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Italy thrives on tourism, and rightly so. No matter what region of the country you go to, there is always something incredible to see. Unfortunately, sometimes you have to wait hours in a line to see it, or battle crowds for a good look at something that, in the long run, doesn't always seem worth it. Below are ten things (including one place) that you can safely skip on your next trip to the country--because it's just easier to pretend you've already seen it.
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From afar, the Colosseum looks impressive. But once you manage to get past the excruciating long lines, pickpockets, and "gladiators" who try to pressure you into having your photo taken with them, it's not much more than a gutted out arena.
Again, like the Colosseum, best viewed from outside. There's not much to see inside the Pantheon except the tomb of Italy's great king, Victor Emmanuele II. At night it's a magnet for aspiring rock stars and Hare Krishnas.
It's official: Sorrento is now an extension of the United Kingdom. There are enough English-style pubs, football jersey stores, and mediocre restaurants to make you think you're in some sort of Anglicized Little Italy. Sorrento lacks the charm and attractions of other Amalfi Coast towns.
Florence's famous bridge is a classic example of how we have spoiled that which we have loved: The Bridge is usually so crowded, even at night, that it is difficult at best to enjoy the views, the sights, and the sounds of Florence from this ideal vantage point.
Claustrophobia-inducing, dark, and dank, this bridge was the connection from the Doge's Palace to its prisons. If you want to get a sense of what it's like to be a condemned prisoner heading toward execution, then this is your cup of tea!
It is a shame that one of Michelangelo's best known and most beautiful works must reside behind smeared, bulletproof glass--that additionally catches the glare of camera flashes--to keep it safe from the multitude of visitors who view it every year. But sadly, you will see more detail of the sculpture by viewing the Pieta in a very good coffee table book.