Visiting Italy is at the top of traveller bucketlist’s the world over, and for good reason. The country has it all;  breathtaking scenery, delicious cuisine, charming towns and a plethora of historical sites!

Here’s our take on the best places to visit in Italy. No matter where you decide to go, a trip to Italy will make for an amazing European experience!

The Best Places To Visit In Italy

1. Rome

Rome, AKA the city of seven hills is one of the most popular 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 god of war – laid the first foundations for the establishment of the city.

It was also the capital of ancient Europe during the reign of King Octavian, Julius, and Caesar. 

The colosseum, the home of gladiators - The best places to visit in italy
The colosseum – the home of gladiators | @stuartmckay81

If you’re a history buff, check out 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 in Rome. 

2. Venice 

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

Instead of buses and cars, you’ll find boats – peacefully making their way along the river. This only adds to the general air of romance in the city, making it the perfect place for a couple on honeymoon.

Sunset over the beautiful city of Venice - the best places to visit in italy
Dreamy scenes as the sun sets over Venice | @leonardopicollo

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

Here you’ll also find the Pala d’Oro, one of the most exquisite altarpieces in the world, crafted from gold and decorated with more than 2000 gemstones. 

Also be sure to check out 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 keep in mind that it will take weeks to properly explore this lovely city!

Florence perfectly displays the Italian Renaissance Period with attractions like the Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Uffizi Palace and Gallery. 

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.

The sun sets over Florence as a cyclist rides home
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. 

If you’re a person who loves watersports; this is the perfect place for you with kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing, and many more activities on offer!

Other highlights to check out are Como Cathedral – a 14th-century Gothic-inspired cathedral, Como Archaeological Museum, Villa Del Balbianello, and Sentiero Del Viandante Hiking Path. 

Speed boat cruised past luxury homes in Lake Como, Italy
Lake Como, Italy | @luxefete