One of the most popular travel destinations in Europe is Italy. But Italy can be overwhelming with all the endless possibilities things to do and see. To make the process easier, consider these 5 must-see places to visit in Italy, from Rome’s Colosseum to the city of Venice.
Romance, history, wine, and food? Who doesn’t want to visit Italy? I was lucky to spend nearly 3 weeks in Italia a few years back, and Italy is still one of my top places to visit in the world. With so much to see and do, these are the 5 must-see places in Italy.
The Colosseum in Rome
One of the most famous Italian historic sites in all of Rome is the Colosseum. Construction began in the year 72 and completed in the year 80. Located in the center of the “Eternal City,” the Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, is constructed of concrete and sand and is the largest amphitheater ever built. Just standing near this historic site makes you feel like you have traveled back in time to the days of the Gladiators. It’s surreal, eerie, and absolutely fascinating. When traveling through Italy with a guided tour company, like travelsphere.co.uk, the Colosseum will likely be a part of the itinerary.
The Trevi Fountain in Rome
While you’re in Rome, stop by the Trevi Fountain (or Fontana di Trevi in Italian), standing an incredible 19.8 meters wide and 25.9 meters high (85 feet high and 65 feet wide). As the biggest Baroque fountain in the entire city—and Italy is known for its many lovely fountains—stop at the Trevi Fountain and take pictures with the fountain’s artwork as your backdrop.
According to legend, to ensure your return trip to Rome, save a coin to toss into the Trevi Fountain. But not everyone knows how to do it the right way: toss the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder, with your back to the fountain.
Expect crowds, as many people simply enjoy sitting by the fountain and relaxing, especially after walking through Rome and exploring its many sites.
The Ruins of Pompeii
Pompeii is another hugely popular Italian city that tourists flock to, but not because it’s modern and there’s plenty to do. Experience ancient history by visiting Pompeii, a city buried by volcanic ash.
Near the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius is a hundreds of thousands of years old volcano, which has erupted more than 50 times. Its most famous eruption took place in the year 79 A.D., when the volcano buried the ancient Roman city of Pompeii under a thick carpet of volcanic ash.
Walk through what used to be bustling city streets and see the remains of everything from baths to bakeries. And the sad reminder of human lives lost with casts of the victims who died under the volcanic ash of the eruption.
The Duomo in Milan
While in Milan, you should make it a point to visit its famous landmark, the Duomo di Milano. This cathedral church is dedicated to St. Mary of the Nativity. As one of the largest churches on the planet, this Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. Once inside, you’ll be in awe of just how big it is and how beautiful it is inside. And the best part is that it’s free to enter and explore this landmark.
The City of Venice
A visit to Italy wouldn’t be complete with a tour through Venice. This is not only one of the most unique cities in the country, but also in the world. Built on a lagoon, this “Floating City” is built on more than 100 small islands in a marshy lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. The Grand Canal snakes through the city, filled with many narrow, mazelike alleys, and small squares. Travelers can soak in its historic architecture, enjoy a relaxing gondola ride along the canals, and stroll across the many small bridges.
These are just five of the many things that you can do and see while you are in Italy. Remember to have your camera ready at all times because the country is filled with beautiful places and unique history.