It's "il bel paese" in the Southern Europe; it's a perfect pleasing place for holidaymakers; it's your Repubblica Italiana or Italia, popularly known as Italy. Your "bel paese" (fine country) is a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia.
Sharing its northern alpine boundary with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia, Italy is one of the most coveted and frequented travel destinations of the world. Located within the Italian territory, the independent states of the Vatican City and San Marino make Italy one of the most visited countries of the world. Florence, Milan, Naples, Venice, and the Italian Capital – Rome make Italy, one of the most sought after vacation destinations of the world.
Italy is a small country with a treasure of cultural heritage including delightful churches, glorious museums and galleries, neo-classical structural designs, graceful stores, elegant edifices, theaters, and lively nightlife. Italy is widely known for its scenic beauty & variety of its landscapes on the Italian Riviera; the majestic Alps in the north, the soft and mesmeric hills of Umbria and Tuscany, the romantic rugged landscape of the S Apennines, the Bay of Naples dominated by Mt. Vesuvius, charming beaches, and the beautiful lakes of Lago Maggiore, Lake Como, and Lake Garda. Some of the best places to visit in Italy are:
Established by Gregory XIV in 1837, the Etruscan-Gregorian Museum is your place for an extensive collection of Etruscan art including sarcophagi, bronzes, urns, jewelry, a chariot and terra-cotta vases, the Regolini-Galassi tomb and a bronze sculpture dating from the 5th century B.C. This ethnologic museum also provides a collection of artistic works and objects from the entire world. The museum delineates the Vatican story, exhibits arms, uniforms, armory, typically from the early Renaissance period and shows the carriages used by popes and cardinals in religious processions.
The Capitoline's Piazza Campidoglio (Piazza Campidoglio Hill) is a fine place to start out your trip of Ancient Rome. The Capitoline Hill was a seat of power in early Rome and continues a governmental center even today. The Piazza and its buildings were either constructed or altered based on designs made by Michelangelo.
Heart of ancient Rome, the Colosseo district is your place for the Roman Forum, the Forum of Augustus, the Forum and Markets of Trajan, the Capitoline and museums. Situated between the Colosseum and the Roman Forums, Arch of Constantine is the major and best preserved of the antique Roman arches. It offers a sense of the past and exhibits the opulence of the Roman Empire.
Castel Sant'Angelo offers you panoramic views along the Tiber. It is one of Rome's exceptional architectural repositories. The Castel Sant'Angelo has served sovereign of the Roman Empire, a number of popes and as a bulwark of the defensive wall that once surrounded Rome. The Cinque Terre is your place for five charming towns – Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Rigmaggiore. The place serves both as a National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Designed by Brunelleschi, commissioned by the authoritative, charitable Medici family, San Lorenzo Florence Church is one of the oldest churches in Florence. The church exhibits various examples of spiritual Renaissance artistry by Bronzino, Donatello, and Lippi. St Mark's Basilica or Basilica di San Marco, located on Piazza San Marco or St Mark's Square, adjacent and connected to the Doge's Palace, is one of the major attractions of Venice. The cathedral offers you the finest expression of Byzantine architecture.