Italy ignites the imagination with history enchanted in stunning monuments, the power of nature emanating from volcanoes, and the beauty of beaches. They are made up of cities with valuable examples of architecture, towns where tradition lives and islands where the essence of Italianness is concentrated like in a lens. But Italia also means sunshine, hospitality, openness and the cheerful mood of its inhabitants. All this means that this country is visited annually by over 200 million tourists from abroad.
What to visit in Italy?
Northern Italy is a sightseeing paradise, dotted with cities full of monuments of great historical value. Among them, the most popular are Venice and Florence , which grew out of the water. The first one is associated with gondolas in the canals, bridges and St. Mark with the Doge's Palace. The second is considered a pearl of the Renaissance, represented by churches, palaces, and galleries with works by masters. In the north of Italy, it is impossible to miss Milan - the city of fashion and art , Turin made famous by the Shroud, Pisa with the Leaning Tower and marked by the activities of St. Anthony of Padua. Plunging deep into Italy, you need to reach Rome , the heart of a country whose monuments could be listed endlessly, but enough to mention the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, Roman Forum and Capitoline Hill to reflect the greatness and historical wealth of this city. Every year, the Cinque Terre experiences a tourist siege, a very picturesque region made up of five charming seaside villages.
The most beautiful beaches in Italy
Italy also attracts tourists with its picturesque coast with bays or long, soft sand strips. Are you looking for the most beautiful beaches in Italy? It's best to go to the islands. La Pelosa awaits you in Sardinia - an absolute hit among tourists , in Sicily San Vito Lo Copo - the queen of beaches on the island, and in Lampedusa Spiaggia dei Conigli, which can successfully compete with the best beaches in other parts of Europe. Apart from them, the charming coast is also enchanted by Capri dripping with luxury and the Tuscan island of Giglio. However, if you don't want to move from mainland Italy, plan a stay on the beautiful Amalfi Coast, in Rimini or on the Gargano Peninsula.
Nightlife in Italy
When I asked an Italian friend (young guy) where the best places to party in Italy were, he replied, "In another country." Italians are an always smiling and enthusiastic nation. This prompts them to play and they also derive joy and energy from it. And although there may not be any iconic party centers known throughout Europe, it is undoubtedly possible to go crazy. It is best to look for clubs and discos in academic cities, where the party rhythm is set by crowds of students. These include, among others Rome , Milan , Florence . In the evenings, the coastal resorts on the mainland and the islands : Rimini , Viareggio , Porto Cervo are also played with music.
National parks in Italy
The beauty of Italian nature is manifested in its diversity: in the power of the volcanoes of Mount Etna and Mount Vesuvius , in the idyllic scenery of Como and Garda lakes, in the majesty of the Alps and Dolomites, in the picturesque landscape of the coasts of Amalfi , Cinque Terre , Gargano, in the greenery of Gran Paradiso and Stelvio national parks . If nature usually brings out a sigh of delight in you, then in Italy you will exclaim in amazement at her beauty.
Activities in Italy
Would you like to spend an active holiday in Italy other than swimming in the warm sea and practicing water sports? Mountain regions are a great target for you. Journey to the majestic, curvaceous Dolomites . Their pearl is Cortina D'Ampezzo , perfect for spring and summer training and winter skiing on the ski slopes. You can also successfully undertake a similar activity in the Gran Paradiso National Park, where the high peaks of the Graic Alps are located. For a winter skiing trip, consider Livigno - the Mecca of skiers in the Lombardy Alps.
Off the trail in Italy
A long list of the top places to see in Italy, often obscures gems for which there is not enough space in the guidebooks. It is a pity, because Italy, apart from the tourist trail, is no less interesting. To find out about it, just visit the mysterious, abandoned town of Balestrino or the Park of Monsters in Bomarzo , with sculptures carved in stone that chill the blood in the veins. This does not mean, however, that the entire lesser-known face of Italy has such a terrible character. There are also charming towns behind it, which cause unwavering admiration among tourists. Their examples are the crisscrossed medieval streets of Ferrara , shrouded in clouds, Erice and Orvieto with a beautiful cathedral. Natural gems, such as the unappreciated Gargano peninsula, are also effectively hidden from the eyes of tourists, with its beauty due to phenomenal beaches and coves.