Verona, Florence, Pisa, Capri, Sorrento & Pompeii
18.04.2011 35 °C
There is so much to love about Italy,
the cityscape, the country side, the food,
the people, the old buildings, the art
the History, Fashion, sunshine and all the landmarks.
Italy is my favorite country i have visited so far,
There is beauty everywhere you look.
Many tourist visit the capital, Rome or Venice but
there is so much more the country has to offer.
We spent a week in Italy and here is a list of
other popular cities to visit...
Verona is in the northern part of Italy and
the historical buildings in the city have made Verona
a World Heritage Site. That includes a Roman amphitheater
that dates back to 30AD and is the third largest in the country.
This is also the city in which Shakespeare's play
Romeo and Juliet was set and many come to Verona to
visit Casa di Giulietta, Juliet's house. It is tucked away inside
a little courtyard and you enter through an arched tunnel.
There are hundreds of love letters pinned up on the walls
which most are replied to by a team of romantic volunteers.
Inside the courtyard you will see the balcony where Juliet
was said to have called out for her Romeo. There is also a statue of
JJuliet they say if you rub the right breast you will become lucky in love.
Florence is considered one of the world's most beautiful
cities in Europe and many would agree walking around central
Florence is like an outdoor museum. The city has a wide collection
of art and the Piazza della Signoria is full of hundreds of sculptures.
Maybe this is because some of the world's greatest artist were
born in this city including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Donatello.
It is also home to the world's most famous statue, Michelangelo's David!
There are three David statue's in the city, the original sculpture is
now inside the Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze. There is one outside
in the piazza and a green one on top of Michelangelo Park,
which overs a beautiful view back over Florence.
Whilst in Florence I recommend seeing atleast one of the David's.
Other sights to see include Europe's 4th largest church, the Duomo.
Most of the city can be seen by foot so take a stroll through the city.
Cross over the Ponte Vecchio bridge and check out the Fountain
of Neptune in the main Piazza.
Pisa is a city in Tuscany in Central Italy and
it's best known of it's Leaning Tower. The height of the tower is 55.86
meters high and was build as a freestanding belltower to the city's
cathedral. It took 177 years to complete and the lean began as the
tower sank into the ground after the second floor was completed in 1178.
The tower once leaned at a 5.5 degrees angle but after some maintenance
in the 1990's the tower now leans on an angle of 3 degrees.
The most popular thing to do in Pisa is to take a silly photo
pretending to hold up the leaning tower and i couldn't resist!
Whilst in Italy we also visited the beautiful Isle of Capri.
We caught a ferry from Naples over to the island and arrived in
Marina Grande, the main port. Once on the island you won't want
to leave the crystal blue waters and sunshine. There are beaches,
restaurants and shops all in walking distance to the port and the
best thing to do in Capri is to relax and soak up the sun.
The next best thing is to catch a boat out to Grotta Azzurra,
which translates to the Blue Grotto. This is a sea cave along the
coast of the island. The tour boats leave from the main port and
once at the location, you will hope into a small rowing boat and be
taken inside. At first it is a dark but then as you look back towards
the opening the water glows a vibrant blue. This happens when the
sunlight shines through the seawater and creates a blue reflection
that illuminates the cave. It is regarded as one of the seven under
water wonders of the world and looks like a scene out of Avatar!
Our next stop was sunny Sorrento a small city is the south of Italy.
It has stunning coastal views of the Bay of Naples and the Sorrentine
Peninsula and is build on high cliffs above the Tyrrhenian Sea.
It offers beautiful beaches, steep hill streets and some wonderful
sunsets, It is famous for it's limoncello. The main street is full of pizzerias,
gelato bars and coffee shops and the town has a very relaxed vibe.
Last but not least, we went to Pompeii to see Mount Vesuvius
and the ancient ruins. The city of Pompeii was destroyed during an
eruption of the Mount Vesuvius volcano and Pompeii was buried under six
meters of ash and the city was lost for over 1,500 years. It was
rediscovered in 1599 and today the site has become one of Italy's
most popular tourist attraction with 2,500,000 visitors per year.
You can choose to take a group tour or discover the lost city on
your own with the help of an audio guide. The main sight is now The Forum
which once the centre of the city. This is a fascinating place and you get
a rare chance to step into history and see the city as it once was,
as you walk down the original paved streets there are many buildings
still standing including the food market, small restaurants and
even a brothel that features erotic wall paintings.
There are also plaster casts made of the victims, three that have
become a symbol for the last day of Pompeii include the pregnant woman,
the man with a scarf and the dog, all frozen in time. I also recommend
checking out the amphitheater and the Temple of Isis.