Italy is famous for a lot of things, mainly because of the strong mark that it left and still has on the western culture and especially in western cuisine. It has a very long mediterranean coastline featuring many spectacular beaches and its capital Rome is house to the Vatican and numerous other historical landmarks and ruins from the ancient times.
Florence is another major city of Italy and it is famous for its Renaissance arts and its paper and leather artisans. Other famous destinations in Italy are the sinking city of Venice and Milan, the fashion capital of not only Italy but arguably of the entire world.
Here are the top ten best activities for people who are visiting or planning to the beautiful country of Italy.
10. Uffizi Gallery
Known in Italian as the Galleria degli Uffizi, the Uffizi gallery is known globally as one of the best museums in the history of the world and it holds classic art from masters like Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Durer, Rembrandt, Giotto, Botticelli, Raphael, Mantegna and Rubens. The timeless pieces of art produced by these grand masters is showcased on the top floor of the sublime Palazzo degli Uffizi in Florence. The wings of the Palazzo degli Uffizi has a narrow courtyard which faces towards the Arno River.
9. Gondola Ride in Venice
When in Italy, a trip to the city of Venice is a must and the best way to enjoy your visit to venice is by taking a gondola ride through the canals of the city. Gondola riding is an old tradition in Venice, although a bit touristy, but it is also very magical and romantic and should be tried atleast once. It offers a very different look of Venice and you can appreciate the marvelous architecture of the city as you sail gently in the waters of the canals. Do remember that it is a bit expensive and due to the large number of visitors the canals can often get crowded with gondolas.
8. Cinque Terre
Considered as the cleanest area in Italy, Cinque Terre is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site and a national park. Cinque Terre is translated as five lands and it is comprised of five different villages treacherously located on the jagged mountains of the Italian Riviera. The five villages are the Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia and Riomaggiore and they are spread across the beautiful coast of azure between La Spezia and Levanto. Visitors can enjoy the vineyards and olive groves or they can go on hiking trails, the whole area is provides a relaxing and romantic atmosphere.
7. Shopping in Milan
One of the first things that come to mind when thinking of Italy is the latest and hottest fashion trends and brands and Milan is the official fashion capital of Italy. Milan is the place where you will find the most upscale shopping in Italy and it is a great experience with a variety of world renowned designers, almost every major international brand and specialty boutiques. Beware however, a shopping trip in Milan will be very heavy on your pockets.
6. Visiting the David
Apart from the history, style, natural and scenic beauty, Italy has no shortage of beautiful and spectacular ancient and modern art. The world famous piece of art, the statue of David by Michelangelo can seen in the city of Florence, Italy. This statue is considered as a perfect commemoration of the human body. The museum that holds the statue is in itself very interesting, it holds some of the unfinished works of Michelangelo.
5. Eating Pizza in Naples
Pizza is one of the most famous and consumed foods all around the world, but people often forget or they don’t know that Italy is the birthplace of Pizza. The Italians claim very proudly that no one in the world makes better pizza than them and it is proved right when you visit the city of Naples. You don’t have to go to any special place to taste the best pizza, Naples gives you the opportunity to try any pizza place just on your whim and you will be entertained with the best pizza you ever have in your life.
4. The Colosseum
Regarded as the most brilliant remains of antiquity and the impersonification of architectural brilliance, the Colosseum of Rome is the standing evidence of both the magnificence and the brutality of the Roman empire. The Colosseum has been featured in various movies, it’s photograph has been featured in thousands of magazines and postcards, you cannot truly grasp the beauty and splendor of the Colosseum until you see it in person while standing in front of it.
3. Ancient Pompeii
Pompeii was a flourishing town of Rome way back in 79 AD and it was located around Mount Vesuvius when it exploded in a violent eruption and buried the entire town under ash. A surveying engineer discovered the ruins in 1748, and the excavations provide a look into the 1st century Roman life, frozen exactly at the moment when it was struck with the pyroclastic flow as the result of the eruption. As many as 2,000 people died in the incident and some parts of their daily lives have been well preserved.
2. The Vatican
Vatican city is a totally independant state but since it is in Rome its spectacular collections can only be accessed through this city. It is spiritual and religious centre for the Catholic Christians and it is one of the most visited places of Rome. Almost all the popes have hired the best masters to further increase the beauty and decoration of the capital of the catholic world. As a result Vatican has become a piece of art, both from the inside and out. The main attractions for visitors are the Vatican Palace, the Creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel and numerous other galleries.
1. Valley of the Temples
Known locally as Valle dei Templi, the Valley of Temples is the most amazing attraction of the city of Sicily. The valley is home to a lot of well-preserved ruins of Doric temple which date back to the 5th century B.C. Every temple in the valley is facing towards east which was the general criteria for Roman and Greek temples. The valley is actually a huge archeological site, but it’s called a valley due to its enormous size.