THONG TRI HANH HUONG
Chuong trinh ngoan canh dac
biet 8 nuoc Au chau (Duc, Dan Mach, Anh quoc, Hoa Lan, Bi, Phap, Thuy Si,
Y Dai Loi) trong 22 ngay.
Kinh goi quy dao huu Phat tu.
gian tham thoat troi qua nhanh va moi day ma mua mot he nua lai sap den.
Su vat va thoi gian duong nhu muon cuon nhanh tat ca nhung gi gia tam phu
du trong cuoc doi. The gioi da thay doi nhieu trong thoi gian qua nhat qua
la qua nhung tran chien tranh va tat benh. Trung dong thi cung tam yen con
tinh hinh tai Trung quoc va A chau hien nay cung khong may phan sang sua
boi con dich benh.
phat tu than men.
theo nhu chung toi thong bao ve chuong trinh hanh huong tai Trung quoc vao
mua he nam nay 2003, nhung cho den nay co ve nhu chac chan la chuong trinh
nay khong the thuc hien duoc do benh Sars gay ra. Do do the theo nhan
duyen cung nhu yeu cau cua mot so phat tu, chung toi nay xin thong bao huy
bo chuong trinh hanh huong Trung quoc nam nay va thay vao do la chuong
trinh di Au chau nhan dip le ky niem 25 nam thanh lap chua Vien Giac va le
tan phong Tru tri cho Dai duc Thich Hanh Tan. Chuong trinh nay duoc tiep
theo la di vieng tham mot so cac chua o Au chau cung nhu ngoan canh tai
nhung thu do noi tieng cua Au chau nhu Duc, Dan Mach, Anh quoc, Hoa Lan,
Bi, Phap, Thuy Si, Y Dai Loi.
trinh di Au chau ky nay xin duoc luu y den quy phat tu rang, viec di choi,
ngoan canh la chinh yeu, con vieng chua la viec ben le nen chuyen di nay
se mo rong tay cho tat ca moi nguoi tham du. Xin luu y rang chuyen di nay
se thay the chuyen di Au chau vao thang 8 nam 2005 ma chung toi da thong
bao trong to Dac san hanh huong so 2 vua qua.
la chuong trinh di tham quan Au chau mua he 2003:
CHUONG TRINH NGOAN CANH DAC BIET 8 NUOC AU CHAU, HE 2003
Khoi hanh tu Hoa Ky/San Francisco/LA/New York di Berlin (Duc quoc).
25/6. Den Berlin. Xe dua ve khach san.
26/6. Tham quan ngoan canh thanh pho Ba Linh, thu do cua nuoc Duc.
27/6 Khoi hanh di ve Hannover. Nghi lai khach san canh chua Vien Giac.
28/6 Tham du le ky niem 25 thanh lap chua Vien
Giac va le tan phong Tru tri Dai duc Thich Hanh Tan.
29/6 Ngoan canh thanh pho Hannover.
30/6 Dung xe lua, xe bus hoac may bay sang
Copenhagen, thu do vuong quoc Dan Mach. Nghi lai khach san.
1/7 Buoi chieu dap may bay sang Luan Don, thu do cua vuong quoc Anh.
2/7 Ngoan canh thanh pho Luan Don va vieng tham chua Linh Son.
3/7 Den ben cang va dap pha cao toc di sang
Hoa Lan. Xe dua tiep ve Amsterdam, thu do cua Hoa Lan va nghi lai khach
4/7 Vieng tham chua Van Hanh va tham quan
nhung thang canh trong thu do Amsterdam. Nghi lai khach san.
5/7 Khoi hanh di Brussels. Vieng tham nhung
thang canh trong thu do. Nghi lai khach san.
6/7 Khoi hanh di Paris, thu do cua nuoc phap. Nghi lai khach san.
7/7 Vieng tham chua Khanh Anh va nhung thang canh noi tieng trong
8/7 Tham quan nhung thang canh con lai trong thu do Paris.
9/7 Khoi hanh di Geneva, Thuy Si. Nghi lai khach san.
10/7 Vieng tham thang canh trong thanh pho Geneva.
11/7 Khoi hanh di Venice. Nghi lai khach san.
12/7 Vieng tham thang canh trong thanh pho Venice.
13/7 Khoi hanh di Rome. Nghi lai khach san.
14/7 Chiem nguong cac thang canh trong thanh Rome.
15/7 Vieng tham cac den dai trong Vatican.
16/7 Dap may bay tro ve Hoa Ky.
Chuong trinh ngoan canh dac
biet 8 nuoc Au chau (Duc, Dan Mach, Anh quoc, Hoa Lan, Bi, Phap, Thuy Si,
Y Dai Loi) trong 22 ngay.
Vieng tham cac thu do cua 8 nuoc va cac thang canh bac nhat tai nhung
Chiem bai cac chua vien Viet Nam tai cac quoc gia tren.
phi ve may bay khu hoi tu Hoa Ky va trong Au chau.
buyt may dieu hoa.
khach san an o thuoc hang 3 sao den 5 sao trong suot cuoc hanh trinh.
Khong co ngu tai chua.
buoi an sang va toi. An trua tu tuc va co the dung man theo y thich.
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Copy Passport va goi ve dia chi ghi danh.
Goi cac chi tiet ve dia chi lien lac, so
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Tren duong di, moi nguoi tham du co the
dung chay hoac man tuy y.
Chi tiet ve cac thang canh ma doan se
vieng tham, xin xem ban dinh kem.
Do vi di Au chau nen phi truong khoi diem
gan nhat la phi truong New York. Cac tieu bang khac se tra them ve den New
York va tro ve tieu bang cua minh, (khoang 150 $)
Chi phi thong bao tren co the chi ap dung
cho mot so phat tu ghi danh som nhat truoc ngay 31 thang 5. Ghi danh tu
ngay 1 thang 6 den ngay khoi hanh 24 thang 6 chi phi chuyen di co the tang
len 300 US$/ moi nguoi, do vi viec dat ve may bay va khach san vao thoi
gian cao diem high season rat kho va gia mac.
Chuong trinh di Au chau da thong bao co
the xe dich, thay doi doi chut vi van de thoi gian, phuong tien va noi
chon. Tuy nhien chung toi se sap xep de chuyen di cua chung ta co duoc su
thoai mai va tien nghi cao nhat.
kinh thong bao.
NHUNG THANG CANH SE VIENG TAI 8 NUOC AU CHAU.
views over Berlin and surrounding countryside
In the late 19th century, district authorities erected a
tower on top of the hill overlooking Müggelsee to provide inquisitive
Berliners with a panoramic view over the city and the surrounding
countryside. The original wooden tower was destroyed in a 1952 fire, and a
replacement - this time made of steel - was immediately rebuilt. The new
tower is not as attractive as its predecessor, but the splendid view
remains the same.
The tower is popular with day-trippers and the
café/restaurant on the ground floor still exudes that inimitable East
of Western Berlin
Breitscheidplatz is the true heart of Western Berlin. The
ruin of the Memorial Church which dominates the square serves as a potent
reminder of the destructive forces of war. Tourists stream here from
nearby Ku'damm to mingle with artists, street musicians and young
skateboarders. Surrounded by outdated fifties architecture, the square
gains a cosmopolitan touch around the Weltkugelbrunnen, one of Europe's
most innovative modern fountains.
Plans are afoot to transform the square into a sculpture of
light. Visitors will then be plunged into a haze of blue light, but
thankfully only after dark.
Magnificent royal palace
This beautiful baroque palace was built in 1695 by King
Friedrich Wilhelm I as a summer residence for his beloved wife, Queen
Sophie Charlotte. Hidden away in the lush Royal Gardens are several
smaller buildings: the ornate rococo Belvedere, containing an impressive
collection of porcelain; the Schinkel Pavilion which houses drawings,
paintings, sculptures, furniture and porcelain by Karl Friedrich Schinkel;
and the neoclassical Mausoleum containing the tombs of Queen Louise, King
Friedrich Wilhelm III, Emperor Wilhelm I and Empress Augusta. Admission:
all-in-one ticket: EUR7; concessions EUR5
Schloss Charlottenburg's landscape gardens are a true feast
for the eye. Now a popular destination for a relaxing Sunday afternoon
stroll, the royal gardens were first designed in the 17th century and
gradually added to over the ensuing years. Some parts of the garden
display the original French style, while much of the rest of the park was
relandscaped as an English garden in the early 19th century. Dotted with
numerous small buildings and sculptures, the mausoleum (containing the
tombs of Queen Luise and Friedrich Wilhelm III), the pond and the
Belvedere tea house are particularly noteworthy. After exploring the
gardens, visitors could have a coffee in the Orangerie or head off by boat
to the other great royal palaces in Potsdam.
An artificial lake built close to the city centre in 1936,
Lake Maschsee is one of Hanover's most popular recreation areas. 78,000
square metres in size but no deeper than 2m, the lake is perfect for
sailing, windsurfing, rowing, swimming and - when frozen during the winter
- ice-skating. The bathing area includes a 300m-long beach and is
admission-free (to get there, take the metro to Döhrener Turm on lines 1,
2 or 8). The summertime festival Maschseefest offers a host of
entertainment for the whole family.
remarkable example of the traditional art of landscape gardening
The baroque garden ensemble, one of the biggest and most
beautiful in Germany, was founded in 1666 by Duke Johann Friedrich of
Calenberg. Its preservation and further development are mainly owed to a
remarkable woman: Sophie, princess-elect of Hanover and mother of the
first "Hanoveranian" on the English throne, was of English descent and
needed a garden. And so the baroque ensemble was created, with trees,
hedges, numerous special and model gardens, a great fountain with
surrounding waterworks, mace garden, open air theatre, many statues and
sculptures, cascades, a grotto and a palace (destroyed in 1943), gallery
and orangery buildings. In 1936 the great garden was restored after being
placed under Hanover's municipal administration.
Today, even without the palace, it is one of the city's most
popular attractions, with its garden festivals, the baroque fireworks and
theatre performances during the summer months.
Copenhagen's most famous tourist attraction, the Little Mermaid sits on a
rock overlooking the harbour. Created by Edward Eriksen in 1913 who was
inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale, the model for the Mermaid
was dancer Ellen Price. The statue's head was stolen in 1964 and although
police hunted for several years, neither the perpetrator nor the head were
found. The head has been replaced by a replica but jokers still
occasionally try to saw it off.
gardens close to Amalienborg
Amaliehaven's royal gardens were donated to the city by the A.P. Møller
Fund and Møller's wife Chastine McKinney Møller. When the gardens were
laid out in 1983, they were strongly debated and criticised. By now the
people of Copenhagen have accepted and grown to love the beautiful
gardens, where you will find many exotic plants and trees. There is a
magnificent view over the harbour and to Amalienborg Slotsplads with
Saly's equestrian statue and the Marble Church. The gardens were designed
by the Belgian Jean Delonge. The four bronze pillars and the two fountains
were created by Italian sculptor Arnoldo Pormodoro.
Residence of the Danish royal family
by Frederik V to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the House of
Oldenborg, Amalienborg consists of four palaces built around a square.
These are Moltkes Palace (Christian VII's palace), Schackske Palace
(Christians IX's palace and residence of Queen Margrethe and Prince
Henrik), Levetzaus Palace (Christian VIII's palace and residence of Crown
Prince Frederik) and Brockdorfske Palace (Frederik VIII's palace).
Architect Niels Eigtved was heavily influenced by the rococo style. Of the
four palaces, Moltkes Palace is considered the most outstanding.
Christiansborg burned down in 1794, the royal family moved to Amalienborg,
since when it has been their official residence. The square is dominated
by Saly's equestrian statue of Frederik V (1723-66) which, together with
the palace buildings, forms a breathtaking architectural ensemble. Lovers
of the royal family flock to the square once a year to celebrate Queen
castle of the Parliament
Christiansborg Slot is home to the Parliament, the Supreme Court and the
Prime Minister's Department; thus this is the centre of power in Denmark.
Demonstrations against the proposals of the government always end up in
front of Christiansborg, of which one part is open to the public.
where Bishop Absalon built his castle as far back as 1167. Later the
Castle of Copenhagen was located here. In 1732 the building of a
magnificent Baroque castle began at the request of Christian VI, but this
castle burnt down in 1794. Under the rule of Christian VII, a new,
Classical Christianborg was built, but also this castle burnt down, in
Christiansborg was built between 1907 and 1923 in Baroque style after the
drawings by architect Thorvald Jørgensen. The façade is covered with
granite from Bornholm. The spire is 104 metres tall, one of the tallest in
the city. Behind the castle are beautiful riding grounds with stables;
these parts of the castle still date from Christian VI's old Baroque
building. On the riding grounds stands a statue of Christian IX made by
Anne Marie Carl Nielsen. In the summer the riding grounds are used for
theatre performances and concerts (jazz, rock and classical music).
square at Christiansborg stands a statue of Frederik V, made by French
sculptor J.F. Saly. The sculpture, revealed in 1711, is considered by some
to be one of the most beautiful of the city.
of the castle take place at 10am, 11am and 1pm-4pm daily, every month
Copenhagen's famous pedestrian street
is one of the longest pedestrian streets in the world. Buses, trams, cars
and bicycles were permanently banned from the street in February 1964.
Strøget stretches from Rådhuspladsen to Kongens Nytorv. You walk along the
streets Frederiksberggade, Vimmelskaftet, Amager Torv and Østergade.
Strøget has its "cheap" end at Rådhuspladsen, with simple bars, grill and
burger joints. The "expensive" end is at Kongens Nytorv with the big fancy
department stores Illum and Magasin du Nord, and stores like Gucci and
Danes, taking a walk up and down Strøget has become something of an
institution. Some people come here in order to do some shopping; others
walk on Strøget to see people or to be seen. Walking down Strøget is
always an experience, no matter what time of the year or day you go there.
Here you will meet all kinds of people, from all layers of society; you
see members of all races and nationalities. Denmark's national poet of the
day, Klaus Rifbjerg, has written a wonderful poetic song called "Imagine
walking down Strøget dressed in your light blue pyjamas". Listen to that
song and you will understand...
castle at Frederiksberg
Frederiksberg Slot and the attached Slotskirken church have an excellent
location overlooking Frederiksberg park and the city of Copenhagen.
Frederiksberg Castle is connected especially with the name of king
Frederik VI, but the castle was built as early as 1699, during the reign
of Frederik IV (under the supervision of J.C. Ernst). The side wings to
the castle were built after drawings by Laurits von Thura.
Frederik VI used the beautiful yellow castle as his summer residence.
Since 1869 the castle has contained Hærens Officerskole, the Army's
Officer Training College. The castle can be visited by the public; call to
inquire about opening hours.
ENGLAND-LONDON (2 days)
top tourist attraction
The British Museum is London's top tourist attraction as well
as being a major scholarly resource. Its collection was bequeathed to the
nation in 1753 and the Museum's distinctive Greek revivalist structure was
built during the 19th century. The collection expanded massively during
the heyday of the British Empire, leading to the museum's notoriety for
plundering sources all over the globe and leaving it with over 6.5million
objects to look after.
The displays cover about 14 acres and it is simply too tiring
to tackle them all in one visit. The best way is to pick a collection or
exhibition that interests you, explore that, and make return visits. And
if you haven't got time for a proper visit, drop in for a coffee at the
lovely Court Restaurant.
Admission: free, but charges may be made for temporary
famous clock in the world
"Big Ben" is the name of the clock inside this famous tower
that also forms part of the Houses of Parliament. Its impressive mechanism
weighs in at over 13.5 tons, and the pendulum, which beats once every two
seconds, is 13 feet long and weighs 690 pounds. The clock was named "Big
Ben" after the First Commissioner of Works, and since 1885 a light above
it has been lit while the House of Commons is in session.
ornate bridge in London
Tower Bridge is famous the world over, and has to rank as one
of the most visited bridges in history. It was designed by Sir Horace
Jones, and opened in 1894. Due to the volume of river traffic at the time,
Tower Bridge was designed to have twin bascules that could be raised. The
idea was that if a ship too tall to pass under the bridge came by, the
bascules could be raised and the bridge would, effectively, disappear.
This still takes place several times a week - call for details.
This famous landmark also has fabulous views over the Tower
of London and of river life on the Thames. Visitors can actually ascend by
the North Tower and traverse the river protected from the erratic English
elements in an enclosed walkway before descending by the South Tower. Also
on offer is The Tower Bridge Experience, a fascinating exhibition situated
inside the towers and engine rooms.
In the inner city of Amsterdam you'll find more than a hundred alleys.
These alleys are all at right angles to the canals and the main
streets.The alleys connected one street or canal with another. Some of
them derive their name from one of the inhabitants and date from as early
as 1500. One of them is the Heintjes Hoeksteeg (Corey Corner alley), named
after Heyntge Hoec, an inhabitant who already in the city archives as
early as 1382. The small alleys are full of architectural delights and an
opportunity to taste old Amsterdam.
The Keukenhof Gardens
largest flower garden in the world
The Netherlands is known for wooden shoes, windmills and...flowers! That's
right - tulips to be more precise. So a trip to this fair country isn't
complete before visiting the largest garden in the world. This "kitchen
garden" is the former estate of a 15th-century countess. Today, over 7
million flowers are on display here, and during particularly cold winters,
some 5,000 sq meters of greenhouses are built to house flowers indoors.
And not only are there flowers to see, but there are several restaurants
located on the grounds amidst the host of daffodils, hyacinths, narcissi
and - of course - tulips.
Playground, lake and woods...
Amsterdam's largest green areas are on the edge of town. The
Amsterdamse Bos is easy to find, with boating lakes, an open-air theatre
and large playground. While nature lovers may enjoy a beautiful walk
through the woods, plane spotters can watch low-flying aircraft coming
from Schiphol. The Amsterdamse Bos is also where you'll find the Bos
Museum, which has maps of the park, including walking routes, and
Geitenhouderij Ridammerhoeve (31 20 645 50 34; open 10am-5pm Mon,
Wed-Sun), a goat farm with 120 goats and loads of adorable kids. It also
sells bio-dynamic goat's milk, cheeses and ice-cream, and has a small
recreation area and sandpit.
Itinéraires sur les sentiers de l'histoire
Paris just wouldn't be Paris without the Eiffel Tower.
Designed by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World Fair, at 300m it was then
the world's tallest building. Not everyone was happy when it was first
built; many considered it an eyesore and wanted it pulled down, but today
it is one of the world's most visited monuments. The first and second
floors can be reached using the stairs, and lifts take visitors to the
magnificent view at the top. Admission (elevator to the top): EUR9.90
Adults; EUR5.30 Children under 12.
heart of the city
The main axis of the city - it is part of the layout of
Paris. The right bank indicates the northern part of the capital, the left
the southern side; it is west of this bank that the elegant Saint
Germain-des-Prés district is to be found. The Seine is spanned by 36
bridges, one of the most beautiful being the Pont Alexandre III. It is
also lined by the most prestigious buildings in Paris, including the Grand
Palais and the Invalides. An original way of viewing these sites is to
embark on one of the many pleasure boats stationed close to the Alma
Paris and its region from the canals and the river
The Canal Saint-Martin in Paris and the Canal d'Ourcq, Canal
de Chelles and Canal Saint-Denis just outside the city are among the best
ways to see Paris and its agglomeration. Canauxrama ("Canals-o-Rama")
offers cruises back and forth along the Canal Saint-Martin, which cuts
through the northwestern half of the city, passing through historical and
lively areas and crossing four double locks. Trips, which start every
morning and afternoon from the Bassin de l'Arsenal and from the Bassin de
la Villette, last around 3 hours.
Alternatively, the company can take you out into the
countryside to the north along the Canal de l'Ourcq or to the west along
the Canal de Chelles; the latter route takes you to the famous
guinguettes, country watering holes along the Marne. These are just
examples of a wide variety of cruises, some of which include on-board
meals. Phone for further information.
Parc Montsouris (Le)
example of the gardens of the Second Empire
This park was originally called Moquesouris (mouse mockery),
because the abandoned windmills where grain used to be stocked in the past
attracted many mice. At the end of the 18th century, the park's subsoil
inherited from the Montrouge mines was transformed into Catacombs, in
which bones from former Parisian cemeteries were piled up. During the
Second Empire, the park developed as a part of a plan thought by Napoléon
III and Baron Haussmann to give the capital's green areas four cardinal
points; but this plan was only achieved in 1878.
The plan of the park is a perfect example of the gardens of
the Second Empire: it is divided by railway lines concealed in ravines
bordered with trees and crossed by little bridges. The twisting paths
winding up gentle slopes give an impression of vastness. The park includes
1400 trees (some of them are over one hundred years old), large lawns,
several playgrounds and a puppet theatre. Visitors can also find the line
of the Paris Observatory, the reference for the Paris meridian line, the
meteorological observatory, and the restaurant - "Pavillon du Lac"
bordering the ornamental lake. This park, which is an example of a
symbiosis between the environment and greenery, is an ideal place to spend
a Sunday afternoon if you wish to leave the crowd and the busy streets of
Paris for a break.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Climbing the 387 steps to the top of this masterpiece is well
worth the effort for the spectacular view. Construction of the first great
Gothic cathedral began in 1163 and was largely completed by 1212; the
rebuilding of the two transept gates in 1270 marked its completion. The
west face is adorned with three richly decorated doorways and crowned with
two 69m towers. The cathedral is busy at the best of times; especially on
Sundays, when much of the building is closed to visitors. Admission:
(cathedral) free; (towers) around EUR6.
Place de la Concorde (La)
the Champs-Elysées and theTuileries
Originally known as place Louis-XV, this square was created
between 1755 and 1775 by the architect, Gabriel. Renamed Place de la
Révolution in 1792, a guillotine was installed and 2800 executions took
place including that of King Louis XVI. Louis-Philippe christened it Place
de la Concorde in 1830.
The Louqsor obelisk, a gift from the Viceroy of Egypt to King
Charles X of France, has been standing in the centre of the square since
1840. The eight statues representing France's largest cities and the two
fountains were also added at this time. The square is home to one of
Paris' most prestigious hotels, the Hôtel Crillon.
This three-dimensional map, spread over 3 hectares, gives you
the opportunity of touring France in miniature! Reproduced one thirtieth
of their real size, the country's finest and best-known monuments (over
150 of them) come complete with small-scale trains, boats, cars and
planes. Themed shows take place every year: for example, the wonderful
Féérie des Eaux water show was 1999's showpiece. In addition, two
restaurants, a shop, a picnic area and free parking lot are available for
Le Jet d'Eau
most famous tourist attraction
Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York the Statue of Liberty
and Geneva its Jet d'Eau. This majestic 140m water fountain, the tallest
in the world, is the main emblem of the city, and one which cannot be
missed. Its beauty dominates the lakefront and at night, when it is lit
up, it is a breathtaking and romantic sight.
The fountain became a tourist attraction in 1891. It is on
every day, from the beginning of March to mid-October, from 9.30am to
11.15pm, as long as it is not too windy. It projects 500 litres of water
per second at the unbelievable speed of 200km/hr. You can walk along the
jetty and get a closer look at the fountain, as long as you don't mind
International flower show
Held concurrently with the Ideal Home Exhibition at Palexpo,
this world-renowned flower show showcases floral design and culture from
all over the world. Past events have invited exhibitors from Italy,
Monaco, the United States and even Africa, and breathtaking arrangements
are just the beginning: local food, art, dancing, music and tradition are
all on display at the 60-odd booths. Geneva's best chefs are often
gathered together to create the “Passion Cuisine,” a multi-course set meal
served among the flowers. Admission: CHF13 Adults; CHF9 Students and
Seniors; CHF4 Children 10-15.
Le Palais des Nations
United Nations Organization
It was in 1919 that the American President Woodrow Wilson
chose Geneva as the headquarters of the League of Nations - the
predecessor of the United Nations Organization (founded in 1946). In 1936,
the organization moved from the Palais Wilson to the grand Palais des
Nations and its beautiful gardens overlooking the lake.
Peace, security, human rights, disarmament, humanitarian aid
and economic and social development are the main issues the Organization
is faced with daily. The UN is one of the most important international
conference centres in the world and holds over 7000 sessions per year.
famous Rose Garden
If you visit Geneva in late spring-summer, don't miss the
harmoniously designed Rose Garden in the beautiful setting of the Parc de
la Grange with its breathtaking view of the left bank of the lake. Over
200 different varieties of exquisite roses can be admired. They are
flamboyant yellow, deep red, salmon orange, wild purple, pale pink or
delicate white - and many are named after celebrities such as Charlie
Chaplin, Catherine Deneuve or Gina Lollobrigida, In mid-June the very
special International Competition of New Roses is held at the upper end of
the Parc de la Grange. Every year, some 100 new rose varieties are judged
by an international jury.
Basilica di San Marco - Campanile
view of the city
There is a splendid panoramic view from the tallest bell tower in Venice.
It can be seen from the whole of the lagoon, and once you have reached the
top, the whole lagoon can be seen from above. Even though today's tower
was erected at the beginning of the 20th century, it is an exact replica
of the 15th-century bell tower. In 1609, Galileo Galilei exhibited his
telescope here, and during the carnival, the bell tower used to serve as a
stage for the tight rope-walkers who entertained the doge with their
World-famous private house
The Ca' d'Oro is one of the most beautiful private houses on
the Canale Grande. It's not open to the public but you can take a gondola
or vaporetto and view it from the water. The house has been beautifully
and expertly restored. The Franchetti gallery contains some real
masterpieces, including Tiziano's Venus, Carpaccio's Annunciation and
Mantegna's Saint Sebastian.
the most famous carnivals in the world
The carnival no longer lasts for six months as it did in the
18th century. The Biennale theatre project organisers and Scaparro started
today's carnival. Other parties involved include the Compagnia di Calza I
Antichi, founded by Paolo Zancopé. Every year this company holds an
open-air festival of erotic poetry in Campo San Maurizio. They also hold
semi-serious conferences on aspects of 16th-century life.
Piazza San Marco
Piazza San Marco, or St. Mark's Square, is Venice's most
famous square. What appears to be a rectangle is actually a trapezium, and
when you look up at the basilica, the piazza seems enormous, although it
is only 175m long. On both sides of the piazza are the "Procuratie"
buildings, which housed the procurators of San Marco. The oldest of these
(probably built by Codussi) are on your left when you face the basilica;
Longhena built the ones on the right later, in 1640. The most recent
buildings, commissioned by Napoleon in 1810, lie behind.
the most famous squares in Venice
San Polo and Santa Margherita are the largest piazzas in
Venice. Coming from San Toma the church is barely visible and the bell
tower, detached from the building, is visible from the other side of the
3m-wide street. In the oratory hangs 'Via Crucis' by Tiepolo.
ROME (3 DAYS)
It was designed to be the centre of social, political and economic life in
the city. The innumerable remains include the well-conserved triumphal
arch of Emperor Septimius Severus, with reliefs depicting his victories
and the base of the Temple of Saturn with its eight columns and their
splendid Ionic capitals. The 'Rostrum' is the famous platform from which
Mark Antony gave his oration in Shakespeare's play after Julius Caesar's
assassination. The platform became the setting for many important events
in Rome's history. It was named the 'rostrum' after the bows of the ships
that form the decorative motif. The Temple of Vesta was the home of the
Vestal Virgins, charged with keeping the sacred flame alight. The circular
foundations still remain, near to a garden in which traces of the House of
the Vestal Virgins can still be seen. The Basilica of Constantine and
Massentius was used as the court, and the three remaining barrel-vaulted
naves give an idea of its gigantic structure. The Arch of Titus celebrates
victories in Judea, and in the reliefs you can see the spoils of war,
including an altar and a seven-armed chandelier.
Palazzo del Quirinale
Pope to the President
Construction of the Palazzo del Quirinale began in the late
16th century, commissioned by Pope Gregory XIII, who chose the top of this
hill as the location for the new papal residence. Various architects
contributed to the design, including Carlo Maderno who devised the chapel,
Bernini to whom one of the wings was entrusted, and Pietro da Cortona who
decorated parts of the interior. It later became a royal palace, and is
now the residence of the President of the Republic. The lovely garden is
open to visitors.
Scalinata Trinità dei Monti
most popular meeting place
The Spanish Steps were designed by Alessandro Specchi and
Francesco de Sanctis. They connect Piazza di Spagna to the French church
of Trinità dei Monti. In spring the steps are decorated with hundreds of
coloured azaleas. Being a beautiful, central and traffic-prohibited spot,
the steps are a permanent meeting place for the young and for tourists.
Trinità dei Monti
background of the Roman panorama
One of the best-known churches in Rome, because it provides
the backdrop to the famous piazza di Spagna.
The French built it at the end of the 15th century in a style
that has Gothic touches, i.e. its two bell-towers at the sides. The
chapels inside contain frescoes by Daniele Volterra, Perin del Vaga and
Francesco da Volterra. The interior has only one nave and is divided into
two parts by a gate. The scalinata di Trinità dei Monti bears the coats of
arms both of Pope Innocent III and of the French, in memory of their
presence on the hill.
Villa Doria Pamphili
largest park in Rome
The largest park in Rome, with pines, paths, fountains and
Italian gardens. The lake, where ducks, swans and turtles have made their
homes, is very popular with children. There are also swings, slides,
games, climbing frames, merry-go-rounds, an ice-rink and pony-hire
offering rides around the park.
symbol of Rome
No visit to Rome is complete without having seen its
magnificent Colosseum, a vast amphitheatre with seating for 55,000 that
was designed as a horse racing circuit and arena for animal fighting and
gladiatorial battles. Upon its completion, spectacular 100-day
celebrations were organized as part of the opening ceremony in 72 AD. Its
name is believed to come from Nero's enormous statue of Colossus that
stood close by. Admission: EUR19.36
Parco del Colle Oppio
Raffaele De Vico designed this park in the mid-19th c. with
the aim of making the city centre more attractive in accordance with a
plan begun during the Napoleonic era. Note the octagonal fountain
embellished with terracotta amphoras known as Canestro's Fountain. In
addition, there are nymphaea with tufa decorations, fountains dedicated to
Nero and Trajan, and various statues.
entrance to Rome
The gate is one of the first examples of architectural
recycling, in fact the two arches were not originally part of the city
walls but belonged to an aqueduct that Emperor Claudius had built in 52 AD
where Via Labincana and Via Prenestina met. Later, the two arches were
incorporated into the city walls and were given the name Porta Prenestina.
Only later did it become known as Porta Maggiore as a result of its
proximity to the church of Santa Maria Maggiore. Today the square in front
of the gate has become a focal point of Roman traffic. Buses and trams
stop here and the upper part of the gate is used as a railway bridge for
trains on their way to and from Termini railway station.
Piazza San Pietro
Peter's Square attracts the world
Enclosed by Bernini's magnificent colonnade, this square has
the largest number of visitors in the world. Millions of tourists wait
here either for the Pope's Sunday blessing or to enter the Basilica. More
than a square, the colonnade gives it the atmosphere of a courtyard,
inviting people to enter the church. In the Christmas period, a nativity
scene and a Christmas tree are installed, and there is a remarkable
atmosphere of celebration, with the majestic dome dominating the scene
People come by the millions each year to receive the Pope's
blessing, traditionally given on Sundays at noon. St Peter's has undergone
many transformations since the original Constantine basilica of AD320. The
top of its majestic dome (designed by Michelangelo). provides the best
vantage point from which to marvel at Bernini's magnificent colonnade
surrounding the square, the gilded bronze canopy above the altar and
Michelangelo's Pietà. Bramante, Pietro da Cortona and Canova are just a
handful of the many other artists who worked together on this monumental
basilica's decoration and design.
Sant'Anna dei Palafrenieri
If you want to see Vignola's beautiful church, the
masterpiece amongst his buildings on an elliptic plan, you need to enter
the Vatican City through the gate of Saint Anna, to the right of which you
will find the entrance to the Church of Sant'Anna dei Palafrenieri. The
church was built for the confraternity of Palafrenieri during the second
half of the 16th century, but was only finished after the death of the
architect's son, Giacinto Barozzi. The interior is of modest dimensions,
with two side chapels, and is much simpler than the baroque façade by
Alessandro Specchi, which was added many years later.
In the centre of St Peter's square, the Vatican obelisk
stands between 2 enormous fountains and four cast-iron lamp posts. It
stands on four bronze lions and was placed in the square by Domenico
Fontana for Pope Sixtus V. It was brought to Rome from Alexandria in Egypt
in 37 AD by Caligula who used it to decorate Nero's circus. Many legends
arose around the enormous monolith. It is said that while it was being
raised, in total silence, a certain Bresca (who realised the cords were
breaking) prevented it falling by shouting the famous phrase, "Water on
the cords". Even more famous is the story that the tip of the obelisk held
the ashes of the cremated Julius Caesar in the bronze globe that is now to
be seen in the Capitoline museums. Now the tip of the obelisk is crowned,
41 metres up, by a relic of the Holy Cross.
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