5 of the Best Views in Italy
Italy is a striking, vibrant, and incredible country. Meticulously crafted cobblestone streets pave an adventurer’s way to countless historic sites. Exploring everything this country has to offer brings to life a new definition of beauty and admiration. While sights such as the Duomo in Florence and the Colosseum in Rome are necessary to witness, the true amazement lies in experiencing the city as a whole through a bird’s eye view. In the following list, I share five of the very best views in Italy. Each spot will leave you marveling—they certainly left me in awe.
Best Views in Italy
Villa San Michele in Capri
Villa San Michele is a home on the island of Capri built by famed Swedish physician Axel Munthe. ‘Home’ is a humble name for this expansive villa, which houses an incredible art collection and the most spectacular private gardens in all of Italy. When speaking of his creation, Munthe exclaimed: “My house must be open to the sun, to the wind, and the voice of the sea, just like a Greek temple, and light, light, light everywhere!” The physician certainly accomplished this goal, which is clear when witnessing the grandeur of each view throughout the estate. Capri lies in the Bay of Naples and you can’t miss this view when visiting the island.
Villa Borghese in Rome
I had the opportunity to spend a semester living in Rome. Its culture and beauty were incomparable to any city I had ever explored. The many walks I took to relieve my espresso cravings would generally turn into eight-mile jaunts, winding through alleyways and ancient ruins. My favorite discovery on one of these ventures was Villa Borghese. Just a stone’s throw away from Piazza del Popolo, the Villa Borghese is a beautiful park in the heart of Rome. Not only does it contain gorgeous gardens and the fabulous museum Galleria Borghese, but it also offers one of the best views of Rome, capturing the charming romance the city radiates. The entirety of Rome appears to be made of gold as the sun sets.
Mount Vesuvius on the Gulf of Naples
Mount Vesuvius was a name I had come across in history books, but I never could have imagined the excitement of experiencing a visit to this historic site. The stunning view from atop Mount Vesuvius is just as great as the hike to get to the top and makes the view of the Bay of Naples that much more special. Mount Vesuvius is well known because it is the volcano that buried the city of Pompeii—a perfect destination following a trip to Mount Vesuvius. The active volcano’s last eruption was in 1944 and it is currently considered a threat to the surrounding cities. This does not stop visitors from visiting the site.
Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice
Tourists flock to Venice to see its beauty via gondola rides through the extraordinary canals or by visiting the infamous St. Mark’s Basilica. The rooftop of a shopping mall may not be a typical destination, but this luxury mall in the heart of Venice affords the best bird’s eye view of the city. Enter the Fondaco dei Tedeschi and proceed to the escalators or elevators to ride your way up to a 360° panorama of the “city of canals.” As I scaled the escalator toward the impending view, I had my doubts, but those thoughts immediately faded when the expanse of Venice appeared before my eyes. It was surreal taking in the beauty and truly focusing on being in that glorious moment.
Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence
Sitting atop the steps of Piazzale Michelangelo offers the opportunity to enjoy the sights of a city full of rich history. Florence is known for its art and culture, and the view of Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio and Forte Belvedere is nothing short of amazing. The best time to visit Piazzale Michelangelo is just before sunset, when the sun casts an unforgettable glow across the entirety of Florence. Tourists and locals alike can be seen enjoying a glass of wine and picnic dinner as the surrounding area darkens to be lit only by street lamps and city lights. I will never forget the feeling of awe I shared with my friends when we sat enjoying the city and each other’s company. Magical is the only word to describe the magical moments Piazzale Michelangelo has to offer.
Main photo by La So
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