If you are a lover of all things culture and history then you absolutely must travel to Europe as each city just encompasses it!
But planning a big trip to Europe can sometimes just seem like way too much, so it’s always a great idea to sit down, do your research and come up with a checklist of your must see places so you don’t miss out!
If Italy isn’t already on the top of this list then it soon will be. But do keep in mind that to get a glimpse of the whole country you are going to need anywhere from 10 days to 2 weeks here.
This country is flooded with beauty, culture and history which means there are plenty of places to see so here are a few of my favourite Italian destinations to get kick start the planning of your Europe tour.
If you travel just south of Naples, you will find the stunning coastal town of Sorrento. Follow the cobblestone streets into town to explore the adorable shops and stalls selling local produce, and a bunch of great knick knacks you can take home as a souvenir.
Located on the cliffs overlooking the beautiful ocean, Sorrento is the perfect place to base yourself if you want to explore the south of Italy. It’s quite easy to get to Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast and the Isle of Capri from here as there are a range of day tours and public transport available.
The city of Florence is truly amazing and in my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe! When making your way through the streets in Florence make sure you have your camera handy as each street can often feel like a piece of art!
There are plenty to do in the city of Florence, but one thing I 100% recommend to all is taking the time to visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Here you can make you way up through the church until it brings you to the roof where you will find the best view of the city. Take a water bottle with you though as the stairs can get quite overwhelming.
Anyone who has a slight fascination in the history of Europe will have “visiting Rome” at the top of their bucket list! The city is quite literally built around ruins, and it is amazing how you can go from ancient ruins to modern architecture all just by crossing the road.
Grab a gelato and go back in time visiting the Colosseum, the Forum and the Pantheon. Make your way to the Vatican to admire its riches, take a photo on the Spanish steps and make a wish at Trevi Fountain!
Possibly one of the most magical cities in all of Europe, Venice is an absolute must for anyone travelling to Italy. With water for roads and boats for cars, it’s somewhere you just can’t imagine until to you see it with your own eyes.
Do yourself a favour and go on a walking tour to get your bearings and learn a little bit about the history of the area. After that enjoy the food, the shopping and all Venice has to offer!
As most of you would already know in AD 79 Mt Vesuvius erupted, leaving the Italian towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum covered in large amounts of ash and stone. Remarkably this became somewhat of a time capsule for the towns, preserving them for many years.
Today you can visit this site and walk through what’s left of the ancient town. This is a phenomenal experience that I would recommend for anyone travelling to Italy.
I know it can be quite difficult planning a trip that incorporates so much travel, and sometimes it’s easier and more financially beneficial to book a tour. There are some great Europe tours out there that include all of the destinations I have mentioned above, so do your research and work out what’s best for you!