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 that you should visit in Italy- I hope you enjoy!
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.
Reaching and getting around Venice and Burano
Venice is serviced by Marco Polo Airport and has buses that go directly to and from the city on a regular basis. Venice Santa Lucia is the main train station in the city and is easily reached and has connections from most cities in Italy.
The easiest way to manoeuvre your way around the city is by foot. Cars and bicycles are not permitted in central Venice whilst Vaporetto and water taxis are the main public transport system around the city.
To reach Burano you will need to take vaporetto Line number 12 from Fondamente Nuove to Burano. It’s approximately a 45 minute journey costing around €15.
3 Things that you might not have known about Venice and Burano
1)Cycling is banned in central Venice.
2)The city of Venice is made up from 118 small islands, all linked together by bridges.
3)Each house in Burano is painted differently to its neighbours and anyone wishing to paint their house needs permission from the local council who will advise of the colours permitted for that location.
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.
One of the problems when deciding where to visit in Italy is that it has so many beautiful places to choose from, but I believe Verona could be the pick of them all. Now I’m sure that there are those who are thinking what about Venice, Rome, or Florence and you would be quite right for thinking that they warrant a place on your travel list. But there is just something magical about Verona that will pull you in from the moment you arrive and will leave you longing to visit again long after you have left.
Reaching and getting around Verona
Verona Villafranca Airport, also known as Valerio Catullo Airport or Villafranca Airport, is situated approximately 10km southwest of the city. A shuttle bus service runs frequently between the airport and Porta Nuova railway station. The bus stop is in front of Porta Nuova railway station.
Alternatively, if you are arriving via train, then the city’s train station Porta Nuova is a short walk away from the city centre. Verona is a compact city and is best and easily explored on foot or by bicycle.
3 things that you might not have known about Verona
1)Verona is more than 2,000 years old.
2)The Verona Arena is the third largest Roman Amphitheater in Italy.
3)Verona is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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.
Reaching Genoa/Cinque Terre and getting around
Genoa is serviced by Cristoforo Colombo Airport located approximately 6km west of the city. Buses run regularly to and from Genoa’s two main train stations (Piazza Principe and Brignole). The city’s two main train stations are also easily reached from other parts of Italy with regular trains running to and from other cities in Italy.
The easiest way to reach and travel between the villages in Cinque Terre is by train. Genoa, Pisa and Rome offer train services that will connect you to all the five villages. The closest airports are in Genoa and Pisa.
3 things that you might not have known about Genoa and Cinque Terre
1)The famous Italian sauce-pesto, originates from Genoa.
2)The great explorer Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa.
3)No cars are allowed in the villages of Cinque Terre.
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.
Reaching Val di Funes
If you are exploring Val di Funes, and the Dolomites in general, then travelling by car is a great way to get around and see all that it has to offer. Whilst this is probably your best option, it is still easily reached if you are using public transport with the closest airports being Innsbruck and Verona, where you can continue your journey onwards via train that will take you to Bressanone/Brixen, before getting a connecting bus that takes you to Val Di Funes.
3 things that you might not have known about the Dolomites
1)The Dolomites are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2)In 1991 an ice mummy believed to be around 5,000 years old was discovered in the peaks.
3)The Dolomites are also known as the “Pale Mountains” due to their unique pale colour.
So those are my six places that you should visit in Italy. Have you visited any of these destinations? What is your favourite place to visit in Italy? Let me know in the comments below.
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