There are many places in the world that have their own list of must-do’s or must-sees that people tick off their bucket lists. One such popular destination, Italy is not only a physically beautiful place made even more so with their ties with art, but one where some “beautiful” things can be done:
1. View the most famous paintings in the world
The setting is the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and this is only one of the art hotspots in the whole of Italy which we are trying to convey in this review. Florence however is the birthplace of the Renaissance, and it’s in this gallery that most of the artistic Italian Renaissance masterpieces are collected and displayed. Other must-sees are Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” in the Santa Maria delle Grazie – one of the most famous masterpieces in the world – viewing of which is restricted to 15 minutes at a time.
2. Catch an opera performance in Verona
Italy’s love for art bursts everywhere from the intricately decorated churches and paintings that remain from their glory days. In the past, Italy was home to palatial colosseums and ancient cities like Pompeii and Herculaneum where noble Italians once walked and appreciated the rich traditions and somewhat curious pastimes. Gladiator fights and chariot races in the Colosseum aside, amphitheaters in modern-day Italy feature famous Italian singing groups in the summer, and are such a spectacle as to be just as preserved as when operas were first held in Verona.
3. Cruise along the Amalfi Coast
The infamous drive along the Sorrentine Peninsula’s Amalfi Coast is worth it. View the stunning scenery past your car window as you cruise the 50-km stretch of road along the Italian coastline. Scary at times, it’s the most sightseeing you can get of the villages, vineyards, and beaches in the area.
4. Wander and row your way in Venice
Venice is a tiny canal city in Italy, and is one of the most romantic and poetic places in the world. Aside from riding the traditional gondola, you can also ride one of the 19 lines of vaporettos: Venetian water buses or water taxis that traverse the city. A good long ride will do the trick. One of the most curious sights in all of Italy, Venice has its waterways gripping our imagination, and along with heavyweights like Rome and Florence, Venice has activities that complement its physical allure and surrounding charm.
5. Cinque Terre
A recognisable feature lining the Italian Riviera. A string of five beautiful brightly lit seaside towns or villages perched almost precariously on the rugged coastline, overviewing the sea. Albeit looking a little dangerous, hiking the trail of the Cinque Terre can be accomplished with a guide and is immediately gratifying. It affords you incomparable access to the picturesque towns and a hike overlooking a scenic vista unlike any other in Italy.
Complete your trip to Italy with these 5 beautiful activities. There are more things you can whip up in your itinerary that can make you appreciate the wonders of this country; your views of Italy can evolve with the variety of things you do to fully embrace it.
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