I often get asked, which is my favorite country and why?
My answer is always Italy!
Not only because the Italian cuisine is fresh and rich in flavor but, because it has absolutely everything I seek for in a well rounded vacation.
Italians are friendly and inviting, their culture is vibrant and the food...... Mamma mia!!
Definitely a country filled with beautiful scenery all around; urban, rural and coastal.
In this post I will share the absolute must see places if visiting Italy for the first time.
(You may click the image for their Google Maps location which I highly recommend saving).
1. Firenze (Florence)
Florence is the capital city of the region of Tuscany. This beautiful city was also the birth place to Leonardo Da Vinci. Amongst, many recognizable landmarks to see like the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, I highly recommend visiting Ponte Vecchio (below) as this was the only bridge to survive the World War II.
2. Milano (Milano)
The Italian capital of fashion and design, this remarkable city allows you to see the The Duomo di Milano which is the fifth largest Christian church in the world. In addition, don't forget to try a Piadina for breakfast and to set an alarm for aperitivo every night, from 6 PM to 8 PM – the bars and cafes offer free food after buying a drink (usually a cocktail or a glass of wine). This is the perfect time to unwind, snack and chat with friends.
Only a quick one-hour drive away from Florence, is Pisa the city of the Torre Pendente di Pisa, worldly famous for its prominent tilt to one side.
This Piazza dei Miracoli of Pisa (Square of Miracle) is the most splendiferous assemblage of Romanesque architecture in Italy and also is where Galileo was baptized in the baptistery in 1565.
Aside from the magnificent historical ruins this city has, Rome is a rich and powerful city
known for the prodigious builders and expert civil engineers that produced advances in technology, such as Rome’s famous Trevi Fountain, which is supplied by a restored version of the Aqua Virgo, one of ancient Rome’s 11 aqueducts.
Also, I highly recommend visiting the Vatican City and witnessing the astonishing Cappella Sistina also known as Michelangelo's 16th-century painted ceiling.
Romance and Mystery linger on the shallow waters of the Venetian Lagoon better known as Venice, the most picturesque city in Italy. Famously recognized for its countless bridges, gondoliers and for its elaborate celebration of Carnevale di Venezia. While visiting, don't forget to stop by the Exquisite Public Square: Piazza San Marco.