Without doubt one of the world’s most sought-after destinations, Italy remains a favourite with travellers. The combination of exquisite cuisine and unbelievable sightseeing makes ‘The Beautiful Country’ a must-see – and let’s not forget the artistic and historical wonders on offer!
The Trevi Fountain, Rome
One of the most famous cities in the world – and a must-see for anyone travelling to Italy, Rome offers an unparalleled view into the ancient world and the inner workings of the empire that once called this city its capital. Along with astounding archaeological treasures, Rome is a cosmopolitan city with style and flair. Like most of Italy, you will never be far from good food, but you’ll also be able to enjoy it a truly unique setting, where ancient meets modern.
The hills of Tuscany
The hills of Tuscany have drawn visitors since time immemorial, and even if all it had to offer was beautiful scenery and incredible food and wine, that would be enough! Simply prepared and locally sourced, it goes without saying that you’ll eat well in Tuscany. But this is also a region known for its artistic heritage – particularly in the region’s capital, Florence.
Here in Tuscany’s capital is one of the epicentres of Europe’s Renaissance. An artistic treasure, Florence is home to some of the western world’s most famous masterpieces. It’s also the ideal place to go shopping, with almost every major fashion house in the world represented on Florence’s cobble-stone streets. Look out for grand churches and chapels, visit incredible galleries, sample delicious cuisine… this really is a highlight of Italy for a reason!
Destroyed in 79AD by a cataclysmic volcanic eruption, Pompeii was an ancient Roman town. Buried under 4-6 metres of pumice and ash, the town was rediscovered in 1599, and an extensive excavation has revealed very well-preserved relics that have given modern historians and archaeologists even deeper insight into the everyday lives of the ancient Romans. Literally frozen in time, you’ll see exquisitely-preserved Roman homes, forums, amphitheatres, brothels and more – it’s almost like stepping back in time! It’s been a major tourist attraction for over 250 years now, and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The perfect base from which to explore the surrounding area, Sorrento is a resort town with style. The nearby Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and the nearby isle of Capri make this the ideal stop-over for travellers. Enjoy the food, soak up the sun and look forward to your next move!
6. Cinque Terre
Translating as ‘Five Villages’, the Cinque Terre region is one of Italy’s most beautiful areas! Clinging to the cliff-side and overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean, the five villages are linked by trains and by hiking trails – cars are forbidden from entering the region. This means it’s also one of the most unspoilt regions of Italy, with cobble-stone streets, quaint cliff-side orchards and vineyards along with incredible views all combining to make it an unforgettable stop on your tour of Italy. The coastline, the five villages and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Rialto Bridge, Venice
Surely one of the world’s most inspiring cities, Venice is known for its palaces, the famous Grand Canal, artists, the Rialto Bridge, singing gondoliers, exquisite food, and for having more artistic masterpieces per square kilometre than any other city on earth! Venice had admirers all year round, and once you’ve seen it you’ll understand why it’s a firm favourite for travellers from all corners of the world.
- The Italian Lake District
The Italian Lake District
Known for its reputation as one of the favourite haunts of Hollywood A-listers like George Clooney, the Italian Lakes are simply breathtaking. Truthfully, they were popular long before Hollywood took an interest in them – the Lakes were a favoured getaway destination for the Romans too! Take in the view of the mountains reflected in the waters of the lakes, marvel at the picture-perfect architecture and enjoy local Italian cuisine. Does life get any better?
“…In fair Verona where we lay our scene…” Yes indeed, this is the same Verona immortalised in Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo & Juliet. You can even see the balcony where Romeo is said to have wooed his lover. Historically, this city is no stranger to feuds, drama and romance. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city boasts ruins and monuments from every age – ensuring that you’ll be gazing at far more than just Romeo and Juliet’s fabled balcony.
The leaning tower of Pisa, Italy
Ah yes, that famous leaning tower. Surely nothing says ‘I’m travelling!’ like a selfie in front of the leaning tower of Pisa!? Instantly recognisable, this famous tower has been standing for centuries – and with that distinctive lean corrected somewhat (for safety’s sake) it’s destined to stand for a few more! See this incredible landmark on your tour of Italy.
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