Europe’s most famous boot has it all: popes, painters, lovers, poet and political rulers. Three thousand years of history, culture and cuisine seduces everyone – Italy was made for romance. Of course, you can also indulge in the pleasures of la dolce vita: good food, good wine and good wardrobe.
Few countries offer such variety and everybody leaves with a burning desire to return. The most beautiful time to visit is in the spring (April-May) and in autumn (October-November). Then the landscapes are beautiful, the temperature is pleasant and crowd is tolerable. Try to avoid August because then the largest number of Italians go on vacation, and therefore many shops and businesses are closed.
It’s hard to say what is the most breathtaking thing in the eternal city – the opulence of the Vatican, the eternal Forum, small cars running the streets, millions of cats in the Colosseum, unsuccessful attempts to cross the main street, or a bill for your latte. Rounding attraction in Rome is an exciting and tiring adventure. You will realize immediately that it was not built in a day – just try to take a tour of all the temples, residences, basilicas, churches, palaces, piazza, parks, museums and fountains. All this plus the Vatican!
Stretching around 50 km along the promontory from Sorrento to Salerno, Amalfi is one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe. The road winds along the rocky coast and above the azure blue sea.
Fortified Assisi is miraculous, and it managed to stay calm despite the tourist’s hysteria. The most famous are churches of Santa Maria Maggiore and San Pietro.
The city is dominated by Rocca Maggiore, a massive fortress from the 14th century built on a nearby hill with a view of the valley. Here you can see frescoes painted by Giotto, Cimabue and Martini.
Cultural and historical impact of Florence is indescribable. Up close, however, this city is one of the most pleasant in Italy. It still retained a strong impression of a small city from the late Middle Ages that has contributed so much to cultural and political development of Europe.
Milan is the economic engine of the country, the seat of the Italian stock exchange and business. It is also the world capital of design and rival to Paris as the center of fashion. Milano is a huge metropolis, but most of the attractions are concentrated in the city center. Center dominates the Duomo, a fantastic Gothic buildings on the top of which stands Maddonina (our little Madonna), Milan’s patron. Not far away is La Scala, one of the most famous operas in the world.
Perfectly positioned in the bay opposite the three islands, Naples has a little – of everything. The historic center of Naples piazza seems filled with churches, as well as the unique architecture of the buildings. Besides the usual Italian quota of castles, museums and Palazzi, on its very doorstep you can visit priceless treasures of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Siena was once a lively economic center where in the 12th century, the most traded item were textiles, saffron and wine. Many buildings were built at that time in the local Gothic style, which is why this city has a distinctive style.
Venezia, The Queen of the Adriatic, city of canals and palaces … or sewage system together with a bunch of charlatans and tourists? Venice always had a dual nature: water and land, long history and an uncertain future. When this precious place sinks again, the world will lose a gem.
Sardinia has a fascinating medieval pieces and beautiful beaches. There are also beautiful and relatively unspoiled coastline of Costa Verde, beaches and caves around the tourist enclave of Alghero and traditional culture of the province of Nuoro. Sardinia was attacked and colonized by Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Genoese and Spaniards. Despite this devastation, the locals (known as the Sardi) have managed to retain its own identity and uniqueness.
The island of Sicily is a place of contrasts, from the magnificent capital of Palermo, to the Greek ruins at Syracuse, and perilous mountain Etna. Sicily is a significant strategic point of the Mediterranean. As the largest island in the sea, Sicily has always attracted hordes of the invaders and colonizers, who left behind traces of history…