Heading to Italy? Get ready to eat, explore, eat, drink, eat, meet friendly locals and EAT! Okay, so you probably know that Italy has some of the best food in the world, but did you know that you’re in for a cultural experience like none other in this amazing country? The cities of Italy are packed with fantastic art, architecture, famous sights, cafes and coffee shops, and so much more. Don’t miss these 4 cities on your trip to Italy:
Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, a mecca for art and culture lovers. It’s a wonderful destination from anyone from the solo traveler to families or romantic couples. Visit the iconic art pieces like Michaelangelo’s David- but just make sure to arrive early in the day because the line can stretch for hours in the high season. Another great art attraction is the Uffizi museum (another one to arrive early to!) It’s packed with art pieces, but if you want to skip the line there is plenty to satisfy your art craving outside the museum, with street art and other sculptures. Browse the leather market and snack on delicious gelato from shops all over the city.
The ancient and modern capital of Italy is a definite must-see on your itinerary. Rome is packed with history literally everywhere you look. Ancient monuments, medieval churches, fountains, museums and Renaissance palaces line the streets so you’ll almost feel overwhelmed with the intake. Don’t miss the Colosseum, Pantheon and the Vatican. You’ll want to arrive early to the Vatican to beat the crowds that will amass during the day.
Just because it has a reputation as one of the most romantic cities in the world, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit Venice if you’re not part of a couple. The city build on water in the middle of a lagoon is spectacular to behold. Watch the gondolas carry people through the canals, and splurge on a ride if you feel in the mood. One of the best things to do in Venice is just explore and meander down the winding alleyways, over small bridges and pop into small shops and cafes. The city is quite touristy so if you can go in the off-season you’ll have an even better experience.
It’s not typically on most tourists’ itineraries but Bologna has got charm and amazing food that will blow your mind. Quite simply, the city is home to some of the country’s best pasta. If you love red meat sauce, you have to experience pasta Bolognese, a ragu-type red sauce that can’t be equaled. Bologna is also home to one of the world’s oldest universities, so there’s a youthful vibe and cheaper prices here than some other cities in Italy.