Abbey of Sant’Antimo, Montalcino, Tuscany
There are much more tourist attractions in Italy than you could hope to see during a vacation. In fact, Italy has more UNESCO heritage sites than any other country in the world, and most of these monuments, many of them situated in rural areas, are essential to understand today’s Western civilization. You can choose to go on your own or book guided tours of Italy.
Whether you choose to visit Venice, where gondoliers sing in the evening breeze, relax on the astounding Amalfi Coast or experience the romantic Verona, sipping an espresso in a crowded market, with the sun falling asleep behind the silhouettes of ancient Gothic constructions, your holiday in Italy will be an unforgettable experience.
Here are a few suggestions to inspire you and help you choose the best itinerary for your trip to Italy.
Saint Mark’s Basilica and The Doge’s Palace
Venice is very loved by tourists, due to its romantic beauty. It is surprisingly small, but it is an awe-inspiring sight you will keep in your heart forever. Through a guided tour, you will get the chance to walk along the canals, admiring the wonderful view, because, first of all, Venice is a great place to explore and simply be.
Then you can get to visit Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace,> two notorious symbols of the city, with splendid Byzantine domed architecture and many art exhibitions. They are hugely popular and attract all visitors.
Catacombs of the Capuchins
The Catacombs of the Capuchins are situated in Palermo, Sicily, and are a unique tourist attraction, offering an experience that will be surreal, macabre and bone-chilling. The catacombs hold the remains of 8000 souls (monks, nobles, clerics, local families) that your tour guide can tell you more about.
The corpses are displayed against the walls or are resting in open caskets, in ghoulish poses. Their bodies, in remarkable state of preservation, are still rotting, slowly falling apart. The Capuchin Catacombs definitely warrant a visit, though they are not for the faint-hearted.
The Creator made Italy from designs by Michelangelo, wrote Mark Twain. He was right, because every piece of Tuscany seems like an ode to one of its most prominent sons, Michelangelo. Tuscany contribution to the history of Italy is so great that that region can be seen as a nation itself.
Architecture, history, people, cuisine —everything is a delight. Visiting Tuscany is visiting one of the most picturesque regions of Italy. Do not miss the historic centers of Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Pienza, Pisa’s cathedral square, the magical hillsides of Chianti or The Medieval Village of Lucignano.
Pompeii, Herculaneum & Mount Vesuvius
Visiting Pompeii and Herculaneum is another unique experience. Two fossilized ancient towns that have been once buried in the lava of the Vesuvius, their shadow standing there like a proof of the power of Nature. Pompeii is about 15 miles south of Naples, and Herculaneum is halfway between Pompeii and Naples. Both sites are managed by the same people, so they are usually included together in guided tours.
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