Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations around Europe. If you were asked to reel off a list of reasons why, there is a chance you would come up with dozens given the sheer range of things to do and see in the southern European nation.
We took on the challenge of coming up with a definitive top ten reasons to visit Italy. Check them out and then head over to a holiday website to book your trip immediately!
1. Buildings and Architecture
Wherever you go in Italy there is a beautiful selection of both old and new architecture for tourists to enjoy. The most famous old buildings include Rome’s Coliseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, although there is no question that the whole country is covered in rich history, much of which can be traced back to the Roman Empire.
Rome, as well as other cities such as Milan and Genoa in the north, are also filled with awe inspiring modern architecture that has to be seen to be believed.
2. The Dolomites
Italy is a popular alternative to nearby skiing resorts in Austria and Switzerland, and the Dolomites offer more than just a range of great slopes. The views here are spectacular, and there are many instances of standing atop a peak looking at snow on one side and lush green countryside and valleys on the other.
Skiing isn’t the only reason to head here, either. Fitness holidays – yes, there is such a thing – are popular in this area owing to the beautiful scenery and range of activities available. Renting out a valley chalet for a relaxing break isn’t a bad idea, either.
3. Italian Food
There is no question that Italian cuisine is among the best loved in the world. It doesn’t matter if you consider yourself an expert in the kitchen, there is nothing to rival the authentic taste of the real thing.
The secret to enjoying the food during a visit to Italy is to travel around. Popular recipes such as bolognese will differ even from village to village. On a larger scale, there is a clear North/South divide when it comes to Italian food, with the North influenced heavily by French cuisine, while the South is more Mediterranean and relies more on Greek and Spanish inspired flavours.
Italian wine isn’t bad tasting, either!
Although Italy has long played second fiddle to the likes of Paris and Santorini when it comes to romance, there is no question that it is still a perfect destination for loved up couples to escape to. Brilliant as a honeymoon retreat or a simple relaxing break, a secluded Lake Como chalet and an inner city 5-star hotel are both romantic in their own ways.
Of course, the iconic city of Venice is also a popular Italian resort.
5. Sunshine Holidays
There isn’t a great deal said or written about Italy when it comes to sunshine holidays, which is perhaps understandable when you consider all of the amazing destinations accessible in the Mediterranean and surrounding area.
However, destinations such as Sorrento and Sardinia enjoy just as much sun and warmth as other popular holiday haunts around Europe, and you’ll find they aren’t as overrun with tourists as other places might be.
Italy is world-renowned for playing host to a wide range of designer names, and for people with cash to burn there is no question the country is a great place to shop.
While the likes of Armani and Versace take centre stage in cities such as Milan, those looking to shop on more of a budget can also enjoy modern, consumer friendly shopping malls that you will happily dedicate a full day to exploring.
Although we touched on the rich history of the country earlier, scratch beneath the surface and you will reveal just how much Italians cherish their rich heritage.
Almost every town and city has a museum of some description to speak of, and that is before we even start discussing art galleries and other cultural landmarks throughout Italy. Perhaps the most inspiring yet haunting trip is to ancient Pompeii, which to this day still attracts millions of visitors each year.
8. An Eye Opener
Across Europe, and indeed the rest of the world, many countries have a reputation for being filled with unruly teenagers who roam the streets and cause havoc.
Italy will open your eyes to a different side of the younger generation, as teens regularly gather in cafes and bars to enjoy a soft drink and a game of cards or dominoes with their friends. There is a strong sense of community and family values throughout Italy, and this demonstrates it perfectly.
It is impossible to discuss Italy without covering religion. Of course, many around the world will identify with the country for Rome’s Vatican City, where the Pope resides and carries out a weekly address.
Even if you aren’t religious yourself, these are worth attending just to appreciate the scale of how important religion is to the majority of Italians, almost 90% of whom identify themselves as Roman Catholic.
10. Cinque Terre
The Cinque Terre, in North Eastern Italy, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising of five villages overlooking the sea. Cars cannot reach these villages so you will need to take a train or boat, and the total lack of corporate development makes this a truly authentic and breathtaking Italian experience.
There you have it – the top ten reasons you need to visit Italy. Now, how do you book your trip?
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