A Journey to Remember – Unmissable Experiences in Italy
Journeys to Italy (www.journeystoitaly.com)
Long-considered one of the most romantic spots in the world, as well as a family favorite, Venice is a one-of-a-kind city. With the city center accessible only by boat, patient Venice’s water roads make it truly unique. The city is also home to some stunning Italo-Byzantine and Venetian Gothic architecture, including St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Doge’s Palace. Be sure to take a visit inside with skip-the-line tickets and a private guide arranged by Journeystoitaly. Families with children will love St Mark’s Museum, with authentic clothing of Venetian nobles and Bronze Horses from Constantinople. The luxurious Golden Hall, inside St. Mark’s Basilica, is decorated with over 2000 gems and will mesmerize those of all ages. On a darker note, you should head to the Bridge of Sighs. Choose a guided tour to find out exactly how it got its name…Its local legends will intrigue you.
As the home of the Renaissance, Florence boasts a truly impressive collection of artwork. Its two main museums are the Academy and the Uffizi gallery museum. In the Academy museum you will find the awe-inspiring statue of David, by Michelangelo. Founded in the 15th Century, it is worth entering for this magnificent sculpture alone. The Uffizi gallery museum is home to both Botticelli’s famous painting of Birth of Venus and Primavera and exhibits of Leonardo Da Vinci’s key works. Please note, that both museums have a great deal to see and there can be very long lines. Journeystoitaly will arrange for your skip-the-line tickets and an excellent guide to make the most out of your visit. Another highlight of Florence is its unique Gothic Duomo (Cathedral.) A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is still the largest brick dome ever built. Do not miss climbing the steps to the top of the dome to enjoy the spectacular views. Among the other highlights is the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge,) Signoria Square and the colorful marketplaces which are excellent for souvenirs and bargains.
Of course, Tuscany is not just Florence. The rolling-hills countryside is stunning and there are many other beautiful towns and cities to visit. Pisa, famous for its remarkable leaning tower, is a must-visit. As is Siena, with its grand cathedral and public square where the famous Palio di Siena horse race takes place twice every summer. Slightly less-known hotspots are Lucca, with its charming cobbled streets and ancient city walls, and San Gimignano, with its mesmerizing medieval towers. Wine-lovers should not miss a wine-tasting in the Chianti countryside. Journeystoitaly can arrange for your private day-trips all over Tuscany, to ensure you don’t miss any of these wonderful sites.
Time to sit back and relax for a breathtaking drive along the beautiful Amalfi Coastline.
As you tour town to town, soaking in the gorgeous sea-views and charming scenery of Amalfi, Sorrento, Positano and Ravello and many more quaint villages, you will notice that they have something in common… lemons! These are used to make the delicious specialty of Limoncello! Whilst enjoying Journeystoitaly’s panoramic tour of the Amalfi Coast you will get to try this lemon liqueur, whilst young people can taste a traditional Italian gelato recommended by your local expert. Besides spectacular views, the region is famous for its archaeological sites, the most famous of which is Pompeii. Here you can enjoy a private guided tour which will provide you with a remarkable insight into its Ancient History and ruins. The major city is Naples, head here to eat a truly delectable pizza at the place where it is said to have first been invented. We recommend you order the original pizza, Neopolitano (Neopolitan.) Topped simply with tomato, buffalo mozzarella and basil, you won’t get a more authentic taste than this! If you have time, you should consider taking a trip to the stunning island of Capri. This has long been a favorite vacation destination for the rich and the famous. Take a boat inside the Blue Grotto, an underwater cave filled with water that reflects a mesmerizing blue light.
Last but by no means least, the Eternal City is a must-see for visitors to Italy. The political and cultural capital of Italy has a vast history that spans over 2000 years. With so much to see, so much information to absorb and long lines at the top monuments, it is well-worth looking into Journeystoitaly’s entertaining small group and private skip-the-line tours. Visitors to Rome usually stop off at main sites such as the Colosseum, the Vatican, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and the Baroque Trevi Fountain, and also the Victor Emanuel II Monument in Venice Square, where the eternal flame is lit for the Unknown Soldier. However, for some more off the beaten tracks sites, you should head to St Clemente’s Basilica (built on the foundations of a 4th century Roman house) the Mouth of Truth and the Key Hole on Aventine Hill. Lovers of the slightly sinister should not miss a trip to the Crypt of the Capuchin Bones and the Catacombs! With so many more sites to visit, ensure you don’t miss anything by contacting Journeystoitaly.
With so much to see and do in Italy, trust JourneystoItaly to arrange your visit, ensuring you see all the highlights and have a memorable time, no matter what your needs, interests and budget! Take a look at their web site www.journeystoitaly.com or send them an email firstname.lastname@example.org.