Italy is one of my favorite countries! The culture, food, people, nature, architecture, everything is just amazing.
If you love good food and wine, historic architecture and beautiful nature then is Italy made for you.
There are many cities and towns in Italy that are worth your visit. I made a list with my favorites.
- Cinque Terre
Florence is the capital city of Toscane and is located on the river the Arno. It is the cradle of the Renaissance and therefore one of the best-known cultural cities in Europe.
Florence is known for the Uffizi (one of the most famous art musea in the world), the Medici garden “Boboli”, the Duomo (Santa Maria del Fiore) build by Arnolfo di Cambio in 1296, Ponte Vecchio and Palazzo Vecchio.
Rome is the capital city of Italy, located in the middel of the Boot (Italy). Within the city of Rome there is the microstate of Vatican City. This is where the pope lives.
The history city centre is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Rome was originally built on seven hills and now extends to the Tyrrhenian Sea.
There are many popular sights to see in Rome such as the Colosseum, Trevi fountain, Castel Sant’Angelo, Sint-Peter’s Basilica and The Pantheon.
The Cinque Terre National Park consists of five villages along the Italian coast near La Spezia in Liguria Italy. The five villages are: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The Cinque Terra made the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997.
There is a hiking trail along the five villages that is a total of 25km one way. You can also take a ferry or a small boat.
Milano is the second most important city of Italy and is located in North Italy. Milano is known for its fashion shows and many models.
You should definitely pay a visit to the Duomo of Milano, The Castello Sforzesco and shopping street Via Monte Napoleone.
Naples is the harbor city of Italy. Like many other Italian cities, Naples is also on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The best things to do in Naples are: climbing the Mount Vesuvius, visiting the ruins of Pompeii, San Gennaro Catacombs, Cappella Sansevero and Castel dell’Ovo.
Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and is built on 118 small islands, that are separated by canals and linked by over 400 bridges. Venice is known as the city of water and the floating city. The best and only way of transportation is by boat. There are boat ferries all over and of course small boats and gondolas.
Some popular sights are: Basilica Salute, Rialto Bridge, St Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and Piazza San Marco.
Siena is located in Toscane, close to Florence. Siena is famous for its horse race, which is held twice a year on Piazza del Campo.
Siena is home to the oldest bank in the world, started operating in 1472. Some of the greeters Italian painters such as Duccio, Simone Martini and Ambrogio Lorenzetti.
Definitely pay a visit to the Siena Cathedral, Palazzo Pubblico, Piazza Salimbeni, Church of San Domenico and Baptistery of Santa Maria Assunta.
Bologna is located in northern Italy. De University of Bologna is the oldest university of Europa, since 1088. The city is often forgotten when people travel through Italy. The city is very beautiful and typical Italian.
Some sights to see in Bologna are: Piazza Maggiore, the leaning towers of Bologna, San Petronio, Archiginnasio and La Piazzola Market.
Pisa is known for its leaning tower. Besides the leaning tower you can also visit Duomo Santa Maria Assunta, Piazza dei Cavalieri and Museo Nazionale di San Matteo.
Personally I would recommend going to Pisa for a day trip while visiting the Toscane area.
Torino is located in northwestern Italy. It is highly known for its soccer team: Juventus.
Other sights to see are: Palazzo Reale, Palazzo Madama, Mole Antonelliana and Basilica di Superga.