Everyone needs to travel to Europe at least once in their lifetime! It’s an experience that leaves you cultured and fascinated by the European lifestyle. The allure of Europe has been romanticized for ages, as movies and literature try and depict the many beautiful cities in all of their glory. But nothing will ever compare to experiencing and seeing them in person, which is why I’ve created a list of a few must-see European cities everyone needs to visit!
Your first visit to London might be a bit overwhelming, but that’s because there’s so much to do and see! London is rich in history and culture, with something to do every day. One sight you must see is the historic River Thames. As the main backdrop to many of London’s top tourist spots, you can see amazing views of Big Ben and Parliament from the London Bridge. Try this hop on and off river tour and off bus service to beat the traffic in the city! The Tower of London is also another great attraction, which has a 900-year history as a prison, royal palace, and more! Also, no trip to London would be complete without a stop to Trafalgar Square, which is considered the epicenter of London’s hustle and bustle.
Paris is the most romantic city on earth, and magical any time of year. The city of Paris is rich with history, and has some of the world’s best museums. The Louvre is my favorite museum, with its vast collection of history’s greatest works of art such as the Mona Lisa. Go early, or book The Paris Pass, fast track tickets to avoid long lines. Of course, you have to stop off at the Eiffel Tower and take a trip to the top to see Paris in all of its glory. The Arc De Triumph is a massive monument that can’t be missed, while the Pantheon in the Latin Quarter of Paris is an iconic monument that was once a former church. It now houses some of the most notable French figures in history like Victor Hugo, and Marie Curie. You can also find a cute street café, get a croissant, and enjoy people watching.
While there are many Italian cities you should see at least once, Rome needs to be your first! As one of the oldest cities in the world, Rome exudes living history like you’ve never seen before. You can’t leave Rome without visiting the famed Coliseum where the brave gladiators once fought! One of the most romantic spots in Rome is the Trevi Fountain at night. Remember to leave change in the fountain to ensure luck, and a return visit to the leading city in Italy. The Roman Forum is another must-see, which houses ancient Roman ruins. In addition, The Vatican and all of its art is simply amazing as well. Gaze up at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, as you feel a spiritual presence in your midst. While zipping though Rome on a scooter, you will find the Spanish Steps. Remember the Audrey Hepburn movie, Roman Holiday? Oh, how I love the Spanish Steps.
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Once you’ve seen Rome, the next Italian city to see is Venice, and you need to hurry because the city is literally sinking! It’s classic charm and incredible history will make you fall in love with this mystical city on water. You absolutely must take a gondola ride through the city’s many canals, while stopping in the middle of St. Marks Square to take a panoramic picture! For pre-planners booking through Isango, for local Venice tours is an option, or negotiate a ride at your leisure with a Gondolier. Isango is a European based company who works with local suppliers in the area to provide a great experience. Also, be sure to visit St. Mark’s Basilica, and The Rialto Bridge. The bridge is the city’s most famous bridge that you can cross or see from a gondola ride.
So there you have it… short list of cities you must visit in Europe in your lifetime and a few things to check out!