If you are visiting Italy in the New Year or are planning a trip of a lifetime in the summer, there are a few key landmarks you won’t want to miss seeing with your own eyes. Italy is a country that’s rich in history and culture, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. Italy’s food is also a main attraction, with many wanting to taste the authenticity of the countries pizza and pasta in some of the city’s most iconic locations. With that in mind, we’re taking a closer look at the best landmarks in Italy and the different Italy tours you can embark on.
The Colosseum is perhaps Italy’s most-visited landmark, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. As one of the country’s most intact structures since the Roman Empire, tourists can enjoy its magnificence from both inside and outside the remains. If you want to avoid the crowds, we recommend visiting in the morning and on a weekday. After your visit, you can take advantage of a range of restaurants closeby to enjoy a quick authentic bite before heading to your next destination.
- Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain is considered to be the most beautiful fountain in Rome and it’s not difficult to understand why. Dating way to 19 B.C., the fountain has become one of the most celebrated in the world and is free to admire. Approximately $1.7 million is taken out of the fountain each year from visitors who toss a coin into the water whilst their backs are turned to it. Legend has it that doing so will one day return to the city, fall in love and marry the person you met.
- Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Entrance to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is free for all to enjoy though you may be required to purchase a pass to enjoy the other monuments in Piazza del Duomo. Due to this, the cathedral is another highly popular attraction amongst tourists. It was built in honour of the Virgin of Flowers, taking almost six centuries to complete, with its construction finally coming to an end in 1965. To avoid long queues to get in, be sure to arrive in the early morning.
- Leaning Tower of Pisa
Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa is iconic for a number of reasons not to mention its now famous unintended tilt. The tower first began construction in 1173 and took almost 200 years to complete. Just 5 years later, it began to noticeably tilt as the second floor was constructed. This was a result of the foundation of the tower that began to settle unevenly on the soft ground. The Leaning Tower of Pisa continues to lean every year by approximately 1/20th of an inch, increasing the landmarks centre of gravity which prevents it from falling.
- Roman Forum
The Roman Forum is the last of the best sights in Italy on our list. According to tourists the Roman Forum, otherwise referred to as The Forum, is one of the best sights in Italy that is also one of the most photographed. Conveniently located between the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia, you can easily walk between attractions whilst enjoying the hustle and bustle of the city. So, if archaeology is your thing, you certainly won’t want to miss out on the best landmarks in Italy.
There you have it! Some of the top best sights in Italy that are a must-see if you are visiting the country any time soon. Why not enjoy embarking on one of many private tours of Italy or Italy hiking tours whilst you’re there, too. You definitely won’t be disappointed!