Places to Visit in Italy

Visit Italy to titillate your senses 

There is no dearth of places to visit in Italy. From historical monuments to glorious sunsets at the beach to art galleries that will lift your soul, Italy is one of the few countries in the world that seems to have it all. But what strikes most is the sense of antiquity, the charm of the days gone past, the squares and the fountains that transport you to a different era altogether. Italy tourist places range from the magnificent to the heart stopping.  Here’s a list of some of the must visit places in Italy.

Rome 

The capital of Italy was once the seat of the Roman empire. Even today, some of the best places to visit in Italy can be found here. 

Venice 

Venice, the floating city is simply breath taking and gorgeous no matter what time of the year you visit. 

Milan 

The fashion capital of Italy has several hidden gems that you may not be aware of, and what better way to discover them than on foot? 

Florence 

The capital of Tuscany, Florence has several tourist attractions and is definitely one of the places to go in Italy. Home of the Renaissance movement, Florence also saw the rise of several writers, artists, scientists, explorers and inventors.

Naples 

The historic city of Naples is the third largest city in Italy and has seen human population from the Neolithic period. The port here is one of the most important ones in the Mediterranean and the city is full of historical landmarks and churches.

Amalfi 

Every year, there are thousands of tourists who visit the Amalfi coast because it is one of the top Italy tourist places. The coastline is rustic and gorgeous, lined with small towns and scenery that will leave you agape.

Colosseum 

The main icon of Rome is the Colosseum. This 2,000-year-old imposing construction sends one back in time to relive the ways of the Roman Empire. In the year 72 AD, its construction began under the Vespasian Empire and was concluded in the year 80 AD during the reign of Emperor Titus. Post completion, the Colosseum gained the status of the greatest Roman amphitheatre, measuring 188 meters long, 156 meters wide and 57 meters tall.

Santa Maria del Fiore  

Santa Maria del Fiore, planned by Arnolfo di Cambio, is the third biggest church on the planet (after St. Peter's in Rome and St. Paul's in London) and was the biggest church in Europe when it was finished in the fifteenth century. The third and last house of prayer of Florence, the church was committed to Santa Maria del Fiore, the Virgin of the Flower, in 1412.

Trevi Fountain 

The Trevi Fountain is a wellspring in the Trevi area in Rome, Italy, structured by Italian modeler Nicola Salvi and finished by Giuseppe Pannini and a few others. With a height of 26.3 meters and 49.15 meters width, it is the biggest Baroque wellspring in the city and one of the most celebrated wellsprings on the planet.

Roman Forum 

A noteworthy – if rather befuddling – spread of remnants, the Roman Forum was ancient Rome's show-stopper focus, a large area of sanctuaries, basilicas and lively open spaces. The site, initially a damp graveyard, was first evolved in the seventh century BC, developing after some time into the social, political and business centre of the Roman Empire.

Leaning Tower of Pisa 

One of Italy's landmarks, the Torre Pendente or the Leaning Tower of Pisa really justifies its name, inclining a frightening 3.9 degrees off the vertical. The 58m-high pinnacle, known as the Duomo's campanile (bell tower), took just about 200 years to create. After some time, the tilt, brought about by a layer of frail subsoil, consistently intensified until it was at long last stopped by a significant adjustment venture during the 1990s.

Doge’s Palace 

Built in the Venetian Gothic style, the Doge’s Palace is one of the main landmarks of the city of Venice in northern Italy. The palace served as the residence of the supreme authority of the former Venetian Republic, the Doge of Venice. Founded in 1340, the palace was extended and modified in the coming centuries.

St Mark’s Palace 

The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark, also known as St Mark's Basilica, is the most famous church in Venice and is an ideal example of Italo-Byzantine architecture.

Cinque Terre 

Located on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline, Cinque Terre is a series of centuries-old villages located on the seaside. In each of the 5 towns, colourful houses and vineyards are located adjacent to steep terraces, the harbours always have fishing boats and trattorias churn out seafood specialties along with the Liguria’s famous pesto sauce. The hiking trail of Sentiero Azzurro links the villages and offers magnificent views of the sea. 

Uffizi Gallery 

The Gallery completely involves the first and second floors of the huge structure developed between the years 1560 and 1580 and planned by Giorgio Vasari. It is popular worldwide for its exceptional assortments of old figures and artistic creations (from the Middle Ages to the Modern time frame).

Piazza Navona 

The Piazza Navona is a public space in Rome and was built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, built in the 1st century AD. It is an open-air stadium and the ancient Romans went there to watch the Agones.

Duomo Di Milano 

Duomo Di Milano is the cathedral church of Milan, Lombardy, Italy. It Is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan and is dedicated to the Nativity of St Mary. It took nearly six centuries to complete the cathedral.

Ponte Vecchio 

The Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy, is a medieval stone arch bridge over the Arno River. It is noted for the shops lining it. Though tanners, butchers and farmers initially set up shop there, the current tenants are art dealers, jewellers and shops selling souvenirs.

Lake Como 

Lake Como, located in Northern Italy's Lombardy area, is an upscale retreat territory known for its stunning views, set against the lower regions of the Alps. The lake is moulded like a topsy-turvy Y, with three thin branches that meet at the town of Bellagio.

Amalfi Coast 

The Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top places to visit. Here, mountains dive into the ocean in a nail-gnawing vertical scene of abrupt precipices and green forests.

Rialto Bridge 

The Rialto Bridge is the most established of the four scaffolds traversing the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. Interfacing the sestieri of San Marco and San Polo, it has been reconstructed a few times since its first development in 1173 as a pontoon bridge and is presently a favoured vacation destination in the city.

Lake Garda 

Lake Garda, located in northern Italy, is known for its perfectly clear water. The town of Sirmione is commanded by the Rocca Scaligera at the south end, which is a post with lovely views of the harbour.

The capital of Italy was once the seat of the Roman empire. Even today, some of the best places to visit in Italy can be found here. Historical spots such as St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City can be found here, along with the Pantheon, the Colosseum, the heart stopping Sistine Chapel. For those with even the slightest bit of interest in history will be continually amazed at the rich glory of the past that is preserved here in the churches and cathedrals. Other places to see here include museums, galleries and a Sunday morning market at Porta Portese.

The fashion capital of Italy has several hidden gems that you may not be aware of, and what better way to discover them than on foot? Explore Milan’s fashionista status by window shopping in the ‘golden triangle’, an area where all the luxury brands such as Prada, Versace, Armani and foreign brands such as Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent can be found. Of course, you would be amiss if you miss out on the largest cathedral in Italy which is found here – Milan Cathedral. This magnificent church is gigantic and awe-inspiring and easily one of the must visit places in Italy. There are theatres and piazzas to visit while a gentle cruise down the Navigli Lombardi, one of Milan’s famed canals, will complete your trip.

The capital of Tuscany, Florence has several tourist attractions and is definitely one of the places to go in Italy. Home of the Renaissance movement, Florence also saw the rise of several writers, artists, scientists, explorers and inventors. In fact, Florence is where the opera was invented. Florence is like a huge outdoor museum and every year, there are millions of tourists who come here to see some of the most amazing Italy tourist places. From the San Miniato al Monte, the oldest church in Florence to the Piazza della Repubblica with its luxury shops and al fresco cafés including Giubbe Rosse café where writers and intellectuals meet, Florence seems to have it all. Don’t miss the Santa Croce Church where Michelangelo, Galileo, Dante are buried. Several other amazing sites such as Boboli Gardens, Piazza Michelangelo and the Uffizi Gallery make this a city worth visiting and certainly among the places to visit in Italy.

Venice, the floating city is simply breath taking and gorgeous no matter what time of the year you visit. With its glorious monuments and the canals that meander through, it’s certainly one of the best places to visit in Italy, especially for romantic couples. The Grand Canal is lined with magnificent buildings on both sides and at night, it becomes especially stunning. The gondola ride along this canal is a memorable experience meant to be shared with a loved one. On the other hand, the Rialto Bridge is also one of the most well-known landmarks of Venice as it connects two crowded streets. You can’t visit Venice and not visit Doge’s Palace, a famous Italy tourist place, on the banks of the Grand Cana,l while the Basilica di San Marco is also simply marvellous.

The historic city of Naples is the third largest city in Italy and has seen human population from the Neolithic period. The port here is one of the most important ones in the Mediterranean and the city is full of historical landmarks and churches and of course, there’s Mt. Vesuvius in the distance. It’s hard to miss this legendary volcano that erupted in 79AD and destroyed Pompeii. As people can now climb up the slopes of Vesuvius and look down the crater, Naples is indeed one of the most anticipated places to visit in Italy. Some of the places to see here include Pompeii, the Naples National Archaeological Museum, Castel Nuovo and Cappella Sansevero. Naples’ main square, the Piazza del Plebiscito is an amazing place as you can see the Royal Palace and the Basilica Royal here.

Every year, there are thousands of tourists who visit the Amalfi coast because it is one of the top Italy tourist places. The coastline is rustic and gorgeous, lined with small towns and scenery that will leave you agape. Your Instagram feed will be very happy at Amalfi, especially when you visit towns such as Sorrento which is the home of limoncello, or the beautiful pastel coloured houses in Positano. Praiano is less crowded than the above two towns but is just as wonderful. Amalfi, the main town in this region is also filled with tourists especially with the cathedral and the Piazza del Duomo. Other sites here which make Amalfi one of the best places to visit in Italy include the town of Ravello with its Villa Rufolo, and the beaches of Maiori and of course, the Emerald Cave, one of the few caves in the world that has a natural emerald light. The most popular destination in Amalfi is Capri with its beaches and mountain views.

Italy is filled with gorgeous buildings and monuments that speak of a different time. Breathe in the rarefied air and you will feel it in your bones. Italy is indeed something special. If you’re planning a trip in Italy, you would do well to check the SOTC website for some great deals and offers.

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