What are the most beautiful places, the best cities in Italy to visit?
Italy is brimming with magnificent cities with thousands of years of history and a vast cultural and artistic heritage.
Locations that give you the chance to admire archaeological sites of international interest as well as breathtaking landscapes.
Cities that enthrall with the grandeur of the very finest monuments and captivate with their food and wine culture.
Best cities to visit in Italy for the first time
What are the 10 best cities to visit in Italy?
Here are our suggestions:
- Rome: we just had to start with our capital city, an authentic open-air museum, a place where time seems to stand still. Monuments and archaeological sites are poised to transform every stroll through the city into a journey into the past, when gladiators fought within the walls of the Colosseum, chariots competed in the Circus Maximus, and philosophers strolled through the Forum.
What is there to see in Rome?
The Colosseum, the Basilicas of St. John Lateran and St. Paul Outside-the-Walls, the Baths of Caracalla, the Palatine Hill and Circus Maximus, the Roman Forum, Imperial Forum, the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, the Borghese Gallery and Villa Borghese, Piazza del Popolo, the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, Castel Sant’Angelo, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Campo de’ Fiori, Victor Emmanuel II National Monument, Capitoline Museums, and the Trastevere District.
- Florence the city, the cradle of the Renaissance is one of the greatest symbols of Italian culture as well as the birthplace of our language. The birthplace of countless artists, it dazzles with its artistic heritage, its UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic center, sophisticated cuisine, more than seventy museums, a dozen monumental churches, gardens, parks, and villas.
What is there to see in Florence?
Florence Cathedral: the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Brunelleschi’s Dome, Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, the Rose Garden and Piazzale Michelangelo, the Uffizi Gallery, Basilica of Santa Croce, Galleria dell’Accademia, Mercato Centrale, Medici Chapels, Santa Maria Novella or Bargello, Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens, and the Santo Spirito neighborhood.
- Naples: a city that captivates with its atmosphere, immense cultural treasures, characteristic nativity scenes, and squares. A city that also succeeds in surprising with its traditions and folklore and winning over visitors with its authentic Neapolitan pizza.
What is there to see in Naples?
The San Severo Chapel Museum and Veiled Christ, National Archaeological Museum, Naples Underground, Museum and Royal Wood of Capodimonte, Cathedral and Treasure of San Gennaro, San Gregorio Armeno, Monumental Complex of Santa Chiara, Spaccanapoli, Toledo subway station, Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino), Teatro San Carlo, Piazza del Plebiscito, Fountain of the Giant, Castel dell’Ovo, Bourbon Tunnel, Via Chiaia and Palazzo Mannajuolo
- Palermo: a city of many contrasts, with the splendor of Baroque as a backdrop to the working-class neighborhoods, with the hubbub of markets and Byzantine gold. A characteristic that clearly embodies that melting-pot also represented on a historical, artistic and cultural level, with Etruscan, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Norman, Gothic, Catalan, Renaissance and Baroque influences.
What is there to see in Palermo?
The Politeama Theater, Antonio Salinas Regional Archaeological Museum, Teatro Massimo, Piazza Pretoria Complex, Quattro Canti and Piazza Bellini, the Cathedral, Zisa, Capuchin Catacombs, Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel, Ballarò Historical Market, Church of the Gesù or Casa Professa, Church of St. Mary of the Admiral, Piazza Marina, Palazzo Steri and Garibaldi Garden, Kalsa, Church of Santa Maria dello Spasimo, Botanical Garden and Villa Giulia, San Giovanni degli Eremiti, The Oratories of Giacomo Serpotta, Mondello, Shrine of St. Rosalia on Monte Pellegrino, and the Chinese Palace
- Matera: located in the Lucania area of the Murgia, the city according to many experts is the third oldest in the world and also claims the oldest urban settlement. There has been life here since prehistoric times. isiting Matera means stepping back in time, discovering a place that experienced an authentic rebirth in 1993 with the recognition of the Sassi as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
What is there to see in Matera?
The Sassi di Matera, Parco della Murgia, Cave dwellings of Matera, Cathedral of Matera, MUSMA – Museum of Contemporary Sculpture, Church on the Rock of Santa Maria di Idris, Tramontano Castle, Convent of St. Augustine, Palombaro Lungo, National Museum of Medieval and Modern Art of Basilicata.
Let’s take a look at the best cities to visit in northern Italy:
- Milan: Italy’s financial capital and one of the world’s fashion landmarks. It is a city teeming with history, culture and art. An authentic capital of design and innovation but also but also a treasure chest of fine artifacts from the past.
What to see in Milan:
The Duomo, Palazzo Reale, Museo del Novecento, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana art gallery, the Navigli, Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio, Santa Maria delle Grazie and Da Vinci’s Last Supper, La Scala, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the fashion quarter, Pinacoteca di Brera art gallery, the Sforzesco Castle, Sempione Park, San Siro Stadium and Museum, and the Monumental Cemetery.
- Venice: also known as the “Serenissima” or the “queen of the Adriatic”, its lagoon encompasses an unparalleled artistic and cultural heritage. It is a city packed with historic buildings and canals that give it an intriguing appeal; with shops, churches and fine buildings intertwined with ancient folk legends.
What to see in Venice:
The Rialto Bridge and Grand Canal, Acqua Alta Library, St. Mark’s Square and the Basilica, Doge’s Palace, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Gallerie dell’Accademia, La Fenice Theater, Rialto Market, Jewish Ghetto, the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello.
- Turin: the former capital of the Savoy kingdom is now a modern art city, teeming in history and culture, with a romantic atmosphere prevailing in a modern society. Italy’s first capital is captivating with its beautiful squares, elegant Baroque palaces, and 18 kilometers of arcades housing historic cafes and antique stores. Without forgetting the castles, Savoy royal palaces and museums.
What to see in Turin:
The Mole Antonelliana and National Museum of Cinema, Royal Museums, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and Holy Shroud, Porta Palazzo Market, Venaria Reale, Sanctuary of the Consolata, Covered passages, Villaggio Leumann, Piazza Castello and Palazzo Reale, Palazzo Madama, Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, Piazza San Carlo, Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, National Automobile Museum, Valentino Park
Monte dei Cappuccini, Villa della Regina.
- Genoa: a city that cleverly combines the ancient with the modern. On the one hand, it showcases its artistic wealth, with stately homes, museums and churches. While, on the other, modern attractions like the Aquarium. It is the city of the “Rolli” palaces, of picturesque landscapes, the largest historical center in Europe, narrow alleyways and monumental streets.
What to see in Genoa:
Historical center and “caruggi” (alleyways), the Aquarium, Old Port, Bigo and Biosphere, Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Porta Soprana and Christopher Columbus House, Piazza De Ferrari, the Rolli Palaces, Via Garibaldi and its museums, Galata Museo del Mare, Palazzo Reale, Castello D’Albertis Museum of World Cultures, Palazzo del Principe, La Lanterna, Nervi Park, Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno.
- Verona: the city of Romeo and Juliet is one of the most beguiling romantic locations in Italy. But it is also a must-see destination for history and culture enthusiasts, with breathtakingly beautiful squares, churches, stately buildings and bridges.
What to see in Verona:
The Arena of Verona, Museum of Natural History, Museum of Frescoes, Piazza Bra, Maffeiano Lapidary Museum, Castelvecchio and Ponte Scaligero, Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore, Porta Borsari, Via Mazzini, Juliet’s House, Lamberti Tower, Piazza Erbe, Piazza dei Signori, Arche Scaligere, Giusti Garden and Palace, Basilica of Santa Anastasia, Archaeological Museum at the Roman Theater, Verona Cathedral Complex, Ponte Pietra, Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona.
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