Italy is located in the southern part of Europe. The map and geographical boundaries have not changed since the pre-historic era. In fact, the Roman Empire: one the most prominent in the entire world, laid it’s foundation in Italy. Since then, it has become one of the most visited places by tourists in the entire world. Moreover, the sole reason behind the popularity of Italy is its magnificent cities. These cities contain remarkable archeological wonders, art-works by famous artists such as Michelangelo, Dante and others. Colorful and unique culture is explored along with the revered site, Vatican City. The significant food that has continued to influence the world adds up to its glory. Its cities are surrounded by beautiful villages that glorify the city’s radiance even more. Italy and its cities are known to raise the festive spirit.
Almost all your imaginations and fantasies would start taking shape, once you start planning your trip to this mesmerizing heaven on earth. Mixed with rich culture and glorious past this place is a perfect combination of heritage & modernity at its epitome.
Some of the best places to visit in Italy are:
It is famous for its picturesque architectures, roman-era designed churches, state buildings and holy places. Vatican City is one the most eminent holy place in the entire world. Hence, Vatican is known to be the religious capital of the world. Vatican has one of the largest libraries called “The Archives”. This library is believed to store remarkable works and philosophies of eminent scientists, philosophers and explorers. It also has a lot of religious manuscripts apart from the ones in the church’s collection.
The architectures like The Colosseum, Roman Forum, The Pantheon and the Palantine Hill might animate the history and your imagination. You must keep it in mind that in spite of admiring Pontelli’s Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s pieta, you must, not skip a beat and take time to enjoy the serenity that the city exhibits.
Revive yourself in the greenery of Borghese gardens and lose yourself into narrow streets of Trastevere. Here, you can also enjoy the sweet and tasty gelato and shop in the Via Veneto.
This city of Pompeii, faced the wrath of a volcano and remained buried for 1700 years because of the eruption at Mount Vesuvius. Since its excavation around the mid of 18th century, It has become one of the most visited sites in Italy. The city is situated near the contemporarily constructed Naples.
A quick tour of this place may present you with a slight idea of the lifestyle of the ancient Roman civilization. Visitors can witness structures like houses, shops, public bathing sites and brothels in the ancient streets here.
It is regarded as the art capital of the world. This might come as surprise but the complete city itself can be termed as a huge art gallery. It comprises of various art works, architecture and markets.
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as The Duamo, is a mark for the entire world’s architectures. It is reputed by a huge dome over, which makes even gravity look small. Apart from this cathedral, the two monuments that need a mention here are the Bell Tower & Baptistery. The Bell Tower, designed by Giotto, is made of marble. The Baptistery is constructed in the shape of an octagon. The doors of the Baptistery were designed and made of Bronze by Ghiberti. Both these buildings add up to the heritage value of the city.
In short, this city recites the Renaissance art. There are around six museums with beautiful art collections that include paintings and statuettes. You may also find yourself brimmed with art at Pitti palace and Uffizi gallery.
Once you have witnessed the entire heritage here at the art museums and historic structures, you may also get acquainted with Baboli Gardens and go through the local art studios. At last, you may end your day in Florence by shopping at leather shops in Santa Croce.
It is regarded as the green region of Italy. The manner in which it showcases lush green hills, olive copses, cypress trees and the most famous vineyards is eye-catching. Chianti in this region is famous for its wine tastings, hill towns’ peace and the renaissance art will be worthy of the time spent.
Most of the towns in the Tuscany region are situated at the top of a hill. This construction ideology was used in the olden times to protect and monitor the towns. The above is clearly visible from the displayed remains of castles and towers.
These architectural wonders of these towns& rich heritage in terms of religion, knowledge & art will leave you in a dilemma. In the middle ages when pilgrims used to visit Rome, they used Sam Gimignano as a halt. This place withstood the test of time and it still looks the same as it did in the middle age proving its unique architecture &perfect design.
Volterra’s significance dates back to the Etruscan times i.e. even before the Romans came and made Italy their home. Cortona is one of the oldest towns of Italy that was an Etruscan colony.
Venice has intriguingly made its place amongst the best places to visit in Italy. The city is situated at an inland sea, surrounded by the Adriatic Sea. Its streets are water lanes and people use boats to commute. The air is full of the humming noises from the songs that the gondoliers sing. (Gondoliers: People who row the boats)
The lofty Campanile even makes the Basilica of St. Mark and the Doge’s Palace look diminutive comparatively. The Piazza San Marco square, is the center (hub) of the city, wherein you may witness gondola’s gathering at the terminal of the plaza in Grand Canal.
Therefore, it is possible that you may find yourself lost in these canals of Venice which is intriguing. A heaven for loves and a favorite honeymoon spot for the rich. The elixir of architectural beauty at every water-street of Venice is simply beyond words to describe..
Amalfi Coast and the Capri Island
This Amalfi peninsula remains at the south of Naples and meets the Mediterranean. Thus, it outlines the edge of the Naples Bay. One cannot imagine the beauty of the slopes of mountains near this coast.
The streets of this island are mostly the staircases and the houses pertain to be a part of the cliffs. This coast has a rich flora due to a very less exposure to technology. A drive around the southern coast might be the best route with alluring scenes.
At the end of the neck of land lies the Capri Island. Capri Island, with its parable looks, plentiful villas, richly green gardens and Blue Grotto cave will leave you with a feeling of never leaving this place.
This place is primarily famous for the Leaning tower. “The Leaning Tower of Pisa” is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is that region of Tuscany which is famous for the preserved Italian heritage and Roman Sculptures. The leaning tower is the center of the Unesco Word Heritage site (Cathedral, tower and the baptistery).
The Baptistery includes Pisano’s Pullpit. Adjacent to Pisa is Lucca that is also a charismatic town in the Tuscany region. This place is surrounded by walls with parks. This city comprises of Tuscan and Roman, gothic churches and tower houses.
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