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    In ancient times, Syracuse rivaled Athens in wealth and power. The historical center of the city, Ortygia (Ortigia) Island, speaks volumes of history. Here, you will visit the Temple of Athena, the Cathedral of Syracuse, the Fountain of Arethusa, and the Archaeological Park Neapolis.

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    In this introduction to medieval history, Rudy steps into Rome, Italy and Dublin, Ireland as he unwinds the core of yarn that was the medieval time period in Europe, or what some call The Age of Faith.

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    You do not want to miss Cortina d’Ampezzo. This region of the Dolomites is as impressive as they come. The natural beauty of the landscape is beyond expression. Often times, the best way to experience Cortina is by finding a pleasant mountain refuge. From Rifugio Lagazuoi you will get a commanding 360-degree view of the

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    Rudy believes that the Dolomites Mountains are among the most “magical and fantastic” chain in the Alps family. Bolzano has historically been considered a gateway to the Alps, and Bolzano itself was once an Austrian border-town. Also, visit the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology where the Bronze-Age-dated Otzi the iceman is exhibited. The Mario Rimoldi

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    Vicenza’s goldsmiths have been hard at work since the 1300s, and you will get a firsthand glimpse of such work at Soprana. Vicenza is also renowned for Andrea Palladio’s architecture, including The Basilica. A visit to some of Andrea Palladio’s villas in Italy’s countryside is also well worth a daytrip. Andrea Palladio’s influence stetches far

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    The Villa Barbaro di Maser was built in the 1550s by architect Andrea Palladio, with frescoes on the interior by Paolo Veronese. In Bassano del Grappa, The Ponte Vecchio (aka Ponte degli Alpini) was a bridge that was also designed by Palladio. Bassano is also known for its ceramics, and its eighty-proof moonshine called grappa.

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    Accompany Rudy to the 18th Century Pedrocchi Cafe, Padua’s most elegant cafe where French writer Stendahl visited to work his craft. Explore Scrovegni Chapel with its frescoes by Giotto, artwork that led the way to the Renaissance. Visitors are allowed fifteen minutes in the chapel, and reservations are required.

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    Verona contains extensive Roman ruins, including the magnificent Arena di Verona (Verona Arena), the third-largest Roman amphitheater ever built, and where Rudy and his son will enjoy a performance of Aida. Stroll down the historic town plaza of Piazza delle Erbe, and visit the House of Juliet. Inside the Basilica of San Zeno, the Madonna

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    Historically, Ravenna has been a very important port for the Roman Empire. The Basilica of San Vitale contains prime examples of early Christian Byzantine architecture and artwork. Rimini began as a health spa in the 1800s, and to this day the laid back atmosphere is ideal for those seeking relaxation with that special someone.

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