Pizza, gelato, wine, history, architecture, Italian cheese, art, Romeo and Juliette – is what comes to mind when I think about Italy. Italy is an exciting place to visit because it has so many attractions to offer. Rome, Venice, Florence, and Verona are places you must see during your vacation in Italy.
Italian food is a culture! I am crazy about Italian food. It is my favorite cuisine. One of my guilty Italian addictions is gelato. It is the Italian version of ice-cream. It is like a mix of American frozen yogurt with ice-cream. You have to try everything in Italy and be prepared to gain a few pounds. It is not a place to diet. Italian cuisine is amazing and varies across the different regions. I highly advise against eating in touristy places. Of course you should pick the nice restaurant with a view once and enjoy a glass of Italian wine. However, when you walk and explore the city you will see a lot of small, local, and cozy places to eat. Italians call these places “trattoria”. They are usually casual family-owned places serving home cooked meals. The food there is much much better compared to touristy restaurants.
Architecture is impressive in Italy. You will find diverse architectural styles there – ancient Roman style buildings, Rococo, Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance, and Art Nouveau. I could not stop admiring the beauty of every street, sculpture, square and building. It is like walking in a museum. Italy is thousands of years of history that you can see and feel while exploring the city. Every part of Italy is rich with architectural heritage.
My Italian vacation was fantastic but you will feel there is never enough time for everything. There are too many places to see and explore. Don’t rush or adhere to a strict schedule to see everything in one day. Enjoy the beauty of Italy and eat a lot! 🙂