ITALY TOURIST – WHERE DO TOURISTS FROM USA?
European Italy has been considered the main tourist destination for Americans for many years. It attracts guests from America as well as from around the world, not only with the treasures of history and art, not only with fashion trends, stunning landscapes, passionate people and top-class cuisine, but also with its dynamism. Every year in Italy there are news that you definitely need to see. Italy offers so much that you need to spend your whole life to at least superficially explore this country. And in order to always be aware of where the best places in Italy are, many US travel agencies annually compile ratings that guide their tourists. American Tourism Associations present the next ranking of Italy’s most popular destinations this year.
The first place is occupied by the most lively city in the country – Naples. The capital of the southern region of Campania is a treasury of works of art and historical sights. The city has a bright and cheerful atmosphere, a huge number of shops, restaurants and nightclubs make Naples a real tourist capital of Italy. Many of the world’s favorite Italian dishes originated here, such as pizza and spaghetti. Not only Italian emigrants who now live in America seek to visit the homeland of pizza, but also connoisseurs of this amazing dish from around the world.
In second place are the northern lakes, stretching across northern Italy. The southern ends of most lakes border mainly plains, but the northern ends of mountain lakes penetrate deep into the Alps. Lakes have been popular with American tourists for over a hundred years due to the pleasant combination of good weather and amazing landscapes. Garda Lake, the largest of all, offers tourists stunning landscapes, especially in the mountainous northern regions. Lake Como fascinates with its wooded slopes, rising directly from the water’s edge. Further west is Lake Maggiore, less popular but no less beautiful, with several well-known family resorts.
The third position on the largest island in the Mediterranean is Sicily, the region of the same name includes a number of small islands. Sicily is separated from the mainland of Calabria by the 5 km Strait of Messina. A representative of the great Mediterranean civilization, Sicily is rich in history and art: from Agrigento to the valley of temples, from Palermo to baroque churches. Etna is considered a striking natural feature of the island – a volcano that can delight any person.
The fourth place is occupied by the “5 villages” of the Cinque Terre, which includes the settlements of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Monterosso and Corniglia. The place is located in northwestern Italy, on the coast of Liguria, the village of Cinque Terre, where some of the most beautiful landscapes of the planet Earth hiding in anticipation of tourists, including steep cliffs with terraces located on them several hundred years old.
Heavily damaged during World War II, Milan, a memorial place for American veterans of that war, has long been reconstructed and now it shines in fifth place in the rating as one of the most luxurious centers of the European Union. Milan is seen as a mega-fashion center where designer shops literally sit on top of each other. Milan also attracts many tourists with its world-famous treasures – paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, La Scala Opera House, Castello Sforzesco Castle and one of the largest Milanese Gothic cathedrals in the world.
Sixth place off the Amalfi coast, in the southwest of the Campania region. The coast is famous for its extraordinary entertainment, putting this place in a row with the most beautiful places on the planet. Thirty kilometers along the southern side of the Sorrento Peninsula, the Amalfi Coast is remembered by tourists for its picturesque coastline, shimmering bays, rocky cliffs, lemon gardens, colorful villas and fashionable resorts.
The list of the main tourist sites in Italy in seventh place were Pompeii. The ancient Roman city, buried under several meters of volcanic ash due to the catastrophe of Vesuvius, waited 1700 years until the descendants of the legendary Romans dug it. Pompeii is located near Naples. A visit to Pompeii provides an opportunity to get acquainted with the life of the ancient Roman world. Tourists can stroll through ancient streets, ruined houses, streets, bakeries, brothels and famous Roman baths.
Italy without Venice is not Italy – it has eighth place. This unique city is surrounded by the Adriatic Sea. Venice is an archipelago of 118 islands, united by picturesque bridges and beautiful canals. The Grand Canal is perhaps the most famous channel in the world in general – and the canal gondolas are considered the main symbol of Italy in America. The beauty of the sea and historical architecture make Venice the most romantic place in the world.