Published on October 24, 2015
Home of the pizza, pasta and one of the richest cultures in Europe, Italy is an enchanting country with mesmerizing history, remarkable fashion and unbeatable colour. Mark Twain wrote: “The Creator made Italy from designs by Michelangelo” and indeed Italy is one of the most beautiful countries of the world. From the iconic high fashion capital like Milan, to breathtakingly beautiful scenery of the coast, it is an unforgettable experience that every globetrotter should undergo. A country filled with unimaginable riches of variety from the more reserved North to the expressive and passionate Southerners. Taste the exquisite food, learn a few phrases in Italian, lose yourself in museums and have a go at nightlife; there is so much to explore that you will never want to go home. At the same time a relatively small country, Italy is peppered with a stunning array of picturesque cities that make it a hit travel destination for people around the world.
All roads lead to Italy’s capital. An epic fusion of history and modernity, Rome was once the ruling power of the world. Soaked in rich history of the Roman Empire and the centre of the Catholic Church, today Rome still remains an epicentre of influential art and historical architecture. No trip to Italy is complete without a visit to the Coliseum, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums containing the world’s grandest works of art.
The most romantic city of Italy, Venice is a truly unique world wonder. A city filled with canals, waterways and historic architecture – it has no equals. Just imagine a modern city without cars and roads. While you take a gondola ride and experience a one-of-a-kind atmosphere, you can see old palaces rising straight from the water. A city made up of 118 islands is located in the north-eastern Italy.
It is the fashion capital of the entire country and so, the ultimate shopping destination for high-end fashion lovers. Besides shopping, there are also plenty of historic sights to see like the Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral which is one the largest in the world. Art connoisseurs will definitely like to see Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco “The Last Supper” which is located in the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent. Among other attractions is the La Scala Opera House for a cultural evening.
While Florence itself is filled with art centres, museums and gardens, the whole Tuscany region is worth exploring. In Florence get inspired by Renaiussance art, but the rest of Tuscany is filled with beautiful landscapes of olive trees, vineyards and spectacular nature. From taking in magnificent views, to tasting wine or exploring local architecture, Tuscany will mesmerize you with its beauty.
The Amalfi Coast is well known for its iconic beaches and gorgeous scenery of mountains rising out of the sea. Boasting luxury villas, glitzy resorts and lush forests, the coast is truly stunning in all the grandeur of its vertical landscape. Stretching along the coast are treasures like Sorrento, Salerno and Positano. You will never forget the view of this fascinating south-western region of Campania. If you get one pick of a destination on the Amalfi coast, pick Positano. It is an enclave in the hills that leads down to the coast so just imagine the ground-breaking sights that will open to you from there. And it is not just about the views, young couples and night birds will particularly enjoy the small village. There is a lot to explore here from nightlife, to beaches, shopping and dining.
The streets of Naples differ from other cities; it is much busier and grittier in this part of Southern Italy. However, if you want to try the real Italian flavours, there is no place like Naples. It is the very home of pizza and pasta, which are taken very seriously in this city. Prepared from local grown ingredients fresh from the Italian soil, the taste of food is unmatchable. Beside mouth-watering dishes, discover the vibrant atmosphere of local stores and cool nightlife venues.
One of the most beautiful locations in The Godfather movie, Sicily is separated from the mainland by the Mediterranean Sea and consists of smaller islands. A sunny and vibrant island, it is enriched with its unique culture. For a different taste of Italy, a trip to Sicily is highly recommended. Stroll around and explore churches or go see Europe’s tallest active volcano.