Discover Italy (Travel Guide) (2nd Edition)
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Experience the Best of Italy
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Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s Allegory of Good and Bad Government frescoes supplying Siena’s town council with a medieval-cartoon mission statement: collect taxes, end corruption, avoid war, and don’t forget to party. RACHEL LEWIS /LONELY PLANET IMAGES © Mt Etna Known to the Greeks as the ‘column that holds up the sky’, Mt Etna ( Click here ) is Europe’s largest volcano and one of the world’s most active. The ancients believed the giant Tifone (Typhoon) lived in its crater and lit up the sky
includes the likes of Boccioni, Campigli, de Chirico, Fontana and Marinetti, is enough to distract. Time your visit before lunch or dinner and end with a meal at the top-floor restaurant. A smaller portion of the museum’s collection is displayed at the Casa Museo Boschi di Stefano ( 02 2024 0568; www.fondazioneboschidistefano.it; Via Jan 15; admission free; 10am-6pm Tue-Sun) . Milan Top Sights Duomo E4 Quadrilatero d'Oro E2 Sights 1 Acquario Civico C2 2 Castello Sforzesco C2
basil and honey. Furnished with lipstick-red leather sofas and print wallpapers, it has a sexy low-key ambiance. 10 CORSO COMO Bar ( 02 2901 3581; www.10corsocomo.com; Corso Como 10; 12.30pm-midnight Mon-Fri, 11.30-1.30am Sat & Sun) A picture-perfect courtyard, world-class people watching and an elegant aperitivo scene lit at night by a twinkling canopy of fairy lights makes Corso Como the best lifestyle concept bar in Milan. LIVING Bar Offline map Google map ( 02 331 00 84;
riveting temporary exhibitions. PALAZZO PFANNER Palazzo (www.palazzopfanner.it; Via degli Asili 33; palace or garden adult/reduced €4/3.50, both €5.50/4.50; 10am-6pm Apr-Oct) Felix Pfanner, may God rest his soul, was an Austrian émigré who first brought beer to Italy – and brewed it in this mansion’s cellars. Take the outdoor staircase to the frescoed and furnished piano nobile (main reception room), then visit the ornate, statue-studded 18th-century garden. August to October, watch out for the
(€5.40, 1½ hours, eight daily). Sena ( 861 1991900; www.sena.it) buses run to/from Rome (€21, 3½ hours, eight daily), Milan (€35, 4¼ hours, four daily), Venice (€28, 5¼ hours, two daily) and Perugia (€12, 90 minutes, one daily). Its ticket office ( 8.30am-7.45pm Mon-Sat) is also underneath the bus station. Car & Motorcycle For Florence, take the RA3 Siena–Florence superstrada (expressway) or the SR222. Getting Around TO/FROM THE AIRPORT A Siena Mobilità bus travels between Pisa airport and