Italy is one of the most picturesque, stunning, and culturally rich countries in the world. Most famous for its romantic language and delicious cuisine, Italy has proven time and again that it is worth its weight in gold – and then some. An invaluable travel experience and an unforgettable destination, this gem of Europe has so much to offer that it is vaguely dizzying. But Italy is not just about the tourist hot spots…not even by a long shot. Hidden gems pepper the country, and they each bring a new aspect to one of the world’s most romantic countries.
The flooded city of Venice give tourists an experience that nowhere else in the world can. As you float down the canals in a gondola, you can take in the romantic textures of Italy’s floating city. After you wind your way through Venice’s waterlogged canals, you can travel to Rome and experience Italy’s history in its most raw form. From the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain, to Peter’s Basilica and the Roman Forum, Rome is home to (arguably) the world’s most infamous ruins (save for Pisa’s notorious leaning tower).
Cinque Terre is the most ‘Insta-famous’ seaside town, and for good reasons. The colourful buildings and the perfectly clear waters make for a stunning experience. The “coast of the gods”, Costa degli Dei has crystal clear waters off its shores. There is no shortage of seaside destinations in Italy to keep you occupied, awe-inspired, and driven to explore ever-further.
In the Tuscan countryside, there is some of the world’s best wine and you can go on a wine and cheese tour, drinking and eating the best that Italy has to offer. As well as the wine, Tuscany is the destination of some of the world’s most intricate archaeological digging sites, giving it multiple facets of attraction. Like Tuscany, Maremma is a wild region that is ripe with charm and Italian history, while Brisighella takes the charm of the Italian countryside to new heights (literally), nestled in the Apennine mountains.
Perhaps the most beautiful, unbelievable man made sights of Italy is Grotta Palazzese. The stunning restaurant is literally built into a limestone cave that hovers 74 feet above sea level. Diners can eat an incredible meal while they watch the waves crash below their feet. Being carved out of a cave, Grotta Palazzese is one of the most unique, exciting dining experiences in the world. So unique it is, that is the perfect spot for tourists looking for a one-of-a-kind dining experience, the perfect setting to propose to their partner, or anything in between.
For individuals that live in areas that are a part of the Schengen agreement, you can travel between all the involved countries without the need for a valid passport in your hands. For those outside of the agreement, there is unfortunately no Schengen visa appointment available. But never fear; instead, get your passport ready and have the appropriate visas and travel insurance in place. You must see Italy. You must.