Things to Do
Italy is brimming with possibilities -- the hard part is choosing from endless activities and historic attractions. Italy is home to more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country; to date, there are 44. They include Venice’s elaborate canal system, Rome’s Vatican City and Florence’s historic center.
There are more than 70 museums in Florence. The Tuscan city was the heart of the Italian Renaissance, its churches, palaces and piazzas designed and adorned by world-famous artists like Da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo and Titian.
When in Rome, visit Vatican City. This Roman Catholic domain is a treasure trove of awe-inspiring architecture and religious artwork. It’s a timeless place that always seems to be at the top of everyone’s must-see list, and for good reason. You can spend an entire day exploring the bejewelled majesty of St. Peter’s Basilica, the late Renaissance church that holds 60,000 people and is said to be the burial site of St. Peter himself. In addition, there’s also the 12,000-square-foot Sistine Chapel ceiling, considered to be Michelangelo’s crowning achievement.
Southwest of Rome lies the picturesque Amalfi Coast, where you can explore towns like Sorrento, lined with lemon groves. Across the bay from Sorrento is Naples, which claims to be the birthplace of pizza. You’ll find plenty of good eats here, along with one of the best collections of Greek and Roman antiquities at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples. Naples also is the jumping-off point for excursions to the chic island of Capri and tours of Pompeii, the well-preserved ancient Roman city.