Three Underrated European Cities Worth Visiting

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Palmanova, Italy
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As a psychiatrist at Wyandot Center, Christie Mensch evaluates and treats adults with a variety of mental health issues, including depression, personality disorders, and trauma. In her time away from work, Christie Mensch has traveled extensively in Europe.

Tourists looking to explore beyond the famous cities of Europe have plenty of options. Below are three lesser-known yet memorable European cities:

Palmanova, Italy: A fortified city, Palmanova has an unmatched medieval charm. The entire city was designed in the shape of a hexagon, and its main streets radiate out from the city square in the middle. Known as the Grand Piazza, this square houses the Duomo Dogale cathedral.

Gibraltar, Spain: This densely populated city on the coast of Spain provides visitors with a glimpse into the rich culture and history of the area. Although Gibraltar’s only official landmark is the Rock of Gibraltar, the city has been occupied since 28,000 BC, giving it a long history that even experienced travelers find awe-inspiring.

Innsbruck, Austria: Despite hosting the Winter Olympic Games twice, Innsbruck has remained in relative obscurity. Located in the Alpine mountains in Austria, the city offers visitors a number of opportunities to enjoy winter sports. Visitors can also explore historic sites, museums, and castles dotted around the colorful city.

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A Handful of the Must-See Attractions for Travelers in Naples

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Museo Archeologico Nazionale
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Dr. Christie Mensch provides comprehensive adult mental health services through the Wyandot Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Recreationally, Christie Mensch enjoys traveling throughout Europe and is especially fond of Italy’s Campania region. Naples, the largest city in Campania, has a rich history for visitors to explore.

The best way to get acquainted with this history is through a visit to the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, which holds many of the antiquities recovered from Pompeii. In addition, the museum houses a great deal of art from the collections of former kings of Naples, as well as pieces from local palaces.

Another interesting attraction is Castel Nuovo on the south side of the Piazza del Municipio. This structure served as a home for kings and viceroys and its architecture points to the Spanish, Austrian, French, and Aragonese influences in the region. The castle dates back to 1279, when it was built by Charles I of Anjou.

Palazzo Reale, located on the east side of Piazza del Plebiscito, formerly served as the residence of the Bourbon kings. Its façade features marble statues of eight kings who ruled over Naples. The palace also connects to Teatro San Carlo, the premier opera house of Italy and one of Europe’s largest theaters.

The World-Famous Cuisine of Campania, Italy

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Campania Cuisine
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Psychiatrist Dr. Christie Mensch evaluates, diagnoses, and treats adult patients at the Wyandot Center in Kansas City, Kansas. In her free time, Dr. Christie Mensch enjoys cooking and traveling throughout Europe. She is particularly fond of the food found in the Campania region of southern Italy.

Campania is most well known around the world for its pizza and pasta made with locally grown wheat. With its fertile volcanic soil, the area is an agricultural paradise that produces a variety of vegetables and herbs, including eggplant, peppers, garlic, basil, and the world-renowned San Marzano tomato. Many of these ingredients are highlighted in popular local dishes such as cianfotta, parmigiana de melanzane, and spaghetti alla puttanesca.

In addition to wonderful produce, Campania, which runs along the Gulf of Naples and Sorrento, features cuisine that utilizes local fish and other fresh seafood, such as octopus, mussels, and clams cooked in a variety of ways. Other popular ingredients and dishes native to the area include various cheeses, cured meats, pastries, and frozen desserts.

Three Tips to Get the Most out of Your European Trip

 

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As a psychiatrist at Wyandot Center in Kansas City, Kansas, Christie Mensch diagnoses and treats mental health issues in adults. Outside of work, Christie Mensch enjoys traveling, particularly throughout Europe.

When planning a trip to Europe, it’s beneficial to understand what you can do to make the most out of your trip. Learning some of the language is an advantage, as you may need to read maps and signs when getting around the country you’re visiting. In addition, locals respond positively to tourists who speak their tongue.

If you purchase a European sim card for your phone, you can make flight, hotel, and bus bookings from almost anywhere. With the sim card and a data plan, you won’t need to worry about spotty Wi-Fi signals.

Carefully consider the weather when you are planning your trip. The best months to visit Europe are between May and September, when weather conditions are consistently temperate and warm.