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Europe: It's easy as 1-2-3: Landmarks that are a must in Europe and how to plan it

Have you had that nightmare vacation, or recurring nightmare that you get lost in a foreign country and can't find your way? I've helped many clients figure out what, where and how they want to travel to get the best experiences out of their vacation. And not have the stress or anxiety of researching or planning it.


Here are a few of the things I've helped clients plan and enjoy through their Europe travels.


Landmarks are landmarks for a reason. Europe, with its centuries of rulers, wars, artwork, and more, as well as the wealth and opulence that came with the colonial power, has more than its fair share of landmarks that are recognized not just in their native nations but around the world, and I've put together 3 of them you need to make sure you see.



With its many dynasties, past and present, Europe’s landmarks are often dominated by castles and palaces. Europe is a continent whose history, art, and architecture have made a deep impression on the rest of the world. The world cannot complete its school education without studying the achievements of the ancient Greeks and the Roman Empire. One has found himself to be deeply influenced by the artistic achievements of the renaissance painters and architects. So, it is natural when travelers decide to go to Europe to see the wonders of the Antiquity and Renaissance Age firsthand. That said, Europe has got so many such destinations that it becomes important for one to prioritize as it is not possible to cover all the heritage destinations in one go. So, here are some of the major heritage destinations in Europe worth visiting.


ATHENS –

The capital city of Greece was one of the oldest and the most critical city-states during the Antiquity period. Its citizens included Aristotle and Plato. Some of the major attractions amongst monuments over here include the Acropolis (which includes the Parthenon, the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, the Theatre of Dionysus, etc.). Athens has some of the best museums in the world and the museum at Acropolis, the National Archaeological Museum, and the Byzantine and Christian Museum are some of the famous museums in Greece.

Insider tip: Explore the Acropolis Early in the Morning: To truly appreciate the magnificence of the Acropolis, I recommend starting your day early and being one of the first visitors to arrive. Not only will you beat the crowds, but you'll also have the opportunity to witness the stunning sunrise casting a golden glow over the ancient ruins. Take your time to explore the Parthenon, Erechtheion, and other incredible structures while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere before the hustle and bustle of the day begins.

ROME –


The capital of Italy presently and the capital of the almighty Roman Empire earlier, this old city has got history flowing through its veins. As the political capital of the Roma Empire and later as the Spiritual Center of the Christian World Rome has always occupied center stage in Human Civilization's consciousness. This makes a trip to the city a must, a place that would never run out of attractions. From the Colosseum to the Pantheon, from the mausoleums of Augustus and Hadrian to the Forums Rome has many remains from the Roman Empire. These are some of the popular draws for millions of tourists worldwide.

Insider Tip: Get Lost in Trastevere's Streets. Trastevere is a charming neighborhood in Rome that is known for its narrow, winding streets, colorful buildings, and lively atmosphere. To truly experience the local Roman lifestyle, I suggest setting aside some time to explore Trastevere on foot. Wander through its cobblestone alleys, stumble upon hidden piazzas, and soak in the authentic ambiance of this historic district. Trastevere is also home to numerous trattorias, cafes, and gelaterias, where you can indulge in delicious Roman cuisine and gelato while taking in the local scene.

By venturing into Trastevere, you'll get a glimpse of a different side of Rome, away from the major tourist sights. Whether it's strolling along the Tiber River or admiring the beautiful Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere, this neighborhood offers a unique and memorable experience.


PARIS –



The capital city of France this historical city has heritage sites spanning from the Middle Ages to the French Renaissance and from the French classical period to the Modern Era. Landmark monuments like the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the Cathedral of Saint Chappelle, the Palais de Louvre, the district of Marais, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower are just some of the numerous monuments present in Paris. One can also not forget that Paris is also the home of arguably the world's best painting, the Mona Lisa.

Insider tip: Explore Paris on Foot. Paris is a city meant to be explored on foot, as each neighborhood has its own unique charm and character. Instead of relying solely on public transportation, take the time to wander through the streets and alleys of Paris by walking or even renting a bicycle. This way, you'll have the opportunity to stumble upon hidden gems, discover local cafes and shops, and truly soak in the city's atmosphere. From iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral to lesser-known neighborhoods like Le Marais and Montmartre, Paris reveals its true essence through its streets. Don't be afraid to get lost in the city and let your curiosity guide you to unexpected delights.

These three cities are just three of the many well-preserved historical centers that one can visit in Europe. Cities like Prague, Krakow, London, Barcelona, etc. are also among some of the most highly rated heritage sites in Europe. They are frequented by many visitors from across the world. The best part about these sites in Europe is that they are easily accessible by Air and there are plenty of options available for hotels.


That said, to create the best trip, contact me and we'll work together to get you the hotels that are closest to these landmarks, and curate the best experiences possible! Set up a complimentary 15-minute chat to see how we can work together.



Vicky@GottaLuvTravel.com

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