“La Bella Italia” is always a good choice for a quick getaway or even for a well-deserved vacation. Enjoy its landscapes, its historical towns, its culture and specially its gastronomy is a pleasure accessible to everyone.

I want to share with you today the 3 places of Italy that surprised me the most and that I think they are by far a must in Italy and in the hole world.

Those places where you should go at least once in life.

 

VENICE 

Is there a most mythical city than Venice? Even who have never walked through its streets can talk about Venice as if they know it all their lives. Venice always has been able to penetrate the dreams of all travelers without batting an eyelid, because all those poets, painters, musicians and artists of all kinds have been speaking out for her throughout human history. And they made all mankind fall in love with her before know her.

Because of that Venice is the Italian city par excellence that everybody should meet once in life. And if you’re lucky and you’re visiting Venice during this time (February), you will let yourself get involved by the carnival’s magic…  And you take the risk to stuck there forever.

It’s hard to say goodbye to Venice.

venecia carnaval

How can I describe Venice? It’s a unique living museum, an inexplicably beautiful island crisscrossed by canals, alleys, shelves and vaporettos. A place in which the history, tradition and art are mixed with masks, gondoliers wearing striped shirts and sailing through the Grand Canal, the famous pigeons of Saint Marcos Square, the Bridge of Sighs, the Ducal Palace… even the picturesque little island of Burano. Everything in Venice will amaze you and everything in Venice will make you fall in love with her.

venecia canal

What are you waiting for to go to the city of dreams?

SICILY

Sicily is an Italian island where you can find loads of places to visit and spend a relaxed days swimming into the Mediterranean Sea. If you want to travel around the hole island you will need 10 or more free days. If, instead, you have just a few days and what you want is just relax a little bit and run away from the estress and routine, as I did, then you can focus your holidays in the north of the island. The perfect place for a well-deserved rest.

45 km away from Palermo is located the hotel Sicilia Fiesta Resort in which I stayed during my days discovering this corner of the Mediterranean. I highly recommend that hotel because of its beaches and the amazing views.

sicilia

If you stay at the north coast, there are a few cities that you cannot miss, like Palermo and Cefalú, Milazzo (you also can take a ferry from here to Eolias islands, a volcanic archipelago), Messina and Taormina, in my opinion the most beautiful place of the north, with the gorgeous views of Etna volcano’s holy shape.

Are you still sure that you want to keep living without a visit to Sicily?

etna sicilia

FLORENCE

It was in Florence where Stendhal Syndrome appeared for the first time. For those of you who haven’t heard about it, it’s a psychosomatic disease which is manifested when a person is exposed to overmuch beauty (especially when loads of artworks are concentrated in the same place).

There is no place like Florencia. It’s the perfect city in which you can suffer that tachycardia, dizziness and even the hallucinations produced by the excess of beauty. The city of Florence, cradle of the Renaissance, has the ability to make the travelers dizzy by its relics, its art and its street life.

florencia ponte veccio

It’s said that is in the Galleria degli Uffizi where more travelers have suffered this syndrome throughout history. The Italian psychologist Graziella Magherini discovered more than 100 cases of travelers with this syndrome in Florence and it was her who called it “Stendhal Syndrome” based on in what the French author wrote in his book ‘Naples and Florence: a journey from Milan to Reggio’ (1817):

I was in a sort of ecstasy, from the idea of being in Florence, close to the great men whose tombs I had seen. Absorbed in the contemplation of sublime beauty… I reached the point where one encounters celestial sensations… Everything spoke so vividly to my soul. Ah, if I could only forget. I had palpitations of the heart, what in Berlin they call ‘nerves’. Life was drained from me. I walked with the fear of failing (…)”

If you have not been in this magical Italian city yet, please, make a note in your diary! Maybe you are one of those travelers who become dizzy when they walk around the historical streets of Florence. Why not go to discover it?

florencia sunset

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