The Real Da Vinci Code: What Really Happened at Leonardo’s Last Supper

The Real Da Vinci Code, Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man, indicates Da Vinci’s hidden double meaning of his Last Supper: The Sacrifice and the Resurrection

This account is respectful of Christian beliefs. I wish to modify this account as I learn more. I would like to credit Leo Steinberg, author of “Leonardo’s Incessant Last Supper” for several ideas in this article.

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man (the Da Vinci Man with four arms and four legs in a square and circle) is the most popular secular symbol in the world. My ten years of research suggests that the Vitruvian Man is a universal symbol for greater love, relationships, success, health and the new age 21st century paradigm of indivisible wholeness, the paradigm for world peace. The New Renaissance!

The Da Vinci Person also represents an integration of opposite values. Da Vinci’s Last Supper represents an integration of the two events of the Last Supper: Both the Betrayal of Jesus (the shock) and the Redemption (the awe, communion or Eucharist). Amazingly, Leonardo is able to portray both of these events, simultaneously, in the emotions of the Apostles; just like the Da Vinci Man is able to portray two opposite values, the square (our sacrifice in the material realm) and the circle (our renaissance or rebirth in the spiritual realm).

The Da Vinci Man with arms outspread symbolizes the sacrifice (the Betrayal). Da Vinci Man with arms uplifted symbolizes the Resurrection (the communion).

Hence,(a) the geometry, and (b) the meaning of the Da Vinci Man is a secret code to understand the meaning of Leonardo’s Last Supper.

1) There is a claim in The Da Vinci Code that there is no Holy Grail or cup through which Jesus offered the communion. On the contrary, Jesus and each Apostle have a small cup of wine.

2) The cup is small and not an ostentatious or grandiose goblet because Leonardo wanted to represent the Last Supper as a simple affair. This is equivalent to the simple dining used by the Dominicans in the refectory (dining hall) of Santa Marie delle Grazie, Milan, the location of Da Vinci’s Last Supper. This church, incidentally, was partially built by Bramante, the designer of Saint Peter’s Basilica. Bramante adored Leonardo’s work and wrote poems about him.

3) The simple cups and tableware, similar to those used by the Dominican Friars, fulfilled the desire of Jesus to “always be among you.” The Dominican Friars could, therefore, feel they were dining along with Jesus and the Apostles.

4) The expressions of the Apostles not only represent one of shock over the announcement by Jesus of the betrayal, they also demonstrate an awe and acceptance of the communion.

5) To the left of Jesus we have two groupings of three: St Thomas, James the Major and Philip represent one group. Matthew, Thaddeus and Simon represent the other.

6) Thomas, James and Philip are grouped together because they were the favorite apostles of Florence, Leonardo’s home for several years.

7) Thaddeus and Simon confer together because they are brothers who were present as shepherds at the birth of Jesus.

8) Thomas, the impulsive one, moves ahead of James the Major with his finger in the air. When Thomas heard Jesus was going back to Jerusalem he said, “Let us go, that we may die with Him.” His uplifted finger says, “This is the Will of God,” and “I knew it would be so.” It is also the finger that touches the wound of Jesus.

9) James the Major’s mouth is open in shock, but also in awe, receptive to the communion.

10) Philip places his hands on his breast to protest his innocence and display his anguish, but this is also a sign of accepting the communion.

11) Matthew’s hands point to Jesus in asking Simon what to make of the announcement by Jesus but they are also receptive of the communion.

12) One hand of Thaddeus points to the betrayer but both hands are also receptive of the communion.

13) Simon’s two hands indicate a sense of not knowing what to make of the announcement but they are also receptive of the communion.

14) One hand of Jesus is open, receptive of the surrender. The other hand of Jesus points to the wine and bread, announcing an intention to begin the communion.

15) The same hand is close to the dipping bowl, close to where the hand of Judas is, indicating who the betrayer is. This hand also reflects the human side of Jesus, recoiling a bit from both the Betrayal and the sacrifice. (“Let this cup pass from me,” just as the other hand indicates the surrender, “Thy Will be done.”)

16) The body of Jesus forms an equilateral triangle, indicating the Holy Trinity. His hands seem to reach out in three dimensions to the participants viewing the painting.

17) James the Major is on the left side of Jesus and John is on His right. This is because they are brothers. Their mother requested that one sit on the right side of Jesus and the other on His left, where they are the thunder of Jesus.

18) John leans back in a faint, accepting the fate of Jesus, yet folding his hands in quiet desperation.

19) The body of John is at the same angle as Jesus, as if in mirror image, indicating the closeness of their relationship. This is also reflected in the mirror-image color of their clothing.

20) John is next to Peter because they shared a ministry together.

21) Peter is next to Judas because they both evidenced a betrayal.

22) Peter whispers into John’s ear, asking him to ask Jesus who the betrayer is.

23) Peter holds a knife behind the back of Judas with which to possibly dispatch the betrayer (as he attempted to do when cutting off the ear of the Roman servant). A close examination indicates that Peter may actually be holding the wrist of a hand that holds the knife. The knife is also symbolic of the one Peter used to protect Jesus.

24) The same knife points to Bartholomew sitting at the table’s end. Bartholomew also rises with his feet transposed. These symbols indicate both the flaying and crucifixion of Bartholomew.

25) Bartholomew asks Andrew to explain what is going on. Andrew is in so much shock, he is in denial that such a betrayal could possibly happen. He may also be reacting to the knife pointed at Judas.

26) James the Minor, the brother or cousin of Jesus, touches Peter, reminding us that James and Peter were the first two Bishops of the church.

27) Leonardo Da Vinci was inclined to choose the act of betrayal. He felt betrayed many times in his career by people who envied him. He may have even been jailed for two months as a result of charges (that were dropped).

The Following is Speculative and I Wish to Modify It as I Learn More:
28) Another interpretation: the Last Supper was painted in the refectory (dining hall) of the Dominican Friars who venerated Mother Mary. The church, Santa Maria delle Grazie, was named in Mary’s honor. St. Dominic initiated the Rosary, which is still practiced today. The Rosary was highly regarded and recommended by Pope John Paul II. From the Dominican point of view, if there were to be any association with John, it would have been with Mother Mary.

29) John was also more associated with Mother Mary than Mary Magdalene. On the cross, Jesus told John to accept Mary as his mother (and take care of her, which he apparently did). This was also an instruction for all the Apostles to take care of Mary.

30) Mary is associated with Holy Spirit. Mary gave birth to Jesus via Holy Spirit.

31) In the Rosary, Mary is the Bride of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is married to the church, which is associated with Mary.

32) The Apostles stayed in the house of Mary for ten days before the Holy Spirit entered into them.

33) Therefore, the illustration may represent a mystical union between Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Florence, Italy…a Must See for the First-time Visitor to Italy

If I were to pick one city as a definite must-see for the first time traveler to Italy, my choice would be Florence. Since the birth of the Renaissance, Florence has retained its standing as a center of art and culture. It has also become renowned for high fashion (excellent leather and silk goods), great cuisine, beautiful parks, tourism and, of course, friendly and warm people. Located in the heart of the central region of Tuscany, Florence is situated in a valley surrounded by rolling Tuscan hills. It is about a three-hour train ride north of Rome and 1 hour from Pisa.

Home to many great prominent figures (Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarotti, Dante Allighieri, Niccolo’ Machiavelli), their legacies can be seen all over town. In the Academy Art Gallery one can see Michaelangelo’s famous Statue of David, completed by the sculptor at age 26 after others had rejected the marble block because of its imperfections. According to the bible, David represents an Israelite shepherd boy who emerged victorious in an improbable battle against the mighty Goliath. In the Uffizzi Galleries, Europe’s third largest museum, one can see Sandro Botticelli’s masterpiece “Birth of Venus”.

The city has an excellent bus system, and it is also very easy to get around on foot. A great place for a stroll is along the Ponte Vecchio, or the “Old Bridge.” This is the oldest of all the bridges in Florence and may even date back to Etruscan times. It has undergone many repairs through the centuries. It has even been the source of controversy. During one of the World Wars, a German general defied orders to bomb the bridge because he thought it was so beautiful. Previously, the bridge was aligned with butcher shops. Today, however, the only merchants allowed on the bridge are jewelers. It is one of the social points in town where you can window shop and watch artists as they sketch.

Another great place to shop is along Via Tornabuoni. Here you can find various boutiques and fashion giants as Armani, Versace, Fendi and Gucci. Florence also has many open markets where you can find some excellent leather and silk bargains. Some of the better markets include the market of San Lorenzo and the market in the Parco delle Cascine.

Florence is also noted for its excellent cuisine and sinfully delicious desserts and gelati (ice cream). Many fine restaurants can be found in town. You must not leave the city without trying some risotto, a Florentine specialty. Another specialty, believe it or not, is beefsteak. You can, of course, find excellent pasta dishes as you would in other parts of Italy. Because Tuscany is in the heart of the Chianti region, there is always an excellent selection of wines to savor.

Just South of the Arno River lies the Boboli Gardens, once an estate of a feudal king; it is one of the most beautiful parks in all of Europe. It is over 100 acres of beautifully manicured landscape and walking paths aligned with trees. There is even a Roman amphitheater, which in the summer is used for theatrical plays. Walking up to the top of the hill offers a great panoramic view of the city.

In summary, Florence has everything you are looking for in an Italian vacation: great food, great art and great people. It doesn’t take long for the city’s charm to capture your heart and spirit. With half a million inhabitants, it does not overwhelm you like a city such as Rome or Milan (each of which has approximately 4 million people).

I believe Charles Dickens said it best in the “Pictures of Italy” when he wrote “how much beauty is here, when, on a fair clear morning, we look, from the summit of a hill, on Florence! See where it lies before us in a sun-lighted valley, bright with the winding Arno, and shut in by swelling hills; its domes, and towers, and palaces, rising from the rich country in a glittering heap, and shining in the sun like gold!”

The Pink Villa – a Lucchese Villa for Rent

The Pink Villa is a quiet Tuscany holiday villa in Lucca with pool set in the magnificent landscape between Ponte a Moriano north of Lucca and the Versilian sea in Tuscany. This Tuscany holiday villa is suitable for large groups up to 13 people.

Set in beautiful countryside near Lucca in Tuscany, this Tuscany Villa and its attached barn can sleep 13 people in six bedrooms. There is a large pool that has the same spectacular views that can be enjoyed from everywhere on the property. Ideal for a great family holiday, the villa is private but only 200 metres from a small village. The Tuscan villa is a twenty five minute drive from both Lucca and the spa town of Bagni di Lucca. For visits to Florence, Siena, Pisa and the Versilia beaches and towns, you will find this house ideally placed.

Inside the main house, there are four double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a shower room, a kitchen/dining room and a living room. The barn has two double bedrooms, shower room, kitchen and lounge/dining room. Both houses are well equipped, with washing machines, dishwashers, etc., although the Barn does not have satellite TV with a full set of channels.

Please ask for prices 2008 and note that in July and August the property can only be rented as a whole.

MAIN DISTANCES:

Lucca – 20 mins
Viareggio (seaside) – 20 mins
Pisa (nearest airport) – 50 mins
Florence (other airport) – 1 hour 15 mins
Siena – 2 hours 30 mins
Arezzo – 3 hours

This Tuscany holiday villa is located near a small country village in the hilly countryside surrounding Lucca, therefore near cultural interest (city of Lucca) and near the coast (Versilian coastline).

Tuscany Villa Amenities

  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • TV with satellite
  • Cot
  • Stereo
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Pool
  • Pets OK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning Italian In Tuscany

Six reasons to study Italian in Tuscany.

Reason 1:

The best way to learn a language, one knows, is to go abroad. But if the apprehension is combined with relaxation and enjoyment, one can obtain a double result. You learn in a more efficient way because you are always in contact with native speakers and can put into practice your new knowledge right away. You can also enjoy yourself because you can get to know and appreciate the country in depth, just like a vacation.

Thousands of students travel abroad each year to learn Italian language. They realize that the most effective way to learn Italian language is to learn in the country the language is spoken and may be used not only in the classroom, but all day and in the street, shops, restaurants…

Reason 2:

Italy is a world leader in the culinary arts, interior design, fashion, graphic design, furniture design, etc. Those planning careers in such fields greatly benefit from knowing Italian and Italy.

Reason 3:

Living in Italy can be a fantastic cultural experience. Although it can be said that Italian cannot be considered as a vehicular language, it is just as true that it cannot be relegated to a language of the past. Are you an art and culture enthusiast? Italy, the country with the highest concentration of art, history, culture, nature, good food and wine in the world, is one of the most popular vacation countries in Europe.

Wherever you choose to study Italian in Italy you will find something unique: beautiful natural scenery, history, customs, delicious food, colourful festivals and warm people.

Reason 4:

The Italian welcome is warm everywhere, people are friendly and all seasons are good for a visit.

Reason 5:

If you’re serious about learning the Italian language, you should certainly learn it in Tuscany, the heart and birthplace of the Italian language. Florence was home to Dante, who Italians call il padre della lingua italiana, the father of the Italian language. Still today, the best Italian is spoken in Florence and Tuscany.

Basically, the modern Italian language is the Florentine dialect of the 1300s.

Reason 6:

Last but not least, Pisa is the main destination in Tuscany and in the central Italy (after Rome). Pisa Airport is served by 13 airlines operating 281 weekly flights to 22 national and international destinations (Summer 2004). Numerous companies offer charter flights to a number of European and non-European destinations. Fly to Pisa is really cheap and easy: the most important low cost flights companies reach Pisa and the airport is 5 minutes far from the centre of the town by bus, train or taxi.

Planning a vacation: Top ten cities you should visit

Vacation: ahh..freedom from the everyday pressures of life! We all need vacations from time to time otherwise we would literally lose it! Our minds, that is! The word itself is a mood booster! Many people have difficulty in choosing the right places for a vacation! Having numerous choices always helps! I hope this list makes it a bit easier for some of you! Some of the best places i’ve come across are these:

1) Montego Bay (Jamaica) – The Blue Mountain Peak is Jamaica’s tallest peak! It is in the heart of Jamaica north of Kingston, another city in Jamaica, and very near Montego Bay. The peak is 7,402 feet in height. Doting the hillside below are small villages. The area’s inhabitants are known as the Rastafarians, who are reclusive, spiritual people. Anybody who has the hiking spirit in them, climbs this peak, which can be strenuous. People usually start their climb at dawn, at which time the peak looks stunningly beautiful, with the morning mist surrounding it and adding to that, the tinge of red and orange in the sky. When you’re climbing, on a clear day, you might get to see Cuba, which is about 90 miles north, if you’re lucky. You might also get to see the rare ‘Doctor Bird’, the longtailed, shimmering green hummingbird, that is the national symbol.

2) Paris (France) – also known as the ‘city of love’, Paris is studded with amazing attractions! This city attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. The main attraction in Paris is….yes, you guessed it! The Eiffel Tower! This iron tower is built on the Champ de Mars, beside the River Siene. It is the tallest structure in Paris and one of the most well-known. Just last year, the number of visitors to the Eiffel Tower was 6,719,200! There are also many other places to visit, some of them being the Louvre National Museum, The Sacred Heart Basilica, an annual event called Paris Plage, among others.

3) Florence (Italy) – this city lies on the Arno River in Italy. Florence is famous for its magnificient art and architecture. This city has also been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. Here, Santa Maria del Fiore, the domed cathedral of the city, also known as the Duomo. This magnificient structure is the best-known site in the city. Florence has also great and historic museums like the Bargello, which contains many priceless pieces of art by sculptors such as Donatello, Michelango, and many others. Some other museums are the Accademia and the Uffizi Gallery which are very famous.

4) Rome (Italy)

Vacation Rentals in Tuscany and Umbria

Visiting the Tuscany and Umbria border Region

South eastern Tuscany meets its smaller neighbour Umbria, on Umbria’s north eastern border. The border area of Tuscany and Umbria in Italy is a wonderful place to stay as the visitor is able to visit the many cities and towns of the two regions while staying in one of the most picturesque areas the world has to offer and enjoying one of its greatest cuisines. The area is largely rural, the main crops are sunflowers, maize, olives, vines and tobacco which is being phased out. Modernity has been slow to reach this area and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, many visitors feel as if they had stepped back in time 30 or 40 years. Staying in this area you are within 90% of UNESCOs world art treasures: Rome and Florence are within two hours drive and one must not forget the important art works of nearer towns such as Arezzo, Siena, Perugia and Assisi. Apart from their art treasures these towns are places everyone enjoys visiting. All have their own architectural delights and meandering lanes and interesting shops and restaurants. Also worth visiting are the Tuscan towns of ; Cortona and Sansepolcro and the Umbrian towns of Gubbio,Citta di Castello, Todi and Orvieto. Lovers of ceramics will also want to visit Deruta which produces some of the finest majolica.

Wine lovers are also in for a treat as many great wines are found in this area. Although Chianti is not strictly on the Tuscany Umbria border it is only a short drive. The brunellos of Montalcino and Vino Nobile of Montepulciano are found in this area.

There is a wide choice of accommodation available for those wishing to come to this area of Italy. “Agriturismi” offering either self-catering apartments or B&B type accommodation have sprung up everywhere. A popular choice for the visitor to this area of Tuscany and Umbria is to rent a self-catering villa, farmhouse or apartment through a rental agency. With a rental agency one can be sure that the house or apartment has been properly scrutinised and is priced fairly to reflect its quality, situation and accessibility. Farmhouses, villas and apartments with or without swimming pools are all available. If one wishes to stay in a country property in this area car hire is almost essential. Public transport in the rural areas of Tuscany and Umbria although reliable, is sparse. Most villages have a bus service once a day, relying upon this creates a lack of flexibility. Many of the farmhouses and villas for holiday rental are on hillsides a good walk from a main road. Often vacation rental houses in Tuscany and Umbria are reached along gravel roads or “strade bianche” . City inhabitants are often alarmed at these gravel roads but after the initial drive along them the nerves are soon overcome.
Please visit www.tuscanyumbria.com to find a rental property for your holiday in the Tuscany or Umbria regions of Italy.

Italian travel guide

Italy as one of the most ancient European civilizations is unknown to none. Italy had been the land of Roman Empire for long. Today the country has a rich history and tradition that speaks for itself and gathers tourists from all round the world. Italy is a place known for its wonderful cities and their archaic art and architecture. There are great Roman structures like Roman Colosseum and Pantheon; the Sistine Chapel, sculptures by maestros Leonardo, Michelangelo etc. and many more attractions that can make your vacation a dream come true.

A Walk through the Italian Cities-

The cities of Italy are quite popular across the globe. For instance the land of Julius Caesar i.e. the city of Rome also known as the “Eternal City” has an aura of exotic Roman art and architecture. Rome is famous for its architectural masterpiece of the Colosseum, the National Gallery of Ancient Art which in itself is a magnum opus and displays the work of Bernini, Raphael and Titan. The Capitoline Museums houses the complete history of Rome, the Gallery of Modern Art presents the 19th and 20th century at work by eminent artists and the Galleria Borghese museum in Rome has the largest art collection in the world.

The city of Venice seeks no introduction. It is the city where tranquility prevails and the beguiling art and architecture makes everyone’s day. The visitors are attracted by pulls like the Grand Canal, the museums such as the Museum of Modern Art and Museum of Oriental Art in the Santa Croce region of Venice, which put at parade the art work from countries like Japan, Indonesia and China. Also worth visiting are the Academy of Fine Art and the Correr Museum known for its Renaissance art.

The fashion city of Milan has always been inviting visitors. It is a primary economic and cultural center of Italy. Milan is popular for the Romanesque architecture in the Lombardy region of which Milan is a part; The Cathedral of Milan that is a paradigm example of Gothic architecture. The Milan museums include some of the fascinating museums in the world. For instance the Brera Gallery that presents the tour de force of geniuses like Raphael and Giovanni Bellini. You can also gaze at the awesome “The Last Supper”, Jesus and his disciples at the Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie church.

Since the entire Italy is swarming with museums and art, the city of Florence too grounds few wonderful ones. The Uffizi Gallery which is best known for the art work of Sandro Botticelli – “Birth of Venus”, Leonardo da Vinci’s strokes, and apart from these the Dutch, French and Spanish work of art it displays.

Besides this, Florence is thronged for its delectable cuisine, hill slopes and the oldest archaeologically significant region of this place i.e. the Tuscany region. One among the wonders of the world, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is nestled in the Italian town of Pisa in the Tuscany region.

The Vatican City is a center of attraction in Italy particularly for magnificent Sistine Chapel, designed by the architect Baccio Pontelli and feathers added to it by Bernini. The galleries of this Chapel present some of the exclusive art works-paintings and sculptures like “run-of-the-mill”, the archaic bronze statue of Apoxyomenos, Michelangelo’s sculpture ‘The Pieta’ and so forth.

After these Italy has many other cities that have always been welcoming visitors with their pleasant surroundings and amazing art work.

So one should, in one’s life time definitely bask in the glory of the skill of distinguished artists, painters and architects, no where else but Italy.

Villas in Italy Tuscany Villas Italy Vacation Rentals

 

A better way to immerse yourself in the character of villa in Italy,Tuscany The iconic image of Italy villas and Tuscany villa take a different form in everyone’s mind. Find the Italian holiday of your dream villas in italy, tuscany villa with very special collection of holiday accommodation in Italy.

 

Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Capri, Cilento National Park: we love these places! This is where we live, where we spend our own vacations and where we want you to come. Let us show you the beauty of our land and the friendliness of our people. Let us make you feel Italian, at least a little bit.

 

And if you are looking for a different Italian destination, we have now made available a selection of italy villas and apartments in Tuscany, Umbria, Rome, Venice and Lake Como that have been recommended to us by friends and by past guests themselves.

 

Tuscany :

Famous for its Chianti wines, its magnificent historic towns, such as Florence, Siena, Arezzo, San Gimignano, Cortona, Lucca and Volterra, and its peaceful nature, tuscany villas reveals its very soul with placid hills, wide pastures and neatly harvested vineyards and offers travelers a continuous sequence of stimulating highlights.

 

Amalfi Coast :

This spectacular coastline, which embraces the charming towns of Positano, Praiano, Amalfi and Ravello, invites you to imagine yourself back in the sunny carefree days of the sixties – for here the beauty and romance of those times have not changed.

 

Sorrento Coast :

Sorrento is one of the best known resorts in villas italy , situated on a tract of coastline of unrivalled beauty, on the northern slope of the Sorrentine Peninsula, in a sheltered spot, surrounded by luxuriant hills where vines, olives and above all high quality citrus fruits are grown. The site of patrician villas during Roman times, it has been a highly prestigious retreat since 700.

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Syllabus Monday has come and gone.

Dr. ACROP and Dr. Town House have nursed our first hangovers of the semester courtesy of the lovely Aunt Chilada.

Now sitting in my dorm, hair all askew, I am surrounded by books thicker than my super long twin bed, asking myself, is it time for break yet?

Every student goes through it. The initial excitement of a new semester beginning: new teachers, new courses, and the relief that the painstakingly awful classes from the previous semester are finally behind you.

The first few weeks are a breeze, as students settle into the quad between classes to enjoy the last few days of summer that have held on through September.

But come October when the nights go from a refreshing chill to an unbearable cold, and midterms begin to pop out of nowhere, all students will be excited for is vacation.

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Hotels – Viva Italia!

What springs to mind when you think of Italy?

From pasta to poetry, Roman architecture to the roar from within a football stadium, there’s something for everyone.

With a rich cultural history and a variety of hotels to cater for all tastes, thousands choose to head to Italy for their holidays each year.

Many of the country’s main cities – such as Florence, Milan and Venice – are steeped in history, and tourists flock to take in the sights and sounds of these cultured cities.

Indeed, Venice remains a popular destination for those looking for something a little more romantic during their holidays. Many choose to head to the city of canals and carnivals for Valentines’ – and with a wide variety of classic-style hotels it remains a popular destination for city breaks.

In the north of the country, Milan is a popular destination for those seeking fashion, football and Formula 1. As well as the glitz and glamour there is a rich cultural history, which can be seen in the many cathedrals and art galleries dotted round the city – in which some of Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous works can be seen.

For a taste of Roman history, head to Rome itself (for all roads lead to Rome apparently)

Many flock to Rome to experience a taste of the Romantic, with a rich mix of architectural styles and some of the more instantly recognisable tourist attractions – such as the Colloseum and the Vatican – to explore and enjoy.

For those looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city, there are a wide range of hotels in Italy that cater for the more serene side of the country.

Indeed, the region of Tuscany remains popular with those looking to get away for a relaxing break in the Mediterranean countryside.

However, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy is one that doesn’t stand anymore, but has a significant history.

Today, the ancient city of Pompeii – which was engulfed by an eruption of Mt Vesuvius – remains popular with visitors to the region.

With a wide variety of hotels and sights in some of Europe’s most beautiful cities, you’ll never be short of things to see, do, eat and experience.