The best places to visit in ITALY for culture and food

 

Italy gave us pizza and pasta (thank you!), gelato, Vespas and well-dressed men (more thanks!) It changed the world through the work of Leonardo Da Vinci, Galileo and Michelangelo and wooed us with its romantic narrow backstreets and postcard-perfect canals. Yet there's more to the country than the usual icons. Enjoy my hand-picked recommendations...

 
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A WEEKEND BREAK

Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan, Verona and Naples all have compact enough centres for a weekend break and easy flight connections to boot. There's no mistaking one for the other, though. Each city has character aplenty.

ONE WEEK

One approach is to thread together a few cities, for example Rome, Venice & Florence, all well connected by train. Alternatively, head into Italy's regions: her beautiful Amalfi coast or snowy and chic Dolomite mountains, depending on the season.

TWO WEEKS 

Travel by train between Rome, Florence, Milan, Verona and Venice. Experience the secluded charm of the Cinque Terre, hike the Amalfi coast or else take it easy and split your time between one week's hefty sightseeing in Rome and one on Puglia's beaches. 


For me, Italy is just one of those countries where it doesn't seem fair. There's so much to see, so much to taste, so much to think about, so much to do. What about all the other countries in the world? Ah well, their loss, ours to explore!

Here's to Italy through the quote of a British philosopher:

"Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy." Bertrand Russell.


PRACTICAL TRAVEL TIPS FOR ITALY

Currency: Euro (EUR)
Language: Italian
Best way of getting around: Independent driving, bus service or the train network. Occasionally internal flights. Ferries and hydrofoils go to the islands. 
Highlight: The Amalfi Coast.
Travel tip: Many Italians take a siesta between 2-4pm and many shops will shut, so plan accordingly. Find the price of dishes before ordering in restaurants; fresh ingredients can be expensive. 
Dress Code: Casual and comfortable. When visiting religious sites, cover shoulders and bare legs. 
 

TRAVEL RATINGS FOR ITALY

Romance
Landscape
Fashion
Love for Pizza & Pasta

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The best places to visit in Italy - where to stay in Italy, what to eat in Italy and where to go. Via @insidetravellab
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