The friendly attitude of the local people with the conjunction to the best food, the past glory of the Roman Empire, and marvelous landscape, Dolomite mountains, hills of Tuscany and hot Mediterranean coast… everything tempts to visit Italy.
Here are our choices.
A visit to the numerous ruins preserved in Rome, including Forum Romanum and Coliseum , helps to understand the power of the Empire, which culture became the base of the present European civilisation.
The city of lovers need no advertisement. Every year millions visitors enjoy gondola ride through the tiny channels of the water city, hang around Piazza San Marco trying to find traces of Casanova, buy Murano glass and a mask from the carnival. But Venice also hides the tiny area of the first European Ghetto, the dark history of Island, and favourite by Venetians church Santa Maria dei Miracoli.
The cultural capital of the world, features the largest collection of Renaissance art, paintings, sculptures, churches the buildings on every corner of the street of the biggest living museum.
The works of Michelangelo, Donatello, Buonarotti and many other made thanks to wealth of the sponsors, especially the ruler family of Medici.
The important cultural locations – the towns Florence, Siena and Piza with Tuscany villas of the richest surrounded by the marvelous landscape with iconic cypress trees.
The medieval town with one of the oldest universities features the famous horse race ‘Palio’ during which every trick is possible, because there could be only one winner.
The walk along the ‘lovers route’ – a tiny road connecting five small villages , where no cars are allowed provides unforgettable landscape of the Ligurian coast.
Sicily and Eolian Isles
Pamaria Lipari, Volcano and Stromboli – these are the peaks of the former volcanoes popping out of the water in the form of small islands, near the big one – Sicily, with still active, but fortunately sleeping Etna.
The city preserves works of art connected with first habitants of this land Greeks and Etruscans. Herculanum and Pompei bring back the time just before infamous eruption of Vesuve, while Sorrento and Amalfi Coast became immortal in numerous books, movies, painting and tourist photos.
Apulia and Lecce
Under the hot Mediterranean Sun there are hidden the extraordinary triuli houses of Alberobello, the Eastern Art influence mixes with splendid Baroque in Lecce, and the people in Apulia still dance the misterious Tarantella.
The fantasy forms of mountain formations visited both during the winter and the summer this year joined World Heritage List of UNESCO.
The legendary resort of rich and famous Cortina d’Ampezzo, modest but elegant San Martino di Castrozza, Arabba with the highest mountain Marmolada, these are just a few names,
to see them all one must to come back several times.
[photo courtesy of sminky_pinky100 (Away)]