Italy is one of the most wonderful countries in the world, it is full of things to do and see. Check out the top ten destinations in Italy you must visit when you plan your trip to Italy.
Napoi is one of the business metropolitan cities in the country. The city of Naples offers a treasure trove of art works and historic sites, but is famous for its delicious food such as pizza, spaghetti and parmigiana. Napoli rises on the slopes of mount Vesuvius one of the Volcanoes in Italy.
The Italian Lake District stretches across northern Italy. The Italian Lakes is guaranteed good weather along with lovely scenery. Garda is the largest lake, and offers stunning scenery. Como is equally stunning, with forested slopes rising directly from the water’s edge. Further west, Maggiore is less popular yet just as beautiful, with several popular family resorts.
The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea is Sicily and is an autonomous region of Italy that also includes several smaller isles. Home to every great Mediterranean civilization, Sicily is rich in art and history; from Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples to Palermo’s Baroque churches. The island’s most striking geological feature is Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest active volcano.
Meaning “Five Lands,” Cinque Terre comprises of five villages, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Monterosso and Corniglia. Located in Italy’s northwestern coastal region of Liguria, the villages of Cinque Terre feature some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes that include steep cliff sides and wine terraces dating back to hundreds of years.
Situated in Italy’s southwestern region of Campania, the Amalfi Coast is known for its extraordinary beauty which makes it one of Italy’s top tourist destinations. The Amalfi Coast is prized for its picturesque coastline that features shimmering bays, craggy cliffs, lemon tree gardens, multicolored villas and ritzy resorts. One of the most romantic and posh towns along the Amalfi Coast is Positano, with its beautiful pebbled beaches, pastel houses and scenic mountains. One of the larger towns, Amalfi, features lovely plazas lined with restaurants while the town of Ravello is favored for its beautiful villas of gardens and art works.
Milano has since reconstructed and now shines as one of the wealthiest cities in Europe. Widely regarded as a mega fashion center, Milan also attracts visitors from around the world to its many surviving world famous treasures, such as Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, The Last Supper, the La Scala Opera House, the Castello Sforzesco and one of the world’s largest Gothic Cathedral. Nonetheless, Milan sometimes appears less Italian compared to the country’s predominantly historic cities and more of a glamorous city with modern architecture across the entire city.
Pompeii is one of Italy’s most visited tourist destinations, it’s a famous Roman city which was buried under several feet of volcanic ash for nearly 1,700 years after the cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Excavation of Pompeii began in 1748, and the site is yet to be totally unearthed. The site is located near the modern city of Naples. A tour of Pompeii offers a fascinating insight into the everyday life of the ancient Roman world. Visitors can walk along the ancient streets to see the remains of bakeries, homes and baths.
Formerly the capital of the Roman Empire, Roma today is the government seat and capital city of Italy. Located in the country’s central region of Lazio, Rome is a vast and complex city that is both historic and modern at the same time. Best known for housing ancient Roman structures and the Vatican City, Rome has for more than 2,500 years been an important center for culture, power and religion. From ancient romantic plazas, to stunning cathedrals and Renaissance architecture, there is so much to see and do in Rome, that it could take months or even years to see it all.
Italy’s most famous region, Toscana conjures images of beautiful rolling hills, olive groves, vineyards and cypress trees. The many pleasures of Tuscany include tasting wine in Chianti, simply relaxing in hill towns such as San Gimignano or exploring Renaissance art in Firenze. The medieval city of Siena also holds excellent works of art while its historic center is one of the most popular places to visit in Italy. Elba, the largest of several Tuscan islands, offers great beaches while Pisa is world-famous for its Leaning Tower.
One of the best places to visit in Italy, Venice is a unique city in that is built upon a lagoon surrounded by the Adriatic Sea. Located in northeastern Italy, Venice is an archipelago of 118 islands all connected by hundreds of beautiful bridges and scenic canals. Of the canals, the Grand Canal is most famous and divides the city into two sections. Picturesque waterways and historic architecture make Venezia one of the most romantic cities in the world. Venice is often crowded but well worth visiting to see its magnificent landmarks like Saint Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doge’s Palace and Rialto Bridge. One of the most popular things to do is to take a gondola ride along one of its many canals.
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