Top 20 Places Not to Miss when Visiting Italy




It’s not possible to see everything that Italy has to offer in one trip.

What follows is a selective taste, in no particular order, of the country’s highlights:

outstanding buildings and ancient sites, spectacular natural wonders, great food and idyllic beaches.

 

01- CENTRO STORICO DI ROMA

 

03 - PIAZZA SAN MARCO – VENICE

 

04 - POMPEI AND HERCOLANUM

 

05 - DUOMO FLORENCE

06 - SIENA'S PALIO

 

07 - CINQUE TERRE

 

08 - FOOD IN EMILIA ROMAGNA

 

09 – THE LAST SUPPER

10 - THE UFFIZI – FLORENCE

11 - DUOMO ORVIETO

12 - PARCO NAZIONALE D'ABRUZZO

13 - TUSCAN HILL TOWNS

14 - THE DOLOMITES

15 - THE ITALIAN LAKES

16 - VATICAN MUSEUM - ROME

17 - MATERA

18 - SARDINIA BEACHES

19 – AMALFI COAST

20 - SICILY'S GREEK RUINS




 

01- CENTRO STORICO DI ROMA

There’s so much to see in Rome that wandering the city’s fantastic old centre can yield a surprise at every turn, whether it’s an ancient statue or a marvellous Baroque fountain.

The Eternal City’s main attractions are in the heart of the centro storico.

From Rome’s best preserved pagan temple-turned-church, the Pantheon to the best display of Baroque art at Piazza Navona.



02 – DUOMO DI MILANO

It is the largest Gothic cathedral and the second largest Catholic cathedral in the world.

The Duomo was recently under major renovations and cleaning for several years, obscuring the west front with scaffolding. Works were finally completed in 2009, revealing the newly-cleaned facade in all its glory.

 


03 – PIAZZA SAN MARCO – VENICE

Crowded or not, this is one of Europe’s grandest urban spaces and home to Italy’s most exotic cathedral.

As the largest square in the city and the only one given the designation of  “piazza” (the others are all referred to as “campi”), St. Mark’s Square has always been the location of important government buildings and other facilities central to the goings on in Venice.
The centrepiece of the piazza is, of course, magnificent St. Mark’s Basilica.

 



04 – POMPEI AND HERCOLANUM


Probably the two best-preserved Roman sites in the country, destroyed and at the same time preserved by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79.



05 – DUOMO FLORENCE

The cathedral named in honour of Santa Maria del Fiore is a vast Gothic structure built on the site of the 7th-century church of Santa Reparata, the remains of which can be seen in the crypt.

 



06 – SIENA’S PALIO

Piazza del Campo” is still used today for the well known Palio horse race which is one of the most famous popular Italian manifestations. It takes place every year on July 2 and August 16.

The Palio is run to celebrate the miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary.

 



07 – CINQUE TERRE

These five fishing villages are shoehorned picturesquely into one of the most rugged parts of Liguria’s coastline and linked by a highly scenic coastal walking path.

Cinque Terre, which means Five Lands, comprise the five small coastal villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso located in the Italian region of Liguria. They are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

 

 

 


08 – FOOD IN EMILIA ROMAGNA

This region is known as Italy’s gastronomic heart, home to Parma ham, parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar – all of which are on view at Bologna’s marvellous indoor food market.

Lonely Planet: “L’Emilia-Romagna è il paradiso gastronomico italiano”

 


09 – THE LAST SUPPER

Leonardo da Vinci’s mural for the refectory wall of Santa Maria delle Grazie is one of the world’s most resonant images.


10 – THE UFFIZI – FLORENCE

One of Italy’s most celebrated collections of art, and – in a city not exactly short on things to see – Florence’s most essential attraction.


11 – DUOMO ORVIETO

One of the country’s finest cathedrals, with a marvellous fresco cycle by Luca Signorelli.

 


12 – PARCO NAZIONALE D’ABRUZZO

Italy’s third-largest national park, and probably its wildest, with marvellous walking and wildlife.


13 – TUSCAN HILL TOWNS

The classic profile of a Tuscan hill-town is many people’s Italian ideal. Montepulciano, Montalcino and San Gimignano are some of the most beautiful.


14 – THE DOLOMITES

The spiky landscape of the Dolomites is perfect hiking country, covered in dramatic long-distance trails.

 



15 – THE ITALIAN LAKES

If you can escape the hordes, this region is one of Italy’s most beguiling, with stunning scenery and plenty of activities from windsurfing to walking.

 



16 – VATICAN MUSEUM – ROME

The largest and richest collection of art and culture in the world. You’d be mad to miss it.


17 – MATERA

A truly unique city, sliced by a ravine containing thousands of sassi – cave dwellings gouged out of the rock that were inhabited till the 1950s.

 


18 – SARDINIA BEACHES

There are plenty of places to sun-worship in Italy, but Sardinia’s coastline ranks among one of the most beautiful.


19 – AMALFI COAST

Everyone should see the stunning Amalfi Coast at least once in their life.


20 – SICILY’S GREEK RUINS

The ancient theatres at Siracusa and Taormina are magnificent summer stages for Greek drama, while the temple complex at nearby Agrigento is one of the finest such sites outside Greece itself.






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