Italy is a country of beautiful scenery, great food, delicious wine, historic cities and world-renowned art. There’s so much to see and do. Here are our reviews of tourist attractions in Italy and remember, all our reviews are based on personal visits:
- Central Market, Florence
Central Market (Mercato Centrale) is an indoor food market in Florence and in recent years it has become one of the city’s most visited tourist attractions. From the outside, this building looks somewhat out of place in Florence, but as soon as you enter, the sights an smells feel as normal as visiting the Duomo.
- Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence
Piazzale Michelangelo is a plaza and viewing area which overlooks Florence and has the most stunning views of the city. It’s the place where most of the picture postcard views of Florence are taken and you really shouldn’t miss it on a trip here! The terraced viewing area at the top is huge, so there should be plenty of opportunity to take photos even on a busy day.
- Piazza Navona, Rome
Piazza Navona in Rome is the heart of the city’s social life. It doesn’t seem to matter what time of day or night you visit, there’ll always be people milling around and enjoying themselves. It has a lovely atmosphere and we loved just hanging around in the piazza.
- San Lorenzo Market, Florence
San Lorenzo market in Florence is a vibrant city centre market which lines the streets near the Basilica di San Lorenzo. Florence is known for its leather goods and you’ll find plenty of leather merchandise available here along with scarves, clothes, souvenirs, ornaments, in fact pretty much anything you can think of.
- Boboli Gardens, Florence
The Boboli Gardens is an attraction in Florence located at the rear of the Pitti Palace, which was the ‘new’ palace for the ruling family of the city. We think the gardens are the best bit of the palace to be honest! If you love attractive water features, hidden statues, superb floral walkways, and large terracotta pots, then this is the place for you.
- The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is an art gallery and museum which is located inside her former home alongside Venice’s Grand Canal.
- St Mark’s Square, Venice
St Mark’s Square is one of the best known public spaces in the world. It’s the place where Venetians come to watch the world go by, although almost everyone you see is a tourist! At some points in the day, the square gets so busy that you can hardly move around it, but there’s always a lovely atmosphere with street entertainers, and musical performers at the various cafés. If you do choose to sit down for a drink, bear in mind that coffee here is extortionate! Almost everywhere in Venice is beautiful, so there are plenty of cheaper places away from the square to sit and admire the city.
- Ponte Vecchio, Florence
Ponte Vecchio, which means Old Bridge, is the world’s most famous shop-lined bridge. It’s a Mecca of activity day and night in Florence and although it won’t take you long to walk across it, make sure you pause in the middle to enjoy the view up and down the river. The bridge spans the river Arno at its narrowest point and it’s believed that there has been a bridge of some sort in this location since Roman times.
- Church of Santa Maria della Spina, Pisa
Santa Maria della Spina is a tiny church perched on the bank of the river in central Pisa. Its exterior is striking for two reasons, firstly because of its location where it sticks out compared to the buildings around it and secondly, because of its stunning gothic architecture. It has carved images all over it and to get the most out of your visit, you’ll need to spend a little time pouring your eyes over all of the intricate detail. You’ll find yourself wondering just how long it all took! Even the ‘simple’ features have complicated carved borders.
- Castel Sant’Angelo, Italy
Castel’Sant Angelo is an imposing structure which sits alongside the River Tiber and contains apartments for the Pope to be kept in safety. The central part of it was originally constructed as the mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian, but was converted later by a Pope into the defensive fortress you see today.
- Palazzo Vecchio, Florence
Palazzo Vecchio, which means Old Palace, is the town hall of Florence and it stands in Piazza della Signoria. It’s a cross between a castle and palace with turrets and battlements on the outside and impressive painted palatial rooms on the inside. It was originally constructed as the home of the ruling Medici dynasty. Although there is a museum here, it’s the building itself you will fall in love with.
- Leaning Tower, Pisa
Without doubt, this is Pisa’s most famous building and it’s well worth a visit. The tower was built to house the bells for the lovely cathedral and construction began in 1173. Almost immediately it began to lean – in fact the builders were only on the third floor when they started to notice something was wrong. The leaning became so bad in the last 20 years that the tower had quite a few years of closure whilst it was made safe.
- The Colosseum, Rome
It’s another icon of Rome and one of the most impressive ancient structures you’re ever likely to see. Sadly, part of the outer walls fell down in an earthquake, but there’s still plenty left to get a feel for what the Colosseum would have been like in the days of the Gladiators.
- The Pantheon, Rome
Dating back to the first century AD, this former Roman temple is probably the oldest still used building you’ll ever have been in. It’s certainly the best preserved Roman building in Rome, partly because it was converted into a church by a Pope in around 609AD. Outside, the building shows its age with a huge stone canopy and ancient brickwork, but inside you get the full view of the magnificent dome.
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