A delightful travel series exploring the great cities of Europe...places of fascinating history, rich culture and fabulous sights. Vienna The capital of the Republic of Austria. Art and culture have a long tradition in Vienna, including opera, classical music, fine arts and cuisine. It is home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, famed for its performances of classical Viennese composers (particularly the works of Mozart and Johann Strauss) and over 200 significant Viennese balls annually held there. Paris The capital of France. Paris is one of the world's leaders in business and culture, and its influence in politics, entertainment, media, fashion, science, the arts and cuisine all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities. One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Paris is home to numerous iconic landmarks including the 12th century cathedral Notre Dame de Paris, the Napoleonic Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Rome The capital of Italy located on the Tiber river. The city has been one of history's most powerful and important centers, being the ancient home of the emperor during the Roman Empire; and, today the Roman Catholic Church. Due to this, the city has often been nicknamed The Eternal City. Also, Rome is widely regarded as one of the world's most beautiful ancient cities. St Peter's Basilica was built and the Sistine Chapel's ceiling was painted by artist Michelangelo. Famous artists and architects, such as Bramante, Leonardo de Vinci, Bernini and Raphael, resided for some time in Rome.