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Newport's mansions are remnants of the lavish lifestyles of America's wealthiest industrialists in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Of all of Newport's famous homes, The Breakers mansion is the cream of the summer cottage crop. Commissioned in 1893 by railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt II, The Breakers is a Renaissance-style "summer cottage" inspired by the palaces in northern Italy. Its opulence knows no bounds: Italian marble, ornate gold ceilings, French antique furnishings and fixtures, diamonds, rubies and other precious gems encrusted in the walls … the list of absurdly expensive details goes on and on.

Today's visitors are understandably gobsmacked by the intense display of wealth throughout the mansion's 70 rooms. You can't tour every corner of the house, but you do have access to the kitchen and other behind-the-scenes rooms. And the outdoor grounds are a treat, too. According to recent travelers, the ocean views offered from the property are breathtaking.

You'll find The Breakers on Ochre Point Avenue within two blocks of Salve Regina University and a few blocks northeast of the Marble House. Complimentary parking is provided on-site; you can also take Newport's No. 67 trolley to the Salve Regina University stop. You can also access the mansion from the seaside Cliff Walk.

The mansion is open every day with tours starting at 9 a.m. and ending between 3 and 6 p.m., depending on the season. Tours cost $20.99 for adults and $6.99 for children ages 6 to 17 years. (Children 5 and younger can visit for free.) Two- and five-house tickets, which include a visit to The Breakers, are also available for $25.99 or $32.99. All tickets include self-guided audio tours designed for individuals or families, as well as access to the property's grounds, restrooms and a gift shop. Check out The Preservation Society of Newport County's website for more information on tours and operating hours.

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#1 Cliff Walk This scenic 3.5-mile walkway hugs the edge of Newport's shoreline and snakes by the backyards of many of the town's most glamorous mansions. Many visitors start at ... Read more » bondon22 / Getty Images

#2 Thames Street Nestled just steps from the waterfront, Thames Street has been Newport's main commercial drag since the 18th century. Here you'll find a collection of local shops like Thames ... Read more » Andrew / Flickr

#3 The Breakers Newport's mansions are remnants of the lavish lifestyles of America's wealthiest industrialists in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Of all of Newport's famous homes, The Breakers ... Read more » Shunyu Fan / Getty Images

#4 Rough Point Originally owned by the Vanderbilt family, Rough Point eventually fell into the hands of local philanthropist, tobacco heiress and art collector Doris Duke, who refurbished the estate and donated it ... Read more » Reading Tom / Flickr

#5 Fort Adams Overlooking Brenton Cove in Newport's Fort Adams State Park, this historic military compound was once used to defend Newport's harbor from potential enemies. Once it was gifted to ... Read more » cmh2315fl / Flickr

#6 Marble House Though the most well-known historic home in the area is The Breakers mansion, another must-see property by the Cliff Walk is the Marble House. Like The Breakers, the Marble House ... Read more » Wally Gobetz / Flickr

#7 Touro Synagogue Newport's Touro Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in the U.S. The Orthodox Jewish congregation has had ties to Newport since 1658, though their building wasn't completed until ... Read more » iShootPhotos LLC / Getty Images

#8 National Museum of American Illustration Illustrated art is an image (usually painted) that is created specifically for magazine covers, posters and other advertisements. And the National Museum of American Illustration has one of the largest ... Read more » Courtesy of the National Museum of American Illustration

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The Breakers, the Marble House and Rough Point are just a few of Newport's iconic attractions you'll see while strolling along the seaside Cliff Walk. bondon22 / Getty Images

After learning all about Newport's former residents and history, take a stroll along Thames Street, where you'll find an array of quaint shops and restaurants. Andrew / Flickr

Though the Marble House, Rough Point and other historic estates are worth visiting, no trip to Newport would be complete without wandering the halls of Newport's grandest and most famous mansion: The Breakers. Shunyu Fan / Getty Images

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Named for the 500,000 cubic feet of marble used in its design, the Marble House dazzles visitors with its lavish interior. Wally Gobetz / Flickr

Within blocks of Thames Street in central Newport sits the oldest synagogue in America – Touro Synagogue. iShootPhotos LLC / Getty Images

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