Best places to visit in Italy – 100 tips for holidays in Italy – cities, sights, nature
Best places to visit in Italy! Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world. Visitors find historic artwork scattered throughout the country.
The world-famous cities of Florence, Rome and Venice attracted tourists for centuries and remain popular destinations today. Besides having historic architecture and fine art, Italy boasts picturesque coastlines, majestic mountains, lakes, caves, beaches, islands and more.
Best places to visit in Italy
The dozens of interconnected waterways and romantic gondola rides are but some of the attractions of this popular tourist destination. Venice also features Byzantine to Neoclassic architecture, which spans from the 13th to the 18th century.
One of the popular buildings that guests visit is the Doge’s Palace. Filled with carvings and amazing wall-sized frescoes, the palace once imprisoned famous con artist Casanova. The Bridge of Sighs is another well-known structure that connects the Doge’s Palace with a more modern prison.
If there is a city you should not miss when in Italy, it’s Venice! Mixing up at one of Piazza San Marco cafes for a foretaste of Venice’s design as well as the sea is the first thing to do before you go ahead to Basilica San Marco, Rialto Bridge, and the Doge’s Palace.
If you are an art lover, head straight to Peggy Guggenheim Collection to see some contemporary paintings from the 20th century. Wrap it up with a Gondola ride or go to a famous Carnevale, if you will be in Italy in February.
10 Best places to visit in Venice
Arsenale, Clock Tower (Torre dell’Orologio), Grand Canal, San Giorgio island with its church San Giorgio Maggiore, Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), Saint Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco), Ponte di Rialto, Piazza San Marco, Ca’ Rezzonico (Museo del Settecento Veneziano), Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute.
Check 35 Things to do in Venice to see what else you can do and see in Venice!
This medieval Italian city features beautiful flower gardens, ancient buildings constructed with various colors of marble, and many of Michelangelo’s masterpieces. See the Boboli Gardens at the Pitti Palace and the Rose Garden near Michelangelo Square.
One of the Renaissance artist’s most recognized pieces includes the Statue of David, which stands 17 feet (5.2 meters) tall and is on display at the Accademia Galleria.
Florence, Best places to visit in Italy by Joe deSousa
Visitors also find the tombs of Michelangelo and famed scientist Galileo in Florence. The amazing artwork throughout the city also features works created by medieval artists Ammannati and Cellini.
Also, the famous Uffizi Gallery is a home to numerous renowned paintings by renaissance greats. The city’s cathedral is a notable sight, as well.
When looking for a fine shopping experience in Europe, Florence is the destination. Pick exquisite leather goods, jewelry, paper goods and almost any souvenir that comes to your mind.
10 Best places to visit in Florence
Piazzale Michelangelo, Piazza della Signoria, Duomo – Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazza del Duomo, Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery, San Lorenzo’s Market, Ponte Vecchio, Oltrarno, Museo del Bargello
Find additional 30 places to visit in Florence to see what else you can do and visit here.
Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Best places to visit in Italy by Tim Sackton
This ancient Italian city features a number of iconic landmarks that include the Coliseum, the Forum, and the Pantheon. Vatican City also attracts millions of visitors who admire the fountains, statues, and dome of St. Peter’s Cathedral.
See original masterpieces created by Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael in the Vatican museum. The building is also the site of the famous Sistine Chapel.
Trevi fountain, Rome, Best places to visit in Italy by Evan Blaser
When in Rome, you will have an opportunity to see the many beautiful monuments, old ruins, and historic architecture, which are what so many are fascinated by.
10 Best places to visit in Rome
Ostia Antica, Colosseum, San Clemente, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum, Vatican Museums, Spanish steps, Trevi fountain, Piazza Navona, Pantheon.
Check Things to do in Rome – 30 most beautiful places to visit in Rome for more places to visit in Rome.
Pantheon, Rome, Best places to visit in Italy by Moyan Brenn
Just a few cities in Europe and indeed the whole world gained such fame thanks to one of its buildings, the Tuscan city of Pisa being one of them. Of course it’s nothing else than the famous famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.
However, Pisa offers more of great architecture and a day trip is a must for all those spending their vacations in Tuscany. It also has a busy airport which is accessible on foot from the city center, which is its big advantage.
5 Best places to visit in Pisa
The leaning tower of Pisa, Duomo, Pisa Baptistery, Museum of the ancient boats in Pisa, Arno promenade, Graveyard of Pisa.
Are you aware of the fact that Milan is home to one of the world’s largest Gothic cathedrals? Not interested in cathedrals? Then you can visit a park or a museum, such as Castello Sforzesco, to see ancient musical instruments, or the city’s famous archaeology museum, which is filled with artifacts from the pre-historical era.
La Scala Opera House and Museum is not only a tribute to Opera, but it is also a formidable piece of architecture.
5 Best places to visit in Milan
Duomo di Milano and Piazza di Duomo, Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, The Last Supper, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Monumental Cemetery.
Read about the Most beautiful places in Milan to see what this city offers to its visitors.
Milan Cathedral, Best places to visit in Italy by Jiuguang Wang
6. The Gran Paradiso National Park
On the territory of France and Italy, southeast of Mont Blanc stretches a mountain range the Graian Alps, which includes the magnificent Gran Paradiso National Park. It covers an area of several beautiful valleys that end at the highest rock massif of Graian Alps – Gran Paradiso (4061m).
Gran Paradiso National Park has great ecological importance. It is a home to very diverse flora as well as fauna that can be hardly seen elsewhere in Europe.
6 Best places to visit in Gran Paradiso National Park
Locana Valley, Cogne Valley, Saint Basso Sanctuary at Valle di Campiglia, Colle del Nivolet mountain pass, Gran Piano, Orvieille – Lago Djouan, Lauson Lake.
Gran Paradiso National Park, Best places to visit in Italy by Franck Michel
7. Borromean islands
On the northern border of the regions of Lombardy and Piedmont is a Lake Maggiore which is the second largest lake in Italy (just after Lago di Garda). It is dominated by three Borromean Islands: Isola Bella, Isola Madre, and Isola Pescatori.
They offer magnificent villas, well-maintained gardens that are full of the Mediterranean vegetation and palm trees and breathtaking views of the lake. Isola Bella is a pearl among the Borromean Islands mainly thanks to the beautifully landscaped gardens and extravagant architecture.
Isola dei Pescatori, Borromean islands, Best places to visit in Italy by kkmarais
8. Orta lake
The beautiful shores of Lake d’Orta is together with a mild climate a guarantee of pleasant holidays in northern Italy. Lake d’Orta is a unique location for lovers of water sports and hiking.
This lake is one of the least visited of the Italian lakes, but unfairly. It is situated in the charming landscape of the Alpine foothills. In the middle of the lake is Isola San Giulio, which boasts a preserved basilica with the remarkable pulpit of black marble from the 12th century.
Orta lake with San Giulio island, Best places to visit in Italy by Luca Florio
Turin is an elegant city with parks, palaces, and ancient cafés. History lovers will find here some of the most beautiful Baroque buildings outside of Rome.
Turin is also home to the famous and controversial Shroud of Turin. Stunning baroque buildings and wonderful museums are set in the dramatic scenery of the Alpine foothills.
Castello del Valentino, Milan, Best places to visit in Italy by Golden globe
10. Lago Maggiore
Lago Maggiore is of glacial origin and it is something like the first step into the Alps that surround it. Because of its pleasant climate, a lot of tourists and locals come here to spend their holidays. It is suitable for all those who like any kind of water sports or fishing.
Around the lake, you will find a lot of beautiful resorts from which you can certainly choose one where you feel the most comfortable. Just to mention some of them, Arona, Stresa or Leggiuno are all stunning towns.
Lago Maggiore, Best places to visit in Italy by Alessio Maffeis
11. Lago di Como
Lago di Como is one of the most beautiful corners of Italy and throughout the Alps. It is quite narrow and surrounded by high mountains. On the steep slopes are scattered picturesque villages and the water in summer warms to temperatures close to the Mediterranean Sea.
But be careful! If you once decide to go here instead of the sea, you might never want to go elsewhere. The lake and the surrounding landscape will amaze you with the wild beauty, rugged coast, and a lot of beautiful subtropical trees and flowers.
Lago di Como, Best places to visit in Italy by SoWhat
10 years ago, I spent a night at Bergamo airport waiting for another flight to Rome. What a pity that I haven’t visited this wonderful city. At that time, I was absolutely not aware of its beauty. Instead, I spent a terrible night at the airport, but for the last time! Next time I’ll make a trip to the city center!
Bergamo is divided into two parts. Citta Alta and Citta Bassa. The first one is on the hill and it is a historic city center surrounded by intact medieval walls, with stunning views of the surrounding area.
Bergamo, Best places to visit in Italy by ANDREA PONTIGGIA
About 20 kilometers from Milan is the city of Pavia. Here you can see the castle with the remaining two towers from the 14th century, which was built for one of the ruling families – Visconti.
Piazza Duomo is home to the third largest cathedral dome in Italy. It is a Romanesque basilica of San Michele from the 11th century that has served as a crowning temple.
Pavia monastery, Best places to visit in Italy by mat’s eye
14. Grazzano Visconti
Not far from Piacenza you can find a small but very nice fairytale castle Grazzano Visconti. It was built at the end of the 14th century by Giovanni Anguissola to reside there with his wife Beatrice Visconti.
And later, in the 20th century, a village grew up around the castle with the intention of creating an original artistic center in medieval dress.
Grazzano Visconti, Best places to visit in Italy by Daniel70mi Falciola
A charming historic town of Mantova is located in the region of Lombardy. It is famous for being the birthplace of one of Rome’s most famous poets – Virgil. Many people consider it as the most romantic city in Italy.
In the city center, there are three squares – Piazza Sordello, Piazza Broletto, and Piazza delle Erbe. All of them are surrounded by medieval buildings and old cobbled streets with arcades.
Mantova, Best places to visit in Italy by Davide Oliva
16. Lago di Garda
Lago di Garda is the largest lake in Italy and although it is located in northern Italy, more and more people opt Garda as the main family beach holiday.
Thanks to its glacier origin the water in the lake has a nice transparent cyan color. There are a lot of reasons to visit Lake Garda – it offers all from thermal baths to ancient monuments in Sirmione, amusement parks, or to a day trips e.g. to Verona.
Lago di Garda, Best places to visit in Italy by Markus Bernet
Verona – a city of lovers, romantic parks and unique atmosphere of old Italy. Do not miss Romeo Juliet balcony, Verona amphitheater from the year 30, Giardino Giusti park, or Porta Borsari – a gateway to the past…
But Verona offers much more, for no coincidence, it is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Verona, Best places to visit in Italy by Fred Bigio
Padova belongs to the oldest towns in Italy, and this is why we should not forget at least for a short visit. You will find it not far from Venice, in the heart of the northern Italian region of Veneto.
It is beautiful picturesque university town with almost three thousand years of history. Since the 12th century, Padova was considered an important cultural and educational center of the whole of Italy.
Padova, Best places to visit in Italy by Giorgio Galeotti
Vicenza was for centuries the famous Roman city and later an independent city-state until 1404 when it came under the domination of Venice. The biggest development came in the 16th century when the city became a home to one of the most influential medieval architects of the 16th-century – Andrea Palladio.
Today, thanks to the Palladian buildings, Vicenza is one of the most elegant cities in Italy. In addition to his buildings, however, Vicenza boasts a number of other historic and artistic sites.
Vicenza, Best places to visit in Italy by Patrick Denker
20. Palladian villas
Not only Vicenza can boast great architecture from Andrea Palladio. But it is the whole region where you can find his works. They are inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage Site list as the Palladian villas of the Veneto.
Vicenza, Rovigo, Treviso, Venice, Padova, and Verona are cities where you can admire his works.
Villa Godi, Palladian villas Best places to visit in Italy by Stefan Bauer
21. Cortina d’Ampezzo
Cortina d’Ampezzo is one of the most famous Italian ski areas, which in 1956 became the scene of the Winter Olympics. Annually still holds one of the World Cup races in skiing.
Although this resort is regarded as the old one, where nothing has changed since 1956, Cortina is one of the most beautiful places of Italian Dolomites.
Cortina d’Ampezzo, Best places to visit in Italy by Navin Rajagopalan
22. Murano and Burano
Once in Venice, it would be a mistake not to visit its famous islands Murano and Burano. They both are picturesque islands and while Murano is famous for the traditional production of glass, Burano is famous for the production of lace.
Also, beautiful Venetian mirrors came from Murano island.
Murano and Burano, Best places to visit in Italy by niall62
One hundred years ago Trieste was the most important port of Austro-Hungarian Empire and thus it has Central European character. Its history dates back to 1000BC but its city center started to form in the 19th century.
Piazza Unità d’Italia is the center of the city and boasts a number of spectacular palaces. The most famous landmark is the castle of Miramare situated on the coast.
Trieste, Best places to visit in Italy by Davide Oliva
Rovereto is located 25 km south of Trento. It is one of the charming medieval towns that you certainly should not miss on your journey to northern Italy. Rovereto is often called City of Peace and also a City of Museums.
It became a City of Peace probably thanks to the monument La Campala della Pace di Rovereto. It is a memorial to all the victims of war, both soldiers as well as civilians.
Rovereto, Best places to visit in Italy by Gio 2000
Aquileia is an ancient town in the northern part of the country, it offers a surprising silence, peace and a rich history. Aquileia is a day trip spot on the Adriatic coast close to the pretty stone town of Grado and only 60 km east of the famous summer resort Bibione.
The town is popular mainly because of its archaeological excavations and early Christianity monuments.
Aquileia, Best places to visit in Italy by Giovanni Dall’Orto
You can visit a town of Trento during the trip to the Italian Dolomites. A small town located in the Adige River valley is surrounded by mountains from almost all sides.
You won’t miss Piazza Duomo with Fontana del Nettuno, Cathedral, and Palazzo Pretorio. Not far from Piazza Duomo is then amazing castle Castello del Buonconsiglio. A hill where Dante Alighieri has its monument offers amazing views of the whole area.
27. Cinque Terre
For the more adventurous and outdoorsy visitors, a trip to Cinque Terre is a must. It is not just one town, but rather a group of towns that lie along high cliffs that overlook the Ligurian Sea. Cinque means five so this is why you will find 5 villages here: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.
This beautiful pairing of villages has been protected from mass development as it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a national park. Once you book one of the beautiful places to stay in the area be sure to come here to experience the hiking, beaches, and boat tours.
Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Best places to visit in Italy by Stuart Geiger
Genova (Genoa) is the largest city of the Italian Riviera and the most important port in Italy. Its biggest tourist attraction in recent years became large Aquarium (Acquario di Genova).
Via Garibaldi street is lined with magnificent palaces from the 16th and 17th centuries, and it is this part of Genoa that was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Genova, Best places to visit in Italy by Hpschaefer
Stroll across the peninsula of Portofino, the only significant piece of land jutting out into the sea from the Riviera di Levante. The rugged terrain of the peninsula is protected by law in the natural park of Portofino, which is accessible through a network of marked trails.
Oh, it’s really beautiful and definitely worth it to go there. But be careful, Portofino is among the most expensive resorts in Italy and it is a place where a lot of celebrities spend their vacations.
Portofino, Best places to visit in Italy by IK’s World Trip
Another jewel in the northern part of Italy is the small town of Castell’Arquato. The town remained its medieval appearance and still looks like in the 10th century.
Strolling the town’s streets is an adventure itself that you will never forget. This is why you must visit this picturesque town in Emilia-Romagna region.
Castell’Arquato, Best places to visit in Italy by Maria Grazia Montagnari
Ferrara is one of the most beautiful cities in northern Italy. Locals call their renaissance jewel the “City of bicycles”. You will find them really everywhere.
Best time to visit Ferrara is during some great event. There are many such as a traditional carnival, hot air balloons show, horse racing and the biggest European festival of street artists.
Ferrara, Best places to visit in Italy by Warburg
If you love some food specialties then you should not avoid a city of Parma! It is a birthplace of famous Parmesan cheese and Prosciutto (known also as Prosciutto di Parma or Parma ham).
Moreover, it is rich in historical landmarks thanks to which attracts a lot of tourists every year. Especially its two famous buildings that stand in the historic center on Piazza Duomo – Battisterio and Parma Cathedral.
Parma, Best places to visit in Italy by Filippo Aneli
The ancient city of industry, heritage and education. In Modena, you can admire a lot, this city in the northern part of Italy is famous for the production of luxury cars (Ferrari, Maserati), universities, wine (Lambrusco) and historical sights.
The most famous monument of the city is its cathedral, the Duomo di San Geminiano situated in Piazza Grande (included in the UNESCO list). It is among the most important Romanesque buildings in all of Italy. On the eastern side of the square is then town hall building Palazzo Comunale.
Modena, Best places to visit in Italy by Rossoporpora
Bologna is one of the largest cities in Italy. It is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in the north. This romantic city boasts many historical sights.
On its main square Piazza Maggiore, you can admire the view of the Gothic cathedral and several amazing palaces. The dominant feature of the city is two towers. Higher ones (Asinelli) is as high as 97 meters.
Bologna, Best places to visit in Italy by Matteo Paciotti
Ravenna is famous for its glorious and rich history. Once it also served as the capital of the Western Roman Empire. Its early Christian mosaics are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
There is a total of 8 magnificent monuments that are inscribed on UNESCO’s list. Seven in the city itself and 1 lies a few kilometers outside the city.
Ravenna, Best places to visit in Italy by Sailko
Lucca is an elegant city which was founded by the Etruscans and already in the 12th century it gained independence. Apart from a couple of years when it was conquered by Pisa, Lucca maintained its independence until 1805.
It is a unique example of Renaissance town – the town has preserved its walls, in the middle of which you can find a completely intact medieval town. Do not miss its Duomo di San Martino – the main temple and the city cathedral, Piazza dell’Anfiteatro – main square, Palazzo Pfanner – magnificent bourgeois palace from 1667.
Lucca, Best places to visit in Italy by Pug Girl
Populonia is located in the western part of Tuscany at the Etruscan Coast (Costa Etrusca), within sight of famous Tuscan islands of Elba, Capraia, and Gorgona. Populonia is an ancient Etruscan city of the 7th century BC.
You can visit archaeological park Parco Archeologico di Baratti e Populonia with interesting Etruscan tombs. In the park is the village Populonia Alta, which is surrounded by walls and protected by the castle from the 15th century. Also worth seeing is the Etruscan museum and the Torre di Populonia. Do not miss Etruscan acropolis of an ancient Populonia, which was discovered in 1980 – 1990.
Populonia, Best places to visit in Italy by Allie_Caulfield
Are you a fan of good wines? Then a region of Chianti is something that you cannot miss on your tour around Italy. The famous Chianti region is dotted with vineyards and wine shops where you can taste local wines, or admire the beautiful scenery of green hills and captivating medieval villages.
The vision of spending time under the Tuscan Sun makes Tuscany one of the most visited regions of Italy with nearly 50 million tourists a year.
Chianti, Best places to visit in Italy by Francesco Sgroi
Arezzo is one of the richest cities of Tuscany, among other things, thanks to the manufacturing of gold jewelry which is exported throughout Europe.
Although it was severely damaged during World War II and then rebuilt, it managed to preserve some unique sights. The greatest art treasures of the city are frescoes in the Basilica of San Francesco.
Arezzo, Best places to visit in Italy by Mircea
Volterra itself is one big tourist attraction in the Tuscany. Known as the city of alabaster Volterra boasts the steep narrow streets and has a unique medieval atmosphere.
Its Piazza dei Priori is one of the best-preserved medieval squares in Italy. Here you can find e.g. the Palazzo dei Priori, which is the oldest town hall in Tuscany (construction started already in 1208).
Volterra, Best places to visit in Italy by laura.foto
41. San Gimignano
Often referred to as the medieval Manhattan of Tuscany or the Manhattan of the Middle Ages, San Gimignano belongs to one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. Its preserved medieval towers can be seen from a distance.
Besides the towers, it has an excellent Tuscan wine and other goodies and a welcoming pleasant atmosphere. In the past, there were 72 high stone towers in the town. Today, only 15 of them remained here including the highest of them – Torre Grossa with its height of 54 meters.
San Gimignano, Best places to visit in Italy by Cédric Liénart
Scoring just behind Florence in the best places to visit in Tuscany is the city of Siena. When visiting this charming city you will get a whole different experience than in a city such as Florence as it is the quintessential example of the Gothic era.
Some of the major attractions you won’t want to miss out on include: the Piazza del Campo, the Torre del Mangia, Santa Maria della Scala, and the Siena Cathedral.
Siena, Best places to visit in Italy by Alex
43. Abbey of San Galgano
Abbey of San Galgano is one of the first buildings in central Italy, which was built following the principles of Gothic architecture coming from France. Cistercian monks started to build the church in 1218 and completed it in 1288. Later, this model was used for the construction of the cathedral in Siena.
With its total area, it is one of the larger ruins in all of Italy. While walking between huge walls you will feel so small and realize the size of the whole building.
Abbey of San Galgano, Best places to visit in Italy by Daniel Günther
44. Crete Senesi
South of Siena in the middle of Tuscany stretches the strange territory known as Crete Senesi. Because it is a desolate landscape, it is called Tuscan desert.
It is characterized by rounded hills eroded by heavy rains, cypress and pine trees planted along roads and around solitary farms. Wandering around here you will certainly meet shepherds with herds of sheep. Their milk is used for the production of pecorino cheese, which is popular throughout Tuscany.
Crete Senesi, Best places to visit in Italy by Gunther Tschuch
The small town of Pienza is the birthplace of Pope Pius II., after whom the town was named. The center of the town is made by Piazza Pio II., where you’ll find Pienza Cathedral, but also the Palazzo Comunale. Once you explore its interior go further along the city walls. It offers a wonderful view of the surrounding countryside and it is a nice place to relax.
This small town is located in the middle of nature and is a home to about 3,000 residents. It is known for its cheese production – a typical product of this region – sheep cheese (pecorino). You will find it in every shop you will pass on the way.
Pienza, Best places to visit in Italy by thomas
Perugia is an inland town in the middle of Italy. It is the capital of the landlocked mountainous region of Umbria. The city is famous for its culture and history.
Its historic core is really wonderful and is located on a rocky outcrop in the middle of the green countryside, with breathtaking views of the surrounding area.
Perugia, Best places to visit in Italy by Luca Vanzella
Assisi can be found about 14 km southeast of Perugia, on artificial terraces at the foot of Monte Subasio. Thanks to Saint Francis (1182-1226) and Saint Clara it is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Italy.
The town has yet retained its medieval character and many important artistic monuments. Do not miss Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, Eremo della Carceri, Rocca Maggiore or Roman Temple of Minerva among others.
Assisi, Best places to visit in Italy by Bob Hall
Spoleto is one of the most beautiful cities in central Italy. It is a city rich in history, which is visible thanks to a large number of preserved monuments. In 100 BC Spoleto was one of the nicest and richest territories in central Italy. Since 1958 Spoleto is the scene of one of the biggest festivals in Italy – Festival Due Mondi.
The dominant feature of Spoleto is Rocca Albornoziana mighty fortress from the 14th century with a Romanesque basilica, which was built by the influence of Cardinal Albornoz and until 1982 was used as a high-security prison.
Spoleto, Best places to visit in Italy by Lorenzo Trombetta
Orvieto was built on a rock formed by volcanic igneous rocks – tuffs. The site is considered one of the most attractive in the whole Umbria region. It is a major center for tourism, visitors have the opportunity to become familiar with all the important eras of its history, after which a number of monuments have remained here.
The oldest monument in the city is the remains of a temple Tempio del Belvedere, which was built in Etruscan times. However, the most important monument is the Duomo di Orvieto, about which Pope Leo XIII. said that it is “The golden Lily of Italian Cathedrals.”
Orvieto, Best places to visit in Italy by Pug Girl
50. San Marino
If you have decided to spend your holidays by the sea in Rimini or nearby resorts Cesenatico, Cattolica, Riccione or the other in central Italy, you certainly cannot miss a trip to San Marino.
With its area of almost 62 km2, this unique republic is the third smallest European state (after Vatican and Monaco). Its main features are three forts, the towers, triple walls and narrow streets with the ancient atmosphere.
San Marino, Best places to visit in Italy by fdecomite
Urbino is one of the most beautiful towns in central Italy. It is located in the north of the Marche region, near the border with the region of Emilia-Romagna. Historic Centre of Urbino is very small, has an area of only about 1 square kilometer. Since 1998 it is also on the UNESCO list.
You will enter the city center through the gates, which are part of the original fortifications. The most famous landmark of the town is the Palazzo Ducale. It is one of the most beautiful examples of the Renaissance style in Italy and together with Neoclassical Duomo di Urbino form a breathtaking panorama of the city.
Urbino, Best places to visit in Italy by Gareth Williams
52. Grotte di Frasassi
Grotte di Frasassi are breathtaking caves located about 45 km from Ancona. A guided tour takes about 75 minutes. This unique complex of caves near the town of Jesi was created by Sentino river.
Hollowed out a system of interconnected caves that are about 18 km long. It was discovered in 1948. The public can see only a kilometer of the underground beauty, but it contains a huge hall of Grotta del Vento.
Grotte di Frasassi, Best places to visit in Italy by Kessiye
53. Conero Riviera
Italy has everything, sights, mountains, good food, but their most important part is the sea that surrounds almost all the country. If you are one of those millions of people that visit this country in summer months to relax on the beach, then this tip is for you!
Conero Riviera is considered one of the most beautiful maritime destinations in all of Italy. There are many beaches that you will like here, e.g. Due Sorelle or San Michele.
Conero Riviera, Best places to visit in Italy by Luca Boldrini
54. Abruzzo National Park
Abruzzo National Park (Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo) is one of the most important nature reserves in Europe. The park is bounded on the east by the Adriatic Sea and stretches on an area of two Italian regions – Abruzzo and Molise.
It was the first national park in Italy founded already in September 1923. Its mountain peaks, leafy forests, and beautiful lakes are home to remarkable fauna, it protects even brown bears, wolves, and chamois. The landscape is perfect for hiking. You’ll find a lot of marked trails here and many beautiful views.
55. Park of the Monsters in Bomarzo
Near Viterbo, above the valley of the river Tiber, is where Bomarzo is situated on the high rock. Below, on a rocky hillside, you can find Park of the Monsters which is full of fantastic monsters, allegorical figures, and fairy creatures.
If you wish to go out somewhere for fresh air, while at the same time see the famous Italian landmark, then come here! The atmosphere here is really mysterious.
Park of the Monsters in Bomarzo, Best places to visit in Italy by Bo&Ko
56. Cascata delle Marmore
In addition to historical monuments, Italy boasts a breathtaking scenery. Cascata delle Marmore is an amazing waterfall that definitely worth a visit. They were created in the 3rd century BC by the Romans as a barrier to excessive river flooding.
Around these waterfalls, you can also find natural caves Grotte di Marmore.
Cascata delle Marmore, Best places to visit in Italy by Fabio Tiberi
Vatican is the smallest and most visited city-state in the world. In addition, the main point of the Roman Catholic world Vatican is also a treasure trove of art and history.
It is located in the heart of Rome, and although its area has only 43 hectares, its significance is huge. The most important monument in the Vatican is the St. Peter’s Basilica. Many people visit the Vatican for the famous Sistine Chapel featured with Michelangelo frescoes.
Only 23 km from Rome, on the Tyrrhenian Sea, is where you can find a Roman suburb of Ostia, which is famous for its seaside resort of Lido di Ostia and the archaeological area of Ostia Antica.
In the former Roman port of Ostia Antica, you can see the ruins of the old ancient city of Ostia, which offers comparable beauty as legendary Pompeii. The ruins of the ancient Roman town covers an area of 10,000 hectares and give visitors the opportunity to see how the people lived in Ostia during the time of its greatest glory.
Ostia Antica, Best places to visit in Italy by Bruno
The former ancient town of Tivoli is located 40 km from Rome and in the old days it was a favorite resort of movable Romans, popes, cardinals and Roman Renaissance nobility, who have built their opulent summer residences here.
The most interesting monument here is Villa d’Este from the 16th century, surrounded by Renaissance gardens with terraces, statues, and moss-covered fountains. And once here, pay a visit also to Hadrian’s Villa (Villa Adriana), which is located 5 km west of Tivoli.
Villa d’Este, Tivoli, Best places to visit in Italy by Patrick Denker
60. Ninfa garden
20 kilometers southeast of Rome is a place that lover of flowers definitely should not miss. The ancient town of Ninfa is here transformed into a unique natural botanical garden, literally growing around the ancient ruins.
It is not a coincidence that this garden is often referred to as the Europe’s most romantic garden.
Ninfa garden, Best places to visit in Italy by Mentnafunangann
Caserta is an imposing royal palace near Naples with an even more impressive garden. It was built in the second half of the 18th century by King of Spain Charles III. He wanted to have his own palace that would be similar to those which stood at Versailles or in Potsdam.
It is known as La Reggia or Palazzo Reale and is one of the jewels of the southern Italian region of Campania.
Caserta, Best places to visit in Italy by Gallardo
Ischia, with its area of 46.33 square kilometers, is the largest, most beautiful and most famous island in the Gulf of Naples. Summer vacation on this island is very popular.
“Green Island”, as it is often nicknamed for its lush vegetation, charmed everyone. Ischia is an island full of beauty, sights and attractions. The greatest rarity is the miraculous thermal and mineral springs, which are used to treat many diseases.
Ischia, Best places to visit in Italy by Pastorius
Procida island is only 2.5 km long, has only 4 square kilometers and is the least frequented by tourists. This is why it is much cheaper than popular islands of Ischia and Capri. From the port of Naples it takes about one hour by ferry.
It is interesting that the first underwater water supply in the world was built here in 1957. It supplies the island with fresh water from the Italian mainland.
Procida, Best places to visit in Italy by Porfirio
And the last island on this list of the bay of Naples, my favorite though, is the island of Capri. Capri is a beautiful, most luxurious island of the first category in Italy. It is a popular tourist destination with azure sea and stunning scenery.
From the port, you can take a cruise around the island with a visit to the famous Blue Cave (Grotta Azzura), White Cave (Grotta Bianca), Natural Arch (Arco Naturale), Faraglioni (the typical rocks in the sea), Marina Piccola, or Green cave (Grotta Verde).
Capri, Best places to visit in Italy by Glmike523
One can say that everything you’ve ever heard about Naples is true. It is magnificent, beautiful and cheap, but also dirty, unkempt and somewhat confusing.
The third largest city in Italy is located on the west coast of the Bay of Naples between the active volcano Vesuvius and Campi Flegrei volcanic area. Panorama of the Vesuvius volcano, the UNESCO historic center or a harbor with huge ships will amaze everyone.
Naples, Best places to visit in Italy by Ra Boe
You would probably not want to live in Pompeii as it has terrible history. However, today, lots of tourists to Italy want to see what remained here after volcano erupted.
Since the community’s discovery and excavation in 1749, Pompeii attracts millions of visitors annually. Besides old architecture, buildings display complete mosaic tiles and frescoes depicting mythological figures and legends.
Pompeii, Best places to visit in Italy by Paul Kelley
Sorrento is a town with 16,500 inhabitants and lies in the Gulf of Naples. It is a popular holiday destination thanks to its proximity to Naples, Pompeii, and Capri.
Sorrentine Peninsula neighbors with the Amalfi coast where along the dramatic coastline leads one of the most beautiful roads in the Mediterranean.
Sorrento, Best places to visit in Italy by Berthold Werner
Herculaneum, which, like Pompeii, was destroyed by the force of a volcano, belongs to valuable treasures of the ancient world. It’s not so famous and popular among tourists as nearby Pompeii and therefore offers more quiet atmosphere without crowds of tourists.
While the inhabitants of Pompeii choked in the streets while trying to escape, the people from Herculaneum died on the beach under a torrent of hot mud while waiting for the ship that would take them to safety place on the opposite side of the bay. Others died on the way across the bay on ships that swept waves caused by the devastating eruptions.
Herculaneum, Best places to visit in Italy by Helena
Paestum is 85 km south of Naples, in the Tyrrhenian Sea. There is an archaeological park with three well-preserved temples. The town was founded in the 6th century BC, but the findings show that the place was inhabited earlier.
Paestum is a major European seaside resort and unforgettable tourist area. One of the main destination for lovers of history and excavations.
Paestum, Best places to visit in Italy by Oliver-Bonjoch
70. Amalfi Coast
Amalfi Coast (Italian: Costiera Amalfitana) is a stretch of the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Province of Salerno (Campania region) in southern Italy. It includes the following towns and villages: Amalfi, Maiori, Minori, Atrani, Ravello, Scala, Tramonti, Praiano, Positano, Vietri sul Mare, Cetara and Conca del Marini, Furore.
Amalfi Coast has served as a setting for many famous or less famous Italian films. Steep coast, narrow streets and amazing views… Amalfi coast is definitely one of the most beautiful and romantic places in all of Italy.
Well, a picture here will never be enough, you must see this Italian jewel on your own. Positano, as one of the many beautiful towns of Amalfi coast is something you cannot afford to miss.
It’s even impossible to describe its beauty with words. Although there are not too many sights; the biggest attraction is the local church of Santa Maria Assunta, but its overall beauty of the place and amazing vistas and panoramas that make this town unforgettable.
Positano, Best places to visit in Italy by Ivonne
Once in Amalfi coast you also have to visit romantic Ravello, a place where the beauty takes your breath completely away. The picturesque town of Ravello is built on a rocky cliff at an altitude of 350 meters above sea level.
Already French poet André Gide described this place as a town which is “closer to heaven than earth.” This place is ideal for romantics and all those who like to indulge in the luxury.
Ravello, Best places to visit in Italy by Mentnafunangann
Padula is a small medieval village with a strange mystic atmosphere. Its narrow streets wave up and down along steep slopes. Even though it is a very nice village, the most important monument here is the Monastery of Padula (known also as Certosa de San Lorenzo).
This quiet Carthusian monastery is a huge complex. With its 320 rooms, it is the 2nd largest monastery in Italy (after The Chartreuse of Pavia).
Padula Monastery, Best places to visit in Italy by Velvet
74. Tremiti islands
Tremiti islands (or Isole Tremiti) is a charming archipelago, known as the “five pearl of the Adriatic.” It is a part of the Gargano National Park.
The big advantage of the islets is a relative calm, the beauty of nature and the 21 km coastline with limestone caves. Clear sea around the islands attracts lots of swimming and diving enthusiasts.
Tremiti islands, Best places to visit in Italy by shots of carmen fiano
Have you already visited the most beautiful city in the region of Puglia? No? So head to Ostuni, which is also called the white city. No other city in the region is so picturesque.
You’ll love its narrow streets, steep stairs and cool courtyards crowned by a late Gothic cathedral.
Ostuni, Best places to visit in Italy by Dronkitmaster
Lecce is the pearl of Salento peninsula, which forms the heel of the Italian boot. Baroque-Rococo style here is so distinctive that it is even referred to as “Leccese Baroque”.
Lecce, however, boasts a far older monuments such as the Roman amphitheater and the Roman theater, which is still a cultural center. For its huge cultural potential, the city is also sometimes called “Florence of the Baroque” or “Florence of the South”.
Lecce, Best places to visit in Italy by Tango7174
Bari is located in the south of sunny Italy and is the capital of Apulia region. It is a port city located on the Adriatic coast. Make sure to walk around the entire Old Town with its winding streets, where they sell delicious pizza and coffee. In the city center is then the Cathedral of San Sabino from the 12th century.
If you prefer relax on the beach, go to the sandy beach known as Pane a Pomodoro, which is located about twenty minutes walk along the beautiful promenade.
Bari, Best places to visit in Italy by Jean-Christophe BENOIST
The town of Alberobello is famous for its unique architecture. In the town center there are special houses called Trulli. They are white circular houses built of stone without mortar.
There are about 1500 of these structures in Alberobello. You have to visit some of them, as they are now restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops or shops with local products. But you can also stay in one.
Alberobello, Best places to visit in Italy by pululante
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You should reserve more days to explore Matera and its surroundings because one day would really be too short. The inhabitants of Matera previously lived in houses dug into the rock.
These houses can still be seen here which makes the city one of the most spectacular in southern Italy. The town of Matera with its surroundings is one of the sights of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Matera, Best places to visit in Italy by Tango7174
80. Aeolian islands
Islands like Majorca, Malta, Sardinia and many Greek islands are well known to perhaps all the people in the world. But Aeolian islands (also known as Lipari) are not. However, these volcanic islands are really unique and also have a lot to offer.
The archipelago includes several islands – Vulcano, Lipari, Panarea, Stromboli, Filicudi, Salina, Alicudi. Unfortunately, I visited only one of them, Vulcano. It offers a natural sulfurous mud bath which has miraculous effects. Treats a variety of allergies, eczema, rheumatic problems or breathing problems, simply it’s a doctor for the whole body.
The picturesque town of Taormina with its 11 thousand inhabitants, is situated on the east coast of Sicily. Writers, artists and travelers liked this town already in the 19th century. However today it is still very popular among tourists, mainly because of its wonderful location on the slopes of Monte Tauro overlooking the volcano Etna on one side and the sea on the other.
The main tourist attraction is the Greek theater but very nice is also the old town center with narrow medieval streets and a number of palaces. On a hill you will see the Saracen castle.
Taormina with Etna, Best places to visit in Italy by WiDi
82. Piazza Armerina
It would be a mistake to leave the town of Piazza Armerina unnoticed, because this place is definitely one of the most charming cities in the island of Sicily. The picturesque historic center is situated on the slope beneath the baroque dome of Santissima Assunta.
Dome has a Gothic bell tower, while the interior is maintained in a classical white and blue colors.
Piazza Armerina, Best places to visit in Italy by Eduardo M.
Are you planning to spend your vacation at one of the Italian islands? Then head to Sicily, where in addition to the wonderful sea and white sand beaches, you can admire places that are steeped in the history of the ancient world.
Syracuse is lying partly on land and partly on the island of Ortygia, which forms a core of the old town. At its center is the Piazza del Duomo, which is considered one of the most beautiful squares in all of Italy. It is dominated by the cathedral with a richly decorated Baroque façade.
Syracuse, Best places to visit in Italy by Tango7174
The historic Sicilian town of Noto is often referred to as a baroque pearl of Sicily. Noto is located along with other towns like Caltagirone, Militello Val di Catania, Catania, Modica, Palazzolo, Ragusa and Scicli in the Val di Noto.
All these cities were rebuilt after the massive earthquake that struck Sicily in 1693. Therefore, for these cities it typical late Baroque style of high architectural and artistic level. These cities were registered on UNESCO World Heritage List in 2002.
Noto, Best places to visit in Italy by Rohan Menon
Caltagirone is a town of ceramics. There is even endless staircase connecting the lower part of the town with the church of Santa Maria al Monte. In town you can visit the ceramics museum or one of the local ceramic workshops.
Its famous stairs are adorned with flowers in the spring (annually from March to June).
Caltagirone, Best places to visit in Italy by G. Melfi
Selinunte was one of the most important Greek colonies in Sicily. This is why the city has lots of antic sights. The archaeological area includes the Acropolis and the ancient town. A little farther is then located the eastern temples and the Temple of Demeter Malophoros.
The oldest of the temples dates back to the 6th century BC while others are a little younger.
Selinunte, Best places to visit in Italy by Franck Manogil
87. Segesta Temple and Amphiteater
The unfinished Doric temple is one of the most important ancient monuments of Sicily. It is located east of the coastal cities of Erice and Trapani, and its great advantage is its natural position.
The temple stands on a small hill of Monte Barbaro on the edge of a deep canyon in the middle of the mountains. Greek theater stands in its vicinity. So once in Sicily, look for Segesta Temple and Amphiteater!
Segesta, Best places to visit in Italy by Evan Erickson
The city of Agrigento is situated on the southern coast of Sicily and is visited mainly due to glorious ancient past from which you still can see perfectly preserved Doric temples complex known as the Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi).
Since 1997, the area is registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Agrigento is a magnificent open air museum. In the Greek era, the city boasted 200,000 inhabitants, and in that time there emerged the largest Greek temples ever.
Agrigento, Best places to visit in Italy by Michal Osmenda
Palermo is the most important and largest city (730 000 inhabitants), as well as the capital of Sicily. It belongs to the top of the list of what you have to see and visit in Sicily.
The historic core is large. Going through all or at least most of the city center means to spend at least several days in Palermo, but it’s worth it! For more information about Palermo, check another article about Things to do in Palermo – 17 of the most beautiful places to visit!
The most beautiful cathedral in Sicily can be found in Monreale, 8 km southwest of Palermo. Monreale Cathedral is one of the largest preserved monuments of Norman architecture in the world. Decorated with mosaic decorations, you will feel like in a fairy tale once you step inside.
Mosaics in the Cathedral cover more than 6,000 square meters and is the largest mosaic surface in Sicily and the largest collection of medieval Christian mosaics in the world.
Monreale abbey, Best places to visit in Italy by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
Once in Sicily you cannot miss its medieval jewel – Cefalu. It is amazing town with a great beach right at the city center. So once you are at the sea, you can admire the beauty of this place.
The dominant feature of the town is not only beautiful ancient cathedral, but also huge rock massif, to which lead many winding paths.
92. Cava Grande Cassibile
Not far from the southeastern coast of Sicily is one very interesting place. The undulating landscape is here suddenly interrupted by deep canyon, made by the river Cassibile.
Cava Grande Cassibile is a hidden gem of Sicily, and is often skipped by the travelers, who mainly come here to enjoy the sea and beaches. However even here you can swim in a beautiful, clear water at the bottom of the canyon.
Cava Grande Cassibile, Best places to visit in Italy by Carlo Columba
93. Mount Etna
You won’t find larger active volcano in Europe than the one you can find in Sicily. Mount Etna is the largest volcano in Europe and you will be able to see it from many places around the island.
But a visit to the mountain is more enjoyable adventure. And if you want to see the snow in Sicily, this is where to look for!
Climbing Etna, Best places to visit in Italy by Salvatore Ciambra
94. Egadi islands
Just a few kilometers from the west coast of Sicily you can find Egadi Islands – Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo. The small island of Levanzo, which reminds Greece is home to only about 200 people. Its main attraction is a prehistoric cave paintings in the Grotta del Genovese, discovered in 1952.
Completely different is bustling and lively island of Favignana. You will find countless beautiful beaches here and if you love taking pictures, then the island will be a paradise for you.
Favignana, Best places to visit in Italy by roberto
Pantelleria is the southernmost Italian island. It is located 85 km from Sicily and the same distance from the Tunisian coast. Pantelleria is renowned not only for its fine wines Moscato di Pantelleria, but it also offers excellent diving locations.
There are almost 8,000 inhabitants living there and even Giorgio Armani has its summer residence here.
Pantelleria, Best places to visit in Italy by Patrizia
96. La Maddalena archipelago
La Maddalena is a small archipelago with about 11,000 inhabitants comprising a group of seven small islands of La Maddalena, Caprera, Santo Stefano, Spargi, Budelli, Razzoli and Santa Maria and a large number of tiny islets on the north coast.
The whole archipelago is part of the La Maddalena National Park. It is a tourist area with many beautiful beaches like famous “Spiaggia Rosa” (Pink Beach) on the island of Budelli, which is pink due to the occurrence of red coral.
La Maddalena, Best places to visit in Italy by Bruno Cordioli
97. The gulf of Orosei
To the northeast of Sardinia lies one of the most beautiful parts of the island – the beautiful Gulf di Orosei. It is bathed by crystal clear and azure blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
This whole area belongs to the Gennargentu National Park. Nearby is an extinct volcano Codula Manna reaching a height of 415 meters above the sea level. One of the most popular resorts in the Gulf of Orosei is the seaside town of Orosei.
Gulf di Orosei, Best places to visit in Italy by heatheronhertravels
Villasimius is gorgeous part of the loved island of Sardinia, which is without the doubt the most popular one. The beaches are on most postcards and pictures from the island because it is a real gem.
The sea has amazing color here and the small town offers plenty of restaurants, shops and pizzerias to spend a perfect holiday. Spiaggia di Porto Giunco is one of the most beautiful and picturesque beaches in all of Italy.
Villasimius, Best places to visit in Italy by emmequadro61
The largest and most famous complex of prehistoric Sardinian buildings called “Nuraghe” – is situated near Barumini. These typical Sardinian stone structures were built already in the Bronze Age and the youngest of them were built in the last millennium BC.
On the eastern side of the fortress stretches nuraghe village – a complex of about fifty circular and elliptical foundations of homes along with the remains of another settlement with the Carthaginian-Roman influence.
Barumini, Best places to visit in Italy by Norbert Nagel
100. Costa Verde
On the west coast of Sardinia lies a small recreational area of Costa Verde (Green Coast). It was named after the unique landscape that surrounds it. It is situated between Capo Frasca and Capo Pecora.
You will find it jut about 66 kilometers from the capital of Sardinia, Cagliari. You will love walking trips around the Mediterranean evergreen vegetation featured with amazing hills. Costa Verde boasts beautiful sandy beaches, romantic coves, steep rocks and cliffs.
Costa Verde, Best places to visit in Italy by Valentina
Italy is one of the most romantic places to visit in the world, and when you are planning your Italian getaway you want to be sure that you experience the best it has to offer.
So I chose these places you must visit while in Italy. If you think that I have missed some amazing places, please let me know below in the comments!