5 Ultimate Reasons to visit Italy
Poets, authors and screenwriters have waxed poetic about the traveler’s fascination with Italy. Truman Capote described Venice as akin to eating an entire box of chocolates in one sitting. Mark Twain once said that God created Italy “from designs by Michelangelo.” The movie, “Enchanted April” begins with a woman reading an ad for a “medieval Italian Castle on the shores of the Mediterranean,” which is suitable for “those who appreciate wisteria and sunshine.” Reasons to visit Italy are numerous, and fortunately, not mutually exclusive.
- Churches and Cathedrals
The architecture of Italy’s churches and cathedrals fascinates visitors of all religious denominations. Dedicate at least one visit to exploring Vatican City, which is actually considered to be a separate country, and the Sistine Chapel. Sistine Chapel Musei Vaticani e Cappella Sistina Viale Vaticano – 00165 00120 Citta del Vaticano 011 (+39) 06 69884947 vatican.va
- Museums and Galleries
From the annual Venice Art Festival, to the local galleries and museums, Italy offers non-stop excitement for art aficionados. Don’t miss the David in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, a city which is a work of art in its own right. Galleria dell’Accademia 60 Via Ricasoli, Firenze 011 (+39) 0 55 215449
- The Cuisine
Dining is an art form in Italy. The style of cuisine varies according to the region, creating an unsurpassed culinary adventure. Leave room for deserts and mid-afternoon snacks, such as freshly-made gelato, which is ice cream or granita di cafe con panna, which is grated ice coffee topped with whipped cream.
Few countries have preserved their ancient historic sites as well as Italy. You can stroll through the Colosseum and Forum in Rome, visit the Catacombs or take a trip to Pompeii, near Naples, to view the remains of a town that was destroyed by a volcano.
You can explore the high fashion shopping centers of Rome, Florence and Milan, but don’t ignore the bargains that can be found at the street vendor booths. The vendors of Rome and Florence offer decorative scarves and shawls, which are often priced under $10. Inexpensive clothing can be found in the stores located on the side streets of the major town squares.