Italy

As the birthplace of pizza, gelato and pasta, Italy is perhaps best known for its mouthwatering food, though it also has much more to experience. Wander through ancient cities filled with historical ruins and relax at glamorous coastal resorts.

Among Italy’s biggest tourist hotspots are Venice, Rome and Florence, each offering iconic sights and world-class museums, from canals to the Colosseum to the Uffizi Gallery. Travelers in search of rugged coastlines and gorgeous beaches head to the islands of Capri or Sardinia, while food-obsessed visitors head to Bologna. For romance and open-air opera, venture to cobbled Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s timeless love story, Romeo and Juliet.

The Vatican City in Rome is another tourist favorite, with art-loving visitors arriving in droves to marvel at Michelangelo’s famous Sistine Chapel frescoes. If you are planning a visit to this holy enclave, dress modestly and come in the afternoon to avoid the large morning rush.

South of Naples is the scenic Amalfi Coast. Discover colorful mountain towns and picturesque former fishing villages, such as Positano. For a more rugged coastal escape, head north to the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre, five pastel-painted clifftop villages on the Ligurian coast.

Tuscany in central Italy is another much-loved vacation destination. Stroll around hilltop medieval towns such as the multi-towered San Gimignano and sample some of the region’s famous wines, including Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti Classico. Tuscany is also home to Pisa, famed for its leaning tower.

Italy has an efficient public transportation system. Getting around the country is relatively easy. Ride trains and buses between the larger cities or rent a car to explore more rural areas and remote villages. Ferries run between the ports of the mainland and the small outlying islands. Two major airports serving Italy are Fiumicino Airport in Rome and Milano-Malpensa Airport in Milan.

Uncovering all the charms of the “big boot” of Italy could take years. Pick your favorite spots for your first visit and plan your trip now.

Popular cities in Italy

St. Peter\'s Basilica which includes a church or cathedral, heritage architecture and interior views
Rome

Known for Historical Buildings, Cathedrals and Museums

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Milan which includes street scenes, heritage architecture and a sunset
Milan

Known for Cathedrals, Museums and Culture

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Venice featuring boating, night scenes and heritage architecture
Venice

Known for Boating, Cathedrals and Churches

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Royal Palace which includes heritage architecture as well as a small group of people
Naples

Known for Historical Buildings, Tours and Museums

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Turin which includes a square or plaza, heritage architecture and a fountain
Turin

Known for Historical Buildings, Museums and Skyscrapers

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Popular things to do in Italy

Trevi Fountain
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Trevi Fountain

Rome

Rome is a city abundant in world-class water features, but none more stunning, or more famous, than the Trevi Fountain.

Colosseum
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Colosseum

Rome

A true architectural heavyweight, the 2,000-year-old Colosseum is often considered one of the seven “modern” wonders of the world.

Pantheon
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Pantheon

Rome

One of ancient Rome’s greatest achievements combines momentous history and inspired architecture.

Piazza Navona
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Piazza Navona

Rome

The old papal buildings have altered little over the centuries, but still act as an open-air hub for cafés and street entertainers. 

Rialto Bridge
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Rialto Bridge

San Marco

Take a stroll across Venice’s oldest and most iconic bridge for romantic views, souvenir shopping and street entertainment.

Roman Forum
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Roman Forum

Rome

Explore one of the most renowned archaeological sites in the world and immerse yourself in the ancient atmosphere where the Roman Empire began.