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    With millions of U.S. visitors every year, Italy never goes out of fashion, but how do you know where to begin, how to escape the crowds and how to make the most of this stunning destination throughout the year? A new book called "<a href="http://us.dk.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780756669058,00.html" target="external">Where to Go When: Italy</a>" looks at more than 120 spectacular destinations across the country, offering the best of each season. <p> No visit to Italy would be complete with a trip to the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican to check out Michelangelo's amazing ceiling. Words cannot begin to describe the epic painting.
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    Jagged mountains and amazing skiing often get overshadowed by Italy's great food, artwork and historic cities. But the Italian Alps rival mountain ranges around the world and offer a year-round playground for adventure seekers and nature lovers.
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    High above Milan from the top of the magnificent Duomo, the beautiful gold statue of the Madonnina looks out over the city's rooftops. She is kept company by another 135 statues delicately balanced on fragile-looking pinnacles and spires.
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    Rome's Spanish Steps are an iconic attraction at the heart of the city. The streets surrounding the steps once provided the backdrop for unforgettable movies scenes -- including Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck's Vespa ride in "Roman Holiday." Today, they are synonymous with luxury and high society.
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    Formed from limestone, unlike the rest of the Adriatic coast, the Gargano headland is a site not to be missed. The onslaught of waves and gales has been subdued and tempered by the soft terrain, which it has in turn etched and shaped into often quite astonishing forms. Seen here, Baia delle Zagare is one of the loveliest beaches on the headland.
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    The ruins of Herculaneum, a large Roman town destroyed in A.D. 79 by a volcanic eruption from Mount Vesuvius, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, near Naples.
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    The Villa Barbaro at Maser is one of architect Andrea Palladio's finest creations. Palladio's design is of refined lightness and succeeds in combining the needs of an elegant noble residence with those of a country house that continued to function as a working farm.
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    The Cappella Brancacci fresco, inside the Chiesa di Sanda Maria del Carmine, was begun in 1425 by the artist Masolino, with many scenes painted by his pupil Masaccio, and completed in 1480 by Filippo Lippi.
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    Trieste is a historic border city stretched out along the shore on Italy's extreme eastern edge, where a kaleidoscope of traditions create an atmosphere this is simply unique.
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    The city of Asolo was first a Roman and then a Venetian possession. Over the centuries, it has attracted many writers and artists.
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    The medieval Ponte Vecchio is the symbol of the historic center of Florence. Heading south, visitors are quickly transported from the bridge's cramped medieval atmosphere to the more expansive and aristocratic 16th century Giardino di Boboli, a fine example of Italian Renaissance gardens.
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    The city of Mantua is full of remarkable artwork. Perhaps the finest of all is Renaissance painter Andrea Mantegna's Camera degli Spiosi, or Marriage Chamber which features a cycle of frescoes that transforms the heart of the Palazzo, originally a military fort, into an elegant air- and light-filled pavilion.
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    Via dell'Acquedotto, one of the oldest streets in Perugia, Umbria. Visitors reach this preserved city's center on discreetly built escalators and elevators that whisk them up the steep hills.
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    Capri's Piazzetta, the island's social center. The tiny rocky island has always attracted international celebrities from Jean-Paul Sartre to Jackie Kennedy. Today its inimitable charm and rugged beauty continue to bewitch visitors.
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    On the edge of Turin is Parco del Valentino, an extensive green area stretched along the Po River that was created in the mid-19th century. It has an impressive castle and a medieval town quarter with a fort.
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    This was just a sample of the wonders of Italy displayed in <a href="http://us.dk.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780756669058,00.html" target="external">Where to Go When: Italy</a>. Discover sleepy villages, local festivals and undiscovered beaches as well as the famous cities and towns of this diverse country in the rest of the book. Open it to any page and you'll be inspired to seek the best regional cuisine and the most dramatic landscapes at the best time of year.
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