10 Places to See in Italy Before you Die

No matter where you live, if you ever decide to travel abroad, we can bet that Italy would be on your list. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, and sharing border with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino and Vatican City, Italy is the 5th most-visited country in the world; attracting 50 million tourists every year. Though every part of the country is beautiful, there are some places you should not miss if you’re visiting the country

Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) in Rome

1. Rome

Rome

Home to some of the historical monuments in Europe, such as Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, the capital city of Italy, draws more than 7 million visitors a year. Famous artists, painters, sculptors and architects made Rome the center of their activities, creating masterpieces throughout the city. Get a good pair of shoes and roam the city on foot. Although Vatican city is considered a separate country, it lies inside Rome and its churches are not to be missed. Do not miss to indulge in the decadent pasta and gelato, shopping for everything from handicrafts to haute couture. Baroque churches, villas-turned-museums, archeological sites and enough art to overload your senses.

Colosseum

Interiors of St. Peters Basilica

Night view at St. Peter's cathedral

Top Things To Do in Rome

  • Take a selfie for life at the Colosseum.
  • Throw a coin in the Trevi fountain and make a wish. Also, do not forget to take selfies with the fountain.
  • Drive a Vespa around the city.
  • Walk on foot around Piazza Venezia and you may spot some wedding shoot.
  • Have a photo with a Roman soldier in front of the Pantheon.
  • Watch works of Michelangelo in Sistine Chapel ceiling.
  • Enact some movie scene at Spanish Steps; Roman Holiday, The Talented Mr. Ripley or The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 🙂
  • Have a glass of wine at Antico Caffè della Pace, a renowned nineteenth-century that still is as chic as ever and one of the best places for a classic Italian aperitivo.
  • The oval-shaped Piazza Navona is an area lined with restaurants, gelaterias, souvenir shops, and the Museo di Roma. The city’s well known Baroque art is on full display here. You should wander down the small street next to the church and make your way toward Via della Pace, one of the city’s most picturesque streets and get some cutesy pictures clicked.
  • Watch the residence cum castle cum prison at the Castel Sant’Angelo.
  • The Roman was for centuries the abounding heart of ancient Rome, the site of triumphal marches and elections, venue for public speeches, and center of commercial affairs.
  • Drink coffee at Tazza d’Oro and Caffè Sant’Eustachio
  • Grab your gelato at Giolitti, a few blocks from the Pantheon which is the city’s best old-school gelateria.
  • See the best of modern and contemporary are at MAXXI (Museum of 21st Century Art)
  • Watch the sunset panoramic view at Ascend Gianicolo.
  • Indulge in some traditional Roman food.
  • Peep through the keyhole of the unremarkable door to the Priory of the Knights of Malta up on the Aventine Hill to find the perfect view of Saint Peter’s Basilica across the city.
  • Party until dawn at the bars and clubs at Testaccio.
  • A two-hour drive from Rome explores the Roman ruins and artistic beauty at the lovely hill region of Umbria.
  • Spend one full day exploring Vatican and the area around it. You can start at the Piazza di San Pietro, which Bernini designed to look like arms extended in an embrace. You must see St. Peter’s Basilica Museum, which contain Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.
  • St. Peter’s Basilica would feel like a pilgrimage site for Catholics. And for non-believers, the church’s architectural majesty will blow your mind away. Spend a few minutes sitting at the church and you will feel a little light hearted. I don’t know what it is but the feeling of calm and composure is just delightful. Spend some quiet time inside St. Peter’s Basilica and feel blessed.
  • Climb the celebrated steps leading to the TrinitĂ  dei Monti church to see the piazza and Bernini’s ship-shaped fountain from above.
  • Climb to the Villa Medici for splendid views of the Centro Storico.
  • Explore the hip and bohemian vibe at the Trastevere where you can grab a drink at a bar or stroll aimlessly through the cobblestoned streets.
  • Shop until you drop at the Galleria Alberto Sordi at stores like La Rinascente (Italy’s Macy’s), Zara, Massimo Dutti. For Italian heritage brands and vintage items, stroll through the Campo Marzio. For designer labels, walk along Via Condotti and the streets surrounding that area.

2. Venice

Venice
A city that attracts nearly 50000 tourists a day, Venice is a collection of small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges. Beautiful waterways, rich architecture, romantic atmosphere, all make Venice a living dream.

Rio Marin Canal

Top Things To Do In Venice

  • Visit the Grand Canal, which is most famous and divides the city into two sections.
  • No trip to Venice would be complete without a strike down one of the city’s scenic waterways in an iconic gondola.
  • Get a bird’s-eye view of Venice at the Campanile.
  • Venice has a contemporary art scene that lives up to its glorious art history. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection masters have long been the city’s third most visited attraction.
  • You have to try the city’s best gelato, served at Boutique del Gelato, a tiny outlet on busy salizzada San Lio.
  • Walk in James Bond’s path at Palazzo Pisani. The palace was used for the shoot-out at the end of the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale.
  • Watch artist’s blow glass by hand to create incredible works of art on Murano Island.
  • Visit the Doge’s Palace to walk across the Bridge of Sighs and look at the prison cell from which Casanova famously escaped.
  • Admire the colorful homes in Isola di Burano.
  • Head out of town on a quick yonder-window break.
  • St. Mark’s Basilica is an exotic outlier, with its enormous marble columns, elegant arches, and onion domes clad in lead.
  • Spend a lazy evening star gazing and listening to the orchestras play in Piazza San Marco. The best views of Piazza San Marco, a waterfront square dubbed “Europe’s drawing room” by Napoleon, can be appreciated from the viewing platform on top of the campanile. .
  • The most fun things to do is visit the Chorus collection churches (a single ticket will grant you access to all 16 churches, containing works by Veronese, Tintoretto, and Titian, including the Santa Maria Della Salute. Frequent, free organ concerts can be enjoyed here, too.
  • Instagrammable vistas can be achieved from the top of the clock tower at San Giorgio Maggiore, which has the most sweeping lookout over the city.
  • At Basilica di San Marco, you get to see its treasures and the thousands of square feet of sparkling mosaics swathing its interior
  • Admire the dozens of spectacular Tintoretto paintings in the amazing Scull Grande di San Rocco all dark wood and big oil paintings in a suitably clubby atmosphere.
  • Everyone visiting Venice should just wander the streets aimlessly at least once. Indulge in the culture, seek out secondary sights if you like, shop for Murano glass or Carnival masks, Pop into random small churches or even just grab an espresso from a bar.

3. Tuscany

Tuscany
Tuscany conjures descriptions of fine-looking rolling hills, olive groves, vineyards and cypress trees. Add extraordinary paintings, sculpture, frescoes and architectural masterpieces to that and you feel like you’re in a beautiful Italian movie.

chianti wine tasting

leaning tower of pisa

Top Things To Do In Tuscany

  • The best pleasures of Tuscany include the wine tasting in Chianti, simply relaxing in hill towns such as San Gimignano. The barbaric city of Siena also holds excellent works of art while its historic center is one of the most widespread places to visit in Italy.
  • Elba, the largest of several Tuscan islands, offers great beaches you could sit and relax or take a dip in.
  • Check out the Piazza del duomo popular worldwide for its beauty and architectural integrity.
  • The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is Florence’s beautiful cathedral and symbol of the city. The exterior of the basilica is surrounded with polychrome marble panels in various shades of green and pink bordered by white.
  • Be charmed by the leaning tower of Pisa. The sandy soil was originally to blame for the ‘lean’ of this lovely medieval tower. Fly into Pisa to make it your starting point on a trip to Tuscany.
  • Love Italian wine and want to learn more? Sign up for a two-hour Tuscan wine class in Siena.
  • Montalcino, a delightful town, off the main road south of Siena, in the core of the wine country. It has a traditional market and a fairytale fortress. Go there and the view will make you go aww!
  • See the stunning village of San Gimignano. It’s known as the ‘medieval Manhattan’ and it’s certainly worth a trip. Attractive, ancient towers, stand up above the trees on the hillside. Labeled the medieval Manhatten, San Gimignano is famous for its 14 stone towers, which were built to defend the town against enemy attacks.
  • Tuck into an ice cream or gelato. The best places to buy them is said to be Vivoli in Florence.
  • See Michelangelo’s famous statue of David in Florence’s Galleria dell’Accademia.
  • Browse the extensive artwork collection at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery. Be sure to find Botticelli’s masterpiece, “Primavera.”
  • Take a walk at the Terrazza Mascagni in Livorno, a balcony along the sea in front of the city. Particularly at night, when you hear the waves break against the rocks, there is a magical atmosphere that you won’t ever forget.
  • Put on your cute shorts and a tee and go island hopping at the islands of Elba, Capraia, Pianosa and Gigli. Get a fun sun tan and a nice day by the warm views.
  • Click “instagram worthy pictures” from the sunflower fields.
  • Make a pilgrimage to La Verna, St Francis’s mountaintop retreat commanding wonderful views of the Apennines.
  • Go hiking at the Alpi Apuane of Northern Tuscany with enormous forests of beech and chestnut, and an abundance of wildflowers in spring. A network of clearly marked footpaths and longer trails thread the steep forested valleys, and there are some 300 species of birds to spot as you hike.
  • Take a dip in the Saturnia’s thermal baths, which are made of several springs stretching from Mount Amiata to the hills of Albenga and Fiora and reaching Roselle and Talamone.
  • Indulge in some water sports like sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and scuba diving along the sea beds at the Tuscany coast.
  • Go wine tasting at the The Chianti region.
  • Val d’Orcia is an attractive region that includes several amazing villages, castles, hamlets, and farmhouses. The entire area is protected as a natural park. The medieval castles are not to be missed, nor is the village of Pienza, called the “Ideal City”.
  • Lucca is a walled city with one of the best-preserved walls in Italy. Atop the walls are walking and bicycling paths and gardens, allowing you to walk completely around Lucca’s historic center. Lucca has several well-preserved towers from where you can get fabulous views of the city by climbing to the top. Lucca is a good city for food shopping and restaurants.

4. Amalfi Coast

Positano
The Amalfi Coast is an extraordinary beauty spot that makes it one of Italy’s top tourist destinations. Extending 30 miles alongside the southern side of the Sorrento Peninsula, the Amalfi Coast is prized for its picturesque coastline that features sparkling bays, lemon tree gardens, multicolored villas, craggy cliffs, and ritzy resorts.

Sorrento

Top Things To Do In Amalfi Coast

  • Positano is the most romantic and posh towns along the Amalfi Coast with its beautiful pebbled beaches, pastel houses and scenic mountains. Positano is a stretch of coastline famous for its rugged topography, scenic beauty, picturesque towns and diversity.
  • Amalfi, features lovely plazas lined with restaurants.
  • Stroll the Streets of Sorrento, which offers a remarkable Cliffside setting as the gateway to the Amalfi Coast. It offers the chance to take a peaceful pace while walking among lemon and olive groves or window-shopping in the main part of town
  • Considered one of the most romantic and beautiful small towns of Southern Italy, Ravello offers its visitors lavish gardens, silent lanes and memorable views.
  • A must-see, the Villa Cimbrone showcases awe-inspiring terrace lined parks with classical-style statues and busts.
  • Snap an award-winning photo at the Gardens of Augustus, Capri. It comprises panoramic flower decked terraces and overlooked by the Faraglioni on one side and the Bay of Marina Piccola and Via Krupp on the other.
  • Known as the “Path of the Gods” the Sentiero degli Dei is settled on the slopes of Monte Peruso connecting the tiny hill top town of Agerola and Nocelle to a fraction of Positano.
  • Let off a little steam hiking to the Vesuviu to get the reward of a sweeping view of the bay of Naples once reaching the top.
  • The city of Salerno is frequently known for its Scholam Medica Salernitana and its collection of medieval artifacts, and the stunning views of Salerno and the Mediterranean.
  • For a relaxing afternoon, take a small boat to the Spaggia di Lauriot, a small cove perfect for swimming and Da Adolfo, a cafeteria just above the beach, should satisfy any midday cravings.
  • It wouldn’t be Amalfi without the Amalfi Coastal Drive, you shouldn’t miss this ride that stutters and jerks its way down the coast from Sorrento.
  • Travelers who like seafood will want to sample the foods of Cetara, the biggest tuna fishing navies in the Mediterranean.
  • Top site is the old ruins at Roman Maritime Archeological Villa which was built around the first century BC. It’s noted for the remains of frescoes and tunnel vaults.

5. Milan

Duomo Di Milano
Milan has reconstructed itself from the heavy bombing during WWII and it now excels as one of the wealthiest cities in Europe. Home to designers such as Prada, Armani and Versace, Milan’s impressive shopping centers attract most of the visitors. Milan is a fast-paced city excelling in business, shopping, football, arts and nightlife. Milan is more of a dazzling city with modern architecture and attractions.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Top Things To Do In Milan

  • The Piazza Mercanti is a sight of the Medieval life in Milan. Broletto Nuovo stands at the center of the piazza and marks the square’s northeast boundary.
  • The Pinacoteca di Brera is a great museum with a dumbfounding collection of fine paintings put here by the great Napolean. Works of various Italian and European painters are featured here.
  • Take a 55-minute cruise along the Navigli Lombardi from Darsena, and the Naviglio Grande, Milan’s most important canal and the city’s historic port,. You can even stroll along the tapered towpaths to explore the Navigli neighborhood.
  • Make sure you make a visit at the La Scala, which is a premier opera house. Designed in the neoclassical style the red-and-gold theater is well known for its terrific acoustics. If possible, you should catch a live performance here.
  • You will love the extensive Egyptian art work at The Sforzesco Castle. The structure has become a showcase of control and respect. Among the castle’s most famous residents, the Sforzesco with fine art and furnishings like Michelangelo’s final masterpiece are stored here.
  • For all the girls reading this, this is the first place you have to go to. Quadrilatero d’Oro is Milan’s most exclusive shopping district and amongst the most important centers for fashion. It has some of the brightest luminaries of the fashion world, including Armani, Chanel, Hermès, Versace and Michael Kors.
  • Again for shopping, you have to visit the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It is one of the oldest roofed shopping malls in the world. The mall’s stunning architecture with its blue glass vaulted ceilings, mosaic flooring and towering central dome, is as stunning as shops available which include Louis Vuitton, Borsalino and Prada.
  • The Church of Santa Maria della Grazie is best known for its most famous artifact – “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci. The artistry is so divine that viewing it is still a powerful and touching experience for us.
  • Milan Cathedral, also known as the Duomo di Milano is the largest cathedral in Italy, and the fifth largest in the world. This is a masterpiece of architecture and art because of the various building styles used in its making.
  • SHOPPING: (again!) The city also offers several outlet centers where we can buy affordable designer products. The best ones to visit are
      Vicolungo The Style Outlets has homeware and beauty products at discounted prices of up to 70%.
      Franciacorta Outlet Village includes upto 70% off in brands like Adidas, Borbonese, Braccialini, Nike, Pinko, Pollini, Brooks Brothers, Baldinini, Beretta, Calvin Klein, Twin-Set and many others
      Fidenza Village has prestigious designer labels at reduced prices of up to 70% off, including Valentino, Paul Smith, Missoni and Michael Kors.
      FoxTown has over 200 top brands such as Gucci, Prada, Armani, Dolce&Gabbana, Dior, Polo Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Burberry, Nike and Tommy Hilfiger, 1 casino, 7 bars and various restaurants to make this a day-to-night experience.
      Serravalle Designer Outlet for brands like Blumarine, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Harmont & Blaine, Guess, Jeckerson, Swarovski for up to 30-70% less.
  • Always wondered what gothic really feels like or looks like, visit the Castello Sforzesco, the world’s largest Gothic cathedral.

6. Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre contains five villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Monterosso and Corniglia. The villages of Cinque Terre feature the country’s most beautiful settings that include steep cliff sides and wine balconies dating back to hundreds of years. It’s best known for centuries-old complex of hiking paths that offers some of Italy’s most stunning coastal views.

Cinque Terre Manarola

Top Things To Do In Cinque Terre

  • Go gaze at the ocean and drink a glass of local wine at A Pie’ de Ma’. You could try the local white wine, prosecco or the specialty from this area called “sciacchetrĂ ,” a fortified wine made from dry grapes from the hillsides you’re surrounded by.
  • Watch the sunset at the harbors of Riomaggiore
  • SHOPPING! Go to the market in La Spezia, on Fridays for cheap clothes and shoes. You can also go to the Forte Dei Marmi on Wednesdays for designer labels available at discounts.
  • There are various treks at the Cinque Terre, but amongst them, the best hike is between Monterosso and Vernazza aka The Blue Path. Don’t forget to get yourself a postcard shot of Vernazza from that trail.
  • Enjoy wine tasting and an uphill trek through gorgeous vineyards, to the Santuario della Madonna di Montenero. Take all you dreamy pictures here.
  • Drive through the tiny town of Manarola, which is a sight to behold. It’s an assortment of pastel houses that climb up the side of black cliff, exactly next to the region’s most constructive vineyards. Its one of the happy places to visit with the colors and of course, the wine.
  • Slip into your swimsuit and take a relaxing dip at the beach in Monterosso.
  • Hike from Riomaggiore to Manarola, which is flat paved, and an easy hike. It’s called the “Via dell’Amore,” or “Lover’s Lane,” so for all the love birds there do not miss this.
  • You don’t want to miss seeing the Church of San Giovanni Battista, which is a medieval church that’s surrounded by the serenity on the hillside on which it is built.
  • Vernazza is the most charming town in Cinque Terre. This small fishing village is overloaded with charm and it has the best harbor in the Cinque Terre.
  • Go skinny-dipping at the beautiful beach located between Corniglia and Vernazza.
  • Visit the impressive ruins of the old medieval castrum at the S. Cristoforo hill.
  • At the end of the beach of Fegina, there is a huge statue of concrete made by the artist Arrigo Minerbi. The statue represents Neptune bearing on his shoulder a massive shell, which was originally used as a dance stage.

7. Sicily

Castle Scilla in Calabria
Sicily is an independent region of Italy that comprises of numerous smaller islands. It is separated from the mainland region of Calabria by the Straits of Messina. Sicily is rich in art and history right from Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples to Palermo’s Baroque churches.

Palermo, Sicily

Top Things To Do In Sicily

  • Visit Europe’s loftiest and most active volcano, Mount Etna. It’s known for its wild and crazy, moody behavior. You can trek to the summit or take a cable car ride to get there. See the view of Mount Etna and the Bay of Naxos from Teatro Greco.
  • If something good ever came out of a natural disaster, it is the eight Val di Noto towns in southeast Sicily, known for the high quality of the buildings. They represent one of the finest flowerings of baroque architecture. If you see just one, make it the gorgeous hill town of Noto.
  • Take a tour of the vineyards here and do not skip the wine tasting at Regaleali, near Vallelunga.
  • Watch the sunset at Taormina and stroll around to see the beautifully restored medieval buildings, breathtaking views and busy streets with shops, bars and restaurants.
  • Spend your morning at the Agrigento (Valley of the Temples). This UNESCO archaeological park consists of eight temples. Do notice the architectural beauty and the divine atmosphere in all these temples
  • For all the creative minds visiting Sicily, you have to visit the Piazza Armerina for the finest mosaics still intact in the Roman world.
  • Take a mud bath at Vulcano and also enjoy the natural Jacuzzi at the shallow shores at the beach at Aeolon Islands.
  • Syracuse has an unbelievable number of archaeological spots and some great architectural structures. It is home to an astounding number of well-preserved Greek remains.
  • You have to try the Pasta alla Norma at Catania that consists of fried chunks of aubergine, a rich tomato sauce and salty ricotta cheese. Bon appĂŠtit!
  • Wander around the island of Ortigia and watch the harbor showcasing the yachts and sailing boats of the elite and also drop by the famous fountain of youth.
  • Trek around the canyon of fresh water ponds and waterfalls at the Cava Grande – Avola. Make sure you have your shoes on and food and water with you. It’s going to be a long and tiring trek.
  • Take a fun local Mediterranean fishing trip and visit the captivating Grotta Azzura and bay of Taormina

8. The Italian Lake District

Menaggio lake Como

Varenna lake Como

Italian Lake District offers a bit of everything; beautiful towns and villages balanced on a backdrop of mountains, fine buildings, the water’s edge, and, of course, stunning scenery. The Italian Lakes is a fine combination of good weather with attractive scenery. There are five major lakes in the Italian Lake District – from west to east: Lakes Maggiore, Lugano, Como, Iseo and Garda.

Lake Como

Lake Garda

Top Things To Do In Italian Lake District

  • Lake Como is best known for the combination of fresh air, water, mountains and good weather. The lake is molded much like an inverted ‘Y’, with two branches. Lake Como has a promenade planted with oleanders and lime trees, fancy hotels, painted shades of butterscotch, peach and cream, a spectacular mid-lake location facing west and a heart of stepped, cobbled alleyways
  • Kayak across the lake from Pescallo harbour to Varennawith Bellagio.
  • Enjoy a laidback day sitting by the lake, dangling your feet in the water, eating gelato and watching the swans drift by.
  • Get the perfect postcard picture of Locarno from the Santuario della Moadonna del Sasso church. It has the best view from up there.
  • Enjoy one of the prettiest drives in the region from the Maggia River out of Locarno through the calm Valle Maggia into the southern slope of the Swiss Alps and don’t forget to stopover at the broad meadows, towering waterfalls and colorful villages.
  • Enjoy a soothing walk at the waterfront promenade of Ascona to see one of the prettiest views.
  • If you are someone who loves gardening, you must visit the Villa Carlotta, its going to be Disney land for you.
  • Catch the sunset at Castello di Vezio.
  • Walk around the Orta San Giulio, a medieval village concealed away on little Lake Orta and click pictures of the paved lanes between tall, pastel-washed houses and fishing boats pulled up onto the waterfront.
  • Trek to the Monte Generoso and watch the sunrise from behind the mountains.
  • Swim at Lake Maggiore with the stunning scenery surrounding you as you paddle.

9. Naples

Naples
Naples is one of the busiest metropolitan cities in the country. Naples offers a treasure of art work and historic sites as well as an exciting atmosphere of shops and restaurants. Most of the popular Italian foods like pizza, spaghetti and parmigiana have originated here. Naples is an ideal place to stay while you explore the nearby famous sites like the Bay of Naples and Pompeii.

Plebiscito Square, Naples

Top Things To Do In Naples

  • Walk, skate or bike to the gorgeous traffic-free area, and enjoy a meal with Vesuvius, the Sorrentine coast, and Capri in the background.
  • Do not forget to sail through the Blue Grotto, a sea cave in Capri with exquisite blue light reflected off of the water.
  • Eat the very classic Margherita pizza, which was invented in Naples.
  • Feel the vibrant city of Naples along the waterfront, at the historic gateway to the Mediterranean, which is always busy with activity as it is the principal port for southern Italy, and the harbor is its heart.
  • The Museo Archeologico Nazionale has one of the world’s best collection of antiquities, several of which were carried here from early diggings of Pompeii; it takes you back in time.
  • The Palazzo Reale di Capodimonte (the royal residence of King Charles III) has an outlandish collection of art including portraits of members of ruling families by Titian, works by Raphael, Botticelli, Mantegna, Caravaggio, El Greco, furniture, tapestries, and porcelain.
  • Do not miss the Castel Dell’Ovo, which is a 2000 year-old castle that stands on the Isle of Megaris overseeing the Gulf of Naples.
  • Allow your eyes to drink in the beauty of the white and grey marbles at the La Fontana Dell’Immacolatella.
  • Visit the cathedral and spend some time in there admiring the beauty of the saint’s tomb.
  • Check out the San Martino Monastery and Museum and make sure to see the sacristy and treasury, richly decorated with marble, ceiling frescoes, and paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries.
  • Stroll through the maze of passages and tomb chambers at Catacombs of San Gennaro.
  • The San Domenico Maggiore is filled with Early Renaissance work, which makes it the most beautiful and interesting church in Naples. The embellished paneled ceiling leads your eyes straight to the high altar by Cosimo Fanzago and leaves you in awe.
  • Enjoy the views at Vesuvius, the only active volcano on the European mainland that is still intermittently active.
  • For all the coffee lovers out there, you have to try the Neapolitan coffee (very, very strong).
  • Stroll along the long seafront from Santa Lucia to Mergellina.
  • Have some fun under the white-canopied gazebos at the Sohal Beach Club, before dancing the night away at the clubs along the coast.

10. Pompeii

Pompeii
Pompeii is a famed Roman city, which was suppressed under several feet of volcanic ash for nearly 1,700 years after the catastrophic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. It is located near the modern city of Naples. A tour of Pompeii has a mesmerizing insight into the everyday life of the early Roman world. Visitors can walk along the ancient streets to see the remains of bakeries, brothels and baths.
Pompeii italy

Top Things To Do In Pompeii

  • The brothel is one of the most visited place. It is a small house with stone beds and scenes of the acts customers could pay for.
  • The Villa of the Mysteries was a very beautiful place to see and the walls were amazingly well preserved and had such great color.
  • The Forum is the most crowded place in Pompeii. It was the main center of life in Pompeii and is also the place you can go see the ruins they found.
  • You should have a look at The Forum Thermal baths, they are well preserved and you should peek inside and try to see the mechanism they used to keep the baths warm.
  • Try to uncover the mysteries at the Villa of mysteries.
  • Visit the Temple of Jupiter. Jupiter was the ruler of the gods and the protector of Rome, and this temple was the center of Roman Religion and of the cult of state.
  • House of the Faun is the biggest house in Pompeii, which gets its name from the statue in the front courtyard. There’s a huge courtyard in the back where you can also find a very described mosaic of a battle scene.
  • Garden of the Fugitives is located at the back of Pompeii. It is an old vineyard, which has preserved casts of people who didn’t make it out of the city alive. There’s also a whimsical garden here.
  • The Amphitheater of Pompeii is huge and this is the place where all the ancient people played their games.
  • A hike up to the depression rim of Mt. Vesuvius is a unique and interesting way to experience history.
  • The Temple to Apollo was most likely the oldest one of the town and it was dedicated to deities of the first settlers.
  • The House of the Vettii is one the city’s best-preserved Roman villas. It features a new, unified design that contains an assortment of beautiful frescoes painted with black backgrounds framed in yellow and red.
  • The House of the Tragic Poet is famed for its artful beautification, which includes murals and mosaics that are shockingly grand for the home’s comparatively small size.

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3 Responses to 10 Places to See in Italy Before you Die

  1. I love this post 🙂 such a treat to the eyes 🙂

  2. Nisha says:

    I have been to Rome, Pisa and Venice during my Europe Trip. Absolutely loved Rome. Others are still on my list.

  3. Aditi says:

    This is such a beautifully curated post. So many visited, so many still to go.

    xx Aditi

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