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My first trip to Japan began in Tokyo, a metropolis of over 13 million inhabitants that after the bombing of the Second World War was rebuilt by investing in an innovative metropolitan railway system and a special focus on seismic risk. It is by far a city where modernity, tradition and religion blend naturally and are shared by all generations. In the streets you can meet families dressed in traditional kimonos, businessmen in suits and school children in uniform. The two main religions, Shintoism and Buddhism, coexist in a harmonious and respectful manner both in the daily life of people and in places of worship. Thousands of people move continuously respecting timetables and queues in an almost maniacal way (really in Japan you have to queue for anything, even to take a picture with a dog! But I’ll talk about that later). My visit to the city starts from the…

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Have you ever wondered where the best photos of the city of Florence are taken from? Piazzale Michelangelo is the most famous viewpoint in Florence (in fact, if they gave it the name of the famous italian Renaissance artist there will be a reason).I decided to spend a weekend in Tuscany. After arriving at the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence, I rushed directly to Piazzale Michelangelo with the hope of getting in there before sunset.The square is easily accessible by public transport or taxi from the city center. You can walk along the tree-lined avenue called Michelangelo, or walk up the monumental stairs called Rampe del Poggi from Piazza Poggi in the San Niccolò district.The name of the square was chosen by the architect Giuseppe Poggi who designed the project in 1869 to celebrate Michelangelo and his works. He also designed the Loggia which dominates the entire terrace…

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