The island of Sicily is on the seventh place on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, three for its ancient sites, two for natural wonders, and two for architectural treasures. Sicily is the largest of the Italian islands, disunited from the Continent by the Strait of Messina and surrounded by the Ionian, the Tyrrhenian and the Mediterranean Seas.
Best places to visit in Sicily:
- The Cathedral of Monreale: The Catheral of Moneale has achieved a place in the art history of Europe, all the more exceptional because it looks still same as it was built in the 1100s. Its architecture exhibits the move away from Eastern Byzantine forms, but its decoration with dazzling mosaics – considered the church’s magnificent highlight — keep it firmly in the Byzantine traditions.
- Eastern Temples at Selinunte: One of the largest and most powerful of Sicily’s ancient sites, Selinunte has eight Greek temples dating as far back as the fifth century BC, plus the nearby Temple of Demeter. The most popular are those known as the Eastern Group, labeled by letter: Temple G for its impressive size and Temple E for its architectural grandeur, considered the highpoint of the Classical period.
Best time to visit Sicily: May to June and September to October.
Turin is the main hub of technology and industry. Turin is relatively small and compact and there is great importance to its architecture and its formal layout, designed by the Savoys to display that they were as regal as any of Europe’s royal families.
Best places to visit in Turin:
- Museo Egizio (Egyptian Museum): It is Turin’s most visited attraction and you won’t find a better collection of mummies and art anywhere outside of cario. In the Turin Egyptian Museum’s galleries, about 6.500 objects are permanently on display, selected from a collection volume to over 32,000 pieces dating from the 4.000 BC to the 700 AD.
The collection subsists of sculptures, statuettes, architectural elements and decorations, , vases, everyday objects and tools, mummies, votive and religious objects, arms, toys, furniture, clothes and textiles, and papyri.
- Santuario di Santa Maria Consolatrice (La Consolata): This building is one of the oldest places of worship in the city and has remained in some shape since the mid eleventh century.
Best time to visit Turin: June and July.
Sardinia is a mainly mountainous region, without high peaks, with a vast and beautiful, yet bittersweet, natural environment. In fact, the presence of man does not seem to affect this place; great surfaces still conserve their natural composition, luxuriant woods with even millenary trees, small desert areas and marshes inhabited by deer, wild horses, and furious birds.
Best places to visit in Sardinia
- Alghero: Alghero is Sardinia’s most beautiful medieval cities. Its animated historic centre is an amazing place to hang out, and with so many excellent restaurants and bars, it makes an ideal base for exploring the beaches and beauty spots of the nearby Riviera del Corallo.
- Tharros: The town was brought to light by Italian mining during the last century, followed by French and English ones. In fact, part of the materials found is currently preserved in the British Museum of London and in the Borely Museum in Marseille.
Best time to visit Sardinia: April to June.
Verona is dazzling, ancient corner of the Veneto region, nestling between the river Adige and Lake Garda, and intimately linked to their waters. For all its rich treasury of architecture and art, Verona’s biggest demand to tourist fame is based on pure fiction. It was the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and over the past century, locals have compelled by creating homes, a balcony, and even a tomb for the fictional characters.
Best place to visit in Verona
- Piazza delle Erbe: This place is the heart of Verona and is one that is dazzling and buzzing, and is surrounded with historical monuments. The best part is that there are several market stalls for visitors to pick souvenirs from.
- Arena di Verona (Roman Amphitheater): It is one of the largest and among the best preserved Roman amphitheaters.
Best time to visit Verona: May to October.
Traditional Italy food that you should try while your visit to Italy
- Lasagna : Lasagna is a broad, flat pasta noodle, usually baked in layers in the oven. Like most Italian dishes, its root is hotly contested, but we can at least say that’s its fortress is in the region of Emilia-Romagna.
- Arancini: Arancini is Crisp and golden brown balls generally referred to a dish of stuffed rice balls. The rice balls are fried after being coated in crunchy breadcrumbs. These rice balls are usually filled with ragù, tomato sauce, mozzarella and peas.
- Saltimbocca: The dish contains thin slices of a calf, topped with salty prosciutto and herb leaves. These ingredients are sautéed in a pan until the meat is done. Different varieties of meat, such as chicken and mutton are also used for preparing the saltimbocca depending upon the requirements.
- Torrone: The Torrone is made with ingredients such as honey, egg whites, toasted nuts, and citrus zest.
- Tiramisu: The tiramisu is a well-known dessert popular by locals and travelers alike. Different ingredients like Ladyfingers, coffee, eggs, sugar, and cocoa and mascarpone cheese are required in the preparation of this sweet treat.