The bel paese is the classic poetical appellative for Italy which means “beautiful country”. It is because of its mild weather, the culture, and its heritage and the natural endowment.
It is officially known as the Italian Republic and is a European country that falls in the southern part. It consists of a long coastline which spread its culture and cuisines majorly on the Western culture. I mean who doesn’t know Italian foods. Pasta, lasagne, spaghetti are some of the well-known dishes that were originated from Italy which got love from all over the world. It is considered the birthplace of Western culture.
This country boasts many world-famous cities which is the center of attraction of many tourists making it the fifth most visited place by tourists having 62 million visitors. Italy has 50 UNESCO World heritage sites with numerous artifacts displaying their culture, buildings and archaeological sites built long ago in the Roman Empire. According to 2017, 223.2 billion euros were made by the country only by travel and tourism. There are many places to visit and many things to explore in this country.
TOP 10 DESTINATION TO VISIT WHILST TOURING ITALY
This is not an ordinary city where you can roam around walking. The streets of the city are made up of water. It’s just like this city is set up and is floating in a lake. In exchange for walking, there are boats all around to take you to your destinations. This is a reason why many people come here.
The great Basilica of Saint mark stands alongside the Doge’s place and overlooking both is the tall Campanile.
There is Gondolas Congregate at the end of the plaza in the Grand Canal along with the clock tower in the opposite direction whose under is a gate that will lead you to the narrow, winding passageways.
The place itself is so beautiful that you can’t stop yourself from taking pictures and the time spent here will be a lifetime experience.
Two of William Shakespeare’s plays are set in Verona: “Romeo and Juliet” in the balcony of Juliet and the two gentlemen of Verona. But this is not the only reason why it is listed in the top places in Italy. The city is revel in its art, architecture, opera, and literary fame.
It is located in on the curve of the Adige river in Veneto, Italy with a population of 2.57 lakhs according to 2017. It covers an area of 1,426 km2. It’s about halfway between Milan and Venice. It became a Roman colony in 89 BC and then promoted to a major town. Verona soon became an art center.
There are lots and lots of things to explore in this city. You can visit Castelvecchio and Ponte Scaligero which is standing high on the bank of the Adige which was built by Scaligeri in 1354 – 55. It was built for defense from the rivals and now is a tourist place that speaks out loud about the early Italian culture and architecture. There is a collection of Civico Museo d’Arte that is hung for an exhibition featuring Veronese sculpture, applied art and paintings with work of Bellini, Rubens, Montagna, Guardi, Tiepolo, Tintoretto, Pisano, and artists from 15th – 16th century Veronese school.
You can also visit Arena di Verona, Casa di Giulietta, Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore, Piazza Delle Erbe, Piazza Dei Signori, and Loggia del Consiglio, Arche Scaligere, Duomo di Santa Maria Matricolare ( Cathedral), Sant’Anastasia, Giardino Guisti, Teatro Romano and Ponte Pietra, San Fermo Maggiore and still left with many places to visit. The Arena di Verona amphitheater is one of the largest of its kind and is best preserved Roman amphitheaters.
There is also a day trip of Mantova available which is fifty kilometers south of Verona. The tourism spots in Verona is so many that a whole guide only of Verona can be written separately.
It is also known as Flavian Amphitheatre which is an oval-shaped amphitheater situated in the center of Rome.
This is a must-see that can’t be in your bucket list if you are in Italy. This is a huge Amphitheatre was built by the Roman Empire in 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian and took 60 thousand Jewish slaves to build it.
“Colosseum”, it got its name because of a statue called ‘the colossus of Nero’ which was situated alongside the amphitheater.
It was built for public spectacles and show – even mock sea battles.
The floor was made up of woods which were 83 by 48 meters in size. The sitting arrangements for the public were according to their class and wealth status.
Under the floors, there were rooms and pathways for the gladiators, workers, wild animals and carriages.
Now you can’t see those activities but you can get a chance to explore the Colosseum which stores its history and the extensive history of Rome.
You will need to have a ticket to visit here which will cost around 12 euros which will also include entrance to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. The ticket is valid for up to 48 hours so it’s a plus point you don’t have to explore everything in one single day and can divide it in 2 days.
The tower of Pisa or the bell tower is a freestanding tower of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa which is located in Piazza del Duomo, Pisa which is 185 feet high.
Pisa tower is one of the four buildings that complete the cathedral complex in Pisa, Italy, called Piazza Dei Miracoli which means Field of Miracles.
It is the main attraction for tourists out of the four buildings because of its architecture and engineering which began build in August 1173 but took 200 years to build because of a series of wars.
No one knows the name of the architect and is still a mystery.
Including the chamber of bells, it is an 8 story tower which was designed as a circular bell constructed of marble.
The most interesting fact of this tower will be that although it was meant to be vertically straight, it is 10 degrees curved because of the numerous attempts of numerous architects to keep it from falling.
The public is even allowed to go inside the tower and escalate through the staircase but tickets are required to do so. Children under 8 years are not allowed to go inside for safety reasons and there is no fee relaxation for any age group.
It will take 18 euros for each person and is available as below:
November and Februaryè is open from 10 am to 5 pm
December and Januaryè is open from 9 am to 6:30 pm
From 1st to 22nd Marchè 9 am to 6 pm
From 23rd to 29th Marchè 9 am to 7 pm
From 30th March the tower is open from 8:30 am to 8 pm.
April to Septemberè is open from 9 am to 8 pm.
On 16th Juneè it is open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Octoberèis open between 9 am 7 pm.
It is the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and is a landmark of World heritage. Here reside many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture.
The main attraction of this city is Duomo. It is a cathedral with its gravity-defying dome built by Brunelleschi.
Here is also Galleria dell’Accademia which displays the famous Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. And there is also the Uffizi Gallery which exhibits Botticelli’s “the birth of Venus” and Leonardo da Vinci’s “Annunciation”.
It is a city and the capital Lombardy region with a population of 13 hundred thousand having a surface area of 181.8km2.
It is the worldwide capital of fashion and glamour and is home to the national stock exchange.
This place is also popular for expensive and classy restaurants and shops.
It has the highest concentration of artistic and agricultural attractions in Italy.
Duomo, Milan’s one of the biggest cathedral is among the world’s most magnificent churches which are built up in gothic style.
Full of museums and palaces, this city contains the finest arts in the world and it is a dream of every fashionista to visit here.
The most beautiful lake in the entire country is Lake Como. It is a place where most of the rich and famous people of Italy will come and have precious time to cool down the summer heat. The pretty villas along with its steep shores was a center of attraction from ancient Rome.
The temperature of the western shore is not chilly in the winters and is very calm because of the microclimate.
You can go to the western part of this lake Maggiore, which has its uniqueness and you can also head to the east where there is Lake garda.
There are plenty of activities and water sports that you can do in Lake Garda in the summers, so go ahead and take a look if you are in Italy.
THE CINQUE TERRE
Cinque Terre is a combination of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline having an area of 4,511.54 hectares.
There are 5 towns in total which are famous for the fishing culture. The houses here are colorfully built which is an iconic highlight of this place.
If you’re visiting this place don’t forget to take a look at the neighboring towns of Portovenere and Levanto.
You can go on a walking tour of the Manarola which will give you one of the best views of your lifetime. After the walking, you can take a boat and go for the site viewing of Corniglia and Riomaggiore which is down by the seafront and opposite to the town.
If you want the best view of this place, hire a helicopter and there you go.
Here come another seven world heritage sites which are listed by the UNESCO in which three are the ancient sites, two are for natural wonders and two are for the architectural treasures. This island is rich in heritage and contains one of the largest Greek temples in Agrigento.
The Mosaics at Villa Romana del Casale in Enna decorate one of the best-preserved villas in the entire country has an area of 3,500 square meters.
This small metropolitan city is one of the greatest industrial city which can even be explored by foot. The Savoys designed the formal layout of the city is the sign of how the royal families back in the time lived.
Only the palace and villas are not the only charm of this city. A small medieval quarter, Roman sites along with neighboring Art Nouveau and the riverside park and a complete faux – medieval village take this city’s attraction on another level.
The grand coffee houses and cafes add another point to it.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Spring or the winter will be the best time to go to Italy as the price range and weather will be in your comfort. The spring falls here on the time between April to June and the winter here in which you should go is from September to October.
In summers there will be a crowd of tourists having the prices high in everything comparing to the spring and winter.
ABOUT THE VISA
Italy allows many countries to visit visa-free for up to 30 days.
For the countries which are not listed in the visa-free allowance or if you want to have an extended stay then visa will be required along with your country’s passport which should be valid for six months after application for the visa.
You must make an appointment with your local French consultant and provide the appropriate documents.
The estimated budget to have a comfortable tour in Italy for a day will be $50 -70 excluding the hotel rents.
Another $55 will be needed for a basic room per night.
$17 will be more than enough for tasty cuisines throughout the day.