Italy is a fabulous country to visit and there are so many things to do and see there. Here are 5 of the best places to visit in Italy.
The romantic city of Venice is in the northeastern part of Italy and it is known for its canals and mesmerizing bridges. Be sure to take a ride on a gondola and explore the canals at sunset while someone else does the piloting. Venice is also known for its amazing architecture so be sure to check out St Mark’s Basilica and Piazza San Marco. This vibrant city also hosts many world famous music festivals as well so be sure to catch a concert or two. Purchase some hand blown Venetian glass and watch the artisans work.
Puglia is a region in southern Italy that forms the heel of the boot shaped country. It is well known for its pretty hill towns, and its hundreds of miles of Mediterranean coastline. The city of Lecce is known for its baroque architecture and it is often called the “Florence of the South”. Visit the city of Alberobello to see the trulli buildings with their unique cone shaped roofs have made this a UNESCO World Heritage site. For an authentic experience, you can stay in a trulli building in Puglia.
Liguria is a small crescent shaped region in northwestern Italy that is known as the Italian Riviera. Genoa is the capital city and this port city has been an important part of maritime trade for hundreds of years. Be sure to visit the old town and see the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo and its Romanesque architecture. If you like opera be sure to visit the Teatro Carlo Felice opera house and catch a show. Visit the east coast and see the sights of Cinque Terre, 5 vibrantly coloured fishing villages that you can stroll through.
Rome is an ancient city that dates back over two thousand years. Take a stroll through the Colosseum and you can imagine the thriving crowds that once turned up to watch the gladiators of Julius Caesar battle each other. Be sure to check out the stunning Trevi Fountain that was completed in the 18th century. If you want to learn about the history of Rome, going on a guided tour is a great way to get more from your time in Rome. There is also plenty of great shopping and you can pick up many different inexpensive and great quality leather products. Make sure you take a trip to the stunning beaches and get some people watching in. No trip to Rome is complete without visiting the Vatican City and the stunning paintings done by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.
Florence is a fabulous city that is known for its world famous fashion. The headquarters of Gucci, Emilio Pucci, Cavalli and Ferragamo are all located here. Via de’ Tornabuoni is a great place to stroll and check out the shops. You can also hire personal shoppers that will allow you to visit stores during non business hours so you can peruse the fashions to your heart’s content without crowds. Florence is also considered the birthplaces of the Renaissance and it has many wondrous sights to visit. Make sure you take time to visit the works of Michelangelo, Donatello, and Leonardo da Vinci. Check out the city break guide here.