With the new year upon us, we are excited to present our first annual list of Italy’s Top Ten Places to Visit in 2015. A lot of time and feedback was put into compiling this list. We need to preface these selections by stating our aim was to find unique experiences within Italy outside of the traditional tourist spots.
#10 -Marina Grande – Located on the Northern coast of Isle of Capri, the charming port of Marina Grande begins our list of the best places in Italy to visit in 2009. This picturesque seaside village looks a lot like the villages of the Cinque Terre, but without the crowds. The town affords its guests opportunities to relax and experience all things Mediterranean. It’s a great jumping off point for visiting the Isle of Capri, Naples, and Amalfi Coast. We have many more Italy Vacation Information, Travel Review and Tourist Attractions Articles Now Available.
#9 – Civita di Bagnoregio – It’s proximity to Rome makes this city of 14 people very appealing for an interesting day trip getaway. Perched atop a large hill it offers great views in every directions of the surrounding valleys. Here it is easy to forget about your troubles while strolling the narrow cobblestone streets and admiring the beauty of the Middle Aged architecture.
#8 – Riomaggiore – Perhaps better known as the southern most of five villages that make up the famed Cinque Terre; Riomaggiore is a great place to set up camp while exploring the surrounding region. Riomaggiore also serves as a great place to explore the surround sea via it’s local diving outfitters. If that doesn’t suit you, perhaps a tour of it’s many surrounding vineyards will quench your travel thirst.
#7 – Viareggio Carnival – The best carnival in Italy and renowned worldwide for it’s amazing puppets, the Viareggio Carnival is a great experience for everyone, especially those traveling with children. After the daily parades and activities, treat yourself to some frittelle or chiacchiere.
#6 – Matera – What I like about Matera is it’s kind of out of the way. Located deep in Southern Italy 40 miles from Bari, this UNESCO protected city is famous for it’s sassi districts. Here you can find cave dwellings of some of the first human inhabitants in the Italian peninsula. It’s white stone buildings perched atop the cliffside give the town a Greek feel with Southern italian charm.
#5 – Siracusa – Sticking to Southern Italy, Siracusa is a great town for calling home base while exploring Sicily. I like this town because it’s not super glamorous and it can be done on a tight budget. In addition, it’s fills a major gap in this list…..SUN! This former Corinthian colony is host to many ancient UNESCO sites, warm weather, and fantastic restaurants. What is it missing? Beaches. For those, will will have to venture even further south.
#4 – Pescara Jazz Festival – Usually held in July, the Pescara Jazz festival has been going strong since 1969. With past performers including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Bob Dylan, it has solidified it’s standing as Europe’s most important Jazz music festival. Once you’ve had your fill of music and partying, take a load off at one of the many Adriatic seaside resorts.
#3 – Bolanzo – Nestled in The Dolomites, you can’t help but notice the stunning views and Austrian feel and charm. This town of 100,000 people is a perfect jumping off point for outdoor enthusiasts looking for hiking and climbing opportunities with a range of difficulty levels.
#2 – The Vatican on April 12, 2009 – So what is so special about this day? It’s Easter Sunday, and what better place to spend Easter than the Vatican. Listen to Pope Benedict XVI deliver mass to thousands packed outside of St. Peter’s Cathedral. For tickets you should contact your local Bishop. Oh, and while you are there be sure to check out Rome – I hear it is worth seeing.
#1 – Florence – An obvious choice, but we have a soft spot in our hearts for the pleasures of Florence. Where else can you indulge in the finest Tuscan cuisine, explore the most important works of art of the Renaissance, and forget your cares while people watching over a bowl of gelato? Toping the list of Florence’s culturally important sights are the Duomo, the Ponto Vecchio, and Michelangelo’s David. These sights alone are reason enough to make this city a permanent fixture on this list.
Hopefully this list has helped broaden your horizons when it comes to thinking of travel destinations in Italy. Italy offers us Rome, Florence, Venice, etc. Not to minimize these cultural powerhouses, but it is important to gain a deeper appreciation for the lesser known gems of Italy. We have many More Europe Tourist Destinations Information, Travel Review and Tourist Attractions Articles Now Available.