When you think about visiting Europe, it is so tempting to do everything. it is after all one of the most diverse continents in the world. But of course, unless you have the time of years at your hand and an unending budget to spend, doing this might be a bit of a difficulty. There are some places that you should definitely visit to take the essence of Europe with you when you return back home.
Roma is an absolute can’t miss stop when you visit the European continent. Every list of European holidays includes Rome, simply because it is one of the most amazing European capitals. From history to culture, Rome has a certain magic to it that everybody should see at least once. A visit to the St. Peter’s Basilica is a must if one is visiting Rome and pass through the “Holy Door of Mercy” as a part of the jubilee celebrations of the “year of Mercy.”
On Dec. 8, 2015 Pope Francis officially inaugurated the Year of Mercy by opening a holy door at St. Peter’s Basilica. Those who pass through a Holy Door during this jubilee year will receive a plenary indulgence, which removes all of the temporal punishment for sins committed up to that time. “Going through the Holy Door is the sign of our faith in the Lord Jesus, who didn’t come to judge us, but to save us,”
One of the most visited places in Europe; Paris obviously has a lot to offer. From fashion to food, there is also the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame. The atmosphere here will mesmerize you and give you an opportunity to revel in its architectural and historical structures. In short this gorgeous city will make you fall in love with itself.
Being a Southern European country, the oceanside location influences many aspects of its culture. The architecture of the place is breath-taking. Most of it dating back to the 1500s-1800s.
Known as the hub of high art and culture, this is the place which housed many a great artists and jump started the Renaissance in Europe. Endowed with brilliant architectural artifacts, Firenze gives visitors a more authentic taste of Italy. The stunning architecture and the mouth watering food will enchant you with its elegance and taste while, the beautifully decorated Piazzas, statues like Michelangelo’s David will satisfy the inner art appreciator in you.
Overlooking the Rio Tejo, Lisbon has been described as a mirror of a thousand colors, which basically means it is very pretty. In addition to hosting an array of Gothic cathedrals, gorgeous monasteries and quaint little streets , Lisbon is known for being culturally rich and always exciting. Do not forget to pay a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Belem Tower.
The romantic gondola ride is what comes to one’s mind when one thinks of Venice. Even though Venice may conjure images of romantic gondola rides down the canal, but the “City of Water” is not only for swooning lovebirds. The place is abundant with theaters, churches, historic sites and notable eateries, all types of travelers will enjoy Venice’s charms.
The natural beauty of the majestic Alps, placid lakes, castles, museums, quaint villages, cosmopolitan cities, shopping for watches and fine writing instruments, and many such delights. That’s Switzerland for you.
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