A vacation is never complete without learning some of the history of the place you’re visiting. Some places, though, have a much more complex background than others.
These 11 historic hot spots provide perfect places to mix your relaxing, indulgent vacation with a little history:
1. Rome, Italy
Rome is the capital of Italy, and is one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in Europe. Its history spans thousands of years, and the architecture and scenery of the city show it. Wine, dine, and take in the rich history of this hot spot.
2. Paris, France
Besides being the capital of France, Paris was of central importance in the French Revolution. Many a famous writer and artist has walked the streets of this fine city, and its many monuments and museums offer pieces of its history. What’s more, the gastronomic scene is one of the world’s finest.
3. Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City was actually built on top of Tenochtitlan, the former capital of the Aztec empire, and ruins from the ancient city are still visible today. Rich in indigenous and colonial history, this city will be sure to teach visitors a thing or two. In between sightseeing you can enjoy delicious meals from authentic Mexican and international restaurants alike.
4. Berlin, Germany
During World War II Berlin was divided into two cities under competing rule: East Berlin and West Berlin. When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, the city was re-unified. Pieces of the wall remain, and the city is chock-full of history from the war and beyond. The city has a vibrant food and drink scene that has something for every visitor.
5. Jerusalem, Israel
Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world, and it is considered holy to three of the world’s biggest religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The city is contested over by Israel and Palestine, and has been for many years. There are so many important and beautiful things to see in this city, and plenty of good food and drink to indulge in.
6. Cuzco, Peru
Cuzco is the former capital of the ancient Incan empire, and their most famous site, Machu Picchu, is nearby. The entire city is a UNESCO declared world heritage site, which shows the depth of its historical importance. Increasingly recognized for its gastronomic scene, a trip to Cuzco will not disappoint.
7. London, England
London has been a major world city for over two thousand years, and over the course of its history it has contributed much to the development of civilization. It is a world cultural capital, and has a lot to offer by way of dining and diversion.
8. Washington, DC, USA
Washington, DC is the capital of the United States. It holds many of the nation’s important monuments, along with all three branches of the federal government. It is one of the most important cities in American history and offers quite a lot for visitors to see, do, eat, and drink.
9. Athens, Greece
Regarded as the birthplace of democracy, Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world. It is now the capital of Greece and a large cosmopolitan center, continuing its legacy as a place of learning, the arts, and philosophy. A visit here can seamlessly incorporate history, gastronomy, and relaxation.
10. Cairo, Egypt
Cairo is the capital of Egypt, the largest city in the Middle East, and the second-largest city in Africa. It is a cultural and political center and has been for centuries. Cairo is close to the main cities of ancient Egypt and has much of its own history to offer. Indulge in delicious traditional food or cuisines from around the world while taking in the history and culture of this global city.
11. New York City, USA
This list would not be complete without mention of the Big Apple. A cosmopolitan hub known throughout the world, New York is rich in a history of growth, immigration, and the American Dream. Drinking, dining, and relaxing are no problem in this metropolis.