As the seat of authority of Roman Imperialism and subsequently the Church, Italy laid down laws, rules and norms in political and religious spheres for the whole of Europe for hundreds of years. Italy was looked upon as a model for many aspects of life by Europe. The present day Italy retains many of its past legacies. An Italian tour is a revelation of the soul of Europe. Italy’s impact on the culture of Europe is immense.
There are as many as 40 World Heritage protected sites in Italy, which is indicative of the extent of its dynamic influence in arts and architecture. From pre-Roman Greek masterpieces to modern architectural designs, Italy is a treasure house for monuments. In Calabria and Sicily vintage Greek structures can be seen. The Romans while accepting many of the Greek architectural values, adapted them to their needs and ideas. Accordingly we find classical Roman style in some of the finest Italian monuments. The Christian and Byzantine styles are a delight to the tourists. Pirelli Tower, Villa Olmo, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Palladian Villas of the Veneto, Florence Cathedral, Milan Cathedral, Piazza del Campo, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Colosseum are but some of the important marvels to be visited and cherished.
The Botanical Gardens scattered throughout Italy run into hundreds. Their natural charm exuding an atmosphere of nature’s beauty can truly be realised by visiting a few of them. In Lombardy, Tuscany, Florence and Calabria the dozens of parks are a delight to the local people and the tourists.
The Roman paintings from the very earliest times to the present are shining examples of the creativity of the people. The Aldobrandini wedding painting from the Vatican (1st century A.D.), San Zano Chappel paintings in Rome (9th century A.D.), Madonna by Gentile de Fabriano, Michalngelo’s masterpieces in Rome are too well known to be recounted here. Apart from these the representative paintings of Baroque art and modern works are also to be admired. Paintings of Cubism and Expressionism pattern capture the attention of the art lovers. Thus we have unbroken chain of masterpieces in paintings from the beginning of the historic to modern times. The list of art museums and galleries are endless and a visit to Italy on this score alone would last several weeks, if not months!
The tourists will find the cities of Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence, Naples, Palermo, Verona, Genoa et al a veritable storehouse delighting the physical and mental perceptions. Each city can boast of countless curiosities for the average and discerning requirements of the tourists. Whether food, wine, night life, drama, music, dance or any aspect of refined pursuits, the cities vie with each other to satisfy the cravings of the visitors.
It may also be mentioned that the variety of delights to be had in touring Italy is staggering. You have the best of all elements, mountains, sea-shores, pastoral lands, beautiful forests, rivers, lakes, water ways and excellent hiking as well.
There are plenty of facilities for tourists by way of accommodation. From the grand star hotels to individual budget rooms and dormitary style, there are places to suit the tastes of the individuals and groups. The hospitable and friendly nature of the people is a source of strength to the tourists. Food and other requirements can be had within reasonable limits and one is surprised at the taste and variety of the local food offered.
Transport also presents no problem within any city or inter-city travel.
All in all an unending vista of joy and happiness will soak into the minds of the tourists to Italy, who would love to visit the place often.