Top 7 ‘Splendido’ Destinations of Italy
Italy – the boot shaped country famous for its pizza, pasta, fast cars and fashion has always been a desirable tourist destination for travellers all over the world. But which are the best places to visit? If you are interested in history, art, fashion or culture, you are sure to find something in our “Top 7” list to suit you…!
When it comes to beautiful scenery, Lake Garda, situated in the north east of Italy is the perfect place. Surrounded by the dramatic backdrop of the Alps, Garda is the largest Italian lake and is bordered by small, quaint, and historic towns that are steeped in rich Italian history. You can swim, sail or take ferries around the 30 mile-long lake or hike around some of the hills that surround it and take in the spectacular views.
The city of Verona is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre which means that it has particular historical significance to the country. Ruins from the Renaissance and medieval periods still stand in certain parts of this fascinating location with an even more fascinating history. If you like to travel to places to learn and be enlightened, Verona is for you. Taking another cultural significance is another of its many attributes, with its ancient Roman amphitheatre and it was of course where Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ was set.
Nicknamed the “City of Water” and with each of its quaint buildings mainly reachable by boat or gondola, Venice is considered the most romantic location in the world. Perfect for honeymooners and couples alike, this city is famous for its magnificent architecture (visit St Mark’s Basilica) and excellent views.
Right in the middle of Tuscany, Siena is a beautifully kept medieval town which is Florence’s main rival in terms of beauty. With gothic architecture (such as the dramatic Palazzo Pubblico), it is situated on three hills and is home to gorgeous buildings, cathedrals, churches, sculptures and paintings – an ideal location for art lovers!
Famous for its gorgeous Renaissance architecture and fabulous food, you will never be short of something to do in Florence, the capital of Tuscany. With galleries, churches, the cathedral, art and monuments galore, there is something for everyone in this city. Michael Angelo’s masterpieces are housed in this city. Situated on the banks of the River Arno, it is renowned for its fashion and artistic culture, making it a beauty to visit.
Also known as “The Eternal City”, Rome is packed full of historical art and is home to the largest historical centre in the world. Popular for its shopping and many designer labels, Rome is also a great place to experience quality Italian dining in traditional pizzerias or a great place to visit the two millennium year old Coliseum or the Trevi Fountain. Also home to the Vatican, this centre of Roman Catholicism has been one of the main attractions for thousands of years.
The birthplace of St. Francis, is yet another Italian world heritage site. As with many of the other cities in out “Top 7”, Assisi is steeped in history and artistic culture and is host to two medieval castles, and the city regularly celebrates their ancient medieval heritage at festivals – ideal for history lovers!
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How can you not include Sicily? It is one of the most beautiful places in all of Italy and it has Europe’s most active volcano, better preserved Greek temples than all of Greece, the friendliest, warmest people, excellent vine and amazing food too!