed structure in Rome. The height to the oculus and the diameter of the interior circle are the same, 43.3 meters (142 ft).

The Pantheon is one of the best places that you can visit in Rome. It's teeming with beautiful architecture, beautiful sculptures, and beautiful statues. This magnificent building is also the home of the grave of the famous painter, Raphael.

The Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain is located in the rione of Trevi is the largest standing 25.9 meters (85 feet) high and 19.8 meters (65 feet) wide . It is the world renowned fountain , famous for its beauty and size, and it features several sculptures, including one of Neptune coming out from underwater, riding on a sea shell that's drawn by two horses with wings. The Trevi fountain is undoubtedly the most famous of all the fountains in Rome
It's featured in Dan Brown's famous novel, the Da Vinci Code.

The Grand Canal in Venice
Venice is composed of islands and canals; the Grand Canal is 3800 m long, 30-90 m wide, with an average depth of five meters. It's shaped like a backwards letter S, and is leads into the central districts of Venice.

There's nothing more Romantic than going on a boat ride through the famous canals of the floating city of Venice. These quixotic canals are featured in various movies and are a favorite for newly wedded couples for their Honey Moon Trips, all over the world. It's also a great way to take in all the sights of the beautiful city.

Vatican City
On the west bank of the Tiber, the Vatican City is an independent sovereign state, best known for the magnificent St Peter’s Basilica. The Basilica is approached through the 17th-century St Peter’s Square, a superb creation by Bernini, enclosed by two semi-circular colonnades, with an Egyptian obelisk in the center. To the right of St Peter’s stands the Vatican Palace, the Pope’s residence. Among the principal features of the Palace are the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum. The Vatican Gardens can be visited only by those on guided tours. For further information, see the separate Vatican City country section.

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