Attractions in Italy
As they say ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ and it would certainly take much longer to explore the capital. There are so many places to go and sites to see that you could never get bored! Whether it’s exploring the fascinating Colosseum, walking where Caesar did, seeing the Vatican City, or making a wish at the Trevi Fountain, Rome is an obvious stop on your Italy travel itinerary.
Florence is known as the birthplace of the Renaissance and is home to Michelangelo’s famous statue of David. The huge gothic cathedral, the Duomo is also another popular tourist attraction, with no admission fee. Another reason to visit Florence is that it is in the heart of Tuscany – wine country!
Venice although expensive is a great place for couples – very romantic. Take a gondola ride along one of the canals, stroll through the alleyways, or hang out in St Mark’s Square with the pigeons (don’t feed them though, it’s against the law!). You could also check out one of the many gothic churches or buy one of the colorful Venetian carnival masks from one of the many stalls.
The obvious attraction in Pisa is the leaning tower. It was originally built in 1173 to serve as the cathedral’s bell tower and started to lean soon afterward because of the unstable ground at its base. The project to stop the tower from leaning further and toppling was completed in 2001 so the tower is now open to visitors. There are other historical sites to visit all conveniently within about half an hour walking distance of each other.
Sicily was once its own country and only became part of Italy in the 19th century. For this reason the region (Italy’s largest) is very culturally diverse. It even has it’s own distinct language and the people often refer to themselves as Sicilian. Things to see in Sicily include museums, parks, beaches, palaces, churches and Greek temples and amphitheatres.
The Italian Island of Capri, the in Gulf of Naples has been known as a major resort destination since Roman time. During the summers the island sees a lot of tourists and you can also do a bit of celebrity spotting if you’re into that.
Complete your visit to the south of Italy with a visit to Sorrento. Gateway to the Amalfi coast, this city is busy in the summer, but has plenty to offer all its visitors. This seaport has been active for thousands of years and has a rich history.
Abruzzo holds some of Italy’s best-preserved medieval and Renaissance hill towns. Many lie entirely within regional and national parks so they won’t be developed anytime soon. Abruzzo is an excellent place to see some of Italy’s best preserved landscape.
Milan is often referred to as the fashion captial of the world, so it’s a great place to shop if you have plenty of euros! Head to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie to see Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’, although you could have a hard time getting in – only 25 visitors are admitted every 15 minutes to see the painting (about 320,000 visitors a year). Visitors must pass through a filtration system to help reduce the work's exposure to dust and pollutants.
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