Located in Southern Europe, Italy is one of the world’s most popular destinations in the world. The boot-shaped country offers a number of diverse cities that all offer a unique cultural experience. I recently came across this article, which reminded me of my experience in Italy and inspired me to make a list of my own. From the art treasures and trendy fashion to the stunning landscapes and architecture, there is no limit to what you can experience in Italy. The country has such a rich history, making a trip to Italy both education and relaxing.
Tuscany may be the most famous region in Italy, known for its beautiful rolling hills, olive groves, vineyards and cypress trees. This is an amazing area to relax and enjoy the hill towns, taste wine, or explore the Renaissance art in Florence. The medieval city of Siena holds excellent works of art as well, while Pisa is home to the Leaning Tower. If you are looking to spend some time on the beach, Elba is the largest Tuscan island that offers great beaches.
Top Attractions: Florence, Siena, Pisa, Chianti Wine Region
What was once the capital of the Roman Empire, is now the government seat and capital city of Italy. Rome is located in the country’s central region of Lazio. It is an expansive and complex city that blends together both historic and modern elements. Rome is well-know for housing ancient Roman structures and the Vatican City, having endured over 2,500 years as a vital center for culture, power, and religion. On a trip through Rome, you will be treated to views of ancient romantic plazas to cathedrals and Renaissance architecture.
Top Attractions: Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Pantheon, Vatican Museums
Venice, located in northeastern Italy, is an incredibly unique city that is built upon a lagoon surrounded by the Adriatic Sea. Venice is actually an archipelago of 118 islands all connected by hundreds of beautiful bridges and scenic canals. One of the most popular things to do in Venice is to take a gondola ride along one of its many canals. The picturesque waterways and historic architecture make Venice one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Top Attractions: St. Mark’s Basilica, Grand Canal, Doge’s Palace, Rialto Bridge
For nearly 1,700 years, the famous Roman city of Pompeii was buried under several feet of volcanic ash. This occurred over the cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Excavation of Pompeii began back in 1748, and the site has still not been totally unearthed. You can find this site near the modern city of Naples. A tour of the city offers a fascinating look into the life of the ancient Roman world.
Top Attractions: Plaster Casts, Villa dei Misteri, Pompeii Spectacula, Pompeii Thermal Baths
Nearly destroyed during WWII, Milan has since been restored and is now one of the wealthiest cities in Europe. Milan is a fashion and arts mecca, from its designer shops to world famous treasures: Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, The Last Supper, the La Scala Opera House, the Castello Sforzesco, and the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. Milan may appear to be less Italian compares to some of the country’s more historic ities, but nonetheless, it is one of the most glamourous cities boasting remarkable architecture.
Top Attractions: Milan Cathedral, Santa Maria delle Grazie, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Quadrilatero d’Oro