Italy - Places to See
Two thousand years of history make the artistic and architectural heritage of Rome so great that the tourist is disorientated. That’s why it’s better to plan out a precise programme with fixed objectives according to one’s interests and the time available. We remind you not to miss the newly-renovated Colosseum, the Roman Forum, St. Peter's, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, Piazza Navona, the Borghese Gallery, and the outdoor market at Campo de' Fiori. Save some time for designer shopping at the Spanish Steps, and don't forget to toss your coin into Trevi Fountain!
Florence is the symbol of the Renaissance. Dante, Petrarch and Macchiavelli contributed abundantly to Florence’s literary heritage, while artists like Botticelli, Michelangelo and Donatello made it one of the world’s most famous art capitals.
Situated in the extreme north-east of Italy, Venice, rose on the islands of Rivoalto (or Rialto) in 810 when a group of men led by Agnello Partecipazio, left Malamocco, another lagoon centre which had been dominant up to that time to settle on these new islands. Here the real city grew up. The old buildings in Venice are now used as museums, shops, hotels, and flats and its monasteries house centres for the restoration of works of art. Along the Canal Grande, which runs through the heart of the city, are marvellous buildings built over a period of more than 500 years which constitute the most precious and spectacular showcase of the city.
The city is one of the major financial and business centres in Europe. The city is famous for fashion firms and shops and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in the Piazza Duomo, reputed to be the world's oldest shopping mall. Milan is one of the world capitals of fashion—like New York City, Paris, London, Tokyo—and design. Another famed product of the city is the traditional Christmas sweet cake Panettone. Milan is also famous for the Alfa Romeo motorcar and for its silk production. Milan is also one of the richest cities in the European Union.
It’s the third biggest Italian city after Milan and Rome and is the biggest city in the south of Italy. Naples is a chaotic but spectacular city. Facing onto the gulf, with Vesuvius on one side and the islands of Capri in front of it, it offers enchanting panoramas. The compact centre of Naples, full of churches and historic buildings is composed of a few streets.
Region of Tuscany
It is one of the 20 Regions of Italy. The capital is Florence, and it has an area of 22,990 km² and about 3.6 million inhabitants. Tuscany is known for its landscapes and its artistic legacy. Six Tuscan localities have been made UNESCO protected sites: the historical center of Florence, the historical center of Siena, the square of the Cathedral of Pisa, the historical center of San Gimignano, the historical center of Pienza and the Val d'Orcia.
The Amalfi Coast is a stretch of coastline on the southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula of Italy extending from Positano in the west to Vietri sul Mare in the east. The towns lying on the Amalfi Coast are Vietri sul Mare, Cetara, Maiori, Minori, Ravello, Scala, Atrani, Amalfi, Conca dei Marini, Praiano and Positano. Renowned for its rugged terrain, scenic beauty, picturesque towns and diversity, the Amalfi Coast is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
From both the naturalistic and historic point of view, the vulcanic Eolie or Lipari Islands are one of the most interesting spots in Sicily. Even if invaded by turism in the summer, every island keeps its characteristics: worldly or calm, young or vip, beaches or vulcanic eruptions.