When I say Italy, you think beautiful islands, you think pizza, you think great wine, you think Venice and its beautiful streets, you think Monica Belluci (or am I the only one? Okay, sorry, looks like it’s only me), but most of all, Italy is synonymous to Roman history, baroque architecture, and beautiful buildings that leave you breathless (because of ALL the damn stairs in them).
Italy has been the powerhouse of many great empires, such as the Romans, who left a rich history and magnificent buildings behind them.
If you’re planning a trip around Italy, you’ll want to visit the most iconic places there, so here is for you, dear reader, a list of the 5 Italian attractions worth waiting in line for (or how to kill your feet but still be happy):
Located in Rome, the Colosseum is a huge stone amphitheater built around A.D 70. This is an intimidating building, and for a reason: going in there, you’ll be walking on the footsteps of gladiators, fierce fighters, emperors, and maybe one or two lions.
This building is an iconic symbol or Rome’s rich history, and definitely the most popular attraction in Italy. It is visited by millions of tourists every year, so be sure to book your ticket ahead of visiting.
The Colosseum is open every day from 8:30 AM to 6:15 PM. For more info about tours and ticket booking, check out TripAdvisor.
Duomo di Milano:
Symbol of the great city of Milan, this is one of the most beautiful man made wonders in the world. This Cathedral, being one of the largest in Europe, is a magnificent witness of time.
This massive cathedral leaves everyone speechless, and for a reason! Its architecture is the proof of human genius when it comes to art.
The cathedral is open every day from 8:45 AM to 6:30 PM, there is no fee to go in, but for 2 Euros, you get to visit the cathedral and the museum opposite to it. For more info, check out TripAdvisor.
The St. Peters Basilica:
Yes, another cathedral. Being the country of the Vatican, Italy is home to a thousand churches and cathedrals, each one more beautiful than the other. St. Peters Basilica is no exception. This spiritual center of the Vatican will definitely blow your mind, not only with its breathtakingly beautiful architecture, but also with its genius art. All you need to know is that part of this cathedral was designed by no other than the great Michelangelo.
The cathedral is open every day from 7:00 AM to 6:30 and, since it’s technically a church, there is no entry fee. For more info, be sure to check out the Vatican’s website.
Museo Cappella Sansevero:
This, like the first three entries on this list, is an old Italian heritage. Built in the 1500’s, this chapel is the must-see place in beautiful Naples. Famous all over the world for its rich architecture, it leaves its visitors in awe in front of the beauty of its sculptures.
The chapel is open every day from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM, and a standard ticket costs 7 Euros. For more info, don’t hesitate to hit up this website.
If you happen to be in Florence, you should absolutely go to Piazzale Michelangelo, where you’ll have a panoramic view all over the city. You’ll also get to see replicas of some of Michelangelo’s statues, but, to be fair, you won’t even notice them, since you’ll be fully taken by the beautiful view of Florence unfolding in front of you.
Here’s a website you can check out for more info.
One more thing before you leave!
Check out our things to do in Naples and more in the city's Travel Guide. You can also find more about Sardinia travel guide and the best AirBnb accommodations in Italy!
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