Arguably the starting point of Western civilization as we know it thanks to the Roman Empire, Italy has offered the world incredible food, amazing history and some truly breath-taking imagery.
Italy has an abundance of must-see destinations, perhaps more than any other country. Some like the Vatican and the Colosseum are infinitely more famous than others.
So, if you are heading to Italy soon, here are 5 amazing sights you need to see that you might not think of:
Most famous for causing the destruction of the ancient Italian city of Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius is still regarded as an active volcano and a potentially dangerous threat to the nearby area.
Don’t let that put you off, though. As the volcano was declared to be a national park in 1995 and thousands of tourists each year scale Vesuvius as part of guided tours, reaching relatively close to the summit.
Thankfully there hasn’t been a major eruption since 1944.
Tucked away on the western coast nor far from Sorrento, the town (and coast) of Amalfi used to be a highly popular holiday getaway destination for British aristocracy.
When looking at its rural and secluded beauty it’s easy to see why.
The town looks as though it’s been plucked straight out of a page of Italian history.
Considering how long it’s been around, in a way it has which is what probably prompted UNESCO to name it as an official world heritage site.
While the town is comprised of a rich and engaging history nowadays it’s best known as the major producer of lemons and Limoncello liqueur.
So if you’ve got a taste for sharp flavours and exquisite views Amalfi might be the place for you.
Plus, Whereabouts Holidays offer exceptional packages for tourists looking to explore the Amalfi coast.
The Statue of David
Possibly the most famous statue in existence, David is one of the best-known pieces of art by revered Italian artist and sculptor Michelangelo.
The statue, which was completed in 1504, currently stands at the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence and was formerly recognised as a symbol of independence for the city of Florence which at the time was an independent state.
At the time of his original standing, David was intentionally positioned facing Rome as a warning to potential outside oppressors.
Don’t be fooled by the statue at the Palazzo Vecchio, though. This is merely a replica occupying the position where the original statue once stood.
He is a true artistic marvel and a must-see for any art enthusiast.
There are few bodies of water in Europe that can match the elegance and magnitude of Lake Garda.
The largest lake in all of Italy, the geography of the lake and the nearby area was formed from the fallout of the last Ice Age.
As well as being a highly popular tourist destination thanks to its spectacular views (for obvious reasons) the lake has also played host to numerous significant conflicts throughout history including the Battle of Solferino in 1859. The devastation of which led to the formation of the Red Cross.
A real highlight for view seekers and history buffs alike.
Of all the beautiful buildings Italy has to offer Milan Cathedral might just be the most intricate of all.
Standing at 108 meters tall and 158 metres wide it is one of the largest cathedrals in the world and took almost six hundred years to complete.
Taking into account the great care and detail that must have gone into producing the finer elements of the cathedral’s design this comes as no surprise.
Just as awe-inspiring on the inside as the outside the Milan Cathedral, or Duomo di Milano, is a one of a kind architectural masterpiece and is not to be missed.
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