What are the most beautiful places in Italy? I did some research and in this article, I’ll share 13 destinations that you should not miss during a vacation in Italy.
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve found the story of Pompeii very fascinating. It seems incredible to me to see what is left of a city destroyed by a volcanic eruption nearly 2,000 years ago. Not the coziest place in Italy, but one that makes a big impression.
For a long time I really did not want to visit Venice, because I thought that it was terribly touristy and that therefore I could not enjoy the beauty of this city. And yes, it is busy, but it is much bigger than you think and it is so beautiful! Walk from highlight to highlight, enjoy the special architecture, the gondolas and the canals. Venice is a unique place and definitely one of the most beautiful places in Italy.
Read more: One day in Venice: 14 highlights
In 2010, I traveled through Tuscany, and I visited the city of Florence twice because I loved it so much. There is so much to see in this beautiful city! Florence is the perfect city for art lovers, make sure to visit the world-famous Uffizi Museum. It is also a must to take a walk on the Ponte Vecchio, a medieval bridge full of shops.
As far as I am concerned, Sicily is the perfect place in Italy for an awesome road trip. Nice and compact, so even when you only have 5 days in Sicily, you can explore quite a lot! The island has a fascinating landscape, great relaxing beaches and, beautiful cities to stroll through. It really seems like a fantastic place for a great vacation.
Cinque Terre is also a tourist spot for a reason: it is beautiful! Cinque Terre National Park has a rugged coastline with five very photogenic villages. You can visit all of them by train, but there are also beautiful hiking trails between the villages.
Milan is different from the other cities in Italy. In Milan, you see many business people walking down the street in suits and having lunch at one of the trendy restaurants. This is also the city of fashion, so it’s great for people who love shopping. One of the highlights in Milan is the enormous cathedral (Duomo), a beautiful building that is also considered a masterpiece of Gothic art.
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Capri is a small island close to Naples. It is picturesquely beautiful with steep cliffs and beautiful bays. If you go hiking in Capri, you will undoubtedly see a few impressive rock formations and you can also visit various caves. A great place to visit when you are traveling to the south of Italy.
Unfortunately, I missed this special medieval town full of high towers during my trip to Tuscany, but in my opinion, it is a reason to return to this region. A particularly beautiful old center to stroll through and the views are phenomenal.
Napoleon was exiled to the island of Elba in 1814. It is located just off the Tuscan coast and is therefore perfect to visit as a day trip from Tuscany. On the island, you will find various museums about Napoleon and you can climb various beautiful viewpoints.
One of the most beautiful places I visited during my trip in Tuscany is Siena. When you walk around this city you just imagine yourself in the Middle Ages. All those narrow streets, the height differences, and the beautiful buildings, it is a feast for the eyes! It is extra fun to visit Siena during the Palio (a horse race that is held twice a year) when many people are dressed up.
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As a hiking enthusiast, I really have to go to the Dolomites. This mountain range in the north of Italy looks really spectacular, full of sharp cliffs. Here you go on really beautiful day hikes!
Verona is perhaps the most romantic city in Italy as it is the city of Romeo and Juliet! It is compact and everywhere you look you see beautiful statues and buildings with frescoes. One of the largest arenas in the world is also located in Verona, where concerts are still held today.
Read more: 10 awesome things to do in Verona
Rome, the capital of Italy, should not be missing from this list of the most beautiful places in Italy. This city is a large historical archive, everywhere you look you see ancient buildings. The Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain (and that’s just one of the beautiful fountains in Rome), Vatican City (which is actually a separate country), the Roman Forum, I can go on and on because this city has so many highlights!
Tip: when you visit Italy in winter, I would highly suggest going to Rome. The weather is usually pretty good (during my trip it was sunny and 15 degrees every day!) and the city looks even more magical with all the Christmas lights!
In my opinion, these are the most beautiful places in Italy. What is your favorite place in Italy? And which places would you like to visit?
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