Exchange Student Weighs In on Italian Cities

Exchange Student Weighs In on Italian Cities

Beatrice Guerra

TOP 10 PLACES TO SIGHTSEEING IN ITALY:
If you are thinking about coming to visit Italy and you are not sure where to start, this is the
article perfect for you.
There are 10 places that I would absolutely recommend to visit:
1) Colosseum, Rome

The Colosseum is important because it is the grandest amphitheater from the time of
ancient Roman Empire. Its construction was started in 72 AD by Vespasian from the
Flavian dynasty and finished in 79 AD by his son Titus. It’s the main symbol of Rome.
2) Rialto Bridge and San Marco plaza, Venice

You need to visit Venice for its endlessly gorgeous views, canals, gondolas, and buildings.
In particular this bridge and plaza are very unique.
3) Tower of Pisa

The tower of Pisa is unique. The stairway is made of almost 300 marble stairs, but the
view is worth the effort. From the very top of the tower, it’s possible to admire a
breathtaking view over the city, the Arno River, surrounding mountains and, on sunny
days, the sea far in the distance.
4) Florence

Florence is home to one of the most famous art galleries in the world, where many
Renaissance masterpieces are housed. Hundreds of thousands of people visit this city to
see the famous pieces by historical artists such as Raphael, Michelangelo, da Vinci,
Botticelli, Giotto and Titian.
5) Cinque Terre ( ‘ Five lands’)

These are charming fishing villages with colorful houses clinging onto stunning sea cliffs,
making up one of the most distinctive and evocative landscapes in the country. Here you
can plan some awesome hikes because there are dozens of trails.
6) Valley of the Temples, Sicily

It is one of the most outstanding examples of Magna Grecia art and architecture, and is
one of the main attractions of Sicily.
7) Trulli, Alberobello

Trulli are a very ancient type of dwelling and archaeologists seem to have found traces of
them dating as far back as the year 1000.
8) Vatican City

This is not a part of Italy because Vatican City is governed as an absolute monarchy with
the pope at its head but it’s still something to visit. The Vatican is the heart of the
Catholic Church and serves as a pilgrimage spot for many Catholics and Christians. It’s
the smallest state in the world.

9) Islands of Nuraghi, Sardegna

Nuraghe are ancient megalithic edifices found exclusively on the Italian island of Sardinia
and nowhere else in the world!
10) Dolomites

The Dolomites provide outstanding opportunities for hiking, climbing via ferrata, rock
climbing, mountaineering, road and mountain biking, base jumping, paragliding, and hang
gliding. The main unique feature of the Dolomites is their geological structure. They are
mainly composed of two different kinds of rocks, volcanic and dolomitic. The volcanic
rock is a metamorphosed rock and is very hard and resistant to weathering. When the
sun’s rays hit the calcium and magnesium at just the right angle, it turns the mountains a
beautiful pinkish-red.