Where do you start when you discuss Italy? Well, if you intend to travel there, Rome and Venice are good places to start.
Maybe you've heard about it? It goes without saying that Rome has a rather prominent past. Let's see, in Rome you will find … [deep breath] … Vatican, Colosseum, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Saint Agnese Church, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and a lighthouse Allassandro. Just make sure you are aware. In fact, Rome is dirty with historically important attractions. It seems that you can not turn around without encountering something that an Emperor built, caught or destroyed. For those who are willing to risk potential anger, there are also the new Divinci Code tours that lead you to the places found in the book.
In all seriousness, Rome is a city you should visit at least once in your life. No article could ever do it justice so I just want to stop here.
I kindly commend Venice as the floating city, although it seems to be sinking. If you have seen Venice there is movies or tv, the pictures are correct. Piazza San Marco looks exactly the same, birds and all. The Grande Canal is a large canal with incredible houses that spoil it and both sets this waterway. Built on mudflats in a lagoon, the city does not have much room to grow. It only works the lamb on time.
Once you have conquered the tourist attractions, it's time to get serious about Venice. The best way to do this is in front of your hotel or hostel, determine the direction of the tourist attractions and start moving in the opposite direction. While you may want to drive the wrong road on a motorway in a few minutes, you will eventually start entering real Venice.
A completely different side of Venice will appear and you will love it. You will find small cafes with locals happy to talk with you [and non-tourist prices]. In fact, the Venetians will tend to hold you to a high degree as you are a tourist who circumvents the tourist areas. This will of course logically lead to a confusion of introductions to this nephew, the son of a brother and so on. Next thing you know you will complain about Italian politicians and how things used to be better in the past.
While Rome and Venice are good destinations, you can not really go wrong in Italy. For the adventurous, set your itinerary with the old map on a wall and dart technique.