Great Cities to Visit in Italy

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1 italy-veniceItaly has an immensely rich historical heritage and is home to some of the most visited and famous cities in the world. Italy is the fifth highest tourist earner with more than 46 million people visiting the country each year. The country is home to forty-nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites and people mainly visit Italy for its culture, art, ancient monuments, history and fashion. Italy is typically divided into northwest Italy, northeast Italy, Central Italy and Southern Italy.
In Northwest Italy you will find the regions of Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardia and Valle d’Aosta. There are many historic cities in northwest Italy, such as Milan, Turin and Genoa.
Northeast Italy is home to the regions of Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto. This part of Italy boasts amazing tourist attraction and great cities such as Venice, Verona, Bologna and Parma.
Central Italy is the most visited area and is home to some of the world’s best landmarks such as the Colosseum. The regions of Central Italy include Lazio, Abruzzo, Marche, Tuscany and Umbria.
Southern Italy’s regions include Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania and Molise. The ruins of Pompeii are the most visited sight and Naples, after Rome, the most visited city in this area.
Rome
2 Restaurant in RomeRome attracts approximately eight to ten million tourists each year and is the largest city of Italy. Famous attractions in the city include Trevi Fountain, Three Coins in the Fountain, the Pantheon, the Colosseum and the Seven Hills. Rome’s central districts include the Modern Center, Old Rome, Colosseo, North Center, Trastevere, Avention-Testaccio, Esquilino-San Giovanni and Nomentano.
Nomentano is the area behind the train station and boasts an exciting and vibrant night life. Esquilino-San Giovanni is home to the well-known piazza Vittorio Emanuele’s indoor market and the Cathedral of Rome-Saint John. Aventino-Testaccio offers great food and is an amazing area to wander around the streets.
Trastevere is situated south of the Vatican City on the west bank of the Tiber and is an absolutely charming district. The cobbled-stone streets have inspired famous artists such as Giorgio de Chirico. The Villa Borghese and the Spanish Steps can be found in the North Center. Colosseo is well-known for its museums and is the heart of ancient Rome.
Old Rome is famous for its beautiful cathedrals, the Jewish Ghetto, the Pantheon and stunning squares. Modern Center is where many of the shops and hotels are.
The Trevi Fountain
3 Trevi-Fountain-Rome-Italy-1The Trevi Fountain is one of the most famous attractions in Rome. The backdrop is the Palazzo Poli and the giant order of Corinthian pilasters links the two main stories. “Abundance” spills water from her urn and “Salubrity” holds a cup from which a snake drinks. The theme of the rockwork and water is called “Taming of the waters.” The horses and tritons provide balance with a contrast of poses and moods.
The Seven Hills of Rome is not easy to identify. The Palatine Hill watches over Circus Maximus near the Colosseum and Aventine Hill is on the other side of the Circus. The Caelian is to the southeast of the Circus and the Capitoline overlooks the Roman Forum. Northeast and east of the Roman Forum are the Quirinal, Viminal and Esquiline hills.
Rome offers world-class art museums, including Villa Borghese in Campo Marzio, Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia, Galleria d’Arte Antica and Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna. A must see is the National Museum at the Baths of Diocletian in the Modern Center. This museum has a large archaeological collection. The Musical Instrument Museum is also worth a visit. John Keats (British Romantic poet) died at the age of twenty-five and the Keats-Shelley House is dedicated to the English Romantic poets.
Milan
The Duomo
4 MilanThe Duomo, dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente and the seat of Archbishop of Milan, is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Atop the main spire of the cathedral is a baroque gilded bronze statue, called the “Madonnina.” You can climb up onto the roof and experience the spectacular views of the city. It is cheaper to climb the stairs than taking the lift, but if you are not fit, it is advisable to rather pay a little extra. The cathedral is reachable by subway, lines MM1 or MM3, or by trams and buses.
Other great museums to visit in Milan are the Natural Science Museum at 55 Corso Venezia (subway: Line MM1), Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology at S. Vittore Street (subway: Line MM2), the Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale) in close proximity to the Duomo and the Museo Teatrale alla Scala (dedicated to the world’s most famous opera house).
The “mirror gallery” or Palazzo Clerici showcases a vault painted by Tiepolo and is one of the most amazing places to visit. Milan is home to many great palaces, mausoleums and monuments, including Palazzo Litta, Palazzo Marino, Palazzo Serbelloni, Palazzo Rocca Saporiti, Palazzo Bolagnos, Palazzo Borromeo, Palazzo Fontana Silvestri, Palazzo Dugnani, Palazzo Durini, Villa Simonetta, Palazzo Cusani, Palazzo Arcivescovile and Palazzo Sormani.
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is a high-end shopping mall with mosaic floor and stunning glass roof. The mall offers boutiques, eating places, bookstores, a silverware store and art galleries.
Naples
5 Naples-Italy-3Naples is the capital of the Campania region and is home to a volcanic crater which offers one of the biggest sporting centers. The city is well-known for its discos, excellent pizzerias, underground Greco-roman ruins and baroque churches. The Roman ruins can be found on land and underwater. You can wander around the lungomare, explore the beach with its dark blue water or visit the castles and churches.
Noteworthy castles in Naples include the Royal Palace from Piazza del Plebiscito, Castel dell’Ovo at Porto Santa Lucia, Castelnuovo, Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Castel Capuano, Castel Saint’Elmo and Catacombe di San Gennaro.
Turin
turinTurin is surrounded by the western and northern front by the Alps and on the eastern front by a high hill that is the natural prosecution of the hills of Monferrato. The city is located on the banks of four major rivers, namely the River Po, Dora Riparia, Stura di Lanzo and the Sangone. The city is a major cultural and business centre and the capital of the region Piedmont. Turin is often referred to as the cradle of Italy, for having been the birthplace of notable politicians.
For an espresso you can visit the Caffé Torino at the historic center or the Caffé San Carlo. These two places are beautiful with its plush velvet sofas and shimmering chandeliers. The Belle Epoque Caffé Platti is an excellent place for an early afternoon drink or a classy café. The Pasticceria Abrate is a fun bar to visit or you can hang out at the La Drogheria.
Turin offers great museums, piazzas and Baroque buildings such as Piazza Castello, the Via Po, Mole Antonelliana, Palazzo Carignano, Piazza San Carlo, Shroud of Turin and II Quadrilatero. Feel free to visit the tourist offices at Porta Nuova Railway Station.

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