Italy may be not be very big when compared to the United States and some of the other European countries, but that does not stop it from being one of the top tourist destinations in the world. The picturesque scenery, delicious food and rich history in Italy simply cannot be beat. There are so many amazing things to do that you will have trouble fitting them all in one trip. These are the four best things to do when visiting Italy.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
One of the most iconic landmarks in the world is located in the small Italian city of Pisa. The freestanding bell tower is more than 183 feet tall, and it currently leans at a four-degree angle thanks to being constructed on soft ground. While it may not look structurally sound, the Leaning Tower of Pisa has been standing since construction finished in 1372. The tower has become such an iconic piece of world history it was named an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
The Colosseum and The Parthenon
It is possible to see two of the most important structures of the ancient world by taking a trip to Rome. The Colosseum is a large amphitheater that entertained thousands of Romans after it is was completed around 80 AD. The Parthenon is a temple designed to honor Athena that was constructed more than 1,600 years ago. Recent restoration projects have ensured that visitors will be able to continue to step back in history at these two iconic landmarks for the foreseeable future.
Gondola Ride in Venice
Venice is the home of the some of the most beautiful architecture in the world. While you can get a great look at this stunning city by walking the streets, taking a gondola through the canals is a much more memorable experience. The rides generally last about an hour, but they are well worth your time.
The Italian Renaissance was one of the most important periods in art history, and there is no better place to see its impact than at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The iconic art museum houses more than 100,000 pieces from some of the most prominent artists of all-time including Michelangelo, Rembrandt, da Vinci and Raphael.