10 Good Reasons to Visit Italy!

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There are many good reasons to visit Italy. Experience extraordinary architecture, remarkable works of art, fascinating history, as well as delicious cuisine and glorious natural beauty. Italy also has the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world, and is top of the list for world-class tourist attractions.

1.Rome

Monuments in Rome

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Rome is bursting with historical monuments, ruins and artifacts. These include the world famous Colosseum, Roman Forum and Trevi Fountain.
Explore the Vatican city and see the Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo and the incredible St. Peter’s Basilica.

 

2. Venice

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If you visit Italy and bypass Rome, then you must not miss Venice. World famous for its 117 small islands which are separated by sleepy canals and linked by exquisite bridges. Add to that the gondolas and beautiful architecture, including Saint Mark’s Basilica. You can create memories that will last forever.

 

 3. Florence

Bridge in Florence

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The Renaissance City of Florence is extraordinary in its beauty. View the magnificent Baptistery, Michelangelo’s David and visit Piazza della Signoria, with its stunning statues and palazzi. Stroll along the Ponte Vecchio, a Medieval stone bridge in Florence, best known for the many shops built along it.

 

4. Pisa

Pisa Square of Miracles

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Pisa is a city best known for its iconic Leaning Tower. The Leaning tower of Pisa is a freestanding bell tower which stands next to the cathedral of Pisa, and started tilting during its construction in the 12th-century.

 

5. Siena

Siena

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Discover Siena, a picturesque medieval town in the heart of Tuscany, famous for its medieval brick buildings. Admire the wonderful architecture on Piazza del Campo, including the the Gothic palace, Palazzo Pubblico,  and its tower, Torre del Mangia.

 

6. Bologna

Bologna

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Bologna is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna Region in Northern Italy, and is famous for its medieval towers. It is also known for its food and where tortellini, mortadella, tagliatelle and ragù originated from.

 

7. Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

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The Cinque Terre is a district where five centuries-old seaside villages are set along the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. See the enchanting colourful houses and ancient vineyards clinging to the terraces, soak up the amazing views, and experience the sheer beauty of the place.

 

8. Italian Lakes

Italian Lake

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Witness breathtaking views and serene surroundings when you visit the Italian Lakes region. From Lake Lugano to Lake Garda and the Dolomite Mountains, bask in the peaceful beauty of it all. Take a trip to Bellagio in the Province of Como, commonly known as ‘the pearl of Lake Como’, and be enchanted by this heavenly place.

 

 9. Naples

Bay of Naples

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The cosmopolitan city of Naples is Italy’s third-largest city and boasts a vast assortment of  archaeological treasures. This wonderful place is bursting with many historic palaces, monuments and statues, and the view as the sun sets on the Bay of Naples is outstanding.

 

10. Pompeii

Ruins at Pompeii

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Visit the excavations at Pompeii and prepare to be astonished by this haunting experience. Buried for centuries beneath volcanic ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, this  archaeological site lies preserved for all time. The ruins of Pompeii are simply extraordinary, providing a fascinating insight into ancient Roman life.

 

Vineyard

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Quite simply, immerse yourself in the Italian culture and let your heart be captured by this wonderful country.

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The story of Pompeii is truly fascinating and gives us an amazing insight into just how the people of our ancient times lived.

Pompeii was an ancient Roman city near Naples in Italy. It was destroyed in 79 AD when the mighty Mount Vesuvius erupted and engulfed the city in tons of ash, leaving it buried for nearly 1.500 years.

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The mighty Mount Vesuvius

 Pompeii lay hidden until its first rediscovery in 1599 and further excavated almost 150 years later in 1748.

The objects discovered were found to be well-preserved mainly because of the lack of air and moisture under all the ash.

 During the excavation, plaster was used to fill in the voids under the ash where human bodies once were, which allowed insight into the exact position people were in when they died.

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The preserved victims of Vesuvius

Much of our knowledge about the Roman way of life, their social structure, class systems, habits and domestic arrangements have come from Pompeii.

Evidence of complex water systems, an amphitheatre, gymnasium and a port all point to a very high standard of living.

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Evidence of a very high standard of living

Some items are virtually complete such as the baths and various murals and mosaics. Some buildings even have graffiti inside them describing politics, romances and other gossip of the time!

They even had traffic calming measures and one-way systems in the very decadent Roman Pompeii!

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Evidence of virtually complete murals and mosaics

 Pompeii has been a tourist destination for over 250 years and now has UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

It attracts nearly 2.6 million visitors every years, making it one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy.

Some sections of Pompeii have been closed off to the public due to deterioration, but the sections of the ancient city still open are extensive, and tourists can spend several hours and even days days exploring the extraordinary site.

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The magnificent Vesuvius overlooking Pompeii