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The Jubilee of Mercy is one of the most important events in the Catholic Church that will see millions of Pilgrams head for Rome to celebrate a year in which the churches of Vatican and Rome will be thrown open to the public. Over the course of the coming year, Venere will be providing you with all the information and tips you need to know if you plan to Rome.

Rome Julilee

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Forbes magazine once rated Florence as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This Italian city of Florence is the capital of Tuscany and is very well-known for its history dating back to medieval times when it was a centre for trade and finance. It was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy between 1865 and 1871, and was once home to the very powerful and wealthy Medici family.
Florence

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For most visitors to Venice, views of the wonderful city from water is enough. But what if you want more? You’re in luck! Venice has some fantastic viewpoints high over the roof line where it’s possible to catch a real bird’s eye view of the city. Here are 4 spots to mark onto your map.

Where to see Venice from above

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Made in Italy

Sorrento is a coastal town sitting in the cliffs of a rocky peninsula overlooking the Bay of Naples in one of the most picture-postcard places anywhere in Italy. It oozes seaside charm and has an historical depth symbolised by a wealth of Romanesque churches and renaissance palatial architecture. It’s this combination of stunning Italian scenery mixed with a rich culture and history that draws in visitors from all over the world.
Sorrento, the jewel of the Amalfi coast

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Restaurants & Food

A romantic break in Rome makes so much sense. Well, that’s until you hit the restaurants, many of which make even the crowds at the Colosseum look pretty tame.! Thankfully Rome has found a special niche in catering for couples, with many restaurants offering exclusive rooms and tables for 2 away from the hustle and bustle. Some only have space for just 1 couple! Here’s our top 5.

Rome restaurants for couples

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Hotel of the Week

The Grotta Palazzese is no ordinary hotel. Carved into the rocks above the deep blue waves of the Adriatic, it offers an unmatchable atmosphere – imagine dining by candlelight in the cool of a limestone cavern, watching the sun set over the sea while sipping a fine local wine. Here’s our guide

Polignano a Mare

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Restaurants & Food

If there’s one think that unites all locals in Rome, be they party animals, cinema goers, or those who just love to wander the street by night, it’s the desire to finish off the evening with a ‘cornetto’, the local version of a croissant. We’ve put together a list of 5 well-known spots where you can put those night-time cravings to bed with a sweet cornetto!

Cornetto

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Made in Italy

It wouldn’t be difficult to adapt Carlsberg’s long-time slogan for Italy: “Italy doesn’t do mega stores, but if they did…they’d probably be the best in the world…” Well they do do mega stores, and they’re probably the best in the world! They’re called Eataly.

Eataly

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Tips and Ideas

You may think that the last thing anyone would want to do on a city break is spend hours on public transport. Yet, the ‘vaporetti’ in Venice – think bus on a boat – are a great way to take in the main sights, discover some of the city’s hidden gems and experience life of the ‘streets’ like a local, all at a fraction of the cost of a gondola. Buy a day pass and get on board!

Venice Vaporetto sign

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Tips and Ideas

Benidorm is one of the most popular resorts in Spain and attracts around five million visitors each year. But with a steady influx of holiday-makers there are businesses and individuals that want to take advantage of this and to entice people to part with their money. Benidorm, being a Mecca for tourists, has its tourist traps.
Euros

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The Milan Expo is now in full swing with millions expected to attend. But don’t let that put you off! Milan has a superb selection of hotels, apartments and B&Bs that still have plenty of availability for the Expo period. Venere has picked a selection of the best in luxury and boutique hotels, B&Bs as well as more practical accommodation options within easy reach of Expo!

Milan Expo

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Made in Italy

There’s only 1 curse on Venice, and that’s its beauty surely! The water and canals that make the city so special have also plagued it with flooding, erosion and humidity. Fortunately that’s very unlikely to ruin your short break in Venice just yet, but the city’s darker side might leave you feeling a bit shaken. Here are 5 places that should be on any Venice horror hit list.

Haunted spot in Venice

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Hotel of the Week

The Etruscan Chocohotel in Perugia, Italy is heaven for any chocoholic. It’s a one-of-a-kind hotel devoted to chocolate lovers everywhere. Everything you see, touch, taste and smell will remind you of – yes you’ve get the idea by now – chocolate!

Chocohotel

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Tips and Ideas

Barcelona is a city with no end of visual attractions and a wealth of eye candy. Not only does it have beaches, restaurants, bars, parks, museums, and a wonderful Mediterranean climate, but its combination of unique artistic modern buildings and historic architecture make it a place where you can get some truly incredible photos.
A modern building in Barcelona

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Made in Italy

Think of fashion in Italy and Milan or perhaps Florence spring to mind. Yet Rome should be on that last too, not for the fame or size of its fashion industry, but thanks to a legendary brand that hails from the Rome and continues to put the Eternal City at the very heart of its ethos.

Fendi

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