From the picturesque canals of Venice and the cobblestone streets of Rome to the sweeping cliffs of Positano, Italy has it all. These days it’s one of the most-visited destinations in Europe, and it doesn’t hurt that it has mouth-watering gelato and incredible art and carbs in equal measures.
And though truly experiencing La Dolce Vita with just one trip may seem like an impossible journey, Chia Kougianos reveals a few places to help every traveller maximise their time in the beautiful country.
Marvel At Renaissance Artwork
Possibly one of Florence’s largest art museums and the former residence of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany, the Palazzo Pitti is a definite must on your bucket list. It showcases a huge variety of Renaissance artworks including a collection of paintings and sculptures. From the museum you’re able to visit the Boboli Gardens which is an area of around 45,000 square meters that is the largest green area of Florence. It features grottos, fountains, pergolas, a small lake and hundreds of marble statues.
Shop in Milan
Everyone knows the fashion capital of Italy is Milan but how many people can actually say they have shopped there? This is your chance to glam up your vacation and take retail therapy to a whole new level. Most designer brands are well-represented in the Quadrilatero d’Oro fashion district. Do yourself a favour and locate Corso Como 10, it’s founded by Carla Sozzani the sister of late Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani, and it’s been dubbed the first ever concept store. It’s multi-level and not only houses a boutique, but there’s an art-book store as well as a café and gallery.
Wine and Dine at the Casa del Chianti Classico
If you’re a lover of premium wine than look no further than the region of Chianti, fondly referred to as Tuscany’s wine-making powerhouse. Here you’ll be able to taste and buy from the largest collection in the world of Chianti Classico labels. It’s a truly spectacular place and not only will you be able to learn more about the history of the area but you’ll be able to sip on wine and sample authentic Italian dishes on the terrace with mesmerising views while doing so.
Eat in Sicily
Sicily may be famous for their mafia or as they like to be called the Cosa Nostra, but there’s more to the beautiful island than pizzo and organised crime. They’re also world famous for their signature food and their unique cooking style. One of their must-have Italian dishes has to be cannoli – deep-fried pastry tubes piped full of heavenly ricotta. What’s not to love?
Throw A Coin In The Fontana di Trevi
Undoubtedly one of the most famous landmarks in Rome is the Trevi Fountain. During your next Italian getaway, why not plan a visit to stop here and throw a few coins into the fountain. It is believed that throwing one coin will ensure you visit the city again soon and return to Rome, two coins will find you true love and three coins will bring you marriage.
See the Venice Carnival
What could be a better than ten days and nights of masquerade madness in Venice? The ultimate carnival begins in February and usually starts before the season of Lent. The best part is the Volo dell’Angelo which is the ‘Flight of the Angel’ and you’ll get to see an angel flying on a zip-wire over St. Mark’s Square.The tradition dates back centuries and is one of the most popular festivals in the country to date.
Be a Tourist in Pisa
Let’s be honest, if you think of this city there’s only one thing that springs to mind – taking a photo casually leaning on the Tower of Pisa. After making your way to the world-famous sight I’d recommend taking a pic or two as we all know you’ll regret it if you don’t. Other than visting the iconic tower you could always take a walk along the River Arno, explore one of the many historic churches and museums or enjoy some high end shopping at the Borgo Stretto.
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