The Top Four Places to See Before You Die

Colosseum at rome italyYou've probably compiled a list of those places you must see at least once in your life, haven't you? Most of us have at one time or another. Certain people, especially those with particular religious beliefs feel compelled to make some type of pilgrimage. Then again, you just may have gotten bit by the travel bug early on and haven't visiting those places on your "bucket list."

Keep reading to learn more about the top eight places to see before you die.

The Pyramids and the Sphinx, Egypt – This first destination should be a given. Who doesn't wish they could see the pyramids of Giza or the Sphinx? After all, they are one of the original Seven Wonders of the World. The Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops), the Pyramid of Kafhre, and the smaller Pyramid of Menkaura have withstood the test of time. Each one is the tomb to a different King of Egypt. Situated on right there with them is the iconic figure of the Sphinx, known as the Abu al-Hol or "Father of Terror" in Arabic. The statue was carved out of a single block of stone.

Santorini, Greece - Santorini is one of the Cycladic islands, created by the eruption of the volcano. It has a landscape of steep rock formations, picturesque beaches and small white villages. The renowned white buildings are gathered close together on and over the cliff of the central caldera. Ruins of ancient Rome such as theaters, marketplaces, even baths can be found throughout. Visitors can use hiking paths and trails that are scattered across the islands. You can spend an enjoyable day talking with the friendly locals and exploring the shops.

Stonehenge, England – This circle of weathered stones is an instantly recognizable sight for many people from all parts of world. Today, Stonehenge, located on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, England, is a world heritage site. The location is rich with archeological significance. Over the years, researchers have uncovered or identified many other structures from the Neolithic period and the Bronze Age. The ancient structure has been dated to around 3,000 BCE, with the placement of the stones estimated to around 2,500 BCE. By all estimates, it was completed in 1,600 BCE.

Italy – It should be obvious why Italy would make such a list. The country has so many features, so many attractions of deep historical, cultural, and religious significant that no one should pass up the opportunity to explore it at least once if they can manage it. You can start in the Italian Alps to the north then travel to the wealthy industrial city of Milan. There is also Venice and Verona in the northeast. (There is definitely no excuse for missing the canals of Venice.)

Other cities and regions offer tastes of wine, food, and art good enough to please the worldly traveller. Places like Piemonte, Barolo, Barbaresco, Turin, and Liguria. Don't forget the Emilia Romagna, Bologna, and Ravenna, with its gorgeous mosaics and Byzantine architecture. Tuscany is one of the most beautiful regions of Italy. Cities like Florence, Siena, Pisa, Prato, and Lucca are brimming with cultural treasures. Last but not least, there is Rome itself, "The Eternal City." There you will see grand palaces, churches, squares, and fountains that are still fed by ancient aqueducts. There are just so many places to see in Italy.

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