The Top Ten Cities you should visit in Italy
Italy is renowned for its wonderful Renaissance and Baroque architecture, fairytale palaces, museums and medieval churches. There are so many historical, gorgeous cities, many of which, can easily be visited by train. Take a look at these top ten Italian cities:
Rome (Roma) is of course the famous capital of Italy. Steeped in history wherever you look. The highlight is the Vatican City along with a great many ancient monuments, medieval churches, beautiful fountains, museums, and Renaissance palaces, you will need at least three days to see it all!
Venice (Venezia) is an amazing city built on water, having no road just canals. It is said to be one of the most romantic cities in the whole of Italy. The heart of Venice boasts the Piazza San Marco with its magnificent church the Saint Mark's Basilica.
Florence (Firenze) is one of Italy's most prestigious architectural art centres. I t has amazing museums containing many famous paintings and sculptures. There are also Medici palaces and beautiful gardens. In fact, there are so many exquisite buildings and architecture it is difficult to know where to begin!
Milan (Milano) is known as one of Europe's richest cities, due to the very stylish shops, galleries, and restaurants. It also has a rich cultural heritage. Its Gothic Duomo, with its beautiful marble facade, is marvellous. It is also home to La Scala which is one of the world's most famous opera houses.
Naples (Napoli) lies on the south coast of Rome and has recently experienced quite a bit of renovation but this had not affected any of the old character or charm. It is a beautiful city just waiting to be explored with so many historical and artistic treasures.
Verona is probably best known for its Roman Arena and of course the very famous story of Romeo and Juliet. There is so much to visit and explore including various ancient Roman remains, and a fantastic castle compound.
Turin (Torino) is located in the Piedmont area of northwest Italy. It has fantastic museums, superb individual shops, and excellent restaurants. There are also some unique examples of Baroque architecture, beautiful palaces, old coffee houses and amazing streets with arcades.
Bologna is known for having one of Europe’s oldest universities. It has a gorgeous medieval centre with beautiful squares that are lined with amazing buildings and porticoes. The winding streets have plenty of arcades, so you can still explore even if it’s raining!
Genoa (Genova) is situated in Liguria on the northwest coast and is Italy's main seaport. In 2004 Genoa was a European Culture Capital due to its rich history, contemporary architecture and a beautifully redeveloped harbour. There is a host of Renaissance and Baroque architecture, palaces and museums. There are also boat trips and a fascinating aquarium.