If you love rich foods and wines, beautiful scenery, and ancient history, Italy is where you should take your next vacation. The best times of the year to travel here are between the months of April and June, as well as September and October. These months provide comfortable temperatures alongside the changing of seasons, so there are many vibrant colors to see. You’ll want to avoid the time between late June to early September as this is the country’s busiest tourism season and crowds can be massive. Here are a few cities that are a must-see.
The capital of this beautiful country has so much to offer. From the food to the historical landmarks, you won’t have trouble finding something to do each day. Take a walking tour through the city to see famous ancient monuments. Some of these monuments are the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the Piazza Navona. You can also see Vatican City, the home of the Catholic Religion and the Pope since 1378. Here is where you will find the infamous Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica.
As one of the most popular cities in the Tuscany region, you’ll find nothing short of beautiful here. Florence is known for its renaissance architecture and art history. Just like in Rome, it’s suggested to take a walking tour to see all the history this city has to offer. Some of the sights to see here are the Duomo, the Bell Tower, and the Uffizi Gallery. However, my favorite would have to be watching the sunset from the steps of Piazzale Michelangelo with a bottle of Tuscan wine.
Cinque Terre translated into English means “five lands,” which is appropriate because it’s made up of five seaside villages. Those villages are Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Take a train from one village to the next to see stunning views of the coast, the colorful houses, the harbors littered with fishing boats, and steep terraces with clinging vines. Be sure to stop into some of the local seafood restaurants for fresh catches of the day and try the region’s famous pesto sauce.