For Unique Italy Tours Visit Unesco World Heritage Sites
Italy is home to the largest number of Unesco World Heritage sites than any other country on earth. These are the most important permanent collections:
- Uffizi Museum in Florence – one of the greatest museums in the world, advance ticket reservation is recommended to avoid hour-long queues.
- Egyptian Museum in Turin, the second-largest Egyptian collection in the world.
- The Aquarium in Genoa, one of the largest and most beautiful in the world.
- Science and Technology Museum in Milan, one of the largest in Europe, holds collections about boats, airplanes, trains, cars, motorcycles, radio and energy. Recently has also acquired the Toti submarine, which is open to visitors.
- Roman Civilization Museum in Rome, the world’s largest collection of ancient Rome including a reproduction of the district of Rome in the age of Constantine the Great.
- The Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel, with rooms painted by Raphael.
- The Etruscan Museum at Villa Giulia, Rome.
Nestled by the Mediterranean Sea, Italy borders with France in the north-west, Switzerland and Austria in the north and Slovenia in the north-east. This offers so many easy family vacation ideas nearby.
Visit Villa del Balbianello, a Museum on Lake Como Italy, for your Italy Tours
The boot shaped country is surrounded by the Ligurian Sea, the Sardinian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea in the west, the Sicilian Sea and the Ionian Sea in the south and the Adriatic Sea in the east.
The landscape in Italy is quite varied, with green hilly rolling landscape, great massifs and two mountain chains, the Alps, the Apennines and the unique mountain range of the Dolomites.
Italy features mountain peaks rising to over 14,000 feet, including Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc), Monte Rosa and Cervino (the Matterhorn).
At the foot of the Italian Alpine is the Po Valley and the River Po, the longest in Italy, which flows into the Adriatic Sea.
A View of the Harbour of Bellagio and Hotel Metropole, Lake Como Italy
The Alpine foothills contain the lovely lakes, Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, Lake Garda. and Lake Iseo.
More Unesco World Heritage sites for Your Italy Tours:
- Piazza del Duomo, Italy – while there are several world famous squares with this name (Florence, Milan and Pisa) and the one in Pisa is the World Heritage site
- Trulli of Alberobello, Italy18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli and the San Leucio Complex
- Amalfi Coast
Stroll into the Luxury Hotels on the Top of the Cliffs of Sorrento, Amalfi Coast on your Italy Tours
- Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia
- Archaeological Area of Agrigento
- Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Torre Annunziata
- Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and Other Franciscan Sites
- Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padova
- Castel del Monte, Andria (Bari)
- Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena
- Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with “The Last Supper” by “Leonardo da Vinci” in Milan
- Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula
- City of Verona
- City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto
- Crespi d’Adda
- The Dolomites
- Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna
- Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia
- Ferrara, City of the Renaissance and its Po Delta
- Historic Centre of Florence
- Historic Centre of Naples
- Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City enjoying Extraterritorial Rights, and San Paolo Fuori le Mura
- Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Explore the Medieval Town of San Gimignano in Tuscany on your Italy Tours
- Historic Centre of Siena
- Historic Centre of Urbino
- Historic Centre of the City of Pienza
- I Sassi di Matera
- Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands)
- The Landscape of Val d’Orcia
- Late Baroque Towns of the Noto Valley: Noto, Caltagirone, Militello Val di Catania, Catania, Modica, Palazzolo, Ragusa and Scicli (South-eastern Sicily)
- Piazza del Duomo, Pisa
- Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto)
- Residences of the Royal House of Savoy in and around Turin
- Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
- Su Nuraxi di Barumini
- Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica
- The trulli of Alberobello, (Bari)
- Venice and its Lagoon
- Villa Adriana, Tivoli
- Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina
- Villa d’Este, Lake Como
- Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
- The Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli, in the historic centre of Genoa
Internet Access during Your Italy Tours
If you are an internet geek, be advised that the Italian government has recently passed a law requiring all public-access internet points to keep records of web sites viewed by customers, and even the customer’s ID.
Hotels providing Internet access are not required to record IDs if the connection is provided in the guest’s room, although if the connection is offered in the main public hall then IDs are required.
Dress Code for Sacred and Holy Places on Your Italy Tours
If you plan to visit a church or religious site, you will need to cover yourself up; no bare backs, chests, shoulders and sometimes no knees.
Some museums may also enforce a modest dress code. If you’re a woman, it’s a good idea to bring a shawl or two to cover yourself before entering a Duomo in any Italian town or city as well as your visit to Saint Peters Basilica and the Vatican in Rome.
A View Inside the Vatican, Rome Italy
Some churches supply cover-ups, e.g. sarongs are loaned to men with shorts so that they can modestly conceal their legs.
Even where there are no written rules, it’s worth noting that bare chests and large expanses of sunburnt skin aren’t acceptable except at beaches or sunbathing areas, regardless of the temperature.
I hope all these tips will be useful for your family vacation ideas.
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