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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.
About The Dominican Republic
Did you know that Dominican Republic required a fee to enter the country? This fee was not included in the price of your airline ticket? Upon arrival to the airport you had to wait in a line to purchase a tourist card for $10USD per person Cash Only!
Clients can now purchase the tourist card via a credit card online prior to departure and bypass the long lines when they arrive at the airport.
If you prefer to do this you can use the link below.
Here are the steps to follow if you decide to purchase your tourist card online :
- Select "Buy your tourist card"
- Translate to English
- If you are not a citizen of one of the listed countries press "Select and Continue"
- Fill in all applicable information
- Accept the terms and conditions
- Confirm your purchase using a credit card
- Be sure to print out both portions of the tourist card and present it when you go through the airport.
If you are not going to purchase your tourist card online, remember to bring $10 USD cash with you to purchase it at the airport upon your arrival.
Puerto Rico, officially known as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico), is an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.
Puerto Rico is only 100 miles long by 35 miles wide, making it the smallest island of the Greater Antilles. Puerto Rico (Spanish for "rich port") cosists of an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and several islands: Vieques, Culebra, Mona and numerous islets.
San Juanis the capital of Puerto Rico and the most populous municipality in Puerto Rico, with a population of two million. The city was founded in 1508, by Juan Ponce de León. It iPonce, Caguas, Mayagüez, Bayamón, Carolina, Arecibo, Guaynabo, Cayey, Aguadilla, and Fajardo.
San Juan, Bayamón, Carolina, Guaynabo, Trujillo Alto and Caguas.
Climate:The climate is Tropical Marine with an average temperature of 80°F (26°C).
Time Zone:Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is one hour later (+1) than Eastern Standard Time (EST) and four hours earlier (-4) than Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Puerto Rico does not observe Daylight Savings Time.
Puerto Rico's main port of entry and has one of the best harbors in the Caribbean.
What I love most about Puerto Rico is the inhabitants. They are friendly, charming, and engaging. I also love the wonderful climate, natural beauty, and it’s beautiful beaches. Last but not least, I also love the wonderful food that can be inhaled and tasted at many points while touring around this Island.
Puerto Rico is a wonderful place to vacation with your family, and build memories to last a lifetime. Grandparents, parents, children and friends can get in touch with nature at the many spectacular parks and beaches and share learning experiences at historic and cultural sites, towns and small villages; or, the can get away from it all on the off-shore islands of Vieques and Culebra.
- United States PASSPORTS are not required for U.S citizens!
- No Customs Check.
- Just a short trip by commercial air from major U.S. cities (as little as 2.5)
- Easy to explore
- U.S. currency & postal service
- Great Restaurants
- Beautiful Beaches
- Fun For All
- Shopping (unique shops in the Old City)
Couples Build Memories That Will Last a Lifetime!
Puerto Rico is also one of the easiest places to plan a Destination Wedding & Honeymoon. Getting married in Puerto Rico is now easier than ever, and far less cumbersome than many other destinations. We can help you plan your Destination Wedding & Honeymoon in Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico is also a wonderful place to go for your Babymoon!
Singles enjoy activities for every night of the week. San Juan’s nightlife has a reputation that combines the hip of New York with the hot of Miami.
Puerto Rico for the Business Traveler. Meeting Facilities in Puerto Rico includes the Puerto Rico Convention Center. It is the largest in the convention center in the Caribbean. Around the island, including the Convention Center, Puerto Rico has 1.3 million square feet of meeting space.
Why do I recommend Puerto Rico? Because it is one of my favorite Islands. I first visited this island over 40 years ago when I was 17 years old.