People like visiting Italy.
I don’t think that is a statement that many people would argue with, and that’s for good reason to. Italy has everything that you could want from a holiday destination including sun, great food, copious history and even places to go skiing. Italy is also a really varied country, and just like most of Europe, you can find that there are significant differences only a couple of miles down the road.
So, since we’ve established that Italy is the perfect holiday destination and there is plenty of variety to be found, where exactly should you be going for a trip and what if you’re only there for a few days?
Was there ever any doubt that I wouldn’t recommend Rome?
While Rome is intensely popular, and you might think that it will be somewhat overhyped, you couldn’t be more wrong. Quite simply Rome is popular for a reason after all. It is practically exploding with history and aside from the big landmarks like the Colosseum and the Vatican, there is much, much more to see. Plus, the food is great and it’s one of the easiest Italian cities to travel to.
Tuscany has long been a popular tourist destination in Italy, and it is by far my personal favourite region of the country. While Tuscany has lots of fascinating cities and historical sites to visit, like the stunning towers of San Gimignano and the cathedral in Florence, it is also filled with beautiful countryside populated with rolling hills. There are few things in life that have given me as much pleasure as eating Tuscan food outside in the warm sun of the late afternoon.
It might be best known for its canals, but Venice is also a bustling city that has its own distinct atmosphere. The narrow lanes of small shops running alongside the canals and the wide-open squares give the city a deeply personal feel while still reminding you of how grand it can be. The restaurants of Venice are particularly good, and I’d really recommend hopping on a boat to nearby Murano to learn about glass making and pick up some lovely souvenirs.
I think that when you compare the Amalfi Coast to somewhere else in Italy, like Tuscany, you can see exactly what I’m talking about when I say that it is a very regionally diverse country. The cliffside towns of the Amalfi Coast are breathtaking in their design and individual character, particularly the town of Amalfi itself. If you go for a visit, make sure to sample as much of the local limoncello as possible, it is the perfect mix of Vitamin C and alcohol – a recipe that really can’t go wrong.