Italy’s great history, fantastic countryside, splendid wine, and fine food make it the ideal country to visit. I immediately fell in love with the place the first time I went there. The grand history of Florence, blissful vineyards of Tuscany, glorious streets of Rome, memorable canals of Venice, beautiful Cinque Terre and colorful countries of Southern Italy make the country among the top 3 on my list.
With all its beauty and grandeur, it is easy to get lost in a country like Italy. There are so many places to go to it would take all of your life to explore everything. In this guide, we summarized the best places and activities in Italy so you can get the most of the place and never get lost.
1. Going Around Italy
Railroads. There are 10,400 miles of railroads in Italy, nearly all the state owned. Almost all of the trackage are electrified. Service is rapid between the nation’s main cities. For instance, you can have an early morning departure aboard the Eurostar train for a smooth ride to Florence.
Air. Air transport is important within Italy because of the country’s awkward geographical configuration and the need to serve the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. In addition to the large international airports of Rome and Milan, there are more than 20 smaller airports on the mainland and the islands. The transatlantic flight can get you to Italy in no time.
Buses. You can purchase bus tickets from bus company offices, corner shops and automatic machines just before boarding. Tickets may be bought on-board some systems through the automated machines. Purchasing tickers from the bus driver isn’t feasible.
Boat. A yacht charter heading towards Italy would be a fantastic way of experiencing the beautiful country. Although the yacht charter industry is not as big as most tourists would expect, there are a lot of reasons why one can choose a yacht over other conventional onshore options.
2. Where to Stay
Rome. The city presents itself as the great territory and eternal capital city of the country as shown in the world map. The city has an area of 496.1 square miles and known to be the biggest city within the country. Visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michaelangelo’s ceiling paintings including The Last Judgment.
Get a perspective of St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Proceed across the Tiber for a stroll along the Via Sacra at the Roman Forum, where Roman Legions marched in triumph, and finally visit the Colosseum and hear about gladiatorial combats.
Venice. The city resides within the northeast portion of Italy and is composed of 117 islands separated by canals and connected by bridges. It presents picturesque scenic beauty and is among the world’s heritage sites.
Highlights in Venice include St. Mark’s Square and the Byzantine splendor of St. Mark’s Basilica, lavish Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Also watch Venetian Glass Blowers fashion their fashion their delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner.
Florence. Florence enriches history being the capital city of Italy’s region Tuscarry. The city is recognized as the most populate city within Tuscarry. Sightseeing in the place include magnificent Santa Maria Del Flore, Giotto’s Bell Tower, The Baptistry’s “Gate of Paradise," and sculpture-studded Signoria Square.
The highlight: Michaelangelo’s David in the Gallery of Fine Arts (closed on Mondays, visit Palazzo Vecchio instead). Feel free to relax or find out more about Florence’s artistic wealth.
Milan. The city contains a distinctive ranking at Italy’s fashion capitals. Also, it is the most populated city in Italy with over 1.3 million people. In Milan you can start a visit to the magnificent Gothic Duomo. And also here lies the Galleria to the famous Scala Opera House, then the imposing Sporzesco Castle.
You may also want to shop in Via Montenapoleone and Corso Vittorio Emanuele for some of the world’s greatest designer labels, the Brera Art Museum, and take in a unique view of the city from the roof of its cathedral.
Sorrento. This city is trapped with some of the most famous tourist destinations of the world and it can be easily visited from Naples and Pompeii. Glide across the blue bay to the beautiful Isle of Capri. Here you can also find the Blue Grotto [weather permitting; otherwise visit Villa San Michele in Anacapril] and to pretty Capri village.
3. Globus Hotels
Italy’s hotels are some of the best in the world. Listed here are the finest each place has to offer:
Rome Holiday Inn St. Peter’s
Naples Star Hotel Terminus
Florence Grand Hotel Majestic
Sorrento Grand Hotel Cesare Augusto
4. Where to Go and What to Eat
It’s easy to find a tasty meal in a Trattoria in Rome. But there are some restaurants worth going out of your way for.
Fortunato al Pantheon. Dined by many politicians from different backgrounds, this restaurant has comfortables tables that aren’t crowded. It also provides friendly but professional service. The menu is made up of classic Italian cooking and the chef has a list of suggestions every day to provide simpler dishes such as meatballs that have artichokes.
The usual menu provides classic pasta such as spaghetti alle vongole and tagliolini during the season with fresh fungi porcini and truffles.
Il Convivio di Troianai has the reputation for serving the best in modern Italian high cuisine. It’s far from cheap but it’s one of Rome’s most visited restaurants. The menu is the restaurant is an exact admixture of the traditional and the modern.
A lot of the traditional Roman cuisines are provided with new twists like the new boneless oxtall mixed with celeriac puree, and the chef mixes seasonal ingredients with panache as the latest creation.
La Tavernaccia. A family-favorite and visited mostly by locals, this restaurant is usually cheerful although the service in the place remains friendly and warm and the food exudes a fantastic Roman fare. Begin with garlic bruschetta provided with prosciutto, set by the hand and then taste one of those superb pastas.
It’s the perfect place to get family-style lasagna while available or one that’s served as a major dish although the grilled fishes and meat are just as good.
Vascello. Vascello, found above the Monteverde region in Rome, is managed by a two Sardinians. During the summer the tables are set outside and the breezed provides a warm welcome and escape from the summer heat to people.
The huge ravioli with lemon zest and ricotta and spaghetti with cured fish roe (bottarga) are Sardinian gems although the restaurant can also boast some of the best matriciana and carbonara in Rome.
Italian food within Italy is quite different from those that are commonly called “Italian food" in other countries. The cuisine in Italy are truly among the most unique in the world and there is distinct cuisine in any region, city or village you go. For example, it would be misleading to assert that Northern Italian cuisine is linked to hearty rice-rich and potato meals.
Central Italian cuisine are majorly made up of meat, roasts and pastas, and Southern Italian cuisine over vegetables, seafood, pasta and pizza; there are a lot of cross-influences that are confusing to categorize.
Breakfast. Breakfast in Italy is very light. They are usually made up of cappuccino over coffee with pastry or fruit jam and pieces of bread. You shouldn’t expect a big breakfast. It is not customary to eat eggs or bacon during breakfast in the country. Cappucino is considered as something as a breakfast.
Lunch. Lunch is treated as the most essential part of the day. Before, many shops close down and continue after two hours of break period just to spend time for lunch. This is no longer the case though as business hours of a usual Italian day can be compared to those in the other parts of Western Europe although still short when compared to Asia or North America.
Dinner. The evening meal is usually set late; generally at around 20:00. In summertime, you are likely going to be eating your own dinner if you come before 20:00. It is not unusual to see families with their children still having dinner even after 22:00.
5. Events and Things to Do
Cycling tours. Italy is fond of cycling and there’s no more exhilarating way of exploring the tourist path than through a bicycle. Northern Italy has always been a major hub for the bicycle industry. Every region is unique in its style and you will see distinctive culture specialties while riding. There are various companies that provide cycling tours all throughout Italy.
You’re going to need the best water bottle in these cycling tours since things could get real thirsty.
Sailing. Sailing is among the ideal ways of seeing the islands of Italy like Sicily and Sardinia. Majority of charter companies provide a lot of options from crewed to bareboat and cabin charter along with the various kinds of boats.
Taking Cooking Class. Italy is very popular for its great food. Attending a cooking class would be a good thing to do in Italy. Food touring is also a good option. Majority of cooking class companies provide a lot of programs from risotto classes to pasta making classes or pizza classes or Italian sauces classes.
We hope you enjoyed this post and got a good perspective of Italy. Now you know your way through Italy. Have a safe trip!