• Watching the sun rise over the Roman Forum: A short stroll from the Capitoline Hill down Via del Campidoglio to Via di Monte Tarpeo brings you to a perfect outlook: The terrace behind the Michelangelo-designed square, an ideal photo op when the sun rises behind the Temple of Saturn, illuminating the archaeological complex below in pink-orange light. Early risers can reward themselves with breakfast from the bakeries of the nearby Jewish Ghetto. 

  • Basking in the Lights of the Renaissance: At dusk, make the steep climb up to the ancient church of San Miniato al Monte, Florence. Sit down on the steps and watch the city begin its evening twinkle. 

  • Discovering you’re hopelessly lost in Venice: You haven’t experienced Venice until you have turned a corner convinced you’re on the way to somewhere, only to find yourself smack against a canal with no bridge, or in a little courtyard with no way out. All you can do is shrug, smile, and give the city’s maze of narrow streets another try, because getting lost in Venice is a pleasure. 

  • Driving the Amalfi Coast: The SS163, “the road of 1,000 bends,” hugs vertical cliffs and deep gorges, cutting through olive groves, lemon terraces, and whitewashed villages—against a background of the bluest ocean you can picture. One of the world's classic drives, it provokes fear, nausea, and wonder in equal doses; the secret is to make sure someone else is at the wheel. Someone you trust.

  • Surrendering to the madness of a Palermo market: In Sicily's capital—a crossroads between East and West for some 2,000 years—the chaotic, colorful street theater is a vignette of a culture that often feels more Middle Eastern than European. The Vucciria isn't what it was, however: Focus on the Capo and Ballarò markets. 


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