Tourist Places to Visit in Italy

Venice, Rome, Milan, Florence, Sorrento, Siena, Verina, Tuscany, Pisa, Pompeii, Napels, Pantheon, Grand Canal, Lake Como, Sardinia, Capri, Sicily, Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre and more.

Cherish some beautiful memories at the famous places to visit in Italy on your next vacation. Famed for a number of things, these places offer a delightful getaway for everyone. From its immaculate art galleries to its ancient ruins and the mouthwatering pizzas to the delicious wines of Tuscany, Italy never fails in leaving the tourists spoilt for choice.

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tourist places in Italy are famous for drawing in visitors from across the world. Whether it is the historic center of Rome, the fashion capital of Milan, the canals of Venice or the architectural heritage of Florence, Italy entices all kinds of travelers. If you like to visit picturesque places, Italy has no dearth of gorgeous landscapes at places like Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast, the alluring heritage of Verona and the cobblestoned streets of Naples.

More stunning
places to see in Italy can be witnessed at the archaeological ruins of Pompeii, the enchanting surroundings of Lake Como and the charming villages of Sicily. Doesn’t matter whether you are a gastronome, history buff or a nature enthusiast, Italy has got it all for every kind of tourist.

Here is a list of places to visit in Italy:

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Rome

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Mentioned in the world’s most iconic places, Rome is an epitome of beauty and history. Apart from being the capital city of Italy, the city also remains as a memorial to the creative imagination of architecture. Due to the 3000 year old ad hoc urban development, the historic centre of Rome is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Situated on the central portion of the Italian peninsula, on the Tiber River about 24 km from the Tyrrhenian Sea. Rome is made up of warm colours and historic architectural styles.

The beauty of this place resides significantly in the churches. There are approximately nine hundred churches, from the Paleochristian and Medieval period to the Gothic, from the Renaissance to the Baroque up until the Modern. Or, you can admire Rome’s beauty during the sunrise and the sunset. The colours become warmer and the city lights start to shine. A city filled with icons of antiquity and the Christian faith, it’s hard to know where to go first. Rome is divided into several districts with its centre, the Colosseo district, including the most ancient attractions like the Colosseum, Capitoline Hill, and the Roman Forum.

On the outskirts of the centre is Old Rome, featuring the Pantheon, majestic cathedrals, plazas, and Renaissance architecture. There are plenty of activities to do in Rome. For unique cultural experiences, you can visit the Trevi fountain and follow their tradition by tossing a coin into it. Or, you can shop for handicrafts and haute couture from the local market. Also, if you are an art fanatic, you can visit archaeological sites, Baroque churches, villas-turned-museums, for a wonderful experience. Moreover, you can hike up Mount Vesuvius and explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii.

Rome has a Mediterranean climate. Temperatures can stay around 30 degrees in the daytime, but the nights are usually cooler and more comfortable.  In the spring season, Rome has warm weather and summers can be hot and humid. Temperatures in July and August can easily exceed 32 degrees Celsius. Additionally, winter is a really good time to visit. If you want to save money on accommodation, and site tourist attractions without the long lines then plan your vacation in winter.

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Venice

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Venice is a peaceful and attractive tourist destination that is located on a group of 118 small islands. These islands are linked by beautiful bridges and separated by the many canals running through the city. Venice is also informally known as the “floating city” or the “city of canals” and is highly popular among tourists for its historic buildings, structures and places of ancient significance. The uniqueness of Venice and its lagoons have also brought it up on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites. The floating city is largely popular for its various artistic movements, which are depicted in the many pieces of artworks around the city.

The major attractions in the city include churches, museums and squares, including the St. Mark’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs and more such places. These are dedicated to saints and put a mark of architectural significance in the city. These are popular attractions among the locals and tourists who come here to experience the novelty of these destinations. There are a number of activities that make Venice Tourism an exciting one! Included among these are, a ride around the famous Grand canal on a gondola, watching the opera and taking a sky high view of the city at the bell tower.

Even if you simply set out to explore the city of Venice on foot and wander around to its many corners, you will discover something interesting and romantic. Speaking of romance, for those seeking an amorous evening with their partner, there is no dearth of options. From taking a gondola ride together, to embarking on wine tours, there is a lot that you can explore with your partner. The absolutely best time to visit Venice for Sightseeing is in the first few days of May, which makes sightseeing easier. The weather in Venice is humid at most times with cold winters and really hot summers. July and August are the warmest months in Venice when the highest temperature can reach 30 degrees. This is why the best time to visit Venice is in April and May, and then, September and October.

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Milan

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Milan, Italian Milano, is a beautiful city and capital of Lombardy, northern Italy. The city has become the leading financial, manufacturing, and commercial centre of Italy with its deep roots in history. Milan resides in the heart of the Po Basin of northern Italy, enveloped amidst the plan spreading between the Ticino and Adda rivers. Milan’s beauty showcases different periods of historical crisis, architectural and organic structure development. These periods largely include the beauty of the cathedrals, four-gated city of Mediolanum, and intricately constructed neighbourhoods. The Spanish domination brought various changes to the architectural trends which resulted in the involvement of pastel colours and brick structures. 

Milan has more than its share of attractions along with iconic historical edifices. The city’s icons are filled with an influential and rich cultural heritage. Milan’s Duomo boasts of Gothic architecture and serves as the most visited tourist attraction. For art fanatics, the city has a plethora of art museums, Leonardi Da Vinci’s Last Supper and Pinacoteca di Brera. If you wish to explore the bohemian side of Milan, head to the neighbourhoods of Ticinese and Porta Romana. When it comes to things to do in Milan, there are plenty of options to dive into. Embrace the local trend of aperitivo at the Brera neighbourhood and cherish the “When in Milan, do as the Milanese do” vibe.

Lined up with chic cafes and bars, tourists often visit this place for admiring the Renaissance-style architecture. Or, you can head to Navigli to cruise over the canals of Milan. If you’re a shopaholic then head to the shopping haven of Milan, Galleria Emmanuele II. 
Milan has a continental and humid subtropical climate. The temperature is majorly affected by the Alps and the Apennine Mountains. These plains act as a natural barrier to protect Milan from major circulations of northern Europe and the sea. Here, weather usually witness hot and humid summers, damp and chilly winters, and heavy rainfall.

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Florence is a vibrant city that has something for everyone, from culture to history to fine food and good times. Located in central Italy, it is touted to be one of the most populous and wealthiest cities in the world. It is the birthplace of the Renaissance era and a treasure trove of artistic masterpieces. Florence is surrounded by rolling hills from all sides and is dotted with vineyards, orchids, and lush green villas.  Due to the architectural heritage and artistic diversity Florence has been entitled as the most beautiful city in the entire world. There is so much to explore in this city that every time you’re here, it will unravel a new dimension that you thought never existed.

Packed with conventional tourist spots like museums and art galleries that recite the tale of its rich history, Florence is also home to some of the most beautiful churches and mosques that offer peace and tranquility to the visitors. There are several gardens and parks where you can have an enthralling time in the company of nature. It also offers a vibrant nightlife to the visitors as it is packed with some of the best nightclubs and bars where you can drink, dance, and party till the core of your heart.

From having a walking tour of the cobbled streets to stocking up souvenirs from the local shops, there are tons of activities on offer at Florence. You can also have a gastronomic tour of the local cuisines of Florence or have an enthralling view of the city from the tallest buildings. The weather in Florence remains pleasant all round the year except in winters when the temperature drastically drops down, leading to nerve biting chill. Summer(Mid May to July) is an ideal time to visit Florence as various events and activities are held during this season. 

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Located in South Italy on the Amalfi Coast overlooking the Bay of Naples, is this town bestowed with unbelievable beauty and charm. Home to some of the oldest ethnic tribes and later to the Romans, this ancient place has also seen the rule of several empires ranging from the Ostrogoths, Guaimars, Ottomans, etc. one can still see their imprints on the architecture and food, making it one of the must-visit places to go in Italy.

The beauty of Sorrento lies in the calm azure expanses of the water of the Bay of Naples. Beautiful cobbled streets winding around the historic architecture, gardens, and villas lend an even more old-world charm to the place. Sorrento is landmarked by charming colourful houses located on elevated cliffs looking onto the sparkling Mediterranean Sea and thick lush groves of lemon, orange, and olive.

Explore the Old Town area, which is also the best place to observe the local culture and pick up traditional lace, ceramics, and knick-knacks. One of the best attractions here is the 14
th-century Cathedral of San Filippo and San Giacomo famous for their Renaissance-era architecture and traditional wood sculptures. Villa Comunale is one of the best places to watch a grand sunset backdropping the sea waters dotted with colourful boats.

Take a leisurely horse carriage ride at the sun-soaked expanses of Piazza Tasso. This is also one of the best places to enjoy an espresso and a traditional pastry. Head over to the bay area to enjoy water sports like scuba diving, swimming, snorkelling, or simply sunbathing. One of the most interesting things here is to go for a lemon farm trail. This is a great way to see the lush orchards on foot and try products made of Sorrento’s most famous food!

The Mediterranean climate here makes Sorrento experience sunny but breezy summer months from March-June. The temperatures rise to 29°C. The winters (November-February) are mildly cool & comfortable with temperatures hovering around 13°C. The wettest month is November.

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Siena

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The Province of Siena, located in central Tuscany, was the erstwhile commercial and banking hub of Italy till about the 14th-century. The province was in the midst of power struggles and battles reinforcing its commercial importance. Now, of course, it is one of the best places to visit in Italy to explore the country’s history, art, and traditional food.

The beauty of Sienna is unexplainable in words. Its beautiful countryside, huge farm areas, thickets of cypress trees and wildflower, lush olive groves, and wave-like hill formations look straight out of a dream- only to be broken by the stunningly magnificent coastline and beaches. 
One of the most beautiful places to visit is the UNESCO protected Piazza del Campo, the erstwhile public square known for its magnificent structure. This is where ‘Palio’ the most important horse-racing event takes place twice in Siena.

Visit the humongous black and white 12
th-century Siena Chapel to see its Gothic walls, ornamented arches, and the famous dome designed by the great artist Bernini. The Civic Museum here is not only one of the best places to trace the Roman history of Siena but is an architectural marvel in itself. It has frescoed walls, arched ceilings, and stone structure that are absolutely amazing.

When in Siena, don’t miss to try traditional foods like Crostini Neri, Pici, Ribollita, local wines, and delectable desserts like Panforte, Cantucci, Ricciarelli, etc. Marvel at the 13
th-century medieval architecture of Palazzo Pubblico and its beautiful paintings. Visit Torre del Mangia, which is one of the best-known attractions here. The top of the tower offers great views of the city and the countryside.

Siena enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild temperatures throughout the year, varying slightly between hilly & coastal areas. The winters are pretty chilly in the hills with temperatures plunging to around 3°C. It rains the most in the months of November-December and March-April. In summers, the temperature averages around 27°C with sunny, breezy, and pleasant days.

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Verona

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This historic city, established in the first century, has a rich past, culture, and architecture that has shaped beautifully over 2000 years. This UNESCO protected city, one of the most charming places to see in Italy, and its architecture was destroyed and revived during World War II, but it still stands proud in all its splendour. Verona lies encircled by River Adige at the foothills of the Lessini Mountains.

Verona’s striking beauty lies in the magnificence of its architecture laid out on its cobbled streets, views of the blue-green waters of the Adige River, and winding streets and their buildings with flower-laden windows. A storybook-like atmosphere awaits people in this city that inspired Shakespeare to write about the love story of Romeo & Juliet. While looking at the historical bridges and houses, one is immediately transported to the idyllic Romanesque times.

One of the most famous attractions here is the first-century Arena di Verona. This spectacular pink and white stone structure, next only to the Colosseum, used to have numerous tunnels and was the site of gladiator games and concerts. Another great attraction is the Casa di Giulietta or Juliet’s House, the most famous Shakespeare character, the famous (but supposed) balcony, and Juliet’s statue. The magnificent marble structure of the 11
th-century Torre dei Lamberti, its huge arches, clockface, and domes are a must-see.

One of the best things to do here is to spend serene time at the Verona Cathedral and soak in the grandeur of its beautiful stained glass windows, ornate walls, marble columns, and Renaissance-era frescos. Don’t miss to try the delicious risottos, rich stews, and Pastissada de Caval, a delicacy that dates back to the 5
th-century. Another great activity is to take a boating trip across the beautiful Lake Garda and see the charming medieval-era towns like Sermione and Bardolino.

Winter months in Verona are extremely cold with the temperature plummeting to 6°C. Summer months of March-May are fairly hot with temperatures rising to 30°C. The place receives heavy rainfall in the autumn months of September-November.

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Tuscany

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Tuscany is a city in Italy known for art, architecture, galleries, beaches, islands, and olive groves. This is the city that gives a country side appeal that is flanked with mountains and seas. You can take a tour to the vineyards, poetic landscapes and farmer’s kitchen in Tuscany. There are many monumental structures, and art masterpieces in sculpture and painting. The churches, museums, and food is sensational. This is a fertile part of Tuscany and is a gourmet destination for foodies. The food and wine is sourced locally and this place is popular for its culinary delights.

You can visit the beautiful and historic churches of Florence, take a medieval pilgrimage route, and dabble into art. Visit chapels, monuments, and visit the old fashioned boutiques here. The landscapes in Tuscany are as timeless as their wines. There are hillside areas and villages that are good for taking hiking and walking tours. There are also island and forest areas that can be explored here. 

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Pisa

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Pisa, located in Tuscany, is one of the most well-known places in the world. The city with intriguing and unknown origins has changed hands between various empires, which have left indelible marks on its culture, food, and architecture. It has been one of the most valuable port areas for Italy supporting the country’s economy during wars. Like most Italian cities, Pisa is bestowed with extraordinarily beautiful landscapes and natural beauty. Its varied landscape comprises the stark white Volterra ravines, green hills of Monti Pisani, and is dotted with lush olive groves, pine-forested beaches, and vineyards.

The most obvious and the best-known attraction here is the Leaning Tower. The 12
th-century free-standing bell tower is famous for its iconic leaning structure, arches, and for offering beautiful views from its top. The National Museum of Pisa is a must-visit for people who want to know the history of the city and see paintings, manuscripts, and sculptures dating to the 12th-century.

One of the must-do activities in Naples is to take a long serene walk along the Arno River. The cobbled promenades, charming houses in traditional architecture, and view of the Leaning Tower are absolutely worth seeing. No visit to Naples is complete without exploring the super-luxury designer stores and cafes. Most of these are lined on Borgo Street.

Due to its proximity to the Tyrrhenian Sea, the weather of Pisa is mostly Mediterranean. The warm and dry summer months of March-June are hot and dry. Winters (November-February) are cold with temperatures falling up to 10°C. November also receives the maximum amount of rainfall.

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Pompeii

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This ancient city, located near Naples in the Campania region, is one of the most intriguing cities in the world. The city, all its splendour and most of its residents were buried when the nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. The ash came so fast that the entire city was preserved beneath it.

Since then, it has been a place of constant excavations and discoveries. The beauty of this magnificent city, one of the best places to visit in Italy, lies mainly in its archaeological sites that tell the story of the lost Roman people and their lives in a whiff of a few minutes. The still-preserved buildings look even more surreal due to them being surrounded by looming mountains that are known for their ‘moonland’ like surface including the grand Mount Vesuvius.

The Forum is a must-see, which was the main community square and the epicentre for all gathering and social events. You can see the still-standing stone columns, the Temple of Jupiter, the Basilica, and the Triptolemus, a 2
nd-century house. Head over to the Teatro Grande, an erstwhile 5000-seater amphitheatre that used to host gladiator fights. Stabian Baths, a must-see, are the largest community baths complete with a pool, changing rooms, and a Gladiator gymnasium.

One of the most surreal activities to do here is to see the casts of preserved bodies at the Horrea and Olitorium. These casts and their facial expression show how the people were caught unawares during the eruption. Take a stroll along the Street of Tombs to see these impressive structures, which served as burial spaces. Marvel at the beautiful & intricate paintings at the Villa of the Mysteries, which used to serve as a place for cult meetings.

Pompeii mainly has a Mediterranean climate with sweltering summers and pleasantly cool winters. The autumn months of October & November see a few drizzles.

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Naples

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Changing hands between the Greeks and the Romans, this 2nd-century city is one of the must-visit places in Italy. It is the third-largest city in Italy located in the Campania region near the Bay of Naples. The landscape of Naples, one of the best places to see in Italy, is dotted with mountains like the Vesuvius on one hand and the coast of Amalfi on the other. The city has long winding cobbled streets with a charming public square, harbors, beautiful churches, and museums.

The most majestic attraction is of course Mount Vesuvius. This live volcanic mountain is visible from almost all corners of the city. Visit the intriguing Castel dell’Ovo also known as the Egg Castle that’s surrounded by water. This fascinating place offers stunning views of not only Vesuvius & the Bay of Naples but is also the place where the finest Italian artists exhibit their artworks. Museo Cappella Sansevero is a small chapel, but that doesn’t take away from its beauty. Besides the fresco walls and sculptures, it is popular for its underground chamber that used to house the Veiled Christ and two eternal lamps.

One of the most interesting activities to do here is to visit the 17
th-century National Archaeological Museum and browse through rare artefacts from Pompeii and ancient Egypt. Explore the secret world of ancient catacombs that are dotted with around 3000 graves and crypts belonging to the 2nd-century. Explore the beautiful frescos and murals also here. When in Naples, you can’t miss trying the best pizza in the world- the classic Neapolitan pizza made with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Some of the best places to indulge are Starita, Pizzeria Brandi, and L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele.

Summers last in Naples from June-September and are hot and humid. The temperatures average around 27°C. The winter months of November to March see severe cold with temperatures lowering to around 5°C.

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Pantheon
The Pantheon is the most iconic landmark of Rome that has become a major crowd puller in recent days! It is an ancient monument which is famous for being the first pagan temple that has been transformed into a church! It has a mind-boggling history and has been reconstructed twice after being burned down by fires.

The architecture, which was applauded by even Michelangelo, is the reason why people from all over the world flood to see this marvel! Unlike other monuments, it has not fallen into ruins, probably because of the fine quality of the materials used for its construction. It is still relevant in the 21st century and is used for mass gatherings and weddings!

It is dedicated solely to St.Mary and it is touted to be the most well-preserved Roman building in the entire world. The mighty dome of the Pantheon is the single largest unreinforced  dome in the entire world. This monument is so celebrated that it has been the inspiration behind the design of a plethora of buildings throughout Europe, including the Belle Isle House in England.

The other reason Pantheon is well known is that the painting maestros Raphael and composer Arcangelo Corelli have been buried here. You can witness here two sources of light from the entry door and the oculus. The structure is built in such a way that light from the oculus goes around the room throughout the day in reverse sundial effect.
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Grand Canal
The Grand Canal of Venice, Italy defines the perfect blend of romantic boat rides and attractive ancient architecture. It is so beautifully sculpted that anyone can fall in love with it and that's the reason why people from far and wide come to visit this place for the true Venetian escapade.

This splendid S-shaped canal flows through the centre of the city and divides it into two parts while being considered as the most important waterway of the city. Through each side of the canal runs a number of artistically decorated buildings dating back from the 13th to the 18th century, constructed by the richest families of the city that signifies the culture of “Serenissima” republic. 

If rich and tumultuous history is your medicine then this place is just for you! The aesthetically erected buildings with classic Venetian architecture and designing that cannot be found anywhere else, century-old palaces, ancient churches and of course the glorious “Gondola Ride” are some of the known facets of the Grand Canal that can fill any sort of a traveller with the excitement. It doesn't matter whether you are travelling with a group or solo, the place has something for everyone and enthrals with its charm and charisma.
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Lake Como
Lake Como is regarded as the pride of Italy as it offers the most picturesque views. It is the third-largest lake in Italy and is touted as one of the deepest lakes in the European region. It is located in Northern Italy in the foothill of the Alps, and it has enchanted travelers for centuries.

This magnificent lake is famed for its inverted Y shape due to the melting of gigantic glaciers combined with Adda river’s erosive action. This leads to the formation of two distinct Southern branches, and halfway between these branches, you can witness Bellagio, which is renowned for its pristine villas.

The lake is known for offering a stunning mirror-like view of the mountains surrounding it and is also famed as one of the most photographed spots in the entire world. The azure blue water of this lake contrasting with the lush greenery surrounding it is a sight to behold.

With its Riva-lined marinas, sprawling villas and romantic promenades, it has become the favorite spot of the biggest celebrities. You can hire cruises or take a boat trip to experience the beauty of this lake in the best way.

It is also considered to be the best wedding point, and some of the famous celebrities like Linda Phan and Drew Scott, Ryan Biegel, and Kattie Lee have exchanged the vows of marriage with their partner here. Many blockbuster movies like Casino Royale and Star Wars have also been shot here. If you’re a nature lover, then Lake Como is the ideal haunt to lose yourself in its surreal views and splendid beauty.
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Sardinia

The second largest island, one of the most charming places to go in Italy, in the region, Sardinia’s claim to fame is its glamour, glitz, and luxury that attracts the wealthiest people from around the world.

However, Sardinia’s super-luxury charm is only second to its astonishing natural beauty and dramatic landscape. The island is dotted with beaches having turquoise blue water, soft powdery sands, and rare rock formations.

Highlights of the place:
- Visit Argentiera to see the UNESCO protected and now abandoned silver mines that date back to the Roman times.
- Sardinia is one of the best
places to visit in Italy to try watersports like kayaking, scuba diving, exploring wreck sites, diving, and yachting. Indulge in superb organic cuisine created from scratch with the freshest cheese, meat, fish, olives, and homegrown vegetables.
- Visit Capo Testa, the northernmost point of the island, to catch a gorgeous sunset and see submerged Roman-era architecture.

Location: Western part of the Mediterranean Sea.

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Capri

Capri

A part of the Amalfi Coast, Capri is easily one of the most stunning islands in the world. One of the most luxurious places to visit in Italy, it is blessed with an amazing landscape comprising charming town areas, ports, colourful houses, and beaches all nestled amidst mountains.

Highlights of the place:
- The most famous attraction here is the Blue Grotto, amongst the absolute must-see
places to see in Italy.
- This amazing natural phenomenon of a narrow sunbeam falling on the waters and making the waters glow in iridescent shades of blue is not to be missed.
- Head over to Capri Town to shop at luxury boutiques and indulge in Mediterranean cuisine, seafood, and Limoncello at the fancy cafes.
- Don’t miss to see the Faraglioni rock formations rising around 100 metres above the sea. This is also where you can spot the rare and famous blue lizard.

Location: Capri is an island located in the Tyrrhenian Sea in the Campania region.

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Sicily

Sicily
Sicily is not only the largest island located in the Mediterranean Sea but also famous for its breathtaking natural beauty. The island, one of the most beautiful places to see in Italy, is dotted with such charming villages located on hillocks, pristine beaches, ancient castles, and rust-coloured sandstone structures that it seems nothing short of a picture-postcard.

Highlights of the place:
- One of the most beautiful places to visit here is the town of Comiso that’s famous for its Baroque-era architecture, cobbled streets, and old-world charm.
- Palermo town is sure to astound you with its Arab-domed buildings and palaces studded with colourful mosaics and arches.
- Don’t miss to try the traditional ‘Pasta Alla Norma’ and other delicacies made with shellfish & citrus. Soak in the views of Mount Etna, an active volcano, that allows trekking and skiing nearby.

Location: Central Mediterranean Sea in the south of the Italian Peninsula.
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Amalfi Coast

Bestowed with dazzling colours of blues, greens, and all shades in between, no wonder this coastline is considered to be one of the most enchanting places to visit in Italy. This UNESCO protected site, because of its Mediterranean views of artistic houses with Arab-Sicilian architectural influences, vineyards, unique rock formations, and sandy beaches that attract people from all over the world.

Highlights of the place:
- One of the must-visit places here is Ischia, which is a volcanic garden island and loved for its natural beauty.
- The pristine town of Sorrento is a great place to visit too, especially for the views that it offers of Mount Vesuvius and beautiful fishing villages.
- Visit Cetara that is famous for its pasta and seafood dishes especially the ones made with clams and tuna.

Location: Northern coast of the Salerno Gulf on the Tyrrhenian Sea, Province of Salerno, Southern Italy.

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Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre, nestled between Pisa and Genoa is a string of seaside villages - Manarola, Vernazza, Monterosso al Mare, Corniglia and Riomaggiore. Situated on a mountainous stretch overlooking the Italian Riviera coastline these towns make for the dreamest of summer expeditions.

The vibrant, colourful houses, vineyards clinging to the steep terraces with breath-taking scenery, harbours housed with fishing boats and seafood eating joints, and the cliffside hike trails that link the villages should be reasons enough to visit Cinque Terre for your next holiday. 

This quaint Italian destination is best explored on foot, taking up the hiking trails along the cliffs with majestic vistas of the Italian coastline. Or the next best option is a train ride to travel between the five centuries-old villages.

Moreover, all these towns offer the best of sights, including Santuario di Nostra Signora di Montenero, a viewpoint in Riomaggiore. Additionally, the food scene in Manarola’s Nessun Dorma is the very best, and besides gorging on Italian delicacies, you can also take up a Pesto making class here. Or you can try out some of the most flavoursome ranges of wines, bubbles, grappa and Passito wine within Cinque Terre.
 
Cinque Terre has some of the most alluring sunsets that one can witness. Climb up the many viewpoints across the five towns to engrave a golden-hued evening in your memories or capture the moment in photographs. Further, surrounded by clear azure water, it would be a shame, not to take a dip in the sea or go on a boat ride. In Cinque Terre, you can go to several beaches, including Monterosso Beach in Manarola village.

Another nearby place worth seeing, although not part of Cinque Terre is Porto Venere. This UNESCO world- heritage village is situated on the Ligurian coast and is known for Porto Venere Regional Natural Park, a protected area with trails and dive sites, Fezzano and Le Grazie.
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Colosseum

In the heart of the city of Rome in Italy lies the icon of the city, the Colosseum which is the biggest amphitheatre ever built in the world. With its history dating back to 2000 years, this magnificent monument was given the status of one of the seven wonders of the modern world on 7th July 2007.

The place attracts 6 million tourists every year. Visiting this remarkable place, travellers feel transported from century to century listening with awe to the stories of this seemingly timeless monument. Standing still in its glory, this monument has faced devastation several times by fire, earthquakes and vandalism over the years.

Inaugurated in A.D. 80 by Emperor Titus, the place was known as Flavian Amphitheater, the name “Flavian”, deriving from the name of the Flavian dynasty who built this as a gift to people of Rome. The name Colosseum was later on named after the huge Colossus of Nero which stood nearby.

Apart from being a tourist attraction, this monument also has a link with the Roman Catholic Church. On the day of Good Friday every year, thousands join the “Way of Cross” procession which starts from the area around the Colosseum with the Pope leading it with a torch lit.

The place also symbolises the international campaign against capital punishment. As a gesture against death sentences, the local authority changes the colour of night illumination of Colosseum from white to golden whenever a person condemned to death gets a release or gets death sentence waived off.

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It was an amazing experience to be here with such warm hospitality by the hosts. The food was okayish but it was different and we liked the uniqueness of the food. A must visit place. Thank you guys
I booked the plan to Europe from Hyderabad, we were two friends traveling as we were working from long we needed a long vacation too. Having much time to spend, we wanted to explore much of Europe. So we got our plan and it was exact copy of something we wanted,as well as the the timings were good for sightseeing and also for looking for the place on our own. It was a nice experience, thanks.
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Tuscany day trip from Florence was the best tour I booked in Florence. The lunch was fresh and the wine was tasty. Entered easily with the voucher

People Also Ask About Italy

  1. Which are the best places to visit in Italy in Summer?

    1. Florence: Famed for its amazing art and architecture that will remind you of the age of Renaissance, Florence is one of the most romantic cities in Italy. It is well known for its shopping industry with many haute couture boutiques and serving lip smacking Tuscan cuisine.

    2. San Gimignano: One of the most fascinating places to see in Italy for a laidback vacation is the small village of San Gimignano. It is recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site and intrigues everyone with its medieval houses of patrician families of Italy.

    3. Rome: Boasting of the most beautiful places to visit in Italy, Rome enchants everyone with its cobblestoned streets, tiny shops and romantic restaurants. One can indulge in a number of activities here that range from visiting the Colosseum to gorging on the best pizzas in the world.

    4. Venice: Promising to take you into an experience that feels like a fairytale, Venice is known for its amazing historical monuments. One can undertake the famous gondola ride here apart from visiting places St. Mark’s Square and Torcello.

    5. Pompeii: If you love exploring the offbeat historical places, Pompeii is one of the UNESCO World heritage sites to see in Italy. The popular places to visit here include House of the Faun, Temple of Apollo, Amphitheatre of Pompeii, Pompeii Archaeological Park etc.

    6. Milan: Visit Milan to have an enthralling shopping experience with chic fashion items in Italy. Tourists here should also look forward to seeing the famous The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci and indulge in mouthwatering food in the streets of Milan.

  2. Which are the unusual places to visit in Italy?

    1. Stromboli: Located on the Aeolian Islands in the coast of Sicily, Stromboli is one of the offbeat places to see in Italy away from the crowded tourist places. It is one of the active volcanoes which is encompassed by sea on all sides and offers a breathtaking panorama for everyone.

    2. The Tree Cathedral: A must visit for nature lovers, The Tree Cathedral was designed by Giuliano Mauri through ancient techniques. Solely built from chestnut branches and stakes of fir, this place boasts of an interesting natural architecture.

    3. Valle dei Mulini: If you are looking for some adventurous places in Italy, then a hiking expedition in Valle dei Mulini is highly recommended. The place is a vast expanse of greenery and gives an 
    excellent glimpse of the ruins dating back to the industrial revolution.

    4. Baia: Known as the Las Vegas of ancient times since the Roman rulers vacationed here, Baia will take you to the old world charm. The popular places to visit here are Baia Archaeological Park, Baia Club, SuBaia Diving Centre, Castello Aragonese di Ba etc.

    5. Monti Della Laga: Gear up to be enthralled by the surreal mountain peaks in the midst of nature. A must visit for wildlife enthusiasts, this place will take you away from the crowds and the usual hustle and bustle.

    6. Taormina: Famed for its ancient Greek theatre, this is a beautiful town to help you admire the picturesque beauty of Italian countryside. The best places to visit here are Palazzo Corvaja, Corso Umberto, Piazza IX Aprile etc.

  3. Which are the historical places in Italy?

    1. St Mark’s Basilica: Constructed in the 9th century, this Basilica is famed for its Byzantine architecture and its design. It is well known for housing the sarcophagus of St. Mark and its epic domes.

    2. Herculaneum: Letting you take a step back in time, Herculaneum is a must visit to admire centuries old ruins in Italy. It is a well-known UNESCO world heritage site and famous for having various old temples, houses and taverns.

    3. Colosseum: Known as the giant amphitheatre which was built during the Vespasian era, the Colosseum is one of the most famous heritage buildings in Rome. It is known to seat about 50,000 spectators when the gladiators used to indulge in hand to hand combats.

    4. Duomo di Monreale: Known for its fascinating Byzantine structures, Duomo di Monreale is one of the popular Catholic places of worship in the region of Sicily. The splendid building is a UNESCO world heritage site and was completed in the year 1267.

    5. Florence Cathedral: Also called Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, this place in Italy is renowned for being the fourth largest cathedral in the world. It is a must visit to admire its gothic architecture.

    6. Santa Maria Delle Grazie: Admire the excellence of the time of Renaissance at Santa Maria delle Grazie. One of the biggest draws of visiting this historical monument is to see the famous painting The Last Supper done by Leonardo da Vinci.

  4. Which are the best kid friendly places in Italy?

    1. Rome: Kids when travelling in Rome are sure to be enthralled by seeing the ancient ruins at Colosseum, watching puppet shows and enjoying a bike ride through Borghese Gardens. Moreover, Rome treats your taste buds by offering delicious gelatos and sliced pizzas.

    2. Sicily: The city of Sicily is a haven for kids as there are many family friendly attractions here that range from ancient ruins to traditional puppet theatre. Kids here can also enjoy by indulging in bike rides, trekking and having an adventurous day at Mount Etna.

    3. Sardinia: A must visit for outgoing kids, Sardinia offers a refreshing day with its beautiful beaches, water sports and other activities. Kids here can indulge in horse riding and hiking to enjoy the panoramic landscape of Italy.

    4. The Dolomites: This place in Italy boasts of having the best family friendly resorts which are well-known for their skiing activities. It is a nice getaway to beat the summer heat and indulge in thrilling activities like snowboarding and mountain hiking.

    5. Grado: Grado is famous as one of the best islands to enjoy a family getaway on the Friulian cost. Here the beaches are safe and it boasts of having a water park where you can enjoy a number of water sports.

    6. Venice: Enjoy the famous gondola rides in the gorgeous canals and the many famous historical places of Venice with kids. Other famous children activities which can be enjoyed here include horse riding, gorging on gelatos and eating pizzas.

  5. What cities are a must see in Italy?

    Italy is full of beautiful cities, all of which have got their unique charm to enthrall the travelers. The most stunning cities to see in Italy are Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Verona, Bologna, Naples, Siena, Pisa, Sorrento, San Gimignano, Pompeii, Matera etc.
  6. Is 5 days enough in Italy?

    An itinerary of five days is sufficient to enjoy the best places to visit in Italy. A vacation of five days in Italy will give you a glimpse of almost everything that defines a good Italian vacation.
    This will range from dining on the finest wines and pizzas to visiting historical monuments and seeing beautiful landscapes of nature.

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