Michelangelo's Statue of David is by far one of the most recognized sculptures on the planet and an absolute must-see on a trip to the renaissance city of Florence. The original is housed in the Galleria dell'Accademia with a replica standing in Piazza della Signoria. This renaissance masterpiece represents the biblical hero David, is made of marble and stands at an astounding 17 ft (5.17m).
Another popular attraction is il Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore) – its impressive dome is the symbol of Florence. Climb the 463 steps up to the top for a panoramic vista across the city. The route also takes you to the dome's interior where you can get up close to Giorgio Vasari's incredible frescoes of the Last Judgment. Whether you’re an art lover, a history buff or just a curious adventurer, Florence offers a celebration for the eye, and for the palate.
Rome will be the highlight of your Italy itinerary. The Colosseum was the largest ever built in the Roman Empire and is regarded as one of the greatest examples of Roman architecture. Step into the core of the ancient amphitheater to imagine the buzzing atmosphere of the chanting Roman crowds, as barbarous fighting between gladiators took place.
Within Rome sits the Vatican – the sovereign city state packed with fascinating museums and imposing architecture. Take a tour of the Vatican Museums, which were established and developed over the centuries by the reigning Popes. In the Sistine Chapel you'll see Michelangelo's remarkable frescoes that adorn the walls and ceilings. Nearby isSt Peter's Basilica – an impressive example of Renaissance architecture and the holiest Catholic site.
If you're looking for an insight into the real, gritty Italy of the south, Naples is your place. The city is Italy's third biggest and has some of the world's best opera houses and theatres. Head to the Bay of Naples for glorious views of Mount Vesuvius – one of Italy's three active volcanoes.
Just a short boat ride away is the stunning Capri Island, where wealthy Italians spend their summer vacations. It makes for the perfect day trip from the hustle and bustle of Naples. Take a clifftop walk to admire views across the sun-kissed Tyrrhenian Sea and be sure to enjoy a refreshing drink of fresh orange and lemon juice – made with fruit hand picked from the island's groves. The boat ride to Capri is not included in your Eurail pass.