Italy is a beautiful country. No matter what you’ve heard from friends, colleagues, or co-workers about how amazing the country is, the experience of walking through the streets and breathing in the culture is guaranteed to surpass your wildest expectations.
Fashion, art, and architecture are born here through world renowned masters of new and old: Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Armani, and Marchesi just to name a few. Italian people care about the intricate details of fine-living; they enjoy the exquisite tastes of fine cheese, they appreciate the correct way to cut marble, and they love their classical music. Tour Italy and enjoy the finer things in life. Take it slow, appreciate the culture, and above all else, don’t rush the experience or you’ll miss the beautiful details of the country.
Travelers who appreciate the quality and taste of fresh ingredients will fall in love with Italian food. It’s quite easy to never make it past the antipasti, as the food is delicious, hearty, and generous. As a tourist, take the time to visit the different types of restaurants in Italy and enjoy all of the authentic pizza, pasta, gelato, and fritto misto that you can handle. Furthermore, stop by Rome’s International Wine Academy and tour award-winning vineyards of wine and olive oil.
Travelers that seek adventure will find that Italy is much more than simply art-viewing and eating. The landscape is varied: Italy is surrounded by the Mediterranean seas (Adriatic, Ionian, Ligurian, and Tyrrhenian), covered by the frosty Alps in the north, and cratered by fiery volcanoes (Vesuvius, Etna, and Stromboli) in the south. Tourists can dive into colorful waters filled with coral, ride on horses across the Maremma, or even descend vertical chasms in Gola Su Gorropu gorge. There’s is an endless supply of adventure, fun, and good times in Italy.
The city of Venice is quite amazing because it has overcome acqua alta (high tide). During high tide, water can flood the city, leaving pools at the front of doorsteps. The people of Venice have not only overcome these challenges, but they’ve created a city of engineering marvel. Venice has given the world gifts of wine, music, fashion, and paintings.
Walk the streets and travelers will find artisans crafting shoes in small shops, street-cooks dishing out delicious food, and musicians entertaining travelers through modern and classical music. The art, architecture, and culture of the city are well preserved, as many masterpieces have been restored and are showcased in back-alley galleries and artisan showrooms.
Venice is a city that prefers boats over cars; it’s a city that prefers to take it’s time rather than rush through life. Venice has the power to transform even the most stressful and frantic of people into laid back dreamers looking to just live in the moment.
Rome is home to some of the most monumental and inspiring architectural that has ever graced the earth. The magnificent Colosseum sits as a reminder of the ancient Rome and how at one point it was the epic capital of the world.
Today, Rome is a diverse and busy city. Tourists can enjoy amazing building such as the Parthenon, walk through history in the Roman Forum, immerse themselves in religion and culture at the Vatican, or even browse the Campo del Fiori Markets. There’s no end to what a traveler can do, see, or experience.
But most of all, take it slow and enjoy the city. Admire the nuns walking through the streets, chat with the people downing espressos at the local coffee shop, and indulge on delicious food.
The city of Pompeii is one of Italy’s most visited tourist attractions and one of Europe’s most attractive archaeological sites. Each year, more than 2.5 million travelers come to explore and touch history.
Travelers looking for adventure can climb Mount Vesuvius, which is the famous volcano than erupted and destroyed many towns including Pompeii. Travelers looking for art and culture can visit the Sanctuary of the Madonna of the Rosary. A traveler in need of rest and relaxation can take a pit stop at the Stabian Baths, a collection of hot, cold, and warm rooms that will sooth any travelers aches and pains.
Tour the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast stretches 50km along the southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula. The coast is best known for the town of Sorrento, where travelers can enjoy the beach next to wonderful restaurants, bars, and shops. Tourists looking for beautiful yet expensive views can head over to Positano, while travelers looking to explore on a popular day-trip can head to Amalfi.
The Amalfi Coast is best suited for travelers looking to get away from the hoards of tourists that obsess over the architecture and art in Venice and Rome. Travelers can enjoy a nice, quiet couples retreat in the romantic, intimate coast.
The best times to visit are during the spring or early autumn. During the summer, the single road that traverses the coast is extremely busy, and the coast is quite empty and desolate during the winter.
The city of Florence, much like the rest of Italy, is about enjoying life; and not just the enjoyment of beautiful sculptures like Michelangelo’s David, but also local customs such as aperitivo – a time before dinner to stop what you’re doing, drink a glass of wine, and enjoy small appetizers with friends.
Florence was the center of the Renaissance in Italy. The south of Florence contains beautiful views of the Basilica di Santa Croce, Brunelleschi’s dome, and Giotto’s Campanile. The city holds some of the finest creations built by artists during the Medici Era: Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, and Giotto all left their mark on the city throughout giant galleries. Travelers interested in viewing the work of these master artists can go to the Uffizi, Pitti, or the Accademia museums.
Florence is the home of fine style and fashion. Designers such as Gucci and Ferragamo were born from florence, which is reflected by the way the majority of the Florentines dress: elegant, flashy, and classy. Walk anywhere in the streets and tourists can shop at luxurious boutiques where it will cost more than a pretty penny.
The food in Florence is divine. Have a taste of the traditional Tuscan tomato stew and eat-out at a family-run trattoria kitchen. Florence is known for its Chianti, but make sure to try all of the available wines: Montalcino’s Brunello, the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, or the Super Tuscans.