By Austin Minning
Tuscany and Umbria contain some of Italy’s most photogenic landscapes. The two regions include the famed cities of Florence, Siena, Assissi, Perugia, and Pisa; miles of coastline; and the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago.
While Tuscany is known for its blend of cosmopolitan culture with classic architecture, Umbria is known as the “green heart of Italy,” perfect for walking, caving, hang-gliding and rafting. Within these Italian regions, are some of the most scenic and historical spots in the Mediterranean; so it’s no wonder why Tuscany and Umbria contain the most visited sites in Italy.
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By Helen Forbes
When you’re planning that dream holiday to Italy, the key is to research first and not try to do everything at once. There is so much to see while in the country, when it comes to travelling, Italy is best bitten off in small chunks. If you want to visit the countryside, take time to explore it properly by driving around one area and not overextending yourself when travelling. Italy lends itself quite well to a slow-paced ride through small villages and hamlets, stopping here and there as whimsy strikes. But, if you want to immerse in the art and history and love the hustle and bustle of a large city, you may want to explore the two cultural capitals of Rome and Florence. Here is just a taste of what you can encounter in these two very different, but equally impressive, destinations.
“All roads lead to Rome,” so the saying goes – and it is mostly true. As the capital city, and the largest in Italy, Rome requires some time for a proper exploration when you are travelling. Italy’s extensive history is on evident display everywhere here. Since its founding in 753BC, Rome has been inhabited since some 14,000 years ago. The centre of the ancient city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – with the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon and the arches, just to name a few attractions. There are also the markets, the museums and lesser-known sites like the catacombs and the “bone church”. Whatever you decide to focus on, be sure to give yourself ample time, as you could spend months in Rome and not truly see it all.
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By Irisa L Ynn
he rich artistic architectural allure will captivate you while the sensational food choices will leave you wanting more. Trying to find that perfect vacation option that appeals to all age levels yet provides intellectual stimulation? Consider the beauty of Italy and the prestige of Florence.
Italy is among the top vacation destinations in Europe. Traveling alone or with a family can become challenging during any season. Being prepared for any unforeseen occurrences while overseas is a great way to offer assurance to yourself as well as your traveling companions. Keeping all-important documentation together in a safe place insures identification when required. Obtaining currency or utilizing the use of a credit card is a great way to securing funds. Consumers traveling over seas are able to cancel a credit card if it appears to be lost or stolen. Planning to have additional funds for a return ticket or purchasing a round trip ticket is a great way to ensure a safe return home. Traveling the world is a great way to open your awareness of different cultures and lifestyles, yet there is nothing like returning home.
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