Visiting Italy has been on our bucket list for years. It’s a country with so much culture, steeped in history and has one of the best cuisines that is loved by fans around the world. Italy has one of the best Mediterranean coastlines enabling visitors to visit both the mountains, the lakes and the beautiful coast. With so much to see, how do you plan a holiday to Italy?
City or coast?
One of the first decisions on planning a trip to Italy is to decide where you want to go. Do you want to stay in a city or on the coast? There are many beautiful cities to stay in, many that are close to the historical sights and with hundreds of cafes, bars and restaurants you’ll be spoilt for choice and always close to the action.
The Italian coast is incredibly beautiful and is hugely picturesque. Positano on the Amalfi Coast is a sophisticated resort with it’s rustic charm and its location to nearby Capri, Ischia and the Grotta dello Smeraldo. Sorrento is another beautiful place to stay with it’s mountainous backdrop and sea views.
Some of the most beautiful Italian cities to visit include Verona, Bologna, Naples, Florence, Leece and Lucca. Of course the most popular cities include the Metropolitan City of Venice in the north and the country’s capital, Rome in the southwest.
Venice is a hugely popular city to visit as it’s built on the water. There are no roads to navigate here, the city relies on water transport and the canal network to ferry people around. There are over 400 bridges and 150 canals to navigate so it’s no wonder many tourists see the sights of the city via gondola.
Rome is a cosmopolitan city with history on every corner. It’s a very popular city break destination with so much to see and do. Not sure where to start, travel in Rome with Voyage Privé and you’ll discover the high end hotels at a fraction of the usual price.
Step back in time
There is so much history to discover in Italy and every destination in the country has plenty to offer. In the north, Venice, Turin, Bologna, and Verona are popular choices.
In Venice, which played an important role in the Renaissance period, there’s the Basilica Di San Marco (one of the country’s most iconic Catholic churches), the Piazza San Marco (the most important and well known squares in the city) and Rialto Bridge, which spans the Grand Canal, and is the oldest bridge in Venice.
A trip to Siena to visit the Tuscan medieval town is a must. Siena is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is home to the Piazza del Campo, one of the most famous medieval squares in Italy, if not the world. It’s tiling on the floor is divided into nine sections representing The Nine who ruled Siena at the height of it’s medieval glory.
Rome, the capital of Italy, is another of UNESCO World Heritage sites with its 3,000 years of architecture, art and culture on display. Some of the most popular things to see in Rome include visiting the iconic ancient Roman arena home to the Gladiators, the Colosseum; visiting the Trevi Fountain, an 18th century sculpted fountain, the Pantheon, Circus Maximus and the Spanish Steps. Of course, no trip to Rome would be complete without a visit to St Peter’s Basilica. St Peter’s is the most renowned work of renaissance architecture designed by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
There is so much to see in Italy, it really does depend on where you want to go and how long you want to stay. City breaks are a great option to cover lots of ground and see lots of the sights but be careful not to cram too much in, as you’ll end up exhausted. It’s always a good reason to go back.