Culture, history, food, wine, lakes, beaches, mountains, ancient ruins – one can go on and on about Italy! The darling of many avid travellers, Italy makes you fall in love right from the word go. Every region of Italy is distinct and has its own charm, attractions, and cuisines, making it an ideal destination for all. There are plenty of things to experience and tons of places to see; one trip certainly will not be enough. If you are thinking of an Italian vacation, check out the top 13 reasons why you should visit Italy!
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1. There are Roman ruinsHistory played a key role in shaping Italy. Rome was the capital of the once mighty Roman Empire and rightfully continues to be the political centre of the country. Medieval economic powers such as Milan, Venice, Genoa, and Sicily have also played a key role - amassing a vast collection of cultural heritages. Some of the must-see Roman ruins that you should visit while in Italy include the Colosseum, Pantheon and Forum in Rome, and the ruins of ancient cities like Herculaneum and Pompeii. Planning to visit Milan? Here's your two day Milan itinerary.
2. Italian cities are legendaryItalian cities are among the world’s oldest continuing cities and urban planning. The Romans and Italians had understood the necessity of urban cities in maintaining economic, political and cultural relevance. The Italian cities of Rome, Milan, Venice, Genoa, Naples, Florence, Cagliari, Palermo, Livorno, and Sienna are filled with rich cultural heritages and character.
3. The villages are equally stunning
4. It is dotted with picturesque lakesWant to experience all the natural beauty that Italy has to offer? Head to Northern Italy. Lake Como, Lake Garda, and Lake Maggiore are pristine and simply stunning. Lake Trasimeno needs a special mention, as it is the largest and the most prettiest. Lake Como has plush villas with expansive gardens making it a hit amongst VIPs and A-list celebrities.
5. Italy's a treasure trove of UNESCO World Heritage SitesUNESCO World Heritage Sites and Italy are synonymous as the country has close to 50 heritage sites, making the country with the highest collection of UNESCO designated monuments and heritages. From the Historic centres of Florence, Naples, Rome, to the Roman Forums to the beautiful villages of Cinque Terre, Italy is one amazing living museum.
6. Art and culture of Italy is matchlessArt and culture is the daily part and parcel of Italians. The country was the centre of the fabled Renaissance movement and is the birth and workplace of renowned painters like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Donatello, etc. Italian cities of Rome, Milan and Florence has the most amazing art of human consciousness.
7. Don't miss the dazzling Italian IslandsWhite beaches with crystal-clear water complemented with lavish resorts and historic sites – the islands of Italy are too good to be true. Right from Lampedusa to Stromboli to Capri, each island holds its own charm; no wonder Italy's beaches are considered the best in Europe!
8. Lip-smacking Italian foodItalian Cuisine is fresh, colourful, delicious, flavoursome and filled with passion. Be it the wood-fried pizzas of Naples, Tuscan pasta and spaghetti, Lombardy’s meat based delicacies and Mediterranean flavour of Sicily. Italian cuisine changes with the region and has its own distinct flavours at the same time maintaining same Italian character in its food.
9. Finest quality of red winesItalian wines are perhaps the best in the world as the soil and climate are ideal to support the famous Chianti, Montalcino, Piedmont, Lombardy vineyards and for producing the finest quality red wines. Local farm products are simply world class and are perfect companion to complement the rich food and fine wine.
10. Diverse landscapesItalian regions are diverse, each with its own identity and regional variations in language, geography, cuisine and attractions. Tuscany, Lombardy, Campania, Sardinia, Sicily, Liguria, Calabria, Lazio, and Umbria are regions filled with beautiful landscape and several variations in sights to see and food to eat.
11. Italian festivalsFestivals are an integral part of Italian culture. Some of the Italian festivals have captured the imagination of the world. Historic Regatta, Venice’s Carnival, Palio di Siena, Battle of the Oranges, Game of the Bridge, Corsa dei ceri Gubbio, Giostra della Quintana, Calcio Fiorentino and several other festivals ensure Italians stay happy and vibrant all-round the year.
12. Won’t burn a hole in your pocket
Well, travelling in Europe as a whole is expensive, but, by adopting smarter ways one can always save some extra bucks! Try travelling to Italy during the off-season. The coastal regions get expensive during the summers, so avoid Sicily and Sardinia, if on budget. One can easily find accommodation under 100 Euros per night and at the same time enjoy the authentic way of Italian living. The train system is brilliant, connecting all major towns and cities with reasonable fares.