Famous for its unique architecture and romantic canals, Italy is one of the most delightful countries Europe has to offer. Whether it is one of the tourist locations like Rome or Venice you prefer or one of the little-known villages, there is always a natural, laid back atmosphere to be found.
Rome offers some fantastic activity holidays for those who prefer to enjoy the scenery rather than stay in their hotel. Rome has plenty of sights to see, so taking a walk or cycling around the city is a great way to take them all in. Famous hotspots to visit include the Vatican, the Coliseum, the Baths of Caracalla and the Sistine Chapel. Other landmarks include the beautiful vineyards and architecture of Tarquinia and the remains of the Rocca Dei Papi fortress. Finish off the day by relaxing with a glass of wine or cup of Italian coffee in one of the local bars or restaurants.
Much like the Americans offer Grand Canyon tours, Venice offers tours of one of its most famous landmarks – the canals. Begin with a walking tour of the back streets and find out what it’s like to live in contemporary Venice as well as discover some of its potent history. There is a boat tour of the Grand Canal to finish off where you can discover some of the more intimate, minor canals as well as admire some of the churches and stone buildings that line the waters.
Florence is one of the most relaxing cities in Italy and also one of the most romantic. For a spot of culture visit one of the museums including the Uffizi Gallery or the Duomo Museum. Duomo Square is always buzzing with activity and offers an excellent shopping experience. The best views of the city can be found at the top of the Piazzale Michelangelo.
If you are bringing the whole family and they enjoy activity holidays, the Florence bike tour is ideal. You will have your own tour guide and to top it off, ice cream is included.
Hidden Gems in Italy
Some of the best places to visit in Italy are the little villages that do not attract as many tourists as the main cities. One such village is Castel Cellesi, which is situated in the area of Tuscia and only has 200 inhabitants. Travellers will never be short of things to do and can go horse riding, walking or hiking, visit some of the ancient amphitheatres and tombs or even take a dip in the local Roman spa.
Another relaxing, yet little known Italian location is Cinque Terre. This is actually five interconnecting villages built into the cliffs overlooking the sparkling ocean. Explore each town and take a walk to the olive groves in the hills.
The best time of year to visit Italy is usually in the summer months for the more tourist orientated spots. Everything will be open then and you can visit most of the main attractions at this time. It will be very busy with tourists in summer, so to avoid this, it is best to visit between March and early May. It is still hot at this time of year (yet not too hot, as it is in summer) and it will be less crowded