Italy is a European country. It has left a powerful mark on Western culture. Rome is the capital and this is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Other major cities are Florence, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s David and Brunelleschi’s Duomo; Venice, the city of canals; and Italy’s fashion capital is Milan.
There is no other city, quite like Rome in the world. While Rome wants to be a modern 21st-century city, it is desperately trying to keep its historical ruins and monuments from crumbling. The town is one sizeable archaeological dig that continues to discover its 2,800 years of history.
Alright, the fact is told about Venice is that it’s old, sinking into the lagoon, floods occasionally, and sometimes smells. What other cities on this planet can demand a list like this and still be one of the most researched after destinations in the globe? Most probably, everyone wants to make a tour to Venice before it disappears into the Adriatic and becomes the lost city of Venice?
There’s no mystery here that the top three are Rome, Venice, and Florence. If you were to ask tourists to Italy what their favorite Italian city was, I would hazard to guess that for many it might be Florence.
Just these first 3 cities is enough to have the vacation of a lifetime. We went with friends who helped us start our painting business 10 years ago (www.BGBpainting.com) and had a blast! Highly recommended to spend time here, and then if you have more time, visit the cities below.
4. Cinque Terre
While many people will argue that the Amalfi Coast should appear on this list, I could not resist placing the Cinque Terre region here in the number four spot. Virtually unknown to Americans twenty-five years ago, this beautiful coastal region of Italy was simply spectacular.
5. Val d’Orcia
Tuscany surrounded a large area of central Italy, so I’m going to narrow this down to the Val d’Orcia region. Why? Because of its amazing rolling hills and marvelous medieval hilltop towns. This area of Italy is just like heaven.
6. Mountains and Lakes
The hills and lakes might not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering a visit to Italy, but they are reason enough to start planning that trip.
We have given it our best shot! Have we convinced you to consider a trip to Italy?
Often overlooked by visitors for the more popular destinations farther north, Sicily is a world of its own and is a great reason to visit Italy. With an extraordinary combination of Greek temples, Norman churches, Roman mosaics, and famous Baroque towns, Sicily is a melting pot of cultures reflecting thousands of years of foreign occupation. And don’t forget about Mount Etna.
Alaska is a state of the U.S, just across the Bering Strait from Asia. This is a Canadian province of British Columbia and locality of Yukon border the state to the east and southeast.
Denali National Park and Preserve
According to the Alaska Travel Industry Association, the 6-million-acre Denali National Park and Preserve draws approximately 432,000 visitors every year. Most of these travelers go to observe Mount McKinley – which at 20,320-feet tall, is the highest peak in North America – and the park’s diverse fauna, which includes 37 species of mammals and 130 bird species.
Glacier Bay National Park
One of the top cruise destinations in Alaska is Glacier Bay National Park, which was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Following the Alaska Travel Industry Association, 850,000 people make the tour the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park per year, making it the most famous park in the state. Klondike is home to the 33-mile Chilkoot Trail, and the primary route used to reach the Canadian site of the 1897-98 gold rush.
Kenai Fjords National Park
The 601,839-acre Kenai Fjords National Park encompasses the Harding Icefield, one of the four remaining icefields in the country. The icefield is one of three main areas open to visitors. The others are the Exit Glacier, which attracts over 100,000 visitors every summer, and the coastline, which is dotted with tidewater glaciers and is home to several species of marine mammals.
Alaska’s Largest City Anchorage
Six mountain ranges are visible from Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, located close to the geographic center of the state. As a perspective of a large metropolis, Anchorage offers fine dining, cultural destinations, and luxury accommodations. Forty-five miles south of Anchorage is the Portage Glacier. Flattop Mountain is the city’s best hiking attraction.
City of North Pole
In the year of 1950s, the Dahl and Gaske Development Company renamed an area in Alaska “North Pole” to tempt toy manufacturers who then could claim their products were “made in the North Pole.” Although this vision was never realized, tourists can see reindeer and Christmas decorations, and take photos with Santa Claus year-round.
Among the most famous attractions in Alaska is its breathtaking natural destination. With 15 national parks and preserves that boast towering mountain ranges and close to 100,000 glaciers, Alaska offers one of the most histrionic getaways in North America. Travelers can experience Alaska’s best locations by land or from the vantage point of a cruise ship.
Brazil, a vast South American country, stretches from the Amazon Basin in the north to vineyards and massive Iguaçu Falls in the south. Rio de Janeiro, symbolized by its 38m Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado, is famed for its busy Copacabana and Ipanema beaches as well as its enormous, raucous Carnaval festival, featuring parade floats, flamboyant costumes, and samba music and dance.
Rio de Janeiro
Sun, surf, and samba!
Ravishing Rio is a trip for all five senses. Surfers and sunbathers fuel up on acai bowls before hitting the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, while kids of the favelas toss around a soccer ball (Brazilians are passionate about their football). Dance the night away at one of the city’s many samba clubs, and if you want to see the city come alive, go during Carnival in February.
Parrots, piranhas, and poison dart frogs.
The Amazon brings to mind a colorful array of birds, deadly predators (hello, anaconda), a tangled expanse of emerald trees and one big river. Brazil is home to 60% of the Amazon, so if you’re searching for Amazonian adventure ideas, this is the place to do it. Just don’t forget the insect repellent!
The world’s most stunning waterfalls.
Niagara Falls doesn’t stand a chance against Iguazu Falls, which holds the title as the most extensive waterfall system in the world. Straddling the borders of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, Iguazu Falls is made up of 275 individual waterfalls, with the Devil’s Throat being the largest of them all. Come for the awe-inspiring gushing water and stay for the incredible flora and fauna surrounding the falls.
A non-stop party in Brazil’s largest city.
Your brain might tell you to skip smoggy, overcrowded Sao Paulo, but you’d be missing out on some of Brazil’s best nightlife, cultural offerings, and Brazilian foodie pleasures. Like New York City or Tokyo, São Paulo (or Sampa as its called) is a city that never sleeps. It’s big and noisy, but for city people, there’s no other place quite like multicultural, riveting São Paulo.
Colonial charm without the cars!
Paraty (or Parati) might be Brazil’s prettiest city. Awash in cobbled colonial charm, the city has a heavy Portuguese influence and was a major exporter of gold during the 1600s. Stroll the streets of the pedestrian-friendly historical center (blissfully car-free) and take day trips to pristine beaches and lush rainforest just outside the city.
The Venice of Brazil.
With its many rivers, small islands and over 50 bridges, Recife is often called the Brazilian Venice. It’s a buzzing, gritty city like Rio with a vibrant cultural scene and entertaining historical center. Outside Recife, the beach of Porto de Galinhas has been repeatedly awarded the title of the best beach in Brazil while the historic center of Olinda charms all who visit.
Horseback riding in Brazil’s heartland.
The state of Minas Gerais is a fertile land of rivers, mountains, and valleys. As the leading producer of coffee and milk in Brazil, its claim to fame is the famous Brazilian snack of Pao de queijo made with Minas cheese. This region has emerged as a popular eco-destination for its scene-stealing national parks and natural springs.
South America’s largest country is teeming with stunning natural wonders, vibrant cities, and everything in between. That also means planning a trip to Brazil can be a little daunting, so we’re here to help with ideas.
We’ve picked 10 essential Brazilian dishes to try on your visit:
1. Barbecued meat
5. Pão de queijo
10. Fried bar snacks
This is a debate that is going on for years between tourists. What is a better vacation: beach or snow? Some are saying that nothing comes to a beach holiday. While others are saying that a snow and ski holiday is something that you will not forget ever. If you need to decide between a beach or snow, these things might assist you in deciding which one will be best for you.
Hot, warm sunny days or cold, snowing days?
What type of weather are you looking for? Hot, warm days where you need to cool off? Or, cold snowing days, where you need to make sure that you are staying as warm as possible?
Some people prefer the warmer temperatures, while others prefer colder temperatures. This is why you should make sure that you know what type of temperatures you prefer before you are choosing between a beach or snow holiday.
Cocktails on the beach, or hot chocolate in front of a fireplace
What is the most romantic thing that you want to do with your friends or loved one? Enjoying a cocktail on the beach, enjoying the ocean, and the clear blue sky? Or, enjoying a hot chocolate in front of a fireplace with some great background music?
Sometimes doing something different can end up an experience that we will never forget. You might go to a beach destination every year. What about a difference this year? You might just find out that a snow holiday is the best ever.
Different water activities, or different ski and snow activities
What type of activities are you want to enjoy during your holiday? Are you looking forward to doing some of the water activities that the beach has to offer? Or, are you really looking forward to all the ski and snow activities that you can enjoy at a snow destination? Just because you are going to the same holiday each year, doesn’t mean that this is the best holiday decision that you can make. Maybe change can be a good thing.
Beach or snow? Different people will have different answer. But, do you really consider everything before you answer this question? Did you really experience both these holidays in order for you to decide which one is really going to be the best vacation ever? This is why you should make sure that you go on the best beach holiday, but that you are going on the best ski holiday as well. Then, you can decide which destination is going to be the best.…