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The Amalfi Coast!


When in Italy, there is never enough time to do everything on your bucket list. The country that is famous for its delicious cuisine, impressive art and gorgeous landscapes are meant to be experienced over and over again. Nonetheless, we’ve ranked the top 5 Italian experiences you must enjoy whether it’s your first time or yet another countless visit to Italy.
Visit a Country within a Country
Italy is an extremely large country that has stood the test of time. Yet, it shares its territory with two independent states that lie in Italy. Vatican City the smallest internationally recognized independent state and is home to the head of the Roman Catholic Church. It’s worth a trip to see the impressive Basilica, St. Peter’s Piaza and the Vatican Museum. The other is San Marino; located on the north-east part of Italy. San Marino claims to be the oldest surviving sovereign state in the world, dating back to 301. They may not have many famous attractions, but it’s rather interesting to visit another country within a country.
Ride a Gondola through Venice
If you didn’t know, Venice is truly the city of canals. These waterways have made Venice famous for its picturesque Gondola rides. A gondola ride is more than just an experience; it gives you the opportunity to learn about the sights you’ll see along the way. Most gondoliers are expert tour guides and can tell you all about the places while you enjoy the calm and serene ride. You’ll get a great laugh when they run into “traffic” and hear the Italian anger come out!
Eat Your Way through Italy
Let’s think of Italy as one grand buffet. A visit that isn’t complete without trying the local Italian cuisine. This will all depend on what region you’re traveling. A visit to Bologna means you should go for the famous Bolognese Sauce over tortellini. When in Rome, be like the Romans and enjoy the well-known bruschetta or spaghetti alla carbonara. And don’t leave Italy without a trip down south to Naples for their famous pizza made of fresh mozzarella, sweet tomatoes and the finest bread.
Throw a Coin into the Trevi Fountain
There are hundreds of historical sites in Rome and most likely, you’ll see them all. While visiting The Trevi Fountain, make sure you make the visit complete by participating in tradition. This Baroque fountain is splendid in sight; a cultural landmark dedicated to an Ancient Virgin that brought pure water to this point. Legend has it that if you throw a coin in the fountain, you will return to Rome. Other twists of the legend include returning with your true love, finding your true love or solidifying an established love with a visit once again to the fountain. Something must be right since over 3000 Euros are thrown into the fountain daily.

Escape to the Amalfi Coast

Chances are that if you’ve seen photographs of the Amalfi Coast, it has given you enough reason to book cheap tickets and see for yourself. Located on the Sorrentine Peninsula, the Amalfi Coast is one of the most breathtaking places in the world. These high cliffs against the sparkling Mediterranean make Italy magical. This holiday paradise takes you away to a spectacular adventure through history, relaxation and fun. Whether you enjoy the beach bumming, the hikes or the Italian coastline nightlife, there is something for everyone in the Amalfi Coast. And one thing is for sure, you’ll have photographs to brag about!

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