When it comes to some of the best places to spend your vacation or holidays with friends and family, Italy brings itself among the top players. For a quick tour of the some of the most famous places in Italy, here is your guide ...
"What is the fatal charm of Italy? What do we find there that can be found nowhere else? I believe it is a certain permission to be human, which other places, other countries, lost long ago." - Erica Jong.
Well, the quote says it all about why you should pay a visit to this magnificent place, partly on the European Continent and partly on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe. With its myriads of attractions, Italy is a massive hub for tourists, from all around the world, every year.
Legends like Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, and Octavius Caesar belong to this great republic. And, what more can possibly be said, which has not been said before, about the Colosseum, one of the seven wonders of the world.
When you lay your foot in Italy, it would be a great disappointment if you miss Rome, the 'Eternal City'.
Presenting its visitors with classy antiquities, gorgeous piazzas, stunning fountains, great food, and an exhilarating ambiance, Rome truly deserves to be one of the most amazing vacation spots in Italy.
However, this is not just what this great city offers, it also gives fine shopping, exciting nightlife, excellent restaurants, and delightful coffee bars.
Some places in Rome which are worth the money you spend, undoubtedly, are the Colosseum, Great Squares, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Fountain of Four Rivers, Rome Zoo (the Bioparco), Centrale Montemartini, and Scala Santa - Holy Staircase.
When we talk about Milan, we talk about style, glamor, and fashion. Traveling in a bus or on foot will let you explore the real beauty of this delightfully glamorous city called Milan.
Don't forget to treat yourself to a tour of the Teatro alla Scala opera house, the Palazzo Borromeo, the Palazzo Marino, the Duomo, La Scala, Castello Sforzesco, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the Palazzo Real, Sforza Castle, and entrance to see Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'.
Once the art center of the Western Civilization, Florence will fill your heart with admiration for its splendid elements of artistic and architectural excellence.
The Piazza San Giovanni, the Brunelleschi's Dome, the Giotto's Bell Tower, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistery, the Bargello Museum, the Accademia Gallery, the Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi Museum, and the Ponte Vecchio are some of the best reasons why you must invest your time in Florence.
However, if you want to get the real and raw taste of the civilization of Florence, then there should be nothing stopping you from getting a sneak peek into the town's museums and churches.
Lose yourself in the splendors and magic of Sicily, known to be the largest island in the Mediterranean. Exists as an free entity of Italy and exhibits a fine uniqueness in its elements of arts, music, literature, cuisine, architecture, and language.
If you happen to reside in a place with the mercury dropping all the year round, then you will be delighted to be welcomed by the dry and sunny climate of this island. Here you can also be a witness to the best preserved ancient Greek temples.
Best spots to visit here are Mount Etna, the beaches, archeological sites, major cities of Catania and Palermo, old town of Taormina, Giardini Naxos, Aeolian Islands, Erice, Cefalù, Syracuse, and Agrigento.
The Amalfi Coast
Also known as Costiera Amalfitana in Italian, the Amalfi Coast boasts its scenic beauty of stretches of coastline, dotted with huge green mountains.
This area is known for its rugged terrain, picturesque towns and diversity, and its generous lines of restaurants, bars, boutiques, and boat trips to name a few.
Places which are a must see include Duomo, the church of Santa Maria Assunta, Villa Cimbrone, churches of San Luca and San Gennaro, Fiordo of Furore, Ravello, and the Emerald Cave.
A visit to Venice is always a subject that is spoken of by people who have lived the chance of visiting it. Other places in the world have streets, but Venice has canals.
This city tempts visitors with its romance, history, fantastic photo opportunities, and delicious food. Spots which this city shows off include Gallerie dell'Accademia, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Palazzo Fortuny, Palazzo Mocenigo, and Museo Storico Navale. These were the museums and the galleries.
Famous churches lists Santa Maria della Salute, Il Redentore, San Giacomo dell'Orio, and Oratorio dei Crociferi. Some of the must see buildings are Torre dell'Orologio, Telecom Italia Future Centre, Scala Contarini del Bovolo and Campanile.
Don't forget about the bridges such as New fourth bridge over the Grand Canal, Accademia Bridgem and the Rialto Bridge.
If you forget to carry your best vacation attire to all these beautiful places, it won't matter much. However, if you forget to carry your camera! Well, it would be no less than a disaster for cherishing the memory of these places!