April: Best of Italy

Beat the crowds to one of the most spectacular destinations in the world. Traveling Italy in the spring alleviates the hustle of the later summer months and allows visitors a more peaceful experience throughout your trip. Travel to any of the smaller towns scattered around the north or central areas for a true glimpse into local Italian culture.

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Start your trek in the capital city of Rome, it’s a historical paradise with endless sites so jump on any public bus for a free tour of the city.Most route to the main bus terminal adjacent to the Termini Train Station. Devote a day to Vatican City; you don’t have to be a Catholic to appreciate the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Rome is meant to be enjoyed, sip a latte in a piazza café and dine on a true Italian pasta. The sights will keep you busy throughout your trip, visit The Coliseum, Trevi Fountain, and the Gardens of the Villa Borghese.

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Take the train north to your next destination, Florence. Known as Firenze, this incredible city will truly make you marvel. Walk up the steps to the Piazza de Michelangelo for an inconceivable view of classic Italian architecture on a Tuscan sun. Walk through the main square, the Piazza Signori then tour the legendary Duomo. Cross the Arno on the Ponte Vechio and sample the city, stop into any local wine and cheese shops along the way.  Florence can be seen in a few days, and will be loved for life. From Florence, continue north to the “five lands” on the coast: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. These five seaside villages combine to make Cinque Terre. In the summer months the towns are packed with little vacancy for the spontaneous traveler, but in March or April, arrive with your backpack and locals will greet you with a room and a bottle of their local vino.

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If you’re the adventurous type, spend the day hiking the hilly trails that connect the villages. Trains also link the villages and run regularly throughout the day. Don’t be left stranded on a pub-crawl, remember to check when the last train departs. Hopefully it will be warm enough to lie on the small beaches and take a dip, but if not, rent a paddleboat and coast around.  Cinque Terre will capture your heart and leave you with a piece of small town Italian life. The tiny coastal villages in the hills of the vineyards could make anyone stay a lifetime. The best of Italy wouldn’t be complete without the magical water world of Venice.

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Travel east from coast to coast to find out why this is one of the most visited travel destinations of the world. If arriving by train, walk to the water boat bus stop located just outside of the station. This method of public transportation is easy and efficient and will drop off at all major tourist attractions. The city’s historical center, The Piazza de San Marco is typically crowded with foreigners led by flag waving group leaders in June and July, in April, instead walk the square in comfortable and airy setting. Tour the piazza, see the Bridge of Sighs, Doges Palace, andwindow-shop the many glass and Carnival boutiques.

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The restaurants in this area typically cater to tourists, so hop back on the boat bus for more authentic cuisine elsewhere. If you have a little extra Euro to burn, visit the famous Venice Casino. Located right off the main water thoroughfare this swanky gambling spot will keep you betting. Dress up for the night and bring your passport, the casino checks id at the door. The distinct interior to the casino is adorned in lavish tapestries, moldings, and décor; it’s worth the visit. It’s hard to say if anyone can have his or her fill of Italy, but with this holiday you can have your pick of the big city, the small town, or life on a gondola. No matter the backdrop, there isn’t anything quite like a taste of Italy.

Date posted: 26th March, 2015

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