Do you have a trip to Italy planned and don't know what to visit? Find out which are the must-see tourist attractions in the country
oh, the Italy! A country so artistically rich, and which still has beautiful natural landscapes, has so many tourist attractions that putting together a travel itinerary can become a complicated task. In all its regions, from the north to the south of the country, there are incredible places to discover.
There are museums, churches, historical monuments, outdoor places, breathtaking landscapes and charming towns that offer some of the best attractions in europe. In partnership with Elmocar, a receptive company specialized in receiving Brazilians in Italy, we prepared a selection with the main tourist attractions in italy.
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Italy is one of the member countries of the Schengen Treaty, this brings some facilities and also requirements for travel through Italian territory. One of the important points is that the Schengen Treaty directly influences travel through the countries participating in the agreement, having as an obligation to have travel insurance with a minimum coverage of 30 thousand euros for medical and hospital expenses and assistance with medical transfer and return coverage. THE Vital Card has the Europa plans, which already meet all the necessary requirements for the countries that are part of this agreement.
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What to visit in Italy? main attractions
Colosseum – Rome
It certainly seems too obvious to mention the Colosseum as one of the main tourist attractions to visit in Italy. The truth is that this postcard of Rome has to be included in any list about the country. The huge arena, over 2,000 years old, was the battleground for the famous gladiators and still retains part of its well-preserved structure. Therefore, the imposing building, which once housed up to 80,000 spectators at once, must be visited on any trip to the eternal city.
Leaning Tower of Pisa – Pisa
Those who visit the city of Pisa, in the Tuscany region, immediately think of the city's most famous attraction, especially the imposing Leaning Tower of Pisa. The tourist attraction, known for its famous slope, is actually a bell tower of the town's cathedral. But it goes far beyond a historic building, as it was there that Galileo Galilei tested his theory of gravity by flinging two spheres of different masses from its top. As you may have already seen, many tourists accumulate in front of you to take the classic photo where they pretend to be holding the tower.
Bridge of Sighs – Venice
The Bridge of Sighs is undoubtedly one of the most famous sights in beautiful and romantic Venice. Built in the early 17th century, it crosses the Rio di Palazzo and connects the Doge's Palace, where interrogation rooms and former prisons were located, to Prigioni Nuove, a new prison. There are two legends that revolve around the place: the first says that the name was given because the prisoners passing through there took their last breath when they saw the outside world for the last time. The second says that eternal love will be granted to couples who kiss during sunset as they pass the Bridge of Sighs by gondola.
Vittorio Emanuele Gallery – Milan
Firstly, when you enter the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery in Milan, you can have the impression of being in a palace. However, the place, known as the “Hall of Milan”, is an upscale mall. Whether just having a coffee or shopping in trendy stores, the luxurious space is one of the most interesting places to visit in Milan: it was designed in the 19th century and houses the first Prada store opened in Italy.
Ponte Vecchio – Florence
Ponte Vecchio is, in fact, a great symbol of Florentine romanticism. Built in 1345, it is surprisingly the oldest stone bridge in Europe and survived intact the Second World War, when several other bridges in the city were destroyed by German troops. Currently, the bridge has several sophisticated jewelry stores along its length, but its reality was not always like this: during the 15th and 16th centuries its suspended houses were occupied by butchers.
Roman Forum and Paladin – Rome
Rome has seven hills and Mount Paladino is the one in the center. After all, considered one of the oldest areas of the Eternal City, Greek mythology still claims to be the place where the twins Romulus and Remus were suckled by the wolf and gave rise to the city. Next to it is the Roman Forum, which features well-preserved ruins of the buildings where the public, commercial and leisure agencies of the time worked. It was the place where fundamental and political issues of the city were dealt with.
St Mark's Square and Basilica – Venice
St. Mark's Square has always been the epicenter of Venice's public and religious life, certainly one of the main tourist attractions in Italy. In it is located the Basilica of San Marcos, which won the title of cathedral of the city in 1807. There are more than 4 thousand square meters covered with incredible mosaics and imposing columns. The interior of the temple is gilded and on its altar is where Saint Mark is buried. In addition, there is a museum inside the church, where you can see details of the works displayed there.
Teatro alla Scala – Milan
If you appreciate classical music, you should plan a visit to the beautiful Teatro alla Scala, one of the most famous lyrical theaters in the world. Despite being very old (it was opened in 1778), its facilities are quite modern, due to the various renovations it has undergone over the years. Highlight for its auditorium lined with red velvet and ornate with golden details, in addition to a chandelier with more than 380 lamps. Several world-renowned operas had their premieres at the Teatro ala Scala, such as Verd's Otello e Nabuco and Puccini's Madame Butterfly. Finally, the theater also has a museum whose collection offers a large collection of paintings and works of art related to the world of opera.
Central Market – Florence
If you go to Florence, take a few hours to walk around its Central Market, a place where you can, for example, get to know the Florentine customs. With more than 3 thousand square meters, the space presents several examples of traditional Italian cuisine, especially those most typical dishes from the Tuscany region. In addition, there are several stalls offering fruit, fish, cheese, ham and condiments. It is a recommended tour for those who want to have greater contact with the daily life of the city in the best possible way: through delicious dishes. Inside, there are mostly priceless works of art.
Cathedral of Pisa – Pisa
Another tourist spot that you cannot miss in Italy is the Cathedral of Pisa. Built in 1118, the building is a true architectural treasure due to its huge bronze doors and the Arab influence on its facade, covered in white marble. Inside, priceless works of art can be seen, one of which is the largest medieval Islamic sculpture ever made, a replica of the Pisa Griffin, a mystical beast.
Trevi Fountain – Rome
The Trevi Fountain (Fountain of the Clovers) owes its name to the fact that in the past it was the intersection of three roads and also the final point of the Vergine Aqueduct. Its design was made by Nicola Salvi, who died during its execution, and was finished by Giuseppe Pannini. The central statue is that of Neptune who has two Tritons beside him, one dominating a rebellious seahorse and dominating a more tame seahorse, both representing the contrast of the tides. The fountain is full of coins, as legend has it that anyone who throws coins into the fountain's water gets their wishes granted.
Clock Tower – Venice
The Clock Tower in Venice is one of the most photographed and contemplated monuments in the city, as well as a true architectural symbol. Built in the 15th century, it is located in the middle of Praça São Marcos and has five floors, being possible to see it from different points of the city. The tower maintains at its top a large astronomical clock, a true masterpiece of engineering and technology, which has followed the passage of time in Venice for more than 500 years. It is possible to visit the top of the tower by prior arrangement.
Florence Duomo – Florence
A true treasure that graces Florence's skyline, the Duomo is one of the largest Christian churches in the world. With its sumptuous dome and very high bell tower, it had its origins in 1296 and its construction took more than 70 years to complete. The result, however, was worth it: it is 43 meters wide and has a dome that reaches more than 100 meters. For those who want to reach it, there are 462 steps to the top, but the result makes up for it with one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the city.
Vesuvius – Naples
The Vesuvius volcano, located on the archaeological site of ancient Pompeii, was responsible for destroying two cities (Pompei and Herculaneum) in 79 AD and is still considered the largest active volcano in Italy – its last eruption took place less than a century ago. For those who want to discover its huge craters, there are excursions that take you to the top. Although the climb is not the easiest, as the volcano is 1,281 meters high, this is one of the main and most interesting tourist attractions to visit in Italy.
Cinque Terre – Riviera Ligure
A true cinema scene is what you will find when visiting the Cinque Terre, formed by the charming towns of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. Located on top of stunning hills, the communes are full of colorful houses on the edge of a sea with incredible blue tones. There are trails that lead to breathtaking viewpoints with some of the best panoramic views in the country.
Amalfi Coast – Salerno
The Amalfi Coast is another of the must-see tourist spots to visit in Italy and one of the most sought after destinations by tourists from all over the world. There are thirteen small communes along 60 kilometers of a very winding coastal road with breathtaking views. Houses balanced on steep hills next to the spectacular tone of the Mediterranean Sea will impress anyone. It is worth combining this tour with a fabulous tour of the Island of Capri, which is close to the region.
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