Fori Imperiali at Night, Rome
If you’re planning a trip to the Italian peninsula and want to see the top tourist attractions in Italy in one go, then you might want to need a bit of help in deciding which locations to visit.
From busy Rome and the ancient Pompeii ruins to laid-back Tuscany, there are many great spots to see, things to do and panoramic sights to feast your eyes on.
Even if some people might think that Rome is overrated, you really have to get there to realize that it isn’t. It’s the birthplace of one of the greatest civilizations ever known to humanity, and a city which has endured for more than 2,500 years. It was the center of culture, religion and the seat of power to many other civilizations for hundreds of years, and a reason for the popular saying All roads lead to Rome.
Rome is the place where you get to remain in awe while admiring monuments such as the Roman Forum, the well-known Coliseum, the Circus Maximus, the Baths of Caracalia, the Trajan’s Market, the Pantheon, the Arch of Constantine, the Vatican City or go down to the impressive Catacombs —if you don’t suffer from claustrophobia! There are also lots of restaurants to get a taste of the Italian cuisine as well as countless nightlife venues where you can mingle with locals.
If you want to get a glimpse into what Roman life was really like, then you definitely want to go to ancient Pompeii. In 79 AD, the residents of Pompeii were still living a normal life and minding their own duties. Mount Vesuvius was just a hill covered in trees and wine, until the day came when it unleashed pyroclastic or burning clouds and ash and buried the entire city.
Pompeii remained untouched for more than 1,500 years, preserving everything in remarkable detail due to the fact that the town was buried underneath tons of ash which prevented air and moisture from affecting it. There are over 2.5 million tourists which visit Pompeii every year in order to get a glimpse into the ordinary lives of Romans during the Pax Romana (Roman Peace).
Away from the busy streets of Rome or ancient ruins of Pompeii, Tuscany is a region that conjures images of green pastures, rolling hills, cypress trees, vineyards and olive groves. There you get to experience the quiet country life in hill towns such as San Gimignano or go to Florence and get a rich experience by either visiting the many venues filled with Renaissance art, or sit back and enjoy an Italian espresso or a traditional dish in one of the small venues.
And while you’re in Tuscany, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to taste the extravagant wine in Chianti, or visit Elba, where the great Napoleon Bonaparte spent most of his exile.
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