Posted on July 12 2019
Ciao Bella! It seems like the summer hot spot is Italy with influencers, celebrities, and friends heading over to the charming, picturesque country. Posts of the colosseum, gondola’s, and Capri boat rides are all over our feed. Whether you’re going with family, friends, with your special someone, or embarking on a solo trip, we have created a list of suggestions and must-do’s while you’re in Italy. We also created a South Parade Italian vacation themed capsule for your vacation that will be sure to catch eyes and spark up conversations!
Let's begin our journey in Venice. Once you’ve arrived to this unique city, you’ll quickly realize there’s so much to see but here are our top picks:
1. St. Mark’s Square - Check out the intricately designed Saint Mark's Basilica cathedral and listen to the bells of San Marco while sipping an Italian espresso and feeding the pigeons.
2. Gondola Ride - For a romantic and memorable experience in Venice, take a gondola ride through the city's network of narrow waterways.
3. Rialto Bridge - The oldest and most famous bridge in Venice, where you will get a nice view of the Grand Canal.
Next stop: Florence
Home of the Renaissance, every little corner is breathtaking. Make sure you bring your walking shoes because everything can be reached by foot in this city.
1. Ponte Vecchio - Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge in Florence over the Arno River. Ponte Vecchio was the only bridge in Italy that was not destroyed in WWII. There have been shops on Ponte Vecchio since the 13th century so make sure you check those out!
2. Florence's Cathedral, the Duomo - The most well known attraction in Florence is the Duomo and it’s breath-taking! The Duomo is in the heart of the city making it absolutely impossible to miss.
3. Uffizi Gallery and Academia Gallery - Considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is known for its world-famous museums and art galleries. Heading over to the galleries while in Florence is a must as it houses some of the most important artworks in the world, including Michelangelo's David sculpture.
For a view of the city, head to Piazzale Michaelangelo.
Last but not least: Rome
Italy’s capital, there’s so much to do and see in this city but here are our picks:
1. Colosseum - Easily, one of the most famous landmarks in Rome (if not in all of Italy) has to be the Colosseum -originally called the Flavian Amphitheater. The Colosseum completed construction in 80 AD and held enough seating for 55,000 people of all classes.
2. Trevi Fountain - Even with tourists surrounding the fountain, you can manage to squeeze past, and don't forget to throw a coin over your left shoulder with your right hand to ensure you return to Rome.
3. Spanish Steps - These 174 steps connect Piazza di Spagna to Trinita dei Monti church at the top. Also at the bottom is another gorgeous fountain, the Fontana della Barcaccia.