Italy's civilization can be traced back all the way to the time of the Etruscans. From the ancient Roman empire to the birthplace of the Renaissance, Italy's history is steeped in culture and is perfect for those who enjoy historical tours. Italy historical sites can be found across the country, from the varied elegant architecture of its north to the vibrant cities in Sicily to the south.
Italy is the country with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites (currently around 50). The preservation of Italy's historical sites gives travelers the chance to stumble across ancient Greek ruins at the Valley of Temples in Agrigento, walk by the ancient Roman arch of Constantine in Rome, admire the Italo-Byzantine architecture of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, or even be enchanted by the Renaissance architecture in the streets of Florence.
Although many travelers will tell you that the cities of Rome, Florence and Venice hold most of the treasures of Italy's historical past, there are many smaller towns and cities with extensive historical importance. Here are some of the finest lesser-known historical sites in Italy.
When traveling around Italy, it is possible to use public transport but renting a car provides the most convenient method to reach smaller sites. Travelers should also note that if they wish to visit lesser-known Italy historical sites, they should look to book tour guides that can speak excellent English.
Evaneos is here to help set you up with the finest English-speaking guides across Italy, advise when is the best time to go and all-around make sure that your historical tour is engaging and informative.
Spring and autumn are the best times of year to visit Italy. In summer, the central and southern parts of the country experience a few weeks of very hot weather; and it can get very cold in Northern Italy in winter, especially in the Alpine region. Take the area you intend to visit and explore into consideration when choosing the time of year for your trip. And avoid the month of August at all costs: the cities are absolutely teeming with people at that time of year.