The birthplace of the Roman Empire and modern Western civilization Italy is a place of fantastic history and culture. The country is home to many of the world’s greatest historical sites and has many beautiful natural features.
Here are just some of the must see sights in Italy:
Setting foot in the ancient city of Pompeii is as close to stepping back in time as any person can get. Preserved for all time by the disaster that consumed it, Pompeii shows us what life was like in a Roman town in the first years Anno Domini. The site attracts over 2.5million visitors every year and it’s not hard to understand why. Pompeii was lost for nearly 1700 years before its rediscovery in 1748. Since then, its excavation has provided an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city during the days of the Roman Empire. Today, this is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy.
Tower of Pisa
The world famous Tower of Pisa was built over a period of 177 years. Soon after the construction started in 1173 the tower began to sink due to a poorly laid foundation and was left alone for almost a century. When the construction resumed the engineers built higher floors with one side taller than the other to compensate for the tilt and the tower was finally finished in the 2nd half of the 14th century. The famous tower is open to those wishing to climb its 296 steps. Many tourists like to take photographs of them pretending to hold up the tower. A campaign to secure the tower and prevent its collapse succeeded and it is now expected to remain stable for another 200 years.
Quite possibly the most famous city in the world, Venice is a must see location for anyone. The city is unique in that it is built on the heart of a vast lagoon. There are no roads in the city; instead people get around via boats. It is located in the Northeast of Italy and is listed as a world heritage site. The city is home to some famous landmarks, such as St.Mark’s Basilica, the Grand Canal and the piazza San Marco. The city sees up to 50,000 visitors every day making it the 28th most visited city in the world.
The Colosseum in Rome
Situated in the heart of the Italian capital Rome, The Colosseum is the grandest relic of the Roman Empire left in the world. Once used for Gladiatorial games and chariot racing the Colosseum has seen its fortunes wax and wane over the centuries. The structure itself suffered heavy damage in a massive earthquake in the 1370’s and drastic action to preserve the structure was carried out in the 1990’s. Not far from the coliseum are a whole host of Roman artefacts and structures that are well worth a visit. Rome is also home to the Catholic Church and the pope, the separate state of the Vatican resides in Rome’s ancient borders. For culture and history Rome is the best place on Earth.