Finding Yourself in Italy
Italy holds a remarkable panache due its distinct culture. Its diverse architectural style, regional customs and mouth-watering cuisine all add up to give you an experience that really seeps into you. The fatal charm of Italy lies in its capital: Rome, whose majestic and scenic grandeur is highlighted by its historical museums and monuments that are among the most visited tourist destinations in the world. Nothing evokes a sense of wonder like picturing the heyday of the Colosseum, where you can imagine fierce gladiators battling to the death for the cheering masses of the Roman Empire. Elsewhere in Italy the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Doge’s Palace in Venice (no relation with the internet meme—a doge was actually an elected ruler of an Italian city-state) transmute you into a trance-like eroticism with their beauty and uniqueness. Italy has a lot to offer to a traveler: the rich historical paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Sandor Botticelli and many others, sculptures by the great artist Donatello, its spectacular architecture as can be seen in Basilica of St. Mark in Venice and the Florence Cathedral, and many other sights that define Italy’s idiosyncratic charm.
If you are a foodie then Italian cuisines will blow your mind. The Italians really know how to put their heart and soul into their food. Food is considered to be of paramount importance in the culture and life of Italians, with an almost religious zeal. Italian cuisine has its roots in ancient Rome and reflects regional variations, which set it apart from the spaghetti and pizza you get everywhere else. By visiting Italy and imbibing its rich culture, history, art and food it has to offer, you will penetrate into the heart of Italy; it will be the most fascinating act of self-discovery by evoking a strange and wonderful charm within.
Places to visit in Italy
Tired of the dull, monotonous and busy life in the big cities? Travel to Cinque Terre where the canvas of quaint fishing villages set you into a beatific mood with their quirky, convoluted structures. It’s a relieving escape from the ordeal of insalubrious air and clamor that metropolises put you through. Some unique features are the rugged and stepped landscape that overlooks the sea and also the authentic seafood and wine, which definitely add to the enriching experience.
Describing Tuscany in a mere 3 or 4 lines won’t do justice to the euphoria it presents. It’s a magical place that reflects Italy’s entire rich historical and cultural heritage, and its monuments and sculptures epitomize Italian art. Its mountain chains around the valley of the river Arno and the picturesque landscape combine to transport you right into an impressionist painting!
Puglia is in southern Italy, bordering the Adriatic Sea. Its prodigious uniqueness is characterized by the alluring hills and the caves at Castellana Grotte. It’s a pleasure to enjoy the aphrodisiacs of this remarkable farming region, hilltop and coastal towns. It also prides itself in having Italy’s best cuisines.
The second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea: Sardinia is known for its ravishing bays, perfect beaches and stunning mountains. Its capital Cagliara manages to find the perfect balance between the urban modernity of high-rise hotels and the medieval antiquity of its taverns and cobble-stoned piazzas. A lovely offbeat destination is San Sperate, an art village famous for its singing stones.
If you want to grasp the real essence of Italy, your list is incomplete without a visit to Venice. The beauty of Venice can be seen in its Grand Canal, Piazza San Marco and the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. Take a gondola when you are in Venice – it can be a bit pricy, but the sights are priceless. Venice also holds a marvelous number of with the world’s artistic masterpieces and celebrated art and architecture. It is one of the most important tourist destinations and regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.