50 Places in Rome, Florence and Venice Every Woman Should by Susan Van Allen

By Susan Van Allen

Following the severely acclaimed 100 locations in Italy each lady should still Go, Susan Van Allen provides new gem stones to her choice of the easiest spots for lady tourists in Italy's hottest towns, (Rome, Florence, and Venice), in addition to engaging Golden Day itineraries to make holiday goals come real. Like a savvy vacationer female friend whispering on your ear, she courses readers to masterpieces the place ladies are glorified — from Rome's Pieta to Florence's Birth of Venus, top spots for wine tasting, chocolate, and gelato, artisan procuring studies to fulfill leather-based craftsmen or glass blowers, and locations for adventures — from rolling pasta to rowing like a gondolier. Plus, there are clean, functional assistance, giving readers insider's secrets and techniques for what to pack, the simplest areas to get their hair styled, and the way to discount for souvenirs.

Whatever your temper or price range, no matter if it is your first or twenty first stopover at to Italy, 50 areas in Rome, Florence, and Venice each lady should still Go opens the door to notable reviews that absolutely immerse tourists within the appealing, interesting, and scrumptious pleasures of the Bel Paese.

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The union began joyfully—Marie bore three children and brought her love of the French decorative arts to inspire the floral room here. She and hubby Lorenzo were beloved for their hosting of colorful balls at the palazzo. But at the eleven-year-marriage point, in 1672, she’d had enough of Lorenzo’s philandering. In a jealous rage, she left Rome, teamed up with her glamorous sister Hortense, and the two set off defying their husbands, as adventurous ladies, kind of a seventeenth-century Thelma and Louise.

Together they revived Rome, restoring monuments in the Forum and building new ones throughout the city. Livia has become famous in fiction, particularly through Robert Graves’s I Claudius, where she’s portrayed as a conniving woman who poisoned potential heirs to make sure her family line would inherit the throne. Whatever version of the story you believe, Livia’s descendants did end up ruling Rome. She died at the ripe old age of eighty-six and was honored as Diva Augusta. Her image was revered in the streets that surround you, carried in celebrations by elephant-drawn carriages.

The couple moved in here and, after having four children, the Pope insisted Chigi marry Francesca. Their wedding was one of the biggest bashes ever held in the villa, with Pope Leo and twelve cardinals in attendance. For all the great parties at Le Delizie, guests would enter through the Loggia of Psyche, the villa’s most beautiful setting, which originally opened to the gardens and wasn’t enclosed like it is today. Raphael designed it, but had no time to paint it, as he was busy with other jobs and his romance with Margherita Luti, a baker’s daughter who lived in the neighborhood.

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