Destinations - ITALY
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Italy is known as the country of "Life and Style", of art and culture, of good food and fashion, and it is the ideal place to take your team. Italy offers something special to each of its vistors. Visit the countless musuems, historic monuments, and beautiful landscapes, ski on thrilling mountain slopes, taste delicious food and wine. From quaint artistic villages to historically important towns to huge European cosmopolitan cities, there is something here for everyone. Come play soccer in Italy and you will instantly realize that Italian soccer can only be described as passionate and exciting!
Como is a lively and pleasant town with an appealing historical centre and a scenic location at the southern end of the east branch of Lake Como. Lake Como, also called "the star with three points", is made up of three branches, united in the charming central lake. Como occupies a very strategic position as it is not far-off from Milan and Switzerland.
Sights to see in Como: The Duomo, San Fedele Cathedral, Porta Vittoria, Sant'Abbondio Church, the Como Funicular, Volto Lighthouse, Isola Comacina, and much more!
Venezia, La Serenissima, Queen of the Adriatic, city of canals and palaces. Venice's nature is dual: water and land, long history and doubtful future, airy delicacy and dim melancholy. If this precious place does sink, the world will be the poorer. For a thousand years the city was one of the most enduring mercantile sea powers on the face of the earth. Today the brilliance and influence have long since faded, leaving a town of tarnished glories, out of time and out of place, so achingly beautiful it's hard not to look for the back of the set.
Sights to see in Venice: St. Mark's Square, Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark's Basilica, Clock Tower, Rialto Bridge, take a Gondola Ride, Grand Canal, Rialto Market, and much more!
Chioggia is a coastal town of the province of Venice in the Veneto region of northern Italy, situated on a small island at the southern entrance to the Lagoon of Venice. Chioggia is a miniature version of Venice (it is called Little Venice), with a few canals, chief among them the Canale Vena, and the characteristic narrow streets known as calli. Its small streets, all perpendicular at the square, are suggestive of the classic image of a fishbone.
Sights to see in Chioggia: The Church of the S. Maria, The Church of St. Andrew, Sottomarina's Beaches, Corso de Popolo, Chiesa di San Domenico, Duomo, and much more!
Few cities are as easy to fall in love with during a short stay than Florence. As the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence is known for its incredible art and architecture, and its vast history and culture. Impressive buildings, remarkable galleries, and beautiful churches are crammed with treasures depicting the Florentine love of display. The russet rooftops and lofty domes of Florence's skyline provide a picturesque view of the striking city. There are also many side trips from Florence, such as Pisa and the Chianti Region. Sights to see in Florence: Michelangelo's David, Palazzo Vecchio, Signoria Square, Old Bridge, Uffizi Palace, Uiffzi Gallery, Duomo of Florence, The Dome of Brunelleschi, Pitti Palce, and much more!Rome
It's hard to say what you'll find most breathtaking about the Eternal City - the historical buildings, the fabulous artwork, the modern vs. ancient duality, the great food, or the interesting mix of people. Make like the locals and arouse your senses in the multitude of pleasures the city has to offer, from the thrill of feeling centuries of turbulent history under your feet to the enjoyment of eating chestnut gelati on a hot day. Here modern city buildings sit next to ancient city ruins, young college tourist sit next to weathered travellers, this is a city for everyone.
Sights to see in Rome: the Coliseum, the Pantheon, Vatican City, the Roman Forum, the Vatican Museums, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Ruins, and much more!
For more information about Italy, visit the Italian Tourist Board website.
"The plan was for a cultural exchange between American and Italian teenage girls with one common love – the game of soccer. The hope was for an opportunity to experience the vast beauty and cultural variety in a far off land called Italy. The girls would say they never saw so many kinds of pizza in their lives, and they certainly had their fill of pasta along the way. Asked if they’d go back to Italy, the vote was unanimous, “ABSOLUTELY”! What an excellent adventure it was – thank you Excel International Sports for the tour of a lifetime!"
--C. Crow, SAC United, Italy