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Four Destinations in Italy for Different Types of Travelers

Italy, as many well know, is one of the best countries to have a vacation in. Tourists flock to this lovely country every year, as it is a destination that is filled with a vast assortment of sights, sounds, tastes, textures, and experiences, all steeped in the richest of history and culture against one of the most beautiful backdrops on the planet. From shopping, to dining, to partying until dawn, all these things are possible in every region of Italy. However, because each region has a distinct color and flavor of its own, the range of activities and experiences possible is pretty much boundless.

For travelers who have a limited amount of time to spend abroad, it’s important to know which places to go to in order to get the experience that you want from your trip. So how do you know which places may be best for you to visit?

Today, we’ll be talking about four destinations in Italy based on which general interests it best caters to, and hopefully, this quick guide will be able to help you decide on how and where to get started on your dream vacation to Italy!

City Slickers

Shopping in Florence Italy

If you love the vibrant energy of the city, you’re into fashion, and/or you’re a shopaholic, then there’s no place like Milan. It is the second most populous city in Italy, and is a sprawling metropolis with an estimated population of about 5.2 million people. It is the country’s main industrial, commercial, and financial center, and is a global city and international hub in every way. It is the major fashion and design capital, and has numerous theaters, museums, landmarks, and events, and is in fact internationally known for hosting Milan Fashion Week as well as the Milan Furniture Fair. For those who enjoy the cosmopolitan way of life, or the fashion-forward sophisticate, Milan is the place to be.

The Lovebirds

custom tour honeymoon in Venice

Meanwhile, for the hopeless romantics out there, a visit to Venice is a must. Venezia, often also called La Serenissima (“The Most Serene”) because of the dreamlike setting of stone palaces that seemed to float on water, is actually a city that is known by many names. It is called the City of Water, the City of Bridges, or the City of Gondole, all thanks to the numerous canals that criss-cross the city, the bridges that span them, and the world-famous gondolas that ferry people over the city’s waters. It is also often referred to as the City of Lights, a name that becomes more fitting as the streets and buildings light up after sunset, creating an atmosphere that invokes images of mystery, adventure, and romance. Best of all, however, it is also touted by many as one of the World’s Most Romantic Cities. The glamorous ambiance, plus the gorgeous backdrop of opulent palaces and ancient churches makes Venice a favorite destination for many a couple in love (and even those who are looking for love!).

Chef and Connoisseur

Pasta with tomato sauce and parmesan

For the gourmets and the foodies, the region of Emilia Romagna is a top choice. As one of the most fertile and agriculturally-productive regions of Italy, with lovely terrain that ranges from flat, to hilly, to mountainous, it is ground zero for some of the best locally-grown ingredients that can be found in the country. A culinary paradise, it is home to some of the best wines, cheeses, balsamic vinegar, and pasta around, most of which can only be produced and found here. As a bonus, for people who wish to learn how to cook food the Italian way, the region’s capital, Bologna, is THE place to pick up all the necessary education you will need to get you started on the path to mastering Italian cuisine.

Dreamers and Artists

uffizi gallery museum florence italy - venus painting by boticelli

Whenever the region of Tuscany is mentioned, it always conjures up a mental image of beautiful, rolling countryside and lush greenery. Besides its natural beauty, however, Tuscany is also well-known for the beauty that has been produced here in the form of paintings, sculptures, frescoes, and many other fields, thanks to the plethora of artists who have lived and work within its cities such as Florence and Siena. Located in central Italy, it is most famous for possibly being the greatest repository of art in Europe, and this attracts aficionados as well as students of the arts from all over the globe. In such a picturesque area, appreciating and being moved by art becomes so, so, easy (all with a glass of wine in hand, of course… have we mentioned that Tuscany is also known for its wines..?). Who knows, it may even inspire you to make your own artwork!

Of course, this is merely a very short and simplified list. As any seasoned traveler will be able to tell you, all of the items mentioned above can be found in varying degrees and in different flavors in each region, province, city, and town in Italy. Every single one of the places there have something unique to offer as well as something to fall in love with, and it’s just a matter of finding the right mix and making the right plans to make sure  that your visit to Italy will be a memory you will cherish.

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By Priscila Siano (266 Posts)

Priscila Siano is the Marketing Director of Tour Italy Now, an online tour operator specializing in Italy travel. She's a respected expert on making dream Italy vacations a reality for clients.

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