The vision of being on a plane and discovering a new land during the Easter break quickly transformed into the reality of being a couch-hugger due to the coronavirus pandemic. There’s nothing to complain, but fortunately there’s lots to reminisce. Especially journeys to the lands where the seething mass combats the ill-fate brought about by the coronavirus. It is disheartening to see that Italy, which was bustling with people, energy and laughter just a couple of months ago, now presents itself as a quiet, abandoned land, encapsulated in gloom.
But hey, you know what, the pandemic will go away soon, hopefully. But it will not and cannot take away the supreme artistic glory of Italy, which delights and dazzles every visitor and citizen alike!
This article is a throwback to one of my most favourite Easter getaways to a nation that is brimming with countless splendid historic sites, monuments, museums, churches and works of art.
Where every square is a poetry,
And every street, a museum.
The Cathedral of Florence, Italy
The Florence cathedral, also known as the CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA DEL FIORE, is a church of magnificent architecture right in the center of the historic city of Florence. Its exterior is decorated with a precious mix of pink, white and green marble, making it for the most exquisite facade.
The red-tiled cupola on this towering Duomo is the city’s most iconic landmark and breathtaking even from a distance.
Duomo di Milano, or the Milan Cathedral
Milan’s immensely fantastic Cathedral, the Duomo di Milano, is a masterpiece of its artistic and cultural heritage. That elaborate façade is decidedly the most impressive structure in Milan.
Fontana di Trevi, or The Trevi Fountain, Rome
Fontana di Trevi, or the Trevi Fountain is known as one of the most gorgeous fountains in the world. It’s built at the junction of three streets (tre vie), which give the Trevi Fountain its name, the Three Street Fountain.
When the fountain is open roughly €3,000 is thrown into it every day as people follow the tradition of throwing coins over their shoulders. The legend holds that a coin thrown into the fountain will ensure a return to Rome. Throw in a second coin if you’re seeking love – even a third for wedding bells!
The Colosseum, Rome
The Colosseum is the capital’s most remarkable monuments, and the symbol of Rome. It is one of the seven wonders of the modern world thereby making it the MUST VISIT attraction while on a trip to Rome. As per statistics, it receives around 7 million visitors in a year. Expect long queues to get in!
The Colosseum was a giant amphitheater, also known as the Flavian amphitheater, believed to have a seating capacity of around 50,000-80,000 spectators. It was the scene of thousands of hand-to-hand combats between gladiators, of contests between men and animals, and of many larger combats. The exhibition of exotic animals, execution of prisoners, recreation of battles and gladiator fights kept the Roman people entertained for years.
Every Good Friday the Pope leads of Way of Cross procession in the Colosseum to remember the early Christians that died in the arena.
The Vatican City
A trip to Rome is not complete without a visit to the Vatican City. It’s the Seat of the Pope of Catholic Church, and is a proud home to St Peter’s Basilica Church which is considered to be one of the pilgrim places in the city.
Measuring just around half of a square kilometer, the Vatican is the smallest country in the world. St. Peter’s Basilica is located on the famous St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican City.
The Vatican museum displays countless masterpieces of paintings and sculptures. The Sistine Chapel, without a doubt, is the most famous attraction inside the Vatican Museums. The Chapel is completely covered in artwork, including incredible frescoes by Michelangelo. Photography is not allowed inside the Sistine Chapel, but nevertheless, it’s a treat to the eyes!
While the artistic gems and cultural treasure all remains untouched and safeguarded. the country can definitely be seen put through the test of a lifetime with the impact the pandemic has caused on its economy and tourism. We deeply pray for the normalcy to return soon giving back the residents their peace of mind. Much love! ❤