Italy is a country with a rich history and diverse culture. Located in Southern Europe on the Italian peninsula, this is a place full of art, beauty and fashion. Discovering Italy can be a pleasant experience, as each destination takes you back in time to the days gone by. Besides all the attractions, nature has a special place too as you enjoy the beauty of the Alps, The Bay of Naples and Como Lake. Wherever your interest lies, you will find it in Italy.
Cinque Terre is a group of five towns in the Italian locality of Liguria. You wont find museums or chain stores here. What you will find is sun, sea and relaxation. Popular activities in this area include swimming, hiking and enjoying the Mediterranean coastal view. Before the tourist arrived, these towns were poor and remote. Today, tourism is the life blood of their economies. Although this area is no longer undiscovered, the traditions are firmly in place. If you want to visit a pure unadulterated Italian town this is the place to see; each of the villages comes with their own distinct dialect and heritage.
Covering an area of 110 acres, with a population of 842, Vatican City is the smallest recognized independent state in the world. Even though it’s located in Rome, the Vatican has been an independent state since 1929; One impressive site is St. Peter’s Square; this was designed in the late 17th century by Bernini. Other popular attractions are the Vatican gardens, Vatican’s walls and the Vatican Museums. One prominent work on display is the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo. The Vatican State has been a world heritage site since 1984. Please remember when visiting, dress appropriately.
Known for its clean mountain air, water and climate Lake Como has been popular with visitors for more than 100 years. Located in Lombardy Italy, Como has an area of 56 square miles, making it the third-largest lake in Italy. Of particular interest is the view of the beautiful Roman-style villas and gardens along the shoreline. Lastly, Lake Como is popular among celebrities wanting a quiet out of the way place to call home.
This is one of the most recognized monuments in the world; although the Colosseum has fallen into ruins, it is still an imposing structure. Completed in 80AD, it is the most famous amphitheater in the Roman empire; the Colosseum was able to seat around 50,000 spectators. To keep the guest comfortable, there were sails called “Velarium.” When extended they protected spectators from the weather. In its prime the Colosseum was used as a tool by the Emperor to entertain the public with games. Those games were not only a symbol of prestige & power, but were a way for the ruling class to increase their popularity.
The famous leaning tower of Pisa was built over a 177 year period of time. After construction began in 1173 the tower began to sink due to foundation issues. Construction stopped for close to a century. When the construction re-started the builders built some floors taller on one side to compensate for the lean of the tower. Finally in the later half of the 14th century work was completed. Today the tower is open for the traveler that want to climb it’s two-hundred ninety six steps.
Known as the “The City of Water”, Venice is the most popular attraction among the water cities. The Italian architecture, gondolas and one-hundred plus canals have helped Venice keep its status. Other popular attractions include touring St Marks square, St Marks Basilica and Doge’s Palace. These days Venice has more tourists than residents, but its romantic charm helps it to remain one of the top travel destinations in Italy.
In August 79 AD, a volcano erupted, covering the town of Pompeii with ash and soil. When this happened the city, people and houses were preserved or frozen in time. When Pompeii was discovered, it gave extraordinarily details into the life of people living two thousand years ago. Today with 2.5 million visitors annually, Pompeii is one of the popular tourist attractions in Italy.