Paris is a city rich in art, history, culture and culinary tradition. It is one of the most popular European cities for tourists from all over the world. The presence of museums like the Louvre, D’Orsay and Quai Branly make it an essential destination for art lovers, while its historical neighbourhoods, refined restaurants and elegant streets make it the ideal romantic vacation.
Book an Alitalia flight to Paris to breathe the eternal magic of this city: from the legendary and artistic Montmartre district to the equally creative Marais, passing through the young and lively environment of the Latin Quarter and the more intellectual and historically rebellious Saint Germain, you will always find a unique setting just waiting to be experienced. Taste the typical croissants in one of the many boulangerie or a traditional dish in a bistro, perhaps accompanied by a fine glass of wine, and savour this wonderful city. Here are a few of the things that you can do and see during a trip to Paris.
The international symbol of the city, it is Paris's most famous tourist attraction and among the most visited monuments in the world. Completed in 1889 for the Paris Universal Exhibition, the iron structure of the architect Gustave Eiffel is 324m high and weighs approximately 1,000 tons. The view of Paris from up on high is truly unforgettable, though if you don't want to queue to climb to the top, you can simply admire it relaxing on the grass of Champs de Mars, the garden that lies at its feet.
One of the most famous and loved museums in the world, both for the spectacular collections it houses and the distinctive form of its glass pyramid. Among the vast array of works hosted within you will find immortal masterpieces such as The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, Liberty Leading the People by Delacroix, the Venus de Milo, Canova's Cupid and Psyche and countless finds from Oriental, Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Etruscan civilizations.
Once the bohemian quarter par excellence, frequented by artists and painters of the calibre of Renoir, Picasso and Toulouse-Lautrec, it is today packed with street painters and portraitists. It rests on a hill, at the top of which you will find the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, while at the foot of the hill is the Quartier Pigalle, the old red light district with the famous Moulin Rouge.
Considered by many to be the most beautiful street in the world, it is unquestionably one of the most famous. The Avenue des Champs-Elysées extends from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde for approximately two kilometres and is full of restaurants, luxury shops, discos and bars. The classic lovers' road, it is one of the best known tourist attractions and plays host to some of the city's major events.
Built from the old d’Orsay Train Station, the museum was opened in 1900 for the Paris Universal Exhibition. It contains some of the most celebrated paintings of Manet, Monet and Gauguin, as well as Van Gogh's Self-Portrait.
Made famous by Victor Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, it is one of Paris's greatest icons. The fire of 15 April 2019 made the interior unusable and it is no longer open to visitors. It is still possible, however, to admire Notre Dame's unmistakable external Gothic facade, with the distinctive two towers and gates finely engraved with scenes from the Last Judgement.
The best time to book a flight from New York to Paris is unquestionably from May to September, when you can savour the delights of the city to the fullest and there are plenty of scheduled events including shows, concerts and outdoor cinema. In the summer, on 14 July there is the national celebration of the Storming of the Bastille, with military parades on the Champs-Élysées, displays and fireworks. In winter, even in the coldest weather Paris's charm is intact: the delightful markets, the lights, the window displays and the skating rinks combine to offer a unique Christmas atmosphere.
Book your flight from New York to Paris today to enjoy your most romantic vacation ever!