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.