Let’s see few of Italy’s tourist attractions 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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At the base of Mount Vesuvius is the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum. Nearly 2,000 years ago, a volcanic eruption destroyed Herculaneum. However, just like its larger rival Pompeii, the eruption and resulting layer of mud preserved and fossilized much of the architecture. Visitors to Herculaneum can see original homes, refurbished to appear as they did 2,000 years ago, as well as fossilized skeletons, ancient advertisements and beautiful mosaics that showcase art from millennia past.
Palazzo Ducale, or the Ducal Palace, is a Renaissance building located in the city of Urbino. Built in the 15th century, the palace is enormous, housing an average of 600 residents at its peak. The Palazzo Ducale is now open to the public, with many of the rooms refinished to look like they did in the 15th century. The palace is also home to the National Gallery of the Marche, which displays an enormous collection of Renaissance paintings.
The Pantheon in Rome is a monument with the maximum number of records. The monument has the largest brick dome, said to be the best preserved and mostly copied monument in the entire world. It is also the ancestor of all contemporary places of worship. All these records make Pantheon one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy. The building was commissioned by Marcus Agrippa at some stage in the reign of Augustus (27 BC – 25 BC) and reconstructed by Domitian around 80 A.D. The Pantheon merges a noticeably Roman, cylindrical structure with the marvelous outer row of pillars of Greek insight.
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What comes to your mind when you hear about Italy? The Colosseum? Yes?. It is one of the most stunning archeological sites in the entire world. A visit to Italy without visiting the Colosseum is completely incomplete. The construction of the Colosseum was initiated by Emperor Vespasian of the Flavian dynasty in 72 A.D. and was completed by his son Titus in 80 A.D. When it was up and running, it had the capability of holding around 50,000 audiences who could enter the structure through as a minimum of 80 entrances. The remains of the Colosseum that we see today give us enough understanding of how beautiful it was when it was up and running. Therefore, I put The Colosseum at the top of this list of top ten tourist attractions in Italy.
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.