Italy is without doubt one of the most visited and well-loved countries by tourists from all over the world. Italy is home to almost 8000 kilometres of breath taking coastlines, as well as thousands of years of incomparable history, art and culture. Visitors have been falling head over heels in love with the country for decades. Have we caught your attention yet? At The Travelling Souk, we’re here to give you all the travel advice you need for an inspiring, unforgettable adventure in Italy. Are you ready?
At the top of the list of places not to miss in Italy are its major cities such as Rome, Florence, Naples, Milan and Venice. To fully immerse yourself in Italian culture, head to the foodie city of Emilia-Romagna or the stunning Amalfi Coast. And don’t forget that Italy is home to some stunning rural mountain regions as well as the big cities. Despite all of this, Italy is also a great place to throw away the map for a couple of hours and just go with the flow. Follow the tempting sights, sounds, smells (and of course tastes), and get lost in the very beauty of Italy.
There is never really a bad time to visit Italy, as it is as charming in the snow (and even the rain) as it is in the summer sunshine. Between November and February, the throngs of tourists decline considerably, making destination less crowded and accommodation prices much cheaper. It’s also easier to get tickets for the main attractions like the Vatican.
Italy is a Mecca for all the art lovers out there. It is the land of Dante, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and the more modern Picasso, where you can marvel at some of the most famous pieces of art in history, from Michelangelo’s ‘The Creation of Adam’ to da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’. Even if you do nothing else during your vacation in Italy, being able to see these artworks in the flesh will be a memory you’ll treasure for a lifetime.
Italy is of course also the homeland of some seriously delicious food, including pizza, pasta, gelato, risotto and tiramisu. It’s always wise to get off the beaten track and escape the tourist traps when searching for the best food in Italy. For example, follow the gondoliers as they finish their shifts for the day in Venice to find the real authentic places to eat, tucked away in quiet corners of winding streets.
Think you know everything about Italy? Think again! Did you know that more than 30% of Italians don’t use the internet? Although this figure is decreasing over time, it remains really quite remarkable in this digital era.
Italy has more UNESCO World Heritages Sites than any other country in the world. It has a whopping 48! In a not-very-close second position is China with 36. The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pompeii, Verona, Venice and the Colosseum are just some of the unique sites you can find here.
Pesto was invented in the Italian city of Genoa. Like all airports across the world, Genoa airport places limitations on how much liquid you can carry in your hand luggage. But these limitations do not apply to pesto! There is even a specially designated pesto scanner in the airport.