Italy is a country that’s always been on top of many traveler lists for years. The country brings all kinds of experiences for travelers seeking a culinary, architectural, cultural, musical, and artistic journey. Furthermore, every corner and city of this stunning destination tells a tale of history and art that attracts tourists worldwide. There is an abundance of cities to visit during your stay; from a relaxing beach escape to an enticing cultural discovery.
At the time of writing this blog, Italy announced that vaccinated Americans can skip any necessary testing or quarantine requirements as long as they are fully vaccinated. Travelers are to present their white Centers for Disease Control and Prevent vaccination cards. This card complies with Italy’s Green certificate. On the other hand, unvaccinated travelers need to show proof of negative PCR tests taken 48 hours from departure. Also, all bars and restaurants are open in Italy along with swimming pools, beaches, shops, and more.
With so many cities to choose from in Italy, we’re bringing you the top 4 destinations to help you take your pick!
To start, visiting the city of Florence should be on your priority list during your trip. Florence brings limitless museums and architectural landmarks within its premises, the city itself is a museum for travelers. Furthermore, the city features an array of shops, markets, and some of the oldest gelato establishments in the country.
Take a trip to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore; a landmark for world architecture and the city’s centerpiece. This landmark includes the finest ensemble of Renaissance art, the bronze doors by Ghiberti. Additionally, the city features famous art pieces in the Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace.
Secondly, cross the river to the Piazza Santo Spirito and unravel a culinary experience that will leave you in awe. This landmark is home to street markets in the morning and bars and restaurants in the evening. If you want to experience both culinary and cultural exploration, we highly recommend you add this to your list. Also, take a trip to Vivoli Gelato, one of the oldest gelato shops in Florence. After all, Florence invented gelato in the 16th century. Another culinary experience you shouldn’t miss is the Mercato Centrale, where you’ll be able to journey into two floors of culinary excellence.
Finally, if you’re looking for a more relaxed sigh-seeing experience, we recommend the Arno River. This river is one of the most famous in Italy and defines the city of Florence. Head off on a paddleboard as you gaze into the city from the water, passing through Ponte Vecchio and other landmarks.
There’s so much to see and discover in this museum-filled city, make sure to book yourself a few days to discover the marvelous landmarks this special destination brings.
While in Italy, taking a trip to Rome should definitely be on your list. This ancient and historic destination is one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, welcoming millions of visitors every year. Rome features world-famous landmarks that were an integral part in history and religion. This city may overwhelm you with its abundance of touristic hotspots, therefore, you’ll also find a range of street cafes and entertainment venues to give you a break from your tours.
Firstly, visiting the Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine is a must during your stay. This landmark is the largest structure left by Roman antiquity; it is still apparent in sports events such as football games. This structure was built in AD 72 and was utilized for theatre, festivals, circuses, and games. Another ancient landmark to visit is the Roman Forum. This stunning landmark is located in the midst of the bustling city and includes monuments dating back to Roman history. Other must-see attractions include The Pantheon, the Palatine Hill, and of course, The Vatican.
Moreover, head over to the hotspot of the city, the Centro Storico, Rome’s historic center. The area is filled with many churches, artistic landmarks, palaces, and lively squares that you can spend the entire day in. This neighborhood is home to Rome’s most famous attractions including the Piazza Navona, the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, and Santa Maria del Popolo, and the infamous Trevi Fountain. The neighborhood is also home to The Spanish Steps, a flight of irregular stairs that lead to the French church of Trinità dei Monti.
Moreover, take a trip to the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy, a region famous for its beautiful seaside towns. This charming destination was a real-estate trend that never faded for locals and Roman nobles who built their summer villas there. The region boasts mountains and cliffs by the sea and includes many vineyards, towns, and churches, most of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Make sure to visit the top three villages in the Amalfi Coast; Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello.
First, Positano features the architectural magnificence of steep landscapes by the sea. This region is typically a fishing village and an iconic beach destination for many locals and travelers worldwide. The city has steep staircases and pastel-colored homes, markets, and cafes. You may have probably seen this destination in the sets of movies and series for its beautiful setting.
Second, Amalfi is more frequently visited by travelers and locals. This is due to the fact that the village is at an intersection for nearly all buses, boats, and ferries between the islands. The island features a beautiful set of white buildings on a cliffside by the sea. Furthermore, the village parades with cafes and shops on a vibrant promenade.
Third, Ravello is a village with medieval streets, garden villas, and ancient pathways throughout every corner. It tells a tale of a thousand years of history sitting at an astonishing mountain top overlooking the beautiful Italian coastline. The city is also called “The City of Music” for its vibrant music scene throughout the year.
Finally, we highly recommend visiting one of the most ancient landscapes in Europe, Sardinia. Sardinia is located in the west of Italy on an astonishing coastline as well as mountain ranges. The city also brings valleys and hiking trails to its island interior. It is also one of the largest islands on the Mediterranean Sea.
Not only is Sardinia the perfect beach destination, but it also brings an array of entertainment, adventure, and leisure throughout its surroundings. Moreover, you’ll find a variety of historic landmarks, farms, mountains, and friendly locals. The Sardinian community is extremely laid back, much like the rest of Italy. They also have a love for culinary and food that you’ll be familiar with as you stroll down its streets. Coffee, for instance, is an art in this astonishing city.
Furthermore, apart from its crystal blue beaches and white sand, the city brings a range of landmarks and attractions to visitors. Those include The Temple of Monde d’Accoddi, Asinara National Park, Museo del Corallo, and more.