Are you looking for a cultural break? Do you want to get out of the U.S. and experience some European spirt? Well, if that’s the case, then Italy is the perfect place for you. You will have a chance to see the oldest and most prominent arts in the world and Italy is famous for its renaissance artists and structures. So, let’s look at the places you should visit in 2018.
Ravenna and Urbino – Byzantine capital, Renaissance court
These two, Ravenna and Urbino, are probably the most under-rated cities in Italy, but there are a lot of fascinating stuff about them. Ravenna is the home to some of the most significant structures of late antiquity and the most beautiful surviving Byzantine mosaic. You have the opportunity to visit the church of San Vitale. On the other side, up in the hill, lay the city of Urbino, which is the birthplace of famous Italian artists Raphael. The attractions you can see here are 15th-century Ducal Palace and the National Gallery of Le Marche which has the prominent collection of arts and includes the work of Raphael, Uccello, Titian, Barocci and many others.
Traveling back to Roman times will set you on a fantastic journey in the past, and you will discover the fascinating world of Pompeii. The ancient city was destroyed in a volcanic eruption, but the remains of town became a popular tourist attraction. You can discover the lives of gladiators, slaves, citizens and senators in the Roman world. The beautiful features of this town will blow your mind, and you will come a part of ancient times. Many people who visited Pompeii often go to Naples Museum and the Roman city of Herculaneum.
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and is rich with history that can’t be put in a couple of sentences. Palermo is the capital, and it can offer you a lot of places to see, especially if you are visiting for the first time. You have an opportunity to explore vital classical sights such as Valley of the Temples and Piazza Armerina. Also, you would be interested in Norman-ear high points like Monreale cathedral and Etna.
These are just some of the palaces you should see on your way to Italy, but it has so much more to offer, considering it has rich cultural and historical heritage.