Italy, oh Italy – the country offers the best conditions for a sunny vacation in the Mediterranean: wonderful beaches, spectacular natural wonders, the most beautiful Italian villages and much more. Variety can make it difficult to plan your next trip. That’s why here are the top nine travel destinations in Italy for any type of vacation.
For pizza and grocery lovers: Naples
It is eaten all over the world, but nowhere does it taste as good as here – Napoli pizza. For centuries, restaurants in the southern Italian city have struggled over who makes the best pizza napoleon. A good place to go is Di Matteo, one of the oldest pizzerias in Naples. In the large pizza oven, the pizza is baked with a thick crust until it becomes crispy.
But leave some space in your stomach, because Naples has so much more to offer – for example spaghetti alle vongole (pasta with fresh clams) or delicious cakes like sfogliatella, a croissant with sweet ricotta filling, cinnamon and aroma of orange blossom. Reisereporter Simon is sure: More Italy is not possible!
For wine lovers: Tuscany
Deep green mountains, lush olive groves and bright yellow fields with sunflowers – could there be more landscapes of picture books? No wonder Tuscany attracts millions of visitors every year. In addition to the breathtaking scenery and popular excursion destinations of Pisa and Florence, Tuscany has one thing above all to offer: summer. And one of the best in the world.
From the classic Chianti to the popular Cabernet Sauvignon, it has everything a wine lover’s heart desires. In Tuscany people have worked for the perfect wine since the eighth century. So you have to try hard to be disappointed here.
The “Sunny Garden of Italy” is the size of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. Travel journalist Bruntje mentions other reasons why we love Tuscany so much.
For night owls: Milan
Milan is the fashion capital of Italy. Exclusive boutiques and high-priced jewelry line up next to each other. Not surprisingly, Milan is one of the most expensive cities in the world. But those who look behind the curtain of the rich and beautiful will find Italian architecture and culture to fall in love with. For example, the Cathedral of Milan – the landmark of the city is considered the motif of the postcard par excellence.
After a visit to the Cathedral of Milan, from which you have a fantastic view of the modern metropolis, you should hurry because the hour of happiness starts at 18:00. In the picturesque old town there are numerous restaurants and bars preparing Zucca. The typical aperitif is prepared with rhubarb liqueur, crushed ice, soda and a slice of orange.
For adventurers: The Dolomites
Holidays in the Dolomite mean pure adventure! Anything is possible at an altitude of up to 3300 meters – whether parachuting, skiing or rafting. Impressive mountain panoramas that are not few are at the top. The mountain group is not a UNESCO World Heritage Site for anything.
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By the way: “Dolomitenmann” takes place once a year. Extreme athletes compete in four disciplines: mountain running, paragliding, mountain biking and white water canoeing. But in addition to the action, vacationers will also find well-being and relaxation, for example in Eggental of South Tyrol.
For art and architecture enthusiasts: Florence
La dolce vita – where better to enjoy the Italian way of life than in the Renaissance city of Florence? Here you can follow in the footsteps of important artists like Michelangelo, Raffael or Botticelli. The fully preserved Old Town has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982.
There are more than 70 museums in Florence, each more valuable than the other. Even those who are hardly interested in art can not avoid a visit to the Uffizi Gallery! The complex of 16th-century buildings is worth a visit in itself – inside there are also paintings by some of the world’s most famous painters.
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There is also no way around the imposing Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, in the true sense of the word, because the large dome in the center can not be bypassed.
For romantics: Verona
Verona is only about 30 kilometers from the famous Lake Garda and tells perhaps the most beautiful love story that exists: “Romeo and Juliet”. William Shakespeare’s play takes place in the medieval town in northern Italy.
Two young people in Verona fall in love without hope. Problem: They belong to rival Montague and Capulet families. The long quarrel between the two houses puts obstacles in the way of their love and pushes Romeo and Juliet towards suicide. The tragedy ends with the reconciliation of relatives with each other.
He probably had neither Romeo nor Juliet in shape – and Shakespeare was never in Verona during his lifetime. But that does not change the fact that the city just shines with romance. A small 14th-century house in the historic center of Verona is known as the “House of Juliet”. Shakespeare’s tragedy will happen there.
A stone balcony overlooks the courtyard, which also features a bronze statue of Juliet. There are many small pieces of colorful paper on the walls of houses. Couples writing their love vows here should have a particularly happy relationship.
For sun worshipers: Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast, south of Sorrento on the Italian peninsula, stretches for 50 miles of rugged and rugged coastline. Many small beaches and pastel colored fishing villages make the area with the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida a popular travel destination.
A coastal road between Salerno and Sorrento leads to picturesque villas, idyllic vineyard terraces and yellow lemon trees. One postcard motif follows the other. And while you are here, you should pay a visit to the cities of Amalfi, Positano and Ravello. The coastline between Positano and Vietri sul Mare has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.
In addition to tourism, here the inhabitants live mainly from the cultivation of lemon. There is no better place on earth to enjoy the local limoncello liqueur than on the Amalfi Coast – with the sun on your face and your feet in the turquoise blue water.
For historians: Pompeii
Pompeii, the once prosperous Roman city in southern Italy, was buried under a meter-high layer of ash after a fatal volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The “Lost City” was only rediscovered in the mid-18th century.
Pompeii has quickly become a magnet for tourists and archaeologists, as some parts of the city are extremely well preserved beneath the thick layer of ash. Today, visitors can explore the ruins discovered on the shores of the Gulf of Naples.
In 2019, impressive parts of the city were discovered and presented to the public for the first time in almost 2000 years. There is now a white marble thermal bath and a fresco of the ancient Romans to discover, among others.
Set aside at least three hours to explore Pompeii – after all it’s a city-sized attraction. If you have all day, a visit to the neighboring town of Herculaneum, which was also devastated by the volcanic eruption, is recommended.
For families: Rome
The capital of Italy is certainly not the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday. On the other hand, families get their money in Rome because the “eternal city” has something to offer for all ages, budgets and interests. Alexa travel reporter tells you what you should and should not do about the metropolis.
There are historically major sights like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, but also fun attractions for children – like puppet shows in the park, tossing coins at the Trevi Fountain or posing next to a giant marble foot.
And then, of course, is the Vatican City, a technically independent city-state within Rome. There you can admire Michelangelo’s world-famous works of art in the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.