Hungry for a slice of Italy? The country has a multitude of cities on offer, all with their own iconic landmarks, perfect for a sightseeing tour or a romantic getaway. For those undecided on where to go, here are some of the top travel destinations.
Nothing beats Italy’s capital city for sightseeing. For a taste of Ancient Rome, you can visit the Colosseum, Pantheon and historic remains of the Roman forum. Being also the capital of Catholicism, there are also many religious landmarks such as the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. The hustle and bustle of Rome may not suit everyone – there are great shopping spots and array of restaurants for those that aren’t interested in the landmarks.
Venice is one of the most unique cities in the world, built entirely on water. This means no cars in sight – you instead must get around by foot or by water. Much of the city is set up for tourism with an array of restaurants, cafes, masquerade ball mask shops and glassworks. Canal boat rides can be expensive but an iconic experience. Don’t go to Venice without seeing the Piazza San Marco, located towards the end of the island.
For renaissance art and architecture, Florence is the place to go. Famous works such as Michelangelo’s David can be found here. Those planning an Italian roadtrip should note that Florence’s capital offers restricted access to vehicles – you’re better off getting a taxi from a service such as booktaxiflorence or walking. This pedestrianisation has helped Florence to keep its calm and peaceful feel that other big Italian cities don’t have.
Milan is the fashion capital of Italy where the rich go to play. It sports plenty of shops and high-end restaurants. It’s also home to the massive gothic Milan cathedral, as well housing Da Vinci’s famous work, The Last Supper. Those looking for ultimate sophistication should definitely add this to their travel list.
If a romantic getaway is what you’re after, the city of Verona is the perfect place to go. It’s the famous setting of Romeo and Juliet and visitors can photograph the balcony that Juliet supposedly stood on. The city has its own amphitheatre still used to today to show operas. It is also a stone’s throw from the beautiful Lake Garda, and a short journey from Venice.
Naples is certainly an experience – it’s a lot wilder than most Northern cities and notorious for its total disregard of traffic laws. The culture is well worth seeing, with many monuments to visit and great places to dine. Nearby is the preserved remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum as well as the mighty volcano Vesuvius, which you can climb and look into.