Travel Guides Milan Naples Sicily Verona

Travel Guide to Milan Naples Sicily Verona Italy Attractions Sightseeing

Milan 

Milan is the quintessential European city. It's chic, affluent, and big on business, finance, industry and fashion. And if you're concerned about more noble pursuits, it's also home to Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper.

Style and sophistication abound here, and while it may not be loved by tourists to the extent of historical Rome, picturesque Venice and civilised Florence, Milan is well worth a visit.

http://www.milanoinfotourist.com/home.htmhttp://www.milanoinfotourist.com/home.htm Official tourist site for Milan.

The city boasts the world's fourth largest cathedral; the legendary La Scala Opera House; world class museums on the Castello Sforzesco, and a delectable signature dish, the saffron infused risotto alla Milanese. Milan is Italy's fashion capital and within one square kilometre of the central city you'll find branches of every major fashion house Gucci, Versace, Dolce Gabbana, Armani, Prada, and Roberto Cavalli to name but a few.

If you've still got money to burn it can be put to great use dining in the city's designer restaurants or spent frequenting some of Italy's best nightclubs. And if you're there in December, you can spend your hard earned cash watching the Italian Grand Prix, raced on a track ten miles from downtown Milan.

Naples

The vitality of this crazy and passionate Italian city will prove very hard to ignore. Naples is a great base from which to explore, and what better place to visit than nearby Mount Vesuvius, Italy's legendary active volcano? Whilst she may have lay dormant for the last eleven years, the prospect of another blast strikes fear in the volcano's neighbours. It was a particularly nasty Vesuvius eruption which buried the city of Pompeii under a layer of ash in 79AD. The ash preserved the city perfectly, and these days 2.3 million people come to visit the country's best example of a working Roman city annually.

Happily for foodies, Neopolitan food is a tourist attraction in itself. It's home of the modern pizza, Italy's favourite fast food, and apparently the wonder of a simple mozzarella and tomato variety has to be tasted to be believed.

http://www.inaples.it/eng/home.asphttp://www.inaples.it/eng/home.asp Official tourist site for Naples.

Sicily

Closer to North Africa than Europe, Sicily's unique history has absorbed aspects of every invading culture that has landed on its shores. Throughout the centuries the island has become a mishmash of Mediterranean cultures, and today you'll find examples of Norman, Arab, Roman, Greek, French and Spanish influences on the famous island.

Visit the elegant cities of Palermo, Syracuse and Taormina, witness Mount Etna (Europe's largest live volcano which was active as recently as 2002), and enjoy the eclectic Sicilian food influenced by all the island's previous conquerors.

From Sicily it's an easy jump to the rugged Aeolian islands, a couple of which also still boast active volcanoes.

Verona

Home of Shakespeare's legendary tale of two lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is a destination well worth visiting for any fans of the Bard. Modern day Verona still has strong influence from its medieval and Renaissance days palazzo, magnificent town squares, towers and churches.

From June to August Verona holds a famous Shakespeare festival, and all year round you can visit the Casa di Giulietta (Juliet's house), where you can rub the right breast of a bronze Juliet statue for good luck!

http://www.tourism.verona.it/http://www.tourism.verona.it/ Official tourist site for Verona (see top right button for English).

The city also boasts the Arena di Verona, the best preserved Roman amphitheatre in the world and the perfect location to catch a live opera.

A 20 minute bus ride away from the city is beautiful Lake Garda. The lake is nestled at the foot of the Italian Alps, and its shores are one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. Millions of tourists visit the area each year to walk the shoreline, dine on freshwater fish and soak up the postcard perfect views.