Whether it's the Campo dei Fiori - a large public square and marketplace, the Via del Corso - a busy and vibrant street full of palaces, hotels and shops, or the popular Basilica of St. John - home of the Pope, chances are you won't have enough hours to cover it all.
Rumored to be one of the world's most beautiful city, the city has an average of 50,000 tourists a day stoppingto gaze at the St. Mark's Basilica, the Grand Canal, the Piazza San Marco and the canal-shadowing Bridge of Sighs, to name a few. The Lido di Venezia is a popular luxury destination and events like the annual carnival Venice Biennale and the world's oldest, Venice Film Festival, draws crowds from all over the world.
Renowned as the birthplace of the Renaissance and in particular, Renaissance painting, Florence is another beautiful Italian destination, the capital of Tuscany. Home of notable figures from Michelangelo to Boticelli, the city boasts a wide range of collections of art, especially those held in the Pitti Palace and the Uffizi.
The crowning architectural jewel of Florence is the domed cathedral of the city, Santa Maria del Fiore and the nearby Campanile and Baptistery buildings. Both the dome itself and the campanile are open to tourists and offer excellent views; the dome, 600 years after its completion, is still the largest dome built in brick and mortar in the world.
The capital city of Lombardy, Milan is known as a world fashion and design center. With shops along Via Monte Napoleone and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in the Piazza Duomo - reputed to be the world's oldest mall - it has a rich heritage and legacy, a vibrant nightlife, and has a unique cuisine with famous dishes like the Panettone Christmas cake and the risotto alla Milanese.
The city has a famous, particularly operatic, musical tradition, being the home of renowned composers Verdi like Giuseppe, and theatres like the Teatro alla Scala. Be it museums, universities, academies, palaces, churches, libraries, or famous football teams - you'll find it here.
Cheese and wine, an integral part of Italian life and culture, is as rich and varied as the country and Italy is the world's leading wine producer. So don't forget to refresh your palate with a sparkling Prosecco, savor wines at a local vineyard, bite into a Neapolitan pizza, taste the peasant's food of Veneto - polenta with rabbit meat. Top it off with a bite of cannoli and an authentic espresso. Cin cin!