Their own travelers have a reputation as loud and somewhat obnoxious, but - having been an iconic travel destination since the days of the British aristocracy’s ‘Grand Tour’ - Italy itself is certainly no stranger to tourism. That’s hardly surprising, as it’s all but untouchable internationally in terms of art, food, lifestyle, romance, wine, and, of course, coffee (if you’re American, be prepared to be mocked viciously over the ‘Americano’ - in fact, try and avoid ordering one altogether).
In capital Rome you’ll find abundant traces of the Roman Empire in the Colosseum and the countless crumbling monuments spread throughout the city. Vatican City, a tiny country within the city’s boundaries, inspires visitors with the art of the Sistine Chapel, the reverence of St Peters and the history of the Vatican Museums, as well as the harlequin colors and staunch demeanor of the famous Swiss Guard. Then there’s the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Imperial Forums, Piazza Navona…
Romantics will find riding the rising waters of Venice and exploring its renaissance architecture an irresistible draw, stepping out of their hotel directly onto a curving longboat. So long as they avoid the increasingly common floods, that is. Florence, and its endless rows of red-roofed houses aren’t far behind. The nightly flirtatious promenade is enjoyable, as are the potent selection of coffee houses, but it’s the sensational selection of old-world art that keeps the city’s international tourist trade ticking over.
Hiring a Vespa and heading out into the vineyards of the Italian countryside is another quintessential experience, perhaps finishing with a crawl up into the Alps and a gentle walk amongst the summer flowers and jangling cow bells, before heading to a hillside village to sample the world’s creamiest ice cream.
In fact, there’s so much to see in Italy, you’d best book a whole summer. Once you’re finished soaking up the above – and wallowing in the beauty of the sing-song language - there’s always the wilds of Mediterranean Sardinia, the Tuscan vineyards, Milan with its fashion and its 2 famous football teams, Pompeii and its infamous volcano, one of the world’s most beautiful languages to play with, hiking the Dolomites, Gucci, the Amalfi Coast, Bologna’s foodie wonderland…
A city that was once the heart of the Roman Empire, and now contains an entire tiny country (and the center of Catholicism) within its borders, Rome doesn’t stop there: a mammoth artistic h…
It is probably impossible to speak about Venice without uttering a sigh of pure indulgence, accompanied by a low whisper of, “Ah…Venice.” From the waterways, to the museums, to the chu…
Birthplace to the Italian Renaissance, and quite possibly the most important city in Europe for several centuries during this time from the 13th to 16th centuries, Florence stands today as on…
Despite running several leagues behind capital Rome in the tourism stakes, visitors quickly discover that Milan has more than enough to offer in its own right. A real fashion capital, you’l…
Probably one of the most famous seaside resorts in the area known as the Adriatic Riviera, Rimini is a small city and municipality in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy along the coast of the…
It’s unfortunate for Naples, really, that it finds itself in Italy. While in most countries this picturesque, art-focused city would find itself the center of attention, here it has Rome, F…
Amongst a plethora of cities so enticing its amazing Italy isn’t even more inundated with tourists than it already is, Pisa stands out for one reason alone: The Leaning Tower. In a seemingl…
As the capital of the stunning island of Sicily, Palermo was sought after long before it became a sunny holiday spot. At various times the city was dominated by Arab invaders, Normans and Fre…
Perhaps one of the most famous destinations in north-east Italy, well-known for sights such as the Roman Arena dating back to the 1st century AD, the Roman amphitheater looking over the city …
Bologna is one of Italy's best kept secrets. Long considered to be the nation's food capital, it is also regularly listed within the top five cities in Italy for quality of life. Located in t…
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The bottom of the Alps begin north of to…
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Exploring the Lake fr…
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Possessing narrow …
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