Italy is a diverse destination for beaches, activities or traditional city holidays. What kind of Italian vacation do you dream of?
Romantic Venice is one of Italy's best-known destinations, and for good reason. The peculiar atmosphere of the canal city, the labyrinthine streets and the atmosphere, which is like a cinematic scene, make tourists fall in love with Venice.
The city's most classic experiences include gondola cruises led by striped gondolas, crossing the Rialto Bridge and, of course, Venice's traditional early carnival. Decorative masks are a familiar sight in the city's souvenir shops, but Venice is also much more than a once-in-a-lifetime destination for travelers.
Genuine Venice opens up beyond the most popular tourist destinations and is worth giving it a chance. Experience the Cannareggio, San Polo and Giardini Gardens, for example.
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Who wouldn't have heard of the leaning tower of Pisa? Located in northern Italy, about 80 kilometers from Florence, Pisa became famous for a construction failure when it was estimated that the tower, which was completed in the 1370s, began to rise. The tower is obviously skewed, and by 2000 the tilt between the base of the tower and the summit was already 4.4 meters. Since then, there has been a number of repairs to curb the tilt.
While the tower is clearly Pisa's most famous attraction, there is much more to see in the city. For example, a spectacular cathedral right next to the tower, which was initially planned to play a much larger role, but which was unhelpfully overshadowed by the tower, is a point of interest.
In addition to its architectural attractions, Pisa has many museums and temples of interest. The beaches of the Tuscany area are close by, making it easy to add beach experiences to your city break.
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The Pompeii ruin town in the Province of Naples is a historic site that was completely destroyed in 79 by the eruption of the Vesuvius volcano. At one time, Pompeii was one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire, but was buried with ash and stone.
Today, the ruins of Pompeii are an interesting historical site, easily accessible by public transport such as Naples. During the visit you can explore different areas of the city of Pompeii and see the damage caused by the volcanic eruption. Some of the ruins are in amazingly good condition, and while some of the houses have only the foundations left, some houses can see colorful murals, for example.
Pompeii is a popular tourist attraction and traffic jams should be prepared especially during the summer months. Book a visit for at least a few hours, but traveling around the ruins quickly takes even a whole day.
4. Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi coast south of Naples is full of beautiful beach scenery that attracts tourists especially during the summer. Small atmospheric beach towns, colorful houses and narrow streets quickly bring you into the holiday mood.
The coast is made up of several cities, the most famous of which are Amalfi, Positano and Ravello. Attractions are quite limited, and holidays on the Amalfi Coast are mainly spent enjoying the atmosphere and the beaches. Hiking is a popular pastime on the Amalfi Coast.
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5. Lake Garda
The most famous lake in Italy, Lago di Garda in the northern part of the country, is a lush and mountainous resort. The small towns along the lake offer spectacular scenery, and Lake Garda is popular for its spectacular views: there is no lack of postcard scenery!
Known for its tranquil atmosphere and good activity, Lake Garda makes it a popular destination especially for families and couples. Lush green nature and good hiking and biking trails also attract active travelers. Lake Garda also has beaches, of course, but the area is not a traditional beach resort.
Finland is easy to travel to Lake Garda via Milan or Venice. Both cities have good transport links to the lake. The nearest airport is Lake Garda, about 30 km from Verona.
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6. Cinque Terre
Just off the Mediterranean Sea in northern Italy, the Cinque Terre is an area of five villages whose picturesque landscapes attract tourists so much that they have already been limited. The impressive architecture of the area combined with the rugged scenery creates a unique landscape for Cinque Terreen.
The typical landscape of Cinque Terre is a combination of a rugged rock and colorful houses rising from it, which visitors around the world want to see for themselves. The name refers to five countries and, by name, the villages of Monterosso, Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Corniglia and Manarola.
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Text: Inka Khanji
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