Italy is one of the most visited travel destinations in the world for a good number of reasons. It has the most number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. Home to the great cities like Rome, Florence and Venice, Italy has a rich history with abundance of historic attractions. Two other important aspects of Italy are its stunning nature and delectable foods. Bel Paese or beautiful country is an apt nickname for such a country that offers some of the world’s most beautiful coasts, mountains and alpine lakes. Italy is visited by 40 million people from all over the world every year. If Italy is your next travel destinations, make sure you cover the following top 10 tourist attractions in Italy:
10. San Gimignano
This Tuscan village is also known as the medieval Manhattan and it is well-renowned for its 14 magnificent stone towers. During the time when San Gimignano was at the height of its power and wealth, over 70 towers existed as defence against potential enemy attacks. The plague of 1348 kept away the enemies; sadly it also devastated the city resulting loss of its power. For the current generation though, the well-preserved medieval towers stand tall as reminder of the once powerful and wealthy Italian medieval village, making it one of the best tourist attractions in Italy.
09. Manarola (Cinque Terre)
Manarola is one of the five colourful villages that comprise the Cinque Terre. This particular area is the second to the smallest and also considered as the oldest one. All five villages are famous for their beauty and more especially for the lack of modern development. Tourists come here to enjoy the simple life of the locals. The towns can be reached through trains, boats and walking paths. Manarola is very popular for its colourful structures built on the mountainside. With the Mediterranean Sea as a backdrop, it is one of the most visited and most beautiful tourist attractions in Italy.
08. Leaning Tower of Pisa
The historical tower mistake known to modern men as the Leaning Tower of Pisa is definitely one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy. It took around 177 years for this tower to be built. In 1173, the construction of the tower was started. But it began to lean because the foundation was poorly laid. For almost a century, the tower was left alone. Construction was resumed and to compensate for the tilt, one side of the building were built with higher floors. By the mid of 14th century construction was finally finished. In 2001, the tower was reopened for the public and tourists can enjoy the sight from the outside or have an adventure climbing the 296 steps. A visit to this magnificent attraction is a much if you every visit this great country.