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If you're planning a trip to Milan, Last Supper tickets should be a top priority in your travel preparations. Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece is one of the most recognizable works of art in the world, and obtaining access to view it in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is tightly limited and controlled.

My article on visiting "The Last Supper" in Milan will provide you will what you need to know to plan a trip: historical details about Leonardo's work, how to obtain tickets in advance (and at th last minute) and resources to learn more about the painting before you go.
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Siena, Italy is one of Italy's top tourist destinations, although it is not nearly as large as Florence, Rome, Venice or Milan. A small yet historic hilltown in Tuscany, Siena has a rich heritage of art, culture and political power, although in many ways it remained frozen in Medieval times. Any many visitors to Siena only spend the day, missing much of the city's quiet charms once the tourist throngs have disappeared.



My Guide to a Weekend in Siena is a brief introduction to the city: how to get there, how to get around, notable sites to see and how to best enjoy your travels. In three days' time you can see much of Siena's top attractions, while still feel compelled to return again in the future to discover more...
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Sometimes you think you're starting to get a handle on Italy, and then someone introduces you to somewhere completely different, new and magical.



Like Isola Bella.

This tiny island on Lake Maggiore, with its incredible palazzo and captivating terraced gardens, is an absolutely wonderful place to spend an afternoon in peaceful beauty and contemplation. It's an easy day-trip from Milan as well.

Curious? Read more in my article Beautiful Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore, Italy.
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Eat as the Venetians do by trying these small plate specialties. What to order, how to order, and where to find the best cicchetti bars.

Read more: "Venetian Cicchetti: The Small Plates of Venice, Italy"
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Rules of courtesy and modesty to follow when touring some of the country's most sacred places, as well as tips to getting the most out of the experience.

Read more: "Visiting the Historic Churches of Italy: An Etiquette Guide"
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Traditional meals and delicacies to savor in the Eternal City. These dishes are a must to sample to experience true Roman cooking.

Read more: "10 Authentic Dishes to Enjoy in Rome, Italy"
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This beautiful Baroque church is worth a visit for its amazing trompe l'oeil frescoes. Part of the Jesuit center of Rome, Sant'Ignazio is rich with historical significance and beautiful artwork.

Read more: "The Churches of Rome, Italy: Sant'Ignazio"
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A guide to visiting one of the Eternal City's most important churches. Religious relics and one of Michelangelo's most powerful sculptural works make San Pietro in Vincoli worth a visit.

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One of the most incredible times to visit the Colosseum in Rome, Italy is at dusk. These photos track the transition to night around one of the most famous sites in the world, visited by millions of tourists annually.



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When visiting Rome, Italy, be sure to see these ten works of sculptural art. From ancient Roman marbles to famous works of Bernini and Michelangelo, they are some of the greatest artistic treasures of the Western world.

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Since 1850, Rome's stray cats have found sanctuary within the peaceful greenery of the Protestant Cemetery. You can learn how to help them at http://www.igattidellapiramide.it/ and be sure to visit their home when in Rome.



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Advice from a seasoned traveler and lover of authentic Italian food. Whether you're visiting Rome, Venice, Florence or another historic city, learn how to find good food at good prices and avoid the tourist traps.

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