Home to famous artists and talented scientists who changed the order of the world, home to the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a kaleidoscope of enchanting landscapes, Bella Italia! From all sorts of ancient Rome and charming romantic Venice, to the rolling hills of Tuscany and cosmopolitan Milan, this country is a limitless source of attractions. Based on user ratings, a list of the 25 best attractions in Italy has been compiled. This compilation will help all travelers who plan their itinerary around the country, as it contains really interesting and unique places, as well as useful tips on how to have a good time and get the most positive impressions.
1. Valley of the Temples of Sicily
Welcome to Sicily, where you will discover one of its most breathtaking sights. The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento is a vast excavation site containing the well-preserved remains of various prehistoric temples dating from the 5th century BC.
2. Cinque Terre
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Park, one of Italy’s cleanest and most tidy areas and a jewel in the crown of Liguria, Italy’s famous 5 Cinque Terre lands. Five delightful cities of color nestle on the steep cliffs of the Italian Riviera. Some very interesting articles have already been written about these places on LifeGlobe, I strongly advise you to follow the link and read them.
3. Uffizi Gallery in Florence
With a reputation as one of the finest museums in the world, the Uffizi Gallery houses unique works by Giotto, Botticelli, Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Dürer, Rembrandt and Rubens. Read more about this place in the article about the sights of Florence.
4. Roman Colosseum
One of Italy’s most recognizable landmarks — the largest remnant of antiquity, a typical amphitheater, a technical marvel, the epitome of architectural excellence, a constant proof of the sophistication and brutality of the Roman world — the Colosseum has been duplicated countless times in different cities of the world, but it remains one of the best places for visits in Italy.
5. Cave city of Sassi di Matera
Carved into the rocks and baked by the Mediterranean sun, the Sassi forms an urban complex of prehistoric dwellings that are essentially simple caves stacked on top of each other. It is a labyrinth, consisting of many underground passages and caves, hiding relics of the past.
6. Ancient Pompeii
Let’s go back to 79 A.D. BC, when Vesuvius was just a big hill for those who lived around today’s Gulf of Naples. But one day everything changed when a huge cloud of ash rose into the sky on a sunny day in August, and lava flows announced the end of a prosperous Roman city, turning it into ruins. Read more in the article about the Garden of the Captives, petrified victims of the eruption.
7. Amalfi and its coast
The Amalfi Coast is the perfect holiday destination to stay as long as possible. The Lattari mountain range, which goes directly to the sea, forms a jagged coastline with colorful villages surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation. The city is rich in its history, culture and folklore. If you want to know what the real sights of Italy are, then by all means visit this town. Read about the most beautiful cities of Amalfi in a separate tape.
8. Historic center of Siena
Siena may not equal Florence, its constant rival, and neighbor to the north, in terms of cultural heritage, but its abundance and charm make the city truly unique. In the Historic Center of Siena, everyone will find something to admire.
Although the Vatican is a completely separate state, its magnificent monuments can only be accessed through Rome. Here you will see places like St. Peter’s Basilica and Piazza San Pietro. The Vatican is the spiritual center of the Catholic world and one of the most massively visited areas of Rome.
10. St. Mark’s Basilica
Chosen as the burial place of Saint Mark the Evangelist, the Basilica di San Marco preserves the history of the country and is the most important symbol of Venice. Located next to the Grand Canal, the majestic basilica dominates Piazza San Marco and inspires many with its beauty. You will find a story about this place in the selection dedicated to the sights of Venice.
11. Roman Forum (Foro Romano)
Resting in the valley between the Palatine and the Capitoline Hills, the Roman Forum is by far one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world. The heart of the empire will give you incredible emotions, be sure to visit it during your stay in Rome.
12. Blue Grotto on the island of Capri
The symbol of Capri and an incredible place, even if you evaluate it on a global scale, the Blue Grotto would not be called that without good reason. When the rays of the sun sneak through the entrance to the grotto, a neon blue reflection illuminates the cave, and all objects inside are illuminated in silver. One of the most beautiful natural attractions in Italy.
13. Grand Canal in Venice
Board the river bus and travel along the Grand Canal. This tour will take you back many centuries back in history. The famous Venetian canal runs for more than 3.5 kilometers through all six districts of the historic center, revealing the gems of architecture along its banks.
14. Leaning Tower of Pisa
Another of the symbols of the country, one of the most recognizable sights of Italy. This is not an optical illusion, nor did the architects expect the tower to lean like that. No sooner had construction reached the third tier than the tower began to sag into the ground due to poor foundations, and the slope became apparent. Currently, work is underway to strengthen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in order to preserve it for posterity.
15. Last Supper
One of the most famous paintings in the world, which is recommended to see. It is located in Santa Maria della Grazia, in Milan.
16. Duomo — Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence
Renowned for its distinctive dome and expressive colours, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore dominates the Florence skyline and reflects the collective efforts of several eminent artists who have endowed the monument with its status as an architectural masterpiece full of aesthetic lines.
17. Trevi Fountain in Rome
Lurking in the labyrinth of the narrow, meandering streets of Rome is a glittering gem reputed to be a solemn example of Baroque grace and natural watercraft — one of the most stunning fountains in the world and a work of art all in one. The Trevi Fountain is not just a cold piece of marble, but a fountain with history. One of the most valuable sights of Rome and Italy.
18. Assisi — a city in the mountains
Approximately 5 million visitors a year have turned the small town in Umbria into a thriving tourist destination in Italy that would surprise even St. Francis himself, the founder of the city. What is it that attracts tourists here so much? Among many other marvels is the 13th century Basilica di San Francesco, with Francis’ sacred relics and magnificent frescoes documenting his life, as well as numerous other churches, Roman ruins, sacred shrines, and narrow medieval streets creating an almost mystical setting under the auspices of UNESCO. .
19. Mount Vesuvius
One of the most formidable volcanoes in the world, once destroyed the city of Pompeii to the ground. The ruins of Pompeii are still visible against the background of the huge Mount Vesuvius, which is still sleeping, but can still wake up.
20. Aosta Valley
Italy’s smallest and least densely populated region, with pristine Alpine rivers and numerous flower meadows, is a mountainous area that’s hard not to fall in love with. If you are a nature lover, then you will love these sights.
21. Lake Como
Covering an area of 146 square kilometers, Lake Como’s virtues are not limited to its immensity. The combination of romance, history, scenic beauty and richness of tradition makes it so charming that even celebrities go crazy to have their own piece of land from this delicious Lombardy pie.
22. Chianti wine route
The fact that Chianti is located between Florence and Siena makes it a good enough place to visit. This wine route is recommended to be included in your travel itinerary. You will experience an aesthetic combination of art, history and culinary delights. Here they make great wine that you can taste. One of the most famous wine regions in the world.
23. Grottoes and caves of the Frasassi Gorge
Even in Italy, rainy days happen from time to time, and if your beach plans happen to fail, take a dive into the Frassassi Gorge for a trip to the center of the Earth. The 75-minute route through one of the most spectacular Karst complexes in the world, equipped with convenient passages and stairs, will delight anyone.
24. Trulli in Alberobello
Quirky limestone houses with gray cone-shaped roofs, built without the use of cement and carefully retouched every year, dot the province of Bari and Taranto. This place is not as famous as other places of interest in Italy, but nevertheless, this amazing white town is worth a visit. I also advise you to read about alternative cities in Italy, which are undeservedly deprived of the attention of tourists.
25. Pizza in Naples
It really doesn’t matter where exactly you try your pizza as it’s obscenely good everywhere in Naples. Whether you follow the crowds to a popular pizzeria, or visit a quaint little place on the outskirts, you’ll be seduced by the great taste of Neapolitan pizza. Well, after you have lunch, you can visit other sights of Naples, which are devoted to a separate article.
This is not the end of our trip to Italy, be sure to go on a magnificent photo tour of Italy, where breathtaking landscapes await you.