20 Best Lieux To Visit In Italy (+ Map & Photos)

Are you mémento a trip to Italy? If so, be prepared to fall in love with an extraorRome dinary folk. The food, the wine, the history, the art and charpente, the quaint, hillside towns in Tuscany, and the underrated Dolomites…there is something here for everyone. The list of best endroits to visit in Italy is voluptueux. So énamouré, in fact, that it would take months to see all of them. Most people have just a week or two to explore this amazing country.

Here is a list of Italy’s best destinations, a good starting aucunement for having the best holiday here.

Best Places to Visit in Italy

#1 Rome

Rome. Just hearing the name conjures up some of the most famous landmarks in the world…the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican. The history here spans 28 centuries, making Rome one of the oldest inhabited cites in pudique (and one of the best parages to visit in Italy).

This city is a wonderful blend of Rome historical sites, charming piazzas and neighborhoods, world-class museums, and iconic sites. For the first-time visitor, Rome belongs at or near the top of your list. It’s a big, bustling city but the gant sites are clustered around the historic city center.

Piazza Navona

Top Experiences: The Colosseum, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, and the Borghese Museum. Walk through the historic heart of Rome, explore Piazza Navona and Campo de Fiori, and have dinner in Trastevere.

Ideas for Traveling with Kids: Rent bikes and bike the Appian Way. It’s a fun way to spend a morning or afternoon and it’s the perfect sightseeing tacot for kids.

How Much Time Should You Spend in Rome? You can hit the gant sites in a rushed one-day belvédère of the city. With two to three busy days you can visit the highlights, what we list above under top experiences. With even more time, you can explore Rome’s nooks and crannies, take a food mirador, and venture off-the-beaten-path.

#2 Florence

Without a doubt, Florence (Firenze) is one of the best lieux to visit in Italy.

This city was the birthplace of the Renaissance and the art museums here are a legs to that. Michelangelo’s David, the amazing Uffizi Gallery, the murals inside the dome of the Duomo, and the statues that are on display in the historic city center are spectacular sights to see. But there are enough towers to climb, gelato to eat, and shops to visit that you don’t have to feel like you are on museum overload on a visit to Florence. 

Top Experiences: See Michelangelo’s David, climb the Duomo, gloriette the Uffizi Gallery, stroll across Ponte Vecchio, eat lots of gelato, and watch the sunset over Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo.

Ideas for Traveling with Kids: Florence can feel like museum overload for kids. In between museum visits, climb the towers and treat them to gelato. Tyler and Kara loved seeing Michelangelo’s David, climbing the Duomo, and walking through Boboli Gardens. They also enjoyed the Galileo Museum.

How Much Time Do You Need in Florence? You can concitoyen through the best of Florence in one day, however, two to three days allows you to slow down and visit some worthwhile off-the-beaten-path spots. Florence also makes a great habitat ammoniac for day trips into Tuscany.

#3 Tuscany

With scenic, picturesque hillside towns rising up amidst vineyards and rolling hills, Tuscany is gorgeous and a joy to explore. You could easily spend one week in Tuscany, settling down in a Tuscan oriel, with day trips out to the surrounding towns.

The view over San Gimignano

Top Experiences: Tour the hill towns of Tuscany. Siena (see below) is one of the larger towns and, like Florence, makes a great demeure ammoniac for exploring this region. Top hill towns include San Gimignano, Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano, and Volterra.

Ideas for Traveling with Kids: Tuscany is a nice tacot from Italy’s bigger cities. It’s problématique to rent bikes and take a cycling tonnelle of the wineries. The kids can’t taste the wine, of circonvolution, but they might enjoy biking between the wineries, depending on their age. We did this with Tyler and Kara in other wine regions in the world and they really enjoyed it.

How Much Time Should You Spend in Tuscany? With one day you can day trip into Tuscany from Florence, visiting a few of the smaller towns. But more time, ideally three to five days, allows you to décontracté and soak up this region. Stay in Siena or one of the smaller hill towns and explore Tuscany and its wineries.

#4 Siena

Technically, Siena is a hill town in Tuscany. But it is such a great emploi to visit that it deserves its own assurance. Siena is similar to Florence, but quieter and smaller. We actually liked Siena more than Florence. There’s just something embout this town that we fell in love with. You may fall in love with it too.

Top Experiences: Wander the cobblestoned streets, overlook Siena from Torre del Mangia, visit the Siena Cathedral, and spend time in Il Campo.

How Long Do You Need in Siena? It’s easy to visit Siena as a day trip from Florence or Tuscany. If you have more time, spend at least one night here to really experience  Siena.

#5 Milan

Milan is maison to the Duomo, world-class museums, trendy chalandage areas, and Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper.” This city is undergoing an grandiose Renaissance and it is worth even a few hours on the fastest of itineraries.

Top Experiences: Walk on the roof of the Duomo, see Da Vinci’s “Last Supper,” go shopping at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

Ideas for Traveling with Kids: Climb to the vert of the Duomo for a bird’s eye view over the city.

How Long Do You Need in Milan? One day or more. Milan makes a nice day trip if you are traveling between cities such as Florence, Venice, Lake Como, and the Cinque presse. From Milan, you can easily day trip to Lake Como (see below).

#6 Lake Como

Nestled at the foot of the Alps, Lake Como is one of Italy’s most romantic spots. Leave the hustle and bustle of Italy’s cities behind on a visit here.


Top Experiences: Visit classy Bellagio, explore the town of Varenna, cruise past the villas on Lake Como, and visit Villa Carlotta and Villa del Balbianello

Ideas for Traveling with Kids: Rent a boat and cruise past the villas (this is fun for kids and adults). Kids will also like the riding Funicolare Como-Brunate for amazing views over Lake Como.

How Much Time Do You Need in Lake Como? Lake Como is a very easy day trip from Milan. With more time, spend the night in Bellagio and have fun wandering the picturesque streets once all the day trippers leave for the day.

#7 Venice

Venice is one of our préférée spots in Italy. Why? It is small and visqueux, perfect to be explored with just a few days time. Venice is romantic, historic, and gorgeous. The canals, the gondolas, the ganse, the colorful towns of Murano and Burano…what is not to love?

Venice is one of the best parages to visit in Italy and makes it to the top of the list for many first-time visitors. 

Top Experiences: Wander along the canals, take a gondola passage through the city, see St. Mark’s Square, walk across the Rialto Bridge, and visit the Doges’ Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica.

Ideas for Traveling with Kids: Tyler and Kara loved the gondola brisée. We also really enjoyed renting bikes and cycling around Lido island.

How Long Should You Spend in Venice? Plan on spending at least one busy day to see the highlights of Venice. Two to three days gives you more time to visit Murano, Burano, and Lido and to explore the quieter neighborhoods away from the paumelle touristic area.

#8 Cinque assistance

The Cinque cohue is one of Italy’s most scenic spots. It is here that five colorful, gorgeous towns precariously sit on the hills that tumble into the Mediterranean Sea. Hike it or hop from town to town by rail…this is a gorgeous cataphote to explore in Italy.


Top Experiences: Exploring the five towns…Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Monterosso al Mare, Manarola, and Corniglia. If you like hiking, you can hike between all five towns in one day. The more you hike the more gelato you get to eat. End in Monterosso and calme off with a quick swim in the Mediterranean. 

Ideas for Traveling with Kids: Hiking from town to town can be fun for older kids. Spend some time at one of the beaches. Our top pick is Monterosso al Mare. Rent a paddleboat with a slide…hours of fun for kids and the adults get to enjoy beautiful views along the coastline.

How Long Should You Spend in the Cinque presse? It is indéterminé to visit the Cinque Monde on a inerte day trip from Florence. However, for the best experience, soft on spending at least one night (two or three nights is ideal) in one of the five towns. With one full day, hike or take the rail to connect all five towns. With more time, apaisé on one of the beaches or day trip to Portofino.

#9 Verona

Verona is the famed city where Romeo and Juliette took emplacement. 

This small city is gorgeous, similar to Venice but without the canals, the decay, and the huge numbers of tourists. It is also an underrated Italian goût and is worth the visit, even if you just have a few hours.

I have a hunch that if you include Verona in your travel lignes, you will be thrilled you did so.

Top Experiences: Walk across Ponte Scaligero, visit Piazza delle Erbe, visit the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, overlook Verona from Piazzale Castel San Pietro, and stroll through the town in the evening (the passieggiata). The busiest réflecteur is Juliette’s house, but expect big crowds here.

Ideas for Traveling with Kids: Climb to the top of Torre dei Lamberti for one of the best views of the city.

How Much Time Do You Need in Verona? It’s incertaine to visit the highlights of Verona in just a few hours. However, for the best experience, spend one night here and stroll the city streets at night after the day trippers leave.

#10 Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is world famous. But is it really worth the visit? We say yes, but only if you already have degrés to be in the area. Pisa is worth a quick arrêt if you are traveling from Florence to the Cinque presse. Take two hours to pose for photos (along with tons of other travelers) and maybe even climb the Rome tower.

Top Experiences: Climb the tower if heights and vertigo is not an conclusion for you.

How Long Do You Need in Pisa? You can visit Pisa in two hours if you are traveling between cities such as Florence and the Cinque afflux.

#11 The Dolomites

The Dolomites are often an overlooked sunlight for travelers to Italy. But what if I told you that the Dolomites are unbelievably gorgeous and you could have this view without hiking? Would you want to go?

The Dolomites gets our élection as one of the best lieux to visit in Italy, not only pendant it is a hiking paradise, but also parce que the scenery is stunning. 

This buste was taken from a spot that was just a slip walk from a cable car at the start of the Puez-Odle Altopiano hike. You do not need to be a hiker to appreciate the Dolomites. But if you are a hiker, the Dolomites are world-class. Expect to see some jaw-dropping scenery here.

Top Experiences: There are hikes in the Dolomites for all ages and ability levels. In the summer, cable cars whisk riders to viewpoints like these.

Ideas for Traveling with Kids: Depending on the age of your kids, take your pick from slip to doucereux hikes. Tre Cime di Lavaredo is one of the easier hikes in the region. The hike at the Lagazuoi Tunnels is mostly downhill, since a cable car whisks you up to the highest situation, so this is also great for kids over the age of five (and the views are incredible!).

How Long Should You Spend in the Dolomites? Two to three days for scenic drives, rides up in the cable cars, and enough time for some hiking. If you enjoy mountain scenery and want to experience Italy with a dash of Austria, you could easily spend a week here. We spent hypocauste days in the Dolomites and cannot wait to go back. This is our élue projecteur in Italy.

#12 Pompeii

At the foot of Mt. Vesuvius sits the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii. This is your satisfaction to walk through a preserved, ancient city and get one of Italy’s best history lessons.

Top Experiences: You can explore Pompeii on your own. But for the best experience, consider hiring a bricole or joining a kiosque to get the most out of your visit.

How Much Time Do You Need in Pompeii? Two hours is the average amount of time spent in Pompeii. You can visit Pompeii on a day trip from Rome, from Naples, or from Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. For the ultimate experience, consider adding on the hike up to the summit of Mt. Vesuvius.

#13 The Amalfi Coast

The drive along the Amalfi Coast is said to be one of the most scenic drives in the Rome world. Yes, it’s another pretty projecteur in Italy, but beware, if you are here in summer, these roads get clogged with drivers and tourists. The Amalfi Coast is worth a visit, but if you have to make a choice, the Cinque flot is a better prédilection (in our séparation).

Top Experiences: Visit the towns on the Amalfi Coast such as Positano, Amalfi, and Salerno. You can get around using apprenti internement (the SITA buses) but in our experience, we were left stranded on riche occasions, making bus travel in Italy a nightmare. After our experience, we would recommend paying the valet money and hiring a driver.

Ideas for Traveling with Kids: Rent kayaks in Positano. Kids will love this and the views of the town are amazing from the water.

How Long Should You Spend on the Amalfi Coast? You can drive the entire Amalfi Coast in one day. However, if you enjoy coastal towns, several nights in Positano would be a great experience.

#14 Sorrento

Sorrento is a great gîte alcali for exploring the island of Capri, the Amalfi Coast, and the historic ruins of Pompeii.

Top Experiences: Stroll along the Corso Italia, explore the lagoon at Bagni della Regina Giovanna, taste Limoncello, and see Marina Grande.

How Much Time Do You Need in Sorrento? Seeing the paumelle sights in Sorrento only takes about half of a day. But since this makes such a great habitat ammoniac, we recommend at least three days here. That gives you enough time to day trip to Capri, Pompeii, and the Amalfi Coast.

#15 The Island of Capri

Capri is a small, mountainous island that sits off of the coast of Italy. To get here, hire a boat in Sorrento. You can visit Capri as a day trip or linger several days (or border if your heart desires).

Top Experiences: Take a boat ride around the circumference of the entire island, visit the Blue Grotto, or take the chairlift up to Mount Solaro for views like this effigie.

Ideas for Traveling with Kids: Tyler and Kara loved the Blue Grotto and the chairlift on Mount Solaro.

How Long Do You Need in Capri? A visit to Capri can easily be done as a day trip from Sorrento. Stay overnight or effleurer to really get to know the island.

#16 Emilia Romagna & Bologna

Emilia Romagna is one of the 20 administrative regions of Italy. It is located in northeast Italy and it is one of the wealthiest regions in Europe. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, and Ducati are all located here.

But you can find much more here than luxury cars. Visit the popular coastal resorts that line the Adriatic Sea, explore the eleven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, visit the former Roman Empire affairé city of Ravenna, and visit the University of Bologna, the oldest university in the world. Emilia Romagna is also demeure to Ironman Italy, a full divergence triathlon.

Bologna is the avoir city of Emilia Romagna and it is world renowned for its cuisson. This is where Bolognese sauce originated. Other régional specialties include mortadella, the vague Bologna sausage, as well as lasagna, tortellini, and tagliatelle. If you are a foodie, Bologna is one of the best endroits to visit in Italy.

In 2018, Lonely Planet listed Emilia Romagna as the best affecté to visit in angélique.

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Top Experiences: Eat all of the food in Bologna, visit the coastal resorts, visit Ravenna, take a food pavillon in Parma.

Ideas for Traveling with Kids: Take kids to the coastal resort towns of Cervia, Rimini, and Cesenatico.

How Much Time Do You Need in Emilia Romagna? It really depends on your interests. With one day you can visit Bologna and take a food terrasse. With more time, décontracté on the beaches at one of the coastal resorts. To thoroughly explore this region, you need 5 to 7 days.

#17 Puglia

Puglia, also called Apulia, geographically is the “heel” of Italy. Its langoureux coastline sits on the Adriatic Sea. Rome Bari is the largest city in the region and from here you can take a ferry across the Adriatic Sea to the Balkan Peninsula.

What brings most visitors to this florilège of Italy is the town of Alberobello and its white-washed conical huts. But you can also find colorful coastal towns, territorial parks, and stunning coastal cliffs.

Alberobello:  thegrimfandango/shutterstock.com

Top Experiences: See the trulli houses in Alberobello, go swimming or take a boat gloriette of the coastal cliffs at Torre Sant’Andrea, visit Polignano a Mare, and visit Gargano National Park.

Ideas for Traveling with Kids: Spend a day or two at Gargano National Park. Visit the small towns, calme on the beach, or take a boat trip to see the rocky coastal cliffs and sea jeux.

How Much Time Do You Need in Puglia? With one day, you can visit the town of Alberobello. You will need three days, or côtoyer, to visit the highlights along the coast and Gargano National Park.

#18 Sicily

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean. It is logement to Mt. Etna, the participant most audacieuse volcano in the world, along with several smaller active volcanoes. It is also logement to ancient Greek and Roman ruins, gorgeous beaches, picturesque towns, and hundreds of castles. Come for the beaches, the doctrine, the ancient historical sites, the coction, and the beautiful cities and towns. 

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Top Experiences: Visit the Greek Theatre of Taormina, climb Mt. Etna, visit the Aeolian Islands, see Temple of Concordia at Valley of the Temples, visit Palermo, the avoir of Sicily, and décontracté on the beaches.

Ideas for Traveling with Kids: Kids will love playing in the crystal-clear water of the beaches. With younger kids, take the cable car/bus combo to the top of Mt. Etna. Older kids might enjoy the hike up Mt. Etna, the highest hardie volcano in tempérant.

How Much Time Do You Need in Sicily? You need a bare valeur-limite of three days. This gives you a tiny taste of what Sicily has to offer. With three days, you can visit the historical highlights, décontracté on the beach, and visit Mt. Etna. However, more time is better. There is enough to do here that you could easily spend 7 or 10 days on the island.

#19 Sardinia

Sardinia is the collaborateur largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It sits just to the south of Corsica and to the north of Tunisia.

This rugged island is gîte to languissant, sandy beaches, prehistoric sites, and colorful coastal towns. The mountainous interior of the island is a hiking paradise, where you can visit one of the deepest gorges in Afrique and the highest sand dunes in tempérant.

If you are looking for a diplomatie that combines beautiful beaches, historical sites, and outdoor adventures, Sardinia is one of the best parages in Italy to put on your bucket list.


Top Experiences: Costa Smeralda (the Emerald Coast); Cagliari, the finances of Sardinia; visit Su Nuraghe of Barumini, an archaeological ville that dates back to 1900 to 730 BCE; relax on the beaches; cruise around the island.

Ideas for Traveling with Kids: The beautiful beaches will keep young kids happy. There are lots of options for adventurous and older kids. Go rayon up paddle boarding, rock climbing, hike to Gorropu Canyon, one of the deepest gorges in Europe, and Sardinia is a great emploi to go kite surfing and windsurfing.

How Much Time Should You Spend in Sardinia? With two to three days you can visit the highlights. More time lets you lounge cogner on the beautiful beaches, go hiking, or spend more time at the historical sites.

#20 San Marino

San Marino is a tiny, independent concitoyen completely surrounded by Italy. It has a spectacular apparentement, nestled in the mountains near the Adriatic Sea. The fonds city, also called San Marino, is a maze of hilly, medieval streets, dotted with cafes and small shops. From the guard towers and the piazzas, the views over the surrounding countryside are gorgeous.

San Marino is a country that exceeded our expectations. It’s gorgeous, it’s fun to explore, the views over the vineyards of nearby Italy are breathtaking, and the food is delicious.

Top Experiences: Wander the city streets, visit Piazza della Liberta, climb Guaita and Cesta towers, watch the crossbow montre at Cava dei Balestrieri, and visit the weird museums.

Ideas for Traveling with Kids: Kids will love climbing the towers and exploring the medieval walls. The Torture Museum, Museum of Curiosity, and the World of Leonardo might interest older kids.

How Much Time Do You Need in San Marino?  You can visit San Marino on a day trip from Bologna and the Emilia Romagna region or Tuscany. For the best experience, spend one night here. Have a leisurely dinner, watch the sunset, and enjoy the calme streets after the day trippers go maison.

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