Top Attractions in Italy
The birthplace of renaissance, it's no coincidence that Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country. Here is a nation which has given birth to movements, influenced global trends and shaped world history. Italy offers a heady mix of cities that are pieces of art in themselves.
From the ancient ruins of Rome to the scenic, laid-back town of Sorrento, Italy offers everything you could desire in a vacation. Italy has so much to explore-the vibrant cities, medieval hill towns, beautiful countryside, boasts the most important artistic and cultural heritage in the world. It's not just about the fact that Italy has the highest distribution of museums per area. In fact, the whole country can be considered an authentic open-air museum, just considering its main cities like Rome, Florence, Venice, Tuscany etc, rich in works of art and historical monuments.
But in Italy there is a lot more to see, besides the world-famous destinations: archaeological sites, medieval villages perched atop the hills there is another panorama which is picturesque sea-side towns like scenic Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre Coast and the larger Italian islands, such as Sardinia and Sicily.There are remarkable mountains such as the Apennines which run through the heart of the country, the Dolomites which offer amazing skiing and several active volcanoes such as Vesuvius, Stromboli and Etna.
Taste the mouth-watering cuisine in Tuscany, then there are some of the world’s best-known wines to be enjoyed on Italy vacations which are produced in several Italian provinces. Italian wine is exported all over the world, and names like Barolo, Brunello and Chianti are well-known. On a trip to Italy, wine goes with good food and there is absolutely no doubt, Italy excels in this regard with not just its mouth-watering pasta and pizza but also it’s many regional dishes. Italian cuisine is truly one of the most diverse in the world, and in any region, or even city and village you visit, there are different specialities. And what can beat having a meal at an alfresco restaurant, available most times of the year, as Italy has, for the most part, a temperate climate. Oh, and don’t forget to try delicious Italian ice cream (or as it is known, gelato).
One can add to these, the many coastal resorts such as those found on the Mediterranean and Adriatic coasts. The unique Italian Lakes have their own brand of beauty in the north of Italy. One fact about a trip to Italy is that is not difficult to get around the country from one place to the next. There is an excellent rail network and the Autostradas make driving easy. So the big problem is how much time do you have available to spend here and what destinations to choose. To a degree, it depends on your interests and inclinations.
On an Italy vacation, you can indulge in some of the best shopping in the world. Italian merchandise is renowned for its style and quality specially its leather goods. In Italy, fine craftsmanship is available everywhere. Consider also items such as perfume and ceramics. And to conclude the list, there are the Italians themselves with their zest for life which is reflected in their friendly and sunny smiles.