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St. Mark's Basilica - 1133 Clicks ItalianRank 5
St. Mark's Basilica - www.basilicasanmarco.it -
Content rich site for Venice's main church and historical monument. The site includes detailed information on the basilica's construction and decorationss such as the mosaics, sculptures and floors. Another section covers the history of Saint Mark, Venice, and the Crusades. A section includes information on visiting the church, with opening hours, how to arrive, and free guided visits. A virtual 3D tour of the church offers panoramic views of the interiors, crypts and plaza.
Arena di Verona - 899 Clicks ItalianRank 4
Arena di Verona - www.arena.it -
Official site for the Verona Arena, with information on the foundation and scheduled programs. From October to March, the lyrical operas, ballets and concerts take place in the Teatro Filamornico, and from June the performances take place within the suggestive stage of the Arena. On the site, you can check out the complete performance schedule as well as ways to reserve and buy tickets and useful information on the city of Verona. A complete section is devoted to operas and artists that have been performed and collaborated with the foundation over the last few years, with summaries of the major operas performed.
Basilica St. Francis of Assisi - 612 Clicks ItalianRank 4
Basilica St. Francis of Assisi - www.sanfrancescoassisi.org -
The website for the Basilica and the Sacred Convent of St. Francis of Assisi contains a great deal of interesting information on St. Francis himself, with stories and teachings of the saint, and on the Basilica. The church is described in detail, with information on the fresco cycle by Giotto on the stories of St. Francis found within. The site contains information on the places in the town of Assisi and region of Umbria tied to the saint. Another section includes useful information on visiting the Basilica, and a form to reserve the church for celebrations and for guided visits.
Buy Tickets for the Uffizi Gallery - 38 Clicks ItalianRank 4
Buy Tickets for the Uffizi Gallery - www.uffizi.org -
With Uffizi.Org you can buy online the tickets for the Uffizi Gallery and the main museums of Florence, besides organized tours. The site also offers useful information on the masterpieces conserved at the Uffizi.
Duomo di Firenze - 925 Clicks ItalianRank 4
Duomo di Firenze - www.duomofirenze.it -
The site is dedicated to Florence's main cathedral and historical landmark which defines the Florence landscape. The site is rich in content, offering information on the history of the church, including Giotto's tower, the Baptistery and the square. Information on visiting hours for tourists is included, as well as the liturgical schedule for anyone who wishes to take part. Finally, a section is devoted to outlining four main annual events: Easter, Epiphany, Saint John, and Corpus Domini.
Festival Puccini - 612 Clicks ItalianRank 4
Festival Puccini - www.puccinifestival.it -
Annual summer festival that celebrates Puccini's operas. The site has detailed information on the current summer program, with synopses of each of the performances, past editions, Puccini's life, itineraries and ticket purchasing information.
Musei Civici Veneziani - 574 Clicks ItalianRank 4
Musei Civici Veneziani - www.museiciviciveneziani.it -
The site presents all of the civic musuems in Venice, with an informational section dedicated to providing addresses, opening hours, types of tickets and costs for each museum. By then selectng a single museum it is possible to read historical notes, details on the layout and collections, and current exhibitions.
Museo Egizio di Torino - 502 Clicks ItalianRank 4
Museo Egizio di Torino - www.museoegizio.org -
Official site for the Egyptian Museum in Turin, dedicated to the art and culture of ancient Egypt. The museum's most important pieces are presented, with a virtual map of the museum making it possible to visit the various rooms and exhibits. The site also includes useful information for visitors, from opening hours to ticket cost and details for reserving a guided tour.
Pinacoteca di Brera - 597 Clicks ItalianRank 4
Pinacoteca di Brera - www.brera.beniculturali.it -
The gallery is located in the Brera Palace in Milan and is one of the main art museums in the city for its prestige and collection of ancient and modern works. The site offers information on opening hours and ticket costs, as well as a map of the museum allowing a virtual visit of the main rooms.
Teatro alla Scala - 797 Clicks ItalianRank 4
Teatro alla Scala - www.teatroallascala.org -
Site for the famous Milan opera house presents the current season's programs and details on the various scheduled performances. A seating map of the theater is available, as well some useful suggestions for the public. Prices for all of the events and details on purchasing tickets can be found on the site; an online ticket office sells individual event or season passes. In particular, the site offers an online bookstore where books, audio and video tapes and many other materials related to the theater and past performances can be purchased.
Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - 615 Clicks ItalianRank 4
Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - www.maggiofiorentino.com -
Site of the famous music festival held in Florence from the end of April until the end of June. The festival's calendar consists of concerts, operas and ballet performances by local and international groups. The rest of the year, performances take place at the Teatro Comunale. The site includes the current and next season's calendar, including ticket prices, a brief history of the theatre and festival and details on the members and directors of the foundation, chorus and orchestra. The ticket section lists places where tickets can be purchased, and links to online ticket offices for tickets and passes.
The Colosseum - 1088 Clicks ItalianRank 4
The Colosseum - www.the-colosseum.net -
Site entirely dedicated to the Colosseum, its history and architecture. The site includes a very detailed history of the Colosseum, with details on the various periods, Emperors, and studies on the monument. Another section is dedicated to the games which took place within the Colosseum, and another to the construction and architecture of the amphiteatre.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa - 621 Clicks ItalianRank 4
The Leaning Tower of Pisa - torre.duomo.pisa.it -
Official site for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the bell tower for the city's cathedral. The site includes a detailed historical account of the tower, large photographic gallery, videos and detailed summary of restoration stages.
Vatican Museums - 623 Clicks ItalianRank 4
Vatican Museums - mv.vatican.va -
Official site for the Vatican Museums offers information on the various museum collections and on the buildings housing the collections. This includes opening hours on the ticket office, ticket costs, services for visitors and tips for reaching the museums. It is possible to conduct a virtual visit to each of the museums, selecting the rooms and works of art to view details and images. Another section offers information on temporary exhibitions and programmed events.
Casa Buonarroti - 528 Clicks ItalianRank 3
Casa Buonarroti - www.casabuonarroti.it -
The house, located in the center of Florence, was purchased by Michelangelo himself and passed down to his descendants through the centuries. Transformed into a museum and opened to the public, the house showcases a few early works by Michelangelo and family collections of art and artifacts. The library contains numerous volumes, manuscripts, and rare books. The site contains information on the museum, opening hours, and details on the museum's artwork.
Castello Sforzesco - 498 Clicks ItalianRank 3
Castello Sforzesco - www.milanocastello.it -
The castle is considered one of the main monuments in Milan. The site contains information on the history and events around the castle through the ages. The site offers a virtual visit of the monument, with the possibility to view a few of the works housed in the various rooms. Information on opening hours, with free admittance, and the cost of the various museums is indicated. A section is dedicated to events, exhibits and manifestations programed within the castle grounds.
La Triennale di Milano - 500 Clicks ItalianRank 3
La Triennale di Milano - www.triennale.it -
The Triennale in Milan is a complex of spaces, in the Palace of Art, that hosts corporate events as well as exhibitions on modern architecture, decorative and visual arts, design, fashion and industrial production. The Triennale includes a permanent museum on Italian Design and library. The site includes information on current and past exhibitions and events, including opening hours and admission costs.
Musei Capitolini - 474 Clicks ItalianRank 3
Musei Capitolini - www.museicapitolini.org -
Official site presents a general history of the Roman museum and the Campidoglio Square. A map highlights the places to visit and a photographic gallery displays the museum's main art works. The site includes practical details on visiting hours, ticket cost and link to an online reservation system. A section is dedicated to current exhibits and events.
Musei Online - 439 Clicks ItalianRank 3
Musei Online - www.museionline.it -
The site is dedicated to offering general information on the many numerous museums in Italy, dividing them by region and by category and making it possible to search by either method. Very useful resource for anyone.
Teatro di San Carlo - 514 Clicks ItalianRank 3
Teatro di San Carlo - www.teatrosancarlo.it -
The San Carlo Theather in Naples is the oldest operating theater in Europe. The site illustrates the artistical and architectural history of the theater, the programmed events calendar and prices for tickets, with the possibility of purchasing them online. A section is dedicated to the San Carlo orchestra and chorus and to the dance school.
The Accademia Gallery - 653 Clicks ItalianRank 3
The Accademia Gallery - www.polomuseale.firenze.it/english/musei/accademia/ -
The official site for the famous gallery includes a brief presentation of the collection, and opening hours and ticket costs. It is possible to view a list of the rooms and works contained within each one, while another section outlines the history of the museum.
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection - 482 Clicks ItalianRank 3
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection - www.guggenheim-venice.it -
Site for the museum, located in Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, and which displays important European and American works of art of the first half of the 20th century. The site includes opening hours, ticket costs and indications for reaching the museum. There is also information on current temporary exhibitions, as well as on the permanent collection room by room. A section dedicated to the history of the museum includes information on the family and the palazzo, while another section presents the internship program offered to students.
The Scrovegni Chapel - 432 Clicks ItalianRank 3
The Scrovegni Chapel - www.cappelladegliscrovegni.it -
The Scrovegni Chapel, located in Padova, is considered to be the most complete series of frescoes executed by Giotto in his mature age.The site presents the history of the chapel's frescoes, from when it was commissioned up to its restoration, with photographs of the frescoes. Opening hours, cost of tickets and details on reservations (obligatory) are also available.
Uffizi Gallery - 787 Clicks ItalianRank 3
Uffizi Gallery - www.polomuseale.firenze.it/english/musei/uffizi/ -
Official site for the art gallery offers a general description of the collection and facilities, with useful details such as opening hours, ticket costs and current exhibits. The section "visiting the museum" offers the possibility to read a description of each room, with a list of works contained within. An entire section is dedicated to outlining the history of the Uffizi's birth and development.
Umbria Jazz - 395 Clicks ItalianRank 3
Umbria Jazz - www.umbriajazz.com -
The site contains information on the program and pre-sale of tickets for the music festival held in Perugia each year. The calendar, photos and a few videos of past editions are kept in the section dedicated to the history of the festival.
FAI - Fondo per l' Ambiente Italiano - 354 Clicks ItalianRank 2
FAI - Fondo per l' Ambiente Italiano - www.fondoambiente.it -
Site for the Fondo per l' Ambiente Italiano, literally "Fund for the Italian Environment", which works to save, restore and open to the public places of art and nature. The site presents the history and activities of the foundation, with detailed specifications on the various properties it safeguards. The site also contains details on events and initiatives organized by the FAI.
Pistoia Blues - 370 Clicks ItalianRank 2
Pistoia Blues - www.pistoiablues.com -
Dedicated to the annual blues music festival in Pistoia near Florence which takes place over 3 days in July. Includes brief history of past editions, photographic gallery and program of upcoming festival.
Sanremo Music Festival - 539 Clicks ItalianRank 2
Sanremo Music Festival - www.sanremo.rai.it/sanremo -
Official site for the annual Italian music festival, held in the "City of Flowers" since 1951. The site includes information on past festivals, but the majority of news and details are dedicated to the last festival which took place, with video and audio clips. At the moment, the site is only available in Italian.
Colosseum - 599 Clicks ItalianRank 1
Colosseum - www.archeorm.arti.beniculturali.it/sar2000/Colosseo/colosseo.asp -
The site for the Archeological Superintendence of Rome birefly presents the Flavian Amphitheater, better known as the Colosseum. The page indicates opening hours, ticket cost and offers a few photographs

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