From delicious food to intriguing historical sites, there is no other destination with richer tradition and history than Italy. Home to an abundance of ancient Italian tourist attractions often dating back thousands of years and with hundreds of locations to choose from, narrowing down your top destinations for your Italian holiday can be a difficult task. Below are just a few of the amazing top historical sites located around Italy to make your decision process a little easier.
Rome – Fountain di Trevi
No trip to Rome in Italy is complete without visiting the Fountain di Trevi (Trevi Fountain). This beautiful historical fountain is located in the Quirinale district of Rome and is known to be one of the largest and most stunning fountains in the world. Dating back to ancient Roman times, the Fountain di Trei is one of the oldest water sources in Rome and when open to the public, around €3,000 is tossed into it every day as people follow the tradition of throwing coins over their shoulder. The legend holds that throwing a coin into the fountain guarantee a visitor’s return to Rome. Every night the coins are collected and are kindly donated to an Italian charity called Caritas – a charity supporting Rome’s needy to help them get groceries. Avoid the crowds and visit the fountain at night to see its stunning sculptures lit up in all its glory.
Venice – St Mark’s Basilica
Saint Mark’s Basilica is a world-famous Byzantine Cathedral in Venice, Italy and is considered one of the most beautiful and most visited sites in the country. With a vast history dating back to the 9th century A.D, Saint Mark’s Basilica is a grand church with a lot of interesting stories and legends behind it. The church is home to more than 85,000 square feet of mosaic from over eight centuries covering the walls, floors and ceilings. It is highly recommended that you visit a few of the small museums located within the Basilica at the end of your tour or take part in a guided excursion so that you can fully understand the meaning of each mosaic.
Florence – Uffizi
The Uffizi located in Tuscany, Florence was originally intended as the offices of Duke Cosimo I dei Medici. It is now considered as one of the most famous museums in the world. For art enthusiasts, the Uffizi should be at the top of your to do list as it houses some of the most stunning works of art by great Italian artists such as Botticelli, Giotto, Cumabue, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello many more.
Sardinia – Bronze Age Settlement
Sardinia is a large Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea with nearly 2,000 km of glamorous coastline, seductive sandy beaches and a mountainous scenery with fabulous hiking trails. The island of Sardinia has much to offer in the way of things to do throughout your trip. Make the most of your time in Sardinia and visit a number of its prime historical sites like the Bronze Age settlement of Su Nuraxi Di Barumini – the most visited archaeological site on the island. It is a truly unique historical ruin which was made a UNESCO Word Heritage site in 1997. The one of a kind archaeological site provides a detailed insight into the history of Sardinia.