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VENICE

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Venice is a very charming city, built in the Venetian lagoon. It consists of about 100 small islands, which are separated from each other by a dense network of picturesque canals, travelled on every day by hundreds of small motor boats, public ferries and traditional "Gondolas". Due to its extraordinary beauty, Venice is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and offers its visitors the chance to see its famous museums with the "Venice City Museums" system, including the palaces and the city's collections that can all be visited using a single, convenient ticket. You can also visit Venice's beautiful churches, which form the original cultural and spiritual legacy of the millennial history of the lagoon city, and which also house amazing frescoes and paintings. St. Mark's Square is the most famous square in Venice and is an important urban and architectural complex that takes its name from the famous St. Mark's Basilica, built next to the renowned Doge's Palace. St. Mark's Basilica has a Romanesque-Byzantine style with five cupolas and was originally (10th century) built to house the body of Mark the Evangelist. The facade is decorated with precious marble and mosaics and is divided into two parts by a terrace, on which sit four gilded copper horses. The mosaics in the entrance and the impressive interior, rich in paintings and sculptures, are also magnificent. The Bell Tower adjacent to the Basilica was once used as a lighthouse for sailors. Entrance to the Basilica is free. Another place to visit near Venice is the Island of Murano, known as the "glass-blowing island" where this artistic tradition of glass production has been passed down over the years. Also not to be missed is the the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, on display at Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, a prestigious collection of twentieth century art.

VERONA

VERONA

You can get Verona is a beautiful city which has been declared a World Heritage Site. One of the most famous squares in Verona is Piazza Bra, home to the famous Roman amphitheatre the "Arena di Verona", whose construction started around the first century under Emperor Augustus and was finished by Claudius. At this important location there is also the Palazzo della Gran Guardia and the Maffeiano Museum, where you can admire more than 500 Latin, Greek and Etruscan epigraphs and the different types of writing used by the Romans are explained. "Piazza delle Erbe" is commonly regarded as the centre of Verona and was the main social, economic and political hub in Roman times. Here you can climb right to the top of the imposing, 84 metre high Torre dei Lamberti and enjoy a fantastic view of the city. Not far from Piazza delle Erbe is Romeo and Juliet's famous balcony, from the tragedy written by great English poet, William Shakespeare. Another famous place to visit in Verona is Piazza dei Signori, where you can find the Arco della Costa. Crossing Piazza Dei Signori you will also see the Scaliger Tombs, a complex which houses the tombs of members of the Della Scala family. A notable member of this family was Can Francesco Della Scala, known as "Cangrande", who was a great patron of Dante, the writer of the Divine Comedy. a private tour bus to visit Verona and all its attractions from near camp Mos.

MANTOVA

MANTOVA

Mantua is located south of Lake Garda and has three small lakes fed by the river Mincio, which originates in Lake Garda. One of the first things to do in Mantua is to visit the Ducal Palace and its 500 rooms painted and decorated by artists such as Giulio Romano, Raphael and Mantegna. With many buildings linked by corridors and galleries, courtyards and gardens, this beautiful place is like a true city-palace and covers about 35 thousand square meters. Near to the Ducal Palace is Piazza delle Erbe where you can find two other splendid buildings: Palazzo della Ragione and Palazzo del Podesta (1227), one of the oldest public buildings from the city's medieval era. Don't miss out on the distinctive fifteenth-century clock tower, Torre dell’Orologio, which sits next to these two buildings. To the east is the magnificent Palazzo Te, one of the most beautiful places in Mantua. It is surrounded by nature and was conceived as a place of leisure and high society for Duke Federico II Gonzaga. Among the religious places to visit are; the Duomo (or St. Peter's Cathedral) with its Romanesque bell tower, and its Gothic right side and Neoclassical facade; and the Basilica of Sant'Andrea designed by Leon Battista Alberti, which houses works by Mantegna, Correggio and Giulio Romano. Near Piazza delle Erbe are two other beautiful buildings: Palazzo della Ragione and Palazzo del Podestà (1227), one of the oldest public buildings from the medieval era. Alongside the two palaces don't miss out on the distinctive fifteenth-century clock tower, Torre dell’Orologio. Mantua is famous for being the birthplace of the poet Virgil and for being the setting of the renowned opera, "Rigoletto", by Giuseppe Verdi.

BRESCIA

CASTELLO

Brescia is about 45 minutes drive from camp Mos and for many years has been considered simply as a very lively, industrial city with many companies in various productive sectors. However, Brescia is also increasingly seen as a city of art and a great place to visit. You can start by admiring Piazza Paolo VI with its two cathedrals, the Duomo Vecchio (Old Cathedral) in the Romantic style and the Duomo "Nuovo" (New Cathedral) whose style is somewhere between Baroque and Neoclassical; both are worth a visit inside. Some of the works in the historical centre of Brescia have been declared as World Heritage by UNESCO, and are indicated with a title "Longobardi in Italia: i luoghi del potere" (Lombards in Italy: places of power). The monumental area of ​​the Roman Forum, one of the largest and best preserved public buildings of the Roman era, is particularly recommended to visit. In this area you can visit the Museo di Santa Giulia, which is located in the historic Benedictine monastery of San Salvatore and Santa Giulia. Don't miss out on the "Capitolium", which represented the main temple of every Roman city and was built by the Emperor Vespasian between 73 and 74 A.D. You can go inside and see the original parts of its decoration and furnishings in the large cells: original floors in coloured marble slabs with geometric patterns dating back to the 1st century A.D., Botticino stone altars, and fragments of statues and furnishings. Walking through the centre of Brescia you will see the elegant Renaissance palace of "Loggia", which is now the town hall. Here you can also hear the chimes of the astronomical clock tower, which sits on the other side of the square. You can also visit the imposing Castello di Brescia, built on a hill giving an amazing view over the city, and where you will find two interesting historical museums. If you love classic cars you can visit the famous "Mille Miglia" Museum, dedicated to the legendary race, where you can admire some of the most beautiful vintage collectors' cars, which raced in the Mille Miglia from 1927 to 1957. They are all perfectly preserved or restored and still participate in the most important commemorative races in the world today.