A country located in south-central Europe, Italy has the most scenic and varied landscapes on the planet. Such magnificent views inspired famous artists to draw masterpieces that would marvel the world for hundreds of years. Most people dubbed Italy as the “boot country” because of its shape.
Italy is the birthplace of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance. Their influence is still visible today and tourists flock the area to get a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of the country. Blessed with so many UNESCO World Heritage sites, Italy is full of art and architecture masterpieces. Although many of its tourist spots feature these masterpieces, the country also boasts of scenic lakes, majestic mountains, and crystal clear sea waters. Here are some top destinations in Italy, the list the beginning of your wonderful adventure in Italy, as there are many to choose from.
Visiting the world-renowned Colosseum is a must for every traveler visiting Italy. Even though the Romans constructed the Colosseum thousands of years ago, many modern times arena are modeled from it. It’s an enormous amphitheater and the largest of its kind despite not having advance machinery. The Colosseum hosted countless shows and even mock sea battles. The wooden floor measured 83 by 48 meters and under the arena are two stories of rooms, cells, passages, and tunnels. This colossal storage area is used to housed animals, workers, and gladiators. Presently, the Colosseum stands out from the modern buildings that surround it but remains as one of the prominent marks of the Roman Empire.
A place that inspired a number of films, Pompeii is a city devastated by Mt. Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD. However, the eruption did not destroy the entire city; instead, it preserved Pompeii’s art treasures deep in its ruins. Some of the art relics include sculptures, mosaics, and frescoes.
There are several excavation sites in the area that revealed human remains, houses, markets, temple, theaters, and baths. The marks of the chariots used by the Roman Empire 2,000 years ago are still visible in some of the ancient streets in Pompeii.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Search the internet about the Leaning Tower of Pisa and you’ll be able to browse it has the most artistic poses made by the tourists. The tower is one of the many tourist spots in Pisa but the because of its architectural flaw, it became world renown. A very delicate medieval stone carving circulates the whole tower which astounds visitors and experts alike. Also known as La Torre Pendente, the Leaning Tower of Pisa sits on the Piazza dei Miracoli. Two other top destinations in the area include the Romanesque Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and a freestanding baptistery. Construction began during the 1100s but when workers reached the third story, it began to lean due to its weak foundation. It was predicted to collapse by the year 2000 but the restoration of the 1990s made it stand still.
For devotees and artistic minds, a stop by the Vatican City is a must. The Vatican is home to the most valued art collections in the world. The outside of St. Peter’s square is where the Pope gives speeches to the crowd. The heart of the Vatican lays the tomb of St. Peter and the Pieta, one of Michelangelo’s most recognized work. After looking at the amazing artworks, visit the Vatican Museum where you can see other magnificent works of Italy’s finest artists.
Another iconic tourist destination, the Venice Canals is a century old tradition that left travelers with a lasting impression of Italy. Venice comprises of islands and the canals have been the city’s main streets. A labyrinth of narrow canals connected streets inside the city lined with shops, cafes, and famous restaurants. Buildings left untouched for hundreds of years, making you think you step back in time with an exception of modern times comfort. Make sure to have your picture taken at the Grand Canal, the most photographed place in Venice. A tip from the locals is to visit Vaporetto which is the best place to see most of the grand palaces in the city.
St. Mark's Basilica
St. Mark’s Basilica is one of the top destinations in Venice. Some tourists would come here to highlight their journey throughout the country. The Piazza San Marco, a marvelous work of art that contains mixtures of architectural styles is a sight by itself. The famous square facing the basilica shows the influence of the Byzantine Empire showing the city’s multicultural connections to the East. Its interior is filled with mosaics and a high altar covered in jewels and lined with gold.
Another well-preserved remnant of the Roman Empire, the Pantheon shows how the Romans master the art of architecture. To this day, experts marvel at the precise proportions of the building, with the height is equally proportional to the diameter. The world-famous Italian painter, Raphael is buried in its abode along with Italian Kings and other famous people that founded the modern day Italy.