Top 10 Places to Visit in Italy

Ten Places You Must See in Italy

Assisi Umbria Panoramic

#10 - Region of Umbria (L’Umbria)

The Region of Umbria is the lovely, land-locked area in the heart of Italy bordering Tuscany. A rolling landscape dotted with chestnut trees, olive groves, and wineries it is sure to delight the senses. Its history is vibrant with both art and religion and is home to numerous Saints, the most famous being St. Francis and St. Valentine.

What To See & Do

Visit the city of Perugia, discover the hand-painted ceramics of Deruta, shop in Spello, attend the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, and of course the town of Assisi where St. Francis once lived.

What To Taste

Fresh Olive Oil and Local Wines

When To Go

May – October

Puglia

#9 - Region of Apulia (La Puglia)

The Region of Apulia is located in the South-Eastern part of the peninsula and is the gateway to Greece. With stunning views and surrounded by water as it is, Italy’s “heel” is a place for peace and tranquility away from the busy-ness of the rest of Italy. It was once part of Greater Greece and contains a rich history of archaeological artifacts. Although it is a less traveled region we love it because it offers a perfect balance of history, relaxation, unique architecture, agricultural landscapes and seaside.

What To See & Do

See the unique conical house called Trulli in and around Alberobello, the limestone caves at Altamura, relaxing on the Adriatic Coast Seaside or the Gulf of Taranto.

What To Taste

Orecchiette pasta al ragù, along with local olive oils and wines

When To Go

April – November

Vernazza Cinque Terre

#8 - Cinque Terre & the Ligurian Coast (Cinque Terre e La Liguria)

Known for its rugged landscape and flora the quaint towns that make up the Cinque Terre is an area not to be missed. Literally meaning the Five Lands, this area is composed of five ancient fishing villages that are connected by walking paths. The area can be explored by foot or boat. Along the paths there are many breath-taking views and chances for photo ops.

What To See & Do

Hike the nature trails connecting Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Also a visit to Porto Venere (Venus’ Port) and the beautiful city of Santa Margherita is a must if time permits.

What To Taste

Wonderful seafood specialties caught fresh daily

When To Go

May – November

Menaggio Lake Como Milan

#7 - Milan & Lake Como (Milano e Lago di Como)

Located in the Lombardy Region, this is the financial and Industrial powerhouse of Italy and is home to world-class fashion or, as it is known in Italian, la moda. This is a large and dynamic city of approx 1.5 million inhabitants. Nearby is charming Lago di Como, a lake resort town which borders Switzerland, and is a good antidote after days spent in the city shopping and sight-seeing.

What To See & Do

Stroll the famous Fashion Streets, visit the Duomo (cathedral), visit Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting of The Last Supper, attend a performance at La Scala Opera House, take a boat ride on Lake Como, and visit the Silk Museum.

What To Taste

Marzipan (almond paste) treats molded to resemble miniature fruits and animals

When To Go

Anytime

Taormina Theater Sicily

#6 - Island of Sicily (La Sicilia)

The jewel of the South: Sicily and its ancient towns have seen many conquests. Greek, Roman and Arab Empires once dominated this area and Arabic and Greek influences are still highly visible today in both everyday culture and its people, therefore its customs and traditions are very different from that of mainland Italy. The people, like the region, are friendly and hospitable. Ancient ruins and well preserved archaeological sights, bustling cities, quiet countryside, crystal clear waters, miles of beaches, citrus groves, and a slower pace make this area a great place to relax and explore a different side of Italy.

What To See & Do

Greek Amphitheatre in Taormina, Mount Etna volcano, the archaeological area of Siracusa, the Valley of Temples in Agrigento, the Historical District and local Market in Palermo, visit the town and beaches of Cefalu, sample local wines in the countryside, and visit the Aeolian Islands (located to the north of Sicily), and a visit to the active volcano on Stromboli Island.

What To Taste

Hand-crafted Gelato (Italian Ice-cream), Granite and Sorbetti (ices and sorbets) made with local “exoctic” fruits and local ingredients. Another must are fresh oranges and sanguinelle (blood oranges) and spremuta d’arancia (fresh orange juice)

When To Go

January – May & September – December

#5 - Amalfi Coast (La Costieria Amalfitana)

This coast is deemed a Unesco World Heritage Site and is known for its rugged landscapes, beautiful vistas, turquoise waters and picturesque cliff side towns. Located in the Campagnia Region and on the Sorrentine Peninsula it is one hour west of Naples, with Sorrento and Pompeii just to the North. Another popular attraction is a visit to the nearby Island of Capri.

What To See & Do

Visit the ruins of Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius, relax on the beach, take a boat ride to Capri and explore the island, attend the Ravello Music Festival.

What To Taste

Limoncello, a locally made liquor of lemons and sugar. Head to Naples to the birthplace of Pizza and try the thin, oven-fired pizzas still made the original way

When To Go

April – July & September – October

Gondola Parking Venice

#4 - Venice (Venezia)

Located in the North East corner of Italy this floating city is as unique as places get. Known as La Serinissima, The Serene Republic, Venetians created this lagoon in an effort to escape barbarians. Since no vehicles are allowed in the lagoon, one must walk or take water transportation down the numerous canals. Connected by bridges, Venice is a delightful maze of crumbling buildings and artwork.

What To See & Do

St. Marks Square and the Doges Palace, drink a Bellini at Harry’s Bar, walk along the Rialto Bridge, take a Gondola Ride along the Canals, visit the neighboring Islands, attend Carnivale, shop for glass items known as Murano, attend the Opera at La Fenice.

What To Taste

Try a specialty coffee at Caffe Florian (est. 1720) in the Piazza San Marco, a popular hangout frequented by Casanova, Carlo Goldoni, Proust and Lord Byron

When To Go

Anytime

Florence Cathedral

#3 - Florence (Firenze)

The birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence was the home of many famed artists, poets and scientists of this period such as Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raffelo, Donatello, Botticelli, Giotto, Brunelleschi, Dante, Petrarca and Galileo to name a few. Florence is the capital of the Tuscan region, and although is smaller than Rome and Milan, it has a majestic and famous history, making it one of Italy’s most visited places. This centre is best discovered on foot and can take days to explore, from its numerous museums, hundreds of churches, artwork and architecture. It arguably houses the best collection of masterpieces and artwork anywhere.

What To See & Do

St. Marks Square and the Doges Palace, drink a Bellini at Harry’s Bar, walk along the Rialto Bridge, take a Gondola Ride along the Canals, visit the neighboring Islands, attend Carnivale, shop for glass items known as Murano, attend the Opera at La Fenice.

What To Taste

Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a hearty Florentine steak grilled to perfection, and Crostini, crusty bread topped with various delicacies such as artichokes, liver, mushrooms and olives

When To Go

Anytime

White Wine Chianti Tuscany

#2 - Region of Tuscany (La Toscana)

The Tuscan landscape of rolling hills, olive groves, wineries, cypress trees, and fortressed towns is known the world over. Its people are open and inviting, and it is a favorite place for travelers to flock to and discover time and time again. It offers beauty, history and culture with the perfect balance of town and country. It was once a political and economic powerhouse made up of independent city states, the two largest being Florence and Siena. Before this the Etruscans dominated the area before being conquered by the Romans. Today the area’s main fame comes from agriculture: renowned wines, olive oils, Pecorino (cheese made from goats milk), beef, honey and tobacco for Tuscan Cigars. Many visit this area to learn the secrets of Italian cooking and wine production.

What To See & Do

Drive through the rolling countryside, taste the famous wines of the Chianti and olive oils, discover the historical towns of San Gimignano, Siena, Cortona, Montepulciano and Arezzo, learn to cook regional dishes, stay at an Agriturismo or working farm, visit the famous spas (terme), and enjoy a relaxed pace.

What To Taste

Chianti wines, olive oils, and a lesson or two cooking up local specialties with a local chef

When To Go

April – November

Coliseum

#1 - Rome (Roma)

Also known as the Eternal City, Rome is the capital of Italy. Headquarters of the original Roman Empire; Rome is the quintessential Italian city. Home to approximately 3.5 million people, Rome is a unique metropolis where cultures and eras clash. Crammed with buildings both new and ancient, the colorful past of the city reverberates through its people. The hubbub of daily life is enjoyed by tourists and locals alike and the traffic is astonishing.

What To See & Do

The Coliseum, the ruins of the Forum, the fountains of Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Villa Borghese, Castel Sant’Angelo and of course not to be missed the Vatican.

What To Taste

The local flavors of Italian Dishes in the Trastevere District

When To Go

Anytime