If you’re planning to take a trip to
Italy in the near future, there are three cities you absolutely must
visit. These are Rome, Venice, and Florence. Each of these are
incredibly beautiful cities that are worth seeing for their own
unique reasons. Whether it’s the fascinating history of Rome, the
gorgeous canals of Venice, or the Renaissance art of Florence, all
three cities should be on every traveller’s bucket list. Let’s
take a look at a few of each city’s major attractions and see what
makes them special.
The Colosseum: Of course, Rome
is famous for its history as one of the greatest empires that ever
existed. What better place to experience that history than the
Colosseum itself? At one time, this was the site of bloody battles
and chariot races. Today, it’s a major tourist attraction. And even
though it hadn’t been used for centuries, the structure is still
mostly intact. This is a must-see for anyone who appreciates history.
The Sistine Chapel: You can find
the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City, which is located within Rome.
Widely considered one of the greatest artistic achievements in human
history, the Sistine Chapel is something every art lover deserves to
see. Along with its famous ceiling painted by Michelangelo, the
Sistine Chapel also contains brilliant frescoes by artists such as
Botticelli and Ghirlandaio. Seeing the Chapel is a once in a lifetime
opportunity. You don’t want to miss out on it.
The Pantheon: Originally built
as a place of worship for the Roman gods, the Pantheon is considered
the world’s only architecturally perfect building. Along with being
the largest dome in the world for many centuries, it’s also the
burial place for many Roman kings. Because it’s been used for
various purposes throughout history, it’s one of the best preserved
buildings of Ancient Rome. This makes it an obvious place to visit
while you’re in the city.
Saint Mark’s Basilica: Saint
Mark’s Basilica is one of the most famous religious buildings in
Italy. It’s also one of the most visited attractions in Venice. If
you’ve ever wanted to see some Byzantine architecture up close,
this is its most perfect example. Along with being a beautiful work
of architecture in itself, the church also contains many brilliant
works of art. This includes over 85,000 square feet of mosaics. It’s
a truly magnificent site and something you can’t afford to miss.
Saint Mark’s Square: One of
the best places to start your adventures in Venice is in Saint Mark’s
Square. This famous piazza has been the site of many important
historical events. Napoleon Bonaparte himself is said to have called
it “the drawing room of Europe.” From here, you can find your way
to many of Venice’s other attractions, including Saint Mark’s
Basilica and Doge’s Palace. It’s also a wonderful place to simply
get lost and wander around. Being in the site of so many beautiful
works of architecture can keep you entertained for hours.
The Grand Canal: As you probably
know, the city of Venice is made up of hundreds of canals. Of these,
the Grand Canal is the largest. This massive waterway reaches from
one side of the city to the other. Before you leave Venice, you
should take a trip down the canal in a gondola. This is a marvelous
way to see the city, and it’s a ride unlike anything you’ll see
anywhere else. When you go down the Grand Canal, you’ll pass nearly
200 buildings, some of which have been around for centuries.
Duomo di Firenze: The Duomo is
one of Florence’s most iconic landmarks. The construction took 150
years to complete and is a truly breathtaking sight to behold. The
interior by contrast is surprisingly sparse but still worth seeing.
Inside, you will see frescoes by Vasari and Zuccari. There are also
44 stained glass windows. On top of all this, you can also climb the
cathedral’s famous dome. This is will give you an indescribably
beautiful view of the gorgeous city of Florence.
The Uffizi Gallery: The Uffizi
Gallery is one of the world’s first modern museums. To this day,
it’s one of the most famous and most visited museums in the world.
It’s well-known for its collections of priceless Renaissance art.
Some of these include The Birth of Venus by Botticelli, Bacchus by
Caravaggio, and Madonna of the Goldfinch by Raphael. Of course, the
Uffizi isn’t limited to just the Renaissance. It also contains
works from Ancient Greece all the way to the 18th century. It’s a
truly magnificent museum and something art lovers have to see.
The Accademia Gallery: For those
of you who can’t get enough Renaissance art, you should also check
out the Accademia Gallery. This museum is famous for being the home
of Michelangelo’s David, which is possibly his greatest work. It
also contains many of his other sculptures, including the harrowing
Prigioni. On top of this, you can find paintings by other Renaissance
artists such as Botticelli, Lippi, and Ghirlandaio.
Of course, this is only a small sample
of what makes each city unforgettable. Start planning your trip
today, and see for yourself what makes them must-see destinations.