So if you are like me and travel abroad to Italy, you will probably be overwhelmed by how much there is to see in such little time (yes, four months will fly by in no time!). If you are going to another country I’m sure there is just as much to see, but I am only focusing on Italy here, since that is where I lived throughout the program. I will start with the places that I saw firsthand, and then move on to some other locations that I heard were great, but had to miss out on (hey, it’s hard to see a whole country in that amount of time).
Places I Saw That You Must See
This is where I lived so there is a lot to include here, but I am going to sum it up by saying GO AND VISIT THIS CITY FOR A LONG TIME. Check out other places to go from a Florence local’s blog. Here are my must-sees:
- Piazza Michelangelo, where you can stand in a rose garden or outlook over the city while musicians play romantic music in the background. The hike is worth it.
- The Uffizi, The Accademia, and other famous museums to see some of the greatest artwork ever created.
- The Duomo di Firenze (the Florence Cathedral) and the baptistry, as well as the Basilica of Santa Croce and Santa Maria.
- The top of Fiesole to see another great view above the city, a Franciscan church, and thousand-year old city ruins.
- The Ponte Vecchio gold bridge and the Palazzo Vecchio square.
- The Pitti Palace, Medici Palace, and any other palace!
- The Colosseum.
- The Trevi Fountain.
- Saint Peter’s Basilica
- The Vatican.
- Galleria Borghese.
- The Leaning Tower and basilica.
- The Keith Haring Wall.
- Duomo di Milano.
- The fashion district.
- Piazza San Marco
- Basilica di San Marco
- The Frari.
- Gondolas and water taxis.
6. Cinque Terre Beaches
7. Perugia during the Chocolate Festival
- Roman Amphitheater (Arena di Verona).
- Juliet’s house and balcony.
Places I Wish I saw
1. Amalfi Coast
4. Naples (Naples is said to be dangerous, but it is the birthplace of pizza, after all).
I also wish I had seen a more country-side area of Italy, as I mostly saw cities. I went through country areas on buses and trains, but I wish I would have done a wine tasting in the rolling Tuscan hills. They are beautiful!
Obviously I have a bias towards Tuscany and Florence, but it truly is a beautiful place. Do you have any hidden gems for people to visit? What places are on your must-see-list?