The European Union has recently opened its borders to Americans just in time for summer vacations. One country Americans will be flocking to is marvelous Italy. Each region in this breathtaking country has something unique to offer in cuisine, history, architecture, and culture. Now is the time to explore the top 10 destinations to visit in Italy this summer.
Top Destinations To Visit In Italy
See the Splendor of Milan
Milan is all about fashion, architecture, and fabulous eateries. You must experience the view from the top of the world famous Duomo at least once to fully know its beauty. Shoppers will love spending time and money at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Don’t forget to see the masterpiece Last Supper painted by Leonardo Da Vinci, located at Santa Maria delle Grazie. Milan is a city full of sophistication, style, and glamor.
Relax at Lake Como
If you prefer a tranquil lake retreat, head to the Lake Como region. This region is located at the foot of the Italian Alps and has many villages and mountains to explore. While at the lake, take a cruise to see some of the more spectacular villas that reside along the lake. The rich and famous love to vacation here. You may even spot a movie star while you are out and about in town.
Ride A Gondola in Venice
Venice is ready to welcome Americans back to their city. Venice is the ultimate walking city, and a visitor could spend days wandering through its labyrinth of alleys and streets. The city is well known as one of the best couples retreats in the world. Your next visit is the time to take that bucket list ride on the gondola throughout the waterways and canals of this splendid city. This summer is the time to come to Venice for the trip of a lifetime.
See One of Italy’s Most Scenic Spots-Cinque Terre
Spend some time exploring the five beautiful towns on the hills above the Mediterranean Sea. One of the best things to do here is hiking between the five towns of Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Monterosso al Mare, Manarola and Corniglia. You can also spend some time on one of the gorgeous beaches, like the one at Monterosso al Mare.
Sample the Best Wines in Tuscany
Wherever you go in this region, it will be a magical experience. In Tuscany, everyone takes things a little slower and enjoys la dolce vita (the sweet life). Relax in this beautiful region full of rolling green hills and quaint villages. Of course, Tuscany is famous for its vineyards and wineries, and popular activities here are wine tastings. While in the region, stop by the little village of San Gimignano for a gelato and see the 13 medieval towers in the skyline.
Discover Renaissance History in Florence
Take a trip back in time in marvelous Florence. This city in Tuscany is a place that has always inspired art, music, and academics. For art lovers, there is the famous David by Michelangelo in the Uffizi Gallery, and the Galleria dell’Accademia, plus many more. This city is a wonderful place to walk along and explore and see the spectacular Renaissance and medieval architecture. Arguably one of the most romantic cities in the world, Florence is a must see city in Italy.
Do It All In Rome
Rome is the number one destination in Italy for Americans. It is not hard to understand why after only one visit to tis magnificent city. In Rome, there are thousands of fabulous eateries specializing in the finest Italian cuisine. If you are on a religious pilgrimage, be sure to explore Vatican City. Everywhere in Rome, you will see landmarks that reflect thousands of years of Italian history. Fans of fine art should take time to visit any of the museums in the city. In the Vatican Museum, spend some time quietly reflecting in The Sistine Chapel.
Eat Pizza in Naples
Naples is not only the origin of pizza, but also a hub of Italian culture and history. Explore this historic city that lies at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius. Visitors to the city will love wandering in the shops located in the alleys of ‘heart’ of Naples. Go underground to the city’s catacombs and learn the origins of the city and its people. You can also take a day trip to the luxurious island of Capri or explore the ruins at Pompeii or Pozzouli. A seaside port, Naples also has much to offer as far as some of the best seafood in the country. Of course, do not let your time in Naples pass without indulging in its scrumptious pizza at least once.
Drive Along the Amalfi Coast
One of the best scenic drives in Italy is the winding road along the Amalfi Coast. Just outside of Naples is this region that contains lemon gardens and colorful homes built into the hillside. The pretty town of Amalfi is a popular place to spend time, with its setting between the Tyrrhenian Sea and hills. Another popular place on this route is Positano, with its picturesque beaches, shops, and hillside homes. The Amalfi Coast was designated A UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
Hike Near The Dolomites
Experience a bit of the Austrian mountains in The Dolomites. This lesser known spot has a gorgeous view and is perfect for hiking and exploring. The Dolomites has many designated hikes in the area for all ages and skill levels. In the summer months, you can ride a cable car up to the viewpoints. The Lagazuoi Tunnels hike has some of the most incredible views you will ever see.
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