Italy, an incredibly beautiful city, is located in southwestern Europe. It has a rich culture, as it used to be the center of the Roman Empire. Besides the beautiful art and monuments that the country has to offer, you can also enjoy the Italian music, the Italian cuisine, and the Mediterranean climate. Visiting the following cities is also highly recommended if you already live in Italy. Since the cost of living in Milan is the highest of Italy, it can be a good option to go on vacation in your own country! Are you interested? Discover here which cities are worth visiting.
Rome is the capital city of Italy, and also the biggest. Furthermore, the city used to be the capital city of the Roman Empire. As a result of the interesting history of Rome, there is a lot to see here. For example the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Trevi Fountain, and the Monument to Victor Emanuel II. Many of these landmarks are close to each other, which allows you to mostly walk in this city. Another option is to rent a bike with, or without a guide. By walking or biking, you will get the most out of this beautiful city. On every corner, you can find a restaurant, a cafe, or any other cultural attraction.
Bologna, located in the north of Italy is also considered the culinary heart of Italy. This is because many products come from the region, so you can enjoy fresh local products here. Some of the typical dishes are: Tagliatelle alla ragu Bolognese, Tigelle, Tortellino, and Mortadella.
Besides these delicious dishes, there are many special buildings to see. Some of these buildings are Torre Asinelli and Torre Garisenda, Piazza Maggiore, Fontana del Nettuno, Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, and De San Luca Basilica.
An advantage of this city is the ease to travel to other cities closeby by train. It only takes you 38 minutes by train to visit Florence, and 90 minutes to go to Venice.
Naples is a port city situated on the west coast of southern Italy. When Vesuvius erupted, it caused great damage to Naples, perhaps you recognize this city from Vesuvius? If so, it may be interesting to visit historic Pompeii. In Naples, there are also many tours organized. For example, you can do a bike tour or get a guided tour with an ancient Romans theme.
In addition, in Naples you can discover underground tunnels in Galleria Borbonica, visit the royal castle called Castel Nuovo, or go to the beautiful chapels of Cappella Sansevero.
History and culture can certainly be found here. It has been the home of many famous artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Especially the cathedral is one of the highlights of Florence. Another special highlight is the Ponte Vecchio. This bridge is the only bridge that remained standing during the Second World War. In addition, there are all kinds of stores on this bridge. Furthermore, at Palazzo Vecchio you can find a lot of beautiful art and cozy terraces, definitely a must!
Would you like to see the city completely? At Piazzale Michelangelo you can enjoy a 360 degree view of Florence, but also of the mountains and the Arno River.
The Cinque Terre (the Cinque Terre National Park) consists of 5 villages along the Italian Coast:
Monterosso al Mare (beautiful sandy beach)
Vernazza (small fishing port)
Corniglia (vineyards and olive groves)
Manarola (historical park with cemetery)
Riomaggiore (castle with sea view)
These villages were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. The area is not easily accessible by car, but there is a footpath that connects the villages. Walking this path is definitely worth it. You have views of the sea and the hills and many nice terraces. It is recommended to discover all 5 villages since there is something different to see everywhere.