From one of the most stunning and diverse landscapes in Europe, and a delicious national cuisine to a benign climate and the greatest art treasures in the world, Italy does have it all. Every region in this country has retained its own cultural relics, including the historical monuments in Tuscany and the ancient Roman remnants in Rome. Whether you are looking for an activity holiday or simply want to relax on your vacation, this country really offers you the best of both the worlds. It is said that once you visit Italy, you may never want to travel to any other country. Your vacation in Italy gives you the opportunity to learn the single national Italian characteristic, which is to embrace life to the fullest.
Tourists return to this exotic destination over and over again because it is impossible to see every region on one trip. This is the land of Titian, Dante, Verdi, Renzo Piano, and Gualtiero Marchesi and is one of the few places in the world where art and life intermingle so easily. Italians are known for using style, beauty, and flair in every aspect of their daily life, and this is very apparent during your vacation in Italy. After visiting a few places here, take some time and indulge in ‘Bella Vita’ or ‘Beautiful Life’.
If you are a foodie, your vacation in Italy will feel like Christmas come early. Whether you want to grab a bite to eat at any of the trattorias or want to experience fine dining at one of the Michelin-starred restaurants, Italy has it all. The secret that makes Italian cuisine so delicious is the use of seasonal produce and excellent ingredients. Try the cannoli or the tagliatelle al ragu when you are here, and experience a burst of flavor with every single bite.
There are so many places to see here that you will definitely be confused about what to include in your itinerary on your vacation in Italy. However, there are some places that must be seen when you plan a trip to the world’s ‘living art gallery’.
Your vacation in Italy is not complete without a visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Also known as La Torre Pendente, this attraction stands on the Piazza del Duomo in Pisa. This tower is well known all around the world due to its flaw, which is that it has a definite tilt to it. The construction work on this tower started in the year 1173, but the tower started sinking on its south side even before the third story was completed. In 2001, the 5.5 degree tilt was brought down to around 4 degrees. Today, you get a spectacular, if skewed, view of the city when you climb up the stairs of this leaning tower.
Cinque Terre means ‘five lands’ and comprises of the five villages of Vernazza, Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Corniglia, and Manarola. These villages are known for some of the most breathtaking Italian landscapes that include wine terraces and steep cliff sides, and are located in the northwestern region of Liguria. Visit the Cinque Terre on your vacation in Italy if you love hiking along scenic routes. Ensure that you wear comfortable walking shoes if you want to explore the older sections of these five villages. So whether it is to visit the beaches in Monterosso or hike the Via dell’Amore to reach Manarola, Cinque Terre must be visited on your trip to Italy.
The country’s fashion and financial capital should not be missed during your vacation in Italy. Home to renowned designers like Versace, Prada, and Armani, this is the third most visited city in Italy. You must visit the Santa Maria delle Grazie when you are in Milan, because it has Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper on display. The Duomo di Milano or the Milan Cathedral is one of the most popular attractions in this city due to its elaborate Gothic architecture. Some of the other popular city attractions are the Piazza Merchanti, La Scala, Sforzesco Castle, and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
You cannot say you have been on a vacation in Italy, if you haven’t been on a gondola ride through the Venice canals. The ideal way to explore this city of islands is to go on a gondola ride through the Grand Canal. The Grand Canal is not only the main street of Venice, but also one of the top attractions of this city. Some of the famous tourist attractions connected by this canal are Santa Maria della Salute, Palazzo Grassi, Ponte di Rialto, and San Stae.
Apart from the Grand Canal, there are a few other sights that must be seen when you are in Venice. They include St. Mark’s Basilica, Scuola Grande di San Rocco, and the Gallerie dell’Accademia. Visit this city during your vacation in Italy and spend a couple of hours strolling along the charming little streets.
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