This Is the Country Everyone Wants to Travel to This Year
Delicious food, great wine, and beautiful historic sites? Count us in.
Few destinations in Italy, and perhaps the world, conjure myths of romance the way this beautiful island does. A 45-minute boat ride brings visitors from Naples to Marina Grande; from here take the funicular to Capri Town and scenic Piazzetta Square, always bustling with visitors. Continue across the island to the southern shore and Marina Piccola for the island’s largest beach. It’s also a short hop from Marina Grande to visit the museum at lovely Villa San Michele. And don’t miss the legendary Blue Grotto (Grotto Azzurra); motorboats can take you right from the marina to visit the luminescent cave where you’ll transfer to a rowboat for a visit to the sunken cave.
It’s said you “See Naples and Die,” since its beauty is so overwhelming, and although we don’t take it quite so literally, it’s setting stretching along the Tyrrhenian Sea with views of Mt. Vesuvius towering the east, the sparkling Bay of Naples spread out in front, and the glittering isle of Capri in the foreground, is definitely impressive. The city is home to four elaborate castles plus a palace in addition to myriad churches and cathedrals, and several impressive museums, adding substance to its impressive looks.
The largest island in the Mediterranean has been a cultural crossroads for 3,000 years. Highlights of this Italian island include the capital city of Palermo and its 12th-century duomo dating back to 1174; the gorgeous, ancient seaside town of Siracusa. History buffs will marvel at the Classics such as Valle Dei Templi, one of the richest archaeological sites in the region; the Greek temples in Segesta; and, the breathtaking mosaics of the Roman Villa del Casale. Travelers’ palettes will be indulged with tastings in Marsala wine country; sampling typical Sicilian pastries baked by a silent order of nuns at the Abbey di Santo Spirito. Of course, no visit to Sicily would be complete without taking in Mt. Etna, along with the vineyards and pistachio groves planted in the lush soil that surrounds the volcano. Read on for the 15 best places to visit in 2019 according to travel experts.
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