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Unforgettable Must-See Sites When Walking in Italy

English: Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Ven...
English: Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice, Italy. T(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By []Tony Maniscalco

Walking in Italy can either be the best tourism-related decision you've ever made, or it could be your most tiring travel - with many more hours spent finding the right street or cobble-stoned alley, train, bus, or subway ride than in enjoying the delightful things the country has to offer. But with the help of well-experienced tour leaders, your exploration of the country's famous cities can become one of your most memorable adventures.

The Grandeur of Rome

You've probably heard or read the expression, 'all roads lead to Rome.' The fact is, you'll only be able to fully appreciate that praise's meaning when you're actually on a guided walk on the streets of the ancient city. Rome's famous historical spots-the world-famous Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum, and the Sistine Chapel, not to mention the dozens of churches, museums, piazzas and local shops that delight millions of tourists each year-make walking in Italy truly a journey well worth your time, money and effort. Sure, you can grab a city map or a guide book and just try to find your way around the ancient city, but consider doing the same thing by participating in guided walks hosted by a competent tour leader. Your exploration becomes more spot-on, more fulfilling, with less time wasted on getting lost than on really savoring the sights, sounds and flavours of one of the world's most popular tourist destinations.

Places to See in Venice

It is always the smartest decision to participate in guided explorations when walking in Italy, specifically when exploring the romantic city of Venice, as there's so much you might miss. In fact, Venice has been a major tourist destination even as early as the 18th century-way before guided walks and package tours became a huge industry. And for good reasons: the city is incredibly unique, breathtakingly beautiful, and irresistibly artistic. Due to its nature (the site was an actual archipelago of more than a hundred small islands), travel from one point of the city to another is often on foot or on water. Using the waterways is undeniably romantic, but the streets are equally rewarding to explore. There's so much you can do: visit the city's famous piazzas, including the famous St. Mark's Square and Campo San Polo; or the churches and other world-renowned structures, such as St. Mark's Basilica or the Rialto Bridge or even Titian's tomb in the Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

The Awe-inspiring Ruins of Pompeii

You've seen the National Geographic documentary, read all the books and archaeological papers, but nothing beats being there in person, strolling on the same ancient streets, entering the private homes of Pompeii's residents-some of whose bodies are frozen in time courtesy of Mt. Vesuvius' volcanic emissions. Walking in Italy would not be complete without a visit to Pompeii's ancient ruins. A good tour leader will be able to show you off-the-beaten-path trivia and rarities, something that they don't show in the magazine write-ups. Moreover, the ancient city is large-it was, after all, a bustling Roman city by the time of the volcano's eruption in the first century AD. So the best way is to go with an experienced guide who can take your group to the must-see sights and help you avoid wasting time aimlessly wandering its labyrinthine streets.

Tony Maniscalco is the Marketing Manager for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. Join us on a holiday []walking in Italy to see the most scenic locations & landscapes at the best value prices. We offer over 200 guided group []walking holidays in over 60 different countries.

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