Italy is one of the most visited countries in the world.  Tourists flock to Italy to see its historic Roman architecture, eat its delicious cuisine, and experience its unique culture.  Below are my ten favorite photos from my visit to Italy.  I spent most of my time in Rome, the Vatican City (which is technically a separate country), and Venice.  I hope you enjoy “Buzzin’ Around Italy in 10 Photos.”

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Photo #1 - The Roman Colosseum - Rome, Italy

Roman Colosseum
The Roman Colosseum at Dusk

One of Rome’s most popular sights is the historic Roman Colosseum.  Once home to gladiator fights, this magnificent structure is a “must-see” for anyone visiting Italy.  This picture was taken near the entrance to the Colosseo Metro Station at dusk.  To learn more about the Colosseum, click HERE.

Photo #2 - The Roman Ruins of Ostia Antica - Ostia, Italy

Ostia Antica
The Roman Ruins of Ostia Antica

It is easy to see the Roman Ruins of Ostia Antica by taking a day trip from Rome. These ruins serve as a great alternative to visiting Pompeii. Ostia Antica was founded in 600 BC and abandoned in 500 AD. The ruins are in remarkable shape and include Roman roads, mosaics, an amphitheater, and bathhouses. This picture was taken from the top of the amphitheater looking towards one of the main paths. To learn more about Ostia Antica, click HERE.

Photo #3 - The Bridge of Sighs at Night - Venice, Italy

The Bridge of Sighs
A Night Photo of the Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Signs is one of the most photographed sights in Venice, Italy. The bridge connected the interrogation room of Doge’s Palace to the prison. It is called the “Bridge of Sighs,” as it was believed the prisoner would sigh as they took a look at their last view of beautiful Venice before imprisonment. This picture was taken at night from a nearby bridge. To learn more about the Bridge of Sighs, click HERE.

Photo #4 - St. Peter's Square - The Vatican City

St. Peter's Square Seen from the Dome of St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Square Seen from the Cupola

Entirely surrounded by Rome, the Vatican City is technically an independent country, making it the smallest nation in the world. After visiting the inside of St. Peter’s Basilica, tourists have the option to go up into the cupola to get a great view of St. Peter’s Square. This picture was taken from the cupola overlooking the square. To learn more about the Vatican City, click HERE.

Photo #5- The Grand Canal - Venice, Italy

Grand Canal
The Grand Canal Seen from the Rialto Bridge

The Italian city of Venice is best known for its canal-lined streets. Venice’s Grand Canal is the most famous. This picture was taken from the top of the Rialto Bridge.

Photo #6 - A Swiss Guard - The Vatican City

Swiss Guard at the Vatican City
The Colorful Uniform of a Swiss Guard

Swiss Guards are easily recognizable by their bright colored uniforms.  Due to their neutrality, the Swiss guards serve as the protectors of the Vatican and the Pope.  This picture was taken while waiting in line to enter St. Peter’s Basilica.

Photo #7 - Doge's Palace and the Campanile - Venice, Italy

Doge's Palace and the Campanile
Doge's Palace and the Campanile Seen from the Water Taxi

When visiting Venice, be sure to take the water taxi (locally called the Vaporetto) to see unique views of the city.  This photo of Doge’s Palace and the Campanile was taken during transport from the airport to my hotel.  To learn more about getting around Venice, click HERE.

Photo #8 - Inside Teatro la Fenice - Venice, Italy

Teatro La Fenice Stage - View from the Royal Box
Rehearsing for the Play Othello Inside Teatro la Fenice

Venice’s famous opera house, Teatro la Fenice, has been rebuilt multiple times due to fire. Visitors can take a self-guided tour, with audio that allows them to see the theater, foyer, ballroom, and more. This picture was taken during my visit, from the Royal Box, during a rehearsal for Othello. To learn more about Teatro la Fenice, click HERE.

Photo #9 - The Rialto Bridge at Night - Venice, Italy

Rialto Bridge
The Rialto Bridge at Night

The Rialto Bridge is the most famous of the four bridges that cross Venice’s Grand Canal.  This picture was taken from one of the nearby boat docks.  When visiting Venice, be sure to visit the sights both during the day and at night.

Photo #10 - Piazza San Marco - Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Square
Piazza San Marco Seen from the Campanile

Piazza San Marco, or St. Mark’s Square, is located directly in front of St. Mark’s Basilica.  Other famous sights nearby include Doge’s Palace and the Campanile.  This picture was taken from the observation deck at the top of the Campanile.  To learn more about St. Mark’s Square, click HERE.