10 Best Places to Visit in Italy

Trying to find the best places to visit in Italy? Hidden gems that no one else knows about? Well..you definitely arrived at the right place!

Regardless of whether you’re working on a plan for your first trip to Italy or it would be the fifth(believe me you will want to go back..), it should be an amazing experience.

Let’s be honest, whatever city or place you’d choose to visit in Italy would be a great choice, every view would be enchanting, and every meal would (definitely!) be delicious.

I’ve prepared a list(a wish list if you like..) of the ten places you must see during your trip.

Let’s jump right in!

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Oh, Bella Napoli(as the Italians call it), beautiful Naples, the capital of the Campania region in southern Italy, Naples is a city you have to explore, both a one day trip or a short stay if you have time, Naples won’t disappoint you. 

If whenever you imagine Italy, you see pizza, bear in mind that Naples is the origin…and it’s just the beginning! The energy of the people, the history, and its culture make it a top destination on your bucket list.

9. Sicily

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The title of the largest island in the Mediterranean sea is not bad, but I can promise you that Sicily is not only rich in land, but also in art, culture, and history. Located in the Calabria region, the island is beyond doubt one of the best places in Italy.

Palermo, Catania, and mount Etna, better known as Europe’s tallest active volcano are only part of the things you can find. Be ready to spend 2-3 days there.

8. Italian Lake District

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If your name is George Clooney, you can skip to the next on the list, for all the rest of us you pay close attention. The lakes of northern Italy give a big fight to the Italian seaside in the southern part of the boot(don’t worry we will get to that later). The astonishing surroundings of Lake Como already captured the Academy-Award-Winning actor, but not only him. Add to that list Lake Garda and Maggiore, and you’re guaranteed to make some good memories.

7. Cinque Terre

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Cinque Terre, meaning five lands, is located in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west side of the city of la Spezia. It comprises five villages that together with its coastline make part of the UNESCO world heritage site and makes it one of the best places to visit in Italy. Paths, boats, and trains connect the villages, as for cars – let’s just say you should get prepared to hike and swim. You can make all five villages in one day but I recommend you stay at least one night in one of them.

6. Milan

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Many tourists come to Italy for its history, but to Milan, they come for its present. Located in northern Italy, Milan is the capital of the Lombardy region. Milan has plenty of things to see, and you can’t say your trip is completed without passing through Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II, her interesting neighborhoods, and street art.

Do you want more history? Don’t miss the Duomo, one of Europe’s grandest cathedrals and Milan’s symbols.

4. Pompeii

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Located just a few miles southeast of Naples, at the base of Mount Vesuvius in the Campania region, Pompeii is the most-visited archeological site in the world and for a very good reason.

After Vesuvius’ most famous eruption, the entire city along with its people, squares, and temples, was buried under volcanic ash. Pompeii is recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site, and it is, needless to say, a place you would want to visit during your trip. You can easily get there from Naples, as a part of a one-day trip, by renting a car or by bus.

3. Venice

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Gained its fame as the “Floating City”, Venice is located northeastern Italy and is the capital of the Veneto region. Venice definitely deserves its place on the list as one of the best places to visit in Italy. Each year Venice accommodates 25 million tourists, who come to enjoy the city’s breathtaking architecture and beautiful canals. There are so many things to do and see in this popular city which makes it one of the best places in Italy. So make sure to stay there for more than one day. So that you won’t get lost and to ensure you explore all its hidden gems, bridges, and canals, I suggest you make a plan in advance or join a one-day tour.

2. Florence

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Located in the Tuscany region and its capital, Florence is a place you’ll end up getting to, like or not(but I’m sure you’ll LOVE it). Very accessible by trains mainly from Rome, Milan, and Pisa but you can get there easily by bus as well. Although Florence is a city, once you arrive there you’ll probably get the feeling of a small village. It’s perfect if you’re planning a one-day trip, but I can assure you’ll fall in love very fast and might want to stay even longer. Some of the Must see places in the city are: Ponte Vecchio, Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore, and Mercato Centrale.

1. Rome

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Located in the Lazio region, Rome is not only the region’s capital but also Italy’s. Beyond any doubt, Rome deserves its rank in the list of Best Places To Visit In Italy.

To the famous saying “Rome was not built in a day” I’ll add “and cannot be visited in one day!” thanks to its long history and culture that fill the city and make it one of the most beautiful and unique places in the world. Whether you’re exploring it by yourself or taking a guided tour – make sure to stay there 3-7 days to be able to see and taste everything this historical city has to offer.

If you’re short with time make sure you don’t miss these places: Colosseum, Vatican, Trevi Fountain, and Piazza Navona.

Have fun!

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