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See the treasures of Italy with AAA

Posted at 8:39 AM, Dec 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-02 12:23:46-05

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Italy is culturally rich with its wealth of Renaissance architecture, Roman history and priceless art. It's also scenically diverse. The north is home to the Alpine peaks. The heart of the country boasts olive groves and vineyards. And in the south you'll find warm waters, volcanic islands and the Mediterranean lifestyle.

Must-see cities
Rome is the capital of Italy and is referred to as The Eternal City by ancient poets and writers. It is home to some of Italy's most well-known attractions, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, which are famous for Michelangelo's works. The Vatican is located Vatican City, an enclave in Rome.

Venice is one of the most romantic cities in Italy - and in the world. No trip to Venice would be complete without a serenade while crusing along the city's famed canals via gondola. St. Mark's Basilica and The Doge's Palace are also must-see Venice attractions.

Florence is the heart of the Italian Renaissance and is home to some of Italy's best museums, cathedrals and art. This includes Michelangelo's famed Statue of David.

Hidden gems
Verona was the setting for Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." Travelers still are able to explore Juliet's balcony. Visitors also can experience the well-preserved Roman Arena, which still is used for open-air opera performances.

The Isle of Capri is home to glorious vistas that overlook the rugged coastline and sparkling sea. Travelers can take a scenic chairlift ride to the summit of Monte Solaro for a spectacular panorama over the island. Capri town is filled with whitewashed houses, winding alleyways, small cafés, fashionable boutiques and artisan studios.

Pompeii is the opulent Roman town which was preserved by layers of ash from the disastrous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Cobbled streets and extensive excavations reveal the daily life of ancient Roman civilization.

In addition to these places, Italy boasts many hidden gems. When you book travel through a full-service travel agency, such as AAA, you'll get the inside scoop on sights and experiences not to be missed no matter your destination.

Best time to visit
Italy is a year-round destination. Summer is the most popular time to go, although temperatures, tourists and prices peak during the summer months. For cooler temperatures and fewer crowds, spring and fall are ideal times to visit.

AAA Sonoran Living Special: Treasures of Italy

- From $3,959 per person (land only), this package includes:
o Escorted tour director.
o 14 meals.
o Airport transfers and hotel service charges, taxes and porterage.
o Gain VIP entrance into the Vatican museums, be among the select few to admire the famous Bramante Staircase, see the former epicenter of ancient Rome and visit the Colosseum, walk the cobbled streets of ill-fated Pompeii, cruise to the famous Isle of Capri, stand in awe beside Michelangelo's monumental Statue of David and more.

As the largest leisure travel agency in North America, AAA Travel can assist with a getaway or vacation planning to any destination. For more information, visit or call 1-877-731-3926.

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