Italy attractions … to many to count. Venice and Verona are the famous draws in the Veneto, but there is so much more to enjoy. Padua and Vicenza each make weekend breaks in their own right, as does Vicenza, home to several buildings by Palladio and arguably one of the most beautiful small towns in Italy. Palladio was also responsible for some of the grand villas built by the richest Venetian families along the Brenta canal between Venice and Padua – an excellent short cruise. Further north you find the Prosecco vineyards, and in the mountains, the winter (or summer) resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo.
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Nestled in the Graian Alps is Gran Paradiso National Park, a gorgeous destination with stunning mountain views and incredible hiking opportunities. The Gran Paradiso National Park was first established as a way to protect the local ibex population, and wildlife today includes those ibex as well as badgers, wolves, lynx, ermine and more than 100 bird species. Seasonal activities include summer hiking, spotting the foliage in autumn, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in winter and photographing flowers come spring.
The city of Ravenna in Northern Italy was once the capital of the Western Roman Empire, and today it is best known for the Basilica of San Vitale. The basilica was constructed in the sixth century, and it is home to an extensive collection of mosaics. These mosaics depict stories from the bible, and they cover every inch of the available surface in certain rooms. Bold designs and a cacophony of color make these Ravenna mosaics a popular spot for religion, architecture and art enthusiasts in Italy.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, also known as La Torre Pendete, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy. Tourists love to take funny pictures with the tower like they are pushing the tower with their hands or legs and bending it. Actually the tilt of the tower made it the most famous. The tower was built over a 177 years of time. In 1173, when the construction of the tower started for the first time, the tower started to sink because of a defectively laid foundation, causing the tilt we currently see. Around a century later, in the second half of the 14th century, the construction of the tower was completed. From 2001, tourists are allowed to climb up the stairs of the leaning tower to have an amazing view of the entire Pisa city.
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Trevi Fountain, known to be the most beautiful fountain in the world, is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome, Italy. Due to its beauty, you should find Trevi fountain in any top ten tourist attractions in Italy lists found online. There is a legend that if a tourist throws a coin in into the fountain, he or she is ensured a return to Rome. This amazing masterpiece of Italian art that we see today was designed by Nicola Salvi in 1732 and competed in 1762. But the site formerly marked the terminal at the Aqua Virgo aqueduct constructed in 19 BC.
Back in AD 79, Vesuvius was just a large hill to those who lived around the today’s bay of Naples. Little did they realize that the immense cloud that cast over the eastern sky on a sunny August afternoon heralded the end of the prosperous Roman town, and the birth of splendor that its ruins are endowed with today. The excavations offer a glimpse into Roman life in the 1st century, frozen at the moment it was wrecked with pyroclastic flows and buried under layers of ash. The well-preserved forum, the baths, many houses, and some suburban villas gloriously testify to dramatic events that claimed as many as 2,000 lives and went down in history as the most devastating volcanic eruption ever.