What can one say about Italy that you probably don’t already know? It is a gorgeous country located in the south of Europe, known for its rich history and culture, fashion and cars, as well as extravagant tourist locations. It is also a relatively big country for European standards, which means that there are many, many amazing places to see there. So, with this article, I’ve set out on a rather ambitious task of choosing the top 5 Italian travel destinations to visit in Italy. I’ve tried to include something for everyone’s taste, so check it out and let me know what you think!
1. Italian Travel Destinations – Rome
The first and the most obvious is of course Roma. No person should ever come to Italy and not pay a visit to the country’s glorious capital. This city is old and has the buildings to prove it. History lovers and others alike will certainly be able to appreciate the beauty of structures such as the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Roman Forum, and Fontana di Trevi.
When it comes to food, besides the usual pasta and gelato found throughout Italy, Rome also hosts some of the best popcorn in the world. If you like the idea of gourmet popcorn, check out this place. What more can a man (or woman) ask for? This city has got it all, and it would be a wise decision to come and check it out.
2. Italian Travel Destinations – Amalfi Coast
Those who like things like incredible views, beaches, and charming old towns must not miss the chance to go to the Amalfi coast. For those unfamiliar with this place, Amalfi is a mountainous coastal region that stretches between Naples and Salerno in the south-west of Italy. It’s famous for picturesque historical towns built on rocky cliffs.
Aside from the town of Amalfi after which this region is named, the places that tourists usually visit include Sorrento, Positano, the island of Capri and many more. Nature lovers will probably be interested in waterfalls of Valle de Ferriere or a boat tour through Grotta dello Smeraldo water cave. This area is a fantastic location for a rejuvenating vacation!
3. Italian Travel Destinations – Milano
Fashion lover or not, Milano should be on your bucket list. The city is a treasure chest of architectural achievements that range from old and classic European buildings to modern, state-of-the-art skyscrapers. Some of the most famous structures include the Milano cathedral, Galleria Vittorio Emmanuelle II, the Sforza castle and Scala, to name a few.
It’s crazy how beautiful this city is! Also, Milan is the fashion capital of the world, so there is no shortage of boutiques and designer clothing stores. However, be aware that shopping here is everything but cheap. Those interested in nightlife, bars, and restaurants should visit the Navigli district – an Amsterdam-like, canal-ridden neighbourhood where the party never ends.
4. Italian Travel Destinations – Tuscany
If you like wine, you’ve certainly heard of Tuscany – Italy’s greenest region and with some of the most famous wines in the world. When you arrive here, you will encounter a scenery filled with hills, cypress trees, and vineyards, all covered with a tranquil, countryside atmosphere. Those who come for wine should go to Chianti and try as many as they possibly can.
Others, who are more interested in cities, renaissance and history, must visit the one and only – Florence. But wait, there’s a lot more! You’ve probably heard of the leaning tower of Pisa; yup, that’s in Tuscany too, located to the west of Florence. In case you’re looking for a place to swim, check out Elba and its turquoise waters. Tuscany is a place that hides joy at every corner! Furthermore, this is the area where camping can be a blast, but not without a quality instant tent.
5. Italian Travel Destinations – Venice
It might be a cliché to recommend Venice, but think about it this way – some things have become cliché because they were good ideas, to begin with! Venice is definitely worth it and lives up to every bit of hype that you’ve ever heard. This is, hands down, one of the most gorgeous cities on Earth with views that you won’t be able to see anywhere else in the world.
It is built on an archipelago of islands, all connected by bridges and canals. The biggest canal is called the Grand Canal, and it divides the city into north and south parts. Some of the most famous sights in Venice are St. Marco’s square and Basilica, Rialto bridge, and Teatro La Fenice. I’d suggest you take a gondola ride through some of the city’s canals as it is a unique way to experience this place.
Even though I’ve tried to pick five representative places that encapsulate all that Italy has to offer, my article hardly does justice to this wondrous country. With that being said, I want to inspire you to search deeper and more thoroughly than just this article, because there’s much, much more to Italy than the locations I’ve written about today.
As a matter of fact, my real agenda is to encourage you to travel. Travel more often, walk off the beaten path and see what kind of person it turns you into. I guarantee that these experiences will only change you in a good way.
About Guest Blogger:
Melanie Campbell is an outdoor and camping professional who gives expert advice on camping and outdoor trekking. She runs a website called Ardent Footsteps, where you can find proven tips on how to make the most out of your camping adventure, from outdoor food to gear & equipment.