Let’s face the cold, hard truth. Most of the time, the world is not as it’s presented to be. While the internet and advertisements portray idealistic pictures of tourists spots around the world, the reality is far from that. A little bit of photoshop here or there can make a huge difference when it comes to pictures. And most of the time, tourist havens utilize these tools to promote and bring in tourism to their countries. Here, we have gathered a list of 10 famous holiday spots that are nothing like you would imagine them to be. Have a look for yourself.
1. Boating in Venice, Italy
Also known as the “City of Canals” and “The Floating City”, Venice is one of Italy’s most picturesque cities. Filled with striking architecture, beautiful bridges, and winding canals, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations for travel. There are nearly 400 bridges in Venice, and 72 of those are private. At the same time, there are about 400 gondolas and 400 gondoliers in Venice. Gondolas are the most popular of several types of Venetian boats, and every tourist that visits Venice wants to take a 30 minute ride on one of them. Also, Venice sees between 26 million and 30 million visitors per year; making it one of the top tourist destinations in the world.
2. Visiting the Eiffel Tower
More than 7 million people visit this iconic tower every year, according to the attraction’s official website. On March 31, 1889, the Eiffel Tower was opened to the public, and since then, more than 250 million people have enjoyed all that the Eiffel Tower has to offer. It was the tallest structure in the world for 41 years, until it was surpassed by the Chrysler Building in New York; which topped out at 1,046 feet. While the structure is quite admirable, if you ever plan to go to the top, you need to arrive at least 2-3 hours early, since the lines can be extremely long.
3. Enjoying the beauty of the Taj Mahal in India
The Taj Mahal is widely considered one of the most beautiful—and romantic—buildings in the world, which was built to honor the wife of an emperor. Every year, more than 4 million people flock to witness the pristine beauty of the Taj Mahal. This also causes chaos during busy days, and according to the official website, there can be more than 70,000 people visiting the World Heritage Site during the weekends.
4. Hiking across the Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is one of the most iconic man-made monuments in the world. Over 10 million people visit the Great Wall of China every year, bringing in billions of revenue. Some of the well-known sections receive close to 100,000 visitors every single day, which caused the Chinese government to place a limit. Currently, the limit is set to 65,000, which is considered to be the optimal capacity for the scenic spot in accordance with guidelines from the China National Tourism Administration.
5. Seeing the Mona Lisa at her full glory
The Mona Lisa, by Leonardo Da Vinci, is one of the most popular paintings in the world. The original painting is owned by the Government of France and is on the wall in the Louvre in Paris, France. Every year, the museum receives more than 10.2 million visitors, who flock to witness Mona Lisa’s glory; making the Louvre, the most visited museum in the world.
6. Tossing a coin in the Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Rome. It is 65 feet wide and 85 feet high at the tallest point. Every year, 7-10 million tourists make their way to Rome, just to get a peek of the fountain and toss coins. An estimated 3,000 euros are thrown into the fountain each day. In 2016, an estimated €1.4 million (US$1.5 million) was thrown into the fountain. Thankfully, the money has been put to good use. The donations are used to help the needy and support causes around the world. However, taking a peek at the fountain for just a few minutes can be extremely difficult because of the amount of visitors.
7. Witnessing the beauty of the Egyptian pyramids
The Egyptian pyramids are one of the defining architectural achievements of the ancient world. Nearly 10 million people visit Egypt every year to admire the beauty of the pyramids. Even today, scientists are discovering things about these structures. Did you know that it’s also the only of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that’s still standing? While the celebrated monument has plenty of interesting characteristics, one of the most interesting one is the fact that it can tell time. The structure actually acts as an enormous sundial, with its shadow telling the hour by falling on marks made in the stone. However, if you ever plan on visiting the pyramids to witness their beauty, make sure you arrive at least 2-3 hours in advance. Travel experts also suggest making the trip in the morning.
8. Posing with the Leaning Tower of Pisa
For decades, tourists have been traveling to Italy to pose with the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The construction of the tower began on August 1173 and was eventually completed in the mid-1300’s. During construction, when the tower was at the third floor, the shifting soil had destabilized the tower’s foundations; causing it to tilt. As centuries went by, the lean kept getting worse and in 2008, engineers managed to halt the tower’s slouch. Today, over 5 million people visit the tower every year and try to make funny poses in front of it.
9. Taking a surreal picture at the Lempuyang Temple
The idyllic Indonesian destination is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. More than 5 million people flock to Bali every year to witness its beauty, learn about the culture and visiting idyllic beaches that are perfect for vacationers.
10. Counting Rome’s Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps are just one of the must see places when in Rome and a great example of Roman Baroque Style. Built between 1723-1725 by architect Francesco de Sanctis, the steps’ unique design and elegance has made it a popular place for artists, painters and poets who were attracted to the place which inspired them in return. If you however, wish to sit there are enjoy some peace, it probably won’t be easy since millions of people arrive there every year.