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It has been incredible to see the landscape, architecture, and people of Italy as seen through the eyes of others who have traveled to see our renowned history and enjoy our rich culture.

The entries came from visitors around the globe, including the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Canada, and more. The photos are as diverse in style and subject matter as those who submitted them, but the one common thread is the alluring beauty of Italy. From the incomparable waterways of Venice to the streets of Rome to the rugged coastline of Cinque Terre, Italy has indeed earned her reputation as the bel paese (beautiful country).

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner, Sarah Lalone of London, Ontario, Canada for her charming black and white photograph of Lucca after lunch (right).

From all of us at Avventure Bellissime Tours Italy, congratulazioni, Sarah! We love how your photo uses the arch to frame the beauty of this street scene and captures the feeling of being here.

As the Bella Italia photo contest grand prize winner, Sarah has received the Essence of Italy Vacation Package. This package includes seven nights at selected 4-star hotels (in Rome, the Capo d’Africa, in Florence, the Kraft, and in Venice, the Ca’dei Conti) with full buffet breakfasts, five private/group transfers, two First Class train tickets from Rome to Florence and then from Florence to Venice (including transportation by car from hotel to train station and transfer from station to hotel upon arrival at next destination). The Vatican & Sistine Chapel Small Group Tour, the Colosseum & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour, Florence & David Small Group Walking Tours, Grand Canal Boat Small Group Tours, Venice & St. Marks Small Group Walking Tours, and the 35-minute Small Group Venice Gondola Ride are also included.

Choosing the winning entry from among so many deserving photographs was no easy task. We want to offer our congratulations as well to our runner-up winners, who have each received an Avventure Bellissime Original Group Walking Tour of Venice:

Eglal Graiss of Farmingdale for this lovely reflected image of Castle Sant’Angelo.

Bella Chu from Boston for this fun picture of the Tower of Pisa.

Sarah Armstrong from Wailea for the beautiful picture of the Grand Canal.

It was truly wonderful to read through everyone’s comments about Italy and share in the memories of people who have travelled here, enjoyed everything Italy has to offer, and wish to return.

And while our Bella Italia photo contest is now closed, we do love hearing from you on our Facebook page and invite you to keep sharing with us your comments and experiences of travel in Italy.

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