<p>Carnival revelers take a break in one of Venice's countless sidewalk cafes. As European influences continue to trickle in from the north, Italy is experiencing a reinvention across its large cities. However, as home to the eternal city of Rome and some of the world’s greatest art and architecture, the country still clings to the roots that have provided the region’s lifeblood for centuries.</p> <p><a href="http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-of-the-day/carnival-venice-cafe/">See larger and download wallpaper &gt;&gt;</a></p>

Italy

Carnival revelers take a break in one of Venice's countless sidewalk cafes. As European influences continue to trickle in from the north, Italy is experiencing a reinvention across its large cities. However, as home to the eternal city of Rome and some of the world’s greatest art and architecture, the country still clings to the roots that have provided the region’s lifeblood for centuries.

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Photograph by Mariusz Smiejek, Your Shot

Italy Photos

See photos of Italy (including the Colosseum, Venice, Florence, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

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