The hub of art, architecture, and fashion, wonderful cuisine and, a stunning countryside, Italy truly is a traveller’s paradise. When you think of Italy, the rich cultural heritage of the country comes to mind immediately. But, it is not restricted to only that. Present day Italy is a mesmerizing combination of flourishing art, architecture, food, modern lifestyle and obviously picturesque cities that enthral your senses like no other place in the world.
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Italy is also renowned to have more world heritage sites than any other country in the world. In fact, every city in Italy has a world heritage site recognized by UNESCO. Therefore, whenever you think of travelling to Italy, you’ll have a tough time in choosing what to see and what not to see. So, the best way to taste the myriad flavours of Italy is to visit one region at a time.
Cities like Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan have attracted tourists for decades. All these cities are steeped in cultural artefacts and artistic works that can overwhelm you with its brilliance. However, it is not only the artistic side of Italy that has been appealing to tourists, cities like Milan have also earned its name as a financial and fashion hub where people from different parts of the world conduct business. Thus, when in Italy you are bound to experience everything ranging from the extravagant urban life to the serenity and peace of the Alpine mountains and the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea.
Must see places in Italy
Italy has so much to offer that one trip to the country is often not enough. Every region in this mesmerizing country has something special to offer. Here are some of the must see places in Italy.
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Rome often referred to as ‘Caput Mundi’ or the ‘capital of the world’, is one place that everyone should visit at least once in a lifetime. This city has so much to offer in terms of art, architecture and culture that you’ll be awestruck at the brilliance of some of the masters of art like Michelangelo, Rafael, Leonardo Da Vinci, Donatello, Bellini and others. The city of Rome is steeped in historical monuments and artefacts that stand testimony to Italy’s rich cultural legacy. Some of the most significant places in Rome consist of the iconic Roman Colosseum, the marvellous Pantheon and the Sistine Chapel that has been decorated with some of the most fascinating of artworks by one of the Roman geniuses, Michelangelo. The St. Peter’s square and a visit to the Vatican Museum is also a must when you are in Rome.
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Venice on the other hand, is a dreamy city that still follows the old way of living. Criss-crossed by numerous canals running through the city, people here prefer to take the gondolas for their trips. This place is considered to be one of the most romantic places in the world and is a hot favourite amongst honeymooners and couples looking for the perfect romantic getaway. Venice too has its share of art work in the form of the glittering mosaics of San Marco and the architectural brilliance of the numerous churches around town. The waterside piazza is also a great place to spend a memorable time.
The City Of Florence
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The city of Florence in Italy is an absolute treasure house of Renaissance art. Here you must make a visit to the Uffizi Gallery which is filled with artworks of famous artists. The medieval buildings and the Duomo, Brunelleschi’s dome, Piazza della Signoria, Boboli Garden and Pitti Palace are other major attractions of Florence. The ancient site of Pompeii also draws a lot of visitors. The countryside of Italy is another magnificent site with miles of greenery stretching in front of you. The best place to experience this would be Tuscany. It has medieval towns and cities like Assisi and Orvieto that have grown on the hills. The beachside of Italy is equally breathtaking and the Amalfi coast gives a lovely view of the Mediterranean Sea. It is the perfect place to enjoy the sun, sand and surf.
The City Of Naples
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The buzzing city of Naples must also make it to your list of must see destinations in Italy. Along with this, make some time to visit the island of Sicily, the towns of Cinque Terre, Lecce, Puglia and Otranto.
The tourist attractions of Italy
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If the region wise tour of Italy becomes just a bit hectic or does not fit into your schedule, you can pick and choose the most famous tourist attractions of Italy and experience the cultural legacy of this amazing place. Piazza Venezia, Piazza del Campidoglio, St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square, Pantheon, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, The Roman Colosseum, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Castel Sant’Angelo, The Lido, Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Square, Piazza San Giovanni, Baptistery, Uffizi Museum, Palatine Museum, Giotto’s bell tower, Mt. Etna, Dolomite mountains, Amalfi coast, the countryside of Tuscany, the islands of Sicily and Sardinia are some of the most famous tourist attractions of Italy.
Perfect destination for business as well as pleasure
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Italy is the perfect destination for conducting business or going on a vacation. With a healthy balance of modern day comforts and ethnic charm surrounding the various regions of Italy, this place has become a traveller’s paradise. If you are here for business, you’ll find it to be a wonderful meeting place where ideas can be easily exchanged in well equipped centres and stimulating environments. Even old palaces, castles, country villas or historic residences can be chosen for conducting business affairs or private functions. Italian food and wine is world famous and no one can stop praising the culinary delights from this part of the world. The healthy balance of fresh ingredients and wonderful preparations create flavours that linger in the mouth for a long time. Italy is dotted with numerous restaurants where you can enjoy some delicious fare along with the best wines produced by the region. The Piedmont Vermouth, dessert wines like Malvasia, Moscato and Marsala are some of the drinks that you can try out.