Italy is one of the prettiest countries in the world. The place is where you can find cities filled with captivating art, breathtaking coastlines, and stunning landscapes. You can even travel down the countryside and randomly come across exquisite scenes.
When it comes to the beautiful places in Italy, the list could go on. But here are 10 of them that you shouldn’t miss when you visit the boot-shaped country, according to Scott Balaam for the Global Grasshopper, who spent three years living there.
#1. Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre is a rugged area in the Italian Riviera and it oozes with timeless appeal. That makes it impossible for one to do the colorful seaside village justice in just a day trip. It’s been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997.
Undoubtedly, Venice is one of the country’s most famous cities. It is also dubbed as one of the most romantic places couples can travel to. Venice, which is a city built on water, is also home to masterpieces, museums, palaces, and churches that one shouldn’t miss visiting.
This relaxed Italian city increased in popularity due to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It has also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its architecture, which included ancient castles. The beautiful lakes of Lake Garda, Lake Maggiore and Lake Como are also accessible from Verona.
Bologna is not only famous for its beauty but also for its food. Not even the hardest rain can stop you from exploring Bologna, all thanks to the arches that line the streets. Bologna is also home to the world’s oldest university, which was founded in 1088.
Don’t ever leave Italy without visiting the capital, Rome. The historic city itself is a museum open to the public. The buildings you see on the streets as you explore the city will leave you breathless. Among the famous sites that you should not miss are the Vatican, Coliseum, the Pantheon, and Trevi Fountain.
Florence is the place to be for art lovers. It is a haven to many museums that house famous works of art. In the popular city located in the Tuscany region – also known as the Renaissance country, tourists can find some of the world’s most romantic and stunning natural sceneries.
Sardinia offers beaches that are considered among the finest in the world. It’s perfect for those who are looking for a quiet and relaxing vacation on an island. Wherever you choose to stay in Sardinia, you’ll always find the pristine waters of the gorgeous beaches there.
This island found in the Mediterranean Sea is a great choice for a holiday excursion. Sicily boasts of wonderful beaches and excellent cuisine at more affordable prices compared to Sardinia. This is the place you want to visit if you want to relax on the beach, get curious around archaeological sites and meet friendly locals.
#9. Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast
When you want to indulge in fine beverages as you have your vacation in Italy, visit the resort town of Sorrento. Further along, the town is Amalfi, one of the best coastal drives in the world where you can revel in the gorgeous scenery.
Puglia is just one of the many reasons that make Italy beautiful. This part of the country is best for those who are looking for an authentic feel of Italy and at the same time. Puglia also offers top-quality cuisine, green orchards, and olive groves.
Tiny Island in Croatia Looks Like A Giant Fingerprint
What’s found on the island is more fascinating.
The Eastern European country of Croatia is known for its long coastline found on the Adriatic Sea. But the tiny island of Baljenac off the coast of Croatia is gaining some global attention in recent times because of the unique hand-constructed dry walls, which make the island appear like a giant fingerprint from above.
Located in the archipelago of Sibenik on the Dalmatian coast, the small island has a size of 1.4 square kilometers. The drywalls are measured at 23 kilometers and 357 meters. The construction of these walls is quite common in the history of Baljenac and what’s fascinating is that it didn’t require modern machines to make it happen.
This tiny island off the coast of Croatia looks like a giant fingerprint.
Lake Mysteriously Appeared In Tunisia Overnight In The Middle Of the Desert
The lake mysteriously appeared during a drought in Tunisia.
In August 2014, Mehdi Belil was getting back home when he was stunned to find a lake that mysteriously appeared in the middle of the hot desert. Located 25 kilometers from Gafsa, he told journalists that he thought he was simply hallucinating after long hours of traveling under the heat of the sun.
But Belil wasn't seeing things and news of the mysterious phenomenon quickly spread around the city. Tunisians started to flock the area, which has then became known as “Lac de Gafsa,” or also “Mysterious Lake". Here, people like to take a dip and cool off under the hot sun.
No one knows the origin of the formation of Lac de Gafsa.
Beautiful Oasis Town In Peru Thrives In The Middle Of One Of Earth’s Driest Places
Legend has it that the lake was created by a native princess.
Peru's desert may not be so barren after all with the existence of an amazing oasis town called Huacachina. Despite being surrounded by sand dunes, the village flourishes with palm trees and a lagoon said to have healing powers.
Huacachina has hotels, shops, and a library for its 100 residents, as well as tourists, who visit the magical town for activities like sandboarding on sand dunes and dune buggy rides. This small village surrounded by a desert might just be the place you need to consider putting on your bucket list.