On the menu, pizzas and pastas and for breaks, gelaterias and caffès. Isn’t Italian food the best thing in the world ? Besides delicious dishes, there are also plenty of famous artwork, so you will never get bored here. So come to Italy to experience la dolce vittà and take a tour on a Vespa around some of the most beautiful cities of the country ! Take a look at our selection of the best places to visit in Italy.
The capital of Italy, this city is one of the oldest cities in Europe and is filled with history and ruins. In fact, Rome has plenty of famous monuments, especially from the antique period which was the golden age of the city. The Colosseum and also the ruins of the Roman forum. Make a wish at the Trevis fountain and learn the myth behind the Bocca della Verità.
The Catholicism has an important place in the city. Close to 900 churches were built in total in Rome. Specifically, you must absolutely visit is the Basilica Saint Pierre in the Vatican, it is the Church where the pope lives. Be prepared to climb the stairs of the basilica to reach the dome painting by Michelange (320 steps if you take the lift or 550 without the elevator). Saint Pierre’s holy stone lies in this church.
In Florence, which is a cradle of art, you will see the most breath-taking masterpieces of the Renaissance age. This cultural city has the greatest museum of the Renaissance, the Galleria degli Uffizi, where the Boticelli’s “Birth of Venus” is displayed. You should also visit the Galleria dell’Academia to see artworks of Michelange, and especially the sculpture of “David”.
The capital of Tuscany was marked with the Medicis, an influent sponsoring family from the Renaissance. The Palazzo Pitti, which was their home, is today an important museum.
The Ponte Vecchio built in the XIVth century is the oldest bridge of Florence. This covered alley above the Arno river has become the most famous landmark of Florence. As for the Duomo, it overlooks the capital by its impressive structure. Florence is definitely one of the best places to visit in Italy.
Gathering 121 islands, Venice is really not an ordinary place. Built on stilts, you wouldn’t be able to resist its charm. You will like walking around the streets of the Italian city of love and visit the Palazzo Ducale and the Piazza San Marco. Walk along the shops of the Ponte di Rialto, take pictures of the Ponte dei Sosperi and visit the city on a gondola.
Do not miss the Island of Burano, a former fishing village famous for its colored houses. Fishermen are said to have painted their houses to identify their homes in the event of fog. The island is also known for its lace and glass blowing workshops.
For the Carnaval in February, Venetians wear masks and costumes. To attend the event, prepare your trip ahead of time.
Try eating a Baccala and a Tiramisu at Venise but do not overdrink Prosecco and Bellini cocktails.
As a city of fashion, fashion weeks are organized every year at Milano. You will have the chance to shop in the most beautiful gallery of Italy, the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II. It is really the ideal place for shopping addicts.
Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper is one artwork to be seen at least once in your life. So jump on the occasion and visit the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Put yourself in the shoes of an opera singer at the Scala Opera House, and then go admire the Duomo of Milano, one of the most impressive gothic style churches. There’s not a thing missing in Milano, therefore it is one of the best places to visit in Italy.
And lastly, don’t forget to taste the Milanese veal chop and the risotto alla Milanese.
Naples is also full of history and treasures. Take a look at the Castel dell’Ovo, the oldest Neapolitan castle before going to the Basilica Santa Chiara, where some Kings and Queens of Naples and Sicile are buried. In fact, before the unification, Italy was separated by regions with their own Kings.
In the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, learn more about art and history of Vesuvian towns such as Herculaneum and Pompeii, destroyed by the eruption of the Vesuvius. And what’s more logical than visiting the ruins of Pompeii? Immerse yourself in the antique life and discover the baths, the gymnasiums and the amphitheaters of the time. After a rich afternoon in Pompeii, be sure to go see the Vesuvius, the volcano which destroyed Pompei. The long climbing is worthwhile.
Lastly, how can I mention Naples without even thinking about the real Neapolitan pizza! You should as well try the limoncello, a liquor made with the region’s lemons, which are known to be the best ones.