One of the most popular countries for tourists worldwide, Italy will never go out of style. From the Grand Canal of Venice, the beautiful landscapes and wineries of Tuscany, to the fantastic historical sites of Rome, Italy will be a trip you will remember forever. Some Italian tourist areas have already, or are considering, limiting the number of tourists allowed in certain areas. Now is a great time to go. In fact, chances are that if you go once you will fall in love and vow to return again.
Why pick this guide?
I am a seasoned travel writer, photographer, and videographer who is passionate about seeing the world and sharing it with my readers and viewers. I have just returned from the magnificent Dolomites in Italy, the fabulous country of Slovenia, and amazing Croatia. I have traveled to Europe seven times and have traveled extensively throughout the United States.
Planning a trip can be overwhelming. It makes sense to plan your trips with advice and guidance from someone who has been there, done that. Get the most from your travels by starting with these guides, and then build on it to make it your own personal adventure. In addition to great info to get you started in planning your trip, I provide lots of photos, videos, and links to other articles for more details so you can tailor your trip to match your interests.
- Zip lining in the Dolomites
- Magnificent mountain views of Cortina
- Falzarego and Ortisei;
- The dying art of carving shells for beautiful cameos at Jovon Jewelers in Venice;
- Fantastic restaurants in Venice, Monterosso, Rome, Montepulciano
- Vaporetto rides to Murano and Burano;
- Beautiful green parks in the Castello section of Venice;
- And so much more! Enjoy!
Stop 1: Venice
Everyone should see Venice at least once in their life. The city of canals is one of a kind, with its intriguing history, outstanding architecture, magnificent art, and wonderful food and wine. The Grand Canal, San Marco Square with the amazing San Marco Basilica and Doge Palace, the Rialto Bridge, Castello, and other fascinating sights will delight you. Take a short boat ride to Murano, island of glass, and Burano, the island of lace and colored houses.
Stop 2: Cortina di’Ampezzo
World class ski destination in the winter, beautiful scenery year round, magnificent views of surrounding Dolomites, scenic hiking trails, and world class shopping.
Stop 3: Ortisei
Ortisei is a charming small town with grand views of the surrounding Dolomites. A modern, convenient cable car whisks you up to the top of Alpe di Siusi, the largest alpine meadow in Europe.
Stop 4: La Spezia
La Spezia is a wonderful coastal village with a main train station that is an easy 10 – 20 minutes to any of the five villages of Cinque Terre. La Spezia has a wide range of lodging and eating options, and has a promenade along the Ligurian Sea for scenic strolls and relaxing views.
Stop 5: Florence
Florence – world headquarters for art! The Duomo, Ufizzi Gallery, Accademia, and countless other museums and art galleries are amazing. There is also fantastic food, beautiful architecture, intriguing history, street markets, churches, jewelry, leather goods, and on and on.
Stop 6: San Gimignano
San Gimignano is a favorite among visitors to Tuscany for the many towers, lovely churches and piazzas, and panoramic views of the Tuscan countryside. Check out the Torture Museum (Museo della Tortura), medieval festivals, the charming Piazza della Cisterna, the (Devil’s Tower), and some of the best gelato around.
Stop 7: Rome
Rome, the Eternal City, is at the top of many people’s bucket list. Probably the most famous city in the world, with historic icons like the Colosseum, the Forum, the Vatican and numerous other religious and historical sites make Rome a must see. The Trevi Fountain is breathtaking, the Pantheon magnificent, and the ancient ruins take us back in time. And the food and wine is second to none.