10 Places You Can’t Miss in Italy
We feel like there is not a single person in this world who have not visited and enjoyed Italy or at least dreams of visiting the country. Italy is, indeed, one of the most popular countries for travelling and tourism in the world if not the most popular and there is no wonder why. The country is simply filled to the brim with amazing places you would like to visit and enjoy… and remember with good for the rest of your life! Despite the fact that it is almost impossible to pick just ten places in Italy that are a must visit because of all of the places in the country, even the small villages… especially the small villages, are simply breath-taking, quirky, and very interesting and exciting, we somehow tried our luck at picking just a few from the many and today we share our top 10 list with you!
The capital of Italy and as many would say – one of the most beautiful and magnificent cities in the world. Rome is often regarded as the birthplace of the Western civilization, the city has a crazy and interesting past over 2500 years of its founding. Only a few cities in the world can offer the amount of art, history, culture, and amazing architecture that Rome shares with the millions of tourists annually. There are so many old and magnificent historic buildings in Rome that it can easily become one of your favourite cities in Italy. So despite the fact that it is one of the most heavily populated by tourists cities in the world all year-round, especially in summertime, you simply cannot miss visiting Rome!
Tucked away in the northwestern corner of the country, Turin is a great destination all year round but especially in wintertime. Turin is a super underrated city that is neglected by a lot of tourists but there is definitely not a reason for all this to happen. Turin is definitely the gateway of all of the winter sports you can possibly imagine and the city hosted the Winter Olympic Games.
The birthplace of one of the most dramatic love stories in the history, the one of Romeo and Juliette, there is hardly a more romantic city in the world than Verona. Many people visit Verona to see and experience the famous House of Juliette and its infamous and emblematic balcony. One of the many cool things about Verona is that the city has a 2000-year old amphitheatre and they still do annual fair shows and operas in this extra old and extra beautiful building.
Venice is definitely one of the most spectacular, interesting, and popular cities not only in Italy but in the entire world. Venice is located in the northeastern of Italy and it is spread across 118 small islands which give this unique layout of the city. Venice is also popular as the Floating City as you don’t find any cars here, it is all canals and boats or gondolas. Unfortunately, Venice is not in a very good position as it is well-documented that it is a sinking city. So before it is gone forever, we highly recommend you visiting Venice!
Tuscany is popular for its amazing wine. It is a large region in central Italy that is very beloved for its beautiful nature of rolling and lush hills, the spectacular arts, and a collection of internationally renowned wine regions and vineyards. Of course, Tuscany is one of the world’s best destinations for wine lovers. All of the small villages and towns in Tuscany alone are simply stunning and a great destination to visit even if you are not enjoying the drink of the ancient gods. Each of these small and unique places has its own charm and specific atmosphere.
Stretching its extra beautiful and unique land over 5 little and very special villages, each of them with its own character and unique atmosphere, overlooking the crystal sea, Cinque Terre is simply irresistible. Found on the rugged coastline of the Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre is one of the most charming regions of Italy. A lot of its charm comes from the authentic atmosphere and architecture and the lack of corporative development. One of the best ways to visit the villages is to actually hike the various trails between the villages, but there are also a lot of transportation options depending on your abilities and how you want to visit the villages, the most popular out of them being by train or by a boat. Cinque Terre started as one of the lesser known places to visit in Italy and has now grown into this amazing and very visited destination so make sure to go and enjoy it too!
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Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region and the city has a very colourful and turbulent history. Florence is also considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. Florence is ranked as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it is still a home to some of the most beautiful and recognisable pieces of art and architecture. Of course, one of the most popular things to do in Florence is to visit the museums.
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Technically not a part of Italy, the Vatican City is a walled enclave in the city of Rome. It is the smallest country in the world but it contains some really spectacular sites and examples of religious and spiritual architecture, as well as some of the world’s most popular paintings and sculptures. The Vatican City has a huge and very interesting museum where you can spend hours and hours just browsing through all those unique pieces.
Almost 2000 years ago Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the city of Pompeii in ash and by this technically preserving all of the time and the ruins for the future. One of the most amazing things you will experience in the city of Pompeii is just walking the streets and feel like you are walking the streets of an ancient Italian city. Pompeii is definitely one of the most unique things you will be able to experience as a traveller.
Mostly popular as the city next to the popular airport of Milano, Bergamo is a small city nestled foothills of Alps and just about 40 km away from Milano. The city itself is split into two parts – the lower modern part of the city and the upper historic part. Both sides are connected by various cable cars which also allow you to get amazing views over Bergamo. Bergamo is totally walkable and easy to enjoy, it totally gives you the authentic Italian feel of everything you do minus the big crowds.