This list of the best places to see in Italy will help you prepare one or several trips to one of the most impressive countries in the world that we believe, it is perfect to know it along a long trip or different getaways.
This country that dominated the world during the time of the Roman Empire has an endless list of tourist attractions such as archaeological sites that will leave you speechless, great works in painting and sculpture of the best masters in history, villages frozen in time, cities for Losing yourself in their old town also has endless unique experiences, which we are sure, will make this country steal your heart. Another of the great reasons to make a trip to Italy is to try a wide variety of dishes made with high-quality products that have made Italian cuisine one of the best in the world.
Tuscany, located in the center of the country, is for us the most beautiful area and one of the most essential places to see in Italy. Starting with Siena, the capital of this region, you can see medieval villages that retain all their charm, landscapes of gentle hills full of vineyards and sunflowers, cypress roads that lead to fantastic rural houses and above all, unsurpassed gastronomy. We recommend that you rent a car and dedicate yourself to tour this region for a week, completing this list of the most beautiful places to see in Tuscany.
Visiting Rome is a must for anyone who is passionate about traveling and one of the best things to do in Italy. In this eternal city, you can see some of the great architectural wonders of history such as the Colosseum or the Pantheon, which will take you to the best time of the Roman Empire.
In addition to the archaeological sites, Rome is a city to wander aimlessly through the narrow streets of the most charming neighborhoods such as Trastevere, be surprised to find places like the Trevi Fountain or Navona and reach the Vatican to stay speechless at entering the Sistine Chapel.
Cinque Terre, formed by five picturesque villages (Vernazza, Corniglia, Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore, and Manarola) nestled between cliffs and surrounded by olive trees, is another essential place to see in Italy. To reach these villages of beautiful colored houses you will have to take a train from La Spezia or a boat, from where you will get the best views of all the villages except Corniglia, which has no exit to the sea, although you can see it hanging on the cliff. Whenever you can, we recommend staying in one of the villages for about 3 or 4 days and making small day trips by boat, train or hiking, to know the rest.
The situation of Venice in a group of islands in a lagoon of the same name, make it a unique city in the world and another of the essential places to visit in Italy. In addition to the daily struggle to keep the city safe from rising water, Venice offers everyone who visits a dream walk through canals, narrow streets, stone bridges, palaces, and Renaissance churches.
The only obligation when visiting this city is to leave the saved map or GPS and get lost in its historic center, a World Heritage Site, and take a gondola or Vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal. If you have time, we recommend you visit the nearby island of Burano, a small Venice, which will make you fall in love at first sight.
Sicily, another place to see in Italy:
The populated island of Sicily, located in the south of the country at a crossroads between Europe and North Africa, is another of the most beautiful regions to visit in Italy. The great archeological wealth in the form of spectacular sites, towns that maintain the customs of past times and arid landscapes of volcanoes and mountains, make this great island an irresistible temptation for all travel lovers. The best way to travel Sicily is by rental car, starting with the capital Palermo and making a circular route of about 10 days.
Florence, a city that looks like an open-air museum, is another essential place to see in Italy. The great masters of the Renaissance like Michelangelo embellished this city with its palaces, bridges, and sculptures until it became one of the most beautiful in the world. Having two or three days in Florence will allow you to stroll through its historic center to discover beautiful squares such as the Duomo, Della Signoria and Santa Croce, which all have the main jewels of the city in the form of churches and palaces.
In addition to these places, you can complete the visit to the city with a visit to the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery, where Michelangelo’s David is the most famous sculpture in history. To say goodbye to the city in the best way you can cross the Ponte Vecchio and climb up to Piazzale Michelangelo, to enjoy the best views and the best sunset in the city.
On the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, in the Gulf of Salerno, there is a stretch of coastline where some of the most beautiful villages to visit in Italy are located. A 5-day trip through the winding and narrow roads by car, if it is low season, or by boat if it is summer, will allow you to enjoy hidden villages between cliffs, impossible coves, and delicious cuisine. In addition to spending time in the most charming villages such as Amalfi, Positano, and Ravello, we recommend you take a boat to the exclusive island of Capri to put the icing on the trip.
Milan and Lake Como:
Milan, located in the beautiful region of Lombardy and in the shadow of cities like Rome or Florence, is another of the famous places to see in Italy. In addition to its luxurious shops and exclusive venues, this city has a great historical-cultural heritage, in which the Duomo and the fresco of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper stand out.
Another reason to travel to this city is its location close to other wonders of the country such as Lake Como or the Alps area. Take a trip to Lake Como to reach the villages on the shore such as Bellagio and Varenna and the luxurious villas of Balbianello and Carlota, is another essential thing to do in Italy.
Sardinia is, without a doubt, another one of the places to see in Italy, which offers everyone who visits a white sand beach and turquoise blue waters that have nothing to envy the best Caribbean. In addition to spending a holiday of sun and beach, this island has towns and cities with medieval charm, archaeological sites of Romans and Phoenicians, magnificent natural landscapes and delicious cuisine, combining pasta with seafood.
The best way to get to know the second-largest island in the Mediterranean is to rent a car and make a circular route of about 5 days from Alghero or if you have more time, finish in Cagliari. During the tour of the island do not miss all these places to see in Sardinia, among which the Gulf of Orosei, the town of Castelsardo, the Emerald Coast and Magdalena Island stand out.
Naples and Pompeii:
The chaotic and charming Naples, always under the threat of Vesuvius volcano, will take you to traditional Italy while walking through the narrow streets surrounded by old buildings with balconies full of clothes hanging. To get to know the city well we recommend you to complete this list of places to visit in Naples and do some of the best tours and excursions in Naples, which will allow you to better know the history of the city and the wonders that are within walking distance.
Among the places to see in Italy that are closer to Naples, the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum that have remained the virtually intact standout, for remaining hidden for centuries under a blanket of Vesuvius ashes. To go from Naples to Pompeii you can take a train from Stazione Circumvesuviana or a bus from Piazza Garibaldi that will leave you in half an hour at the entrance of the archaeological complex. It is advisable to reserve the entrance to Pompeii in advance to skip the lines, which often exceed the hour.