Italy has often been portrayed in various lights by various forms of media. From books like the Godfather and others, we’ve had the Mafioso perspective- gangs, crimes, and blood. Drop the Mario Puzzo books, however, and read some Dan Brown. “Angels and Demons” shows the Vatican city as a rich source of history with beautiful buildings and sculptures. This is a more positive image and we will focus on that view of Italy in this post. When considering a trip to Europe, Italy may readily not come to your mind among other bigger names like France and Switzerland. However, as we shall show here, there are really beautiful sites in Italy that you would want to visit.
- The Leaning Tower of Pisa: Our more “Scienc-ey” readers will readily relate with the name Galileo Galilee. He was one of the greatest scientists who lived between the 16th and 17th centuries and he conducted experiments on mass and gravity by dropping objects from the leaning tower of Pisa. Apart from being a site of scientific significance, the Leaning Tower of Pisa actually leans. The building leans towards the north and you’ll have fun climbing all the floors right to the top rest assured that it’s safe.
- Venice: A city that is surrounded by water. Venice is a beautiful sight to behold with a rich cultural and economic background. Williams Shakespeare’s play about Shylock and the Jew is set in Venice and is actually titled “The Merchant of Venice”. Your next trip to Italy would be incomplete without touching on this wonderful city.
- Mount Etna: You don’t want to miss this volcanic landmark located on the island of Sicily. Mount Etna towers quite high and is a site where frequent volcanic eruptions occur. You can take pictures of observable cracks, crevices and craters and might even be lucky enough to see some molten lava in real time. There’s also the Parco dell’Etna national park in the vicinity which can serve as a quick detour from your mountain tour.
- Historical Churches and Domes: With a culture that is deeply rooted in the history of the Catholic church, Italy is home to some of the most ancient and massive Cathedrals anywhere in the world, some of these include:
Santa Maria Delle Grazie: Built in Milan since 1469, the Santa Maria Delle Grazie is an iconic building with impressive statues and a beautiful architecture. The church contains Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece painting of the Last Supper. Except you don’t value good art, you sure want to see this in person.
St. Mark’s Basilica: Located in Venice and completed as far back as the 11th century. St. Mark’s Basilica is massive and you could get lost in there if you stray too far from your tour guide or travel group.
St. Peter’s Basilica: While the Santa Maria Delle Grazie boasts of a Da Vinci painting. Saint Peter’s Basilica equally has some really iconic paintings by maestros like Michelangelo and Bernini