When we think of Italy; beautiful places, exquisite architecture, expensive art and of course, pizza, comes to mind. It is a place to create everlasting memories and enjoy a rich culture that has been in existence for over 2000 years. Depending on your location, cheap plane tickets from the UK can cost as little as £70. If you are fortunate enough to visit Italy, you should definitely include some of these places and cities in your Must-Do list.
photo by: Mark Tegethoff
Florence is the capital city, and the most populous city in the Italian region of Tuscany. It is praised as the crown of the Renaissance and easily occupies a top spot in Europe’s list of great art cities. Not only is Florence great for architecture and arts, you will definitely enjoy the vibrant energy of the nightlife, social pubs and restaurants. Be sure to check out Florence’s top clothing stores for the latest in Italian fashion and trendy designs.
Top Spots: Florence Cathedral, Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, Palazo Vecchio
photo by: Federico Beccari
Venice, situated on a lagoon, surrounded by the Adriatic Sea, comprises of 118 islands separated by beautiful canals and bridges. While in Venice, take your time and admire the amazing architecture, unique culture and shops. After building a reputation as one of the most romantic places in the world, you should definitely take a gondola ride down the scenic canals. To truly enjoy this masterpiece, plan your visits during the months of February to September to avoid the high water season.
Top Spots: Piazza San Marco, Saint Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, Rialto Bridge
photo by: Patrick Schneide
The capital city, known as the structural head of Italy, boasts of architecture, culture and world renowned art nearly 3000 years old. Here you will find many famous and notorious places, known for their beauty and history. Compared to other parts of Italy, the culture of Rome can be different due to the complex systems and societal interactions of daily life that all great Metropoles are made off.
Top Spots: Colosseum, Saint Peter’s Basilica, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain
photo by: Bilaleldaou
The history of Pompeii, is globally known as the city that perished from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. All forms of life suffocated under tons of volcanic ash during this tragic disaster somewhere around 120AD. According to historians, Pompeii was an advanced city with ports, complex water systems, an amphitheatre and a gymnasium. Take the time to explore this once thriving civilization of the Roman Empire, notice the bold architecture and well crafted statues among the ruins.
Top Spots: Villa Mysteries, House of the Fun, Temple of Apollo, Amphitheatre of Pompeii
photo by: Ruth Ellen
Along Southern Italy, lies the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Separated from the mainland, Sicily is also home to Europe’s tallest active volcano. This beautiful island paradise has a wide assortment of incredible beaches, developed towns with luxurious hotels and a population of 5 million Italians ready to greet you. Take your time, explore all the towns and cities and let the clear blue waters along the coasts of San Vito Lo Capo, Trapani, Celafu, Castellammare del Golfo and Avola take your breath away. Plan a long vacation because you will need at least a week to enjoy Sicily.
Top Spots: Syracuse, Palermo, Catania, Noto, Regusa
photo by: Daniil Vnoutchkov
In the northwestern coastal region of Liguria lies one of the most beautiful places on earth with unique landscapes and coastal rock formations. Cique Terre, meaning ‘5 lands’, composes of 5 Italian fishing villages Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Monterosso and Vernazza. Explore this wondrous place, follow centuries old hiking trails, take the trains between villages and enjoy a boat ride along the coast. Witness the 3000 year old (1000 B.C) village of Vernazza, which was once ruled under the Roman Empire and walk the streets of Riomaggiore which in the 7th Century was used as a sanctuary for Greek refugees. You will definitely find beauty, culture, history and architecture in Cinque Terre.
Top Spots: Castello Doria, Belvedere di Santa Maria, Fossola Beach, La torre, Chiesa di Santa Margherita d’Antiochia
photo by: jsanchezper
Considered as the fashion and design capital of Italy, Milan is also the second most populous city in the country. Milan is one of the most developed metropolis in the world with advanced systems for healthcare, fashion, technology, business, education, tourism and media services. Here you will find an unparalleled assortment of art from Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Romantic periods including one of the most well known Renaissance art pieces, Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’ which is held in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. With fine Milanese cuisine, the latest in fashion, an energetic nightlife and incredible architecture, Milan is definitely a place to visit while in Italy.
Top Spots: Dumo, Milan Cathedral, Teatro alla Scala, Santa Maria delle Grazie, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
photo by: Kirk and Mimi
In the Gulf of Salerno, in the southern Italian region of Campania, lies the town of Amalfi along a wide stretch of coastline. Take in the true beauty of Southern Italy with hills of citrus groves, olives and vines followed by roads and trails that embrace the cliffs and coastline. Stay at luxurious hotels with friendly staff that provides top notch service that helped earned Amalfi a spot in UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Admired by photographers, the rich green colors of the hills, slowly fold over for the white rocks of the coast that separates the spectrum of blue across the canvas of the sea. Offering art, culture and architecture combined with its breath-taking landscape, Amalfi is definitely worth a top spot in any the must-do list while in Italy.
Top Spots: Grotto dello Smeraldo, Museum of Paper, Valle dei Mulini, Coral Museum