10 Reasons Why We’re Obsessed With Italy
When pizza and pasta are your national dishes, it’s not hard to see why the world is having a love affair with all things Italian. Here is what not to miss.
1. Have A Gondola Ride Through The Canals
As cliche as it may seem, there truly is no better way to get a taste of that quintessential Venetian culture than being rowed around the crumbling canals of Venice by a singing gondolier — striped shirt and all.
2. Absorb The Beauty Of Lake Como
For hundreds of years Lake Como has been the province of the rich and famous, and it’s not hard to see why. Italy’s largest lake is lined with lush gardens, luxury villas, and charming villages on shore. The best way to see all this region has to offer is by a hop on hop off boat tour.
3. Admire The Eccentricity of Milan
Whether it’s fashion, history, or architecture that captures your attention, there’s something for everyone in Milan. Rent a bike and ride down the canals, try the city’s famous craft beer or treat yourself to a window shop in Milan’s ‘Golden Triangle.’
4. Drive Along The Amalfi Coast
As far as scenic drives go, travelling along the Amalfi Coast is the ultimate. Take in the olive groves, vineyards, pretty villages and immaculate sea views as you drive along the cliff tops. If you are not up to the challenge of driving, you can always take the bus.
5. Walk Along The Beach In Cinque Terre
The colourful string of centuries-old buildings along the rugged Italian Riverina coastline is even more picturesque in real life. Once you have seen the sights, treat yourself to the region’s famous seafood and the sauce the locals proudly claim as their own — pesto.
6. Immerse Yourself In Renaissance Art
Fans of Renaissance art cannot pass up an opportunity to visit the Uffizi Gallery. As one of the world’s finest and oldest art galleries, the Uffizi is where you will find everything from The Birth of Venus to Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo. You can skip the line at the Uffizi if you purchase the ticket beforehand.
7. Marvel At The Colosseum
Step inside the brilliant Colosseum, one of the best-preserved monuments of ancient Rome. Tour the land upon which gladiators and wild animals would once fight to the death. Make sure you wear comfy shoes, there are a lot of steps.
8. Eat Pizza In Naples
There is more to Naples than just pizza, but that being said, it is impossible to visit the township without having at least one … or eight pizza pies. Before you get there, be prepared to queue and don’t bother asking for a slice — Naples only does it on the whole.
9. Leaning Tower of Pisa
Known worldwide for its nearly four-degree tilt, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most remarkable architectural structures in Europe. You can climb to the top (pre-booking is highly recommended to beat the crowds), or you can reach peak tourist and take a snapshot attempting to ‘straighten’ the structure.
10. Eat Gelato In St Mark’s Square
St Mark’s Square is the thriving centre of Venice, where some of the most noteworthy events in the city’s history have taken place. To one side you have the Doge’s Palace, to the other is majestic Basilica di San Marco. It also happens to be the perfect spot to catch your breath and have a gelato, or an espresso (or both).