Who doesn’t want to travel to Italy? It has the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites: 54 and counting as of 2018 (see Ref: 1-i). With over 58 million visitors annually, it’s the 5th most visited country in the world (Ref: 2-i).
Featured photo: The Colosseum is a top destination for travelers to Italy. Developed in the late 1st century for the entertainment of the masses under the Flavian emperors, the colosseum was called the Flavian Amphitheatre (Anfiteatro Flavio). Rome, Italy.
A Brief History Lesson
If you’re willing to spend a few thousand dollars to travel to Italy, why not invest 10 minutes learning about its history before your trip? The more you learn about your destination, the more meaningful your journey will be.
If you slept during your history professor’s lecture on Roman civilization and the Renaissance – don’t worry. Here’s a short make-up class.
3 Millenia of Italian History in 10 minutes
There are 6 historical periods you should know before you take that trip to Italy. Spend 10-15 minutes to read-up on 3 thousand years of Italian history so that those marble busts, ruined columns, and various other artifacts will mean something when you look at them.
More Ancient Stories
- 5 Fascinating Facts About Etruscans
- Etruscan Fact #1: The Etruscan Origin Story is a Problem for the Ages, Literally
- Did Etruscans Descend from Villanovans?
- Hercules and the Centaur at the Piazza della Signoria
- The Medici: Benefactors of Your Sightseeing in Florence (A Quick Introduction)
- The Story of Hercules – An Imperfect Hero
- Hercules and Cacus at the Piazza della Signoria
- The Sabine Women
- Cellini’s Perseus and Medusa Sculpture
- The Story of Perseus, Retold
Travel Tales & Tips
My original intent for this website was to provide an informative historical background for various landmarks and artifacts I’ve found during my travels. But friends and relatives kept asking for travel tips, recommendations, and itineraries. I had written a lot of materials from those travel coaching events and I thought I’d pretty them up and post them here. I hope you find them useful.
- 10 Italian Words and 6 Survival Phrases for non-Italian Speakers
- Breakfast in Italy
- How to Order Coffee in Italy Without Making a Fool of Yourself
- Lunch & Dinner: Navigating the Italian Restaurant Menu
- Alternative Dining at the Central Market or “Mercato Centrale”
- Firenze Sightseeing Walk: The Florence Skyline from San Miniato al Monte
- Travel Tools & Resources
- Traveler, Rest Thy Body in an Italian Convent or Monastery
- Convents & Monasteries – Assisi
- Convents & Monasteries – Florence (Firenze)
- Convents & Monasteries – Cortona
- Scenes from Assisi, Italy
Coming Soon On This Page!
- Florence’s Piazza della Signoria: 12 Treasures of Myth & History
- Series: A DIY Guide to First-time Visitors to Italy