If you have been caught up at work for far too long and feel a foreign trip is in order, whether with your friends, family or just yourself, this is probably the best time to visit Europe and experience the best that it has to offer. And if you’re kind the kind of person that raises a toast to the good, classy life and steady interest in culture, food, and tradition, interspersed with a passionate fervor for automobiles, there is no better place than Italy to head out to.
From the beautiful countryside to cities filled with culture and great food, limited to not just pizza and pasta, Italy is the perfect amalgamation of the perfect holiday for the dying days of summer. We thought we’d help you out with a list of the top things to look out for that makes Italy great.
If you are thinking of an Italian vacation, check out the top reasons why you should visit Italy!
- Italian Food
Whether its wine tasting on any of Italy’s exquisite vineyards, or just a visit to the local Ristorante, few would argue with the fact that Italian food is something nobody in their right minds would resist. Amalfi Coast is a popular hunting ground for food lovers, particularly because it is set in such a picturesque location. From Pizzas to Tiramisu, and from Antipasti to the formaggi, Italy has no dearth of lip smacking cuisine.
- Italian Architecture
If you talk of ancient, medieval history, or even the Renaissance for that matter, Italy would invariably come to mind. And along with the rich history, come the remnants of the past in the form of impeccable and sometimes jaw dropping architecture. Just imagine seeing the Colosseum in all its glory and feeling the battles and tortures that lived in it in the times gone by, and it sure promises to be an indelible experience. Ancient Rome is your go-to place. Its where it all began.
- Italian Art
Michelangelo, Raphael, the great Leonardo Da Vinci, Titian, are few names that come to mind as far as Italian, and for that matter, the most popular and revered art is concerned. Florence and Vatican cities are storehouses of some of the best art in the world, featuring such places as the Vatican museum and the excellent Uffizi in Florence. Again, seeing such pieces of art in real life is an experience that cannot be replicated anywhere, and what better way to teach your kids with a healthy dose of the real world thing? There is none.
- The Italian landscape
You are going to find some of the best driving roads in the world in Italy, and not only that, you will find some of the most peaceful and beautiful countryside in the whole of Europe. Interspersed in this scenery would be interspersed by a perfect match of technology and tradition. You will find people steeped in modern technology, but will hark back to their way of life as if it was the 20th century. Southern Italy is laced with beautiful islands, most notably Levanzo that attract people who love a Mediterranean climate. North Italy is home to the Graian Alps and feature lovely national parks, like the Gran Paradiso National park. The coastal part of Italy is all about grace, glamour and food if you’re looking for that sort of a thing. The views are still breathtaking though.
- Italy, home to the exotic automobiles
In towns like Maranello, Bologna and Tuscany, you will in Italy the birth places of machines that cannot be found in any other part of the world. Italians are well known for their deep passion and fervor for automobiles, and iconic marques like Ferrari, Lamborgini, Ducati and Pagani call Italy their exclusive home. Visiting the Ferrari museum in Maranello is home to automotive art, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Whether you are an automobile aficionado or not, you have got to visit the factories in Maranello and Bologna to see how much passion and almost religios zest goes into making some of the most expensive automobiles in the world, and simply beholding them with your own eyes is an experience you will never forget. Maranello is also home to Ferrari’s Formula One team, which as of today is the most successful team in the sport’s history. The automobile sector is reason enough to give Italy a visit on its own merit.
- Italy’s a treasure trove of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci
Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura
Historic Centre of Florence
Piazza del Duomo, Pisa
Venice and its Lagoon
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera
City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto
Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta 15
Historic Centre of Naples
Historic Centre of Siena
Castel del Monte
Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna
Historic Centre of the City of Pienza
The Trulli of Alberobello
18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex
Archaeological Area of Agrigento
Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata
Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua
Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena
Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto)
Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
Su Nuraxi di Barumini
Villa Romana del Casale
Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia
Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological Sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula
Historic Centre of Urbino
Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and Other Franciscan Sites
City of Verona
Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands)
Villa d’Este, Tivoli
Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-Eastern Sicily)
Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
Monte San Giorgio
Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia
Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica
Genoa: Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli
Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe
Mantua and Sabbioneta
Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes *
Longobards in Italy. Places of the Power (568-774 A.D.)
Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps
Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany
Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato
Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalú and Monreale
Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: Stato da Terra – Western Stato da Mar
Ivrea, industrial city of the 20th century
Le Colline del Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene
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