For decades, people have lain on the death beds, lamenting the fact that they “never saw Venice.” It’s become such a popular retort that it’s almost cliched, and yet there’s a reason why people say it. Venice is simply stunning and like no other city on Earth.
But although Venice is unique, it’s by no means the only place worth visiting on the Italian mainland. There are all sorts of reasons why 2017 should be the year you visit Italy.
The Country Has Europe’s Best Beaches
The Mediterranean is famous for being home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. But if the Med is the crown, Italy is the crown jewels. Some of the best beaches aren’t actually on the Italian mainland. Instead, they’re on the island of Sardinia, a large island around 100 kilometers to the West of the Italian peninsula. Here you’ll find the Maddalena Archipelago, home to some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the region. Go early in the morning if you want to avoid the rush.
The Beaches Are Rumored To Be Good For Your Skin
According to huffingtonpost.com, the pearly white beaches of Italy are supposed to be good for your skin. The beaches themselves are made from a type of dazzling white rock, generally believed by locals to have healing and beautifying properties. Rolling about in the sand all day is like being subsumed by a giant pumice stone, removing all your old skin and allowing new skin to breathe.
As sites like www.ellci.it point out, you’ll spend a lot of time in Italy ordering food. And who can blame you? The antipasti (as well as many other classic Italian dishes) are to die for. Nothing beats starting a meal with authentic marinated olives, locally cured cheeses, fresh prosciutto and marinated veggies. All over Italy, there are artisans who specialize in making these authentic food items in just the same way as they were made hundreds of years ago.
The World Heritage Sites
Thanks to its rich and varied culture, Italy is home to the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites of any major country on the globe: 49 in total. These include the world-famous leaning tower of Pisa, as well as the Coliseum and St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
The Ghost Towns
Ghost towns are typically associated with the old American West thanks to a series of gold rushes that occurred during the nineteenth century. But, to the surprise of many who visit Italy, they’re also a feature of the Italian landscape. Ghost towns were usually mining communities set up to exploit some local quarry that has long since been left to nature. The most impressive example is the beautiful ghost town located in Basilicata in the south of the country, thanks to its impressive rocky setting.
There’s Cheese Everywhere
Finally, Italy is the perfect place for cheese lovers. Whether you like your cheese hard or soft, sharp or mellow, there’s an Italian artisan cheesemaker ready and willing to make your day. The best place to travel for cheese is the Emilia-Romagna region, home of parmesan.