The Grand Tour was established in 1660, and for Italy, it literally put tourism on the map. Surprisingly, travelers still love the same travel sights and destinations that were favorites on that tour.
Florence was known as the jewel of Renaissance Italy, and is still a beautiful city. The Medici controlled Florence for centuries. Under their support, artists like Michalangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, Giotto, Pontormo, Boticelli, worked their wonders. Some travel highlights to see in Florence would include Michelangelo’s David, Cappelle Medici, Palace of Bargello, Boboli Gardens, Basilica of San Lorenzo, Giotto’s Bell Tower, Pitti Palace and the San Lorenzo market.
Venice spans one hundred and seventeen small islands. You will find there are over one hundred and fifty canals in Venice, and four hundred and nine bridges connect them. The Grand Canal is certainly big with travels, and so is the Vaporetto, or waterbus. A few other sights to include are the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Palazzo Pisani, The Clock Tower, St. Mark’s Basilica, San Rocco, and Chiesa di San Giacomo di Rialto.
Pisa is probably best known for the Leaning Tower. Located on the right bank of the Arno River, it has a number of other wonderful sights, as well. Be sure to visit the Baptistery, Campo SantoPisa Cathedral, Santa Maria della Spina and the Campo dei Miracoli.
Bologna offers visitors a chance to see Roman baths, temples and amphitheatres, mixed with Baroque palaces, churches and squares. Make sure to visit the Archeological Museum, Bevilacqua Palace, Palazzo della Mercanzia, St. Dominic’s Church, San Martino, Casa Isolani and the Basilica di San Pietro.
What can one say about Rome? It is a vacation, all by itself. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Vatican, the Pantheon, the Colosseum, Piazza Navona, the Roman Forum, Campidoglio, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Castel Sant’Angelo and St. Peter’s Basilica.
Pizza is probably one of Italy’s most famous foods, and it originated in Naples. This marvelous city is close to lots of great attractions, so it makes a perfect base for tourists. While you are there, however, be sure to see the Piazza del Plebiscito, Piazza Mercato, The National Archaeological Museum of Naples, Via Toledo, Spaccanapoli, the Duomo, Santa Chiara Church, Castel Dell’Ovo and Teatro San Carlo.
Unearthed in the 18th century, the ruins of Pompeii gave us a look at 2000-year-old temples, villas and art. While you’re there, be sure to see the House of Vettii, the House of the Mysteries, the Necropolis, the House of the Gilded Cupids, the House of Menander, the Stabian Baths and the Street of Tombs.
Much of the remains of Herculaneum still lie buried within the modern city of Ercolano. Nonetheless, you still get a rich look at history. Your visit should include the Suburban Baths, House of the Bicentenary, House of the Deer, Palestra and Sacello degli Augustali.
Italy offer visitors a glimpse of Renaissance art, architecture, and Roman antiquities, but it also provides its own heritage of food, wine and music. From the canals of Venice to the Vatican, there is something here for everyone.