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Renaissance History. Soaring Beauty. It Could Only Be Italy.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Endless romance. Unrivaled food and wine. A rich history of art, religion and civilizations that spans the ages. And breathtaking panoramas from mountain lakes and rolling hills to sweeping and rocky coasts.

This is Italy, one of the world's most captivating and mesmerizing destinations. There is so much to see and experience here! And when you trust your Italian journey to Gate 1 Travel, we'll help you make the most of your time. Our Escorted Tours offer the most efficient way to see the highlights of Italy. Our motor coaches whisk you from city to city, so you don't need to worry about how you'll get around. Our Tour Managers know the most thrilling and fascinating sites to show you, and are eager to enlighten you about their country's most beloved treasures. And as you arrive at some of Italy's most visited museums and landmarks, you'll bypass the long lines, thanks to our pre-purchased entry.

Welcome to Gate 1's Italy!

Italy's Historic Centers: Rome, Venice & Florence

PantheonJust as all roads lead to Rome, any discussion of Italy must point to its historic streets. It is, without question, one of the world's most enriching and fascinating cities. Here, ancient monuments heralding the days of the Roman Empire mingle easily with couture shops and buzzing Vespas. For 2,000 years, the center of Rome has been the mighty Coliseum. Once able to host 80,000 spectators, this was where Romans gathered to witness gladiatorial combat and contests between men and beasts.

Today, Romans and visitors alike are more likely to gather in the city's charming piazzas. These open plazas embody public art at its finest, adorned with finely sculpted fountains carved by some of history's greatest artists, from Bernini to della Porta. Piazza Navona is one of the most magnificent. Nearby, on the Piazza della Rotunda, the Pantheon soars to the skies, built by ancient Romans to honor the gods. Its revolutionary dome – still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome – is a masterwork of Roman engineering that has never been duplicated.

The city of Rome embraces another city that boasts an equally astonishing history and soaring architectural and artistic marvels: Vatican City. Surely, St. Peter's Basilica and its sprawling square is one of the most moving pilgrimage sites in all of Christendom. The Vatican Museum boasts its own sacred calling card: Michelangelo's The Last Judgment, painstakingly painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. In total, the artist painted more than 5,000 square feet of frescoes here. Today, they remain a wonder of rich color and sumptuous detail.

Venice GondolasThe Roman Empire held great sway throughout Europe for many centuries. Another kingdom – much smaller but certainly no less influential – had its center on the northern Adriatic Sea. The Venetian Empire ruled much of the Adriatic region for over 1,000 years from its seat of power on an island just off Italy. Today, with its car-free medieval warrens, endless network of romantic canals, and Old World ambiance, Venice offers more than a spectacular journey back in time; it is a stunning repository of the empire's prosperity. The glittering domes of St. Mark's Basilica watch over its namesake square, which Napoleon once called "the drawing room of Europe" for its grace and beauty. The nearby Doge's Palace was the empire's center. Here, opulent chambers recall the lifestyles of the rich and regal. And the Bridge of Sighs, which connects the palace to the prison, affords the final view that convicted criminals enjoyed (and "sighed" over) before they were locked away.

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