Italy is a well-loved holiday destination as well as a source of popular and cultural icons from pizzas to opera, art and some of the most unforgettable cities in the world. Italy is such a culturally rich country that it isn’t just your typical Mediterranean beach holiday destination – there’s so much more to see and do, and such huge differences between cities such as Rome and Venice, that you could find that you simply don’t have time to fit it all in to one trip, and end up wanting to come back the next year, too.
Italy is home to some of the most famous monuments and sculptures in the world, from iconic structures such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa to the many canals of Venice. This wealth of historic beauty is the reason behind many a tourist’s trip to Italy. If you are unsure of what you want to see, select one of the many larger cities – such as Milan, Rome, Venice and Florence. Here you’ll find a wealth of attractions, from beguiling hidden piazzas to the architecture and spectacular religious buildings for which Italy, a historically Catholic country, is well known.
There are many different areas of Italy that can offer a unique experience but one of the most interesting has to be Florence. Birthplace of the Renaissance, and home to some of the greatest artists and architects of the 1500s it now houses two of the world’s most famous art museums, the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace, as well as over 80 other galleries.
Venice is another well-known destination, famous for its canal network and landmarks such as Saint Mark’s Basilica, which stands beside the equally stunning Piazza San Marco – one of the few areas of Venice with an expanse of dry land! The truly breathtaking architecture makes this one of the main attractions in Venice, and being able to visit its historic buildings is a true treat whether you’re a historian or not.
Rome, being the capital of Italy, is understandably one of the most grand and familiar cities to people, even if only from movies like La Dolce Vita, The Italian Job and Ben Hur. A surprising amount of the city’s ancient architecture remains – including the famous Colosseum – but the city has many other attractions, most notably the Vatican City an obvious attractions for Catholic Christians as the home of the Pope, but also sit of some impressive cathedrals, chapels, grand squares and excellent museums.
So if you are looking for something different, and feel like injecting a little culture into your next holiday, these cities in Italy or one of the many other Italian holiday destinations may be just the ticket. Visiting this historic and cultured country could leave you with wonderful memories, and pave the way for possible return visits.