There is truly no place like Italy on the face of this earth. Italy makes you want to never come back home. It has an awe-inspiring cultural past, with remains of the Roman Empire visible at (almost) every turn. Then there are the varied landscapes and delectable cuisine, all of which are underlined by an unmistakable spirit of living life to the fullest.
Generic trivia about Italy
- Language: Italian is a multilingual language with 34 dialects.
- Population: little around 60 million people, with about three million in Rome, the capital.
- Politics: Since 1946, when the monarchy was dissolved by popular ballot, Italy has been a democratic republic.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Italy has 55 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 50 cultural and five naturals. Tuscany has more historical monuments classified than any other country in the world.
- Food and drink: the average Italian consumes 23 kilogrammes of pasta per year, and the country consumes 14 billion cups of coffee annually.
Italy is one of those nations where there is never a terrible time to visit, thanks to its unique topography and climate. Throughout the year, there is something going on, whether it’s festivals or carnivals, or simply the opportunity to relax on the beach or take in the scenery. Nonetheless, knowing the optimum time to visit Italy is always a good idea. The seasons in Italy are impacted by the peninsula’s enormous size and varied geology. Here’s a seasonal list to help you decide when the best time to visit Italy is.
Air India and Alitalia airlines conduct direct flights between Delhi Airport (DEL) and Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) in Rome. Air India’s nonstop journey from India to Italy takes about 8 hours, whereas Alitalia’s flight to Rome takes about 8 hours and 50 minutes.
With a terrain that ranges from throbbing cities to tranquil natural wonderlands, choosing just a few places to visit in this amazing country is a difficult assignment. However, there are some spots in Italy that should not be missed on a tour.
Let us now read about some amazing places that are a must-visit in Italy.
- Rome – Rome, once known as the caput mundi (world capital), was said to have been founded by a wolf-suckled lad, grew to be Western Europe’s first superpower, became the spiritual heart of Christianity, and is today the repository of almost two millennia of European art and architecture. There’s simply too much to see in one visit, from the Pantheon and the Colosseum to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and many paintings by Caravaggio. So, as so many others before you have done, toss a penny into the Trevi Fountain and promise to return.
- Tuscany – Tuscany, Italy’s most romanticised area, is tailor-made for art-loving aficionados. According to Unesco, Florence has “the highest concentration of universally famous works of art in the world,” with Brunelleschi’s Duomo and Masaccio’s Cappella Brancacci frescoes. From the Gothic majesty of Siena and the Manhattan-esque skyline of mediaeval San Gimignano to the vineyards of Italy’s most famous wine region, Chianti, an undulating landscape of sinuous cypress trees, olive groves, and coveted regional treasures sprawls beyond its blockbuster museums, elegant churches, and flawless Renaissance streetscapes.
- Amalfi Coast – The most famous coastline in Italy is a tense stretch of land where coastal mountains tumble into the pale blue sea in a prime-time vertical panorama of steep crags, sun-bleached settlements, and lush woodland. Mountain-top hiking trails provide Tyrrhenian panoramas worthy for a god between sea and sky. While some may claim that Liguria’s Cinque Terre or Calabria’s Costa Viola are the peninsula’s most beautiful coasts, the Amalfi Coast has enchanted and inspired innumerable greats, from Wagner and DH Lawrence to Tennessee Williams, Rudolf Nureyev, and Gore Vidal.
- Pompeii – The time-warped remains of Pompeii, frozen in its final throes, hurl you 2000 years into the past. Explore chariot-grooved Roman streets, ornately frescoed villas and bathhouses, food shops and markets, theatres, and even an ancient brothel. Then, in the eerie silence, think about Pliny the Younger’s horrific portrayal of the town’s dying hours: ‘Darkness came on again, again ashes, thick and heavy.’ We got up several times to shake them off; else, the weight would have buried and crushed us.’
- The Dolomites – There are lots of taller, bigger, and more geologically dynamic mountains in the world, but few can compare to the romance of the pink-hued granite Dolomites. Perhaps it’s the rugged, craggy peaks, the bright spring wildflower skirts, or the rich trove of Ladin stories. It could also be the allure of money, elegance, and glamour in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy’s most renowned ski resort, or the linguistic curiosity of picture-postcard mountain village Sappada. Whatever the case may be, this small corner of northern Italy takes seduction to new heights.
- Lago di Como – If it’s good enough for the Clooneys and the Obamas on vacation, it’s good enough for us. The glittering Lago di Como is Lombardy’s most stunning lake, nestled in the shadow of the Rhaetian Alps. The lake’s siren calls include gardens at Villa Melzi d’Eril, Villa Carlotta, and Villa Balbianello that blush pink with camellias, azaleas, and rhododendrons in April and May, while the lake’s siren calls include gardens at Villa Melzi d’Eril, Villa Carlotta, and Villa Balbianello that blush pink with camellias, azaleas, and rhodo. For those on a tighter budget, Como’s lush green hinterland offers a plethora of free, breathtakingly picturesque trekking opportunities.
- Naples – People in Naples are more aware of their role in everyday life than anywhere else in Italy. And no other Italian city has such a dramatic and intense everyday existence. The ancient streets of Naples are a stage, with raucous matriarchs, yelling baristas, and tongue-tied lovers. To fully appreciate the flavour, visit the city’s raucous La Piggnasecca market, a raucous, sumptuous opera of fruit vendors, squirming seafood, and the seductive perfume of freshly baked sfogliatelle (sweetened ricotta pastries).
Italy has long been regarded as a special place by tourists and travel experts alike, to the point where it has become a de facto bucket list destination for almost everyone. It’s reasonable to say that Italy’s offerings are unrivalled, with excellent food, rich historical monuments, highly recognised art, gorgeous little villages and equally picturesque cities, countrysides, and coasts. To help you decide where to go, Triplou has compiled a list of the top places to visit in Italy, taking into account a variety of aspects. Do you have a favourite Italian destination? If yes, the book your trip with us NOW!