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Recommended attractions for Venice, the Dolomites, and the Italian Lakes


Angera (Lake Maggiore)
Rocca di Angera
Angera's castle, dating from the late 12th century, was once the home of the Borromeo family.
Today, it?s remarkably well preserved. The Hall of Justice contains a cycle of medieval frescoes. The castle contains one of the largest doll museums in Europe. And the views from the tower across the lake to Arona are wonderful.
Phone:  03.31.93.13.00
Hours:  9:30AM to 12:30PM
and 2PM to 6PM
daily from March
27 through October;
closing at 5PM
in October
Admission:   11EUR

Appiano (Dolomites)
Castel Appiano
You?ll get terrific views of Bolzano and the Dolomites from this restored 12th-century castle. The chapel has some lovely frescoes.

Golf Club La Pinetina, Via al Golf 4
18 holes, Par 71. Updated in 1982 after being purchased by its member, La Pinetina first opened in 1971. It covers 158 acres and is very well maintained.
Phone:  03.19.33.202
Fax:  03.18.90.342
Hours:  Open daily exect Tuesday year ?round
Greens fees from:   46EUR

Moos-Schulthaus Castle, Schulthauserweg 4, 39057
Surrounded by vineyards and orchards, this huge hunting lodge dates from 1356. The house is decorated in the style of the period and contains a collection of Tyrolean art.
Phone:  04.71.66.01.39
Hours:  Tours at 10AM, 11AM, 4PM, and 5PM Tuesday through Saturday; closed from November 1 through Easter
Admission:   4EUR

Arona (Lake Maggiore)
Arona Tourist Information OfficePiazza le Duca d?Aosta
You can pick up a ferry schedule and information about attractions in and around Lake Maggiore here.
Phone:  03.22.24.36.01

Navigazione Lago Maggiore, Via Baracca 1
Navigazione Lago Maggiore offers ferry, steamer, and hydrofoil service all across Lake Maggiore.
Phone:  03.22.46.651
Fax:  03.22.24.95.30
Web:   www.navlaghi.it/Maggiore/HOMENM.htm

Statue of Cardinal Borromeo
You can climb this 108-ft. bronze statue, completed in 1697. The views out the eye holes of Lake Maggiore and worth the climb.
Hours:  8:30AM to12:30PM and 2PM to 6:30PM daily
Admission:   2EUR

Bellagio (Lake Como)
Bellagio Tourist Office, Piazza della Chiesa 14
You can get ferry schedules and information about activities in and around Lake Como here.
Phone:  03.19.50.204
Hours:  9AM to noon and 3PM to 5PM Monday and Wednesday to Saturday; 10:30AM to 12:30PM and 3:30PM to 5:30PM Tuesday and Sunday

Villa Melzi
One of the most striking examples of neo-classical architecture in Lombardi, Villa Melzi once hosted Liszt and Stendhal. The gardens surrounding the 19th-century villa are wonderful, as is the lakefront location.
Phone:  03.19.51.281
Hours:  9AM to 6:30PM daily from March 23 to October 9
Admission:   5EUR

Villa Serbelloni, Piazza della Chiesa
Now the headquarters of the Rockefeller Foundation, Villa Serbelloni is on property that once belonged to Pliny the Younger. Today, the gardens are among the most beautiful in the area. You can exlore them on a 90-minute guided tour.
Phone:  03.19.51.555 Reservations recommended
Fax:  031-951-555.
Hours:  Tours at 11AM and 4PM Tuesday through Sunday from mid-April to mid-October
Tours:   6.50EUR

Bolzano (Dolomites)
Bolzano Market, Piazza delle Erbe
Bolzano?s fruit and vegetable market is a great spot for picnic supplies.
Hours:  8AM to 5PM Monday through Saturday

Bolzano Tourist Information Office, Walterplatz 8, 39100
You can get information about cable car schedules and area hikes here.
Phone:  04.71.30.70.00
Fax:  04.71.98.01.28
Hours:  9AM to 6:30PM Monday through Friday; 9AM to 12:30PM Saturdays
Email:  info@bolzano-bozen.it
Web:   www.bolzano-bozen.it

Castel Roncolo, Off S. Antonio Street
This castle, also known as Runkelstein, dates from 1237. One of the most decorated and consequently most photographed castles in the world, it is called the "illustrated castle." It reopened in 2000 folowing an extensive restoration of the medieval frescoes depicting everyday life, hunting scenes, tournaments, and court life. It?s a short walk or ride from Bolzano.
Phone:  04.71.32.98.08
Hours:  10AM to 8PM Tuesday through Sunday in summer; closing at 6PM off season
Email:  roncolo@comune.bolzano.it
Web:   www.comune.bolzano.it/roncolo/ie
Admission:   8EUR

Mount Renon Cable Car, Via Renon
Take the cable car from Via Renon 3,000 feet up Mt. Renon to the village of Soprabolzano, where you?ll enjoy terrific views of the area.
Hours:  Cable cars operate from 7AM to 8PM daily
Round trip fare:   4EUR

South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, Via Museo 43, 39100
This musum documents the history of the region from Paleolithic and Mesolithic times. The highlight is the 5,000-year-old "Iceman" whose frozen, mummified body was found in 1991.
Phone:  04.71.32.01.00
Fax:  04.71.32.01.22
Hours:  10AM to 6PM Tuesday through Sunday; open until 8PM Thursdays
Email:  museum@iceman.it
Web:   www.iceman.it
Admission:   8EUR

Bressanone (Dolomites)
Bressanone Tourist Information Office, Bahnhofstrasse 9, 39042
You can get a good map and detailed information about hiking and area attractions here.
Phone:  04.72.83.64.01
Fax:  04.72.83.60.67
Hours:  8:30AM to 12:30PM and 2:30PM to 6PM, Monday to Friday; 9AM to 12:30PM, Saturday
Email:  info@brixen.org
Web:   www.brixen.org

Duomo di Bressanone, Piazza del Duomo
This 12th-century church was rebuilt in the 18th century. But the superb 15th-century frescoes and 12th-century cloisters remain.

Museo Diocesano di Bressanone, Piazza Palazzo Vescovile 2
The Renaissance palace of Bressanone?s prince/bishops now houses the Diocesan Museum which contains precious objects and art dating from the middle ages and the Museo dei Presepi, which displays locally made wooden creche figures. The palace interiors are quite opulent.
Phone:  04.72.83.05.05
Fax:  04.72.20.82.82
Hours:  10AM to 5PM Tuesday through Sunday from mid-March through October; open from 2PM to 5PM off season
Email:  brixen@dioezesanmuseum.bz.it
Web:   www.dioezesanmuseum.bz.it/it/home.htm
Admission:   3.50EUR

Brovello Carpugnino (Lake Maggiore)
Golf Club des Iles Borromees, Localita Motta Rossa, 28833
18 Holes, Par 72. Designed by Marco Croza, des Iles Borromees is 1,800 feet above sea level, yielding unbelievable views of the Lake, the Alps, and even the Milan skyline.
Phone:  03.23.92.92.85
Fax:  03.23.92.91.90
Hours:  Open daily except Monday from February through December
Email:  info@golfdesilesborromees.it
Web:   www.golfdesilesborromees.it
Greens fees from:   40EUR

Cassina Rizzardi (Lake Como)
Golf Club Monticello, Via Volta 4, 22070
Two 18 hole, Par 72 courses. Designed by Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Monticello has hosted four Italian Opens. Long, tree-lined fairways, water hazzards, and mountain views add to the appeal. Weekend play is restricted to members and non-members must make reservations in advance.
Phone:  03.19.28.055
Fax:  03.18.80.207
Hours:  Open daily except Monday; closed in January
Email:  monticello1@tin.it
Web:   www.golfclubmonticello.it
Greens fees from:   52EUR

Castelrotto (Dolomites)
Castelrotto Tourist Information Office, Piazza Krausen 1, 39040
You can get a good map and detailed information about hiking and area attractions here.
Phone:  04.71.70.63.33
Fax:  04.71.70.51.88
Hours:  8:30AM to 12:30PM and 2PM to 6PM Monday through Friday; 8:30AM to 12:30 Saturday; closed Sundays; Open 2PM to 5PM Saturdays during the summer
Email:  info@kastelruth.com
Web:   www.kastelruth.com

Cernobbio (Lake Como)
Centro Sci Nautico Como, Via Caronti 30
You can rent water skis, wakeboards, and mountain bikes at this shop on the Cernobbio waterfront.
Phone:  03.35.68.29.850

Col San Martino (Conegliano)
Casa Vinicola Merotto, Via Treviset, 86, 31010
You can taste and purchase first class Prosecco Colle del Molino here.
Phone:  04.38.89.81.95 Reservations requested
Hours:  Closed Sundays; call for times
Email:  merottosnc@tin.it
Web:   www.merotto.it

Como (Lake Como)
Cattedrale di Como, Piazza del Duomo
Constructed between the 14th and 18th centuries, Como?s Cathedral is a good example of architectural transition. Inside, there are some 16th-century tapestries.
Phone:  03.12.65.244
Hours:  7:30AM to noon and 3PM to 7PM daily

Como Tourist Information Office, Piazza Cavour 17
You can get ferry schedules and information about activities in and around Lake Como here. You can also get a list of all the silk shops in Como.
Phone:  03.12.69.712
Fax:  03.12.62.152
Hours:  9AM to 1PM and 2PM to 5PM daily; closed Sundays in winter
Web:   www.lakecomo.org

Conazzi Luigi & C. Boat Service snc , Via Statale 59
Conazzi Luigi & C. Boat Service rents all types of water craft and provide pleasure cruises on Lake Como.
Phone:  03.18.21.955
Email:  boatservice@tiscalinet.it
Web:   www.boatservices.it/Inghilterra/Principaleing.html

Funicolare Como-Brunate, Piazza de Gasperi 6
This funicular, built in 1894, takes you up 2,000-ft Brunate hill in seven minutes. The views up there are spectacular, and there are some walking trails.
Phone:  03.13.03.608

Lido Villa Olmo, Via Cantoni
You can a dip in the pool or enjoy the sandy beach here.
Phone:  03.15.70.968
Hours:  10AM to 6PM daily
Admission:   5.20EUR

Museo Didattico della Seta, Via Castelnuovo 1, 22100
Those who are interested in fashion and fabrics will enjoy this museum about Italy?s silk trade. There are some old looms and lots of fine examples of the silk-makers? art.
Phone:  03.13.03.180
Hours:   9AM to noon and 3PM to 6PM Tuesday through Friday
Email:  museoseta@libero.it
Web:   www.museosetacomo.com/
Admission:   8EUR

Navigazione Lago di Como, Via per Cernobbio, 18, 22100
This company offers frequent daily service between Easter and September by steamer, car ferry, and hydrofoil to several stops on Lake Como.
Phone:  03.15.79.211
Fax:  03.15.70.080
Email:  infocomo@navigazionelaghi.it
Web:   www.navlaghi.it/como/NAVICOMO.htm

Pinacoteca Palazzo Volpi, Via Diaz 84
Como?s art gallery has some fine paintings from the Middle Ages.
Phone:  03.12.69.869
Hours:  9:30AM to 12:30PM and 2PM to 5PM Monday through Saturday; 10AM to 1PM Sundays
Admission:   3.10EUR

San Fedele, Via Vittorio Emanuele
This interesting Romanesque church dates from the 12th century. The five-sided apse is unusal and there are many 16th-century buildings on the adjoining Piazza.
Hours:  Open daily 8AM to noon and 3:30PM to 7PM

Villa Olmo, Via Cantoni
The luxurious interior of this neo-classical villa is infrequently open, but you can stroll the beautiful gardens and admire the palace from the outside. It?s walking distance from Piazza Cavour.
Phone:  03.12.52.443
Hours:  Grounds open daily

Conegliano
Carpenč Malvolti, Via Carpenč, 1, 31015
In addition to Prosecco di Conegliano Spumante and Spumante Talento Extra Brut, Carpene Malvolti produces grappa and brandy.
Phone:  04.38.36.46.26 Reservations requested
Fax:  04.38.36.46.71
Hours:  Closed during August; call for times
Email:  export@carpene-malvolti.it
Web:   www.carpene-malvolti.com

Conegliano Tourist Information Office, Via Columbo 45
You can get information about Treviso area wineries at the tourist information office in Conegliano, where the Strade dei Vini del Piave wine route begins.
Phone:  04.38.21.230
Hours:  9:30AM to 12:30PM and 3PM to 6PM Tuesday through Friday; 9AM to 1PM Saturdays

Cortina d'Ampezzo (Dolomites)
Cortina d?Ampezzo Tourist Information Office, Piazetta San Francesco 8
You can get information about cable car schedules, hikes, and other activities in Cortina here. If you intend to fish, you can pick up a license here too.
Phone:  04.36.32.31
Fax:  04.36.32.35
Hours:  9AM to 12:30PM and 4PM to 7PM daily
Email:  cortina@dolomiti.org

Freccia nel Cielo Cable Car, Olympic Stadium Cable Car Base
A series of three cable cars will take you from behind the Olymic Stadium in Cortina up to 10,543 feet near the top of Tofana di Mezzo. From there, you can enjoy high-altitude hiking and incredible views. In fact, on clear days, you can see all the way to Venice.
Phone:  04.36.50.52
Hours:  9AM to dusk from mide-July through September and from mid-December through April
Round trip fare:   24EUR

Corvara in Badia (Dolomites)
Golf Club Alta Badia, Strada Planac 9, 39033
9 holes, Par 36. This pretty course in the shadow of the Sella massif offers discounts to guests of many of the area?s hotels.
Phone:  04.71.83.66.55 Call for reservations
Fax:  04.71.83.69.22
Hours:  Open June through October
Email:  golf@altabadia.it
Web:   www.golfaltabadia.it/
Greens fees from:   25EUR

Entikler (Dolomites)
Tiefenbrunner, Castel Trumhof, Schlossweg 4, 39040
This atmospheric castle is one of the most inviting places to taste wine in the Alto Adige. Herbert Tieffenbrunner and his son produce more than 20 kinds of wine, some of the best in the region. There?s a charming garden, a stone cellar, and wine is sold year ?round.
Phone:  04.71.88.01.22 Reservations requested
Fax:  04.71.88.04.33
Hours:  Easter through October, closed Sundays; call for times
Email:  info@tiefenbrunner.com
Web:   www.Tiefenbrunner.com

Isola Bella (Lake Maggiore)
Palazzo Borromeo
This is the most splendid of Lake Maggiore?s villas. The 17th-century Baroque palace and formal gardens are Maggiore?s only must-see and the boat ride over from Stresa is wonderful. Don?t miss the artificial grotto rooms or the Giardino d?Amore, where Napoleon and Josephine enjoyed the moonlight in 1797.
Phone:  03.23.30.556
Hours:  9AM to noon and 1:30PM to 5:30PM daily from March 27 to October 24; closing one half hour earlier in October
Admission:   8.50EUR

Isola Madre (Lake Maggiore)
Orto Botanico dell?Isola Madre
The stately gardens here with their formal terraces, exotic birds, and beautiful views are the big draw, but you can also tour the 17th-century villa.
Phone:  03.23.31.261
Hours:  9AM to noon and 1:30PM to 5:30PM daily from March 27 to October 24; opening and closing one half hour later and earlier in October
Admission:   8EUR

Lana Adige (Dolomites)
Golf Club Lana Merano, Viua Barndis 13, 39011
9 holes, Par 70.
Phone:  04.73.56.46.96
Fax:  04.73.56.53.99
Hours:  Open year ?round
Email:  golf.lana@sudtirol.com
Web:   www.golfclublana.it
Greens fees from:   33EUR

Lenno (Lake Como)
Villa Balbianello
The Italian government has owned Villa Balbianello -- one of the most beautiful on Lake Como -- since 1988. The movie "A Month by the Lake" was shot here and you can tour the beautiful gardens. There?s hardly a prettier, more romantic spot in the Italian Lakes.
Phone:  03.44.56.110
Fax:  03.44.55.575
Hours:  10AM to 1PM and 2PM to 6PM Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from March through October; motorboats leave Sala Comacina every 30 minutes from 9:45AM to 3:15PM
Web:   www.fondoambiente.it/english/Properties/Balbianell/index.htm
Admission:   5EUR

Magre (Dolomites)
Alois Lageder, Tenuta Lowengang, 39040
The leading winemaker in Alto Adige, Alois Lageder produces outstanding Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio.
Phone:  04.71.80.95.00 Reservations requested
Fax:  04.71.80.95.50
Hours:  Call for times
Email:  info@lageder.com
Web:   www.lageder.com

Mennagio (Lake Como)
Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club, Via Golf 12, 22010
18 Holes, Par 69. This natural British-style course opened in 1906. Its narrow fairways and steep greens are challenging and the scenery is wonderful. You can request a tee time via their web site.
Phone:  03.44.32.103
Fax:  03.44.32.103
Hours:  Open daily except Tuesday from March to November
Email:  segreteria@golfclubmenaggio.it
Web:   www.menaggio.it
Greens fees from:   55EUR

Merano (Dolomites)
Golf Club Passiria-Merano, S Leonardo in Val Passiria, 39010
9 holes, Par 70. Pretty course nestled in the valley outside Merano. Guests of affiliated hotels receive a discount.
Phone:  04.73.64.14.88
Fax:  04.73.64.14.89
Hours:  Open from March through November
Email:  info@golfclubpasseier.com
Web:   www.golfclubpasseier.com/
Greens fees from:   32EUR

Merano Tourist Information Office, Gampenstr. 101, 39012
You can get a good map and detailed information about hiking and area attractions here.
Phone:  04.73.20.04.43
Fax:  04.73.20.01.88
Hours:  9AM to noon and 2PM to 5PM Monday through Friday
Email:  info@meranerland.com
Web:   www.meranerland.com

Milan
Basilica di San Ambrogio, Piazza San Amrbogio 15
St. Ambrose -- who rests in the crypt -- built this church in the 4th century. It was rebuilt in the 12th century and its Romanesque design was widely imitated throughout Lombardy. There are some fine 12th-century mosaics in the apse and the museum contains Flemish tapestries and a beautiful altarpiece.
Phone:  02.86.45.08.95
Hours:  The Basilica is open 9:30AM to noon and 2:30PM to 6PM Monday through Saturday; the musuem is open10AM to noon and 3PM to 5PM Monday through Saturday; closed in August.
Museum admission:   2EUR Admission to the church is free

Castlello Sforzesco, Piazza Castello
With its crenalated walls and huge battlements, the three courtyards here are a pleasant place for a stroll. The swath of greenery is a popular spot for Milanese trying to escape the noise of the city streets. Inside, there are several museums most notably the Museo d?Arte Antica.
Phone:  02.88.46.37.00
Hours:  Castle courtyard is open from 7AM to 7PM daily; closing at 6PM in winter
Web:   www.milanocastello.it

Civic Gallery of Modern Art, In the Villa Reale, Via Palestro 16
Located in a splendid 18th-century palace surrounded by a park, the Modern Art Gallery exhibits work by Picasso, Renoir, Corot, Manet, Cezanne, Gaughin, Matisse, and Bonnard.
Phone:  02.76.00.28.19
Hours:  9:30AM to 5:30PM daily
Admission   is free

Coin, Piazza Cinque Giornate, 1/a
Milan?s second department store is good for everything from clothes to housewares.
Phone:  02.55.19.20.83
Hours:  9AM to 10PM Monday through Saturday; 10AM to 8PM Sundays

Fiera di Sanigallia, Via Calatafimi
You?ll find some fairly exotic items at this Saturday morning flea market.
Hours:  Saturday mornings

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
Designed in 1865 by Giuseppe Mengoni, this glass-domed gallery seems more like a turn-of-the-century rail station than a shopping arcade. If you?re not up for shopping, it?s a great place to have an overpriced beverage and ogle the trend-setting Milanese.
Hours:  9:30AM to 7PM

Hollywood, Corso Como 15
A good spot for disco when Killer Plastic is closed, Hollywood is always jumping.
Phone:  02.659.8996
Hours:  10:30PM to 3AM Tuesday to Sunday
Web:   www.discotecahollywood.com.
Cover charge:   13EUR

Il Duomo di Milano, Piazza del Duomo
The largest Gothic cathedral in Italy, the Duomo was begun in 1386 and took almost five centuries to finish. Crowned with 135 spires and more than 2,000 statues, the church is dazzling from the outside. Inside, the stained-glass window, Crypt, and Baptistry dating from the 4th century are highlights. But to really enjoy your visit, climb the stairs or take the elevator to the rooftop. You can wander through the statues and spires and on clear days, you?ll be able to see all the way to the Alps. Admission to the Cathedral is free and there is a small charge for admission to the Crypt and Baptistry. You must be dressed appropriately to enter.
Phone:  02.86.46.34.56
Hours:  The roof is open from 7AM to 7PM daily; the Crypt is open from 9AM to noon and from 2:30PM to 6PM daily; the Baptistry is open from 10AM to noon and from 3PM to 5PM Tuesday through Sunday; the Museum is open 9:30AM to 12:30PM and 3PM to 6PM Tuesday through Sunday
Stairs to rooftop:   4EUR ; Elevator to rooftop: 5EUR; Crypt admission: 1.55EUR; Baptistery: Admission 1.55EUR
Museum Admission:  6EUR

Killer Plastic, Viale Umbria 120
Milan?s high-energy disco packs them in. If you can stand the volume, it?s a great place to see stylish and beautiful locals posing.
Phone:  02.73.39.96
Hours:  10:30PM to 3AM Thursday through Sunday
Cover charge:   16EUR

La Rinascente, Piazza del Duomo
The Milan branch of Italy?s finest department store is great for clothes, housewares, and gifts. The 7th-floor restaurant -- La Terrazza -- is very good.
Phone:  02.88.521
Fax:  02.86.63.71
Hours:  9AM to 10PM Monday through Saturday; 10AM to 8PM Sundays
Web:   www.rinascente.it/english/index2.htm

Le Scimmie, Via Ascanio Sforza 49
Jazz fans may want to call to see who?s playing as Le Scimmie has begun booking bands all over the musical spectrum. This is a good place for live music, in any case.
Phone:  02.89.40.28.74
Hours:  Open from 8PM; music starts at 10:30PM; closed Tuesdays
Web:   www.scimmie.it

Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology, Via San Vittore 21
Allow plenty of time for this facinating museum. In the gallery, you?ll see mock ups and models of the Renaissance genius?s inventions. There?s also a schooner, a trans-Atlantic ocean liner, vintage locomotives, and reconstructed train stations -- more than 15,000 objects in all. With exhibits related to almost every branch of science, this is a very enjoyable museum.
Phone:  02.48.55.51
Hours:  9:30AM to 5PM Tuesday through Friday; 9:30AM to 6:30PM Saturdays and Sundays
Web:   www.museoscienza.org
Admission:   7EUR

Mercantone dell?Antiquariato, Via Brera
This market between Via Fiori Chiari, Via Formentini and Via della Madonnina has antiques, silver, watches, and lots of collectors? items. Good people watching too.
Hours:  The third Saturday morning of every month

Mercato Papiniano, Viale Papiniano
You?ll find a little bit of everything at this colorful Saturday morning market in Milan.
Hours:  Saturday mornings

Milan Tourist Information Office (A.P.T.), Via Marconi 1, 20123
Phone:  39.02.72.52.43.01
Fax:  39.02.72.52.43.50
Hours:  8:30AM to 8PM Monday through Friday; 9AM to 1PM and 2PM to 5PM on weekends and holidays
2-day travel pass:   5.50EUR

Monumental Cemetery, Piazzale Cimitero Monumentale 1
This historic cemetery is the final resting place of many of Milan?s elite, including Arturo Toscanini. It is graced with beautiful statuary, temples, obelisks, and grave markers.
Phone:  02.65.99.938
Hours:  8:30AM to 5:15PM

Museo Civico Archeologico, Corso Magenta 15
This museum located in an old monastery displays items from Milan?s long history. The cloisters contain Roman sarcophagi and there are objects from Gothic, Greek, and Etruscan civilizations. The jewelry and everyday objects are especially interesting.
Phone:  02.86.45.00.11
Hours:  9:30AM to 5:30PM Tuesday through Sunday

Museo Civico d?Arte Contemporaneau di Milano, Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo 12
Housed in Milan?s former Royal Palace, the Civic Museum of Contemporary Art has a permanent collection that includes work by Modigliani, De Chirico, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Gaughin, and Matisse. It also hosts important traveling exhibits for which there may be a charge.
Phone:  02.62.08.38.68
Fax:  02.87.57.28
Hours:  9AM to 5:30PM Tuesday through Saturday

Museo del Duomo di Milano, Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo 12
Located in Milan?s former Royal Palace, the Museo del Duomo documents the construction of the Cathedral and displays six centuries worth of sculpture, stained glass windows, tapestries, and other priceless objects.
Phone:  02.86.03.58
Hours:  10AM to 1:15PM and 3PM to 6PM Tuesday through Sunday
Web:   www.internetlandia.com/duomo
Admission:   6EUR

Museo Poldi-Pezzoli, Via Manzoni 12
Another wonderful gallery of Italian art. This one contains work by Bellini, Mantegna, Fra Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Piero della Francesca, and Pollaiolo, whose extraordinary "Portrait of a Lady" is the symbol of the museum.
Phone:  02.79.48.89
Hours:  10AM to 6PM Tuesday through Sunday
Email:  info@museopoldipezzoli.it
Web:   www.museopoldipezzoli.it
Admission:   7EUR

Museo Teatrale Alla Scala, In Teatro alla Scalla, Piazza della Scala, 20121
This interesting museum traces the history of the legendary opera house which opened in 1778. You?ll see Toscanini?s baton, Liszt?s piano, Verdi?s top hat and several of his hand-written scores, and plenty of busts, portraits and props. If you?re lucky and there?s not a rehearsal, you might see inside the opera house itself.
Phone:  02.88.79.24.73
Fax:  02.86.46.31.70
Hours:  9AM to 12:30PM and 1:30PM to 5:30PM daily; closed Sundays off season
Email:  scala@energy.it
Web:   lascala.milano.it/
Admission:   5EUR

Museum of Ancient Art, Milan, Inside Castello Sforzesco, Piazza Castello
This museum in the historic Sforza Castle contains several real treasures including Michelangelo?s "Rondanini Pieta" and the Sala delle Asse, a fresco attributed to Leonardo. There are 2,000 pieces of sculpture here dating as far back as the 4th century. The Pinacoteca displays paintings by Veneziano, Mantegna, Lippi, Bellini, and others.
Phone:  02.88.46.37.03
Hours:  9AM to 5:30PM daily
Web:   www.milanocastello.it
Admission:   3EUR

Peck, Via Spadari 7 and 9
Foodie heaven. Known as the "Temple of Italian Gastronomy," Peck opened in 1883. Today, Peck is to Milan what Fauchon is to Paris or Harrod?s is to London. In 1996, Peck opened at Via Spadari and today it offers 10,000 square feet on three floors of the most fabulous food and wine in Italy. You can find gifts here for everyone you know. There?s a bakery, a tea room, and more than 14,000 bottles of wine.
Phone:  02.80.23.161
Hours:  7:30AM to 9PM Monday through Saturday
Web:   www.peck.it

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Piazza Pio XI Number 2
Built in the 17th century to house the 30,000-manuscript library of Cardinal Federico Borromeo, the museum was recently renovated. It contains monumental works of art by Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Titian, Caravaggio, and Breughel. This collection is a must for art lovers.
Phone:  02.80.69.21
Hours:  10AM to 5:30PM Tuesday through Sunday
Email:  info@ambrosiana.it
Web:   www.ambrosiana.it
Admission:   7.50EUR

Pinacoteca di Brera, Via Brera 28
Not only is this the best gallery in Milan, it?s one of the best in Italy. And far less crowded than many. Highlights include major works by Bellini, Mantegna (including the astonishing "Dead Christ"), Carpaccio, Titian, Piero della Francesca, Caravaggio, and Raphael. An absolutely stellar collection of Italian art.
Phone:  02.89.42.11.46
Hours:  8:30AM to 7:15PM Tuesday through Sunday
Web:   www.brera.beniculturali.it/
Admission:   5EUR

San Lorenzo Maggiore, Corso di Porta Ticinese 39
This octagonal basilica dating from the 4th century contains the most significant Roman and early Christian remains in Milan. There are 16 early Roman columns in front of the church, some fine 4th-century mosaics and two sarcophagi in the chapel.
Phone:  02.89.40.41.29
Hours:  8AM to 12:30PM and 2PM to 6:30 PM Monday through Saturday; 10:30AM to 11:15AM and 3PM to 5:30PM Sunday
Web:   www.sanlorenzomaggiore.com
Admission:   2EUR

San Satiro, Via Torino
This perfect little church was designed by Bramante in the 15th century on the site of a 9th-century church. One of Milan?s most beautiful Renaissance structures, it uses trompe l?oeil and other optical illusions to disguise its tee-shaped layout. There?s a 13th-century fresco above the altar and an octagonal baptistry.
Hours:  9AM to noon and 2:30PM to 6PM daily
Admission   is free

Santa Maria delle Grazie, Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie
Built in the mid-15th century, the church itself with a Bramante-designed cupola is interesting, but completely overshadowed by Leonardo?s "Last Supper." Like the Sistine Chapel, the restoration of the painting has been controversial; many find it pale, washed out and a trifle blurry. But the 28-foot by 15-foot mural is marvelous to behold. Reservations are a must. To make them, call (39) 02.89.42.11.46 between 8AM and 7PM Milan time 60 days prior to your desired visit, or you can go through their website. Reservations are not taken prior to that and are often sold out after that.
Phone:  02.89.42.11.46
Hours:  The church is open from 7:30AM to noon and from 3PM to 7PM Monday through Saturday; 7:20AM to 12:15PM and 3:30PM tp 9PM Sundays; The "Last Supper" is open from 8AM to 7:30PM Tuesday through Sundays, the ticket office closes 45 minutes before the first admissions at 8:15AM
Web:   www.cenacolovinciano.it
Last Supper:   8EUR (includes reservation fee), Admission to the church is free

Teatro alla Scala, Via Filodrammatici 2, Piazza della Scala, 20121
Arguably the world?s premier opera house, La Scala is the stuff of legend. It opened in 1778 and has been the scene of many of opera?s greatest moments. Attending a performance here is a highlight of any visit to Milan. Obtain your tickets well in advance through their web site. A few tickets in the nose-bleed section are often available two hours before curtain.
Phone:  02.72.003.744
Hours:  Box office is open from 9AM to 6PM daily
Email:  biglietteria@teatroallascala.org
Web:   www.leonidaniele.it/teatri/sell_home_pages/scaf0006.shtml

Montorfano (Lake Como)
Circolo Golf Villa d'Este, Via Cantų, 13, 22030
18 holes, Par 69. Designed by Peter Gannon, this Scottish-style course has hosted royalty and celebrities such as Clark Gable and Bing Crosby since opening in 1926. There are thousands of chestnut, birch, and pine trees on the course and wonderful views. Guests must make reservations in advance, which you can do at their web site.
Phone:  03.12.00.200 Reservations required
Fax:  03.12.00.786
Hours:  Daily except Tuesday from March to December
Email:  golf.villadeste@tin.it
Web:   www.golfvilladeste.com/
Greens fees from:   60EUR

Petersburg (Dolomites)
Golf Club Petersburg, Via Unterwinkel 5, 39040
18 holes, Par 67.
Phone:  04.71.61.51.22
Fax:  04.71.61.52.29
Hours:  Open May through November
Email:  golf.petersberg@rolmail.net
Greens fees from:   45EUR

Sirmione (Lake Garda)
Bar Chocolat, Via Verona 47
You can rent bikes here for an afternoon cycle on the shores of Lake Garda.
Phone:  03.09.90.52.97
Bike rentals from:   4EUR

Garda Sole, Via Marconi, 32, 25019
Garda Sole offers a variety of motorboat cruises on Lake Garda.
Phone:  03.09.90.49.11 Reservations recommended
Fax:  03.09.90.49.12
Hours:  Call for times
Email:  gardasole@gardasole.it
Web:   www.gardasole.it

Grotte di Catullo, Via Catullo
Named for the Roman poet Catullus, the Grotte is actually the ruins of an ellaborate Roman complex that included a villa, a shopping street, a bath, and a pool. It?s a fun place to wander and the views of the lake are great.
Phone:  03.09.16.157
Hours:  8:30AM to 7PM Tuesday through Saturday; 9AM to 6PM Sunday; 9AM to 4:30PM off season
Admission:   4EUR

Lido dell Bionde, Off Via Dante
The best beach in the area has watersports available. Or if you just feel like relaxing, you can rent a chaise with an umbrella.
Chaise rentals from:   5EUR

Rocca Scaligera, Piazza Castello
You can?t miss Sirmione?s castle. It pretty much is Sirmione. Built in the 13th century as the home of the Scaligeri princes, the castle is reached by a drawbridge and provides access to the medieval core of Sirmione. Climb the ramparts for good views of Lake Garda.
Phone:  03.09.16.468
Hours:  9AM to 8PM Tuesday to Sunday; closing at 1PM off season
Admission:   4EUR

Sirmione Tourist Information Office, Viale Marconi 2, 25019
You can get ferry schedules and information about Lake Garda attractions here.
Phone:  03.09.16.245
Fax:  03.09.16.222
Hours:  9AM to 12:30PM and 3PM to 6PM daily; closed Sundays and Saturday afternoons off season

Sluderno (Dolomites)
Castel Coira, Churburg, 39020
This 13th-century castle has belonged to the Trapp family since the 16th century. It houses an excellent museum of arms and armor.
Phone:  04.73.61.52.41
Fax:  04.73.61.51.13
Hours:  Tours at 10AM, noon, 2PM and 4:30PM; closed Mondays and from November through mid-March
Email:  info@churburg.com
Web:   www.churburg.com
Admission:   6EUR

Stresa (Lake Maggiore)
Navigazione Lago Maggiore, Piazza Marconi
Stresa's public ferries offer frequent motorboat service from Stresa to the Borromeo Islands.
Phone:  03.22.23.32.00
Web:   www.navlaghi.it
Day pass:   8EUR

Stresa Tourist Information Office, Piazza Marconi 16, 28838
You can pick up a ferry schedule and information about Lake Maggiore atttractions here.
Phone:  03.23.30.150
Hours:  10AM to 12:30PM and 3PM to 6:30PM daily during the Summer; Monday through Saturday during off season

Tirolo (Dolomites)
Castel Tirolo, Via Castello 24
This 12th-century castle outside Merano was once the home of the Counts of Tirol. It?s reached by a pleasant half hour walk. Today, the castle has been completely restored and houses a museum of Tyrolean history.
Phone:  04.73.22.02.21
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily from mid-May through October
Web:   www.schlosstirol.it/
Admission:   6EUR

Tremezzo (Lake Como)
Villa Carlotta, Via Regina, 2
Lake Como?s most popular attraction, Villa Carlotta was once owned by by Princess Carlotta of Prussia. The villa was completed around 1690 and today it has been completely restored. The opulent interiors are decorated with beautiful furnishings and works of art, including a statue by Canova. Outside, the gardens are particularly nice, especially in spring when rhododendrons and azaleas bloom amid the fountains and statues.
Phone:  03.44.40.405
Hours:  9AM to 6PM daily in summer; 9AM to 11:30PM and 2PM to 4:30PM off season
Web:   www.villacarlotta.it
Admission:   7EUR

Trento
Cattedrale di San Vergilio, Piazza del Duomo
Begun in the 12th century but not completed until 1515, this Gothic/Renaissance cathedral was the meeting place for the Council of Trent in the mid-16th century. Admission includes admission to the Diocesan Museum.
Phone:  04.61.98.01.32
Hours:  6:30AM to noon and 2PM to 8PM daily
Combination ticket:   4EUR

Museo del Risorgimento, Castello del Buonconsiglio, Via B. Clesio 3
This museum in the medieval Castello del Buonconsiglio is dedicated to the Italian National Unification movement.
Phone:  04.61.23.37.70
Fax:  04.61.23.94.97
Hours:  10AM to 6PM Tuesday through Sunday
Web:   www.buonconsiglio.it
Admission:   6EUR

Museo Diocesano Tridentino, Piazza Duomo 18
This museum in the Palazzo Pretorio across from the Cathedral contains Flemish tapestries, ivory reliquaries, and historical items related to the Council of Trent. Admission includes admission to the Cathedral.
Phone:  04.61.23.44.19
Hours:  9:30AM to 6PM Monday through Saturday
Web:   www.museodiocesanotridentino.it
Combined ticket:   4EUR

Museo Provencale d?Arte, Castello del Buonconsiglio, Via B. Clesio 5
This museum of art from the Trento region has painting, sculpture, ceramics, and mosaics, some dating from the Middle Ages. The highlight are the15th-century Cycle of the Months frescoes.
Phone:  04.61.23.37.70
Fax:  04.62.23.94.97
Hours:  10AM to 6PM Tuesday through Sunday
Admission:   6EUR

Trento Tourist Information Office, Via Manci 2, 38100
Pick up a good map and information about area attractions here. City pass cards also available here.
Phone:  04.61.98.38.80
Fax:  04.61.23.24.26
Hours:  9AM to noon and 3PM to 6PM Monday through Saturday; 10AM to noon Sundays; closed Saturday afternoons and Sundays off season
Email:  informazioni@apt.trento.it
Web:   www.apt.trento.it

Valdobbiadene (Conegliano)
Altamarca, Villa dei Cedri, 31049
Altamarca offers tours of the wineries along the Strada del Prosecco between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene.
Phone:  04.23.97.23.72 Reservations requested
Fax:  04.23.97.55.10
Email:  altamarca@altamarca.it
Web:   www.altamarca.it

Canevel Spumanti, Via Roccat e Ferrari, 17, 31049
In business since 1970, Canevel produces some of the most enjoyable Spumante in the region.
Phone:  04.23.97.59.40 Reservations requested
Fax:  04.23.97.59.61
Hours:  Call for times
Web:   www.canevel.it

Cantina Nino Franco, Via Garibaldi, 147, 31049
One of the area's largest producers of sparkling wines.
Phone:  04.23.97.20.51 Reservations requested
Fax:  04.23.97.59.77
Hours:  closed for a few weeks during August; call for times

Desiderio Bisol e Figli, Via Fol 11, Santo Stefano di Valdobbiadene, 31040
Bisol is one of the top producers of Spumante in the region. They bottle Spumante Riserva Brut Metodo Classico and Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze Spumante.
Phone:  04.23.90.01.38 Reservations requested
Fax:  04.23.90.05.77
Hours:  closed Saturdays and Sundays and in August
Email:  info@bisol.it
Web:   www.bisol.it

Varenna (Lake Como)
Villa Cipressi, Via IV Novembre 18, 23829
The terraced gardens surrounding this 16th- to 19th-century villa are some of the most beautiful on Lake Como.
Phone:  03.41.83.01.13
Fax:  03.41.83.04.01
Hours:  9AM to 7PM daily in season; closed from November through February
Email:  info@hotelvillacipressi.it
Web:   www.hotelvillacipressi.it

Villa Monastero, C.so Matteoti 3
The pretty gardens here are bordered by cypress trees and cedars of Lebanon. There are many exotic species, and strolling past the statues and little temples is a delight. Great views of Bellagio.
Phone:  03.41.29.54.50
Fax:  03.41.29.54.41
Hours:  10AM to 7PM daily; closed December through March
Web:   villamonastero.org/e/w3c/giardino_e.htm
Admission:   2EUR

Venice
ACTV, Calle Fuseri, San Marco 1810
If you plan to take Venice?s vaporetti (motor boats) more than you plan to walk, invest in a 24-hour or three-day pass. They are for sale at ACTV and vaporetti stations. It?s convenient not to have to purchase tickets every time you want to hop on one.
Phone:  04.15.28.78.86
Web:   www.actv.it/home.php
Biglietto 24 Ore:   10.50EUR
Biglieto 3 Giorni:  22EUR

Basilica di San Marco, Piazza San Marco
One of the world?s most richly ornamented structure, Basilica di San Marco is decorated with more than 40,000 square feet of mosaics. Highlights here include the Pala d?Oro or golden altar decorated with more than 2,000 jewels and pearls; the four horses stolen from Constantinople in 1204; the remains of St. Mark; and countless superb mosaics. Unfortunately, there?s a separate charge for almost everything.
Phone:  04.15.22.56.97
Hours:  9:45AM to 5PM Monday through Saturday; 2PM to 5PM Sundays
Sanctuary and Pala d?Oro:   1.50EUR
Treasury:  2EUR

Bruno Lazzari, Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta 21/B, Lido
You can rent bikes here at this shop not far from the Lido vaporetto station.
Phone:  04.15.26.80.19
Hours:  8:30AM to 7PM daily
Daily rentals from:   9EUR

Ca d'Oro, Calle della Ca d'Oro, Cannaregio
This exquisite 15th-century palazzo has been meticulously restored and contains paintings by Mantegna, Bellini, Carpaccio, Titian, Van Dyck, and others.
Phone:  04.15.23.87.90
Hours:  8:15AM to 7:15PM Tuesday through Saturday; 8:15AM to 2PM Mondays
Admission:   5EUR

Ca' Rezzonico, Fondamenta Rezzonico, Dorsoduro 3136
This 17th- and 18th-century palace reopened in July 2001 following an extensive restoration. The palace was once owned by Robert Browning and it contains exquisite furnishings from the 18th century, frescoes, and paintings by Guardi, Canaletto, and Tiepolo.
Phone:  04.12.41.01.00
Hours:  10AM to 6PM Wednesday through Monday
Admission:   6.50EUR

Campanile di San Marco, Piazza San Marco
The views from the top of this 300-ft tower are spectacular. On clear days, you can see all the way to the Alps. And best of all, there?s an elevator.
Phone:  04.15.22.40.64
Hours:  9:30 to 5:30PM daily, April through September; 9:30AM to 4:30PM daily, October through March
Admission:   6EUR

Chiesa dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Campo sei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Castello
This Gothic church, better known as San Zanipolo, was built in the 13th and 14th centuries. It is the final resting place of many of the Doges and their monuments are magnificent. The church also contains a ceiling by Tintoretto and an altarpiece by Bellini.
Phone:  04.15.23.75.10
Hours:  9AM to noon and 2PM to 6PM daily
Admission   is free

Collezione Peggy Guggenheim, Calle San Cristoforo, Dorsoduro 701
Modern art lovers will enjoy the paintings by Ernst, Picasso, Duchamp, Dali, Pollock, Chagall, and others in Peggy Guggenheim's former Venetian home.
Phone:  04.12.40.54.11
Fax:  04.15.20.68.85
Hours:  10AM to 6PM Wednesday through Monday
Email:  info@guggenheim-venice.it
Web:   www.guggenheim-venice.it/
Admission:   10EUR

Galleria dell'Accademia, Campo della Carita, Dorsoduro
With work by Giorgione, Bellini, Titian, Carpaccio, Tintoretto, Canaletto, and Veronese, this is the best collection of Venetian art in the world.
Phone:  04.15.22.22.47
Hours:  8:15AM to 2PM Monday; 8:15AM to 7:15PM Tuesday through Sunday
Web:   www.gallerieaccademia.org
Admission:   6.50EUR

Giorgio Barbieri, Via Zara 5, Lido
You can rent bikes here at this shop not far from the Lido vaporetto station.
Phone:  04.15.26.14.90
Hours:  8:30AM to 7PM daily in season; closed in winter
Daily rentals from:   9EUR

Marciano Museum, Upstairs at Basilica di San Marco, Piazza San Marco
This museum, reached by stairs from the Basilica?s Atrium, contains the recently restored Four Horses stolen from Constantinople in 1204, and some superb mosaics and tapestries. Your admission allows you to go out onto the loggia which has wonderful views of the sanctuary.
Phone:  04.15.22.56.97
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Admission:   1.50EUR

Museo Communita Ebraica, Campo del Ghetto Nuovo, 2902/b Cannaregio
This museum documents the history of Jews in Venice from the 11th century until the present. The center conducts 45-minute tours visiting the five synagogues in the ghetto.
Phone:  04.17.15.359
Hours:  Tours leave hourly between 10:30AM and 4:30PM Sunday through Friday during summer; last tour at 3:30PM off season
Tours:   8EUR

Museo Correr, In Procuratie Nuove, Piazza San Marco
Nobleman Teodoro Correr donated his collection of paintings to Venice in 1830. The city has added to the collection and today it displays Venetian paintings from the 14th to the 16th centuries, doges' robes, and other artifacts. Highlights include works by Carpaccio, Hugo van der Goes, and all three Bellinis.
Phone:  04.15.22.56.25
Hours:  9AM to 7PM daily; closing at 5PM in winter
Combination ticket:   11EUR

Museo del Merletto, Piazza Galuppi, Burano
You can learn more about lace making and see priceless examples of the art form at this Burano museum.
Phone:  04.17.30.034
Hours:  10AM to 5PM Wednesday to Monday; closing at 4PM off season
Admission:   4EUR

Museo Vetrario (Glass Museum), Fondamenta Giustinian, Murano
Those interested in glass will enjoy this Murano museum which has many rare and antique examples of Venetian glass.
Phone:  04.17.39.586
Hours:  10AM to 5PM Thursday through Tuesday; closing at 4PM off season
Admission:   4EUR

Naval History Museum, Campo San Biasio, Castello
A great naval power, Venice was a force to be reckoned with on the Adriatic. This museum contains articles relating to the city's nautical past and a variety of Venetian water craft. The highlight is a recreation of the Doge's gilded ship. Around the corner is the Arsenale, the shipyards dating from the 12th century.
Phone:  04.15.20.02.76
Hours:  9:30AM to 12:30PM and 3:30PM to 6:30PM Tuesday through Saturday; 9:30AM to 12:30PM Sunday
Admission:   3EUR

Palazzo Ducale (Doge?s Palace), Piazette San Marco
One of Venice's stellar attractions, the Doge's Palace was the residence of Venice's powerful Dukes and the power center of the republic for more than 400 years. The opulent Venetian Gothic structure is decorated with priceless works of art. Those who are really interested in architecture should take the "Secret Trails" tour which must be reserved in advance.
Phone:  04.12.71.59.11
Fax:  04.15.28.50.28
Hours:  9AM to 7PM daily; closing at 5PM during winter; English "Secret Trails" tour at 10:30AM Thursday through Tuesday
Web:   www.venetia.it/m_ducale_eng.htm
Admission:   11EUR
Secret Trails Tour:  13EUR

Rialto Markets, Enter from Ruga degli Orefici
Great for fish, fruits, and vegetables, the Rialto Markets are always bustling.
Hours:  7AM to 1PM Monday through Saturday

San Sebastiano, Campo San Sebastiano, Dorsoduro
This small church is covered with glorious frescoes painted by Veronese when he was still in his twenties. Look for the "Coronation of the Virgin" and the "Four Evangelists."
Phone:  04.15.28.24.87
Hours:  10AM to 5PM Monday through Saturday; 3PM to 5PM Sundays
Admission:   2.50EUR

San Zaccaria, Campo San Zaccaria, Castello
This Gothic church contains paintings by Tintoretto, Titian, Van Dyck, and one of Bellini's finest Madonnas.
Phone:  04.15.22.12.57
Hours:  10AM to noon and 4PM to 6PM Monday through Saturday; 4PM to 6PM Sundays
Museum admission:   1.50EUR Admission to the church is free

Santa Maria Assunta Isola di Torcello, Torcello
The mosaics in this Byzantine church which dates mostly from the 11th century are superb. The Virgin and Child in the apse and the Last Judgement are highlights, as are the carved marble panels on the rood screen.
Phone:  04.17.30.084
Hours:  10:30AM to 5:30PM daily in summer; 10AM to 5PM off season
Admission:   3EUR

Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Calle dell Erbe, Castello
This beautiful Renaissance church was built in the 15th century to house an image of the Virgin known for its miracles. It is decorated with marble reliefs and it's a favorite wedding spots for Venetians. The barrel vaulted ceiling has portraits of more than 50 saints and prophets.
Phone:  04.15.23.52.93
Hours:  10AM to 5PM Monday through Saturday; 3PM to 5PM Sundays
Admission:   2EUR

Santa Maria della Salute, Campo della Salute, Dorsoduro
A Venice landmark, this Baroque basilica presides over the entrance to the Grand Canal. Begun in 1630 as thanks for being delivered from the plague, the church features an octagonal sanctuary crowned with a huge dome. The museum in the sacristy contains paintings by Titian and Tintoretto.
Phone:  04.15.22.55.58
Hours:  9AM to noon and 3PM to 5:30PM daily
Sacristy museum:   1.50EUR Admission by donation

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Campo dei Frari, San Polo
This Gothic church in the San Polo district contains some of the best artwork in Venice. Titian's "Assumption," behind the main altar, Bellini's "Madonna and Child," and Donatello's "St John the Baptist" are all superb.
Phone:  04.15.22.26.37
Hours:  9AM to 6PM Monday through Saturday; 1PM to 6PM Sundays
Admission:   2EUR

Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, Calle Furlani, Castello
One of six 16th-century Venetian art schools, San Giorgio contains a cycle of paintings by Carpaccio. There are scenes from the lives of St. Augustine and St. Jerome, but the indisputable highlight are the paintings of St. George and the dragon, painted between 1502 and 1508.
Phone:  04.15.22.88.28
Hours:  9:30AM to 12:30PM and 3:30PM to 6:30PM Tuesday through Saturday; 9:30AM to 12:30PM Sundays
Admission:   3EUR

Scuola Grande dei Carmini, 2617, Dorosduro
The building here dates from 1638, but the art school can trace its roots back to the 13th century. The main reason to visit today is the nine ceiling panels painted by Tiepolo between 1739 and 1744 for the Carmelite confraternity.
Phone:  04.15.28.94.20
Hours:  9:30AM to 12:30PM and 3:30PM to 6:30PM Tuesday through Saturday; 9:30AM to 12:30 Sunday, April through October;10AM to 12:30PM and 3PM to 6PM Tuesday through Saturday; 10AM to 12:30PM Sunday, November through March
Admission:   5EUR

Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Campo San Rocco, San Polo
Fans of Tintoretto should not miss this Ventian art school which contains more than 50 of his paintings, including his masterpiece, "The Crucifixion."
Phone:  04.15.23.48.64
Hours:  9AM to 5:30PM daily; 10AM to 4PM off season
Admission:   5.50EUR

Venice Tourist Information Office (APT), Venice Pavillion - near San Marco Vaporetto stop
Pick up a good map, a copy of "Pocket Venice," and a vaporetti schedule at this busy tourist information office.
Phone:  04.15.29.87.11
Fax:  04.15.23.03.99
Hours:  10AM to 6PM daily
Email:  info@turismovenezia.it
Web:   www.turismovenezia.it

Verbania (Lake Maggiore)
Giardini Botanici di Villa Taranto, Via V. Veneto 111, 28922
Covering fifty acres that stretch from the mountains down to Lake Maggiore, the gardens at Villa Taranto are a must-see for garden lovers. With more than 20,000 species of plants, formal terraces, waterfalls, fountains, and reflecting pools, they are a joy to stroll. You can take a launch from Stresa right to the Villa?s dock. In spring, you can see 80,000 tulips in bloom.
Phone:  03.23.55.66.67
Hours:  8:30AM to 6:30PM daily from April 1 to October 31; closes at 5PM in October
Email:  Entevillataranto@tin.it
Web:   www.villataranto.it
Admission:   8EUR

Verona
Arena di Verona, Piazza Bra
The third largest arena in the Roman Empire, the Arena di Verona held more than 25,000 enthusiastic spectators. Completed in 30 AD, it's in remarkably good shape. Climb to the top of the 44 tiers for great views of Verona. The acoustics are excellent and in summer there's a world reknown opera festival. You must book well in advance to attend.
Phone:  04.58.00.32.04
Hours:  8:30AM to 7:30PM Tuesday through Sunday; 1:45PM to 7:30PM on Mondays; closing at 3:30PM on performance days
Admission:   3.10EUR

Basilica di Sant'Anastasia, Piazza Sant'Anastasia
Sant-Anastasia is the city's largest church and best example of the Gothic style. Highlights here include the Pellegrini Chapel which has some nice terra cotta reliefs by Michele, and the Guisti Chapel which has a fresco by Pisanello.
Phone:  04.55.92.813
Hours:  9AM to 6PM Monday through Saturday; 1PM to 6PM Sundays; closing at 4PM in winter
Admission:   2EUR

Basilica San Zeno Maggiore, Piazza San Zeno
Built in the early 1100s as a shrine to Verona's patron saint, San Zeno Maggiore is one of the most impressive Romanesque churches in northern Italy. The west face of the church has a rose window dating from the 12th century, marble panels depicting the life of Christ, and two wooden doors adorned with 48 bronze reliefs protected by a Romanesque porch. Inside, the nave is crowned with a fine example of a ship's keel ceiling and the altarpiece was painted by Mantegna.
Phone:  04.58.00.61.20
Hours:  8AM to 1PM and 1:30PM to 6PM Tuesday through Saturday; 1:30PM to 6PM Sundays; closing one hour earlier off season
Admission:   3EUR

Casa di Giulietta (Juliet's House), Via Cappello 23
Although Shakespeare's Juliet is a fictional character, hoardes of tourists flock here every year to see the balcony and touch the right breast of the young lover's statue, which reputedly brings good luck.
Phone:  04.58.03.43.03
Hours:  8:30AM to 7:30PM Tuesday through Sunday; 1:30AM to 7:30PM Monday
Admission:   3.10EUR

Casi di Romeo (Romeo's House), Via Arche Scaligeri 2
If you visited Juliet's house, you may want to wander down Via Arche Scaligeri where the home of the Montecchi family -- the inspiration for Shakespeare's Montagues -- lived at number 2.
Phone:  04.55.94.474

Castelvecchio, Corso Castelvecchio 2
Built in the 14th century, the castle of the ruling Scaligeri family contains a fine art museum displaying Roman artifacts, medieval and Renaissance paintings, 15th-century sculpture, and arms and armor. Highlights include paintings by Bellini, Veronese, Tintoretto, and Tiepolo.
Phone:  04.55.94.734
Hours:  8:30AM to 7:30PM Tuesday through Sunday; 1:45PM to 7:30PM Monday
Admission:   3EUR

Duomo di Verona, Piazza del Duomo
The highlight of this Romanesque/Gothic church constructed from the 12th to the 17th centuries is Titian's "Assumption" in the first chapel.
Phone:  04.55.92.813
Hours:  9:30AM to 6PM Monday through Saturday; 1PM to 6PM Sundays; closing at 4PM off season
Admission:   2EUR

Giardino Giusti, Via Giardino Giusti 2
An absolutely must for garden lovers, Guardino Giusti is one of Itlay's finest Reniassance gardens. Designed by Agostino Giusti in 1580 as the grounds for his palazzo, the Guardina includes the fountains, grottoes, topiary, maze, and statuary typical of Renaissance gardens. It's a very pleasant place for a stroll and the views from the belvedere are among the best in town.
Phone:  04.58.03.40.29
Hours:  9AM to 8PM daily from April through September; closing at 7PM off season
Admission:   5EUR

Lirico Arena di Verona, Piazza Bra, 28
Performance schedules and tickets for the Opera, ballet, and philharmonic symphony concerts held in Verona's Roman amphitheater are available through their web site. Performances during July and August are often sold out a year in advance. The operas staged here are world class and the Arena is a spectacular venue. An unforgettable experience.
Phone:  04.58.00.51.51
Fax:  04.58.01.32.87
Hours:  The Box Office at Via Dietro Anfiteatro 6/B is open from 10AM to 9PM on performance days; open until 5:45PM in season on days without a performance
Email:  ticket@arena.it
Web:   www.arena.it

San Fermo Maggiore, Stradone San Fermo
San Fermo is actually a 14th-century Gothic church built atop an 11th-century Romanesque church. The ship's keel ceiling is beautiful and there are some interesting medieval frescoes.
Phone:  04.58.00.72.87
Hours:  9:30AM to 6PM Monday through Saturday; 1PM to 6PM Sundays
Admission:   1.55EUR

Teatro Romano di Verona, Interrato Rigaste Redentore, 2, 37121
Built in the 1st century AD, Verona's Roman Theater was built into the side of Colle S. Pietro (St. Peter's Hill). Today the theater is in ruins, but dramatic performances, particularly Shakespeare's play, are staged here in the summer. An elevator ride takes you to the church of Santi Siro d Libera which contains the Archeaology Museum. It displays ancient mosaics, Etruscan bronzes and other artifacts.
Phone:  04.58.00.03.60
Hours:  8:30AM to 6:45PM Tuesday through Sunday; 1:30PM to 6:45PM Mondays; closes at 3PM during theater season
Admission:   2.60EUR

Tomba di Giulietta (Juliet's Tomb), Via del Pontiere 5
A former Franciscan monastery not far from Piazza Bra has positioned itself as the site of Juliet's tomb. There are some interesting frescoes in the adjoining museum and the cloisters are pretty. But truly, you might as well be visiting the tomb of Santa Claus.
Phone:  04.58.00.03.61
Hours:  9AM to 7PM Tuesday through Sunday
Admission:   3EUR

Verona Market, Piazza delle Erbe
Verona's bustling open-air market takes place on the grounds of the old Roman Forum. Each of the stalls is covered with large, canvas umbrellas, and you'll find lots of wonderful delicacies and local crafts.
Hours:   Monday through Saturday morning

Verona Tourist Information Office, Via degli Alpini, 9 - Piazza Bra, 37121
Phone:  04.58.06.86.80
Fax:  04.58.00.36.38
Hours:  9AM to 6PM Monday through Saturday
Email:  info@tourism.verona.it
Web:   www.tourism.verona.it

Vicenza
Basilica Palladiana, Piazza dei Signori
Better known as the "Basilica," the Palazzo della Ragione was designed by Palladio in 1549. His first major public commission, the building features two tiers of colonnades and a copper roof. The 270-ft. Toree Bissara is next door.
Phone:  04.44.32.36.81
Hours:  9:30AM to noon and 2PM to 7PM Tuesday through Saturday; 9AM to 12:30PM and 2PM to 7PM Sundays; closed Sundays off season
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Museo Civico di Vicenza, Piazza Matteotti 37-39
Housed in Palladio?s Palazzo Chiericati, the Civic Museum displays paintings by Veronese, Tintoretto, Tiepolo, and Veneziano. The building itself is outstanding. Admission includes admission to the Olympic Theater.
Phone:  04.44.32.13.48
Hours:  9AM to 7PM Tuesday through Sunday; 9AM to 5PM Tuesday through Sunday off season
Combination ticket:   7EUR

Olympic Theater, Piazza Matteotti
The oldest indoor theater in Europe that?s still in use, the Olympic Theater was Palladio's last work and many believe it is his masterpiece. It was begun by Palladio in 1579 and completed by Vincenzo Scamozzi in 1585, after the master?s death. The interior decoration and use of trompe l?oeil is beautiful.
Phone:  04.44.22.28.00
Hours:  9AM to 7PM Tuesday through Sunday; 9AM to 5PM Tuesday through Sunday off season
Combined ticket:   7EUR

Vicenza Tourist Information Office, Piazza Matteotti 12
You can get a good map and directions to Palladio?s villas at the tourist office here.
Phone:  04.44.32.08.54
Fax:  04.44.99.47.79
Hours:  9AM to 1PM and 2:30PM to 6PM Monday through Saturday; 9AM to 1PM Sundays; closing 1/2 hour earlier during off season

Villa Rotonda, Via della Rotonda 25
You?re forgiven if Palladio?s most famous villa -- also known as Villa Capra -- inspires a sense of deja vu. You probably have seen it a dozen times before. Practically every English country house and U.S. state capitol owes it a debt. Don?t be too disappointed if you?re not able to tour the inside, it?s a bit of a letdown. The villa, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, features a central circular hall surrounded by four symmetrical loggias. The villa relates nicely to the surrounding landscape.
Phone:  04.44.32.17.93
Hours:  The villa is open from 10AM to noon and 3PM to 6PM on Wednesday and Saturday; The grounds are open from 10AM to noon and 3PM to 6PM Tuesday through Sunday; closed in winter
Villa tour:   6EUR
Grounds admission:  3EUR