A visit to Italy offers the most spectacular views and blends centuries of history along with its art, culture and food traditions. With an incredible amount of history to walk through, planning a trip here could become overwhelming. Our team at The Chauffeur of Positano recommends three not-to-be missed spots of historic interest that should be on your travel agenda:
Top 3 Historic Sites to See during Your Visit to Italy
- The ruins of Pompeii: A UNESCO world heritage site, it is one of the world’s most engrossing and fascinating archaeological experiences. When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D, it buried the city of Pompeii. Today this rediscovered site is largely well-preserved giving you a glimpse of ancient Roman civilization. Walk down Roman streets and gaze in amazement at old houses, temples, shops, cafes and amphitheaters.
Must visit: The House of the Faun used to be the largest and most expensive residence in Pompeii during ancient times. Today it is the most visited of all the houses in the ruins. Originally a residence for an elite family, the house covers an entire city block. Built in the late 2nd century B.C., the house had lavish mosaic tiles, some of which you can still see today.
- The Sansevero Chapel Museum, Naples: This is a beautiful monument located in the historic heart of the city. The Chapel impresses visitors with its beauty, mystery, baroque creativity and dynastic pride which blend together to create a unique and almost timeless atmosphere.
Must see: The remarkable Veiled Christ is one of the most famous and impressive works of art in the world created by Giuseppe Sanmartino, The Anatomical machines, that are unique models showcasing the human circulatory system and Disillusion, a masterpiece by Francesco Queirolo are definitely worth viewing.
- Amalfi Cathedral, Amalfi: A 9th-century Roman Catholic cathedral in the Piazza del Duomo, Amalfi. It commemorates the Apostle Saint Andrew as it is where his relics are preserved. This used to be the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Amalfi but since 1986, it now stands for the Diocese of Amalfi-Cava de’ Tirreni. You can also see the adjoining 9th-century Basilica of the Crucifix when you visit.
Must not miss: A wooden, 13th century Crucifix is on display in the liturgical area. Another crucifix made of mother-of-pearl adorns the wall to the right of the back door. It was brought here from the Holy Land.