Are you planning A trip to Italy? If so, be prepared to fall in love with this beautiful and extraordinary country. The food, the wine, the rich historical sites, the highly regarded art, the beautiful small towns, and equally picturesque cities, it’s safe to say Italy is the number one destination in Europe.
Tourists and travel experts have long agreed that Italy is a special place, so much so that the country has become a de facto bucket list destination for just about everyone.
However, exploring the whole country and its endless beautiful places will take months, and most travelers have only one or two weeks, which is why we listed 12 of the best places and most visited ones for you, just to make your choosing prosses easier.
A standard stop in many European vacation itineraries, Rome is not to be missed. Located in the country’s central region of Lazio, Rome is a vast and complex city that is both historical and modern at the same time.
Here you’ll find the most important relic from the Roman Empire (that is The Colosseum), and some of Michelangelo’s greatest works in the Sistine Chapel, also you’ll find some of the most delicious food (Rome is the home to many Michelin-starred resturant), and the center of Catholicism (the Vatican).
But between those important and most famous sights, take some time to enjoy the city itself. Meet Italian people, they are nice, relax in the Borghese Gardens. Explore the narrow streets of Trastevere, and toss a coin in Trevi Fountain.
Tuscany is Italy’s most famous region. It’s is also Italy’s famous countryside offering travelers spectacular landscapes dotted with romantic, secluded villas and Castles (Castelli) that house wineries and superb restaurants.
The medieval city Siena holds some excellent artwork while it’s historic center consider one of the most popular destinations in Tuscany.
Not just that, it is perfect for those who are looking for Italy without crowds and don’t want to stay in one place for too long. The great location of Tuscan allows you to take an easy drive to some of the top destinations in Italy such as Bologna and Cinque Terre.
One of the best and romantic places not only in Italy but in the whole world is Venice. Venice is a unique city that is built upon a lagoon surrounded by the Adriatic Sea. streets are made of water, the buses and taxies here are boats, this city is literally one of the best cities in Italy.
Venice located in northeastern Italy is an archipelago of 118 islands all connected by hundreds of stunning bridges and scenic canals.
The city is often crowded all year, but worth visiting to see its magnificent landmarks like basilican Doge’s Palace, Saint Mark’s and Rialto Bridge. Also, many couples choose Venice to spend their honeymoon because it’s just so romantic.
Cinque Terre is located on Italy’s northern Lighirian coast, and means “Five Lands”. The Cinque Terre comprises five colorful, seaside towns (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Monterosso, Carniglia, and Vernazza) Tucked seamlessly on the region’s cliff-side terrain.
The beautiful villages of Cinque Terre feature some of Italy’s most stunning landscapes that include steep cliff sides and wine terraces dating back to hundreds of years. This place offers an abundance of awesome activities, with boat tours and hiking being the area’s main points of interest.
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and it’s an autonomous region of Italy that includes several smaller isles. Sicily is home to every great Mediterranean civilization, it is rich in art and history, from Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples To Palermo’s Baroque Churches.
You’ll be enchanted by Sicily’s clear blue waters and black sand beaches. Marvel at Mount Etna, which is the highest active volcano in Europ, which you can try hike it in summer or skiing down it in winter. Also, save some time for taking in the many cultures that have called this beautiful island home at its various cathedrals and archaeological sites.
Nearly destroyed from heavy bombing during world war 2, Milan has since reconstructed and now shines as one of the wealthiest and prettiest cities in not only Italy but in all Europ. Milan has one of the highest concentration of artistic and architectural attractions in all Italy. And for those whole love fashion, Milan is a must.
Milan has been the home and workplace for luminaries in all these fields; Loanaro da Vinci, Verdi, Enrico Caruso, Michelangelo and designer Giorgio Armani. Also, it attracts tourists to its surviving world war famous treasure like the Last Supper, the La Scala Opera House, and Leanardo Da Vinci’s painting.
Situated in Italy’s southwestern region of Campania, the Amalfi Coast is known for its extraordinary beauty that makes it one of Italy’s top tourist destinations. The region covers more than two dozen miles of coastline and is home to 13 colorful seaside towns, and each one has it’s own unique story.
Positano and Amalfi are the two most popular destinations, especially Positano, because it is one of the most romantic and posh towns, with beautiful pebbled beaches, pastel houses, and scenic mountains. You can hike, relax on the beaches and eat some of the delicious food in Italy there.
Naples is the capital of the Campania region in Southern Italy. This city offers a treasure trove of artworks and historic sites and a vibrant atmosphere of shops, restaurants and nightlife venues. Also when talking about food in Italy we have to mention Pizza (right), and Naples is the birthplace of Pizza one of Italy’s most popular culinary creations.
Along with its famous food, this city is home to some incredible art, most of which you can see at the Danservero Chapel Musume and the Napels national Archeological Museums.
Pompeii is one of Italy’s most visited tourist destinations and a Famous Roman city which was left almost completely intact after it was buried several feet if volcanic ash for nearly 1,700 years after the cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Excavation of Pompeii began in 1748, and the site is yet to be totally unearthed.
A tour of Pompeii offers a fascinating insight into the everyday life of the ancient Roman World. Tourists can walk along the ancient streets to see remains of bakeries, brothels, and baths. True history buffs will definitely enjoy this place more than Milan, or Venice.
Pisa And Lucca
These two nearby towns are worth visiting while you’re in Tuscany. The first for exceptional Campo Dei Miracoli complex and the other for its ending charm. The Leaning Tower Of Pisa is one of the most popular icons in Italy and forms the centerpiece of a UNESCO World Heritage site that also includes the cathedral, baptistery, and Campo Santo.
Nearby, Lucca is one of Italy’s most charming towns to explore and enjoy, surrounded by wide walls whose top is a tree-lined park. Visitors can enjoy those beautiful and Historic monuments, and take some unforgettable photos
This beautiful land seems totally apart from Italy. Sardinia knows for its glamourous Casta Smeralda, the Jet-set paradise of luxury enclaves set against the emerald water of the northeast coast. Sardinia has a lot of things to offer to its visitors, the entire south is tinged with mile after mile of white-sand beaches, which makes it perfect summer destination in Italy.
Away from all of the glitz glamour of Costa Smeralda, you’ll find a more laid-back side of the island, including small medieval towns where Sardians still practice sheepherding and wear traditional clothing.
Florence feels like a small town in Italy, even though it’s the exact opposite. Florence can at times seem like one giant art museum, the Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, is a landmark of world architecture topped by its gravity-defying massive dome.
Florence located in the scenic Tuscan valley. It’s lined with adorable avenues leading to picturesque piazzas big and small. There are a lot of things to do and see in Florence, but one that you have to do is to stop by the Duomo, where the breathtaking namesake church is located, and the romantic Vecchio overlooking the Arno River (preferably at sunset).
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