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About Italy Destinations
Say hello to La Bella Italia! The ruins of Rome, the art galleries of Florence, the canals of Venice, the markets of Milan characterize Italy tourism. The fatal charm of Italy is proverbial. During the Renaissance period, Italy was a fertile creative workshop that produced Botticelli and Da Vinci; their works are still boosting the tourism in Italy. Be it the hidden ruins of Pompeii, wine hills of Piedmont, crumbling buildings of Venice, and Greek temples of Sicily, Italy is a recurring dream that travelers can’t shake off, especially after a trip to Italy.
If any Italy travel guide asserts that visiting Italy is impressive, it would be a trivializing thing to do. The list of the best cities to visit in Italy is endless, starting from the more obvious to the most obscure. Going to Florence is like having a surprise party every day; not a street in the city that isn’t pregnant with poetry in form of art or architecture. Walking through the shopping streets of Milan is like walking into a fashion magazine. Roaming among ancient ruins in Rome is an experience like no other. Drifting past gothic cathedrals on a gondola ride in Venice is romantic and rewarding. On an Italy travel, one must make sure to explore all that one can cram into the trip.
Italy holidays are incomplete without exploring the beautiful countryside. Summer, from May through August, is the best time to embark on Italy wine tours, especially the world-famous Tuscany region. Tours of Southern Italy also include exploring the Mediterranean coast and glamorous beaches of Italy. Start your Italy vacations with our best-priced holiday packages including visits to Rome and Florence.
Flights to Italy are available from major Indian cities including Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. It may take anywhere between 8 to 12 hours to reach Rome from Delhi. Visit Italy during the shoulder seasons of Spring and Fall. April-May and September-October are ideal months to travel to Italy. Tourist crowds are higher in the peak summer season in Italy, from late June to August. Winter in Italy is another good time to explore Christmas markets and lively town centers.
Places to Stay in Italy
1) Gran Meliá Rome: Situated in the historic center of Rome, this urban resort features lush grounds and fine-dining options. Guests can enjoy indulgent spa sessions and hang out in its glamorous lounge area.
2) Locanda Rossa: Rated among the top retreats in Italy, this countryside-villa is an ideal getaway for those looking to enjoy luxurious accommodation near Tuscany’s picturesque beaches.
3) The Gritti Palace: This lavish 15th-century palace offers views of Venice’s churches and museums. Its highlights for guests include an in-house exquisite spa and collection of priceless antiques.
In Florence, Couples can explore the best of Tuscan countryside on wine tours and cultural tours. The city of Florence is an ideal base to launch excursion to famed vineyards of Tuscany. Another option is to explore the art galleries and street markets in Florence. Venice offers a surreal experience for the newlyweds. The nearby islands such as Morano can be explored on romantic boat rides by couples who are looking to for something different than a gondola ride in the Grand Canal of Venice. Lake Como in northern Italy is a wonderful retreat for couples. Between the stunning shores of the lake and majestic mountain backdrop, there are several adventures await for honeymooners in Italy.
There is no dearth of monuments in Italy dating back to the glory days of Roman Empire. From Colosseum in Rome to the ruins of Pompeii, history buffs can learn about the rich past of Italy. Roman Forum and Pantheon are other popular places to explore.
Milan is the top shopping destination in Europe to hunt for high-end goods such as clothing and fashion accessories. Ponte Vecchio on the River Arno in Florence is an ideal place to bargain for souvenirs, jewelry, and leather goods. Weekend markets in Venice and Rome are also popular for shopping lovers.
Top Highlights of Italy
From St Peter's Basilica in Rome to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and from the Amalfi Coast to the Dolomites, Italy is home to the top-ranked travel destinations in Europe. A shrine to the Renaissance, Florence or the ‘City of Lilies’ is timeless like Verdi’s La Traviata. Read Tuscan novels on the banks of the Arno River, soak in the postcard-worthy panoramic view from Piazzale Michelangelo, shop at jewelry shops on Ponte Vecchio or pick up souvenirs from Mercato Vecchio, and go on full-day walking tours which begin from Piazza della Signoria. Keep in mind, as the shadows grow smaller in Florence, so does the queue to see Michelangelo's David. Go Italy, for a mind-blowing experience.
Hidden Destinations in Italy
From a vast empire to being a city-state and now a country, Italy has preserved the finest examples of its heydays intact. Take time out from urban cities to visit soul-stirring countryside where the scent of vineyards permeates the fresh air. Tuscany is a graceful antidote to tourist hubbub of Florence while Lake Como is an ideal refuge from the neon and noise of Milan. Among other top attractions in Italy include Genoa, Naples, Lake Garda, Turin, and Siena, as part of the best Italy tours. One can also opt to focus on northern Italy tourism.
The vine-covered hills of the Chianti and emerald-green expanses of the Val d'Orcia conjure up iconic images of Tuscany. Italians are big-hearted people. Guests are always welcome to join the locals around festivities, particularly at the food table. Sample seafood along the Sicilian coast, grab a pizza in Naples, prepare a pasta in Bologna, your taste-buds are in for a treat during a trip to Italy. Travel to Italy for an unbelievable experience.
Main Festivals in Italy
Different regions in Italy celebrate different cultural festivities. Carnevale in Venice (and in towns of Northern Italy) is an extravaganza of vibrant street performances, parade of boats, and musical concerts. Opera Festival in Verona features a series of classical music performances from July to September. Marriage of the Sea in Venice, Scoppio del Carro in Florence, Game of the Bridge in Pisa, and Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia are popular festivals in Italy worth attending.
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Places To Visit In Italy
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Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence
Galleria Dell ‘Academia is a popular museum in Florence that houses the beautiful artworks of popular artists from various centuries. The museum offers great and beautiful artifacts that can satisfy anyone’s curiosity on art symbols, music, and botany. The painting techniques that one can find here can amaze anyone. It is a...
- Museum of Art History
- Art Museum
Palazzo Pitti in Florence
Built in Renaissance architectural style, Palazzo Pitti is a huge palace and is among the largest architectural monuments of Florence. Pitti Palace in Florence was originally built in the year 1457 for the Pitti Family. The palace complex is home to royal quarters, museums with Italian artworks, and sprawling gardens.
- Historical Sites
- Museum of Art History
- Art Museum
Palazzo Vecchio in Florence
Palazzo Vecchio is a must-see attraction that is worth visiting on a trip to Florence. This historic monument cherishes the history of three eras. There are renaissance paintings and chambers, medieval fortress and Roman ruins housed in the beautiful location. It is the site where you can find art blended with history thus,...
- Palazzo Vecchio
Colosseum in Rome
The Colosseum in Rome is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This ancient gladiatorial arena in Italy has about 50,000 seats. With beautiful architecture, it gives a glimpse of the atmosphere when the gladiators used to fight with animals and also with each other. The whole structure has deep roots with underground compl...
- Historical Sites
Trevi Fountain in Rome
Trevi Fountain is a fountain in Rome, Italy in the district of Trevi. It’s one of the most famous fountains in the world and has even appeared in several movies, including ''La Dolce Vita''. It’s the biggest Baroque fountain in the city at 26.3 meters high and 49.15 meters wide. The foundation depicts water and the fact tha...
- Trevi Fountain
Things To Do In Italy
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Rent Bicycle in Florence
The historic center of Florence is an area where you have so many restrictions on motor traffic thus renting bicycle becomes an optimal solution. The city is not designed with separate tracks for bicycles. It means a bicycle rider has to share the road with other motor vehicles. If one thinks that it is going to be fun then...
- Cycle Tour
- Road Trip
Florence’s skyline visit
The red terracotta roof tiles find usually in the Florence’s skyline is really a great beauty that one may not experience from any other destination. There are many vantage points in Florence that offer the best skyline visits even though they are very crowded. Along with the popular tourist’s spots, one should not miss the...
Wine Dine in Florence
The wineries based out of Tuscan offers wine dine in a unique way that anyone visiting Florence should not miss. It is incredible for one to be part of such a wine tour. The wine dine they offer usually comes with so many extra specifications giving it a great form which any tourist would like to be part of. The wine tour ...
- Leisure Time
- Ideal for Couples
Churches in Rome
Rome is eternally Catholic, with architecturally beautiful religious churches scattered all over the country. Rome can be a cultural experience for both the catholics, and non-catholics, and provide one with experiences that makes Rome, the stunning place that it is.
Basilica of Santa Maria Del Popolo
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- Religious sites
Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain in Rome
Trevi Fountain, also known as the Fontana di Trevi is a fountain that you will find in the Quirinale district, in Rome, Italy. It is one of the many fountains found in Rome, but its significance comes from the fact that it is the largest of the city’s fountains. The elegance of the fountain is another why it is famous, with...
- Historic sightseeing
How to Reach Italy
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The Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino International Airport in Rome, Pisa Galileo Galilei International Airport in Pisa, Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport in Florence, Malpensa International Airport in Milan, and Palermo International Airport in Sicily are major international airports in Italy. These airports handle flights from European cities as well as international destinations. Travelers looking to explore Tuscany region can take flights to Pisa or Florence, while those planning to visit Amalfi Coast can land at the airport in Naples. Air France, Lufthansa, British Airways, Swiss International Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic are major international airlines serving Italy. Domestic flights in Italy are handled by Meridiana and Blue-Express airlines.
Travelers can board a train from most European destinations to reach Italy. While train station in Milan serves as a primary hub for destinations like lakes and the Italian Alps. Rome is a major train station for central and southern Italy. The train network in Italy is well-maintained and reliable. Trenitalia – Italy’s primary train operator – runs both long-distance and regional trains in Italy. Tickets can be booked online and there are three fare classes. Roma Termini, Torino Porta Nuova, Napoli Centrale, Milano Centrale, Venezia Santa Lucia, Firenze Santa Maria Novella, and Bologna Centrale are the busiest train stations in Italy.
Italy also has rail links to adjacent countries of Austria, France, Slovenia, Switzerland, and Vatican City. Eurocity and Euronight are international trains to reach cities like Vienna, Paris, and Barcelona.
Reaching Italy by road is not the most convenient way to travel for non-Europeans. Italy borders France, Austria, Switzerland, and Slovenia. All borders, except for border with Switzerland, are open (without customs checks). Roads in northern and central Italy are well-developed and form a dense network whereas roads in southern Italy have less extent to remote destinations.
Eurolines operates regular buses between Slovenian coastal towns and Trieste in Italy. Buses from Trieste to the rest of Italy are plentiful and reliable. Public transport is also available from Italy to Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. Travelers can book bus tickets online before boarding and validate it on an onboard machine. To help ease city tours, major cities in Italy have some kind of a City Card. Cardholders can take local public transportation and enter a number of museums after paying a onetime fixed-fee.
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Is it safe to travel to Italy?
Italy is relatively safer, although caution should be exercised in the old city areas of Rome and Florence against pickpockets and purse snatchers.
What are the must have foods of Italy?
Apart from the usual Italian cuisine of pizzas and pastas, Gelato, a form of frozen dessert, is a must have when here.
How long do I need to spend in Italy to explore it fully?
Spend at least 10 days in Italy if you want to explore it properly and fully.
How do I travel within Italy?
The Eurail and bus services are the best bet for traveling to different cities within the country.
Will the Schengen visa cover my visit to Italy?
Since Italy is a part of the European Union, the Schengen Visa will cover your visit to Italy.
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