As the epicenter and birthplace of Western culture, art, history and literature, Italy is a country unrivaled when it comes to things to see and do, and has been so for centuries. A phenomenally beautiful and welcoming part of the world, Italy is simply a must-see for anyone planning on travelling in Europe.
Here are just a few things that need to be put firmly in your diary whether you’re coming to teach English in Italy or just leisurely stroll around one of its thousands of galleries for the weekend… Whatever your reason for heading to fair Italia, I’m sure you’ll have a great time.
- Fair Firenze. Florence, as it’s known in the English-speaking world, was unarguably the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, bringing the arts, architecture and every other culture to the forefront of civilization. Nowadays, it’s still a gem in Italy’s crown. Marvel at the beauty and soak up the culture, there really is no better way to spend a few days than getting lost in Florence and her wonderfulness.
Milan. All things style, fashion and cosmopolitan come together in Milan. If you want to see a more modern, globalized side of Italy, this is your place.
The historic centre of Naples. Officially protected as a UNESCO world heritage site, the city centre of Naples is one of the oldest settlements on Earth, founded somewhere between the 7th and 6th centuries BC. No words have ever truly done justice to the serene beauty that Naples encapsulates, so use your eyes instead as you soak up the city.
The island of Capri. The Romans used Capri as their preferred holiday resort and we’re still doing it today: and for very good reason. It’s stunningly gorgeous, entirely relaxing, though fairly expensive; so if you are doing things on a budget, perhaps don’t plan on staying long.
- Rome’s Coliseum. Right in the centre of Rome, in the Colosseo district, the heart of ancient Rome, you’ll find the largest amphitheatre in the world and one of the greatest examples of ancient Roman architecture and culture. You will have to fight your way through the hoards of tourists, but it is well worth the effort to get a glimpse into what life was like all the way back in the times of Imperial Rome.
The Amalfi Coastline. Deep in the southwest region of Campania, the Amalfi coast is known by UNESCO as one of the most stunning regions on our planet. Go hiking, snorkeling or just enjoy the sights of this beautiful spot.
The port of Genoa. One of Italy’s lifelines to the rest of the world, Genoa’s port has brought trade and tourism to the entire country for centuries now, and as such is a great place to see. Marvel at the historical architecture, the naval and maritime museums and the stunning scenery that surrounds the harbor.
Mount Vesuvius. A quiet yet technically active volcano, Mount Vesuvius is a great day trip for all, whether you’re interested in learning about how it destroyed parts of the Roman empire, or simply want to enjoy one of Italy’s best views.
The Italian Alps. For those of you who are more adrenaline junkie than culture addict, head to the Italian Alps for skiing, snowboarding, hiking or just a pot of fondue in a particularly comfortable armchair.
Lake Garda. A popular but by no means overrun tourist destination is Lake Garda, an enormous lake surrounded by beautiful villages and hamlets. There are beaches at certain points around the lake providing every water sport or activity you could imagine. In terms of beauty, I don’t think anywhere in Italy beats this place.
If you want to get to know Italy a little better and make it your home for a while, think about teaching English in Italy. You’d be paid to travel, teach, soak up the culture and have a great time! All you need is a native English tongue and a classroom or online TESOL certificate. Sound good?