land of spaghetti and the Mafia – that’s what many think
of when Italy is mentioned. I am assuming, however, that you do
know that there are lots more of reasons to pay Italy a visit. This
country, which is shaped like a boot, is so rich in culture and
history that it is definitely one of the top destinations in Europe.
So what are the places that you have to visit in Italy?
Rome should definitely be on your list of places to visit in Italy.
Once the cradle of civilization, this city still stands majestically
centuries after. You have to allot more than a couple of days to
truly experience Rome. In this city, you can visit the Vatican,
the center of the Roman Catholic faith. Even if you are not religious,
the architecture and art to be viewed in the Vatican makes it a
must. You can also see the ancient Roman forum, the Trevi fountain,
and so many other works of art and architecture.
Though Rome may be more famous, Florence is a city that can hold
its own against the art and architecture of Rome. Florence is the
birthplace of the Renaissance and is home to the world famous sculpture
of David. Just to give you an idea how rich the culture in this
city is, it was called home by the likes of Dante, Leonardo da Vinci,
Michelangelo, and Raphael. Oh, and wine lovers would love to know
that Florence is at the heart of Tuscany, the wine producing region
If France has Paris, the city of love, then Italy has Venice, the
city of lovers. Winding canals, beautiful old buildings, spacious
piazzas (squares), and night rides on gondolas – all these
and more are to be found in this city. One drawback is that Venice
is known to be a bit on the expensive side. However, every euro
you spend in the city is certainly worth it. They say that you will
have the most romantic time of your life in Venice.
Home to the world famous Sicilian Mafia, this part of Italy has
more to offer than organized crime. In fact, it is the least of
the attractions that Sicily has. Some of the best Italian food comes
from this region. There are a lot of islands off the coast of Sicily,
which will attract nature lovers. And since Sicily has always been
considered one of the gateways between Africa and Europe, the region
is diverse in cultural influences. If I were you, I would go visit
as soon as I could. The problem that they are facing right now is
that the historical sites seem to be deteriorating quickly and the
government’s efforts do not seem to be making much of a difference.
Another famous region in Italy, Umbria is known for the ultimate
rural experience. While many of the artistic and architectural attractions
in Umbria can also be found in other parts of Italy, it is said
that the pace of life in this region rejuvenates you like no other.
If you are looking for a real laidback Italian experience, then
Umbria should be your destination.