Italy

Destination Italy

Italy has been a premier travel destination for centuries and is a destination that is on most people’s bucket list of places that they want to visit in their lifetime. What makes Italy special is its long and endearing history, cultural heritage, fashion and art, a variety of unique attractions, distinct architecture and of course the tantalizing Italian cuisine! The widescale appeal of Italy has resulted in the nation being one of the most visited countries in the world, welcoming over 52 million tourists in 2016 according to the United Nation Tourism Organization (UNWTO). But, before you jump on the Plane and fly to this wondrous destination, here are some things to consider that will make your trip more enjoyable and the travel experience more fulfilling.
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Getting to Italy

Italy is a well-connected destination, and there are several daily flights out of America that terminate in Italy. You can get to Italy flying from most of the major gateways such as MIA, JFK, ATL, DFW, and LAX. If you do not want to wait too long between flights, booking a direct flight will be an option. However, this might be a little pricier. If you are seeking the lowest priced airfare, European Airlines such as Turkish Airlines, Norwegian Air and Iberia are your best bet, sometimes one leg of the flight is with an American Airline such as American Airlines, Jet Blue or Delta and the others with the European Airline.

Where to go in Italy

Italy is blessed with an abundance of attractions and several unique destinations within the country that will make most travelers tick; we will examine some of the top destinations and some of the interesting things that you can on a visit to each.
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Rome

Rome is one of the most famous cities in the world and has been around for over three thousand years. It was the center of the former Roman Empire and is home to the renowned Vatican City – the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. Rome has also been a major influence on the world of art, with several of the most impressive and famous pieces of artwork found here. On your trip to Rome, you should not miss a visit to the Colosseum – this is a massive amphitheatre built from travertine, brick, and tuff and is the largest of its kind ever built in the history of humanity. The Colosseum is smack in the center of Rome and was built over a 1000 years ago by the Romans, and the grandeur of Colosseum speaks to the influence and wealth of the Empire. This building was used to host gladiatorial contests, mock sea battles and animal hunts which were spectacles in the former Roman Empire. The Colosseum is estimated to have accommodated 50 -80,000 spectators for any of these events. This historic building is today a symbol of ancient Roman Architecture and history, and you will cherish the experience for a long while if you visit this fascinating monument!

Another unique attraction that is highly recommended close to Rome is Vatican City. Vatican City is the smallest independent state in the world, and the Pope is the head of State. In addition to being the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, Vatican City is home to iconic museums numbering over 1000 with some of the most famous artworks on display such as “Laocoon and his Sons” among many others. You should schedule a day to tour to Vatican City on your next trip to Italy; the experience is not replicated anywhere else in the world!

Other attractions of note include the Spanish Steps which are a series of 135 uniquely shaped steps that connects the Piazza Di Spagna and the Trinita dei Monti Church at the top of the steps. This historical monument is a major attraction in Rome. The Pantheon, Roman Forum and the Michel Angelo designed Capitoline Hill are other alluring places to visit in Rome.

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Milan

The City of Milan is a global leader in Fashion and Art, finance, shopping and history and is a destination highly recommended for the discerning traveler who is into fashion and shopping, yet still want to enjoy some old-world charms. Some of the main attractions in this vibrant City includes; The Gothic Milan Cathedral, Sforza Castle, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Shopping Centre, the Teatro Alla Scala and the Biblioteca Ambrosiana. Milan also hosts the Italian Stock Exchange and several other International Banks, making the City a major financial center.

Venice

Venice is one of the most unique cities in the world, since there are no roads here, only canals and bridges. The city has over 400 canals that are expertly connected, visitors find this set-up extraordinarily fascinating, and this is one of the reasons why Venice is so popular among tourists. In addition to this, the city has over 127 squares and is packed with history, and there are several monuments here that you must visit. Some of these include; the Iconic Bridge of Signs, St. Marks Basilica, Piazza San Marco, Doge’s Palace and Museum and the Grand Canal Thoroughfare among many other enthralling attractions.
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Florence

The City of Florence is known for its culture, Art and historical monuments and is one of the most popular destinations for international visitors to Italy. Some of the most iconic attractions in the City are the Florence Cathedral, the Ponte Vecchio Medieval Bridge, the Uffizi Gallery, the Galleria dell Accademia, the Palazzo Vecchio and Signoria and a host of other awe-inspiring sights. A visit to this City will give you a new perspective on the influence of Italian culture on the world.

Lake Garda

Lake Garda is a laidback region in the north of Italy, known for its crystal-clear waters and is a popular resort area. Lake Garda is a perfect destination for families with attractions such as Gardaland – a theme park with rides and rollercoasters, Caneva World Water Park, Vittoriale Amphitheatre and the Parco Natura Zoo. This region is one of the least crowded parts of Italy, making it perfect for you if you want a relaxing family vacation.
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Como

Como is a small city in Northern Italy on the tip of Lake Como and is another hidden Italian treasure. It is known for its pristine villas, a historic Gothic Cathedral known as the Como Cathedral and is home to several museums including the Museo Didactic Della Seta and the Tempio Voltiano Museum which is dedicated to the work of renowned Physicist, Alessandro Volta. Como is undoubtedly a city that should be on your bucket list of places to visit in Italy.

Lake Iseo

Lake Iseo is one of the most scenic areas of Italy, surrounded by lush mountains and small medieval towns such as Iseo and Sarnico. The area is a hit with nature lovers and includes attractions such as the Sebino Natural Reserve, the Val Trompia Mountain, and the Montecampione Recreational area.

When to Visit Italy

Italy is a year-round destination, so you can visit whenever it is conducive to you. The peak tourist season is in the summer months of June – August, you will, however, save a few dollars if you visit in Spring (April-June) or Fall (September – November) and the temperatures are also moderate and the attractions less crowded during these months.
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