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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

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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

5 outstanding places to visit in Italy!

 

1. Rome.

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Of course you can’t go to Italy without seeing Rome! From the amazing sight of the Colosseum to the breathtaking Vatican City, Rome has it all. Feast your eyes on the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the Roman Forum and be taken aback by the Trevi Fountain in all its glory!

2. Florence.

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Florence is best known as the ‘Cradle of the Renaissance’ and a must see for anyone who appreciates fine art and architecture. The Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica are just some sights to see. The street sculptures are also amazing, and talking about great sculptures, don’t forget to visit the  Galleria dell’Accademia and see Michelangelo’s masterpiece sculpture ‘David’!

3.Pisa.

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Oh, the joy of Pisa – everyone has to witness the great Leaning Tower of Pisa at least once in their life! It is probably the most famous bell tower in the world and it’s not hard to see why. The tower’s famous tilt began during construction, thought to be because of an inadequate foundation on too soft ground. The tilt gradually increased until the tower was stabilized in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The majestic cathedral is also as beautiful as much as the Tower is unusual!

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The unique city of Venice should be on everyone’s wish list as it is definitely one of the most enchanting cities to behold, and is an absolute must for any romantic trip. Enjoy a gondola ride on the picture perfect canals, drink wine and eat delicious food in one of the many quaint little cafes or admire venetian masks that adorn the windows of the local gift shops.

5. Pompeii

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Visit Pompeii for a truly unforgettable experience! Explore the ancient ruins of this roman town which fell victim to Mt Vesuvius and be taken aback by what you see!

Where to find UNESCO Heritage Sites in Italy!

 

Ahhh Italy – one of the first great influences of Western culture, and of course, land of the Romans and birthplace of the Roman Empire.

Hardly surprising then that it is home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. High art and monuments are to be found scattered everywhere around this magnificent boot shaped country!

 For starters, the Piazza del Duomo is located in the heart of Florence and can boast as being one of the most visited places in Europe and the world!


Next, we have the most famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, well known worldwide for its unintended tilt to one side. This amazing construction measures 55.86 metres  from the ground on the low side and 56.67 metres on the high side. It has been steadily moving ever since it was constructed in 1173 and had an incline of 5.5 degrees until some restoration work was performed between 1990 and 2001. The tower now leans at an  angle of about 3.99 degrees – amazing!

Another Italian UNESCO Heritage Site is the ancient Roman City of Pompeii. It was mostly destroyed and buried under 4 – 6 metres of ash when mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD but has been excavated and open as a tourist attraction for the last 250 years!

Obviously, this is just a fraction of the sites to see, but these and many more can be visited by going on tours that visit these fascinating places. You can find tours that last for as little as 2 hours, 10 days or some  that cover a whopping 29 days!

Of course, there are also some fabulous tours that can take you to places such as the glorious city of Venice and the beautiful Italian Lakes as well as all the other wonderful locations.

For a more opulent tour of Italy, try some first class hospitality and embark on a ‘Country Roads of Italy’ tour. This 15 day tour will combine your love of travel with a passion for wine! Italy’s cultural cities of Rome, Florence and Venice are perfectly complemented by rustic villas in the wine-growing areas. Add an expert wine adviser and someone to drive, it sounds like heaven and makes perfect sense to me!