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Published On: Wed, Oct 23rd, 2019

Vacation in Italy for the history, beautiful scenery and the food

Italy is one of the most perfect destinations in Europe to experience the ultimate vacation, along with the country’s extensive culture, cuisine and history. Traveling from the US is a life-changing experience as you head to the major cities and enjoy all the famous sights.

The following are examples of ideal options for an Italian vacation, where you can enjoy traditional Italian cuisine, explore the sights and maybe even pick up a little of the Italian language as you go.

photo/ Michael Shelmet

  1. Roam around Rome

This sprawling, historic city is a must-see to anyone visiting Italy for the first time. Rome is full of fascinating Roman ruins, including the famous Colosseum, stunning museums, churches, art galleries and more.

The opportunity also exists to visit Vatican City, the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. Here it is possible to see the Pope giving his latest address, or visit museums containing the most iconic artworks and Roman sculptures. One must-see location is the Sistine Chapel, where you can gaze at Michelangelo’s famous paintings.

Head to the many restaurants to enjoy a range of traditional Italian cuisine, including pasta, pizzas and more, washed down with fine Italian wines. Try learning a little Italian before you visit, to help you with the restaurant ordering process and to work out which dish is which.

  1. Head home to Italy

The US is renowned for its Italian-American citizens, many of whom love traveling to Italy. Of interest to note, those who hold US passports might not be aware they could officially be a citizen of Italy if they chose. 

The government passed a law in 1992 which allows those of Italian descent to apply for Italian citizenship. All you need to do is provide details of your Italian ancestors to prove you have the suitable background. Even better, you wouldn’t have to give up your US citizenship, as Italy does allow for dual citizenship.

Holding both a US and Italian passport makes travel to Europe so much easier, as the country is part of the European Union, giving easy access to all the popular destinations.

  1. Travel through Tuscany

Tuscany is a beautiful region of Italy, famous for its olive groves and vineyards amid lovely scenes of rolling green hills, the Apennine Mountains and the lovely beaches of the island of Elba. While visiting the small Tuscan villages is a charming experience, Tuscany is also home to famous cities, including the capital, Florence, full of famous Renaissance art and architecture. Here you can see Michelangelo’s famous “David” statue as well as the work of Botticelli, exhibited in the Duomo Basilica and the Uffizi Gallery.

Regional dining in Tuscany is a great experience, as the region’s food is based on “cucina povera” or “poor cooking.” Don’t let the title put you off, however, as this means that the simple meals are inexpensive, easy to create and simply delicious. Dishes are mostly based on locally acquired, fresh ingredients to give the food natural flavors. Obviously, with Tuscany being a wine area of Italy, excellent wines are abundant to accompany your simple, but delightful meal.

Experience Italy this year – visit all the iconic sites, experience the beautiful countryside and dine on traditional and authentic Italian cuisine.

Author: Anne Sewell

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