Europe remains famous for its amazing landmarks and historic places. Millions of people travel to Europe from every nation on earth to experience its incredible cities, wine regions, culture, and gastronomy. Since there are so many attractions to consider in both the cities and the natural wonders in each European nation, we’ve selected our favorites to remind you to get out there the next time you have the chance! Seeing these places is thrilling and will change your life! Also remember that a one trip travel insurance policy may be exactly what you need for peace of mind while traveling through Europe.
Italy: the Colosseum, Leaning Tower, and Venice
The Colosseum of Rome (once known as the Flavian Amphitheater) was finished in the first century AD to seat up to fifty-five thousand people! Its multiple floors provided space for both animals and gladiators entertaining the Roman throngs. The Colosseum’s south side was toppled by an earthquake in the mid-ninth century. Although most tourists want to see the Colosseum first, the Roman Forum is also an important sight. After taking in the historic landmarks of Rome, many world travellers yearn to eat in some of the world’s best restaurants and shop in some of the most exclusive boutiques.
A trip to Italy is incomplete without a visit to the world’s famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Located in Cathedral Square, the Leaning Tower was actually build in three stages and took centuries to complete. Although the Tower was not originally designed to stand at an angle, builders attempting to straight it saw it sink further into the ground. After strengthening the Tower in 2001, it was reopened and declared safe for the next three hundred years!
Make sure to visit Venice when you visit Italy, too. To experience a city that is built directly on water is certainly as incredible as the patrician families who once governed the Trieste region. Take advantage of our Venice guide to see the best of the city.
Stonehenge: the Mysterious Standing Stones
Thousands of people visit Stonehenge in the UK because it remains a great mystery. No one really knows why Stonehenge was built but several solid theories exist. Was it a giant calendar that followed the sun, a sacrificial site, or could it have been a healing centre for people of the time? Some researchers say that energy lines (ley lines) exist here. Some people even search for retirement properties around the area to be close to this incredible European wonder.
St. Basil’s Cathedral: Commissioned by Ivan the Terrible
Ivan the Terrible is said to have commissioned one of the most gorgeous historical buildings in all of Europe. St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow was in fact so beautiful upon its completion that Ivan demanded the architect’s eyes be cut out! Presumably, this quite terrible act occurred because Ivan wanted to prevent the architect from building or enjoying a later and even more beautiful structure.
Europe’s Amazing History
Although it’s next to impossible to explore thousands of important historic and natural sites in Europe, don’t miss the chance to see some of the most universally acclaimed places.