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Jewel Of The Mediterranean

Posted on November 12, 2009 | Travel DestinationsNo Comment



Italy, the precious gem of Europe and a breathtaking retreat transforms the fun-seeking trip into a fascinating memorabilia. Although after planning a trip to Italy, it often seems a troublesome task deciding where to go? What to see? any many similar questions. To help you getting out of the entangling web of queries, I have come out with a unique set of out-of-ordinary spots in Italy. Make your trip to these impressive spots and preserve a collection of unforgettable memories for your entire lifetime. Hmmm… don’t dare to miss them out …. Well, keeping all jokes apart. Coming to Italy, apart from eyeing the spectacular marvels such as Leaning tower of Paris, Trevi Foundation, St Peter’s Basilica and munching delectable pizzas and pastas, there are many other attention-grabbing tourist attractions in Italy. Check them out, these are the must-sees of Italy.

1. Florence

Most of the people who visit Italy don’t come for viewing Rome, but instead they wish to soak the mesmerizing ambiance of Florence. Enriched with illustrious legendary remnants such as castles, churches; Florence is also steeped in modern highlights like exciting shopping experience, fine dine and rocking nightlife. Florence offers something for Church of Santa Croceeveryone. It boasts finesse historic sights like Michelangelo’s David at the Galleria dell’Accademia, the iconic Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi art gallery and the Church of Santa Croce, all these sights reverse the clock to the ancient times and take back to the olden times. They are truly incredible and leave one’s jaw-dropping.

Sight-seeing: Choosing one best spot in Florence is a pretty tough one; however I would suggest you to stroll alongside the Ponte Vecchio. Glance the marvelous architectures and store these unforgettable memories for eternal life.

2. Venice

A fantasy land filled with canals, thrilling gondolas, royal castles, presents an opportunity for living your dreams. Neglect the tourist inundation and observe the magnificence lying in this ‘Queen of the Adriatic’, ‘City of Bridges’ and ‘The City of Light.’ Venice has been rewarded these exceptional tags, and even the prominent writer and journalist Luigi Barzini, of The New York Times tagged Venice as “Undoubtedly, the most beautiful city built by man.” Envisage the tremendous beauty Venice has concealed for you.

This ‘City of Water’ offers sights of the remarkable St. Mark’s Basilica and the Palazzo Ducale, which is an ancient Gothic Government House. Visit the most famous spot Rialto, huddled with fabulous architectural works and a vibrant market. Even, revel in the enchanting festive activities in Piazza San Marco.

Sight-seeing: Aboard the traditionally-styled gondola for grabbing the city’s views.

3. Rome

The splendid city of Rome is responsible for leaving tourists speechless every time they visit. The historical monuments of Rome have been granted recognition by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. The Vatican Museum, vatican museum romeBorghese Gallery and Musei Capitolini entice millions of tourists to visit Rome. Trust me, no other city in the whole world can emulate its incredibility as nowhere in the world is history as inspiring as is in Rome. By the time you leave for home, many tourist attractions would have been left behind without getting even your single glance. Rome is loaded with spectacular heritage sites that can’t be seen in a week’s visit.

Before you embark on a journey, make sure you come with enough time on hand so that you can absorb every magnificence bestowed by Rome. When it comes to viewing the stunning surroundings of Rome, start from the forum that shelters Colosseum, ancient baths, Chariot racetracks, and shrines. Move ahead for visiting Vatican City with the spectacular St. Peter’s Basilica and Sistine Chapel. Following, step in the diverse piazzas and Trevi Fountain. Don’t miss to toss a coin in it, as the legendary faith says it guarantees a return visit. Also, there are lots more apart from these ancient marvels. Rome is a virtual paradise for tourists. Art lovers can soothe their aesthetic senses by observing the world’s most creative works, which includes works of outstanding Michelangelo.

4. Palermo

The exceptional and unique traits of Italian culture recline in Palermo, Sicily’s capital city and significant ports. One of the most striking charms that are clearly conspicuous is the Arab and Spanish influences, this can be attributed to Mondello Beachvarious countries who administered Palermo in the past. Thanks to this, because of which the city has gained a special flavor, noticeable in its cuisines, communication, art and legendary milestones.

Ascend over Mount Pellegrino, observe its locales and shape yourself accordingly. Following, move to Palatine Chapel and Church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti for viewing the spectacular grandiose. View the spell-binding ancient remnants of the Zisa, a 12th century Norman Palace. Chinese Villa, Mondello Beach and Sicilan babes are must-sees of Palermo, make sure you see them.

Sight-seeing: Gift your senses a treat of rejuvenation and serenity in the Mondello Beach.

5. Parma

Most people recognize Parma as one of the wealthiest Italian cities, and a home to prosciutto and parmigiano cheese. However, Parma is more tremendous than just these. Famous as an ‘Operatic Haven,’ Parma flaunts extravagant works of excelling Italian operatic composer, Verdi. Parma is a great city that will mesmerize the party-lovers as merry-making festivities go on throughout the year.

Art enthusiasts should definitely head to San Giovanni Evangelista i.e. Abbey of St. John, the Duomo, a cathedral that dates back to 11th century. Move to one of its own kind artistic spot, Battistero or Baptistery, which has preserved a stunning collection of dazzling sculptures. Tourists with devil may care and nonchalant attitude will find the spot rocking as the spot’s enticing charm blooms in the night. Lively music, fine wine and tempting cuisines are offered by abundant bars and restaurants.

Sight-seeing: Pick your favorite memorable things from the market of Sanvitale Castle at Fontanellato. This market offers a wide-range of things from antique jewelry to furniture alluring local crowds to the market.

6. Verona

Grabbed the limelight for serving a backdrop for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Verona offers more than just folklore. It is popular amidst tourists swarm for its famous characteristics. The curvy Adige River flowing zigzag across the city presents an eye-soothing sight, while the ancient remnants belonging to the Roman epoch are the country’s most spectacular. Other eye-catchy sights include the ancient Arena, a coliseum like structure which operates up to day; an amphitheatre, numerous robust gates and one bridge.

After viewing the outshining pinnacle of roman architects, delight your sight by a glimpse of the sensational décor church, San Zeno. Later, move upwards over the alleyways to view the divine churches of Sant’ Anastasia and San Fermo. Enjoy the rocking annual fairs, finesse performances of shows and operas. After traveling such a long way, don’t miss to dine over the delectable indigenous cuisines like home-made pasta and many more.

Sight-seeing: Get a glimpse of the marvelous Casa di Giulietta a.k.a. Juliet’s home. This sight reminisces of Shakespeare’s play.

7. Naples

As the famous saying goes “first impression is the last impression,” Naples doesn’t fit in this bracket. Naples, the third largest city in the entire country leaves one with an undesirable feeling, because of its pollution, harshness, and upsetting hustle and bustle. But before you consider skipping Naples, let me acquaint you with its pleasant facet, so that you don’t miss the spectacular marvels. Either you are looking for grandeur architectures or aesthetic artistic works, either you are keenly waiting for the night to dance at the rocking beats or great places to eat, the city has every charm to mesmerize you.

Begin your fresh day by paying visit to the elaborate divine cathedrals of Duomo and Gothic Church Chiesa di San Domenico Maggiore. If you wish to explore the city and the city’s local life, rest in the Largo San Martino spot. The fusion of serenity and scenic vistas of the city is the moment that will stay a cherished experience for the entire lifetime. For getting a glimpse of the past, meander in the picturesque spot of Spaccanapoli, regarded as the antique heart of Naples.

Sight-seeing: Jump on the reinvigorated dance floor to catch lots of excitement and fun. Here, club scene has recently gained popularity.

8. milan

A vibrant metropolis location that stands proudly as Italy’s economic and fashion center is worthwhile visiting. The milan italycity’s fast-pacer lives, sophisticated culture, chic trends perhaps might sound daunting to the tourists; however ignore all this misconceptions as there are lots more than this. Relish shopping, culture and local people’s resolute determination to clutch their dreams; certainly all these moments will remain immortal experiences.

Explore the city’s magnificent architectures, head to the world’s fourth-largest church, Piazza del Duomo and many similar majestic remnants. There is a lovely surprise in store concealed for art lovers, for viewing Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, step in the refectory of the Convento di Santa Maria. Other architectural wonders include the Castlello Sforzesco Castle. However, if you want to have a tryst with fashionable Milanese way of living, then you should stay in the town at a bar or nightclub a night.

Sight-seeing: Move to the town of Cruise, a popular shopping district to pick exciting things.

9. Siena

Siena is an ultimate spot for viewing everything belonging to gothic and medieval period. Also, the spot is tourist-friendly as exploring the city is an easy one; the legendary charms are accessible on foot. Well, the city can be referred as ‘walker’s paradise’ because the city’s major tourist attractions like museums, churches and piazzas can be best explored on foot. Siena offers three, five or seven days pass for exploring the city’s best legendary sites. Each spot reflects culture and architecture of the Middle Ages. So, grab a pass for getting a better in-depth view of the city.

Apart from the breathtaking marvels, there is a lively customary practice that hails back to the 13th century, but is still into practice in the old town. The practice is bareback horse race which is followed biannually, which is preceded by days of celebration. Make sure you get here during the festivity. Also, the must-see includes numerous classical concerts.
Sight-seeing: Watch the historic Piazza del Campo, a medieval square and heart of Siena.

Piazza del Campo
10. Bologna

Bologna is an ideal place for people who love serenity and soothing ambiance. This spot nurtures healthy taste of culture and culinary delights. The city offers tranquility and stays far away from brashness of metropolis. Europe’s oldest university, magnificent Basilica de San Petronio, marvelous architectures hailing to Renaissance epoch is sheltered in and around its two piazzas.

However, the city’s major wonders are undoubtedly its restaurants. Lip-smacking delicacies such as the homemade pastas especially the world famous tortellini, and the Mortadella sausage and local wines are of finesse quality. So, foodies what are you waiting for? Get in Bologna as it is literally a food paradise, simply because of the delicacies, which taste yummier, when they are topped off with gelato or pastry.

Sight-seeing: Watch couple of leaning towers in Le Due Torri, which grab the attention after the famed Leaning tower of Pisa.

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