Cities of Italy

Piazza Navona

Navona Square in Rome

The cities of Italy bring together everything the traveler could wish for. Cradle of Western civilization along with Greece and creator of the Latin substratum that has given rise to Romance languages, Italy was also the initiator of the Renacimiento and the homeland of some of humanity's greatest geniuses.

In fact, its towns have so many monuments and wonders that, if you try to see them all, you run the risk of suffering from the Stendhal syndrome, a name that receives the peculiar state in which the traveler enters after witnessing such a huge amount of works of art. However, we invite you to visit the most beautiful cities in Italy with us, starting with its capital.

Rome, eternal among the cities of Italy

Explain everything you can see in Rome in a few lines it is like including the entire Don Quixote in a school notebook. Starting with his Latin past, you have the Coliseum, which was ordered to be built by the Emperor Vespasian and which had room for 50 people. Or the Roman Forum, which was the nerve center of the capital of the Empire and where you will find monuments such as the arches of Titus and Severus the Seventh, the temple of Antoninus and Faustina or the Curia, where the senators met.

Wonderful urban spaces of the city are the Navona square with its many sources. And, if we talk about these, naturally, there is the Trevi Fountain, one of the symbols of Rome. Its current form dates from the XNUMXth century. You can't forget either the Trastevere, neighborhood of cobbled streets and with numerous shops and typical restaurants.

Photo of the Colosseum in Rome

Rome Coliseum

As for the palaces of Rome, they are essential visits Villa Borghese, which houses one of the most important art museums in the world; the Palazzo Maximo, where you can see the best preserved Roman frescoes; the Altemps Palace, full of Greek and Roman sculptures; the Venice Palace, also full of art, or the Barberini Palace, an impressive construction in the baroque style.

Finally, we will talk about the churches, starting with the Basilica of St. John Lateran, built in the fourth century by order of Constantine the Great and which was the first Catholic in Rome. And continuing by those of San Pablo Extramuros, Santa María la Mayor or San Clemente. But Rome also has an independent state within it that offers you as many wonders as the Eternal City or even more: the Vatican.

Vatican City, wonder of Christianity

With its spectacular dimensions, the st peter's square it is the nerve center of the small Catholic state. Entirely designed by Bernini, its central part stands out, with its imposing columns on which statues of saints rest.

On one of its sides is the St. Peter's Basilica, due to geniuses like Bramante, Miguel Ángel and Maderno. It is an impressive temple in which the dome stands out, reaching 136 meters in height. But even more impressive is the Sistine Chapel, which is in the Apostolic Palace and whose paintings are due to geniuses such as Michelangelo himself, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio or Perugino.

To complete your visit to the Vatican, you can see some of its museums, which is more valuable. Among these, the Pinacoteca, the Egyptian Museum, the Ethnological Missionary, the Gallery of the Candelabra or the Etruscan Museum. Without a doubt, the Vatican is an essential visit among the cities of Italy.

Photo of Vatican City

Vatican City

Milan, an economic capital full of monuments

We are now taking you north to visit Milan, another wonder of the many that Italy offers you. Founded by the Celts and called Mediolanum by Latinos, it highlights the Duomo or Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece whose façade was completed in the XNUMXth century by order of Napoleon Bonaparte.

In turn, the Sforzesco Castle It is unique in the world for its imposing exterior façade and its Clock Tower. But also because of the huge number of museums it houses. Among them, an extraordinary picture gallery and the Museum of Ancient Art, which has jewels such as the 'Trivulziano Codex' by Leonardo da Vinci.

Finally, the podium of great monuments in the city is completed with the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery, with its immense glass vaults and its classic cafes. However, if you have time, Milan has much more to offer you. For example, him La Scala Theater, Basilica of Saint Ambrose or Sempione Park.

Photo of the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery

Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery

Venice, the city of canals

To the east of the previous one, you have another of the beautiful cities of Italy: Venice, capital of Veneto. Very famous is her St. Mark's Square, chaired by the Basilica of the same name, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture in the region and with its bell tower exempt.

Without leaving the square, you have the Ducal Palace, an imposing example of Venetian Gothic, although no less beautiful is its Renaissance courtyard. Along with this, other magnificent palaces of the city are the Ca d'Or, Palazzo Dolfin Manin or Contarini del Bovolo, popular for having a curious helical staircase on the outside.

Also, you can't leave Venice without trying its famous gondolas. Touring the canals on board them is a wonderful experience, although not cheap.

Venice photo

Venice

Florence, capital of Tuscany

Capital of the beautiful region of Tuscany, Florence is truly impressive. Its historic center is Heritage since 1982 and is full of medieval and Renaissance buildings. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, with its marble façade and its enormous dome, the work of Brunelleschi.

You should also see the Old Palace, in the popular Signoria square. It was built at the beginning of the XNUMXth century and recalls a medieval fortification. Very close to this is the famous Old Bridge, one of the many that Florence has. It was also built in the fourteenth century and it is striking because there are inhabited houses on it.

Finally, you cannot leave the Tuscan city without visiting the Uffizi Gallery, located in a palace designed by Giorgio Vasari and which houses one of the most outstanding art collections in the world. And, if we talk to you about museums, it is also highly recommended to see the Gallery of the Academy of Florence, where is the David by Miguel Ángel.

Duomo of Florence

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence)

Gastronomy of Italia

The transalpine country has one of the richest cuisines in the world. All the cities of Italy have typical dishes to offer you, beyond pasta and pizzas. In Rome are famous dishes such as coda there vacinara, stewed oxtail with vegetables, or the Giudia artichokes, some fried artichokes.

Even tastier is the Milanese cuisine. In this the polenta, a corn puree seasoned with mushrooms or sausages; the braised veal, stewed meat that is usually accompanied with a Risotto, or the cotoletta alla milanese, breaded veal cutlet. You should also try desserts like the famous tiramisu or the creme brulee.

For its part, in Venice you can ask battered seafood, which has sardines, squid, prawns and scallops floured and fried; Venetian veal liver, fried with onion and butter and served with polenta, or rice with bacon.

Finally, in Florence the overcooked, a delicious beef stew; the lampredotto, tripe that are even served as a sandwich; the pomodoro potato, a soup that has tomato, garlic, olive oil, basil and stale bread, or the Florentine steak, a grilled beef ribeye.

In conclusion, all these cities in Italy will amaze you. They are probably the most recommended for you to visit. But, if you have time, you can travel to many others. For example, to Verona, all of it considered a World Heritage Site; to Pisa, with its famous leaning tower; to Turin, cradle of Italian Unification, or Nápoles, near which are the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Without forgetting Padua, Modena, Mantua, Bergamo or other lesser known ones such as Bolzano, Ferrara or Ravenna.

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