Places of Interest

There are so many tourist attractions in Italy that it is difficult to establish what not to miss, I guess it depends on the area visited. The Colosseum in Rome and San Peter’s Basilica with the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican are at the top of the list, as well as Piazza San Marco in Venice home to the famous San Marco Basilica, which combines elements of Romanesque and Byzantine architecture and is one of the most unique churches in Italy, the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the Correr Museum and the Campanile or Bell-Tower of St. Mark. In Florence don’t miss Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s greatest art museums displaying works by Botticelli, Giotto, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian and Galleria dell’Accademia where Michelangelo’s sculpture of David is kept. Piazza San Giovanni and the adjacent Piazza Duomo provide famous sights including the Baptistery, the Duomo itself - the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore - and the Campanile also known as Giotto’s Bell Tower, which is open to visitors and the views over Florence rooftops are certainly worth the climb. Miracles Square in Pisa where the leaning tower of Pisa is still standing is worth a visit.The Mole Antonelliana in Turin, which, with its 167.5 m, is the tallest masonry structure in Italy. The 360 degrees view over the city from the top is outstanding as much as the climb through the see-through lift from where to admire the stuccos that decorate the vaults with the sensation of floating in an open capsule inside the cupola.
Turin’s Egyptian Museum is the largest in the world after Cairo’s and must not be missed. There are over 30000 exhibits from the Palaeolithic to the diffusion of Christian religion.

Other must see sights are Vesuvius and the ruins of Pompeii in Naples, the Dome and La Scala theatre in Milan, and the northern Italian lakes. Both Lake Como and Lake Garda in the north are fantastic as well as the Tuscan countryside dotted with medieval castles. The old monasteries in Abruzzo and Assisi where Saint Francis came from make a fantastic break. The beautiful seaside resorts in the South and the islands of Sardinia and Sicily. The Cinque Terre, 5 picturesque fishing villages on the Ligurian coast between Genova and La Spezia, tiny towns perched on rocky cliffs overlooking the sea linked together by hiking trails as well as a road system and the rail offer unique sceneries.

(taken from http://www.italiantourism.com/ )

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