The mere mention of Italy will fill your mind with tongue-twisting food names like Focaccia and Pomodoro. Whatever are your personal tastes in food, music, art or entertainment, a holiday to Italy must feature on top of your bucket list.
The cute villages straight out of a classic tale; the postcard-perfect scenery and the architecture will leave you spellbound. If you have planned a vacation to Italy, remember to visit these beautiful places.
No wonder it is said that Rome wasn’t built in a day. This vibrant and colorful city in Europe is known as the Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon and the Palatine Hill. Soak in the amazing sight of the Sistine Chapel and marvel at the beauty of Michelangelo’s Pieta.
Carry a backpack, put on those glasses and spend time exploring the beautiful city. Plan your itinerary to include a visit to the Borghese garden, enjoy delicious gelato, cycle through the narrow streets of Trastevere and indulge in window-shopping on Via Veneto. Make a wish and fling a coin in Trevi Fountain so you can come back again the next year.
What would you do to visit a city where buses are the gondolas, water in streets are the roads, and the soulful songs of the gondoliers fill the air with joy? Shakespeare’s famous play revolved around this city with mention of gondola and boat rides. While you are here, check if your travel list includes a visit to St. Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace and the Campanile. Enjoy the colorful city as you lose yourself-and your way to Rialto Bridge.
Do you enjoy Renaissance art? Florence is the place you should be. This city is like a giant museum with the presence of prominent landmarks like the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the marble- embedded belltower by Giotto. Take photos of the Baptistery that boasts of bronze doors by the famous Ghiberti.
There is more that is waiting to be discovered. Look around, and you will find a church at every corner. Shop for exquisite leather in Santa Croce or enjoy a walk in Boboli Garden.
4. Lake Como
One of the most beautiful lakes in Italy, Como is known as the summer getaway for the rich and the famous alike. You can find clusters of villas that decorate the quaint towns, and the Bellagio carefully set at a common point where the arms of the lake meet. Truly every gypsy soul’s idea of a perfect getaway.
5. Cinque Terre
According to history, there were five towns close to the rocky Mediterranean coast that was impossible to cover by land. Later, tunnels connected them, and today, you can catch a glimpse of the meandering trail that was once used by locals. Till date, this remains Italy’s favorite hiking trail and the areas between Riomaggiore and Vernazza is referred to as Via dell’ Amore.
6. Tuscan hill towns
The unadulterated geography of Tuscany is set with stone towns whose history dates back to the Etruscans. You can find towering castles that have their own tales to narrate. The San Gimignano looks just like it appeared in the Middle Ages and the Arezzo has always been a place of inspiration for several artists and poets.