When some think of sights to see in Italy, their minds immediately go to the biggest tourist attractions — the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Vatican, and so on. Of course, Italy offers more than just these sights alone. The country is packed with rich history and stunning views from shore to shore. Here are a few sights you absolutely cannot miss on your next trip to Italy:
Built by Filippo Brunelleschi in 1418, this domed cathedral is one of the most magnificent sights in all of Florence. After touring the exterior of the building and the cathedral, guests have the opportunity to climb to the top of the Duomo to get a bird’s-eye view of the sprawling city below. Although this feat requires a bit of stamina — as there are 463 stairs to climb and no elevator — the end result is worth it, especially once visitors get an up-close look at the fresco-covered ceiling that was meticulously designed by Giorgio Vasari. Cost of admission is €15 ($16.71 USD) and hours vary throughout the week.
Many who visit this Tuscan village claim that it is like stepping back in time — which, truthfully, is no exaggeration. San Gimignano is renowned for its fascinating medieval architecture, towers that provide visitors with breathtaking views, and the centuries-old walls that still stand around the perimeter of the city. Visitors can find many things to do in San Gimignano, ranging from visiting the local art and history museums, getting a taste of authentic Italian cuisine, or even touring the city with a map provided by the Associazione Pro Loco San Gimignano.
Located in the city of Verona, this 13th century home was owned by the dell Capello family and is supposedly the main inspiration behind William Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet. Although it is likely that Romeo and Juliet were just figments of Shakespeare’s imagination, many locals still refer to the dell Capello home as the birthplace of Juliet Capulet. Admission to the Casa di Giulietta museum is €3 ($3.35 USD).