#3 best destination in the world

Museo Egizio

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  • Archaeological museum specializing in Egyptian archaeology and anthropology
  • #18 of the top 25 museums in the world
  • Houses one of the largest collections of Egyptian antiquities
  • Contains more than 30,000 artifacts

Milan Cathedral

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  • #7 of the top 25 landmarks in the world
  • Dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity and currently the seat of the Archbishop of Milan
  • The cathedral took 6 centuries to build
  • Largest church in Italy

Vallone dei Mulini

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  • About 700 years old, the flour mills are built from stone as far back as the 13th century
  • Its name derived from its beginning function: to grind grain
  • The valley originates from the release of waters into a tufa plain about 37,000 years ago, following the eruption of the Campi Flegrei
  • A sawmill was, providing sawn wood, which was in operation until the beginning of the tenth century
  • In 1866, Piazza Tasso was established, and it caused the mill and the surrounding sea to be isolated
  • The building was closed and abandoned in the 1940s

Verona Arena

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  • Roman amphitheater built in 30 AD
  • Still in use today, it is internationally famous for the large-scale opera performances given there
  • It is one of the best preserved ancient structures of its kind
  • In ancient times, the arena’s capacity was nearly 30,000 people, now, because of the stage for concerts and opera performances it decreases the available places to a maximum of 15,000

Grande Canal (Venice)

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  • Canal lined with more than 170 buildings, most of which date from the 13th to the 18th century, and demonstrate the welfare and art created by the Republic of Venice
  • The noble Venetian families faced huge expenses to show off their richness in suitable palazzos; this contest reveals the citizens’ pride and the deep bond with the lagoon
  • Because most of the city’s traffic goes along the Canal rather than across it, only one bridge crossed the canal until the 19th century
  • Most of the palaces emerge from water without pavement

Libreria Acqua Alta

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  • Cozy and offbeat bookstore featuring lots of vintage titles along with unique displays, and resident cats

Doge’s Palace

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  • Built in Venetian Gothic style, the palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Venetian Republic
  • Founded in 1340, and extended and modified in the following centuries
  • It became a museum in 1923

Piazzale Michelangelo

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  • Square with a panoramic view of Florence
  • Built in 1869
  • Dedicated to the Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo, there are bronze copies of some of his marble works found elsewhere in Florence: the David and the four allegories of the Medici Chapel of San Lorenzo
  • The monument was brought up by nine pairs of oxen in 1873

Uffizi

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  • #13 of the top 25 museums in the world
  • Art museum in the Historic Centre of Florence
  • One of the largest and best known collections in the world, holding priceless works, particularly from the Italian Renaissance
  • One of the first modern museums, opening in 1581
  • Art collections were gifted to the city of Florence after the ruling house of Medici died out

Gardens of Bomarzo

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  • Mannerist monumental complex located in Bomarzo
  • Created during the 16th century
  • Situated in a wooded valley bottom beneath the castle of Orsini, it is populated by grotesque sculptures and small buildings located among the natural vegetation

St. Peter’s Basilica

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  • Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City, the papal enclave partially completed with Michaelangelo
  • #4 of the top 25 landmarks in the world
  • Largest church in the world
  • Completed in 1626
  • The burial place of Saint Peter, one of Jesus’s Apostles and also the first Bishop of Rome
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Pantheon

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  • Former Roman temple, now a Catholic church, on the site of an earlier temple commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD)
  • It was rebuilt by the emperor Hadrian after it was burned down, and probably dedicated about 126 AD
  • Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon’s dome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome
  • One of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings, in large part because it has been in continuous use throughout its history and, since the 7th century, the Pantheon has been in use as a church dedicated to “St. Mary and the Martyrs
  • The Pantheon’s large circular domed cella, with a conventional temple portico front, was unique in Roman architecture
  • It became a standard exemplar when classical styles were revived, and has been copied many times by later architects

Capuchin Crypt

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  • Small space comprising several tiny chapels located beneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini
  • Contains the skeletal remains of 3,700 bodies believed to be Capuchin friars buried by their order
  • The Catholic order insists that the display is a silent reminder of the swift passage of life on Earth and our own mortality

Torre Argentina

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  • Known as Largo di Torre Argentina, this archaeological masterpiece was excavated as part of Mussolini’s rebuilding efforts in 1929, revealing four Republican victory temples that lie sunken 20 feet below modern street level
  • Torre Argentina also contains part of the famous portico of Pompey, upon whose steps dictator Julius Caesar was betrayed and killed in 44 BC
  • Today, volunteers at Torre Argentina care for approximately 130 cats, many of which are disabled or suffer from illness

Underground Naples

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  • Naples lies in a geothermal zone composed of volcanic rock.
  • Over the last two-and-a-half millennia, caves and tunnels have been carved out of the volcanic rock, forming an underground city
  • The 280-mile network was formed by the Greeks in the fourth century BC
  • The Romans later used the chambers and pathways to build aqueducts that provided water for many centuries of Neapolitans
  • Some caves that were part of the reservoir are still full of water today
  • Buildings were constructed on top of previous ancient infrastructure
  • Used as an air raid shelter during WWII, and you can still see war relics such as weapons and vehicles
  • Recently, the first Hypogeum Gardens in the world are found, an experiment to grow various species of plants far from pollution, but also light, in the dark chambers underneath the city

Pompeii

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  • Ancient Roman town that was destroyed and buried under 13-20 ft of volcanic ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD
  • The town was founded in 7th or 6th century BC by the Osci
  • The site was lost for 1,500 years until its rediscovery in 1599
  • The town is preserved well because for more than a millennium it has had a lack of air and moisture
  • The exact position a person when they died can be seen in the archaeological site
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Cava dei Servi

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  • This area, has aroused interest since the Copper Age because, like the whole Iblea region, it guaranteed excellent commercial opportunities thanks to the extraction of flint
  • Above the cliffs, there is a semicircular dolmen consisting of rectangular slabs embedded in the ground on which there are three more, tilt just enough to reduce the covering surface and shape a false dome
  • Under a large plate overturned on the ground (which was the ceiling of the monument, ruined on the ground due to the progressive sliding of the structure) human fragments (teeth and bones belonging to several individuals) were found as well as some ceramic shards dating back to the Sicilian ancient bronze age (2200-1600 BC)
  • In addition to being home to an artificial cave necropolis dating back to the beginning of the second millennium BC, it also houses a dolmenic cemetery with funerary architectures reminiscent of structures already present in a large area of ​​the Mediterranean (Spain, Sardinia, Puglia, Malta)
  • One of the oldest buildings in the world

Spiaggia dei Conigli

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  • #4 of the top 25 beaches in the world

Su Nuraxi (Barumini)

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  • Settlement consisting of a Nuraghe built in 1500 BC, and a village inhabited from the thirteenth to the sixth century BCE, developed around the Nuraghe
  • They are considered by scholars the most impressive expression of the Nuragic civilization
  • One of the oldest buildings in the world

Cala Mariolu

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  • #23 of the top 25 beaches in the world

Nuraghe Santu Antine

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  • One of the largest nuraghi (ancient megalithic edifices) in Sardinia
  • The main structure was built around the 1600 BC
  • Made of huge basalt blocks, it has three floors, but the top floor is now gone
  • One of the oldest buildings in the world

Monte d’Accoddi

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  • Neolithic archaelogical site that consists of a massive raised stone platform
  • Thought to be an altar for animal sacrifice constructed by the Ozieri culture around 4,000-3,650 BC
  • Discovered in 1954 in a field owned by the Segni family
  • The structure was abandoned or destroyed around 3000 BC with traces of fire found in the archaeological evidence
  • One of the oldest buildings in the world

Nuraghe La Prisgiona

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  • Nuragic archaeological site occupied from the 14th-9th century BC
  • Consists of around 90-100 buildings
  • Some evidence shows that the region was occupied by Romans during medieval times
  • One of the oldest buildings in the world

Costs

Number of Days: 32 days

Best Time To Fly: April-June, mid-Sept to Oct

Airline tickets: $1,645

Seattle -> Milan (one way) = $977
Naples -> Palermo (one way) = $12
Palermo -> Lampedusa (round trip) = $161
Palermo -> Cagliari (one way) = $46
Olbia -> Rome (one way) = $93
Rome -> Seattle (one way) = $356

Food: $51/day x 32 days = $1,632

Rental car: $53/day x 24 days = $1,272

Gas: $356

Entertainment: $247

Airbnb: $115/day x 30 days = $3,450

TOTAL: $8,602