Italy, the historical centre of the Roman Empire, boasts more cultural sights and attractions than you could ever hope to see in a single visit. In fact, Italy lays claims to more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world (47 in total), and most of these awe-inspiring sights - often rather casually located amidst the hustle and bustle of modern city-life - are essential to an understanding of contemporary western civilisation.
From the Leaning Tower of Pisa, to the intricate Gothic architecture of Cathedral Square, to the almost obscene wealth of artwork housed in the galleries of Tuscany, a holiday in Italy is nothing short of a compulsory experience.
Featuring various internationally renowned conductors and
soloists, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation presents its
Grandes Orquestras Mundiais (Great Orchestras of the World)
series in Lisbon's Coliseu dos Recreios.
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Valencia's spring festival, celebrated since 1871, is the
highlight of the year in the city. Close to a hundred enormous wood
and cardboard satirical papier-mâché figures are
created and erected along the streets... read more