Rome - Colosseum, St. Peter's

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Trevi Fountain, Rome's largest and most famous

Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum exterior, showing partially intact outer wall and mostly intact inner wall

Colosseum wall detail

Colosseum wall detail, with Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian Columns (bottom to top)

Colosseum interior

Colosseum interior.  Crowd capacity ranged from 55,000  to 80,000.

Colosseum staging area

Colosseum, showing animal and staging area below now-missing wooden floor

The Roman Forum

The Roman Forum was the royal and civic centre of the early Roman empire.

Bernini's Baldacchino at St. Peter's Basilica

Bernini's Baldacchino over the St. Peter's Basilica Papal Altar

Altar of Transfiguration, St. Peter's

The Altar of Transfiguration, graced with a mosaic copy of Raphael's final masterpiece

Tuscany Region

Tuscan landscape

Typical Tuscan landscape, with the vineyards that are key to the region's fame

Florence skyline

The skyline of Florence is dominated by the dome of the Duomo.

Ponte Vecchio, Florence

The Ponte Vecchio covered bridge crosses the Arno River in Florence.

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

The impressive Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is one of Italy's largest churches.

Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore

The dome of Santa Maria del Fiore was designed by Brunelleschi.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Pisa's Leaning Tower is only one of the features of the Field of Miracles.

Baptistry, Duomo, and Tower in Pisa

The Baptistry, Duomo, and Leaning Tower in Pisa

San Gimignano skyline

San Gimignano's world- famous towers skyline

Piazza in San Gimignano

Piazza della Cisterna in San Gimignano

Central San Gimignano

Central San Gimignano


Siena, with the Torre del Mangia towering above the Palazzo Publico

Siena's Piazza del Campo

Siena's Piazza del Campo

Veneto Region

Julia's Balcony in Verona

"Julia's Balcony" in Verona, the second-largest city in the Veneto region

Verona's Roman amphitheatre

Verona's Arena (30 AD) is the third-largest Roman amphitheatre in the world.

Grand Canal, Venice

The Grand Canal in Venice, lined with palaces built over a span of five centuries

St. Mark's Square, Venice

St. Mark's Square, with the Campanile, St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace

St. Mark's Square, Venice

St. Mark's Square, with the Campanile at centre

Doge's Palace, Venice

The Doge's Palace, scene of triumphs and tragedies over the centuries

St. Mark's Basilica, Venice

Byzantine mosaics with gold, bronze and jewels adorn St. Mark's Basilica.

Rialto Bridge, Venice

The Rialto Bridge, one of several famous Venice bridges

Gondolas on a Venice canal

Gondolas on a Venice canal

Lido Island beach

At the beach on Lido Island, home of the Venice Film Festival


Murano, Venice's island neighbour famous for its exquisite glass


Burano island is known for its small, brightly-painted houses, popular with artists.