Brenta Riviera Villa Pisani

Villa Pisani is one of a number of grand palaces along the Brenta Riviera

by Paul Jackson

Thinking of travelling to Italy this autumn but don’t know what to do or where to go for fun while you’re there? Italy is a truly wonderful country. It is home to the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and has many spectacular tourist attractions. As a result, there are literally hundreds of things you can do and places you can see in Italy. But we have managed to compile those unmissable we think are fun.

Ride a Bicycle Along the Plains of Brenta Riviera

The Brenta Riviera (Riviera del Brenta) has over 150km of cycling trails that anyone can ride and explore. The picturesque plains offer a truly beautiful spectacle of tour boats, rolling plains, lush greenery and calm waters as you cruise by.

Colosseum in Rome

Rome Colosseum ExteriorAlso called the Colosseo or the Coliseum, this magnificent edifice is a testament to man’s will ability to achieve anything he sets his mind on. The sheer size of the edifice and the fact that it’s still standing almost 2000 years after it was built by the Emperor Vespasian is remarkable. With over 19000 tourists visiting per day, the previously known Flavian Amphitheatre is a top tourist attraction in Italy and a must-see.

The Pantheon in Rome

Rome Pantheon Interior

The light through the oculus vividly spotlights part of the Pantheon

The Pantheon which is one of Rome’s most iconic edifices, is about 2000yrs old. This grey old monument is one of Europe’s landmarks and one of those tourist destinations you cannot afford to miss when you go to Italy. Sure, it’s often crowded with tourists, but the interior is well worth the hassle. Inside the Pantheon resides the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome which houses the oculus, sixteen Corinthian columns, and incredibly huge dimensions of 43m in height and width. Honestly, not visiting this imposing edifice is impossible.

St. Peter’s Basilica

Rome Vatican St Peters Basilica InteriorKnown as the seat of the papacy, this architectural edifice is grand and opulent. This cathedral is usually thronged by devout Catholics who visit to see the pope, receive the papal blessing, say the Angelus and pray. This awe inspiring edifice is home to some of Michelangelo’s finest art works. Tourists will also get to see the multiple stained glasses, imposing spires, and the pope’s seat. Since it’s the seat of the catholic papacy, make sure you go there decently dressed. Mini-skirts, tight fitting jeans, see through tops and ultra-tight clothing will prevent entry.

The Roman Forum

Rome Roman Forum PanoramaEven though this huge edifice lies in ruin today, it was once an architectural masterpiece of massive proportions. It was the heart of ancient Rome. Important things to see here include the Tempio di Antonio e Faustina, Basilica Fulvia Aemilia, Tempio di Giulio Cesare, Via Sacra, Curia, Lapis Niger, Arco di Settimio Severo, Tempio di Saturno, Millarium Aureum, the remains of the Rostrum among other things. Make sure to go with a guide to get the full benefit of your visit.

Do you think we missed out some very important Italy holiday destinations or activities you can partake in? Sound off in the comments section and let’s know what you think.

Photo Credits: brenta, colosseum, pantheon, vatican, roman forum

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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.
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