Visiting Italy is on the bucket list of almost all the travelers in the world because it has it all; starting from the incredible scenery, and ancient Roman cities to charming little towns and flawless coastal regions. 

Here we have listed the 10 best places to visit in Italy when you are there. We guarantee that you will have the most wonderful European holiday no matter what destination you are going to choose from the list. It will be all worth it! 

The best places to visit in Italy

1. Rome

Rome, which is also known as the city of seven hills is one of the best places to visit in Italy.

According to mythology, Romulus and Remus – the twin brothers who were birthed by a she-wolf and fathered by a war god laid the first foundations for the establishment of the city.

It was also the capital of ancient Europe when it was the reigns of King Octavian, Julius, and Caesar. 

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The colosseum – the home of gladiators | @stuartmckay81

So, if you are a history buff, don’t miss the attractions like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, and Palatine Hill.

The Colosseum is an Amphitheatre that could house up to 60,000 spectators at a time, whereas the Pantheon with no clear function remains one of the best-preserved architectural monuments in the city, dating back to the 80 A.D.

You can also visit other notable places like the Spanish Steps, Sistine Chapel, Vittorio Emanuele II Monument, Trevi Fountain, Villa Borghese Gallery, and Gardens when you are here. 

2. Venice 

When you set foot in the magical city of Venice, it will be hard for you to decide where to go first.

You will see that instead of buses and cars, the transportation is through boats in Venice and this makes things more romantic, especially if you are a couple spending their honeymoon here.

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Dreamy scenes as the sun sets over Venice | @leonardopicollo

Venice is divided into six neighbourhoods with San Marco being the most popular with attractions like St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. The St. Mark’s Basilica used to be the Doge’s private chapel, and the interior is simply breathtaking with Byzantine architectural styles.

On the other hand, there is the Pala d’Oro, one of the most exquisite altarpieces in the world designed in gold and decorated with more than 2000 gemstones. 

Make sure to visit Santi Giovanni e Paolo – the largest church in Venice, Museo Correr, Gallerie dell’Accademia and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection too!


3. Florence 

Another one of the best places to visit in Italy is Florence but mind it when I say this, it will take a few weeks to explore this lovely city.

Florence is the perfect display of the Italian Renaissance Period with attractions like the Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Uffizi Palace and Gallery, etc. 

One of the highlights in Florence is the Pitti Palace complex; with its incredible art galleries, Medici Palace, and historical buildings.

Dating back to the 16th century B.C, this palace complex was bought by Cosimo I de Medici and his wife Eleanor of Toledo as the new Grand Ducal residence, and later become the symbol of Medici power in Italy.

City scenes as the sun sets over Florence | @mindz.eye

Today, there are four museums here; the Treasury of the Grand Dukes, the Palatine Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art, and the Museum of Costume and Fashion. 

You can also couple this day with a visit to the Boboli Gardens – it has 111 acres of sheer lush green beauty, and as it was constructed somewhere around the 14th century it also served as an inspiration for other royal gardens such as the Versailles. 

4. Lake Como

Lake Como is said to be the most beautiful lake in Italy, with its turquoise blue waters, lakeside magical-looking houses, and picturesque mountainous views. 

And if you are a person who loves watersports; this is the perfect place for you because it has kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing, and much more!

Some of the other highlights you can check out are Como Cathedral – a 14th-century Gothic-inspired cathedral, Como Archaeological Museum, Villa Del Balbianello, and Sentiero Del Viandante Hiking Path. 

Lake Como, Italy | @luxefete