Italy – one of the most vibrant and historical nations in Europe – ranks among the top travel destinations for tourists worldwide. It is a country with stunning landscapes, natural wonders, cultural and artistic heritage, archeological monuments, and the most considerable number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world. Here are the top 5 places to visit on your trip to Italy:
This colossal amphitheater was built by Emperor Vespasian in 72 AD and was completed in 80 AD. When constructed entirely, it was the most significant buildings of its time, with over 80 entrances and a seating capacity of 50,000 spectators, who would watch gladiator combats, animal hunts, and other sports. It was oval and was covered with an enormous linen cloth that acted as a roof for protection against the sun and rain. Its remarkable construction has remained a model for sports facilities even today.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
The world famous Tower of Pisa is just one among many tourist attractions in the city of Pisa. This tower is a cathedral bell tower, which became famous due to a flaw in its construction. Soon after its creation in 1173 AD, it started to lean due to soft ground and shifting soil on which it was built. Though its architect tried to rectify its flaw, it began to lean more and more. Today, this iconic Roman monument is a significant tourist attraction, and visitors can climb its steps for a good view of the city.
In its time, the Roman Forum was the social, political and commercial hub of the Roman Empire. It was a public place with grand temples, basilicas, markets, shops and monuments, where people would attend meetings, take part in processions, elect their leaders, hold criminal trials, discuss politics, or shop around. Today, this complex is a top archeological site and tourist attraction of Rome where one can see walk among the ruins of temples and monuments.
Piazza San Marco
Venice’s main tourist attraction, Piazza San Marco or St. Mark’s Square, was the center of civic and religious life in ancient times. Today, this square is among the most beautiful public spaces in the world and surrounded by many beautiful archeological monuments of great historical significance. Tourists can visit the 11th century St. Mark’s Basilica, climb to the top of The Campanile di San Marco, have coffee at Café Florian, walk the Bridge of Sighs, or go shopping in designer stores.
Trevi Fountain in my view is one of the best attractions in Rome, and it ranks among the world’s most beautiful fountains. Built with stunning Baroque architectural style, Trevi Fountain stands 26 meters tall and 49 meters wide. Water comes out through multiple outlets and pours into a large pool in the front of the fountain. Trevi Fountain is also famous for an ancient tradition, according to which, if you throw a coin over your shoulder into the fountain water, you will surely return to Rom