Unbeknownst to many tourists who come to visit it, Italy is actually the home to the most numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world. Amazing monuments and high art can be found in almost any part of the country. Italy’s wonderful cities of art, such as Florence, Venice and Rome have been attracting millions of tourist for hundreds of years and they’re also world famous for the many wonderful things you can see here.
However, there are many other things you can see in Italy besides art treasures and old buildings, including beautiful mountains, alpine lakes and wonderful coasts. Since there are so many exhilarating places to visit, coming up with a list of the top tourist destinations here can be quite challenging, but hopefully the list below is going to give you a better idea of what to visit if you want to make the most of your trip to Italy.
San Gimignano is also known as the medieval Manhattan and is a small village located in Tuscany and popular for its fourteen stone towers. At the apex of its power and wealth, there were more than seventy towers built in San Gimignano in order to defend the city against attacks. However, the town’s power faded after it was devastated by the thirteen forty eight plague, yet there is one good side to this: many of the medieval towers were preserved, since enemies wouldn’t venture here because of the disease.
Because it’s known as the birthplace of renaissance, Florence is one of the most popular cities for tourists who come to Italy. The cathedral here is the symbol of Florence and features a massive dome and a Gothic design that qualified it as the biggest in the world for quite a long time. Even today, its dome is still the largest brick dome ever built.
If you want to experience what it feels like to visit the Vatican Museums and seeing all the artifacts that are being stored there, then you should certainly consider taking a guided tour to get there. Hiring a guide is a much better idea than going alone and that’s because he’ll be able to point out truly exceptional pieces and prevent you from wasting your time on things that might not be of too much interest. Better yet, with the majority of tours you may also get a guided visit to Saint Peter’s Basilica, too.
Founded as a Greek colony in the Xi century BC, the ancient Greek town of Paestum is one of the most picturesque places in the country. Featuring a wealth of ancient ruins, but also 3 staggering preserved Greek temples, Paestum is certainly a wonder that you should certainly explore when visiting Italy. Combining gorgeous Hellenic architecture and a tranquil countryside, including a wonderful local museum, this place makes for a wonderful day out.
The Pantheon must be the only monument in Rome that holds the highest number of records. First of all, the Pantheon has the greatest and best preserved brick dome in the world and on top of that, it’s also the most copied dome in the world. Lastly, it’s also the ancestor of every contemporary place of worship. Combined, these incredible records make the Pantheon by far the most interesting and most visited tourist spot in the country.
The structure was commissioned by Marcus Agrippa at an unknown date in Augustus’ reign and then rebuilt by Domitian around eighty AD. The structure combines a cylindrical, Roman structure with an outstanding outer row of pillars.
Situated between the Piazza Venezia and the Roman Coliseum, the Roman Forum is probably the most impressive archaeological site in the world. Since it’s located in the central square of urban settlement, the Forums is the soul and heart of the city. Circled by a number of important ancient government buildings and having a well defined rectangular shape, the Roman Forum is indeed special and truly imposing. While not as attractive and charming as many of the tourist attractions in the country, if you know a bit about it, then you’re going to know how to truly appreciate each part of it.
All in all, visiting Italy is a wonderful incursion through time where you’re going to feel like you’ve just stepped into another world. Just make sure to hire a guide though if you want to make the most of your time here.