a multi-city tour
by Armand Ortiz
Venice, one of the foremost cities of the Italian Renaissance, was built entirely on piles sunk into marshy islands at the head of the Adriatic Sea and has hundreds of canals, which function as roads and highways.
Fifteenth-century Florence was an exciting place to be. In 1425 the city had a population of 60,000 and was a self-governed, independent city-state. Twelve artist guilds that regulated the trades were the basis of Florence's commercial success.
Long before the Renaissance, Milan, the city of St. Ambrose, was one of the greatest of the Italian towns. In the eleventh century, it was an important area of conflict between pope and emperor, nobles and plebeians, conservatives and reformers in the church.
- total distance: 282 miles (454 km)