Italy is a beautiful country, brimming with culture, art, wine and good food. Once you taste her charms, you will never want to leave. Whether you visit the city and are enamored by the city life or you visit the quaint countryside, there is something that every visitor can appreciate. Italy is known for her passion, romance and intrigue. With a rich heritage, you could spend a long time exploring Italy without totally discovering all of her. However, if you’re here on a short visit, a list has been compiled to make your life a little easier.

  • Go for a gondola ride in Venice: A major maritime power in the venice-918691_1920Renaissance Era, Venice is deemed a World Heritage Site in its entirety. The beauty of this city is that it functions without motor cars. The only way to get around in the city is by boat or by foot. A gondola ride is the quintessential touristy thing to do if in Venice, with the gondoliers serenading you as you slowly cruise down the canals, appreciating the view of the elegant buildings gracing you.
  • Tour the Vatican Museums with a guide: With so much to see, and so much to do, it will be a herculean task if you wish to see everything without missing out on the classics. A guide will be able to best help you to the masterpieces that should be seen, and get you there faster. Trust me; you don’t want to get lost there.
  • Visit Pompeii: See the tragic ruins of the once magnificent city of statue-704227_1920Pompeii which got covered during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. A city frozen in time, you will be able to view how life was nearly 2000 years ago. However, a lot of excavated artifacts are on display in the National Archaeological Museum in Naples.
  • Cinque Terre Trail: For the adventurous who want to do something out of the mundane, and want a break from breathing in museums, this could be the option for you. It is extremely popular with many tourists though, so you may find the trails a little crowded. But the view is spectacular with no industries to mar the natural beauty. Manarola offers a splendid view of the Mediterranean Sea and the setting sun provides a picturesque vista.
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa: The tower that started sinking due to poor foundations took 117 years to construct. The tilt was balanced by engineers by building higher floors on one end to compensate for the tilt. An iconic building, this is definitely a must-see.
  • lake-como-449302_1920Lake Como: Sporting a mild climate, this city is popular with tourists the year round. Fresh air, good water, water and mountains all add to the charm and many important meetings in the business world take place here during summer.
  • The Colosseum: Ever wanted to see where the gladiators fought for glory and prestige in ancient times? Built to hold as many as 80,000 spectators, the Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre in the world and is considered to be an architectural wonder. An iconic symbol of imperial Rome, it is one of Rome’s most popular attractions.
  • The Pantheon: Rome has so many architectural delights to take rome-386311_1920in, with the Pantheon being one of them. The Pantheon’s done is the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome even after two thousand years! That’s really something. The Piazza della Rotonda is the square outside it, and many visitors flock to see this building.
  • San Gimignano: This village is famous for its 14 stone towers that were to act as a line of defense for its citizens against enemy attack. However after a devastating plague that hit the city, it fell in power and this Tuscany village was more or less left alone.
  • See an opera in Verona: Remember Romeo and Juliet? Then you’ll find the name familiar. Being entertained while sitting in a Roman amphitheatre will give you the authentic Roman experience which will definitely be a memory worth having.

 

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I am as Italian as can be. I grew up in Testaccio and had a lovely childhood surrounded by beauty everywhere I turned. I think living in Italy spoils you.

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