07. Lake Como (Italian Lake District)
A popular part of the Italian Lake District, Lake Como has been providing visitors from all over the world with mountains, good weather and fresh water and air. With an inverted Y shape, this lake starts at Lecco in the south-east and Como in the south-west, joining around half way up and the lake goes on up towards the north to Colico. Visitors to this lake are treated with the great views of the beautiful villas with their spectacular gardens.
06. Positano (Amalfi Coast)
This town on the Amalfi Coast is famous for its diversity, scenic magnificence, rugged terrain and quaint towns. Positano, though a small town, is not small in splendour. It seems like a scattered city with habitation and structures sprouting from the top of the mountain down to the hillside and going all the way to the beautiful coast. The history of this town is quite dramatic. From being a prosperous town during the medieval era, it became almost isolated by the middle of 19th century. By 20th century, Positano turned from being a poor small fishing village to the popular tourist destination that it is today.
Pompeii is undoubtedly one of the most visited tourist attractions in Italy. The beauty of this old town lies in the fact that it has been well-preserved since it was buried in ash and soil after the August 24, 79 AD eruption of the Vesuvius volcano. The town was perfectly frozen in time and excavation gave insights to modern men as to how ancient people lived around two thousand years ago. Pompeii attracts an estimate of 2.5 million tourists every year.
04. Piazza del Campo
Europe is famous for its medieval squares and one of the popular of them all is in Italy, the Piazza del Campo. The beauty of this square is one of the main reasons why tourists flock to Italy. It boasts of great beauty, splendour and architectural integrity. This square is surrounded by several mansions that belong to the wealthiest families. The Palazzo Pubblico, as well as its towers, also provides this shell-shaped square with additional point of interest.
03. Santa Maria del Fiore
The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore’s construction was started in 1296 and it was completed in 1436. This beautiful cathedral is considered as the symbol of Florence and it is one of the largest churches in Italy. As a matter of fact, until the modern times, the cathedral’s dome was recorded as the world’s largest. Up to this day though, that dome still holds the title of the largest brick dome in the world, making the church one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy.
Rome is home to the world famous Colosseum. This is the Roman world’s most popular amphitheatre whose construction started in 72 AD under the Flavian dynasty’s emperor Vespasian. The construction was finally ended in 80 AD under Vespasian’s son Titus’s regime. The Colosseum had 80 entrances and was able to accommodate up to 50 thousand spectators. The Velarium or the sails attached around the top part of attic provided shade and protection for the spectators.
01. Canals of Venice
Italy is all about romance, and Venice is the Italian city that has most of the country’s romantic charms. The City of Water, as it is commonly called, Venice is popular for the more than 150 canals connecting its structures. This Italian town may have lost its grandeur as a residential town, but its charm never fails to fascinate its visitors.