Where else can you find la dolce vita? Italy, of course! A picturesque country that will leave you awestruck and inspired. Known for giving birth to the Western culture that the world knows today, the boot-like peninsula that sits pretty on the Mediterranean Sea is not only filled with scenic views but with Italian activities that will elevate your senses. They offer authentic cuisine that is beyond words, and it’s best to do al fresco! The architecture of the cities is merely a preview of the gems hidden inside. The idyllic aesthetic of the locals is evident in the style they wear while walking down the streets. In this month’s blog, World Juanderer lists down 8 things you can do on your Roman holiday!
1. Venture the city through a Gondola
Discover Venice through the Grand Canal in a Gondola. If you brought your loved ones with you, make the experience romantic by riding at night to see lights revitalize Grand Canal palaces and canal-side restaurants.
2. Get Instagram-worthy pictures in Cinque Terre
Considered as UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a designated national park, Cinque Terre is a seaside village made up of 5 distinct small towns called the Five Lands – Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore, and Monterosso. The charming architecture of the houses situated atop craggy cliffs while overlooking the famous Italian Riviera are just too Instagrammable – you will never get tired of taking a lot of pictures!
3. Immerse yourself in the arts of Uffizi Gallery
When you’re visiting Florence, don’t forget to drop by the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s top art galleries. It houses some of the most important works of the Renaissance which include the arts of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Caravaggio.
4. Step back in time in Colosseum
Also known as the Flavian Amphitheater, the iconic Colosseum was used for entertainment such as gladiatorial combats and wild animal fights during 80 A.D. It was considered as the largest amphitheater in the Roman world as it can assist 50,000 spectators! Visit the ruins and you will be left speechless at how enormous it looks.
5. Make a wish on the Trevi Fountain
Legends said that when you throw a coin on the fountain, you will return to the Eternal City. Toss another coin to ensure romance and when you throw in the third coin, you will be blessed with marriage! But did you know that the coins are donated to a charity? Every night, the coins are collected and donated to the local charity called Caritas who helps and provide services for the homeless.
6. Go on a pilgrimage in Vatican City
The city is an independent state within Rome run by the Pope and serves as the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. Attend a mass in St. Peter’s Basilica or get to know more about the history of Christianity through the religious artefacts inside.
7. Eat gelato while admiring the architecture
Relieve yourself from the Tuscan heat with a cone of gelato. They offer wide delectable flavors that will satisfy your sweet tooth. For starters, try their foolproof flavors such as stracciatella (vanilla chocolate chip), bacio (chocolate hazelnut cream), nicciola (hazelnut) or panna (vanilla).
8. Pose alongside the Leaning Tower of Pisa
What is Rome without posing beside the infamous Leaning Tower of Pisa? The bell tower took 200 years to finish due to circumstances and the weak soil. Enjoy watching the tourists strike different and witty poses or join in the fun and create your own!