Senior Citizens Travel to Italy

Dec 27th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors …travel to Italy and you’ll never be the same. Stroll the placid canals of Venice, live the dream in a Tuscany villa, or hike the UNESCO-recognized Cinque Terre. The famous boot-shaped country has something for everyone.

Languid days and festive nights are hallmarks of this European star.  Art, fashion, music, and especially food are incorporated into everyday life here in a way that will make tourists consider burning their return tickets. It’s no wonder that so many people who vacation in Italy soon start scheming how to move there and live “La Dolce Vita” (“the sweet life” or “the good life”) full time.

With more than 43.7 million tourists a year, Italy is the fourth highest tourist earner, and fifth most visited country in the world, behind France, Spain, the US, and China. So how could have I waiting so long to highlight “Italia?” Italy has been called the “paradise of travelers”, and its endless charms continue to draw tourists from far and wide, as they have down the centuries. Few countries offer such a diversity of scenery, from the Alpine peaks with their perpetual covering of snow to the sun-kissed coasts of Sicily; few others possess such a wealth of historical remains.  Wikipedia has a wealth of information for seniors.

Ultimate Italy is a resource to discover “about Italy” focusing on everything about the “best of Italy”; the cities, Italian piazzas, the latest picks of restaurants, pizzerias, bars and cafés, italian lifestyle, the nature from Italian national parks, the Alps and the breathtaking Islands. You can find not only Italy travel & tourism information but an insight into the famous people of Italy, Italian fashion, the culture, history and arts. PlanetWare also focuses on incorporating everything you will want to know about Italy on one page. Its Attractions by Destination is especially helpful in choosing where you might want to visit.  Detailed maps will help at well.

Virtual Tourist’s Italy Travel Guide just may have everything you could possibly need or want to make your trip complete.  Things to Do, Popular Destinations, Nightlife, Local Customs and much more. Tourism is one of Italy’s fastest growing and most profitable industrial sectors. And we must not forget the Vatican

Rome is loaded with tourist attractions and is one of the world’s most important and visited ancient cities. Ten things not to be missed in Italy provides a nice overview for senior travelers. Italy Heaven wants you to know Rome well. The famed Colosseum is one more “must visit sites” and is one of the most famous monuments of the ancient Rome. Inaugurated in 80 A.D., it was built as a giant stage for gladiator fights.  Bring along a couple of extra euros to toss into the Trevi Fountain as legend says that anyone who tosses a coin over their shoulder into the Trevi Fountain will some day return to Rome.

And Pisa…how could I leave out Pisa.  I did not feel safe at the top with my wife and two daughters as one could simply fall off that weird angle. The Tower of Pisa is the bell tower of the Cathedral in Pisa whose construction began in 1173. Soon after the construction began, the tower started to lean to one side because of the soft ground it is situated on. After almost 12 years of repairs, the tower once again opened to the public. Those stairs are physically challenging with over 300 steps winding up a narrow staircase, so there …you’ve been warned.  It is one of the most popular and photographed spots in Rome.

Tuscany is a region on Italy’s west coast, on the Tyrrhenian sea. It is one of the most popular places to visit in a country that is itself one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. There are several reasons to visit Tuscany: some of the most important ones are seeing Renaissance art in Florence, eating Tuscan food and tasting the excellent local wines.

A new site for me is called Knowital.com and is packed with Italian tourist information, articles, helpful hints and tips, background reading and historical detail. Not to mention the accommodation – they currently feature 3597 properties all across Italy.  My wife and I adore B and Bs.  Italy is loaded. 

One super means of discovering Italy is by Eurail.  “From the rolling vineyards that grace Tuscany and sun-soaked island of Sicily to the ancient Roman monuments in Rome and the ash-covered ruins of Pompeii. All yours to discover with your Italy Rail Pass.”

I used to ask my students questions like  …”Have you been to New York?  Have you been to Hawaii? Have you been to London?”  Almost always the response was NO.  I finally got them all to respond with …”Not yet” and they loved it.  As a dedicated tourist that should be the immediate response as well, so I will leave you with… Arrivederci il mio amico. Vederla in Roma!  Say, you can easily look that up at http://www.freetranslation.com/ which is a super translator site. jeb



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