Last March in 2016 when I visited Europe, Italy immediately became my favourite country. I travelled within the country for over ten days and I have to say, it was the best time of the trip. It is one blend of art, culture, architecture, history, fashion and natural beauty. Be it volcanoes or mountains or sea, it has everything. You like to party? It has some best clubs and pubs. You like hiking? It has some of the most amazing views. You like art? Well, Italy is known for its art and architecture since medieval times. You like landscapes? It has some of those mesmerising views which you might not have thought existed.
Planning your next trip? Well, our suggestion to you would definitely be Italy. Italy is one European country where you can find everything! It had its share of Renaissance men like Leonardo Da Vinci, Leon Battista Alberti, Michelangelo etc. It has brilliant architecture and amazing views. It is one country which truly deserves to be on your bucket list. I'm saying this from my personal experiences and in fact, a lot of the following images are clicked by me so I can totally vouch for those places.
Now we bring 9 places in Italy which will take your breath away. Read on to see which places to include in your next Euro trip!
It is known for its globally influential art, architecture and culture. Ancient ruins such as the Colosseum and the Forum remind you of the ancient Roman empire. It is a very beautiful city overall with its vibrant streets and awe-inspiring art.
It is also known as one of the most romantic cities in the world. But beware as it is also known for its thieves and pickpocketers for they can get to you in the form of school kids or old ladies, in the train or on the bus - you just have to be vigilant!
Vatican City - a country located within the city of Rome. It is the smallest state in the world both by area and population. It is famous for its religious and cultural sites like St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. They are the home to some of the world's most famous paintings and sculptures. Also, Michelangelo's ceiling is something worthwhile observing.
If you plan on visiting Rome (which you will!), Vatican city is a must-visit. You will not regret it. Although the entry tickets to the museums are a bit expensive, you can stay at hostels and balance it out.
Venice - the city of gondolas, canals, and bridges. We are sure you have heard of Venice, the city on water. Sure you have seen photoshopped pictures with clear blue waters which only exist in places like Maldives or the Bahamas. Let me tell you, it isn't like that. The water is dark green and dirty at many many places. But that does not make it any less beautiful. Look at this picture where you can see the essence of the city - the canal, gondola and the bridge!
Yes, sights like these are very common in Venice. For it is one of the most beautiful places in Italy. If you like water, then it is THE place for you. If you have motion-sickness or you get sea-sick though, it might be a bit of a headache. But we still recommend you to go anyway.
In the province of Salerno, lies this magical town - Amalfi. This place in the south of Italy is somewhere you need to go. And our suggestion is to drive there. Because that way you will be able to see the true Italian beauty. It is one of those amazing peaceful places where you just go and be.
This is the cathedral located within this small city. The calmness you'll feel here is something you will remember even after your trip has ended. You can also find some fine dining restaurants opposite it which will be perfect for a dinner date. Take your loved one there and spend time that you will cherish forever.
Naples is another city located towards the Southern part of Italy. Its historic city centre is the largest in Europe and it is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It has some wonderful sites located near it like the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum as well as the Palace of Caserta.
It has its share of amazing resorts and pier. Also, pizza (yes, your favourite pizza!) originated from this place. You can't wait to go there now, can you?
Milan - the global capital of fashion and design. It is also famous for its high-end restaurants and shops. It is the second largest city in Italy, after Rome. Duomo Di Milano is the cathedral church of Milan, the one you see on most of the pictures of Milan.
The city is among the favourite destinations for travellers around the globe. How could you miss it?
Yes, the one with the leaning tower. One of the seven wonders of the world! Pisa is a city in the Tuscany region of Central Italy. It is a small city where you can spend the day at the tower and relax. But if you're one of the exploring kind, the city has a lot of historic churches, medieval palaces, and bridges to offer.
Also, there is a decent connectivity to other countries from the Pisa Airport as you can usually get good deals. Do keep an eye out for it and maybe you can put Pisa at the beginning or the ending of the trip.
Bologna is a lively and historic city which is full of Renaissance structures such as the City Hall, the Fountain of Neptune and the Basilica di San Petronio. It is well known by the Italian travellers but is not so by foreign visitors.
It got its name Bologna la rossa (Bologna the red) from its architecture in terracotta reds, burnt oranges, and warm yellows. Although little English is spoken there, so you might struggle a little.
Florence is the capital of Italy's Tuscany region. It is considered as the birthplace of Renaissance. It is also famous for its Renaissance art, architecture, monuments and culture. The Historic Centre of Florence was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
It has also been ranked as one of the most beautiful cities in the world by Forbes. This place is a must visit whenever you visit Italy!
Did you like the list? Do you have any suggestions about other places that I missed? Can you give me recommendations as to where to go next? Just want to talk about travelling? Tell me all about it in the comment box below!