Italy is a must-visit country and is one of the most-traveled destinations in Europe. There are so many highlights in this beautiful country from the canals of Venice to the Tuscan wine lands to the cobblestone streets of Rome to the Arno river running through Florence to the cliffs of Positano… and beyond. Florence is one of the best cities because of the architecture and natural beauty, the sun setting over the Arno River is something you can’t soon forget. Rome is one of the most iconic and most traveled cities in Europe and you could spend days getting lost in this magnificent destination. The most picturesque spots in Italy might just be Cinque Terre and all the stops along the Amalfi Coast. Positano is the gem of the Amalfi Coast and is arguably the most picturesque and most romantic town in the whole of Italy.
With all the ancient sites to visit in Rome, it's easy just to skim the surface and leave Rome without any real sense of life in the ancient city. An insider tour of one of the landmarks can take you deeper into the history and put the other sites into perspective. The best place for this is the Colosseum, where newly opened underground areas are accessible by visitors who book in advance and to those on in-depth tours. The latter gives the best introduction to what happened here, as a knowledgeable guide explains the maze of tunnels, passages, and cells deep under the arena floor, where the spectacles delighted Roman audiences. You'll see where gladiators and wild animals waited before encounters above that would rarely end well for either. Known as the hypogeum, this was where the lions, leopards, bears, and elephants used in battle or circuses were caged before they were lifted on slave-propelled pulleys to the floor of the arena.
The rugged landscapes and dramatic coastline of Italy's island of Sardinia present some of the most challenging and exciting outdoor adventures in Europe, as well as some of the least known. Many of the best hikes are in the central mountains, in the area known as the Barbagia. Most dramatic is the trip through Gola Su Gorropu, known as Europe's Grand Canyon. This spectacularly carved gorge is 426 meters deep and eight kilometers long, with the Rio Flumineddu flowing through its floor. Getting there is a demanding all-day hike through a landscape of eroded limestone cliffs above the brilliant blue sea. Cooperativa Gorropu and Cooperativa Goloritzè arrange guided walks to these and other places.
For spectacular views, picturesque villages, wild open landscapes and local experiences, it's hard to beat the five towns of Italy's Cinque Terre and the cliff path that connects them. The 12-kilometer Sentiero Azzurro stretches from Monterosso to Riomaggiore, but it's conveniently broken into segments that you can hike from one town to the next, returning or moving on by train. Hiking the entire route requires stamina, good boots, and a head for heights, as it is carved in places into nearly vertical cliffs above the sea, with no railings. To experience the Cinque Terre without boots or vertigo, choose the shortest and most popular segment, the two-kilometer Via dell'Amore, between Riomaggiore and Manarola.
It may be Venice's number one cliché, but drifting along a canal in the graceful curve of a gondola is one of the top things to do in Italy. Finding a gondolier is easy. They gather along the Grand Canal by the Doge's Palace and at Rialto Bridge, and you'll see them in their striped shirts and straw hats on bridges and canals as you explore the city. As he (or occasionally she) will be your guide, converse a bit to see if you're comfortable with their style and command of English. Prices are set, so be sure you're getting the standard rate (pay at the end, with a tip if you're happy), and agree on a route and length of ride before you board. The choice of route and time of day depend on your personal preferences and on where your ride begins. After dark, lights from the Grand Canal palaces and canal-side restaurants reflect and glimmer on the water, but the Grand Canal is busy with other boats, so it's a less intimate experience.
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While we enjoyed everything about Italy, the opportunity to invite our two adult children to accompany us for a week so they too could get a glimpse of the heritage. For us the most satisfying part of our trip. All the while, Fly bagna stayed in touch to see how things were going and to get us lined up for the coming day's events. Well done, Fly bagna.
We did a 14 day tour by car starting from Palermo and ending in Catania.Favourite places were Palermo, Ortygia, Segesta and Taormina/Mount Etna. Best activities were a walking tour in Palermo, a puppet show in Ortygia and the excursion to Mount Etna.