Italy is a great country to visit, but too many people head to the famous cities of Rome, Venice and Florence in the height of summer. While you’re pretty much guaranteed hot and sunny weather at this time of year, it can be a bit much to do any proper sight seeing. Instead of getting the most out of all those amazing and culturally rich sites, you end up trailing around feeling exhausted and just counting down to the next gelato break. Added to this, you’ll be jostled by the crowds as the world and his wife decide to do the same trip at the same time.
It can be much nicer to explore the treasures of Italian cities during the springtime, when although the weather may not be really hot, you are often treated to some beautiful sunshine when the rest of Europe is still fairly chilly. You can also benefit from many cheap late deals when you travel off-season.
If you want to visit more than one of Italy’s great cities, then it makes sense to fly to Bologna and hire a car. Here, you’ve got easy access to Florence and Rome, and driving over to Venice isn’t too much of a stretch – though, to be fair, Venice has more than enough things to see and do to warrant a separate trip. In fact, you could say that of all the cities mentioned so far, including Bologna. It’s not so well-known on the tourist trail as the others – which adds to its appeal in some ways – but it’s a beautiful and historic university city.
It has plenty of varied attractions, including the Due Torri – Bologna’s architectural rival to the Leaning Tower of Pisa – which are relics of the medieval period. These two towers were built to defend the city and to impress citizens of other towns, and today stand at a crazy angle. There’s also the Basilica di San Petronio which is a great example of Gothic splendour and the fifth largest church in the world. As a change of pace, you might want to go and check out the Ducati motorbike museum too!
Italy is a wonderful country, packed with historical and cultural sites of interest. It’s perfect for visiting at any time of year.