Summer in Italy

by Mario Fusco

Whether you’re a first-time traveler to Italy or a seasoned veteran you won’t want to miss the Tuscany, Cinqueterre and Rome Tour being organized by The Sacramento Italian Cultural Society. Scheduled to depart on June 20, this 12-day tour hits some of the must-see sites in Italy.

TUSCANY – home to illustrious personages from Dante to Leonardo to Galileo, it was the incubator of the Italian Renaissance, which in turn spawned the European Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and the Scientific Revolution. The Medici family, lords of Florence, were inarguably the most active and effective patrons of the arts ever. Today Tuscany is famous for its wines (Chianti), the loveliness of its hill towns, its artistic patrimony, and events such as the Palio di Siena.

LE CINQUETERRE (The Five Lands) – A string of five towns (Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore) perched on a cliff overlooking the Thyrrenian Sea. A countryside of breathtaking beauty and a showcase for all types of Mediterranean vegetation. The nearby Golfo dei Poeti was so named because it was a preferred destination of major Romantic poets and writers. Here Percy Bysshe Shelley drowned while sailing in 1822, aged not quite 30.

ROME – the Eternal City of course needs no introduction. Like peeling an onion, the visitor can uncover layer after historical layer, a microcosm of the history of the Western world. The names of the must-visit destinations are familiar to all: the Colosseum, The Roman Forum, Saint Peter, Piazza Navona, Piazza di Spagna, Via Condotti, Via Frattina, the Pantheon, etc. etc. Go to Trastevere, the side of the river on which the Vatican is, to sample some of the best food you will find anywhere on the Peninsula.

Sound interesting? Visit our friends in Sacramento at http://www.italiancenter.net/ to get full information, or download their informational brochure by clicking here.

Riomaggiore, one of the Cinqueterre

Riomaggiore, one of the Cinqueterre


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