When in Rome…

While some of us, unlike DJ Cuppy, don’t have someone to take us to Italy just to have some gelato, we’d still very much like to visit Italy. Known for its pizza, gelato and the general sexiness of its occupants, Italy is a top spot to visit.

 Naples is one of the world’s largest historic city centres. It has a whole load of historical monuments, Baroque churches, and Roman ruins (Not to be mistaken for Roman Reigns who is neither Roman nor King). Naples is basically heaven for history, art and food lovers. And if you don’t love art, history, or food, well, that’s sad and I have nothing to say to you because I love all three. Naples is known for its pizza, spaghetti and parmigiana.

Close to Naples, you can visit Pompeii. Pompeii is a famous city that got famous because it was run over by lava in 79 CE. This preserved a lot of the city’s structures, which people love to look at because people like well-preserved old things. It’s probably more fun for a 21st-century day tourist visiting Pompeii than it was for the inhabitants when they were alive or dying from Mount Vesuvius’s volcanic eruption. You can also visit Mount Vesuvius, which is one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes. It’s not completely unsafe to visit though and if you visit, just be prepared from the coldness that comes from being at the top of a tall volcano.

Florence’s museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The most popular and important sites in Florence include the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi, the Bargello, and the Accademia. A random person no one knows once said, “Sure, Florence is touristy. But where else can you stroll the same pedestrian streets walked by Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Botticelli while savouring the world’s best gelato?” Florence has a domestic, yet exotic feel to it.

Rome, the capital of Italy, has many glorious sights to feast your eyes on.  The colossus of Rome, the Flavian amphitheatre has survived much damage- fire, earthquake… it is the largest surviving structure. The Patheon is also a location in Dan Brown’s “Angel and Demons.”The Patheon is widely praised for its feats of architecture and concept of space. At 43m (142 ft) wide and 43m (142 ft) high, it is a perfect sphere resting in a cylinder. For the layman wandering into the Pantheon, (free entry, no queues) the first instinct is to look upwards at the Dome. The oculus, the only source of natural light in the Pantheon, is a round opening in the centre of the dome. It is 27 feet in diameter and open to the sky (the floor is gently sloped to allow for runoff of rainwater).

Truman Capote once said “Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.” and he wasn’t talking about the cramps that follow if you happen to be on your period. Venice has several beauties. St. Mark’s Basilica is a sublime piece of architecture that has stood the test of time since its creation in 1092 and remains one of the most important religious buildings in Northern Italy. And since we’re not in a Dan Brown book, it usually has no dead cardinal body for us to discover, which is always a plus, no?

In conclusion, Italy is an exciting, imaginative place to be and none of its historically rich cities can be covered in a bunch of words, which is a little sad, cause that was what I just tried to do. Also, in conclusion, food. Because food is always the perfect ending, ain’t it?

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