When you think of sumptuous cheesy pasta, you think of Italy. When you think of the perfect city to fall in love, Paris comes to your mind. When you eat indulgent chocolates, you remember Switzerland. When you think of a wholesome holiday, the first thing that comes to mind is any destination in Europe.
Europe tourism has been one of the main sources of revenue of its respective nations. Tourists flock to its beautiful cities like a moth to a flame. It is easily one of the most desired locations in anyone’s bucket list. There are various agents and online portals which offer attractive Europe tour packages that suit everyone’s needs.
Picking one country to visit in Europe is like putting your hand in a bag of precious gems.
One such gem is Italy.
The land of stilettos, sauces and soccer, Italy truly has something for everybody. It is home to some of the greatest works of art and architecture and culinary expansion. The epicenter of the Roman Empire, this virtuoso growls under the weight of its cultural extravagance. Italy has been blessed with some of the world’s most talented artists who have left behind their masterpieces for us to admire. You will find yourself standing amongst Michelangelo’s David and Sistine Chapel. Italy has the maximum number of UNESCO World Heritage cultural sites in the world.
ROME – The Eternal City
If you are in the mood for some extreme art, historical and cultural enlightenment, then Rome is the city to visit. It is Italy’s hot-blooded capital and one of the most stimulating cities in the world. Throughout history, Rome has experienced upheavals of artistic excellence and valiant dynasties.
The centre of the Roman Catholic Church, you would imagine the city to be flooded with majestic churches. However, not many can hold a candle to the pristine, St Peter’s Basilica. The monument contains three of Italy’s prized possessions - Michelangelo’s Pietà, his soaring dome, and Bernini’s 29m-high baldachin over the papal altar.
Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, the Colosseum is Italy’s very own gladiatorial arena. The structure has a tired seating that surrounds the entire theatre. It also contains an underground complex known as the hypogeum where animals were caged and prepared for the games.
FLORENCE – The cradle of the Renaissance
Florence looms high on the world’s “must see” destinations. The home ground for Italy’s fashion moguls Guccio Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo opened haute-couture boutiques in Florence, prior to creating their empire in the fashion industry. It is extraordinary for a compact city to have packed in so much art and architectural masterpieces. Marble basilicas, candle-lit churches, cobbled streets, medieval buildings have not changed much since the Renaissance. The Duomo is one such iconic structure that stands in the middle of this enchanting city. The Palazzo Vecchio is the fortress palace in Florence. It is the powerhouse of the city seating the mayor’s office and municipal counsel. The Torre d'Arnolfo offers a breath-taking, panoramic view of the city
VENICE – City built on a Lagoon
One of the most astonishing elements of the city is its base, the lagoon. This 550-sq-km shallow water bowl is a marvel. The beauty of the numerous palaces and the local extravagance is reflected in the tranquil turquoise waters.
Riding a gondola across the narrow allies and waterways of this city is an experience in itself. 8000 sq. meters of mosaics, Venice’s cathedral is an unforgettable sight. The Basilica di San Marco is a wonder in itself. The glittering ceilings might leave you awestruck since many of them are laden with 24-carat gold. Venice is a gold pot of wine lovers, its own Prosesso is one of the most distinguished white wines.
No wonder, the mystical yet aesthetic heritage of the country allures tourists flourishing Italy tourism.
(Co-Author: Nikeetaa Ghaneckar)