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Italy

Travel Guide
Italy featuring a city, night scenes and heritage architecture

Discover ancient cities, charming coastal towns and diverse landscapes in this boot-shaped Mediterranean nation, famed for its cultural riches and rustic cuisine.

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

Roman Forum showing a monument, a temple or place of worship and heritage architecture
Rome
Known for Cathedrals, Museums and Churches
Stand in awe of the ancient ruins, legendary artworks and breathtaking cityscapes that make Italy’s capital so alluring.

Reasons to visit

  • Piazza Navona
  • Pantheon
  • Circus Maximus
Milan which includes street scenes, heritage architecture and a sunset
Milan
Known for Cathedrals, Museums and Churches
Wander the streets of Italy’s stylish northern capital to discover its artistic legacy, its culture of fashion and one of the largest churches in the world.

Reasons to visit

  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
  • Teatro alla Scala
  • Cathedral of Milan
San Francesco di Paola showing night scenes, a square or plaza and a church or cathedral
Naples
Known for Tours, Museums and Sightseeing
With classical architecture, unbeatable pizza and round-the-clock vibrancy, Naples remains one of Italy’s most exciting cities to visit.

Reasons to visit

  • Piazza del Plebiscito
  • Royal Palace
  • Port of Naples
Academy Bridge which includes a river or creek, a coastal town and heritage architecture
Venice
Known for Boating, Cathedrals and Churches
The Floating City is as romantic as it gets, with its gondolas, serenaders, dazzling palazzos and churches, and almost timeless feel.

Reasons to visit

  • St. Mark's Square
  • Rialto Bridge
  • St. Mark's Basilica
Palazzo Pretorio showing a river or creek, a city and a bridge
Palermo
Known for Shopping, Tours and Cathedrals
Explore Palermo: its monuments, history, churches, and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Ballaro Market
  • Teatro Massimo
  • Palace of the Normans
Ponte Vecchio which includes vehicle touring, street performance and a city
Florence
Known for River View, Museums and Cathedrals
Love museums, cathedrals, and monuments? Get away to Florence!

Reasons to visit

  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

Popular places to visit in Italy

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