[Florence – one of the many highlights of Italy.]
If you are planning a trip to Italy, for instance through Tauck Tours, then there are a number of locations that you shouldn’t miss. Unfortunately, you may not be able to see them all in a single visit, but that just means you will have to go to Italy more often!
Go Shopping in the Sorrentine Peninsula
People think Milan is all about the shopping, but the Sorrentine Peninsula is way better. Some of the great things you can find there include pottery and ceramics, which have been made with local natural clay since the 13th century. You will also be able to find amazing tiles and dishware. The peninsula is about 50 km long, running along the side of the Amalfi Coast, one of the most beautiful places in Europe. Of course, you may have no interest in ceramics and pottery, but the sheer history of this place is absolutely fascinating as well. Plus, the food is amazing.
Go Eating in Modena
The Modena Province is found in the Emilia-Romanga region of the country and if you love food, this is where you need to be. It has both cultural highlights and culinary delights, meaning it is a feast for the eyes and the taste buds. You will find local delicacies in each of the little villages of this area. Naturally, pasta and pizza are available in abundance as well, but there is much more than that, not to mention the sweets. And, Italy being Italy, you can wash everything down with some gorgeous wines as well.
Become Artistic in Florence
Florence is where the Italian Renaissance started and it will forever be a place of art. Whether you want to look at art, watch it being made or try your hands at making art yourself, you are in the right place. While the major museums are fantastic, the small local galleries are also not to be missed.
Love Fashion in Mantua
Milan is usually credited not just with shopping but also with fashion. However, if you want to see some truly beautiful and unusual fashion, then Mantua is the place to go, in the Lombardy region. Fashion here is cutting edge and the existing fashion as well as the amazing views in the region have been the inspiration for many of the world’s largest fashion houses.
Enjoy Nature in Umbria
Umbria is known as the ‘Green Heart of Italy’ and for good reason. Everybody should visit this part of the country at least once in their life. It is filled with beautiful wineries, acres of olive grove farms and landscapes that are like straight from a postcard. If you love wine and nature, you are guaranteed to lose your heart in Umbria.
These are just some of the not to be missed places in Italy. Once you experience the country, it is likely that you will return again and again. Its beauty, its people, its food, its art – each more intoxicating than the other.