Top 10 Sightseeing Holidays in Italy
This beautiful country really does have it all – diverse and stunning landscapes, historical architecture and also the world’s greatest collection of art treasure! So, if you prefer sightseeing to sunbathing – then take a look at the top ten sightseeing holidays in Italy:
Rome – Coliseum
Rome – of course has to be one of the top ten sightseeing holidays in Italy. There is so much to explore it will keep you busy for weeks, with archaeological sites, Baroque churches, fascinating museums, and enough art to completely over-power you! The Coliseum is obviously a must see. This enormous Amphitheatre is the largest ever built by the Roman Empire and has remained an icon for sports facilities right up until today.
You cannot come to Italy and not visit Venice – taking a gondola ride through the canals of Venice is a fabulous experience and one tradition that travellers have been doing for centuries. Venice is a city of islands and the canals have long been the city’s streets.
Another top ten sightseeing holiday in Italy is the famous ruins of Pompeii, an ancient Roman city that has been preserved in time by the eruption in A.D. 79. The excavations revealed the remains of houses, markets, baths, temples, theatres and even streets marked by the chariot tracks and human remains.
Pisa and Florence
Pisa and Florence are about an hour away from each by bus or train and you definitely need to see both. There are so many beautiful buildings and architecture – that you would need a full weekend! The Leaning Tower of Pisa is just one of the many stunning sights to see and is the most popular but not necessarily the most impressive! Florence is also home to many great masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture and the most iconic sight is the Duomo, an ornate cathedral and probably the best in all of Italy.
Lake Como is simply stunning and definitely a top ten sightseeing holiday in Italy. The whole area is breath-taking; surrounded by mountains, small picturesque towns and many old ornate villas and palaces. Surrounding the lake are the resort communities and an 11th century abbey. The mild climate similar to the Mediterranean and therefore, a huge attraction for tourists.
The Amalfi coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts a fabulous stretch of coastline along the Sorrentine Peninsula. Hillside towns are perched along the steep mountains that cascade down to the seashore. One of the main towns along here is Positano, but the entire area is popular with tourists.
Milan of course is the capital and home to the catwalk but apart from fabulous shopping, there are amazing places to visit, from glorious art and architecture to delicious local restaurants. Do ensure you visit The Duomo (Milan Cathedral) and take the audio guided tour of the interior. Another famous masterpiece is the Museo del Novecento, which are the beautifully restored twin Arengario buildings, one of which contains the Novecento art museum.
Cinque Terre, which translates into ‘Five Villages’, is a fabulous coastal region with very steep ocean side cliffs. The quaint picturesque villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore can be reached by several means, but are only connected via a scenic narrow road through the hills. Many travellers decide to hike between villages to fully enjoy the landscape.
This is quite a compact city but with plenty to see and do. Take a look at the fantastic terracotta rooftops from the top of the Asinelli Tower and then have a stroll beneath the famous portici (arcades) or just sit, relax and people watch in the grand Piazza Maggiore. For delicious mouth-watering cuisine, head to the Quadrilatero medieval market.
The Italian Islands
Sicily has beautiful sandy beaches and historic towns with wonderful ancient sites and delicious fine food. Do visit Cefalu, a quaint charming town with a lovely old medieval streets restaurants and bars. A must-see is Palermo, the cosmopolitan capital, and also the medieval port of Syracuse.