Things to see and do while backpacking in Italy.
Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Italy.
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What You Must See
Italy, in general, is amazingly rich in art and history, and Rome is no exception! Since the terrorist attacks in Europe, security measures are strict in most landmarks, and you will notice a strong police force on the streets. You will be required to go through security checks at all major landmarks, which can cause some lines and delays. So here’s the scoop on what to visit!Ana Writing
The Hidden Charm of Italy - What to Do and See in Bologna
Rome is eternal, Venice is impressive, and Florence artistic, but currently they are all too touristic. However, there is an often neglected Italian city that is neither so famous nor so visited, but frank, charming, delicious and so worth seeing – Bologna. In Italy, it is known as La Dotta, La Grassa, La Rossa (the learned, the fat, the red) and after only a few hours spent in the administrative capital of the region Emilia Romana you will be falling in love with it and planning your next trip.vladimiramihaylova
Basic knowledge of Italian history is a valuable asset when visiting a city that is filled with historical sights throughout the city. This goes back to the Etruscans who settled in Italy. It was Julias Caesar who established the city we now know as Florence. It fell into the hands of the Medici during the 1400’s and they allowed the city to flourish in all cultural aspects. They have left many marks in this city that can still be seen today. One of my favoritepuck-simons
Rimini - destination for perfect vacation
I love visiting seasides, and I love Italy, so it’s not surprising that Rimini has left a great impression on me.kata-rina
If you are planning to stay in Rome for a quite-long period of time (even if you are not, of course) don’t forget to explore Roman surroundings. Only 40 minutes away from Rome there is the amazing Tivoli where you can visit the beautiful rinascimental Villa d’Este (UNESCO world heritage) and Villa Adriana (and also you can eat the biggest sandwich of your life at Pippo’s). Or if you have time to take a whole day, you can go and visit Canale Monterano (where many movies have been set) and have a pic nic near the old abandoned Cathedral. By the way, Italy is not that big and you can even plan a one-day trip to another region.Alice D\\
Bus Shuttles to Arese or Serravalle
Hope you enjoy your stay in Italy and find this useful on your trip to Milan and let me know how it went!Alina Boaca
I have only one thing to ask regarding food, have you actually been in Italy if you didn’t eat Italian pizza while there? Well, that was my guiding thought so I naturally opted for pizza. I did not regret it. There are so pizza places to chose from that is virtually humanly impossible to make a choice. There are several possible ways to solve that problem. One, ask Google, I am sure there are helpful sites with good reviews that will help you choose. Two, ask a local, because they probably know where to find good and yet cheap food. Or three, do as I did, simply let your nose lead you and go there where you smell a fresh pizza. I know I didn’t make mistake and had a pretty good pizza followed by great cup of amazing coffee.anna-gaten
It’s the biggest one of the five with its population of slighly more than 1500 inhabitants and the one furthest north. Coming from Tuscany this was my first stop while visiting the Cinque Terre, and my jaw literally dropped when I got out of the train station and I found myself directly by the sea (most pleasant train station environment i’ve ever seen in my young life for sure). The train journey itself from Tuscany to Monterosso is quite incredible itself and it’s probably one of the most panoramic train routes in Italy, leading you through the hills overlooking the sea, you have a magnificent view over the translucent blue water in a warm welcoming frame of olive trees.ginevra-biondi
Rome, Italy: Places to visit
This is a quick walk through the beautiful Rome – the capital city of Italy. As soon as you arive at the Ciampino Airport, the journey begins. First of all, you have to take a taxi or a bus (there are plenty of them right in front of the airport – I recommend the bus, for 5 euros you can travel comfortable) and go to wherever you are staying.Ana Stefanel
Walking among history
I think that’s enough shade thrown on Sweden for one day. (It truly an amazing and beautiful country. You should come visit! Just make sure you come for other purposes then the rare phenomena of a sunny day, and you’ll be fine.) Back to Italy, and Rome. I always visit visitacity.com before traveling to a big city like Rome. It’s a good way to make sure you’re not missing anything and you can see everything there is to do at the specific location. Hot tip, they also have an app. I’m not sponsored, I promise (ha ha) it’s just a good app I use frequently. The city of Rome, with all its narrow streets; crowded cafes and gelaterias; beautiful scenery and gorgeous historical architecture scattered around, is a mesmerizing and entertaining experience. Wandering the streets of Rome, you not only feel as if you’re walking around in ancient history – you are! The sights – with all its acclaimed history – is all around you. And no matter where you go you can’t help but stop to consider just how beautiful it is, take some photos, and continue five meters until your jaw drops again and you simply have to stop once more. I would imagine it to be someone with a passion for architecture´s top 5 places for inspiration.Isabell Andersson
Cities of Italy
Italy is a country with so much to offer! There are loads of lovely cities to visit with so much history to take in. With Rome being the countries capital, it’s a good city to start your adventure. Rome alone is home to many historical landmarks such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. Rome also surrounds Vatican City. The Vatican museum has a constant flood of tourists waiting to see sculptures, paintings and of course Michelangelo’s ceiling which is held in the Sistine Chapel. Some may even hope to catch a glimpse of the pope. When it comes to going inside the Vatican Museum, there are certain rules you need to abide by. As a sign of respect, shoulders must be covered. If it’s summer time, you can buy a light scarf which will do. Remember, this is a religious place as well as a tourist attraction. You’re more than welcome to take photos throughout the museum however, cameras in the Sistine Chapel are not allowed. It’s also a room of silence. I have been inside a couple of times and do see people pull out their phones to take photos while having a casual conversation with their friend. It is frustrating when you’re trying to take in all of the culture and other people aren’t showing the same respect. Always be considerate and abide by the rules. It’s about 10 minutes of quiet time and you can always chat away once you’ve left the room. Depending on how long you want to spend in the museum, you can get a guided tour. I have done both and don’t think it’s a necessity for everyone. If you’re happy enough to walk around at your own pace, go for it!Casey Hadfield
There is a law in Italy which dictates that if there are five or more cats living someplace, you can’t move, chase or hurt them in any way. Therefore, estimated kitty population in Rome is something around 300,000 and many of them live in ancient monuments, even Colosseum.TrippingWolf
The top 7 must see places and sights:
The cathedral is huge and has no comparision and if you pay a little extra you can climb to the top and see the dome inside and out. it’s a great panorama. Coliseum, Rome’s great gladiatorial arena is the most thrilling of the city’s ancient sights and the one that impressed me the most. Here you should use the skip the line option as well because there are tons of people waiting to get in even early in the morning. Walking around there are lots of ancient ruins and parks: The Roman Forum, the central area around which the ancient Rome was developed; The Circus Maximus which was the largest stadium in ancient Rome and,also, I’ve looked for the Trajan’s Column (Italian: Colonna Traiana) which is a bit historical for us, Romanians, as it shows the history between our founder – Decebal and Trajan, the roman conqueror in those times, or something like that. Interesting nonetheless. The Vittorio Emanuele Monument (Italian: Altare della Patriaor Il Vittoriano) is a huge monument built in honour of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy and if you take a touristic bus you will not miss it. Piazza di Spagnia and the Spanish Steps (Italian: Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti) are a set of steps climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna and its fountain at the base and the imposing Trinità dei Monti church at the top. Around here you can take beautiful pictures of the narrow streets full of motor scooters. Also, if art is what you like you can walk about 500 meters and reach Villa Medici with its art exhibits all year round and interesting garden “all’Italienne” which is unique for Rome. The Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and the most beautiful in the world. A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome, or their wishes will get fulfilled – whatever you choose to believe. I’ve already been there twice so it must be true. The Pantheon with its thick brick walls and large marble columns makes an immediate impression on visitors. But the most remarkable part of the building is the more than forty-three meter high dome with a hole in it that allows the sun to breach inside. It was the largest dome in the world until 1436 when the Florence Cathedral was constructed. Piazza Navona is one of the most famous and arguably the most beautiful of Rome’s many squares. The large and lively square features no less than three magnificent fountains and a colorful crowd. Its the perfect place to grab something to eat or at least drink some coffee at one of the many caffes with tables outside. P.S. If you have time and is still sunny outside go and see the seaside. They have a direct subway line ?Julie
Italy: 90 Days on the Island of Elba
Italy: 90 Days on the Island of Elba A few months ago, I was getting off a plane with my skin tanned brown and dust caked under my nails and into my clothes. I was ending a beautiful two weeks in sandy, sunbathed Arequipa, Peru and was greeted with the harsh wind and biting cold of New Jersey in February. I was returning home to Long Island. I have to admit, I had been missing my little beach town but I was coming back here with no idea what to do except to try and pick up a few shifts at my old job, save a bit of money, and… then what?Simone Roy
Interrailing around Italy
When I was in my last year of high school a question that got asked 24/7 was “where are you gong on your 6th year holiday” and most of the people in my class would reply with “Zante, Ibiza or Magaluf“. These places are what I would call “Hell”. Don’t get my wrong these places probably have beautiful beaches and some great culture but I’m afraid people that go there are not looking for that, they are looking to drink all night, make fools of themselves, go to sleep for 12 hours and not remember a thing when they wake up…fun. For me on the other hand when people would ask me that same question I would reply with “I’m going Interrailing around Italy“, The sheer horror on there faces when I told them I wasn’t going to be drunk every day for 2 weeks straight was remarkable.lauri-mitchell
The things you will see
Portoroz is part of the municipality of Piran, an area bordered by Croatia to the east and Italy to the west. Piran, the birthplace of Italian composer Giuseppe Tartini honors him with a statue inside a square named after him. The square lies adjacent to neat little cafes on cobblestone paths overlooking the marina. It was here at one of the cafes I sat on New Year’s day and watched as the locals jumped into the freezing water as part of the town’s New Year’s day traditions. On the other side of town in an area called Seca, known for it’s camping and bike runs, where bikers can take a ride along the Adriatic sea in full view Croatia and epic scenery of Portoroz and all its amazing orchards and wine vineyards that cover its hills.Cam Lewis
Few reasons why Catalonia wants the independence?
There have always been people willing the independence in Catalonia but the percentage wasn’t never that high. It increased a lot the past few years with the help of the Spanish government and its leader, Mariano Rajoy who, instead of reaching agreements and use dialogue as a tool to try to maintain Spain “happy” (that would also mean Catalonia), got completely blinded by his fears and forgot what “politics” and “democracy” really mean leaving us sometimes thinking we travelled in time back to 1939 – Franco’s dictatorship – and feeding indirectly the separatist movement with his disrespectful statements. Few reasons why Catalonia wants the independence? Catalonia became a nation in 988. Has its own culture and language. Barcelona is the city in the world that has been bombed more times by Spain. (A bit curious most punished territory is theoretically “Spanish owned”). Lluis Companys (catalan president) was the only president elected democratically in Europe who got shot and even now Spain is refusing to override symbolically the case. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mt31tCJdsLE There are more universities teaching catalan in Germany or Italy than in Spain. Catalan is actually forbidden in the Spanish Parliament. Every year, Catalonia gives to Spain 16.000.000.000 euros more than the money that gets back from the government. (That’s why we are in debt) Catalonia is the 16% of Spain’s population and contributes with the 20% of the GDP. But only gets back the 9.5% of the State budget. Spain refuses to invest in infrastructures or social action plans in Catalonia. (ex. Mediterranean Corridor) Catalonia’s parliament approved the Autonomy Statute which we presented to the Spanish parliament by 2006, 4 years later, after a long wait (too many pages to read I guess) they basically said “NO”. Catalonia’s president asked for a fiscal agreement similar than the one other Spanish regions already have but also got a “NO”. Catalonia tried to ask permission to elaborate a referendum on self-determination but obviously, got a “NO”. Catalonia realised there was a law approved already by the parliament which specified Catalonia could consult its people about any topic, so Catalonia did it with two questions on November 9th of 2014: – Would you like Catalonia to become an State? – Would you like the State to become independent? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABkfT8ocG0w The Spanish president, Mariano Rajoy started alleging it was unconstitutional, the results wouldn’t be relevant and everyone behind it should be judged. The former president of Catalonia was accused of attempting against the Spanish Constitution and had to attend to court. The votes were declared unofficial and out law and even there was an independent majority, the Spanish government kept acting like nothing was happening.Mrs. Pushkin
A picturesque weekend in Urbino, Italy
Urbino. A little UNESCO heritage village immersed inside the center of Italy, also well known for the important university that the city has. I had the chance to visit the city quite often, due to the fact that I grow up in Fano (only 1h an 15m from Urbino). If you are looking for a special place where you can go and relax inside the beauty of the Italian artistic history… that’s the right place. The village is situated on the top of a hill and around all you can see are just immense green or white (during the winter season) hills. No contamination, no pollution, no loud noise, just a full immersion inside the typical italian countryside life. The all village is a walled city, where the only thing that escapes from this walls is the immense medieval palace of the Montefeltro duke of Urbino.Olga Bartolucci
From the beginning, we were amazed by how many restaurants in Milan and in Italy in general were. In some streets, they were literally ten by each others’ side, all looking great, full of people, all doing just fine. A few of those I really want to mention.Daria Fester
Venice stinks – FALSE
It is very common to hear this. But no, it’s false. Venice is a very peculiar city: no cars, no factories, just few boats. This means that Venice is not a polluted city and one of the most livable in Italy. So, where does this legend come from? Few years ago in Venice there was an exceptional low tide (this happens commonly every 20-30 years) and many canals ended without water for almost 12 hours. Due to this, most of fishes died. Yes, in that occasion the city was extremely smelly, but only for few days.Ale Vidal
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