The Best Places to Visit in Italy



Nothing can compare to my stay in Italy, one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. The food, the wine, the art, the architecture, the hillside towns, rich historical sites, incredible food, magnificent countryside, and coastlines made me fall in love with this magnificent country. The list of the best places to visit in Italy is inexhaustible given its vast diversity, which is why it may take more than one Jettly journey to see it all over the years! Here's a list of the places I enjoyed the most during my vacation:

Amalfi Coast

I had the best time touring the Amalfi Coast. It was quite a trek reaching the Amalfi Coast cliffside, but it's definitely worth it. Amalfi Coast has a vast coastline and is home to magnificent seaside towns, each with a unique history. Amalfi and Positano are two of the most popular Italian coastal towns with spectacular hotels and restaurants. While here, I went on hikes, relaxed, and ate to my heart's delight. The Amalfi Coast, located in the Campania region, feels like a little heaven on earth. It's a UNESCO World Heritage site covering over 34 miles of majestic terrain and multi-coloured towns.

Amalfi Coast


I toured exemplary art museums in Florence, a testament to the fact that it was the Renaissance's birthplace. Florence (Firenze) features sculptures by Giambologna and Michelangelo, canvases by Bronzino and Botticelli, and frescoes by Ghirlandaio and Giotto. There is so much magnificent art and architecture within the city walls. Florence offers more than just monuments and museums.

The town is bursting with contemporary art and an eclectic cultural life that embraces classical music and opera. The city is in close proximity to Tuscan art towns like Sienna, Arezzo, and Lucca. I enjoyed an exquisite restaurant and nightlife; Tuscany is one of Europe's most vibrant and civilized tourist destinations.


Rome is the capital city of Italy and formerly the capital of the Roman Empire. It's a vast and complex city located in the central region of Lazio. Rome is both historic and modern; it houses the Vatican City and the ancient Roman structures. For more than 2500 years, Rome has endured as a centre for power, culture, and religion. The city has the most ancient attractions, like the Forum of Augustus, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum. I had so much to see and do in Rome; it took me over a week to see it all. The ideal time to tour Rome is from October to April; I enjoyed a great stay because the tourist crowds had cleared.



It was great touring Venice, one of Italy's top travel destinations. Located in northeastern Italy, the city is built on a lagoon, surrounded by the Adriatic Sea. It's an archipelago of 118 islands that are connected by numerous bridges and beautiful canals. The popular Grand Canal divides the city into two sections. Its historic architecture and picturesque waterways make Venice one of the most romantic tourist destinations in the world.

It's true, Venice is often crowded and a bit expensive. However, I still recommend it as one of the best places to visit in Italy. One of the most exciting tourist activities I engaged in is taking a gondola ride along the Grand Canal. You also get the option of riding a vaporetti along the smaller and quiet back canals.


Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean. It lies across the southern tip of Italy and often serves as a crossroads due to its location. You will notice that Sicily is very distinct from the rest of Italy in terms of history, cuisine, and culture. I was fascinated by the rich archaeological sites lying scattered across the island. You will enjoy Sicily's rugged beauty, characterized by secluded beaches and rugged cliffs lined by sparkling waters. Mount Etna, one of the world's most active volcanoes, towered over everything on the island.



Tuscany is the place to be if you seek a quiet and romantic stay away from large tourist crowds. I enjoyed the spectacular landscapes, complete with secluded villas and castles (Castelli). I enjoyed being in Tuscany, away from the hustle and bustle of larger cities like Rome and Milan. There was no better experience than eating homemade gnocchi and enjoying a glass of wine under the Tuscan sun.

Italy certainly does have so much to offer. Travelling to Italy made me discover, firsthand, that it's indeed a dream destination. I could come up with more than one hundred reasons to visit Italy. This is not a hard list to come up with, given the rich culture, history, cuisine, and tourist attractions I enjoyed.
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Tales by Mail - Children's book box review


Tales by mail

*Tales by Mail provided us a PR sample to review - my words are my own & I have not been paid to provide this review

Like most parents, I really encourage my children to see the joy in reading and how stories can come alive in our imagination in a way screens don't. This has never been so important especially when we cannot travel at the moment or see friends and family, to bring stories of wonder and adventures to life is helping get us through lockdown so when Tales by Mail got in touch to review one of their boxes I was really keen to see what their bi-monthly subscription boxes are all about. 

First of all, what is Tales by Mail exactly? Well, it's a letterbox book club that sends two books every other month along with a few extra goodies such as chronicle pages & author cards, game, activities and a few small surprises. The box is aimed at children 8-12yrs old and also includes access to the Tales by Mail podcase with author interviews and book recommendations. 

Marvellous land of the Snergs

When the box arrived we really didn't know what to expect especially as reading can be quite a personal journey and I was curious to see what my eldest thought of the book choices, but I needn't had worried as from the moment we opened the box we knew it was a good one (I'm pretty sure each box is very well curated) and I was instantly impressed with the quality of the contents.

The first book of the two contained in our "whimsical worlds box" was The Marvellous Land of the Snergs which was apparently the inspiration for JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit which happens to be one of our favourite reads. We immediately decided that the Marvellous Land of the Snergs was going to be our family bedtime story so that not only could my eldest enjoy this book but also my youngest (and myself) and as we near the end of this book I highly recommend it to any children who love mythical feelgood adventure stories. 

The next book in the box was The House at the Edge of the Magic by Amy Sparks, which we cannot wait to get stuck into (again as a family), we had actually come across a review of this book in The Week and we are excited to get stuck in and again is perfect for this age group.

The book also included some bookmarks which have been super useful, stickers, a pin badge, signed author bookplates and letters from the authors, activity cards, a beautiful wooded decoration and small and wild tea bags. What my son liked was the review card to create his own review of the Marvellous land of the Snergs once we have finished - giving an extra element of engagement with the stories and activities throughout the reading. 

We were all really impressed with the box, if fits perfectly through the letter box yet contains so much and is perfectly curated for ages 8-12yrs and feel it's well worth the price which depending on what option you pick is as low as £19.50 every other month. Check out their website to see more

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