I visited Italy in May 2014. Italy is the most historical country I’ve ever visited. I don’t think there is a country that can compete Italy for its historical repertoire with all green landscape. I rented a car and traveled across the region of Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Toscana and Lazio. I stayed in Italy for 10 days and I managed to see Bologna, Maranello, Parma, Venice, Ravenna, Lucca, Pisa, Montecatini Terme, Florence, Siena, Sinalunga, Scrofiano, Rome and Nemi. Italy is a huge country and every corner there is something you should see. Perhaps a man’s lifetime won’t be enough to cover traveling all Italy. There are tons of things to tell about Italy. Food, culture, history and so on. You can find any information about Italy on the web. I will just write few words about places I’ve visited.
Bologna is a great place for accommodation and you can easily travel to nearest touristic places every day with public or private transport. Bologna is a city of students. Even late hours are very lively in the City.
There is no doubt that Ferrari is one of the most important symbol of Italy and probably World's famous car brand. You can travel to a small town called Maranello, the Homeland of Ferrari. It’s the home of Tifosi. If you have the Red Passion in yourself like I have then you must go there. It's a small town but full of Ferraris. It's also possible to rent a Ferrari and take it a drive around Maranello or even in Fiorano Test Track. I also rented a Ferrari 458 Spider and drove around the town. It has been one of the most unique experience in my whole life.
You can also visit the Ferrari Museum and Factory. Even if you are not much into cars you’ll probably like it anyway. It has its own beautiful charm.
Parma is the most elite town I’ve seen in Italy. It’s not much crowded with tourists so you can enjoy the history much peacefully.
Venice one of the most interesting place I have been in my life. It’s basically the real life of Water World. You’ll be amazed to see a city living on countless canals. Unfortunately it was very crowded and at some places it’s impossible to walk easily. I suggest you visit there off season for a better experience. People say Venice is much calmer after sunset.
I had some hopes to see something cool in Ravenna but I didn’t see anything. It was looking like an industrial city and I found nothing interesting. Perhaps I was in the wrong place to look something cool.
Lucca is a small town but got a very sweet old town. If you are going to Pisa make sure to see Lucca as well. It’s very close to Pisa.
When you arrive in Italy and begin to travel you’ll see many tower and most of them are italic. You’ll begin to wonder what is special about Pisa then. You’ll understand this when you’ll get there and see Tower of Pisa. It’s the most italic tower in the world. The only attraction is not the tower but the place where it is. It’s in a largely flat green area and you’ll be amazed that you can actually sit or lay down on the beautiful grass and watch the Tower of Pisa. You can eat your lunch and enjoy your free time alone or with friends.
On your way back from Pisa you can visit a small town Montecatini Terme. It has an old town located in top of the hill and looks very great from a distance. You can also use the old lift to go there with a scenery of Toscana region. If you have a car you can have your dinner there. Perhaps it’s a great way to impress your partner with a romantic dinner.
Florence is very historical. The whole city is intact with its own past. You can feel and see the history there. Some buildings have the most edgy architecture. If you want to see Florence thoroughly then you should give it more than one day.
Lucca, Pisa and Florence. They are all in the Toscana region but I feel the most of the Toscana in Siena and round of it. I’m saying this because Siena was the last Toscana city that I’ve seen of. If you want to see famous landscape of Toscana then you should stick around Siena. There are plenty of small towns to see like Sinalunga or Scrofiano and if you want to photography the beauty of Toscana you should be in the field in dawn or dusk, sunset or sunrise. The play of the lights on the green fields are amazing. Unfortunately this kind of opportunity is hard to find if you are doing a touristic trip in Toscana. You will be able to discover more places off the road.
Italy is another story and Rome is another story. You can stay and travel Italy for 10 days and you can also just travel Rome for 10 days. Rome is a never-ending city. The number of the attractions are limitless. It’s really up to you. If you like to eat there are a lot of different types of restaurants, if you like museums there are plenty. Even completing Colosseum and Forum can take a whole day. Rome is the nirvana of Italian History. Countless sightseeing such as ancient remains, historical places, architecture, arts, sculptures etc. Prepare yourself and your good shoes and enjoy Rome. Remember that you will walk a lot!
Nemi is very close to Rome. It’s about 1 hour drive. Nemi is very famous for mountain strawberry. There are two crater lakes and you can drive there on a mountain road. Enjoy the scenery and breath the fresh air. Nemi is just one place that you can escape from Rome’s rush. There are plenty more places.
Italy is not a country that you can complete traveling just in one visit. Don’t waste your money and effort to do that. It’s impossible. Rather than that make a good plan to see your first priority places with many time as much as you have. If you like photography go to Toscana and spend a week there. If you like museums then go to Rome or Florence. If you like cars then go to Milan, Turin or Maranello. If you don’t like hot weather then you should really skip Italy for summer. It’s even very hot in May. If you have allergy to pollens then Spring is not for you. Trust me when I say this because I have allergy and I was very disturbed in Italy because of the rich amount of pollens. Autumn is probably best for you and also for me.
I hope these travel notes will be useful to you and feel free to ask me any question.
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