Home Is Where Your Passport Is: Buon Viaggio! Explore Stunning Italy
Some of us are programmed to explore, others are programmed to dream. Regardless of which category you fall into, there is a whole world out there just waiting to be discovered.
Her.ie’s new weekly travel guide brings you to some of the most inspiring places in the world and dares you to turn those dreams into an adventure of a lifetime.
As the saying goes, ‘home is where your passport is’ – so where will your passport end up next?
This week we’re off to explore the stunning sights of Italy. From world famous cuisine to shopping that’s out of this world, there’s something for everyone in the country of romance, pizza and history.
Say Italy to the majority of people and the first thought that pops into their head will be Rome. It’s not hard to see why though as the Italian capital attracts millions of visitors every year. Home to the Vatican City, that’s not all that Rome has to offer. Explore the architecture that dates back to the grandeur of the Roman Empire, wonder at the Sistine Chapel, be amazed by the Colosseum and be sure to stop off at the Trevi Fountain.
Located in the north of Italy, Tuscany is full of old world charm, and is renowned for its amazing wine, mouth-watering cuisine and stunning scenery. Be sure to explore further afield as Tuscany is rich in history and art. Check out the Statue of David and of course, the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Down to the south of Italy now, and Sorrento is a charming getaway, perfect for a romantic break away with your loved one. Famous for limoncello, Sorrento is also the perfect starting point to explore Naples and the Amalfi coast.
If there’s one place in Italy that’s sure to steal your heart, it’s the magical city of Venice. Home to the world famous canals, the city is a World Heritage Site that offers the best of Italy. Wander through the streets, relax on board a gondola and simply, while some time away. Stop into Saint Mark’s Basilica, the most famous of the city’s churches.
Often known as the fashion capital of Italy, Milan does not disappoint when it comes to the wide range of shops on offer. If you’re looking for designer goods, high-end dining and night life, then Milan is the place to be. Get your architecture fix by stopping into Milan Cathedral, the Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, home to da Vinci’s fresco ‘The Last Supper’.
Head back to Northern Italy’s Lombardy region to discover the beauty of Lake Como. Its dramatic scenery and deep-blue waters lie nestled at the foothills of the Alps. Be sure to bring some extra cash with you though, as the hotels and resorts around are the height of luxury.
Other unmissable things in Italy include Mount Vesuvius, St. Peter’s Basilica, Florence Cathedral and, if you’ve time, head on to Sicily for some more exploring!