Bolzano is the capital of the autonomous province of Trentino-Alto Adige and is situated in a valley in the middle of hills rich in vineyards. It is the gateway to the Dolomites mountain range in the Italian Alps. In the medieval center of the city, the Archaeological Museum of South Tyrol is home to the Neolithic mummy, known as Ötzi, the man of the Similaun. Nearby are the imposing thirteenth-century Mareccio Castle and the Cathedral of Bolzano characterized by Gothic-Romanesque architecture.
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Cortina D’Ampezzo, pearl of the Dolomites. The Conca d’Ampezzo, where the famous Cortina tourist resort is located, is surrounded by a crown of mountains that make it a unique and unmissable destination, both in summer and in winter. A magical place that the din of mass tourism has not affected, where getting lost in intact woods admiring steep walls of a thousand colors, discovering a unique natural territory and an ancient culture where traditions are still alive and an integral part of action daily.
Valle d’Aosta is a region in the north-west of Italy on the border with France and Switzerland. Located in the western Alps, it is known for the snow-capped peaks of the Cervino, Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso. Courmayeur and Cervinia are among the most important ski resorts. The region’s countryside is dotted with castles and medieval fortresses, such as the Fénis Castle and the Verrès Castle, dating back to the 14th century.
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian (Arabian) Gulf. Its focus on oil exports and commerce is reflected by the skyline’s modern towers and shopping megacenters such as Abu Dhabi and Marina malls. Beneath white-marble domes, the vast Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque features an immense Persian carpet, crystal chandeliers and capacity for 41,000 worshipers.
Sau Paulo, Brazil’s bustling financial center, is one of the most populous cities in the world; presents numerous cultural institutions and has a particularly rich architectural tradition. Among the symbols of St. Paul we must mention the neo-Gothic cathedral, the Edifício Martinelli (a skyscraper of 1929), and the curved Copan building of the contemporary architect Oscar Niemeyer. The church of the Pátio do Colégio, built in colonial style, stands at the point where the Jesuits founded the city in 1554.
Austin is the state capital of Texas, an inland city bordering the Hill Country region. Home to the University of Texas flagship campus, Austin is known for its eclectic live-music scene centered around country, blues and rock. Its many parks and lakes are popular for hiking, biking, swimming and boating. South of the city, Formula One’s Circuit of the Americas raceway has hosted the United States Grand Prix.
Mexico City is the densely populated, high-altitude capital of Mexico. It’s known for its Templo Mayor (a 13th-century Aztec temple), the baroque Catedral Metropolitana de México of the Spanish conquistadors and the Palacio Nacional, which houses historic murals by Diego Rivera. All of these are situated in and around the Plaza de la Constitución, the massive main square also known as the Zócalo.
Nagoya, capital of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture, is a manufacturing and shipping hub in central Honshu. The city’s Naka ward is home to museums and pachinko (gambling machine) parlors. Naka also includes the Sakae entertainment district, with attractions like the Sky-Boat Ferris wheel, which is attached to a mall. In northern Naka is Nagoya Castle, a partly reconstructed 1612 royal home displaying Edo-era artifacts.
Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population. Its colonial core centers on the Padang, a cricket field since the 1830s and now flanked by grand buildings such as City Hall, with its 18 Corinthian columns. In Singapore’s circa-1820 Chinatown stands the red-and-gold Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, said to house one of Buddha’s teeth.
Milan, the world capital of fashion and design, is a metropolis of Northern Italy and is the capital of Lombardy. Headquarters of the Italian Stock Exchange, it is a financial hub that is also famous for exclusive restaurants and shops. The Gothic-style Cathedral and the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, which houses the fresco “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci, bear witness to the city’s artistic and cultural heritage.