Italy is a land of great diversity. Here are our top cities that you should check out on your next Italy trip!
You have to visit Venice at least once in a lifetime. To describe the city as unique doesn’t really do it justice. Venice plays host to millions of tourists every year, but it is still very much a working city which is home to many people. Somehow the locals live happily amongst the many tourists.
Venice is a surprisingly compact city and it is very easy to get around on foot. Take some time to get off the tourist track. It is a lot of fun walking around the winding, historic streets. You may think you are lost, but somehow you always find your way back to the main streets
Some of the best times we have spent in Venice are very early in the morning, before the crowds arrive. It is just such a different experience exploring this great city at sunrise or after dark. Venice is a very safe city which has very little violent crime, but as with any major tourist destination they have a problem with pickpockets. Just use common sense to cut down your risk of being targeted.
The busiest places in the city are Piazza San Marco and St. Mark’s Basilica. Try and arrive early in the morning to experience walking around the Piazza. There are lots of shops to browse around in the day, but if you go early you can still window shop before they open, and you will not be sharing the experience with the masses.
We know that this is controversial, but we would say that if you only have limited time in Venice you should skip St. Mark’s Basilica. The line can be ridiculously long and the experience inside is spoiled by the crowds. Take some time to research the major tourist attractions before you arrive, so that you can establish which you think that you will be most interested in. It is often the unexpected, not so popular, locations where you have the most memorable experiences.
As with all Italian cities Siena is rather touristy in some areas. If you want to escape this just look around the corner. It is not difficult to find somewhere that you can feel more like a local than a visitor.
We have to admit that we thought for a long time about whether to include Siena, or it’s more popular cousin Florence. When we are limited to only 5 cities in Italy some of the good ones are not going to make it to the list!
If you are someone who likes to be a little different and not follow the crowd, then pick Siena if you want to see a beautiful Medieval Italian city.
This is a great place to visit if you want to see ancient and modern Italy living side by side in perfect harmony. It may be known as the fashion and design capital of the world, but it is also very much an historic city with plenty of attractions to please any visitor.
The Duomo is a definite must see when you visit Milan. This stunning Gothic Cathedral took hundreds of years to build. Make sure that you allow enough time to explore this amazing building. If you love art you will want to make sure that you see da Vinci’s Last Supper. Many are surprised that this masterpiece is housed in Milan and not Rome or Florence.
When in Milan you must do as the Milanese do – eat great food. Do your research and stay away from the tourist hot spots Eat like and local and you will find some amazing restaurants in Milan.