Experience the Beauty, Art, Culture and History of Italy

Written by Rem Malloy, since 1995 Rem has been guiding and designing trips to Italy and all of Western Europe and is considered an expert in his field for over 30 years.

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Italy is a country with something for everyone. The art and statues of Florence, the fountains and sights of ancient Rome and the Vatican, the food of Bologna. The shopping of Milan, wine of Tuscany, ruins of Pompeii and the amazing coastlines. Beautiful lakes, stunning mountains and all things in between. Whether you are on a food and wine journey or are seeking to learn more about the history and archeology, Italy has it all. 

If a trip to Italy is on your travel list, here are some of the destinations your itinerary should include.

Florence 

Florence

Want to experience the best of Florence? Discover the timeless beauty, from the Uffizi Gallery to the Accademia Gallerie and statue of David, to the Ponte Vecchio and Piazzale Michelangelo. Take in the beauty of the Renaissance era and enjoy the picturesque alleyways and charming plazas of the city.  Search for wine windows and other secrets as you stroll the streets of the city. Gaze at the famous Duomo and be immersed in the wonders of the birthplace of the Renaissance. Enjoy delicious Florentine cuisine as you explore the sights and sounds. Discover the captivating beauty of the Boboli Gardens and the and vibrant opulence of Pitti Palace.

From the historical and artistic landmarks to the delicious cuisine and amazing Tuscan wines, this remarkable region has something for everyone to enjoy. With its stunning architecture, incomparable art collections and lively nightlife, Florence is an unforgettable destination!

Rome 

Rome Colosseum

Spend a day strolling the cobblestone streets of Rome, stopping by the iconic Colosseum, the Pantheon, and Trevi Fountain. Journey through the city and and marvel at the ancient history and imperial architecture. From the Spanish Steps to the Vatican City, take in the beauty of Rome and its iconic sights.

Vatican City is the smallest country in the world and holds an unrivalled wealth of art and architectural masterpieces. There is no other place quite like it in the world. Take in the grandeur of St. Peter’s Basilica and explore the secret archives and the opulent Palazzo and Papal Apartments. Visit the collections at the Vatican Museums, including the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and the many masterpieces of Michelangelo. Admire the history of Castel Sant’Angelo, the largest fortress in Europe. See the intriguing necropolis, or catacombs, that stretch for miles beneath the city. Take a stroll around the Vatican gardens and soak up the tranquility and natural beauty of this magical place.

Milan

Milan

Milan is a breathtaking, cosmopolitan city. From world-class art and fashion to a rich and vibrant cultural heritage, Milan offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Explore the iconic Duomo di Milano, the Piazza del Duomo and the La Scala opera house. Each offers a unique and unforgettable experience. Relax and unwind in one of the many city parks. Enjoy a delicious Italian meal at a local trattoria or shop for the latest designer trends.

From its striking historic architecture, to its lively cultural scene, to its world-famous cuisine, Milan has something for everyone. With countless amazing attractions and activities to enjoy, Milan has earned a reputation as a must-see destination for travelers around the world. With endorsements from celebrities and famous names, Milan has been rated one of the most popular tourist destinations. The city is hailed for its dynamic art galleries and incredible shopping that showcases the latest fashion trends of the year. Plus, with an abundance of delicious restaurants and an unbeatable nightlife, you’ll be sure to have a complete and unforgettable experience

The Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is an iconic Italian destination known for its beautiful sea-cliffs, picturesque villages, and magnificent views of the Mediterranean. A starkly beautiful coastline, the Amalfi Coast has something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or an unforgettable adventure, you’ll find that, and more! Take a boat tour of the stunning coast and experience the rustic fishing villages and hamlets dotting the dramatic landscape. Explore the cobblestoned streets of picturesque cities like Positano, Sorrento, and Ravello.

Sample delicious local cuisine and take in the culture. Discover hidden beaches accessible, only through steps carved into the cliffs or take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters. Photograph the multicolored houses and panoramic beaches. Visit the local wineries and sample traditional regional wines, or spend a day at the breathtaking gardens of Villa Rufolo. Don’t forget to check out the ancient ruins, all of which are surrounded by breathtaking vistas. From hiking to swimming to sightseeing, the Amalfi Coast has something for every traveler. An experience like no other, the Amalfi Coast will leave you with unforgettable memories.

Bologna

Food in Northern Italy

Want to experience the best of Italy in one day? Spend the day in beautiful Bologna! Home to La Cavalla, the world’s longest portico, Bologna is the perfect place to spend a day of exploring. Start your day at the Quadrilatero, the medieval city’s culinary heart, where you can taste the flavors of traditional Bolognese cuisine. Explore historical sites such as the Piazza Maggiore, the Two Towers and the Basilica di San Petronio — all part of Bologna’s rich cultural and spiritual heritage. Wander around the ancient shops or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by. 

Spend the afternoon admiring the art and architecture of the many churches and museums in the city. End your day with a sunset stroll, admiring the colorful buildings and incredible views of the city. With its unique culture and art, Bologna has something to offer for everyone!

Venice

Venice

Explore the mysterious depths of Venice on a private goldola boat ride. Experience the breathtaking beauty as you sail through canals and along the Grand Canal, admiring the world-famous historic sites and artworks of this ancient city.

Take in the romance of Punta della Dogana and the opulent Palazzo Ducale, the Rialto Bridge and Bridge of Sighs. Make sure to sample the local specialties of the Rialto Market and learn about the rich maritime history of the Venetian Lagoon. Feast your eyes on the vibrant colors of the canals as you pass by the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, each boasting its own unique character. Experience the iconic beauty of Venice and create memories that will last a lifetime!

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is a stunning group of five fishing villages that lie atop the southwestern Italian Riviera. Perched on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea between the mountains and the sea, this picturesque location is a must visit destination. With its vibrant atmosphere, breathtaking scenery and hidden inlets, Cinque Terre offers a unique experience. 

Immerse yourself in olive groves, colorful cliffside homes and lush vineyards as you explore the winding alleyways and narrow stairways of each of the five villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Taste your way through the local restaurants and quaint trattorias, shop for classics in classic boutiques, or take in the magical atmosphere from a ferry or local train ride. Whether you’re looking for the perfect relaxation escape or an adventure-filled retreat, Cinque Terre is the ideal destination. Come and enjoy the breathtaking views, stunning beauty, and vibrancy of this Mediterranean coastline.

Pompeii

Pompeii

Discover the ruins of ancient Pompeii, one of the world’s most iconic archaeological sites, and experience the legacy of the once-mighty Roman Empire. Journey through the heart of this ancient city, where every corner reveals a story 2,000 years in the making. Explore the pathways of time and explore Pompeii’s incredible ruins, and witness the famous eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that destroyed the city in 79 AD. You will be able to see the remains of the vibrant city life, including the unique frescoes, temples, baths, piers, and amphitheaters, giving you a glimpse into the flourishing city once was.

From the theatre to the forum, this archaeological wonder will take your breath away and will provide you a glimpse into what life was like in the days of the Roman Empire. Come and see Pompeii – an unforgettable spectacle and experience of a lifetime!

No matter which city or region of Italy you choose to visit, you will be immersed in beauty, history and culture. Contact Italy4Real to plan your itinerary or join us for one of our tours that we are booking now for 2023 and 2024!

About the Author

Rem Malloy started Italy4real back in 1995 with his mother, Deborah de Maio.

He specialises in Italian tours as well as customised tours to France, England, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Greece and Spain. He was also featured in the Travel Channel show Mysteries at The Museum in 2016.

Rem has family in Italy and his mothers home town is Cava di Terrani, near the Amalfi Coast. The family has a street named after them in Sorrento, Via Luigi de Maio; a relative who was mayor of Sorrento.

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