OUINO™ Presents: Top 10 Italian Places to Visit

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Italy is an amazing country filled with art,stunning coastal views, unique culture and excellent food.

The country is blessed withan incredible diversity from ancient ruins to impressive mountains and features 51 UNESCOworld heritage sites, more than any country in the world.

For a place that’s not evenbigger than Arizona, the package of natural sightseeing is second to none, the countryis filled with artistic beauty and delicious traditional recipes.

It is difficult to choosewhich cities offer the best tourist attractions and lifestyles, but here are ten of the mostinteresting places to visit in Italy.

Throughout history, Rome has always been praisedfor its monumental artistic world and superiority in architectural design.

Even today, thereare only a few cities that can match Rome’s historical heritage.

Byzantine mosaics, Renaissancefrescoes, and ancient sculptures proudly fill the city's landscape.

A walk in Rome is likea walk in a museum filled with rare artistic pieces from the old world, so put on yourmost comfortable pair of shoes and explore the city! Venice is a one-of-a-kind city built on acollection of about 115 tiny islands, it's pretty much a city build on water.

There isno car traffic here, the city features more than 400 pedestrian footbridges over approximately150 water canals.

Quite impressive, isn't it? All the glories of Venetian architectureare well-represented by the Grand Canal.

The city has over 450 palazzi and important buildingsbuilt in an array of different styles, from Gothic to Baroque and Byzantine.

Venice isalso home to more than a few garden islands and aquaculture that yields unique produceand makes for unique delicious seafood you will not find and taste anywhere else on Earth.

While Italy is generally a sit-down restaurantdestination as far as food goes, Palermo, Sicily is the exception.

The variety and qualityof the street food here is second to none.

In fact, the city has recently been electedas the European capital of street food by Forbes.

Apart from its numerous public squares,oratories, cathedrals and sanctuaries, Palermo features an underground network of tunnelsknown as the Catacombs of the Capuchins and is the resting place of over 8,000 mummifiedresidents.

The place can give you the creeps, but is certainly interesting to visit.

Known as the Town of Fine Towers, San Gimignanois a real manifestation of history.

You can touch it, feel it, and love it.

Several centuriesago, families controlling the area built approximately 72 towers as symbols of their power and wealth.

Some of these towers were as high as 50 meters.

Only 14 towers still stand, rising up to theheavens as if the place were stuck in Medieval Times.

In 1348, a plague, known today as theblack death, struck the city and a large portion of the population succumbed to the disease.

The population was destroyed and economic life was nearly non-existent.

But like a Phoenixrising from the ashes, the city now shows no sign of its saddening history.

It is verymuch alive and incredibly inviting.

Popularly known for its leaning tower, Pisaoffers a lot more than just a failed architectural project.

Pisa is also home to numerous Gothicchurches, renaissance-themed public squares, and ancient buildings.

The city has been economically-fueledby education since the 1400s, and it's where many elite Italian universities are located.

Lively street life is still dominated by locals, so it is an excellent place to practice yourItalian skills.

Thanks to the 2006 Winter Olympics, Turinhas changed from a previously industrial place into a blossoming city filled with contemporaryarchitecture and arts.

Unlike many places in Italy, Turin is not known for its ancientarchitecture.

In fact, there are only a limited number of structures from the middle ages,the Renaissance or ancient Rome.

However, Turin is an excellent place to visit museumsof various topics, from Egyptian history to Cinema memorabilia or Automobile evolution.

Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabitedcities in the world.

The Historic Centre of Naples is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site,but is only one attraction among countless others.

Palaces, churches, castles and archaeologicaltreasures in Naples can sometimes make Rome look a bit overrated.

Naples has incredibleItalian food.

Pizza was actually invented here, and the Neapolitans have raised it toa fine art since the 1800s.

There are also numerous attractions close to the city, likethe beautiful Capri island and Pompeii, an ancient Roman town destroyed by a volcaniceruption in 79 A.

D.

, burrying the town under a thick carpet of volcanic ash.

Naples offersrelentless beauty in its panoramic scene, old sculptures, and friendly neighborhoods.

Beneath its metropolis look and busy financiallife, Milan still manages to demonstrate its superiority in artistic affairs, not onlyin its undeniable fashion appeal, but also through performances on the stage at La Scala,the world’s most famous opera house.

This Northern Italy city has many modern skyscrapers,but also has many old architectures and its immense gothic cathedral will certainly bringyou back in time.

The Duomo is one of the largest church in the world and supposedlyhas more statues than any other building.

The best way to fully appreciate the impressivearchitecture of the cathedral is by climbing the stairs to the rooftop.

While Milan doesn'thave the most unfamiliar, exotic feel, it is nonetheless vibrant and the never-ceasingrivalry of the city’s two soccer teams will spark the sporty side within all of us.

The five villages of Cinque Terre are absolutelygorgeous.

Numerous terraces are built right into the rugged and steep cliffs overlookingthe Mediterranean.

Cinque Terre has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.

Manarola,the second smallest village of Cinque Terre is one of the most photographed places inNorthern Italy.

There will always be something new to bewilderyou in Florence.

The capital city of Tuscany is instantly recognizable as the FlorenceCathedral dominates the city's skyline and can be seen throughout the city.

Florencefeels alive, attractive, interesting, and beautiful, yet moody.

Little has changed inthe city's urban life since the Renaissance, and it remains comprised of busy and romanticnarrow streets haunted by countless tales of the past.

Florence also features world-classwine and food.

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