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By Susan Van Allen

Following the severely acclaimed 100 areas in Italy each lady may still Go, Susan Van Allen provides new gemstones to her number of the simplest spots for lady tourists in Italy's preferred towns, (Rome, Florence, and Venice), in addition to attractive Golden Day itineraries to make holiday desires come precise. Like a savvy tourist female friend whispering on your ear, she courses readers to masterpieces the place girls are glorified — from Rome's Pieta to Florence's Birth of Venus, top spots for wine tasting, chocolate, and gelato, artisan procuring studies to satisfy leather-based craftsmen or glass blowers, and areas for adventures — from rolling pasta to rowing like a gondolier. Plus, there are clean, useful suggestions, giving readers insider's secrets and techniques for what to pack, the simplest areas to get their hair styled, and the way to cut price for souvenirs.
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Everybody else knows it as the Pantheon, a fantastic monument built to honor all the goddesses and gods. It was consecrated in the seventh century as a church dedicated to Mary and the martyrs. The “Eye of God”—the humongous, uncovered circular opening at the top of the Pantheon’s dome—frames the dramatic Roman sky, making the ever-changing city a part of this architectural wonder. It’s fabulous near sunset. One winter I got there just before closing when a rosy cotton-candy-tinged-with-gold cloud floated across it, inspiring even one of the guards to throw his head back and sigh.

It’s impossible to absorb it all in one shot. Hiring a good guide is best since hardly any of the sculptures and ruins are marked. Or just stroll around and surrender to your fantasies. Here are some places where women take center stage: The Campidoglio The Michelangelo-designed piazza is a perfect place to begin, where Minerva, Goddess of Wisdom, Rome, and War, sits on a throne holding her mighty spear—just behind Marcus Aurelius on his horse. To either side of Minerva are the Capitoline Museums, packed with sculptures of characters who once roamed the area surrounding you.

She’s dressed in green silk, with a widow’s headdress and penetrating gaze. She was married off to an army captain, who was often away in battle, inspiring her to hone her love-letter writing skills. When she was 35, he died of a war injury. Instead of following the traditional widow’s route—joining a nunnery or having her family arrange yet another advantageous marriage to further the Colonna line—Vittoria dedicated herself to writing poetry. She hosted artists’ and writers’ salons at a castle in Ischia and then in Rome, where she preferred holding court at the Convent of San Silvestro, rather than this family palazzo.

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