Ponte Vecchio, Italian for Old Bridge, is a covered medieval bridge over the Arno River at its narrowest point. It is famous for being lined with jewelry shops, which thrive to this day.

Once occupied mostly by butchers, this bridge has housed shops since the beginning, and they have a history of their own. The ones in back, visible from upriver, were added in the 17th century.

Known in Italy as both Ponte Scaligero and Ponte di Castelvecchio, this 14th century red brick bridge is one of the oldest segmental arch bridges in Europe.

Constructed for defensive reasons, it is also beautiful, and considered a Middle Ages engineering masterpiece.

Its longest arch is over 158 feet long, the world's largest when it was built. The bridge was heavily damaged during world War II, but has been restored in subsequent years.

The Ruined City of Pompeii

House of the Faun  

Named for a small bronze statue of a dancing faun found on the site, this residence is best known for the Have  – Welcome – mosaic at the entrance, and the Alexander Mosaic, one of the most celebrated mosaics to have survived. Once among the largest, most luxurious private residences in Pompeii, the House of the Faun occupies an entire city block.


House of the Vettii

The magnificent dome of the Baptistery is almost 180 feet high and nearly 350 feet across.

It is an acoustic wonder; an unamplified choir can be heard 12 miles away. It’s the largest baptistery in Italy, and is built entirely of marble on the same sandy soil as the Tower – you might be able to detect the slight lean towards the cathedral. The pulpit, carved by Nicola Pisano, is considered an excellent example of Renaissance art.

The Pinacoteca di Brera – Brera Art Gallery, in English – is an art collection in Milan, exhibiting a superior collection of Italian paintings.

The Pinacoteca shares the Palazzo Brera site with the Brera Academy, a public academic institution offering courses of study in painting, sculpture, graphics, photography, video and other creative arts, as well as cultural historical disciplines.

An L-shaped square in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, the site of the 13th century Piazza della Signoria has been the political heart of the city from the Middle Ages to the present day. 

Massive sculptures are set around the perimeter of this large square, including a copy of Michelangelo's David, Donatello's Judith and Holofernes, Bandinelli's Hercules and the controversial Neptune.  Also known as the Palazzo della Signoria, this famous palace has seen at least three stages of construction, from the 13th through 16th centuries.

Pantheon means "Temple of all the gods." Accordingly, the Pantheon in Rome, which dates back to 27 B.C, was built as a temple to all the gods of ancient Rome. Partly destroyed and rebuilt between 118 and 125 A.D., it is one of the best-preserved ancient Roman buildings, and perhaps even the best of its age in the world.

The height of the dome and diameter of the interior circle are the same, at an impressive 142 feet. The Pantheon has been used as a Christian church since the 7th century, and has been in continuous use throughout its history.

Also known as the Palazzo della Signoria, this famous palace has seen at least three stages of construction, from the 13th through 16th centuries. Today the palace houses the offices of the City Council and much of it is still open to the public.

A simple mansion on the banks of the Arno, near the Leaning Tower and duomo, the Palazzo Reale was built in the 16th century as a summer escape for the Medici family.

It is believed that Galileo used the tower here to observe the stars. Now the place is home to the Soprintendenza dei Beni Culturali, the national institute for preservation of archaeological and artistic treasures as well as city structures and buildings.

The Royal Palace in Naples is one of the four residences used by the Bourbon Kings during their 18th and 19th century rule. Today, however, what we see is the result of numerous additions and changes, including some post-World War II restoration to repair bomb damage.

A series of statues along the western façade depicts the rulers of dynasties who ruled Naples since the twelfth century. The palace and grounds house the Teatro di San Carlo opera house,  as well as a museum showing furniture, porcelain and pictures, and a number of city offices.

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