Italy is truly a land of artists and writers who have spread their magic all over the world! Besides its this fame, it is also one of the hot favorites of the tourists due to its all time enjoyable attractions. Certainly, the tourist attractions in Italy are really alluring and memorable – all thanks to its different landscapes and rich cultural heritage. On this stylish and welcoming land, one can expect all kind of fun right from beaches to mountainous sports and from museums to churches. Further, if you are looking for some modern tourist attractions in Italy, then these are in horde in its great cities like Venice, Siena, and Sicily. On the other hand, if rural and historic tourist attractions in Italy are what you are looking for, go to Pompeii and Ravenna.
Now, I will share you some of the major attractions in the country that I visited.
My first target was the group of historical sites in Rome. I started by visiting the grand Roman Colosseum – a vast amphitheatre accommodating thousands of people to view alligator competitions and many mythological dramas during the Roman times. Much of its structure have vanished, but whatever remains have been well preserved. I could also see the tunnels from where the competitors used to enter the main ground for entertainment.
Next, the Roman Forum is a historical and sacred site of many structures such as the Arch of Septimus Severus, Arch of Titus, the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine, Decennalia Base, House of the Vestal Virgins, Temple of Vista, Temple of Jupiter, Temple of Caesar, and Temple of Castor and Pollux – the two mystical heroes of Rome. Lastly, no one can miss the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Till now, I had always seen it sin photos and the real view of the inclined structure is really a wonder!
Saint Peter Basilica
To continue with the religious expedition, I also explored the small, but an important sacred destination called the Vatican City. Ranked second after Rome as the popular tourist destination, this is where I explored the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Palace (the Pope’s residence) housing the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museum.
Moving to Venice – the city of talent, I could explore the beautiful St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace dominating the St. Mark’s Square where Canaletto paintings and the Galleria dell’Accademia offering many Venetian paintings are truly deserving to be famous.
Grand Canal in Venice
For some great museums, head to Turin. Explore the visually striking and the second largest museum of the world – the Egyptian Museum, the Mole Antonelliana known as the mark of the city within which there is the Museum of Cinema, and the Cathedral with a replica of the famous Turin Shroud.
In the desire to explore some great art, I reached Milan (Milano) where I was lucky enough to encounter the Leonardo da Vinci’s artwork, The Last Supper at the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, and La Scala regarded as the Opera hub. Not only this, but this town is also perfect for shopping in Italy.
Ravenna is simply not worth missing for its World Heirtage sites of ancient Byzantine and Christian structures offering stunning mosaics and the beautiful Tomb of Galla Placidia. Wit more historical attractions, I explored Pompeii where the remnants of Herculaneum reveal the Roman life during the first century. Now, it was the time to explore the walled city of Siena where the main highlights are the superb humbug-striped cathedral (Duomo) and its designed floor (pavimento) that is seen only in September as it remains covered for the rest of the time and the Piazza del Campo where early morning or sunset offer the best views.
No one can forget the birth town of the great Saint Francis – Assisi. Here, the Basilica di San Francesco is simply alluring and do not miss this excursion. Now, I am talking about that place where Pizza was invented – Yes, it is Naples! Its simply exciting to be in the town famous for such invention. The main highlight here is the impressive Museo Archeologico Nazionale housing outstanding collection of the Greco-Roman artifacts and the mosaics from Pompeii. In Florence, the Duomo cathedral, the art of the Uffizi Gallery, and Michelangelo’s statue of David at the Galleria dell’Accademia are really worth visiting.
I could also visit the island of Sicily that is accessible by the exciting voyage via the waterways. Located at a strait from the mainland, the island is famous for its active volcano Mount Etna and emission fields, which I was quite excited about. Further, I discovered some important and ancient Greek sites namely the temples of the Valle dei Templi at Agrigento and the mausoleum in the Capuchin Monastery offering mummies. As an island, there also beaches here, but if you are looking for scuba diving, had to Sardinia.
Then, I also enjoyed boating starting from the Marina Grande to the Blue Grotto in the Capri Island. Lastly, I explored the National Park of Abruzzo where I could spot the Marsican brown bears, wolves, chamois, and eagles.