It may sound like a cliché, but, Italy is a special place to be. By default, it is one of the bucket list destinations for those who know what a bucket list is. It is famous for a lot of things; cuisines, historical sites, artwork, picturesque towns and cities, and the coastline.
There are so many places to visit in Italy, if we start making a list, it will go on and on. If you’re planning on taking a trip to Italy, this post contains a summary of some of the best places in Italy where you should tour, considering some factors, such as seasonality, affordability, sights, and foot traffic.
Read on to find out more!
What better to visit in Italy if not the capital? Rome is the forefront and center of most vacations to Europe and Italy. This is for good reasons. It is known globally as the site for culture and history. It is believed to be founded by Romulus and Remus, twin brothers fathered by a war god. Rome is known as the city of seven hills, demigods, and mysteries. One of the things Rome is famous for is the Colosseum – a very important relic from ancient Rome.
While in Rome, you should tour the Vatican museum and Sistine chapel, Cianciolo hill, Capitoline museum, Foro Romano, pantheon, and Trevi fountain (Fontana di trevi).
Where can you enjoy the beautiful scenery while taking a cruise on a gondola? Only a handful of places. One of such places is Venice.
It is famous for the canals that run through it like roads. As a first-timer in Venice, prepare to have your mind blown. The bustle and ride-in-water taxis may come as a bit of a surprise. No wonder it is always crowded with tourists, especially the Grand Canal. However, if you’re not up for the bustle and jostle, you should check out smaller canals with few crowds.
Next to Paris, Venice is enchanting. It is a destination for smitten couples. Nobody can blame them for that, it is easy to get lost in the Venezia charm, plus, who doesn’t want a romantic getaway?
While in Venice you should visit the opera house (Teatro la Fenice), cross the Rialto bridge, or visit the museum Avico Corer (Corer Avico museum)
Do you know that the renaissance was sheltering the Medici family? There is not much difference between 14th century Florence and the ‘now’ Florence, besides the fashionable Italians. Florence boasts of renaissance art and a gorgeous sunset. The sight has been a source of inspiration to artists, like Michelangelo. If you have a fertile mind for art, you just might be the next Michelangelo when you visit Florence. Word of advice, go with a canvas, easel, and brush sets. The best time to visit Florence is during the warm season (May and September) to fully enjoy the sunrise and open-air activities.
What started as a remote fishing village is now worthy to be added to your tour itinerary. Cinque Terre is made up of picturesque seaside owns, about 5 of them. It has beaches for relaxing and boat tours. You can also hike the rocky coastline. Cinque Terre is a world heritage site, famous for its olives and wine.
Besides the coastline, you should visit Parco Nazionale, Sentiero Vernazza a Corniglia, and the Church of San Fransesco.
Over the years, Capri has succeeded in attracting celebrities with its breathtaking scenery. Some of its best places are the Faraglioni rock formation, blue grotto, gardens of Augustus, and Villa Jovis. According to myth, Capri was where the sirens sang seductively to Odysseus and his men.
The best time to visit Capri is in summer when it’s a great time to sunbathe on the beach. You should try visiting Marina Piccola, Marina Grande, and Piazza Umberto while you’re still in Capri.
Sicily has been a commonplace of visitation right from the days of ancient Greek. It has a clear blue sky, and beaches give an eerie quality. Sicily is like a tropical island, surrounded by sunshine and gentle waves. It is surrounded by ruins and hills.
The side attractions in Sicily include; the Greek theatre of Taormina, the Selinunte archaeological part, the royal palace and palatine chapel, Mondello beach, etc.
Verona is one of the cities in Italy that boasts delicious cuisine. It was believed that pizza originated from there. It is one of the largest cities in Italy. It is packed full of history, architecture, and art. It also has hidden surprises for first-time visitors, like the underground frescos, and the royal palace. The best time to visit Naples is between March and April when the weather is not favorable.
The Amalfi coast has an allure of its own. No wonder it is always crowded with tourists. It is named a heritage site by UNESCO. It has high cliffs and evergreen vegetation. When visiting the Amalfi coasts, you should tour the Positano, the coast hiking trail, boat tours, and Fiordo di Furore.
The city of Shakespeare’s lovers; Romeo and Juliet. You should visit Verona and take a tour through sights that inspired the novel. Besides its literary recognition, there are other things Verona is famous for, like the Verona arena and Giardino Guitsi.
If you’re well versed with roman history, aren’t you curious about what Pompeii looks like now after it was buried in ash in A.D. 79? The ruins now serve as a glimpse into what Pompeii looked like back in history. Another place with the same history is Herculaneum.
Italy is a very charming place to visit, whether you are going on a honeymoon, family vacation, or just for the fun of it. But what makes it more fun is when you have it all planned out from the flight to the tour. Travelpony got you covered. You can book a flight or arrange a tour with us. Visit our website today!