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Hello everyone,

There are a few words I don't understand the proper meaning of.
Would you take a look at them and comment some if you have any idea?
Thanks a lot~!

pb

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The parts underlined and in bold are them I need to know the meaning of.

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It’s also a nation with a lot to live up to. Many of its sights seem so familiar that the risk of disappointed expectations is a real one. Fortunately, though, no photo can portray the thrill of exploring the Colosseum in or seeing Michelangelo’s David in .

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Avoid beaches in August as prices skyrocket and much of the coastline is infested with sun-beds, booked and paid for months in advance.

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The high-baroque Fontana di Trevi, six blocks northeast of the Pantheon, was designed by Nicola Salvi in 1732 .

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Any self-respecting pizza fan will make a stop at this Roman institution, always packed to the beams. Come very early or very late if you don’t want to queue or share a table.
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The style that would be typical of when baroque was at its height of popularity: http://encyclopedia.farlex.com/Baroque-style
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Hello Pb03,

1. It’s also a nation with a lot to live up to. Many of its sights seem so familiar that the risk of disappointed expectations is a real one. Fortunately, though, no photo can portray the thrill of exploring the Colosseum in Rome or seeing Michelangelo’s David in Florence.

To be as good as its reputation. With so much said about Italy before you ever set foot in the country, it must be very good to meet your high expectations.

2. Avoid beaches in August as prices skyrocket and much of the coastline is infested with sun-beds, booked and paid for months in advance.

[booked and paid for] [month in advance] - They are reserved and paid for several months before they are ever used (so someone showing up without a reservation for one will never be able to find one).

3. The high-baroque Fontana di Trevi, six blocks northeast of the Pantheon, was designed by Nicola Salvi in 1732 .

Baroque is an architectural style - you can Google for more info.

4. Any self-respecting pizza fan will make a stop at this Roman institution, always packed to the beams. Come very early or very late if you don’t want to queue or share a table.

Very, very crowded with people
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Thank you, Grammar Geek

One additional question I have.
As for the question number 3, what about the possible meaning of the "high" in "high-baroque"?
Does that mean that the fountain has strong style of Baroque?
Or could it be any other better meaning?

Thanks again for your consideration~!

pb
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