The Top Tourist Sights In Italy – A Brief Look

Published on April 21, 2017 by IBMT

Italy is truly a tourist’s paradise, with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites found in the world. With the greatest cities of art and culture, Rome, Venice and Florence have been enticing visitors for hundreds and hundreds of years. But beyond the cultural treasures, Italy also boasts some of the most beautiful coastlines, mountains, and lakes. Needless to say, a list of top tourist sights in Italy could easily become a top 100 for any tourist.

The Colosseum (A tourist favorite!)

The Colosseum is considered a “must see”. This Amphitheater is massive, and remains the largest one ever built during the Roman Empire. Today, the Colosseum stands in direct contrast to the modern city that surrounds it, and is a constant reminder of the ancient history of Rome.

The Canals of Venice

The famous gondola ride through the many canals of Venice has become practically a ritual with many tourists. Along the canals, old buildings have remained relatively intact for centuries. The Grand Canal is most famous, and probably the most photographed of tourist sites in Venice.

The Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore

The Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore) is one of the most remarkable cathedrals in the world, dominating the skyline of Florence. The dome is the most famous landmark, and tourists can climb the Belfry up to a viewing area with the most amazing views of the city of Florence.

The Roman Forum

The historical importance of the Roman Forum can’t be overstated – this was the very heart of the Roman Empire, with remains that have been standing for millennia. There are remnants of public buildings, temples, and markets – all of which embody the significance of ancient Rome.

St. Mark’s Basilica

In Venice, one of the most principal tourist sites is the St. Mark’s Basilica. In the famous square right in front of the Basilica (Piazza San Marco) tourists view the west-facing facade. Inside, the cathedral houses a treasure trove of artwork, along with many architectural features.

The Pantheon

The Pantheon is remarkably well preserved as a remnant of ancient Roman. Unique in character, the incredible architecture serves to support the accomplishments of the Roman Empire. Those interested in the history will note that Italian monarchs and influencers are buried here.

National Roman Museum

For the most in-depth exposure to Rome’s history and heritage, another must-see is the National Roman Museum. In fact, exhibits are situated in several locations in the city. Roman artifacts are in the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, with stunning sculptures in the Palazzo Altemps.

The Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain stands 86 feet high and 162 feet wide and is the largest Baroque fountain in the city. Perhaps the most famous fountain in the world, the Trevi sits atop one of the original aqueducts that supplied water to the inhabitants of ancient Rome. Another must-see.

The Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi Gallery is a world-renowned art museum in central Florence. This is truly one of Italy’s most prominent museums, one of the largest, and one of the best known in the world. The Uffizi holds priceless works of art, particularly from the artists of the Italian Renaissance.


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We just returned from Israel on an IBMT Bar Mitzvah Tour for our three grandsons.  We had enough family members to warrant our own bus.  After checking out many tour companies we went with IBMT and all of us were glad we did.  The hotels were fabulous and the rooms allotted even more so.  From the INBAL in Jerusalem, KFAR BLUM in the Galilee, the SHERATON in Tel Aviv, to the ROYAL BEACH in Eilat we couldn’t have asked for more.  Our meals were equally excellent.  Beginning with a welcome reception at the INBAL to the closing dinner at the CANAAN restaurant in Tel Aviv one and all loved them.

It was a busy tour made even more so by my husband who was determined the grandchildren see “everything”.  Fortunately for us, we had the best guide when Ornan (from IBMT) gave us GADI.  All of the groups loved their guides but Gadi was  special.  He was able to reach the kids (ages 7-13) as well as the adults.  His knowledge, willingness to adjust the schedule, and good nature gave him a soft spot in all of our hearts.  He filled in at Yad Vashem when the guide droned on a bit too much for some of us.  He searched out a cemetery where a father, grandfather and great grandfather was buried and proceeded to enlighten us on the rituals and customs of a military cemetery.  He adjusted our times to include those little extras.  When weather precluded the camels, we visited Qumran.  After the Bar Mitzvahs, some wanted to walk down Masada - again, no problem. 

We loved everything.  Friday night dinner with an Israeli family (coincidentally the husband was from Toronto), meeting the soldiers on the kibbutz, the Druze lunch, sampling different foods at the shuk, the bullet factory and on and on.  Although the weather was precarious in December, it didn’t stop us and we were able to celebrate Chanukah in Israel...menorahs  everywhere, sufganiyot of every kind, celebrations in the street galore.

Would we recommend this tour...without a moments hesitation.  We had a family trip of a lifetime.  Thank you also to our bus driver Louie, whom we all loved and who got us around safely. 

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