If you are looking for something a little different, then consider a visit to Lucca. Located just a short drive from Florence, this delightful city is often overlooked by tourists heading to its more famous neighbor. Consider a more relaxed experience walking around the pretty and relatively quiet cobbled streets of Lucca.
One of the main attractions is the old walled promenade. Visitors can walk around the walls or ever rent a bike and take a relaxing trip around the perimeter of the city. Take some time to visit the Church of San Michele and the Basilica of San Frediano. Life in this picturesque Tuscan city is lived at a slow pace. Take the chance to enjoy a long lunch or a leisurely stroll.
We really couldn’t have a list of great places to visit in Italy and not include the Eternal City of Rome. No one can fail to be impressed by the overwhelming sense of history and grandeur of the city. History is everywhere you look.
If you want to see somewhere that looks pretty much the same as it did 2,000 years ago then head to The Pantheon. You will be walking on exactly the same marble floors as people did when Emperor Hadrian was in power in 118 AD.
Take a short walk down the street from The Pantheon and you will see the Trevi Fountain. Perhaps more accurately what you will see is the immense crowds surrounding the Trevi Fountain. Dating back to 1672 this is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rome. You have to visit and throw in a coin – legend has it that if you do then you will return to Rome.
The first thing which strikes you about the Colosseum is its size. It dominates the landscape with its imposing well preserved structure. We may only be able to see it in a fraction of its original glory, but it is still a magnificent building and a must see on your visit to Rome.
Close to the Colosseum is The Forum. Before you visit make sure you do a little research. It is a lot easier to make sense of the ruins that you are seeing if you have an idea of what it used to look like when it was built. It is an amazing experience walking over the cobble stones and thinking about all the people who have done that over the past 2,000 years or so.
No visit to Rome is complete without a visit to The Vatican City. We know that this is an independent state and technically not part of Rome, but everyone sees the smallest country in the world as being part of Rome. You will never forget your first sight of Vatican City. A visit to St Peter’s Basilica has to be on your to do list. Our advice is to get a guide as this will make your experience all the more memorable.