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Senior Travel - Top Popular Spots For Seniors To Visit In Italy
The saying "See Rome and Die" rings true for most people, young and old alike. Italy is in the bucket list of most people for places to visit. And for seniors who get more enchanted by history as they age, Italy offers popular spots to visit.From the medieval treasures hidden in Tuscany; the Colosseum in Rome, the ancient Pompeii, the stunning highlights in Venice and Florence and the breathtaking views of the Sistine Chapel.
If you haven't crossed Italy off your bucket list of the places to visit, then it's time you make a trip to this beautiful ancient, yet modern city.
While Italy may have a few accessibility challenges owing to some of its ancient architecture, most often than not, there's always a way around the city to make it work. It is advisable to do a bit of sleuthing of your own prior to visiting Italy to learn about the likely challenges you may bump into as you navigate Italy. This will help you be better prepared even mentally for what is ahead. In the long run, you will have a more seamless and enjoyable trip focusing on having the time of your life, rather than trying to steer clear off obstructions.
That said, quite a number of tour companies, hotels and vacations destinations in Italy go out of their way to make accessible travel possible. Most also provide value vacation packages beyond just basics to cater to the different needs of visitors to their establishments. So whether you are retired or still working, planning to travel solo, with family or other like-minded companions, with a little research you will find a wealth of senior vacation ideas to suit your needs.
We have made it easier for you to plan your vacation by putting together some of the most popular spots for seniors in Italy. From Venice, Florence to Rome, seniors will enjoy lavish Tuscan sceneries, wine tasting, romance, art and Italy's best preserved ancient history.
Rome tops our list of places to visit as it embodies the past and present having been the Capital City of Ancient Rome and still the Capital of City of present day Italy.
Top sights to see are the dazzling Spanish stairways of the Piazza di Spagna, with the spectacular Fontana della Barcaccia, overlooking the epicenter of Rome. This is the arena, where the famous Agoni Capitolini contests - horse racing, athletics and musical contents- used to take place. Grab a bite and a drink at the Pantheon, a very dynamic and lively place to connect and mingle with other seniors.
At night the Piazza Navona home of breathtaking fountains in Rome will serenade you with among others, the Trevi Fountain that hosts the sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
Beautiful Amalfi Coast And Capri
Considered a tourist trap owing to its beautiful scenery of the 'Garden of Eden', the Amalfi Coast was once home to emperors and the seat of famous monasteries. This is where tourists come to experience a mix of elegance and cultures on the backdrop of spectacular rocky coastline.
Because it is so famous with tourists, the best time to visit Amalfi and enjoy the full scenery of this paradise is during the off-season when tourist crowds have diminished. Her highlights include the Bay of Naples and the Vesuvius on the North of the Island. The town of Capri enjoys warm sunshine throughout the year, so you never lose out no matter what time of year you visit.
Seniors can embark on a sailing adventure aboard the small ship cruises to explore the Amalfi Coast and experience her beauty while sipping fruity cocktails.
Florence is Italy's representation of style, culture and art. Her elaborate Florentine architectural designs like the Palazzo Vecchio set the town apart. But you haven't been to Florence if you haven't visited the Piazza della Signoria, the oldest market squares where you can gaze at the most beautiful ancient architectural designs to date.
Be sure to visit the grand Palazzo Degli Uffizi palace home to Uffizi Gallery. The palace was designed by the renowned architect Vasari on behalf of the Medici's family. Here, seniors can take in famous paintings by the likes of Giotto, Leonardo, Caravaggio, Raphael and Titian.
Opera lovers are not left out; get serenaded at Florence's new opera house - the most modern opera house in the world.
The 'Cinque Terre' Villages
Small ship cruises are popular among senior vacation packages. A popular tourist destination to experience this is the Cinque Terre which means 'The Five Lands'. It is literally a set of five floating villages: the Riomaggiore, the Manarola, the Corniglia, the Vernazza and, the Monterosso. These five historic villages, including the shoreline are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The charming and colorful Cinque Terre villages are linked together along a stretch of a panoramic trekking trail, known as the Sentiero Azzurro or "Light Blue Trail". The trails lie along diminutive cliffs on the Italian Riviera. The trail connecting Riomaggiore to Manarola village is called the Via Dell'Amore of "Love Walk". The stretch that links Manarola to Corniglia is the easiest to trek. However, of noteworthy is the main trail into Corniglia that ends with 368 steps climb!
Forget cars when you get to Venice, as it has no roads! It was constructed on a lagoon packed with canals. Seniors can take a tour of the lagoon or the Po Delta in greater depth on board the easily available local small ship cruises. These short cruises are a great way to explore and learn about the rich historic sites in Venice.
Be sure to catch the famous Carnivals of Venice. Seniors can also explore the pilgrimage town of Padua with her artistic treasures, visit the San Marco square, view the Venetian gondolas, hike the 8 bridges of Venice with their unusual names and, finish by visiting the grand palaces of Venice. It truly is the home of art, poetry and romance - home to the setting for Romeo and Juliet.