Top 10 Must See Places In Italy

From the majestic views of Cinque Terre, the pastel towns of the Amalfi Coast, and the remnants of the once-powerful ancient Roman Empire to the vast troves of art and architecture produced during the Renaissance — there is always something to see and do in Italy. It can be hard for tourists to decide where they want to go and what they want to see, especially with this many choices.

In this article, we’ll help you out with that choice and present you with the best places to visit in Italy.


Let’s kick things off with the Eternal City. Rome earned that appellation due to its rich history — possibly dating back to 753 B.C. — and its lasting influence on the rest of Italy. The city has marvelous structures like the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater in the world despite its age, where thousands of spectators flocked to witness ancient and often brutal forms of entertainment; the Pantheon, a meticulously preserved Roman temple showcasing the immense skill of Roman architects and engineers; the Roman Forum, one of the pillars of the ancient Roman republic and arguably the birthplace of representative democracy; and more.

Rome is also the site of the Vatican City, the living, beating heart of the Catholic faith, and one of the most beautiful places in Italy. Both cities keep some of the most magnificent art and architecture the world has ever seen, including the works of masters like Michelangelo, da Vinci, Raphael, Bernini, and Titian. If you ever think of taking a trip to Italy, Rome is one of the best places to be.

Lake Como

The idyllic setting of Lake Como makes it the perfect place for those serene, stress-relief trips. Located in Lombardy, Italy, and with Milan as the closest major city, Lake Como has one of the most stunning natural landscapes in the whole of Italy.

The lakeside is dotted with ancient, elegant villas, with some dating as far back as the 1500s, adding to the feeling of time-worn serenity of the place. Some of the best places to visit in Lake Como are the Villa del Balbianello, Gravedona ed Uniti, Nesso, and Varrena. Take a trip during summer and enjoy the activities like going on boat trips, bike tours, and hiking. Remember to take the time to stop and sample the local cuisine. Let me tell you, nothing beats the feeling of having gelato while taking a break from the Italian summer sun.


From its ancient waterways to its striking architecture, Venice is simply one of a kind. The city is built upon islands connected by bridges and waterways, making vehicle traffic rare and creating a different atmosphere for tourists to enjoy.

The world-famous gondola rides bring the city’s magic to the forefront on any day, but taking a boat ride at night is an altogether different experience that everyone should go through. Aside from the canals, the city has a number of magnificent architectures with a mix of Gothic, Renaissance, and Byzantine elements. Those looking for a good party can do no wrong with the Carnevale di Venezia, the world-famous, city-wide festival where everyone can don elaborate costumes and masks and participate in parades, balls, and other grand social events.


To be crowned the fashion capital of the world is no small feat, and Milan is sure to live up to its title. Located at the heart of the Po Basin in the Lombardy region of Italy, Milan is one of the best places to visit during your trip to Italy, even if for the fashion alone.

Here you’ll find the Golden Rectangle, the home of the most famous, recognizable, and exclusive fashion brands in the world. You’ll also find the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the oldest and arguably the most beautiful shopping mall in the world, the Duomo di Milano, and the Teatro alla Scala, where performing upon its stage is considered the Holy Grail of opera and other performance arts.

Costa Smeralda

If you’re looking for a luxury beach or resort getaway, then the Emerald Coast is the perfect place for you. Located in northern Sardinia, Costa Smeralda is a sight to behold. The golden beaches clash wonderfully with the crystal-green waters that give the place its name. Take your pick from the dozens of exclusive luxury resorts with their high-end services, world-class amenities, and some of the best fine dining in all of Italy. Be sure to visit Porto Cervo, the most famous town in Costa Smeralda, and enjoy the vibrant nightlife.

Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is home to some of the most beautiful towns and beaches in all of Italy, and, as such, it’s a preferred tourist destination by many. Included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, this 50-plus kilometer stretch of coastline boasts breathtaking cliffside and ocean views that can make any trip worthwhile. It’s chock full of picturesque towns like Ravello, Positano, Vietri sul Mare, and, of course, the namesake town of Amalfi, where you can revel in the glorious churches, old villas, and beautiful lemon groves and vineyards. If you want to get the full experience, I suggest you take a cruise to the Coast.


Pompeii is the destination when talking about world-famous archeological sites in Italy. Located in the Campania region and sitting right under the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii’s tragic story is known the world over. The ancient city was buried under a deluge of volcanic ash almost three meters deep when Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., taking the lives of most of its 10,000 inhabitants. The result was a near-perfect preservation of the city, which was discovered in the late 16th century. It is estimated that only two-thirds of the city has been excavated. However, archeologists are in no hurry to, as their efforts are focused on preserving what has been brought out into the light. As a tourist destination, Pompeii presents a unique snapshot of tragedy against the backdrop of ancient Roman life. Be sure to visit the Villa of Mysteries on the outskirts of town to get the most out of the experience.


Indulge in the beauty of the Renaissance when you take a trip to Firenze. Florence is located in central Italy, standing as the capital city of the Tuscany region. The city’s signature skyline is dominated by the world-famous Duomo, the dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. The city was the center of political and economic power during the 14th century. Ruling families like the Medici used their vast resources to stand as patrons of the arts and sciences, leading to the Renaissance. As such, Florence holds a majestic collection of Renaissance art and architecture, including the works of Botticelli, Raphael, and Michelangelo. It’s truly one of the best places in Italy to experience the glory of the Renaissance.

Cinque Terre

In the region of Liguria on the northwesterly coast of Italy lies a string of five centuries-old seaside villages spanning the coast of the Ligurian Sea. Known as the Cinque Terre (or “Five Lands”), these beautiful, historic villages are known the world over for their spectacular views and rugged beaches. Cinque Terre is comprised of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare. Their colorful buildings are set upon cliffsides, and the bustling life in these little places gives off a distinct atmosphere from any other city destination in Italy.

The Dolomites

Looking for something more than beaches and city landscapes? Take a trip to the Dolomites, a famous mountain range in northern Italy. People who prefer activities like skiing, climbing, base jumping, and other winter sports will find themselves right at home in this mountain range. The activities aren’t limited to winter, though, as summer in the Dolomites offers the chance to go hiking, biking, and even hang gliding.

Closing words

Italy is a blessed country filled with natural beauty, history, and culture, and everyone should experience traveling there at least once in their lifetime. These ten destinations are sure to capture the hearts and minds of any tourist.

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