I’ve been incredibly fortunate and have traveled around the world- from South East Asia to Oceania, Central America to Europe. So when I finally got the chance to travel to Italy, I was excited to see the main sights but wasn’t exactly expecting the trip to be life-changing.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. I had always assumed Italy would be a one-and-done country- you know, one trip to see the Colosseum and eat a lot of pasta and then move on to the countries less traveled.
However, the moment I arrived in Italy, I was in love. One of the things that I loved about Italy was how friendly the people were. From waiters to store owners, and even people I stopped for directions on the street, I loved chatting with the locals and they were so warm and welcoming. Here are some of my favorite sights in Italy:
Many people consider Rome to be too busy, too dirty, and too touristy, but I enjoyed every moment. Wandering through the streets eating gelato, sitting at a sidewalk table eating pasta and drinking wine is one of the best ways to see Rome.
The fantastic sights in Rome include the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the Sistine Chapel.
If you’re considering traveling to Italy, one of the best things to do is hire a car. Renting a car in Rome is a must do because you’ll then have the freedom to go and do whatever you like- without needing to stick to scheduled trains and buses.
With scenic hillside towns amongst picturesque vineyards complete with rolling hills, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Tuscany.
Fantastic sights include Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino and San Gimignano
If I can give you one piece of advice for Venice, it’s this: Take the time you think you need here and double it. I wish I’d had more time, but we only stayed for two nights. Now, I know that the next time I head to Italy I’ll definitely going back to Venice. And I’ll be taking a half-empty suitcase so I can stock up on all the gorgeous Venetian glass I spotted at every corner.
The fantastic sights in Venice include the colorful town of Murano, the gondolas, the Rialto Bridge and of course, St Mark’s Square.
Milan is home to trendy shopping areas, world-class museums, and some of the best food around. It’s currently undergoing an architectural revolution, and is worth visiting for even just a few hours.
Fantastic sights include the roof of the Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and Da Vinci’s “Last Supper.”
Florence is another place where you can buy the most incredible hand-made items- and it’s particularly famous for its paper and stationery. Be sure to take the bus up the hill before sunset so you can watch the sun go down over the city.
The fantastic sights in Flroence include Michelangelo’s David, the Uffizi Gallery, and the Duomo.
Have you been to Italy? Let me know your favorite fantastic sights below.