5 MUST SEES WHILE TRAVELLING ITALY 5 MUST SEES WHILE TRAVELLING ITALY Italy SHARE Ricky Carbis , April 20, 2012 / 0 Think of Italy and you will no-doubt conjure up many images… gondola rides along the Grand Canal, slurping spaghetti dishes in a piazza and romance Romeo and Juliet style. There are of course many famous sites in Italy and every travel blog will supply you with travel tips on the popular must sees and dos. It goes without saying that there are countless reasons to visit a country with a history spanning over 2000 years having been one of the most notable ancient empires. It’s easy to rustle up numerous places to see but half the fun of discovering any country is exploring the area yourself and finding gems of your own. To set you off in the right direction, here are our top 5 must see places: 1. Visit the Pantheon in Rome Rome Pantheon It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit, rain or shine, a visit to the Pantheon is a must-do. OK, it may be lacking a few roof tiles to shelter you from the rain, but simply stepping back in time into such a colossal building dating back more than 2000 years more than makes up for it! In fact, surprisingly, it’s cool during the long summer months and remarkably dry when it pouring…what’s more is its free to enter so who can argue? 2. Take a boat trip down the Grand Canal Venice Grand Canal Most travel blogs will urge you to take a gondola ride through Venice but in our opinion this is expensive and often not the magical romantic tour you may be expecting. For those on a budget opt for a trip on the Vaporetto one evening before dinner. The slow-moving boat is affordable, cruises sedately along and is ideal at sunset or at night when the Venice skyline is twinkling! 3. See the statues of David in Florence. Statue of David Most tourists think the real statue of David is in the Piazza Signoria but those in the know realise this isn’t the case, the real statue is now on show at the Gallaria Del’Accademia. You can’t escape Davids in Florence – he’s everywhere so why not see how many you can spot during your time there?! If you’re an art buff you could also combine your visits to David with a few hours in the Uffizi Gallery, a stunning building that homes one of the best collections of Renaissance art. 4. Watch the Opera in Verona. Enjoy a magical summers night of opera in one of Italy’s most romantic settings. You don’t have to be an opera fan to appreciate and soak in the culture and music in the open air amphitheatre in Verona. 5. Pizza done properly in Naples. You can’t possibly visit Italy without sampling a slice or two of pizza and there’s no place better to sit down and munch on a few slices than in the city where pizza was invented – Naples! The locals are proud of their pizza and there are hundreds of restaurants and pizzerias claiming to serve the most authentic versions. Grab a beer or some fresh juice, sit back and enjoy….