Italy is one of the most visited countries in the world ranking in the top 5 consistently. This comes as no surprise because the country has a storied past, is the center of art, beautiful buildings, a food destination, and has spectacular landscapes and mountains.
If you’re planning to visit this country, here are some of the places to seriously consider adding to your itinerary.
Rome is an ancient and modern city with a past that dates back centuries. It also played an important role in shaping Europe and spreading its influence and culture around the known world at the time. Today, you’ll find vestiges of its former glory in famous attractions such as the Pantheon, the Forum and the renowned Coliseum.
Other known places of interest are Michelangelo’s Pieta and the Sistine Chapel. The beautiful art and architecture will leave you in awe as you enter quaint alleys and linger in certain neighborhoods. Visit the Trevi Fountain and throw a coin in before leaving, and dine in one of the restaurants to cap your days’ off.
Florence is the ideal place to go time traveling it embodies Italian Renaissance with its beautiful architecture and artistic vibe. Some would say the city is just one big art museum that contains works by renowned Italian artists. The must-visits during your trip are the Duomo and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.
The latter of which is famous for its huge dome that seems like it is defying gravity. Even the lesser known churches are masterpieces with their stunning design and artworks. Art buffs must include the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace.
Italian Alps hiking is one of the must-dos while in the country. The landscapes are nothing short of spectacular, and there are trails for all fitness and experience levels. The hike will take you through some of the most stunning views in the region.
The effort and time you took to explore will all be worth it. You’ll also get a chance to see quaint towns with the mountains as your backdrop. Notable stops along the way are Lake Braies in Prags, Mount Lussari Village in Tarvisio, Lillianes in Valle d’Aosta and Lake Como just to name a few.
Italy has plenty of beautiful villages and towns by the sea or with the mountains as a background. One of the must-visits to your itinerary is Cinque Terre. The name of this destination means “Five Lands” it includes Vernazza, Corniglia, Riomaggiore, Monterosso and Manarola.
There are hiking trails that provide you with stunning views of the houses, cliffs and the sea. The most popular route to follow is the Blue Trail, which is family-friendly and is suitable for every fitness level.
To some, a trip to Italy would be incomplete without visiting Venice. The city has its own magic that will keep tourists spellbound with its water-filled streets and gondolas that will take you through various alleys. St. Mark’s Square, the Grand Canal, Doge’s Palace and the Basilica of St. Mark are some of the city’s most well-known attractions.
These are just some of the places you can visit while exploring Italy. Include these destinations to see the country’s culture, history and stunning landscapes.