10 Things to See in Italy

by Guest Author on March 23, 2013

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With great summer weather, fantastic food and plenty of famous sights, Italy is one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations. Unlike some of its neighbours on the continent, the country has several cities worth seeing and not just one. With so much to see on your Italy visit it can be hard to know where to start. Read on here, though, and you’ll find a handy list of 10 things to see on your trip to the country.

1 – The Canals of Venice

Canal in Venice, Italy

Venice Canal photo by Keith Roper on Flickr

The Floating City of the east Italian coast is one of the most magical places on earth. Pay a trip to Venice and experience a city like no other as you wander the little winding streets and sail through the famous canals. Whether by gondola, speed boat or even by kayak, exploring the Venetian canals is something you’ll never forget.

2 – The Uffizi Gallery

Florence’s famous art museum is one of the continent’s most important museums, with perhaps only the Louvre regarded as more important in the art world. The Florence museum boasts a collection from some of the most famous names ever to have picked up a paintbrush. Giotto, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rubens and Botticelli all have work on display here, making it well worth the visit for art lovers and non-art lovers alike.

3- Ponte Vecchio

Staying in Florence, this colourful bridge is worth seeing for two reasons. Not only is it an architectural delight, but it is historically important as it was the only bridge in the city not to be destroyed by the Germans during World War II.

4 – The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower in Pisa, Italy

The Leaning Tower of Pisa, photo by Dimitry B on Flickr

This tower is likely to already be on your list of things to see in Italy as it is famous around the world, albeit for all the wrong reasons. The unintended tilt to one side has made this tower a tourist attraction and the phrase “put the city on the map” has never been more appropriate.

5 – Rome’s Colosseum

No need for much explanation here. This 1st century amphitheatre is the iconic symbol of Rome that is recognised around the world. It looks spectacular in photos and movies, but there is nothing like seeing it with your own two eyes!

6 – The Vatican

Technically not inItaly, The Vatican City is the world’s smallest internationally recognised state. The 44 hectare state is found in the city ofRomeand hosts the awesome Saint Peter’s Basilica, the headquarters of the Catholic Church.

7 – Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy

Trevi Fountain, photo by archer 10 (Dennis) on Flickr

Also in Rome is the Trevi Fountain, perhaps the most impressive fountain in the world. At 26 metres high and almost 50 wide, the Trevi Fountain is a popular tourist spot and the legend goes that by throwing coins into the fountain you will be ensured of a return visit to Rome in the future.

8 – Mount Vesuvius

The volcano which famously erupted in AD 79 in one of the most immense volcanic eruptions of all time is well worth the trip to the south of the country. With fumes and molten rock spraying as high as 20 miles into the air during that eruption, the city of Pompeii was forever changed by the volcano and as many as 16,000 are thought to have died from it. Don’t worry though, the volcano is currently dormant, so you can visit it.

9 – San Siro Stadium

If there is one thing which divides the city of Milan it is football. The city’s two teams, Internazionale and AC Milano, both play at the same stadium, the amazing San Siro. Italian football fans are known to be passionate and no where will you see that passion more than at this football ground.

10 – Cinque Terre

Literally called ‘Five Lands’, this National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site is said to be the cleanest part of Italy and the location on the coast makes it seem even more like paradise on Earth. The five little villages on the Italian Riviera are simply unforgettable!

So there you have it! 10 places not to miss on your trip to Italy! And while on your travels note that you can find cheap accommodation that won’t break the bank in the form of self-catering apartments. Your holiday to Italy can be cheaper if staying in an apartment and Oh-Venice and Oh-Florence have plenty to offer, as does Oh-Rome.com, with all you need to enjoy your holiday in the Italian capital.

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