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Amalfi

Amalfi, on the Surrentine peninsula, is an ancient town with a glorious history. It was, with Venice, Genoa and Pisa, one of Italy’s four Repubbliche Marinare, Medieval naval republics whose power rivalled each other over the control of the Mediterranean. Amalfi became chronologically the first Repubblica Marinara, in the 9th century. Amalfi’s Maritime Code (Codice…

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Capri

There’s no denying that Capri is expensive. The rich and famous have holidayed here for over a century, and the small island has become very upmarket. But it’s worth it. Capri is one of the favourite destinations of international tourism.From Jack Lemmon to Sophia Loren, from Clarke Gable to Jackie Onassis, from Tom Cruise to…

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Siena

Siena, like many other Tuscan hill towns, was an Etruscan city, and in Medieval times a city to rival Florence, its historical enemy. To this and other rivalries between Tuscan towns we owe so many beautiful buildings and monuments: who between Florence and Siena could build the most impregnable castles wall, or the most ornate…

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Rome

The city built on the Seven Hills, which are Quirinale, Campidoglio (or Capitolino), Viminale, Esquilino, Celio, Aventino and Palatino, with the Tiber circling it, is still in many senses the ‚Caput mundi‘ (capital of the world). It is the city in the first, original and fundamental sense of the word, the ‚urbs‘, the centre of…