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Top 5 Italian Cities and Towns to Visit

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by Eleanor Healing (subscribe)
I'm a student currently living in Leeds.
Published January 6th 2013
Recommendations for anyone considering an Italian holiday
When it came to making this list, I was spoiled for choice. My family and I are big fans of Italian holidays, and I have seen so many glorious cities in my young life that I find it near impossible to whittle them all down to just one favourite. The closest I could get, was a list of five, and here are, in my opinion, the best Italian cities, recommended for you.

1. Salo

Situated on Lago di Garda (that's Lake Garda to me and you), Salo is a peaceful town ideal for families. Full of seafood restaurants and little churches to explore, walking around Salo in the evening sunshine is truly blissful.

Paradise...




2. Lucca

Just outside of Florence in the region of Tuscany, and lined by the beautiful Roman and Medieval walls, Lucca is the quintessential little Italian town. It has Roman roots, which are most prominently seen in its circular square built on the site of an amphitheatre, which us really a sight to behold. Full of cafes and shops, as well as the option of a picturesque walk atop the city walls, Lucca is a wonderful alternative to a city holiday.

Photo: Mizio66 (Wikimedia Commons)


A traditional Luccan festival parade.


3. Verona

Famously, the setting of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, tourists flock to 'Juliet's House'; the house a medieval structure with a beautifully preserved balcony, and visitors come in the hope of catching some luck in their love-lives. Grab a gelato and walk the beautiful squares and streets, marveling at the medieval architecture. Watching an opera in the old amphitheatre is also a must!

A production of Aida at the amphitheatre


Juliet's balcony


4. Mantova

Quieter and less prolific than many other Italian cities, Mantova is full of stunning medieval architecture, including the small, rotund cathedral built in the 1000's. Beside it stands the taller, Baroque model, which was erected next to the rotund, rather than the standard practice of placing newer architecture on top. It is sights like these which make Mantova perfect for weekend breaks.

The early medieval, rotund cathedral.


Piazza Erbe


5. Roma

The list really wouldn't be complete without Italy's capital. Despite seeming like an obvious choice, Rome is not only full of culture and history, but makes a great choice for travelling students, due to its nightlife and bustling metropolis. Throw a coin in the Trevi fountain, discover the many churches and chapels full of exquisite artwork, and pay homage at the home of Keat's death. The coliseum and almost intact Roman remains will also leave those fascinated by classical history spellbound (Roman remains in Britain consist of ankle-height piles of rubble).

A beautifully preserved aqueduct, still erect in the city centre.
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Gorgeous suggestions, Eleanor - Italy has to be one of my favourite countries to visit. I am currently in Syracusa, at the bottom of Sicily, so would definitely add that to the list, along with the Cinqueterra region, south of Genoa. J
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