The Top 10 Attractions in Italy
Italy has to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world! The country is steeped in history with the magnificent Coliseum, stunning Tuscan towns, the gorgeous Cinque Terre and of course the charming canals of Venice is to name but a few. Here are the top 10 attractions for you to consider when visiting this remarkable country:
The Coliseum is a must see. This huge Amphitheatre is the largest of its kind and has been a model for various sports facilities up till modern times. Today the structure stands out amongst the modern development that is all around it, being a prominent reminder of the history and ancient times of Rome.
Taking a gondola ride through the canals of Venice is a tradition that visitors have been enjoying for centuries. Venice is a city of islands and the canals have been the city's streets. Along the canals are the ancient old buildings which have remained relatively unchanged for literally hundreds of years, adding to the serene, romantic charm.
St Mark's Basilica
One of the most famous tourist sites in Venice is St Mark's Basilica. It is situated in the famous square in Venice, Piazza San Marco, directly in front of the basilica, looking at the main west facing facade. The cathedral contains an immense treasure of artworks, whilst the building itself is also a work of art, with a mix of architectural styles.
Situated under the rumbling volcano of Mt Vesuvius stand the ancient ruins of Pompeii, a Roman city wh9ch has been preserved in time due to the eruption in A.D. 79. Excavations have revealed many houses, baths, markets, theatres and temples. There are also many streets showing the tracks of chariots, and even human remains.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
This is just one of the many attractions in the city of Pisa. Work commenced on the tower in the 1100s as it was sinking, which then led to the lean. Prior to restoration work in the 1990s, it had been predicted to topple over by the year 2000. However, today visitors can climb up the numerous stairs for a fabulous view over the city.
This is one of Italy's most scenic areas, surrounded by beautiful mountains and little picturesque towns. Predominantly a haunt of the rich and famous, the lake has many old opulent villas and palaces. Around the lake are the resort communities and also an 11th century abbey.
The Amalfi Coast
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a stunning stretch of amazing coastline which travels through the Sorrentine Peninsula. Hillside towns are nestled into the steep mountains that tower above and reach down to the sea. It is always populated with tourists, the main town being the beautful Positano.
Florence Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore
Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore, or the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is one of the most magnificent cathedrals in the world. The cathedral was built between the 13th and 15th centuries. The Belfry, standing 82 meters high and can be climbed via a total of 414 steps which leads to a viewing platform with panoramic views.
Cinque Terre, translated means "Five Villages". It is a beautiful coastal region with towering cliffs and hills. The picturesque villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore can be reached by various methods and are joined together via a scenic narrow road through the hillside, known as walking trails.
The Vatican City
The infamous Vatican is home to some of the world's most priceless art and art collections. It heralds the amazing sites of St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's square and is home to countless attractions. The famous Sistine Chapel displays overwhelming wall and ceiling paintings many by Michelangelo and other famous Italian artists.