If you have decided to embark on a European tour this year, you must include Italy in your itinerary. For history buffs, it is a land full of great wonders left behind by the great ancient civilisation that ruled most of Europe a couple of thousand years ago.
Even in more recent times, it has produced some of the greatest masters of the arts that the world has ever seen. Those of you who are members of the catholic church look upon Italy as your spiritual homeland too, so it is well worth a visit. While you are there, think about visiting these incredible places; you will not be disappointed by all they have to offer.
Of course, no Italian trip would be complete without discovering all that the capital city has to offer. It was once one of the most important and influential cities in the whole world, and the magnificent structures left behind pay testament to that. Here are a few gems that you shouldn’t miss.
- The Colosseum. That monument left behind by the great builders of antiquity is an impressive sight to say the least. It could seat about fifty thousand people, which is impressive even by today’s standards, all baying for blood in one game, or another. Archeologists have recently discovered that the Romans could flood the entire arena to enact great maritime battles for the pleasure of the crowd.
- Vatican City. Drop in and have a cup of tea with the Pope if you can. That is not likely to happen, but he does sometimes hold an audience in St Peter’s square. Check out the times to avoid disappointment and be prepared for many people from all over the world who had the same idea as you.
Siena is a beautiful medieval city set in Tuscany, which is famous for stunning scenery and vineyards. Take a look at the site Venere to find some cheap accommodation here and spend a few days exploring, because there is much to see.
- The Cathedral. Spend time looking down and following the stories on the ornate cathedral floor, and visit the Piccolomini Chapel to see where the great Michelangelo (no, not the turtle) worked in the early years of the sixteenth century.
- The Piazza del Campo is a the medieval square, and one of the largest remaining examples anywhere on the globe. During the summer, it plays host to the world famous Palio Horse Race that has been part of the city’s attraction for over seven hundred years.
Milan is one of the wealthiest cities in the world and is host to some of the best fashion designers alive today. Everyone has heard of a painting called The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci; you will find it in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The city has the biggest gothic cathedral anywhere in the world and has high class shopping second to none.
If you don’t include Italy in your tour, you will be missing out. Don’t forget the climate and the beaches either. There is plenty to do when not visiting the historic sites. I hope you have found this short guide useful, but that is all for today. Buon Viaggio!