Italy is a really popular place for people from all around the world to visit, and it’s no surprise why. Incredible food and drink, many diverse and beautiful landscapes, art and culture and, of course, the glorious weather.
However, there are many different parts of Italy and where you should go depends on what it is you are looking for on your trip. Here is how to work out which Italian destination is right for you.
Exploring Italy with children
Obviously, this is an important one for us, as we love to travel as a family (even if it does mean a little extra preparation), and Italy is a fantastic place to visit with children. Choose somewhere like Sicily or Puglia if you want to spend some time on some of the beautiful beaches, enjoying walks and outdoor adventures.
Or perhaps your children will enjoy visiting the more urban cities, especially older ones, as you can go shopping, or explore local museums and sights. It’s much more interesting to learn about history and art through seeing it in real life than reading it in a book, after all!
Exploring Italy off the beaten path
Sardinia is the little Mediterranean island just to the south of Corsica. Although tourists know about the main area, if you stray away from the north-east corner and head into the interior hills of Sardinia, it’s an untouched land of rugged mountains and small villages, according to 1Cover. Go towards the coast and find some absolutely stunning beaches, which are usually pretty quiet. There is something pretty special about finding a hidden gem that tourists are yet to discover.
Exploring Italy for the history buffs
There is no better way to explore history than to stand on the ruins where real events took place, and if that is your thing, Rome is the perfect place for you! Of course, you have to start with the Colosseum, which is something amazing to behold, even if history wasn’t your favorite subject at school.
If the Gladiators really interest you, you can even take part in the Roman Gladiator School which allows you to dress up in the proper clothes and learn how to use the weapons!
The Pantheon is another attraction worth going to see, especially as it is free entry, as are The Spanish Steps designed in the 1720s.
Exploring Italy as a metropolitan heaven
If you’re all about chic cities, Naples, the capital of the Campania region in Southern Italy, is a great place to stay. The city of Naples offers a whole host of amazing artworks and historic sites as well as a treasure trove of shops, restaurants and bars. It is also the birthplace of a lot of the best Italian foods, including pizza and spaghetti, so if you are a foodie, Naples will be perfect!
Exploring Italy for the art lovers
Florence is the cradle of the Renaissance and is so full of exquisite architecture and art that it’s hard to know where to look! Florence is perfect for a romantic weekend getaway, thanks to its vibrant nightlife, restaurants and varied cultural activities, from the opera to the art galleries, plus a whole host of quirky shops and craft boutiques. You are going to want to bring your camera with you for a trip to Florence, as it is incredibly beautiful.
As you can see, Italy has something for everyone. To get the most out of your Italy exploration, think about what it is you want to experience and find the place that is the best for that. Have you been to Italy? Let me know in the comments if you have any top tips!