Author Sushant Published on October 11th 2018
For a long time, Italy was once a series of small city-states and regions before unification in the 19th century. Each area has its own distinct culture which attracts people from all over the world. When I visited Italy, I penned some of the best cities to visit each with their spirited personalities and some fantastic sights and experiences to enjoy.
Naples, southern Italy’s largest city, is a unique city on the coast with an archaeological museum, charming historical centre, two castles, and a breathtaking seafront area. Via San Gregorio Armeno is known as the street of nativity workshops. There are several underground spots to see remains of the grand ancient Roman city. I was dumbfounded by the city's beauty. You must put it as a priority on your must-visit list.
A small resort with a big reputation, Sorrento is a town of lemons in Naples, high-pedigree hotels and plunging cliffs that cut through the heart of the historical core. I’ve been at this magical place and it’s stunning. There are some oivstas well. It’s known for lemons and lemoncillo and clear blue waters. While Naples is a city of Pizzas, Sorrento is a city of lip-smacking lemons.
The Famous Italian capital was also the capital of the ancient Roman empire. I read Julius Caeser in my 7th grade and wanted to visit the place since then. If you haven't seen historic sites such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon, you have missed a lot. You can't visit Italy and not visit Rome. That's a traveller's crime (on a lighter note).
Among famous Italian destinations, the Vatican City is another one of the attractions of visiting Rome. The ancient Sistine Chapel is the ultimate highlight of the visit, and the artworks are just breathtaking. You may not be allowed to take cameras at some places, but the tour will be worth it.
Florence, called the "Athens of the middle ages, is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Europe, if not the world. For many people, it is a brief stop in a world heritage city. I suggest you to walk throughout your visit to this magical city, which gives you an amazing opportunity to enjoy the city like a true '"Florentine". I was really impressed by the architectural brilliance of this city.
Milan is famously known as the fashion capital of the world and has a quicker pace of life than the rest of the country. Its stunning Gothic Duomo is famous as the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. I suggest that you visit the rooftop for a close-up look at the gargoyles and statues which are hauntingly beautiful. Milan is also renowned for La Scala Opera House and da Vinci’s The Last Supper painting. If you want to grab the play tickets, Hurry Up! It sells out before you can even blink.
Venice is a destination that I always wanted to run to (and never leave it). It’s regarded as the most romantic city in the world. It’s Venice, the floating city built on an ancient lagoon along the Adriatic Sea in northeastern Italy. Venice is most passionate in autumn with the bright colours of glassy arts and crafts and refined embroidered items. More than that, a traveller can indulge in the floating and happy feeling of eternal love in Venice. The city is worth every praise it gets.
How to Travel Across Italy
Train travel is the ideal approach to visit Italian urban communities. Driving in downtown areas is limited, and stopping can be troublesome and costly. In case you want to visit the urban locations, I don't prescribe going via a rented car. Current approximate travel time between urban communities on the freccia (train), south to north is:
Naples to Rome – 1:10 hours
Rome to Florence – 1:16 to 1:30 hours
Florence to Milan – 1:39 hours
Florence to Venice – 2:05 hours
Venice to Milan – 2:35 hours