Tiny cobblestone streets line the city while little mopeds attempt to scoot past walking tourists. The smell of fresh bread and sweets fill the air as the sun begins to set over the Ponte Vecchio bridge.
Feel like you are there yet? Italy is by far my favorite country to visit. On two separate occasions I have spent time in Italy. When I was 16 my mother, brother and I traveled to Italy where we stayed for over two months. We lived in the city of Florence in a small loft apartment, just a short hop from the Ponte Vecchio Bridge. The second time I visited Italy was when I studied abroad with Semester at Sea. Both experiences were by far amazing. Not only are the sights of Italy extraordinary but the aromas, sounds, and people are exquisite.
Based off of my experiences, there are 7 MUST SEE sights while in Italy.
1. Ponte Vecchio Bridge
Florence is the coolest city to visit when in Italy. I am a little basis based off of the fact that I lived there for over two months but it is a must see. From the Italian gold jewelry shops to the little gelato door fronts, the bridge is one of the most culture-filled locations of Florence. Many times in the evenings, you will be able to catch the most beautiful sunset along with some elegant music by street performers.
Venice is a beautiful and elegant town that is very populated by tourists. This is where you will find the gandalas and waterway streets. Taking the time to just walk the streets and take in the views is essential. Make sure to visit San Marco Basilica!!
I absolutely love the city of Pisa! Not only will you get the chance to see the iconic leaning tower, but you can roam the city in the same afternoon. This sight is a must see and don’t forget to take a photo of you trying to hold up the tower! You can also enter the courtyard of the Pisa and take some fantastic photos there as well.
4. Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre is the perfect spot for a couple because of the romantic feel. The Italian Rivera houses five extremely beautiful islands that light up with delightful people. The buildings are an array of pastel colors and the streets are steep pathways. The only way to access these islands are by boat. We stayed the night at one of the coastal towns and were able to explore the little cities. Lastly, I recommend exploring each island and if you are up for it, cliff jumping while you are there!
5. Trevi Fountain
When in Roma, make sure to see the Trevi Fountain. Though extremely touristy, the Trevi Fountain is an exquisite sight. It is located near the center of Rome where you will also be able to grab a gelato, browse a few shops, and catch a selfie with the magnificent fountain! Make sure to throw a penny in and make a wish.
The Colosseum is one of the 7 wonders of the world and for a good reason. This beautiful and historical monument is as fantastic as the books and movies make it seem. Though the line may be long, make sure to take a tour of the inside!!
When in Florence, it is hard to pass up seeing the Duomo. This magnificent cathedral is in the center of the city. A very touristy area, the Duomo is surrounded by tons of shops and restaurants. One of my favorite activities to do while in Florence was to sit on the steps across from the Duomo and people watch. it really is a beautiful sight! Make sure you climb the 300+ steps of the bell tower, overlooking the city.
There are plenty of other wonderful places to see in Italy beside the seven listed above. Additionally, there are many more places I want to see the next time I am exploring.
I truly recommend visiting at much as Italy as possible. It is such a beautiful country with tons of culture, amazing food, and unbelievable sights.
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