Top 20 Places to visit in Italy: a list of the most beautiful attractions not to be missed!

Emergency Covid-19 forced us to change our plan, our daily routine, our way of living and being together.
Our lives and the world around us is not the same as before.
All our hopes are looking towards the future: the end of the pandemic.
Now we can’t go out with friends, watch a movie at the cinema, eat at the restaurant, support the favorite team at the stadium, enjoy a journey and so many other things. But the only thing we can do at the moment is to DREAM.

Dreaming is safe, healthy and accessible to all: you can imagine being anywhere you want, and choose your next destination to visit after the pandemic.
Today we want to make you travel with us in a journey to discover Italy.

Here we present our Top 20 places to visit in Italy: a selection of the most beautiful attractions not to be missed when you’ll go in Rome, Tuscany, Umbria and Gulf of Naples. We wish you to go on a trip as soon as possible!

 

ROME

1. Colosseum

Roma - Colosseo

The Colosseum is the symbol of the Eternal City! It represents the history of Rome and  remains one of the most fascinating demonstrations of the great architectural skills of the Ancient Romans.

 

2. St. Peter’s Basilica

Roma - Basilica di San Pietro

St Peter’s Basilica in Rome is the most famous sacred building in the world, the “Mother of all Churches” and more.
It’s, in fact, a record-breaking basilica: 218 meters long, it could contain 60 thousand people and is the largest in the world.

 

3. Trevi Fountain

Roma - Fontana di Trevi

If you want to discover the so called Romantic Rome, you must go to the Trevi Fountain, Rome’s biggest fountain.
A legend has it that couples who drink the water of this fountain, will remain in love and faithful forever.

 

4. Piazza Venezia

Piazza Venezia - Altare della Patria

Piazza Venezia is one of the most famous squares in the city of Rome and a strategic point for other tourist itineraries to discover ancient, renaissance and baroque Rome.
It’s surrounded by monuments and other places of cultural, artistic and architectural interest such as: the Vittoriano and the Forum of Augustus, The Capitol and the Capitoline Museums, the Roman Forum and the Trajan’s column.

 

5. Trastevere by night

Roma Trastevere di sera

Trastevere is one of the most characteristic neighborhoods of the city, where among narrow colored alleys, Roman trattorias, markets, shops and artisan shops, it is still possible to find the essence of the most authentic and genuine Rome.
Here you can spend an evening of fun and good food or take a walk from Piazza Trilussa to Piazza Navona.

 

6. Villa D’Este (Tivoli)

Tivoli - Villa d'Este

Villa d’Este is a Renaissance masterpiece located in Tivoli, 30 km from Rome: a real open-air museum full of architectural beauties appreciated all over the world.
It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001, and in 2013 it turned out to be the twelfth most visited Italian state site.

 

7. Civita di Bagnoregio

Civita di Bagnoregio

Civita di Bagnoregio, known as “the dying city”, is an evocative village in the province of Viterbo and considered one of the most beautiful in Italy.
It founded 2500 years ago by the Etruscans, and even today it is made of medieval houses and the almost surreal landscape of clay gullies.
It can only be reached on foot, and represents an oasis of peace (smog-free sky).

 

Umbria and Tuscany

 

8. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

Firenze - Cattedrale Santa Maria del Fiore

Santa Maria del Fiore is the cathedral of Florence and symbol of the city, and it represents (with the Baptistery and the Bell Tower of Giotto) one of the most important architectural ensembles in Italy .
You can’t miss the climb to the dome of Brunelleschi to admire a splendid view of the Tuscan city.

 

9. Uffizi

Firenze- Uffizi

Today, the Uffizi is still counted among the most popular tourist attractions in Florence. Inside you will find the famous “L’Annunciazione di Simone Martini” , “Battesimo di Cristo”, “La Venere di Botticelli”, “La Medusa di Caravaggio”, and admire the view from the terrace on the Loggia de Lanzi.

 

10. Ponte Vecchio

Firenze - Ponte Vecchio

Until 1218 the Ponte Vecchio was the only bridge that crossed the Arno in Florence and today represents the oldest bridge in the city and a symbol of the Historical Centre.
You can’t miss an evening walk to admire the suggestive and romantic atmosphere of the bridge by night.

 

11. Trasimeno Lake

In the province of Perugia, within the borders of Umbria, there is a natural landscape (perhaps little known but no less enchanting) that overlook Lake Trasimeno.
The hills that frame the lake, the Tuscan Val Chianina, and the three islands, that emerge from the lake’s waters, populated by exceptional flora and fauna make it the ideal place for excursions and art visits.

 

12. Montepulciano

montepulciano chianti

It’s an evocative medieval village, located between the Val d’Orcia and the Val di Chiana.
The landscapes, the green hills and cultivated fields perfectly represent the idea of Chianti.
Montepulciano is the most famous thermal town in the province of Siena, it preserves a rich artistic heritage and is famous for its wine.

 

13. Cathedral of Orvieto

Orvieto - cattedrale di Orvieto

The Cathedral of Orvieto, a marvel of Italian Gothic art, represents an extraordinary harmony despite the fact that 20 different artists have worked on it for more than 3 centuries.

 

14. Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

Assisi - Basilica di San Francesco d'Assisi

Seen from a distance it looks like a unique stronghold but it is actually made up of two superimposed churches: the lower and upper Basilica and a crypt with the Saint’s tomb. The history of Italian art was written in the two churches: Cimabue, Giotto, the Lorenzetti, Simone Martini worked on it.

Gulf of Naples

 

15. Pompeii Ruins

scavi di pompei

Pompeii was one of the largest cities of the Roman era and the ancient ruins are a evidence of that because of the presence of thousands of buildings, monuments and domus.
We suggest to visit the Forum, the amphitheater, Apollo’s Temple and Villa of the Mysteries.

 

16. Sorrento

Vista di Sorrento

Sorrento is the most famous town on the Sorrento coast and a holiday resort since ancient times.
Sorrento fascinates tourists and visitors with its breathtaking views, the landscape of gardens and citrus groves, the marinas, the suggestive historic center, an interesting historical and religious architecture, the ancient tradition of inlay and lace.

 

17. Capri

Golfo di Napoli - Capri

Capri has always been considered the queen of the Flegrean Islands (Gulf of Naples).
It represents a famous attraction for international class tourism and for those in search of unforgettable experiences.
Capri must be absolutely put on your list of trips to do at least once in your life in Italy. It will always amaze you and every corner will leave you speechless.

 

18. Caracciolo Seafront

Napoli - Lungomare Caracciolo

One of the reasons that makes Naples a unique city is its sea. Therefore, a walk along the promenade to Castel dell’Ovo cannot be missed and to enjoy a wonderful view of the Gulf of Naples.

 

19. Spaccanapoli

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Spaccanapoli includes all the essence of Naples: the splendid monuments that tell its history, the workshops of the artisans, the fishmongers who scream and the chaos of people and scooters that dart regardless of the highway code.
If you want to see the real Naples, you cannot miss a walk along Spaccanapoli!

 

20. Vesuvio

Golfo di Napoli - vista Vesuvio

Vesuvius is one of the three active volcanoes on the Italian national territory. It is considered one of the symbols of the city of Naples and one of the most dangerous volcanoes in Europe because of its explosive eruptions. Despite everything, however, it is the favorite destination of many visitors from all over the world.

 

 

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Spring in Italy: What to visit and where to go

Our tips to spend a perfect trip

Spring has come!
It’s the season of flowers, colour and blooming cherry blossoms, but also of the sudden rainfall of April showers and of grey, dramatic skies.
Spring is the right time for long walks outside and picnic with friends thanks to sunshine days.
Favorable weather conditions of the springtime are perfect to plan a journey in a period considered the best of the year and visit one of the most exciting cities in Italy such as: Rome, Florence, Gulf of Naples and Pompeii.
Here our tips to spend a perfect trip in Italy during spring. Find out the recommended places to visit and enjoy your travel with Green Line Tours!

ROME

Roma Colosseo - primavera

The best way to discover the Eternal City is to experience a Panoramic Tour of the Capital and admire the history and the art of Rome: our Hop on Hop off Bus Tour give you the opportunity to contemplate the magnificence of the Colosseum, Circus Maximum, Piazza Venezia, St. Peter’s and much more.
If you are interested to discover the Capital by foot, we suggest to walk through the streets of the Quartiere Coppedè (not far from Parioli), where you can admire the villas and palaces in liberty style and, for those who love architecture, this district represent a treasure trove of turn-of-the-century art nouveau buildings.
Another interesting Quarter is Ostiense, the most underground area of Rome: you can find out a lot of works of street art realized by Roman and International artists.

Probably the best idea to feel the spring air is enjoy nature and spend much time outdoors in the green and vegetation.
There are several beautiful places in Rome to do it enjoying a picnic, a walk or a visit such as:
Giardino degli Aranci: the most suggestive place of Rome where to admire a spectacular view of all the city and a unique perspective of the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica.
Throughout the park is possible to smell the scent of the sour orange trees, hence the name of this Garden.
Villa Borghese: one of the largest public parks in Rome, and definitely the most famous and loved by Roman citiziens.
The Villa hosts the famous museum “Galleria Borghese” and the zoological garden “Bioparco”.
Villa Pamphili: an oasis of peace in the Eternal city. A big park with a polo field, soccer field, skating rink and a route to walk by foot or by cycle.
There are also many play areas for children and families.
Giardino di Ninfa: magnificent gardens located in Latina and proclamed Natural Monument of the Lazio Region to to protect the oasis, the habitat around the Ninfa river, the lake mirror formed by it and the surrounding areas.

Villa Borghese - Tempio di Esculapio

That’s not all! Many guided tours are available for a visit of the Capital (Walking tour), Vatican Museums (Morning or Afternoon), Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica (Multilingual), Colosseum and Roman Forum (Priority Entrance).
And if you are looking for a trip out of the city, the best option is to visit the beautiful Civita Bagnoregio or a guided tour at the Villa D’Este and Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli (AM or PM).

Gulf of Naples

Golfo di Napoli - Vesuvio - Vista panoramica

If you want to plan a journey in Naples during the Spring time, we strongly suggest to go for a walk on the Naples waterfront (in Via Caracciolo) and admire a wonderful view of the Gulf of Naples, or breathe the folklore, perfumes and colors of the city going through the Spaccanapoli’s streets.

Virgiliano Park is the right place if you are looking for some time to relax and feel the spring air.
The park is located on a hill in the Posillipo district, where it’s possible to admire Mergellina and the Vesuvius volcano. Instead, an excursion to the Vesuvius is perfect if you are an adventurer!

A must-see is surely the Vomero district where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Naples and all the Gulf from St. Elmo’s Castle.

Scavi di Pompei - Vista Vesuvio

If you are in Naples, our best recommendation is a guided tour to discover the ancient ruins in the nearby Pompeii, and explore the old city after the eruption in 79 AD.
However, if you are in Rome but you can’t miss a visit in Pompeii we suggest our one day bus guided tour from Rome to Pompeii!

Florence

Firenze - Primavera - Vista Panoramica

A good idea to start your experience in Tuscany is to organize a gastronomic tour to discover the Italian culture in the famous region of Chianti!
Green Line Tours give you the opportunity to spend one day in the most suggestive towns of Tuscany, Cortona and Montepulciano, and taste the local dishes and wines.

But if you want to discover the city of Florence, we suggest you our guided tour from Rome (by train) or a walking tour from Florence: you’ll breath its art, visit the Accademia Museum, walk among the masterpieces of Italian gothic architecture and admire the famous St. Maria del Fiore’s Cathedral.

 

Firenze - Giardino di Boboli

For those that prefer to relax, it’s possible to take the opportunity to visit one of the several parks and gardens located in Florence. Our best list:
Giardino di Boboli
Giardino di Villa Bardini
Giardino delle Rose
Giardino dell’Orticoltura

Or the Parco Mediceo di Pratolino, one of the most beautiful Park in the surroundings of Florence.
It is also an important nature reserve, both for the flora and for the local fauna. Inside there are many ancient trees such as oaks, oaks, cedars and horse chestnuts and probably you can meet deer, foxes, hares inside the park.

 

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What to do during Winter in Italy?

A list of things to spend your time 

The winter period is the perfect time to visit the Italian cities without the crowds of the high season, and access to museums avoiding the endless lines of people. You can enjoy quietly the beauties of “Bel Paese”, and take advantage of the low number of tourist compared to the peak summer.

The cold season is also an opportunity to book your hotel, guided tour and restaurants at a cheaper price…and if you are a shooping lover addicted, don’t miss the winter sales!!

Here are our suggestions about the activities to do during winter in Italy

ROME

Rome Colosseum - Bus Guided Tour Greenline Tours

Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museum is one of the richest exhibition complexes in the world: has the largest private collection with over 9 million pieces, including 70,000 works of art and 20,000 of these are on display in museums, galleries, chapels and residences of previous popes.

You can book your bus guided tour with us here: ROME TOURS – GREENLINE

The tour includes a panoramic bus view of Piazza della Repubblica and Piazza del Popolo, a guided tour into to Vatican Museum. And a visit of the Gallery of the Tapestries and the Gallery of the Geographical Maps. Next the tour continues in the famous Sistine Chapel, with its magnificent fresco of the Last Judgement by Michelangelo.

Indoor Esquilino Market

The Esquilino Market represent the multiethnic part of Rome, similiar to Chinatown. It’s an indoor market divided into two parts: one reserved for food and other for clothing and fabrics.

Here you can buy food and spices from all over the world!

The market is near the Termini Station and is open every day.

Galleria Alberto Sordi

The Galleria Alberto Sordi is a shopping fashion centre located in the famous Roman street “Via del Corso”, and offers a varied selection of very elegant clothing and accessories stores.

Eataly

Eataly is a sort of a shopping mall dedicated to the Italian enogastronomy. It’s a journey to discover the Mediterranean tastes of the Italian territory: you can find quality products ONLY made in Italy, culinary events and cooking classes.

We highly recommend it!

FLORENCE

Florence - Bus Guided Tour Greenline Tours

Museums and historical center

If you plan to go in Florence, don’t miss the great art preserved in this magnificent city.

Firstly we recommend you to visit the Uffizi, where you will find many famous works of art such as: “L’annunciazione di Simone Martini”, “Battesimo di Cristo”, “La Venere di Botticelli”, and “La Medusa di Caravaggio”.

We also suggest the panoramic view of the Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza Signoria from the “Loggia dei Lanzi’s terrace”.

Other important stops are Palazzo Pitti (one of the most important museum of Florence) and Palazzo Vecchio (the Political symbol of the city).

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Mercato Centrale

The Central Market is a part of the famous San Lorenzo Market located in the city centre.

It’s an indoor market dedicated exclusively to food, and full of traditional culinary products,

Suggestions: You can choose this place to make a gift (or take home) such as: mushrooms and dried tomatoes, truffle oil and honey, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Outside Florence

Many other activities to do out of the city. Our tips:

  • The Mall: you can enjoy the winter sales in this famous outlet near Florence. It can be reached (from the city) by bus.
  • Thermae: In Tuscany you’ll find a lot of thermae, magic places to relax. We recommend the Casciana Thermae.

NAPLES

Naples - Bus guided tour Greenline tours

Napoli Sotterranea

Napoli Sotteranea is a MUST to visit in the city of Naples: it’s a priceless treasure.

A journey through 500 years of history that deserves to be lived; an exciting path through tunnels, cisterns, aqueducts and vintage vehicles.

Cappella San Severo

In the Chapel of San Severo is preserved one of the most important Christian statues in the world: the “Cristo Velato” created by the neapolitan Giuseppe Sanmartino.

It’s higly recommended the visit of this artistic and esoteric museum!

Street Food

The best of street food is in Naples:

  • Frittatine and panzarotti in “Friggitoria Vomero” and “Padella” in Piazza Arenella

  • Pizza a portafoglio (take away) from Piazza Dante to Piazza San Gaetano or visit the pizzeria of the famous Gino Sorbillo to taste this magnificent food in the best place of Naples (here it’s not possible to make a reservation).

  • Polpette and ragù in “Tandem”, Via Mezzocannone

  • Sfogliatella in “Attanasio” (Vico Ferrovia), Scaturchio (P.zza S. Domenico Maggiore), and Piantauro (Via Toledo)

We also recomend you the “Trattoria Nennella” to dive in the traditional and culinary neapolitan culture and live an unique experience.

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Assisi and Orvieto

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We suggest a tour that unveils the religious architecture of Umbria and the wines and local products of Tuscany:

  • Orvieto is a a small town of Etruscan origins where you can admire the magnificent 14th century cathedral, a masterpiece of gothic architecture. This is also the home of some of Italy’s best known D.O.C. (quality controlled) wines, which include Orvieto, Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino.

  • In Assisi, built at the foot of Mount Subasio, you can see the Church of St. Claire, St Francis’ birthplace, his childhood home, Townhall Square with its People’s Palace, Roman Temple dedicated to Minerva and of course the Townhall itself.

    It’s also recommended the St Francis’ Basilica, close to the ancient city walls, with its magnificent frescoes painted between the 12th and 14th centuries.

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San Gregorio Armeno is a street in the heart of Naples’ historic centre known throughout Italy as “the Street of Cribs” par excellence!

Brief History

The street is known to the Neapolitan citizen with the name of San Liguoro, and the tradition of the Nativity scenes of San Gregorio Armeno has ancient origins.

According to a pagan legend, in the Roman period was built along the street a temple dedicated to Ceres (Gods of the earth and fertility) and was customary to donate her some terracotta statues as a good omen to the harvest season.

Later in the 8th century, the tradition continued in a church, located over the ruins of Ceres temple, where were brought the relics of St. Gregory, the Saint after whom the street is named.

Therefore, today the exhibition of nativity scenes (a tradition born around the 13th century) represents a symbol of devotion to Saint Gregory and a way to honor the legend of Ceres.

 

The Street of San Gregorio Armeno

The Neapolitan tradition of the nativity scenes comes to life every year and throughout the year in the street of San Gregorio Armeno.

You will admire the handmade terracotta statues, with tailor-made clothes, of the shepherds and all the characters of the Christian cribs like the ox and the donkey, the fishmonger, the greengrocer, the pizzaiolo, the fisherman, the gypsy and many others.

But the peculiarity of the cribs of San Gregorio Armeno is the presence of profane statues within the sacred representation of the Holy Family that make them unique in the world.

In fact, many artists and artisans create caricatured statues of famous people from politics, sport and show business of the present and the past.

When To Go

The cribs of San Gregorio Armeno are exposed to the public every month of the year, but it is advisable to go during the off season to avoid the great crowding of the Christmas festivities.

How To Get There: Travel With Greenline

Green Line Tours organizes a new daily tour from Rome to Naples with a stop in San Gregorio Armeno.

The route includes:

  • Departure from Rome and arrival in Naples in the morning
  • Panoramic view of Posillipo Hill
  • Lunch break (included in the ticket price, drinks not included)
  • Sightseeing tour in Naples’historic centre: Castel dell’Ovo, Cathedral, Piazza del Gesù, San Gregorio Armeno
  • Return to Rome in the evening

 

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