January 30, 2017 / Leave a Comment
Why Italy? You ask.
There are a million reasons why Italy is an exceptional vacation location, but if you ask me why, my answer is: Because Italy is the home of pizza and pasta, of passion and fashion, of gelatos and wines, of churches and fountains, and of Romeo and Juliet. Because it has an incredible history – remember the Romans! Because it’s full of surprises. Because you’ll notice families enjoying life together and adding inspiration to your own life.
Perchè tutto è bello — because everything is beautiful!!!!
6 Places In Italy to Visit Before You Die
Every traveler needs to visit Italy at least once in a lifetime! It is such an amazing country with so much to offer. Although you may think of Italy as just pasta and pizza, every region of this country is slightly different and offers something spectacular to see. It would take you weeks to see everything and explore all of this country’s beauty, but if you are looking for a few must-sees, check out these six places everyone should visit before they die!
Colosseum and Trevi Fountain in Rome
There are two must-see places in Rome; The Colosseum and Trevi Fountain. The Colosseum or Coliseum is the most recognizable of Rome’s historic sites. Even 2,000 years after it was built, and despite centuries when the abandoned building was pillaged, visitors instantly recognize it. The Colosseum was the first permanent amphitheater to be raised in Rome, and this impressive arena has hosted gladiator contests, wild animal fights, public entertainment, and much more.
The Trevi Fountain like the Colosseum is incredibly recognizable. This beautiful city fountain features statues and waterfalls and is made from the same stone as the world-famous Colosseum. It is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and quite possibly the most beautiful in the world. Legend says that if you throw a coin into the fountain, you will return to Rome.
Uffizi Gallery and Duomo in Florence
The Renaissance capital of Florence, Italy has a wealth of incredible art and architecture. At Uffizi Art Gallery, you’ll find some of the best Italian Renaissance art in the world. In fact, the art and history found here is so rare that it is almost unbelievable. Pieces of artwork at the Uffizi Gallery include Botticelli’s Primavera, Leonardo da Vinci’s Annunciation, Adoration of the Magi and other major works by Caravaggio, Lippi, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian.
Once you have absorbed the amazing artwork showcased at the Uffizi Gallery, take a short walk over to explore the Duomo. This square is from the Medieval times and features charming shops, delightful cafes, and more galleries and museums.
St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice
Throughout Italy, you will see an array of beautiful and historic buildings, many of which are churches. The Basilica di San Marco in Italy is the most famous church in Venice, and one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture in the world. This church is an absolute must-see while vacationing in Italy.
Although you can easily see the outside of this glorious church at any time during any day, I advise you to take a guided tour of the inside. Not only will you skip the lines of patrons waiting to get in, but you will learn so much more from someone who knows its history.
The Vatican Museums in Vatican City
A stop you will make while visiting Italy is the Vatican City. However, the one place within Vatican City that you must not miss is the Vatican Museums. The museums are located within the city’s boundaries and display works from the immense collection built up by the Popes.
Throughout centuries, the Popes collected some of the most renowned classical sculptures and important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world, and they are all showcased in these museums. Anyone looking to understand the history of Rome, Italy, the Catholic Church, and the history of art must see these moving and impressive masterpieces — don’t miss out on the Vatican Museums.
The Duomo in Milan
The Duomo in Milan is the second largest Catholic cathedral in the world, and arguably the most beautiful. Both inside and out this beauty is a real piece of art. It showcases more than 3,000 statues, and there’s nothing quite like the way the sun glimmers off of the pink-white marble.
Take time to take the guided tour and learn about all the amazing history of this magnificent building. There is a great gift shop to explore after your tour, and because of the location, you can find several excellent cafes to dine at when you are done.
Pompeii in Campania
If you have a passion for history, you must see the historic Pompeii in Campania. Pompeii is an ancient Roman town near modern Naples. In 79 AD Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the city in 13 to 20 feet of ash. The city remained covered for 1500 years. The lack of air combined with the ash covering preserved it, and today you can explore the city frozen in time.
Pompeii is impressive, inspiring, and slightly heartbreaking when you think of all those who lost their lives. IMake sure that you don’t miss the Roman Forum, the theater, and the public baths while visiting this attraction.
Just like there are hundreds of reasons why you should visit Italy, there are also hundreds of places in Italy to see. However, these six are absolute must-sees. So don’t wait, connect with me and let me help you make arrangements to see all of these places.
Love from Italy x