#36 best destination in the world

 

St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

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Best time to travel: April-Oct
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City, the papal enclave partially completed with Michaelangelo
  • Largest church in the world
  • Completed in 1626
  • The burial place of Saint Peter, one of Jesus’s Apostles and also the first Bishop of Rome

Colosseum, Rome

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Best time to travel: Jan-April, Oct-Dec
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Largest ancient amphitheatre ever built, and largest standing amphitheatre in the world today, despite its age
  • Construction began around 69–79 AD, completed in 80 AD

Trevi Fountain, Rome

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Best time to travel: Jan-April, Oct-Dec
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • In 19 BC, supposedly with the help of a virgin, Roman technicians located a source of pure water some 8 miles from the city, and the water served Rome for more than 400 years
  • This story is presented on the fountain’s facade, completed in 1732

Uffizi, Florence

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Best time to travel: May-Sept
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Art museum in the Historic Centre of Florence
  • One of the largest and best known collections in the world, holding priceless works, particularly from the Italian Renaissance
  • One of the first modern museums, opening in 1581
  • Art collections were gifted to the city of Florence after the ruling house of Medici died out

Milan Cathedral

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Best time to travel: April-May, Sept-Oct
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Cathedral church of Milan dedicated to the Nativity of St Mary, and it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan
  • The cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete: construction began in 1386, and the final details were completed in 1965
  • It is the largest church in Italy, the larger St. Peter’s Basilica is in the State of Vatican City

Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa

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Best time to travel: July-Oct
Ease of travel: Hard
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Remote, tranquil, cove-style beach with white sand and turquoise surf bordered by rocky cliffs
  • Largest island of the Italian Pelagie Islands in the Mediterranean Sea
  • Requires a ferry or airplane to get to

Vatican Museums, Vatican City

Best time to travel: April-Oct
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • The Vatican Museums are the public museums of the Vatican City
  • They display works from the immense collection amassed by the Catholic Church and the papacy throughout the centuries, including several of the most renowned Roman sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world
  • Pope Julius II founded the museums in the early 16th century
  • The Sistine Chapel, with its ceiling and altar wall decorated by Michelangelo, and the Stanze di Raffaello (decorated by Raphael) are on the visitor route through the Vatican Museums

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Best time to travel: April-May
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of Pisa Cathedral, known for its nearly four-degree lean, the result of an unstable foundation
  • The tower began to lean during construction in the 12th century, due to soft ground which could not properly support the structure’s weight
  • It worsened through the completion of construction in the 14th century
  • By 1990, the tilt had reached 5.5 degrees
  • The structure was stabilized by remedial work between 1993 and 2001, which reduced the tilt to 3.97 degrees

Gardaland, Castelnuovo del Garda

Best time to travel: June-Sept
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Amusement park located in northeastern Italy, built on the eastern shore of Lake Garda at Castelnuovo del Garda, and opened in 1975
  • Major attractions at the park include: Jungle Rapids, Blue Tornado, Raptor and Oblivion: The Black Hole which opened in 2015

Mount Vesuvius, Campania

Best time to travel: April-June, Sept-Nov
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$

  • The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis and Stabiae, as well as several other settlements
  • The eruption ejected a cloud of stones, ashes and volcanic gases to a height of 21 miles, erupting molten rock and pulverized pumice
  • More than 1,000 people are thought to have died in the eruption, though the exact toll is unknown
  • The only surviving eyewitness account of the event consists of two letters by Pliny the Younger to the historian Tacitus
  • Vesuvius has erupted many times since and is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years
  • Today, it is regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of the population of 3,000,000 people living near enough to be affected by an eruption
  • 600,000 people live in the danger zone, making it the most densely populated volcanic region in the world

Cinque Terre, Cinque Terre National Park

Best time to travel: Sept-Oct
Walk difficulty: Moderate
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$

  • Coastal area within Liguria, the coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park
  • Over the centuries, people have built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the Ligurian Sea
  • Paths, trains, and boats connect the villages as cars can only reach them with great difficulty from the outside via narrow and precarious mountain roads

Amalfi Coast, Campania

Best time to travel: May, Sept
Walk difficulty: Moderate
Ease of travel: Hard
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$

  • Stretch of coastline in southern Italy overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Gulf of Salerno
  • Celebrated worldwide for its Mediterranean landscape and natural diversity, the Coast is named after the town of Amalfi, which makes up its main historical and political center
  • It is a very popular jet set destination, and has been an attraction to upper-class Europeans since the 18th century, when it was a frequent stopover on their Grand Tours
  • Now it is an attraction to thousands of international tourists of all classes annually

Primiero, Trentino

Best time to travel: May-Sept
Walk difficulty: Moderate
Ease of travel: Hard
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$

  • The Primiero is a valley located in Trentino
  • In 774 the Kingdom of Italy was conquered by the Franks
  • The Primiero then became part of the territories ruled by the Carolingian Kings of Italy, followed by a series of independent and contesting Italic kings
  • From 961 the Kingdom of Italy was incorporated into the Holy Roman Empire
  • From 1804, it successively formed part of the Habsburg monarchy, the Austrian Empire
  • It was ceded to Italy along with the rest of Trentino following Austria-Hungary’s defeat in World War I

Alpine Path 2 Dolomites: Bressanone – Feltre, Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park

Best time to travel: May-June
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$

  • National park in the province of Belluno, Veneto, in the northern Italy
  • There are high-altitude areas, karst rocks, and debris slopes, an ideal habitat for high-mountain species, such as, marmots, red deer, Eurasian pygmy owls, Mountain frogs, and Brown long-eared bat

Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence

Best time to travel: May-Sept
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • “Gallery of the Academy of Florence”, is an art museum in Florence, best known as the home of Michelangelo’s sculpture David
  • It also has other sculptures by Michelangelo and a large collection of paintings by Florentine artists, mostly from the period 1300–1600
  • It is smaller and more specialized than the Uffizi, the main art museum in Florence
  • It the second most visited art museum in Italy, after the Uffizi

Cala Goloritzé, Baunei

Best time to travel: May-Oct
Walk difficulty: Moderate
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Beach that is located in the town of Baunei, in Ogliastra, Sardinia.
  • The beach, one of the most evocative of Sardinia, was created by a landslide in 1962
  • It is famous for its high pinnacle above the cove
  • Another feature of the beach is the natural arch that opens on the right side of the bay
  • To get to the beach by sea, the most comfortable and less demanding, available transport services are rental boats from the nearby ports of Arbatax and Santa Maria Navarrese (frazione of Baunei)
  • Beach access requires a paid ticket, and only up to 250 people a day are allowed in