Italy isn’t really a huge country when you think about it and it may not even occupy a huge place on the globe geographically speaking, but there is enough to see, experience and enjoy out there that makes it one of the most top rated holiday destinations across the planet. It is a destination that attracts crowds from all over the world all year round making it the fifth largest tourist earner as well as the fifth most visited country in the world. There are a number of unique and fascinating events that are hosted in the country throughout the year which is an absolute treat for the visitor. Then of course there are the renaissance palaces, metropolises and the beautiful and mesmerizing natural landscapes which are absolutely worth seeing. Apart from the beauty of the country and the places to visit there is of course Italian food, which is one of the biggest reasons why people like to visit Italy. Needless to say, it is also one of the major sources of income from tourism that the country enjoys. There are so many places to visit and things to see in Italy that one might actually get overwhelmed with the options available. To make the most of it a bit of planning beforehand will make the trip more worthwhile. It is always better to do your own research and tailor your trip according to what you love to do and see, but here is a brief guide on the top five cities.
As mentioned earlier, there are so many places worth visiting in Italy and amongst these there are a few cities that one has to visit. Florence for instance, with its beautiful and countless destinations is a place where just a few days surely won’t be enough. The sunset over the Arno River is a sight no one should miss. The Chianti region that is just to the south of the town is famous for its wines. And how can you miss the churches and beautiful architecture? Any random church that you step into will leave you mesmerized and you will not notice just where your time flies. The churches are also a nice cool break from the summer heat!
When you hear about the romantic and historic city of Venice, what instantly comes to your mind is the stunningly beautiful architecture, the grand passageways with the mysteries hidden in the walls and the endless canals. It is definitely one of the most enthralling cities in the world where even getting lost on the streets will be nothing but enjoyable. Taking the gondola ride with a loved one is a nice and romantic experience. No matter where you wander in this city you will get a taste of its history, romance and the breathtaking beauty. Venice with all its magnificence is definitely a place to be enjoyed with the eyes and the senses wide open.
Visit Rome and what you get in front of your eyes is the mind blowing art and the spectacular historical sites which make this city historically well-known and rich in culture. One can indulge in the never ending modern shopping and for those who are die hard art lovers, there is the Renaissance art to keep them occupied. Just a few days won’t be enough for the number of choices Rome offers. And while doing all this, there is of course the famous food that no one should miss out on. Be it a slice of pizza, strawberries from the streets or the famous gelato (ice cream), each and everything is a real treat for the taste buds.
Looking out for an upscale cosmopolitan place? Then Milan it is! It is a place buzzing with fashion, be it the sophisticated and expensive stores such as the Quadrilatero d’Oro or the small shops on Corso Buenos Aires which are priced pretty decently. This is the place to indulge in that never ending shopping spree. Leaving aside the shopping there are again plenty of places to visit out here such as the cathedrals, the art museums, the stunning palazzos or the beautiful galleries.
Located in western Tuscany, Pisa is famous for its iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa which was once a maritime power, later turned into the outstanding landmark, thanks in part to architectural errors. There is a lot more to Pisa apart from this remarkable landmark. Pisa has an old tradition that has gone on for centuries as a university town with an excellent university established in the year 1343 which is one of Italy’s most highly regarded school. Pisa is home to wonderful ancient historical monuments as well as centuries old buildings. It also has easy access to Florence via an inexpensive train link that takes you straight into the heart of Firenze.
These are just a few places to visit in Italy amongst the numerous beautiful cities. There are also other places that should be explored which are absolutely worth seeing, from hilltop towns to beautiful coastal villages such as Positano and the Amalfi Coast. Italy, with all its beauty and grandeur is certainly one of the most desirable destinations in the world for a perfect holiday.