Let’s see few of Italy’s tourist attractions Ever since the (admittedly somewhat debauched) Emperor Tiberius went to Capri to avoid the pressures of running an empire, this lovely island just off the Sorrento peninsula has been about escapism. To make the most of it today you have to do a bit of extra escaping by avoiding the crowds of day trippers who arrive by boat from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. But you can make this a positive by heading off on the footpaths or beaches when they arrive, then returning to enjoy the more peaceful the evenings.
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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.
The city of Ravenna in Northern Italy was once the capital of the Western Roman Empire, and today it is best known for the Basilica of San Vitale. The basilica was constructed in the sixth century, and it is home to an extensive collection of mosaics. These mosaics depict stories from the bible, and they cover every inch of the available surface in certain rooms. Bold designs and a cacophony of color make these Ravenna mosaics a popular spot for religion, architecture and art enthusiasts in Italy.
“Cinque Terre” means five lands. Situated in the Italian locality of Liguria, Cinque Terre is five beautiful small coastal villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia and Riomaggiore. As I mentioned in the introduction, Italy is not famous for its archeological sites only. These five small villages are renowned for their beauty, completely natural beauty without the touch of modern development. The villages are connected by paths, boats and trains and even cars from outside can’t reach these villages. The coastal sides of these villages provide a spectacular view of the Mediterranean sea. So, in no way one can leave out Cinque Terre from the list of top ten tourist attractions in Italy.
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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.