Italy Vacation Ideas

With today’s Internet world, it’s easier than ever to do research into those vacation spots that you’ve longed to visit. It’s important that you do as much research as possible so that you can pack as much into your vacation as possible. However, people make mistakes by trying to do too much in short time. The best thing to do is make plans to visit one or at most two tourist spots each day. Have a backup site you would like to visit in case something happens to one of your first two choices.


Well, what’s to see in Italy?

That all depends on your interests. There is indeed something for everyone. Well, if you intend to travel there, Rome and Venice are good places to start.

Rome – Naples – Pompeii

All roads lead to Rome, as the saying goes, so let your feet take you in that direction. There are so many museums, churches, art galleries, and other places of interest there that you could spend your entire vacation in the capital city of Italy quite easily.

Lets see, in Rome you will find the Vatican, Colloseum, Forum, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Church of Saint Agnese, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. Indeed, Rome is filthy with historically significant attractions. It seems you can’t turn around without bumping into something an Emperor built, captured or destroyed.

Colosseum at Night, Rome, ItalyThe Colosseum, located in the center of Rome, is over 2000 years old. Pictures in books do not do this ruined edifice justice, it must be seen to be believed. During its day it could seat 50,000 people, gathered together to watch the famous ‘circuses’ of gladiatorial combat. Nearby is the Forum, where Julius Caesar was killed by his Senators on the Ides of March.

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After Rome its on to Naples. Well, Naples is just the starting point to get to Pompeii, and nearby Herculaneum. These are the cities buried under the ash of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the 1st Century AD, and forgotten about for 1600 years. Excavations began in the 1700s and are still going on today. You’ll travel first to Naples, and from there go on to these famous cities frozen in time.

It’s possible to make a daytrip from Rome to Pompeii, so don’t miss out.


Dark clouds over little Venice - ItalyWhere to go from Rome? Well, you could go north east, up to Venice. The city of Venice is referred to as the floating city even though it is apparently sinking. If you’ve seen Venice is movies or televisions shows, the depictions are accurate. Piazza San Marco looks exactly the same, birds and all. The Grande Canal is, well, a grand canal with incredible houses lining it and boats putting up down this water way. Built on mudflats in a lagoon, the city doesn’t really have much room to grow.

Surrounded by water, the best way to get around in Venice is by boat or by train from other city. This unique city is located on the southern coast of Italy, with far above it the country of Austria and to the west, Slovakia. Known as the city of canals, it’s also the city of bridges. Venice actually covers 117 small islands, with 409 bridges traversing 150 canals. You have never seen any city like it. Creative Commons License photo credit: ** Maurice **

Tuscany – Florence – Pisa

If you don’t want to go north you can go south, to Tuscany, one of the most popular regions in Italy

tuscany pisa leaning tower Are you a wine enthusiast? Or an oenologist, to put it technically. If you are, you’ll want to visit the region of Tuscany, famous for its winemaking. There are fourteen “wine roads” throughout the region. Each road identifies the type of grape grown in that area, and has signs pointing to the various vineyards and other businesses open to the touring public.

Tuscany’s main cities include Florence, Pisa, Siena, Lucca, Arezzo and Livorno. Drive between stunning sites like Florence’s cathedral and Uffizi Gallery and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You might want to start your tour in the city of Florence, as you’ll be able to get in a little culture and history as well, by visiting the famous Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), one of the most famous landmark of Florence. Florence city needs to be visited during an extended period of time and if this is not feasible, then short visits are ideal to take in all the museums.

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While Rome and Venice are excellent travel destinations, you can’t really go wrong in Italy. Italy is a country you should visit at least once in your life.

Other Top Italian destinations that you can include in your Italy vacation itinerary are Pisa,
Sicily, Siena, Bologna, Verona, Milan and Turin.

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