What to see in Boston

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  • 10 things to see in Boston
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  • Boston in 2 days: detailed itinerary
  • Day 1 in Boston
  • Day 2 in Boston

Far from the classic American metropolises where glass and concrete abound, Boston it looks very similar to a European city, with (relatively) ancient architecture and smaller spaces. Here are the things not to be missed on a trip to Boston.



10 things to see in Boston

Museum of Fine Arts

It is one of the essential stops on a vacation to Boston, an art temple that collects precious works from the four corners of the world, many of which are the result of expeditions operated by Harvard University.

Freedom Trail

Freedom Trail, literally the "path of freedom", is a free trail that crosses all of Boston and leads to the discovery of 16 sites that have seen and participated in the history of the city.

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Old North Church

Known as the Church of Christ, it is the oldest church in Boston (1723), designed by William Prince who wanted to emulate the architecture of one of the London churches built by Sir Christopher Wren.

Samuel Adams Brewery

Samuel Adams Brewery: it is a must for those who love good beer.

Boston Public Garden

It is the green lung of the city of Boston, as well as the ideal place to stop for a picnic, a walk or just to rest for a while.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

The Boston City Market. Founded in 1742 by a wealthy merchant, Faneuil Hall today is divided into 4 large buildings, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and South Market.

George’s Island

George's Island is one of the islands that make up Boston Harbor and is located about 11 km from downtown.

Copley Square

Located in the Back Bay neighborhood, Copley Square is named after the painter John Singleton Copley.

Back Bay

Located in the southwestern area of ​​Boston Common, Back Bay was once a simple swampy area overlooking the banks of the Charles River.

Prudential Center

Prudential Center is one of the city's shopping centers. Perhaps a little too small in size to be a stereotypical American shopping mall.

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Boston itinerary in two days

Boston in 2 days: detailed itinerary

Now that we have just seen the 10 things to see in Boston, with this two-day itinerary (but if you want to do things calmly and have the time, you can easily spread them over 3 days) I try to put some order on how to visit the attractions of the city. Boston is one of the oldest and most prestigious cities in America. Capital of Suffolk, capital of the state of Massachusetts, on the east coast of the United States, it is an important cultural center, rich in history and tradition. Its history is closely linked to the American Revolution, as some of the crucial events of the War of Independence were held here. If you decide to visit the east coast, you absolutely must stop in this wonderful city, and explore its most characteristic corners. On this two-day itinerary, I'll show you the best attractions Boston has to offer.

Useful Information

Before we leave for our tour through one of the most important cities in the north of the United States, I want to give you some advice on how to get around Boston. You can reach it by plane, train, bus or car but, once you are here, the best way to get around is the so-called T, that is Metropolitan. The Boston Metro transportation service, operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), is the most practical and convenient way to get from one place in the city to another. Composed of 5 lines (blue, orange, green, red and silver), the Metro reaches all the most interesting points, including the airport, the Government Center, the waterfront and the university town of Cambridge. The cost ranges from $ 2,25 for the Charlie Card, to $ 12,00 for the day pass; for the weekly it takes $ 21,25. An alternative to the metro is the Hop - On, Hop - Off tours, which allow you to hop on and off the tourist trams to see the most popular attractions. Now let's start the itinerary to discover the places of interest not to be missed.

Day 1 in Boston

Copley Square, Common Park, Freedom Trail, Museum of Science, Quincy Market e Faneuil Hall, New England Aquarium

Trinity Church in Copley Square
Our tour starts from the heart of the city, and precisely from Copley Square: named after the famous portrait painter John Singleton Copley, of which a statue can be found in the north, this square is home to the Boston Public Library and Trinity Church. Built in the period from 1872 to 1877 by the architect Henry Hobson Richardson, it is one of the first examples of what is called Richardsonian Romanesque Style. We continue with one of the most interesting attractions of the city of Boston and of the whole tour: the Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail, or, more precisely, the Walk into History Freedom Trail, is a path that touches all the points that had a role - key during the War of Independence and consists of 16 total stages. You can decide to book a guided tour , lasting about 90 minutes, or you can follow it on your own; you don't have to be afraid to go wrong, because the various points are connected to each other by a path of red bricks.

Here are the attractions of the Freedom Trail that you absolutely cannot miss.

Boston Common

Opened in 1634, it is the America's oldest public park and it is also the starting point of the route.

Massachusetts State House

Massachusetts State House
Completed in 1798, with its golden dome it is considered one of the most beautiful public buildings in all of the United States.

Benjamin Franklin statue and Boston Latin School

The statue of President Franklyn is located directly across from the Boston Latin School. Founded in 1635, it is the oldest public school in America, and was frequented by Franklin himself.

Old South Meeting House

Built in 1729, the Old South Meeting House was the place where Puritans met to pray. Subsequently, it was the place where the revolutionaries gathered and it was from here that Samuel Adams incited the crowd to the famous Tea Revolt.

Old state house

For over three hundred years it has been considered a symbol of freedom. Here important decisions were made for the Revolution and it is from this building that, in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read for the first time. Take some time to visit its museum, and discover all the secrets of the revolution that led to the independence of the United States.

Faneuil Hall

Built in the two-year period 1740 - 1742 by the merchant Peter Faneuil, according to the style of the English countryside markets, this building, called “The Cradle of Liberty” by the founding fathers, was the seat of the first city council.

Bunker Hill Monument

The area where this monument stands today is the place where, on June 17, 1775, what is considered the first, great battle of the Revolution. At the end of the Freedom Trail, we go all’Hard Rock Cafe, the ideal place to take a break and then start again with our exploration. The day continues with one visita al Museum of Science, where we can admire the exhibitions, the Planetarium and the Butterfly Garden and then head to the New England Aquarium, one of the world leaders in ocean exploration and marine conservation, which is visited by 1.3 million people every year. The aquarium is home to more than 1000 species of aquatic animals, is equipped with a large shark tank and a coral reef with 4 levels of height, where many species from the Caribbean seas live. A visit to this spectacular place is practically a must!

Let's move on to shopping

To reach the next stop, the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, we can go both from the waterfront and from the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Located just meters from the waterfront, the Faneuil Hall Marketplace is the most famous shopping center in the city. Home to at least 100 shops and the characteristic push carts, nice carts that sell handicrafts, it is a great place to spend a few hours of fun. Always closely connected to the Faneuil Hall Marketplace is the Quincy Market Colonnade, an impressive building housing more than 50 shops, 14 restaurants, several Food Courts and one of the most popular comedy clubs in the city. After a cena al Boston Sail Loft, in Atlantic Avenue, a restaurant which offers a magnificent view of the city, we leave for the Ghosts and Gravestones Tour, an adventurous night tour that takes visitors to discover the ghosts of the city.

Day 2 in Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Fenway Park, Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, Harvard.

Fenway Park
The second day of visiting Boston begins with visiting two of the gods major art museums in the city. The first is the Museum of Fine Arts, a veritable institution, whose collection includes approximately 500.000 masterpieces, ranging from Ancient Egypt to contemporary art. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, on the other hand, is a museum established by the philanthropist who bears her name, who in 1896 had a Venetian-style building built by the architect Willard T. Sears, a city much loved by Mrs. Gardner, where she can keep the more than 2500 works he collected during his travels in Europe, and which today are part of the permanent collection of the museum. Leave the museums behind us, let's continue towards an icon of American sport. If you are in Boston, you can't miss visiting a real baseball temple, where the historic champions of the Red Sox team play: Fenway Park. The best way to fully appreciate it is to book a guided tour. The tour continues on the waterfront, and precisely atInstitute of Contemporary Art: born in 1936 as a "brother" of the MoMA in New York, it is an important showcase for works of contemporary art. A short distance from the ICA is one of the most important historical sites in the city of Boston: in the area where today stands the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, one of the events occurred that triggered the spark of the American Revolution, the Tea Revolt. The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is a truly unique experience, with interactive exhibits, costumed characters and XNUMXth century vessels restored to their former glory, all to be discovered. For lunch you can choose one of the many places in the area: one of the most famous is the James Hook & Company, where you can enjoy delicious fish dishes.
Uss Constitution
After a good lunch we are ready to leave for the last part of our tour, which begins with a visit to the USS Constitution, the oldest warship in the world, and its museum. Now let's leave the city of Boston for move to nearby Cambridge: a visit to the prestigious Ateneo di Harvard it is practically a must. You can choose to take part in a guided tour, or to take a self - guided tour of the University. Back in Boston, we go back to the harbor area, on the waterfront, where we will embark on one fantastic sunset cruise, during which we will have the opportunity to see the USS Constitution firing its guns and lowering its sails to greet the end of the day. [/ vc_column_text] [/ vc_column] [/ vc_row]
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