Following the journey of Serena took us not just around the Philippines, but to lovely Italy as well. This country is centered on arts and culture, as evident in its overall look. Don't miss visiting these spots if you find yourself in the breathtakinly beautiful Venice and Rome—two of the many Italian cities where Dolce Amore stars have been:
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Grand Canal of Venice. Take a tour around the wonderful city of Venice through the most common mode of transportation here—water vehicles. Hop aboard your preferred transfer and cruise through the ancient waterways lined with several palazzos, decorated with mosaic art and paintings. Exploring the vast magnificence of the canals is best experienced through riding the vaporetto or the water bus or gondolas for couples looking for a romantic ride. If you happen to visit Venice on September, time-travel to this place's past and witness the Regata Storica, an annual event of boat races and parade, held every first Sunday.
Piazza San Marco. The square is home to many picturesque spots. Spot St. Mark Basilica in all its Venetian-Byzantine-Roman-style glory and marvelous mosaics, gleaming from whichever angle, and its campanile, towering the whole city and ringing its bells at certain hours. Pass by the Doge Palace at its side, a place reflective of the culture of Venice. Also, visit the library and other museums, but don't miss taking a selfie with the famed pigeons gathering at the square.
Fontana di Trevi. The Trevi Fountain is easily crowded by tourists tossing coins to the fountain, wishing to come back to this city. The sculptures on the background of its gushing water is a sight to behold—no wonder this Baroque art form is famed across the world. More than it being picture perfect, it's a site to learn the Roman background; study the statues and its true meaning (google away to brush up on your history, or if you're more assertive, ask the locals or fellow tourists) and read the inscription found around the fountain.
Saint Peter's Basilica. Marvel at the biggest church in the world. A strict dress code is implemented (girls must wear bottoms that are at least knee-length and shoulders must be covered; boys have to don pants and sleeved shirts), so make sure that you're properly dressed. You can take in its allure starting at the St. Peter's Square, following the path of the basic tour: The exteriors lined with the statues of saints and the grand facade, then a walk further to the dome, the nave, the altar, the cathedral of Peter and back to the aisle. Stand in awe at treasured art pieces and monuments inside, a gallery looking back to hundred years past. And if you're lucky and the Pope happens to be in Rome on a Wednesday or rare Sunday, join in the papal audience! It's definitely an experience to treasure forever.
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