Italy is one of the most popular destinations to visit in Europe. A country that provides a cultural elegance to go along with some achingly beautiful scenery, all helping to make it the perfect European getaway. There are many places that you can visit, so I have compiled a small list of cities that mainly reside in Northern Italy which I think are simply too good to miss out on. Here are my Six places to visit in Italy- I hope you enjoy!
Venice/Burano; romantic notions and visions of beauty all come rushing to mind when most people think of this Italian city. Venice is simply stunning! A labyrinth of picturesque streets, intertwined with bridges and canals, makes for quite the enchanting experience. History, art, culture, bustling neighbourhood hangouts, Venice has it all and whilst it can get busy at times, you are never far away from one of its secluded squares where you will have time to sit and catch your breath as you watch the world go by.
Whilst in Venice, you should visit Burano; located 4 miles away you can take the vaporetto from St. Marks Square to visit this picturesque island. A true fisherman’s island with fantastic seafood, Burano offers a more slower pace of life than Venice. If you have ever seen those picturesque rainbow coloured houses on instagram, then those aren’t actually from the main island of Venice, but beautiful Burano.
Verona; for a less crowded yet just as beautiful experience as Venice, head for the city of Shakespeare’s star- crossed lovers and you won’t be left disappointed. Not only is Verona stunningly beautiful, it is also a place that will reel you in with its undeniable charm. With a historical amphitheater, a beautiful city centre, enchanting old town, fantastic dining options and a medieval fortress that provides views over the city as far as the eye can see, making Verona a must for anyone visiting Italy.
Genoa/Cinque Terre; Take a visit to Genoa for a colourful adventure where an air of coolness merges with Italian culture to form a vibrant city. Discover and explore the intricate streets of the old town or the energetic buzz of the city centre. You can go and visit the port whilst taking a stroll along to the beautiful fishing village of Boccadasse, but don’t forget to round off your evening by taking in the late evening panoramic views from Spianata Castelletto.
From Genoa carry on along the coast to Cinque Terre; here you will find the five beautifully colourful, seaside villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, all located along the rugged coastline of the Italian Riviera. Harbours are filled with fishing boats, as people pull up a seat at eateries and cafes to sample the local cuisine. Hiking trails link all the villages offering you the chance to take in Sea views as far as the eye can see in this stunning part of Italy.
Val di Funes; no trip to Italy would be complete without paying a visit to the Dolomites. This scenic valley is located on the edge of the Dolomites in north east Italy. Although a little off the beaten track, it is a simply stunning part of the world and one that I would encourage people to visit. Surrounded by breathtaking views and hiking trails, it is the perfect place to come and unwind as you disconnect from the stresses modern society.
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