Would it surprise you to learn that even Italians spend their holidays touring Italy? With so many gorgeous places to visit, it is understandable that many Italians find plenty to see and do without going to another country to have a marvelous holiday.
Italy is a place where a person can go from a modern city to one that seems agelessly ancient without having to walk very far. Sometimes, it is just a matter of turning the corner. So many cities offer such splendor that you may want to plan your trip for a long holiday so you can a good sampling of what Italy offers. You could also just keep coming back to see more each year as well. Here are some of the most amazing places to visit.
Venice is well known for its romantic canals. Traveling along the canals in a gondola is one thing few visitors want to miss. It has so much more, though. Venice is also home to the basilica at the Piazza San Marco. It made quite an impression on Napoleon as he called it Europe’s drawing room. It is easy to spend days or weeks visiting museums, castles and churches to see the awe inspiring architecture and learn the history of the city.
If you love Shakespeare, you definitely won’t want to miss spending some in Verona, especially if you are a hopeless romantic. If you time it right, you can be there for one of the opera festivals. With the ancient castles and Roman ruins, it is easy to imagine yourself transported back to the time of Romeo and Juliet. During your time here, visiting the lakes is a must. Lake Maggiore, Lake Garda and Lake Cuomo are about the most well-known of the lakes near Verona. The villages and gardens in the area exemplify the classical image many people have when they think of Italy.
Art and art history lovers don’t want to miss Florence in the Tuscany region. Art museums have works by such masters as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. When you aren’t absorbed in the finest artwork in the world, you will want to explore what is known to be some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. This is also a place that is nearly synonymous with fine cuisine and wine. All of Italy offers fine wine and dining but none seem to quite hold a candle to the wonderful tastes served here.
The places mentioned are but a few of those more than worth seeing in Italy. To answer the question of why visit Italy, well, why not?