Italy is probably the most attractive country in the world for tourists. Indeed, it is the birthplace of the most famous sculptors and artists on the planet, the location of the most famous museums, the most beautiful castles, the azure coast, fashion boutiques and charming landscapes.
In Italy, every tourist will be able to choose something to their liking. Catholics will certainly head to the Vatican to see the beauty and grandeur of St. Peter's Basilica with their own eyes (however, adherents of other religions will also like such an excursion). Art lovers will not be able to pass by numerous museums with their richest collections of masterpieces, and those who just want to lie on the beach will definitely find their “place in the sun”.
What to see in Italy?
The most interesting and beautiful places, photos and a brief description.
The area of this most beautiful Italian lake is 146 square kilometers. But it is famous not only for its size, but also for its incredibly romantic atmosphere, amazingly beautiful landscapes and luxurious villas. It is on the shores of Lake Como that rich people from all over the world seek to buy a house to spend their days sitting on the open terrace with a glass of wine and enjoying the wonderful view.
St. Mark's Basilica (Venice)
This rare example of magnificent Byzantine architecture in Western Europe is located near the Doge's Palace, on the square of the same name. It is famous for its mosaics and numerous works of art. Catholics tend to visit the place of storage of the relics of St. Mark, other tourists are attracted by the ancient history and excellent acoustics of the cathedral, thanks to which many musicians perform here.
A very pretty town located in the Dolomites, the capital of the 1956 Winter Olympics. Its permanent population does not exceed 6 thousand people, and during the tourist season it increases by more than five times. Beautiful scenery, dizzying mountains and ski slopes, high level of service attract guests from all over the world.
The most dangerous volcano in continental Europe, next to which, despite this, one of the largest cities in the country, Naples, is located. Vesuvius last erupted over 60 years ago, so now tourists can climb to its top, admire the most beautiful views and imagine how formidable this mountain can be.
Pantheon in Rome
A real achievement of the building technologies of antiquity, a magnificent temple, which became a model of ancient architecture and gave rise to many imitators. The Pantheon, fortunately, is perfectly preserved, so everyone can visit it. This is best done at noon, when a real column of light breaks through the hole in the roof.
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A charming village (in Italian - commune), located on the shores of the warm sea. It was Positano that Sophia Loren chose as her place of residence, and there is no doubt about the good taste of this actress. Narrow streets, multi-colored houses literally climbing steep slopes - the place is really charming.
Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli
This is not just a villa, it is an imperial apartment, a whole complex of buildings located near Rome. The baths, the premises for slaves, and the giant vestibule, the large atrium, the Canopa Museum, and in the courtyard there is a beautiful garden and a pond with fish have been preserved here. There is a Greek theater, the Temple of Apollo, a Roman and Greek library in the villa of Hadrian.
Grand Canal (Venice)
If in most cities the central streets act as the main transport artery, then in Venice, the most “watery” settlement on the planet, this is, of course, the canal. Rather, the Grand Canal! Most of the most beautiful buildings in Venice are concentrated on its banks, so the inhabitants of the city traditionally call it the "Canal Palace".
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Colosseum in Rome
Well, who doesn't know the Colosseum? This is a visiting card of Rome, a building that is familiar even to those who have never left their hometown. Today, the Colosseum, of course, bears the marks of time and needs to be reconstructed. And still, a visit to this historical monument is included in the mandatory program of all tourists and leaves an indelible impression.
Castle of Castel del Monte
The most famous medieval castle in the world, a ready-made scenery for filming movies about knights and beautiful ladies. The strict octagonal shape and powerful towers of Castel del Monte immediately attract attention. It is noteworthy that the second floor of the castle, due to the unique arrangement of openings, is a sundial.
City in Tuscany, near Florence. San Gimignano is known for the fact that it managed to preserve its medieval appearance and from afar it seems that horse-drawn carts still move along its streets, and knights with swords walk sedately. Be sure to see the 14 ancient towers and the local history museum.
The Cinque Terre is not just one village, but a whole national park located on the steep slopes of the sea coast. There are five settlements with charming colorful houses, stone, pebble and one sandy beach, vineyards and historical sights. A great place to relax, combining the beach and exploring interesting places.
leaning tower of pisa
What can be said about this unique building? If it were not for the slope, which was considered a drawback of the tower, it would most likely remain the most common monument of history and architecture. And now millions of tourists come to take pictures against the backdrop of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and, of course, pretend that they are holding it with their own hands.
Academy of Fine Arts (Florence)
The very first academy of painting in Europe, which opened its doors five hundred years ago. Be sure to come and admire the antique, classical beauty of Michelangelo's David statue, the Rape of the Sabine Women and other unique masterpieces. The Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts is considered to be the largest collection of paintings in Florence.
This body of water is worth seeing, if only because Lake Grada is the largest in Italy. However, it is famous primarily for its picturesque landscapes, views of mountain peaks, fjords in the narrow part, as well as excellent opportunities for recreation. There are many famous resorts offering a wide range of entertainment and excellent service.
A magnificent building in the flaming Gothic style, the fifth largest church on the planet, a symbol of Milan and just an incredibly beautiful building. The Milan Cathedral is famous for its collection of statues, the number of which exceeds three thousand, rich decoration, as well as a stunning view of the entire city from the roof, where tourists are allowed to climb.
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The central place of Ancient Rome, the real center of historical and architectural monuments. The Roman Forum is both a market and a place of public meetings, and the center of the political life of Rome during the time of emperors and great conquests. Today people come here to look at the preserved temples, basilicas, arches, Lake Curtia, the House of Vestals and other interesting objects.
Island of Capri
Since the days of the Roman Republic, this island has been a favorite vacation spot for the rich and famous. It was here that Winston Churchill, Maxim Gorky and Ivan Bunin, several emperors, Lenin and Lunacharsky, Jean Cocteau and Tchaikovsky, Paustovsky and Stanislavsky once lived and rested. Agree, a good recommendation for the resort!
Piazza del Campo
This is the central square of the city of Siena, famous for a huge number of historical buildings and medieval architecture. Tourists are attracted by the Fountain of Joy, built almost 600 years ago, as well as the opportunity to admire the horse races twice a year, which are held right along the perimeter of the square, along a specially poured sand path.
This Sicilian volcano is the highest in Europe, and active. The top of Etna often begins to smoke, and lava flows from numerous side craters, warning that the volcano is just sleeping, you should not relax! There are three routes to climb Mount Etna. Hikers are strongly advised to use the services of a guide.
Santa Maria del Fiore
The main cathedral of Florence, the most striking and famous example of the Florentine Quattrocento, Italian art of the Early Renaissance. The symbol of Florence - the red dome of the cathedral - seems to hover over the entire city and is perfectly visible from almost any point in it. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is famous for its mosaics, unusual clocks and bas-reliefs.
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These islands of volcanic origin are located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, north of Sicily. It can be reached by ferry from Naples or by boat from Messina. The Aeolian Islands are known as a pleasant place to relax, Lipari is especially popular, with its oldest settlement on Earth. The Aeolian Islands also attract geologists who can follow the formation and destruction of volcanic formations.
The largest and most famous fountain in Rome, where all the tourists who want to return to the "Eternal City" throw coins. By the way, every year public utilities fish out about 700 thousand euros from here! The Trevi Fountain has been featured in several famous movies. In addition, couples come here to drink from the "lover's straws" to always be together.
Ancient Roman city of Pompeii
Of course, you are familiar with the sad history of this Italian city, which was completely destroyed by a volcanic eruption almost 2 thousand years ago. But seeing it all with your own eyes is a completely different matter! The ruins, securely hidden under volcanic ash, are well preserved, as are the bodies of the unfortunate who did not have time to leave the city.
Cultural landscape of Val d'Orcia
Agree that UNESCO does not include ordinary villages and valleys in its World Heritage List. So the natural and cultural landscape of Val d'Orcia deserves this honor! This is part of Tuscany, famous for its vineyards and wine. Val d'Orcia has repeatedly inspired artists, and many of those who came here for the first time simply cannot leave such a fertile land.