Spring in Italy: 10 ideas for a weekend

Spring in Italy: 10 ideas for a weekend

The arrival of the beautiful season and the colors of spring awaken the desire to travel and spend a weekend with friends or family; for this reason, in this season it’s a good idea to visit new cities, enjoy the first warm temperatures and immerse yourself in the blooming nature thanks to some trips out of town. Here are 10 ideas for a weekend in Italy in spring: choose your destination and discover the experiences to try absolutely.

Weekend in Bologna
The capital of Emilia offers a wide range of possibilities; from the visit to the towers and its basilicas, through a trip under the arcades or the nature of the Bologna hills, up to a tour of the Fico factory, the largest agri-food park in the world where you can taste and buy all the food products of the made in Italy between tradition and innovation. Speaking of cooking, try absolutely the typical dishes of the Bolognese gastronomic tradition, considered the best in the world.

Bologna

Bologna

Weekend in Venice
The lagoon city is unique throughout the world and the wonders to be discovered in the old Maritime Republic are many; we suggest you to visit the beautiful basilicas and museums over the water, to walk through the narrow streets, bridges, canals and, why not, take a lovely gondola tour. A must is the tour among the most beautiful islands, rich in colors and scents thanks to the buds of spring vegetation. A suggestive experience? Visit the Murano Glass Museum to understand the fascinating production techniques of the famous glass. If you love seafood, then you have to try the local specialties, prepared in typical Venetian osterias.

Venice

Venice

Weekend in Naples
Spending a few days in the Neapolitan city in the spring season means finding an almost summery climate; for this reason it is advisable to take a walk along the promenade of Naples visiting the historic attractions such as the Municipal Villa with its colorful garden and the Castel dell’Ovo. To immerse yourself even more in the green of the blooming nature and the scents of the orchards of the area, it is absolutely necessary to take a trip on the Amalfi Coast and on that one of Sorrento; instead, for the lovers of archaeological and artistic sites, Pompeii and Herculaneum, the catacombs of Naples and the Sunken City of Baiae are absolutely worth a visit. All has to be accompanied with pizza and the Neapolitan cuisine.

Naples

Naples

Weekend in Milan
The Duomo, the skyscrapers, the Gothic basilicas, the medieval castles, the Renaissance villas and the many museums with their enchanting parks. Milan offers all kinds of artistic, historical and cultural attractions, but not only: it is also the center of numerous international events and fairs. For shopping enthusiasts, the capital of Lombardy is definitely the ideal destination, as well as for those who want to try typical Milanese cuisine or ethnic restaurants from all over the world.

Milan

Milan

Weekend in Rome
In the Italian capital, there is the embarrassment of choice; visiting Rome means making a real journey through time at the era of the Roman Empire, whose grandeur is manifested by its most important monuments: from the Colosseum to the Roman Forums, passing through the Pantheon and the various amphitheatres. You have also to see the most famous sqaures, including Piazza San Pietro, the beating heart of the Vatican. Between a trip on the Roman hills and its castles and villas, do not forget to try the local dishes, such as pasta carbonara or amatriciana, famous all over the world.

Vatican, Rome

Vatican, Rome

Weekend in Turin
One of the largest heritages in Italy, Turin presents over fifteen royal residences plus other wonderful villas and castles of different styles, such as the Royal Palace, the Reggia di Venaria and the Valentino Castle; the city boasts over fifty museums, the most famous is the Egyptian Museum, the Car Museum and the Cinema Museum. The most particular places to visit are undoubtedly the Art Nouveau villas, the 12 Month Fountain and the Leumann working village.

Reggia_of_Venaria_Reale

Reggia of Venaria Reale

Weekend in Tuscany
In the heart of Tuscany there are many countries that still retain the charm of medieval villages, where time seems to have stopped a few centuries ago; this area is a fundamental cradle of Italian culture that has given birth to historical figures such as Leonardo (born in Vinci) and Boccaccio (born in Certaldo). Among the Tuscan hills the phenomenon of cycling tourism is spread, great in spring to enjoy nature and picturesque landscapes from cities like Montaione, Scarperia, San Giminiano and many others.

San_Gimignano

San Gimignano

Weekend in Versilia
Perfect combination of sea, long stretches of sand and the landscape of the Apuan Alps, where you can visit the famous marble quarries of Carrara. For those who love shopping and luxury, we recommend an afternoon to spend in the shops of the center of Forte dei Marmi or on the promenade of Viareggio. An unmissable tour is certainly in Cinque Terre, where the crystal clear sea and uncontaminated nature are the setting for small fishing villages characterized by colorful houses, small marinas and medieval towers.

Versilia

Versilia

Weekend in Catania
Spring in Sicily means enjoying granite and Sicilian specialties under the sun and by the sea; however, this season is an opportunity to be explored to better visit the places of artistic and cultural interest in the city center and to make excursions on Mount Etna and in Noto valley, characterized by majestic royal palaces and churches in Baroque style. Some of the towns are precious jewels set in the valley, unique in their kind for the huge amount of beauty and history that is embedded in the walls of the buildings and the streets of the towns.

Catania

Catania

Weekend in Taormina
This period is an opportunity to enjoy the first glimpses of crystal clear sea and golden beaches, but Taormina is much more than this. It is a town full of  cultural curiosities to visit: the Greek Theater is certainly the most evocative place thanks to the splendid view of the sea and of the Etna, the botanical garden of the Municipal Villa full of flowers and particular plants, the Cathedral, the Palace dei Duchi and the charming streets and squares with their splendid views; an excursion in the sign of nature you can do it on Isola Bella, the “pearl of the Mediterranean”. A special trip? Surely in Giardini Naxos, a nearby seaside destination that still maintains the charm of an ancient Greek colony.

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Greek Theater [credits photo WishSicily]