Would You Like to Take a Trip to Italy?

Coliseum in Rome On your trip to Italy you will be doing a lot of sightseeing. In fact, sightseeing is one of the most popular reasons for visiting Italy. The country has a rich culture and a rich history. Italy is full of historic buildings, monuments, museums and all kinds of places to visit that will make your trip to Italy a memorable occasion.  Italy is also a center for high fashion, great food, friendly people, and great wine.  Since, this may be one of the best sightseeing vacations you will ever have, it is important to be prepared before you leave home.   So you may ask, where do most people go and what do they see on their Italian vacation?

When you go to Italy you must visit Rome. There are many popular attractions to visit in Rome. The Colosseum is one of the most famous landmarks in Rome. It is a huge open air theatre that was built by Emperor Titus in AD80 for games and gladiatorial battles. When many people see the Colosseum the movie "Gladiator" comes to mind. Another magnificent sight is the Pantheon in Rome. It is a huge temple built in AD120 and up until 1960 it had the largest dome in the world. Rome is also the home of the Pope in Vatican City, another popular destination you will visit on your trip to Italy. Other cities in Italy that are popular for you to visit include Florence, Milan, Venice, Naples and Sicily.

Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and birthplace of the Renaissance, is home to masterpieces of art and architecture. One of its most iconic sites is the Florence Cathedral, with its terra-cotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and bell tower designed by Giotto. The Galleria dell'Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David,” while the Uffizi Gallery exhibits preeminent works such as Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.”

Venice, capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a marshy lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Its stone palaces seemingly rise out of the water. There are no cars or roadways, just canals and boats. The Grand Canal snakes through the city, which is filled with innumerable narrow, mazelike alleys and small squares.

Pisa is a smaller city, but it is world famous due to the Leaning Tower. It is a bell tower in the Pisa Cathedral that is made up of a group of 4 beautiful white marble buildings. Construction on this started in 1173 and went on for 200 years because of a lot of interruptions. Since the construction took so long, the bell tower started to lean and that I how the tower got its name.

If you are a savvy traveler and know some Italian, you may be able to arrange to see some of these sights on your own, but it’s better to take a tour so that you will get a better understanding of what you are seeing. You will also greatly benefit by a guided tour and won’t miss any of the important must see places.  Colesville Travel can arrange all your tours to make your trip to Italy stress-free.  Guided tours will usually follow a pre-set route through a city or town during your Italy vacation. Not only are the guides fluent in English, but they also have a wealth of information on the historical sights and there are opportunities to ask questions. Some tours on your Italian vacation will allow you to get off the tour vehicle to explore and then catch another tour vehicle from the same company later on.

Or if you prefer not to walk, you can just sit back and enjoy the ride without leaving the bus. Sightseeing tours on your Italian vacation range in price. There are luxury tour coaches, full day tours, night tours and also several tours for vacationers on a budget. No matter where your trip to Italy takes you, sightseeing should be an important part of the overall experience.

Italy has so much to offer I was only able to give you a taste in this blog.  If you would like to experience Italy for yourself, please contact Colesville Travel at 301-989-1654 or email us at cindy@colesvilletravel.com

Cynthia Amin-Hall Colesville Travel P.O. Box 4844 Silver Spring, MD  20914 Phone:  301-989-1654 Website:  www.ColesvilleTravel.com