Florence, capital of Tuscany region in Italy, is rightfully referred as a ‘cradle of the Renaissance’: many of Renaissance artists were born there. To name just a few: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and list goes on, with dozens of world famous artists, painters, sculptors born in Florence or in region of Tuscany.
Milan is famous for its financial power and as a fashion capital of the world. It is not considered as beautiful as other Italian city, but it is a perfect mix of ancient and ultramodern.
Rome was called Eternal City all the way in 1st century BC and this name still sticks today. The city went through turbulent history over the centuries and it still stands in all its glory today, so maybe Roman poet Tibullus who gave it a nickname knew something then.
Venice is a capital of Veneto region in Italy and it is located in a lagoon in the north Adriatic Sea. It was also the capital of Republic of Venice, sovereign state that was ruling the region from 7th until 18th century and stretched all the way to island of Cyprus in south east Mediterranean.
By placing his play, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in Verona, William Shakespeare has forever positioned this city on the world stage. And knowing that Romeo and Juliet related attractions are just a fraction of what you can see in this incredible city, makes Verona even more desirable to visit.