Any trip to Italy is not complete unless you visit the historic city of Rome. And given the historic context in which Rome was built and founded, there is most definitely a number of key things to do for any traveler who visits this magnificent city, starting of course with the Coliseum. Checking out these sights can certainly take a few days, especially if you are taking your time to really enjoy your time – but don’t spend too much time in just Rome or you could miss out on all of the many things that the rest of Italy has to offer.
The culture of central Italy is deeply rooted in the ruins that adorn Rome and the Lazio area, as well as in the richness of Renaissance art and history that populate museums and streets in the historic center of Florence. Small and historic buildings are associated with the beginnings of elegant facades and dramatic interiors of cafes and restaurants, churches or hotels.
Florence, the capital of Tuscany and the birthplace of the Renaissance, is an architectural wonder of the city with terracotta tiles. Because the city is also a gastronomic and delicious experience, Florence Food Tours are a must for every serious food lover. If you’re visiting Florence, our local gastronomic tours are the perfect way to immerse yourself in the history and culture of this spectacular city.
If you’re interested in Florence but prefer to explore the vineyards and forests of the countryside, the Tuscany region offers a soothing balm. Venice is hard to beat as an important tourist destination. The big advantage of staying in Venice is that you can enjoy it after the departure of crowds of cruise ships. Milan is proud of its financial status as the capital of Italy and the perfect place to start or end a tour of Italy as well.
There are many other quaint towns to visit as well, such as Siena, one of our favorite places in Italy. Renaissance villas decorate the shores of beautiful lakes, alpine lakes and hiking trails connect distant cities with views of the Mediterranean. What is great about these natural towns are that they are not overly modernized, even as far as the hotels are concerned. From mountain huts in the Alps to seaside resorts with views of the Adriatic Sea or the Mediterranean, it is unlikely that you will find an ironing board in your room and you will most likely open the door with a real key, unlike an electronic keycard. In older hotels, bathrooms may be narrow, but the windows in the rooms overlook the busy city life and provide a soundtrack to everyday life that emphasizes the historic charm of the property and its location along cobbled streets or olive groves.
Off-season offers a constant number of tourists throughout the country, and many visitors focus on the three most popular destinations: Rome, Florence and Venice. If you prefer a beach holiday, you should visit southern Italy or wait until the warmer summer months, because the weather and water in northern or central Italy are not warm enough until the end of May (and they do not cool down until the beginning of September). You can enjoy the calm golden sand and warm waters that float on the southern edges of the country all summer if you wanted.
Northern Italy is modern and romantic, home to Venice and the Italian Riviera, as well as the wealth of medieval and Renaissance castles. In the nineteenth century, the northern regions led the independence movement that united Italy. Here is where you can get a lot of historical and cultural knowledge while visiting.
Italy is an oft forgotten tourist destination when looking at Europe as a whole. But there is so much to do and see here that it would be an absolute shame if you did not at least consider visiting this amazing country in the near future!