Visit Milan, Romantic Venice, Rome, Charming Pisa and Florence!
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Check out the shoppers’ paradise in Milan, create a romantic getaway to Venice, learn all the must-go places in Rome and Pisa and find out the ideal pitstop in Florence!
Tourists should head straight to the Piazza del Duomo, which is the main piazza in the city of Milan, and takes its name from the Duomo di Milano or Milan Cathedral. The Duomo exemplifies Gothic styles and took five centuries to complete. The Madonnina on top of the main spire boasts some amazing baroque artwork too. It is definitely recommended to climb up right to the top of the Duomo as it is the fourth-largest church in the world. The height of each of its five naves is about 45 meters. Gives an astounding view of the city!
The exterior of the Duomo is a pretty sight indeed as it has 135 spires and just across the church is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a shopper’s paradise. The shopping street is covered by an arching glass, and is home to several luxury brands, including Prada and Gucci, to name a few.
Venice – Blissfully Romantic
Travelers on Venice, Italy vacations seeking a romantic get away will not be disappointed. Choose the ideal time for the romantic get away amongst Venice, Italy vacations during early summer days and make the most of the late afternoons and evenings in Venice away from the scorching sun. Indeed what makes this ancient city so memorable and romantic are the canals, old bridges and amazing architecture on the buildings. Amongst bridges, do not forget to go to Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs. A nearby hotel to stay is the Bellini hotel or the Brunelleschi Hotel Milan.
Lovebirds on honeymoon trips who are dying to get aboard one of those dreamlike gondolas and be serenaded by a singing gondolier can head to Piazza San Marco. However, be prepared to take a beating to the wallet. A gondola ride in Venice does not come cheap and is quite honestly, tragically expensive as it can set back the traveler by 80 Euros! Nevertheless, the experience is highly memorable and does justice to honeymoon trips.
Whilst much like the gondolas just about everything is expensive in Venice, don’t let that hamper the spirits. Do some light shopping and take in some local food! Buy a Venetian mask and get some delightful pasta!
Rome – So Much to See
There is a lot to see and do in Rome. One doesn’t get any closer to the cultural epicentre than Rome. Right in the heart of Rome’s historic centre one can go to the Trevi fountain, Spanish steps, Pantheon and the Colleseum.
Trevi Fountain or Fontana di Trevi, is located in Piazza di Trevi and legend has it that if one tosses a coin into the fountain over the shoulder, a return to this city is guaranteed! It is the most famous fountain in Rome and surely, the lonely traveler will not be the only one jostling to throw coins in! The Spanish steps are at the Piazza di Spagna and resembles a butterfly, basked in Roman Baroque style. The Pantheon is the biggest brick dome in the history of architecture and is a pure marvel. It is a stone’s throw away from the Spanish Steps.
Naturally, the Colleseum is the most famous Roman tourist spot and is also considered to be one of the greatest works of Roman architecture. It was here that once upon a time, famous gladiatorial games and other public spectacles were held. Do not be fooled by the “gladiators” lingering outside or enticing hapless tourists to take photos with them. Chances are that an indecent amount of cash will need to part ways after the photos are taken. Nearby Rome, Italy hotels include Hotel Valadier Rome, Milton Hotel and Regency Hotel.
Pisa – Leave your Heart in Pisa!
Pisa is without a doubt, absolutely breathtaking. Do not let its moniker – the town of the leaning tower of Pisa – fool you. Travelers leave their hearts in Pisa simply because of its outstanding beauty and the charm of the town.
Of course, one must head to Piazza dei Miracoli. This houses the Duomo, the Leaning Tower, the Baptistry and the Camposanto. Even the 30 Euro climb up the leaning tower of Pisa is worth it, just to take in the sounds and sights of the delightful city. And yes, one has to take the touristy pictures such as pretending to hold up the leaning tower of Pisa or lifting it by a finger. Buy a replica of the leaning tower of Pisa back home as a souvenir too!
Next head to the Piazza Guiseppe and Piazza Delle Vettovaglie where the townfolk seem to meet every day in the mornings. Once again, take in the charm of the city here!
Florence – Shop and Relax
Florence or Firenze is ideal as the final stop in an Italian holiday. The weary traveler can shop till he/she drops and also relax. In fact, Florence is so pretty and laid back that one can easily spend three days here not really doing much.
The flea markets of Florence are amazing. Shop shop shop – and get some really neat bargains on handmade leather goods and jewelry. Take a look at the Michelangelo fakes in the town and hike up the fort for an outstanding view of Firenze. Forza Firenze!