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As temperatures cool, many travelers are looking for destinations that offer more than just beaches.
A recent Amédée The report confirmed that the fourth quarter of this year shows a renewed interest in cultural cities, and that these European hotspots, in particular, are seeing the highest occupancy rates in the entire region.
Sicily’s best-kept secret has recently been brought to the forefront of international attention, with impressive booking rates holding up even though peak season is over.
Indeed, Catania offers much more than just sunny beaches.
The charming town overlooked by majestic Mount Edna, Europe’s highest and most active volcano, offers the perfect blend of tranquility and drama.
Don’t let the Catania’s small size fool you. Between the region’s rich ancient heritage and breathtaking volcanic landscapes, the tourism options are endless.
If you’re trying to see as much of the city as possible in a limited amount of time, I recommend taking a paid tour.
City dwellers will love the sightseeing tours that run from Catania to Syracuse, Ortigia and Noto.
Those looking for a more exciting experience, on the other hand, would be better off booking a tour to Mt. Etna, which, although exciting, is actually much more interesting. safer that it seems.
Film buffs will be delighted to learn that a tour of The Godfather films even takes place all year round in the region.
It lasts seven hours and takes you through all the locations where Coppola filmed his captivating trilogy.
After a a record summerGreece seems to retain its title as the preferred destination for American travelers.
This time, however, the dream islands have been replaced by the country’s capital, Athens, a city better known as the birthplace of democracy.
The many historical monuments here will leave you speechless. The Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Agora, the Panathenaic Stadium and the iconic Plaka district are just some of the attractions you won’t want to miss.
Birthplace of the legendary Pablo Picasso, Malaga still has a reputation as one of Spain’s greatest cultural hotspots.
The city perfectly combines its captivating historical wealth with the type of warm, Mediterranean beauty that Spain is famous for.
If you’re one of the many tourists who will be filling Malaga’s hotels and rentals this fall, be sure to place the Alcazaba Fortress, Gibralfaro Castle, Picasso Museum, Cathedral of the Incarnation, and Roman Theater in top of your route.
Italy is strongly represented in the Amadeus report, showing once again that the Bel Paese is home to some of the most visually captivating cities on the planet.
The country’s capital is no exception. Plan my trip to Rome A few years ago, this was hands down one of the most overwhelming experiences I’ve had while trying to put together an itinerary.
There is so much to see, do and eat in Rome that you’ll want to spend at least 4-5 days to fully enjoy the city and not feel like your feet are about to fall off after a long day of sightseeing.
The Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Basilica, Piazza Navona, Castel Sant’Angelo and the Sistine Chapel are all must-sees.
You’ll notice that some of these attractions are actually in Vatican City, which is the smallest country in the world.
I would recommend setting aside at least a day to explore all of the 0.17 mi² (0.44 km²) that the Vatican has to offer. Although small, the city-state is full of historical monuments, cultural attractions and charming little restaurants.
You won’t even need to bring your passport with you to enter the Vatican or any of its attractions; however, I would always carry some form of state-issued ID with me, just for good measure.
With cultural tourism currently in full swing, it makes sense that so many travelers are choosing to spend their fall getaway in Florencecradle of the Renaissance.
Although this time of year can be a little busy for those who prefer a quieter vacation, that doesn’t take away from the city’s rich cultural scene and natural appeal.
Here you can admire some of history’s most iconic masterpieces, such as Michelangelo’s David in the Galleria dell’Accademia and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus in the Uffizi Gallery.
The city exudes the kind of timeless charm that most tourists will discover in Italy.
The stunning architecture that adorns the cobbled streets, especially the iconic Duomo, will leave you a little breathless.
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