Italy, officially the Italian Republic is a unitary parliamentary republic in Southern Europe.
Italy is home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. High art and monuments are to be found everywhere around the country. Its great cities of art, like Rome, Venice and Florence are world famous and have been attracting visitors for centuries. Besides its art treasures Italy also features beautiful coasts, alpine lakes and mountains. No wonder it is often nicknamed the Bel Paese (beautiful country).
A key factor in the success of Italian cuisine is its heavy reliance on traditional products; Italy has the most traditional specialities protected under EU law. Cheese, Cold cuts and wine are a major part of Italian cuisine, with many regional declinations and Protected Designation of Origin or Protected Geographical Indication labels, and along with coffee (especially espresso) make up a very important part of the Italian gastronomic culture. Desserts have a long tradition of merging local flavours such as citrus fruits, pistachio and almonds with sweet cheeses like mascarpone and ricotta or exotic tastes as cocoa, vanilla and cinnamon. Gelato, Tiramisu, and cassata are among the most famous examples of Italian desserts, cakes and patisserie.
Visit and discover Italian cities: Florence, Genova, Livorno, Milan, Naples, Padua, Palermo, Pisa, Rome, Turin, Trieste ,Verona and many other cities.
Here are some of the most pouplar tourist attractions in Italy: Colosseum in Rome, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pompeii,Venice, Vatican Museu, “The Last Supper”, Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Amalfi Coast, Tuscan Hills, Palio in Siena, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon in Rome, Florence Duomo, Cinque Terre National Park, Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Greek temple ruins in Agrigento, Milan Duomo, Spanish Steps.
Romeo & Juliet Balcony
Verona’s most popular site is the balcony said to be Juliet’s in Romeo and Juliet. The house said to be Juliet’s house is in a courtyard off Via Capello. You can see the balcony and the bronze statue of Juliet for free (you can also rub Juliet’s breast for good luck). The 13th century house is a good example of Gothic architecture and inside is a museum with period furniture. You can also see the house attributed to Romeo’s family on Via Arche Scaligere and try traditional food of Verona, including horse or donkey meat, at Osteria al Duca.
There is also a big iron gate where you see hundreds, may be even thousands of little locks. They are hung up ther by loved one to “lock” their love for eachother some how.
I would have performed shakespeare here in front of the balcony, but the big ugly woman on the balcony at that moment, wasn’t inviting to perform my act.
A gondola ride through the canals of Venice is a tradition that travelers have been participating in for centuries. Venice is a city of islands and the canals have long been, in many ways, the city’s streets. Lining the canals are the old buildings which have remained relatively unchanged for hundreds of years, adding to the romantic charm. The Grand Canal is the most famous of these waterways and one of the most photographed sites in Venice.
As the centre of the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican City state – along with the surrounding Italian districts of Borgo, Prati and the area around the Monte Mario – is filled with more history and artwork than most cities in the world.
The Vatican is home to some of the world’s most priceless art and art collections. Beyond the obvious sites of St Peter’s Basilica and St Peter’s square, the Vatican is home to countless attractions. The famous Sistine Chapel displays wall and ceiling paintings by Michelangelo and many of other of Italy’s most famous artists.
St Mark’s Basilica
One of the most important tourist sites in Venice is St Mark’s Basilica. Most visitors wandering around Venice will find themselves in the famous square, Piazza San Marco, in front of the basilica, looking at the main west facing facade.
The cathedral contains a vast treasure of artworks, but the building itself is also a work of art, with a mix of architectural styles.
The Colosseum in Rome is the largest and most famous amphitheater in the Roman world. Its construction was started by emperor Vespasian of the Flavian dynasty in 72 AD and was finished by his son Titus in 80 AD. The Colosseum was capable of holding some 50,000 spectators who could enter the building through no less than 80 entrances. Spectators were protected from the rain and heat of the sun by sails called the “velarium”, that was attached around the top of the attic.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is actually just one of many attractions in the city of Pisa, but its fame, gained from its flaw, is world renown. Work began on the tower in the 1100s and the sinking, which led to the lean, began by the time the tower reached the third story. Prior to restoration work in the 1990s, it was predicted to topple over by the year 2000. Today, visitors can climb up the stairs of the tower for a fabulous view over the city.
The Leaning Tower, also known as La Torre Pendete, stands on the Piazza del Duomo.