Italian walks through St. Petersburg

So much of St. Petersburg has Italian connections, first and foremost the wealth of palaces, public buildings, and sculpture created by Italian artists. There is no way that these walking routes could cover every work of Italian origin from the first two centuries of the city's development, but by taking in the numerous highlights they can provide a good impression of the sheer enormity of the Italian contribution to the vistas of St. Petersburg, and to other aspects of cultural life in the city.