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Italy

Travel Guide
Italy showing heritage architecture, night scenes and a ruin

Discover ancient cities, charming coastal towns and diverse landscapes in this boot-shaped Mediterranean nation, famed for its cultural riches and rustic cuisine.

Italy began as a collection of city-states. Today each of its many cities still feels like its own little world with its own set of world-famous treasures: beautiful cathedrals and important da Vinci paintings. Move from city to city, investigating relics from the Roman Empire, some of the world’s largest and most spectacular churches and some of the best-known pieces of Renaissance art.

Start in Rome, the center of the world for both Catholics and classicists. See legendary Roman architecture and artifacts, including the 50,000-seat Colosseum, Rome’s ancient administrative center at the Roman Forum and the Pantheon. Then, step into Vatican City at Rome’s core, where the Pope’s residence is located. Walk along Saint Peter’s Square to reach Saint Peter’s Basilica, the largest basilica in the world and Catholicism’s holiest site. See Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in one of the Vatican museums.

Head north to the region of Tuscany, with the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence. Tour the city’s main art museums to see crowning achievements in Italian art, including Michelangelo’s David at the Galleria dell'Accademia delle Belle Arti and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus at the Uffizi Gallery. In the nearby city of Pisa, see one of Europe’s biggest attractions, the Campo dei Miracoli complex with its leaning Bell Tower. Finally, enjoy a tour of Tuscany’s wine country, including the famous Chianti region.

Italy’s northernmost region has two more great cities: Venice and Milan. Take a gondola tour along the Canal Grande of Venice. Then, head to Milan to see its Duomo, one of the most ornate Gothic cathedrals in Europe. Nearby, the relatively modest Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie features da Vinci’s Last Supper.

Arrive in Italy by flying into an international airport in Rome, Milan or Venice. Get around the country by car or train. If you need to rest after exploring all of Italy’s major cities, take a boat to the relaxing Mediterranean islands of Sicily or Sardinia.

Popular cities in Italy

Roman Forum which includes a monument, a temple or place of worship and heritage architecture
Rome
Known for Cathedrals, Museums and Churches
Stand in awe of the ancient ruins, legendary artworks and breathtaking cityscapes that make Italy’s capital so alluring.

Reasons to visit

  • Piazza Navona
  • Pantheon
  • Circus Maximus
Milan showing heritage architecture, street scenes and a sunset
Milan
Known for Cathedrals, Museums and Churches
One of Europe’s biggest cities is also home of da Vinci’s The Last Supper, global fashion brands and one of the largest churches in the world.

Reasons to visit

  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
  • Teatro alla Scala
  • Cathedral of Milan
San Francesco di Paola featuring a church or cathedral, night scenes and a square or plaza
Naples
Known for Tours, Museums and Sightseeing
Hidden within this compelling historical city is a wealth of ancient architecture, genuine Neapolitan pizzas and mysterious underground caves.

Reasons to visit

  • Piazza del Plebiscito
  • Royal Palace
  • Port of Naples
Academy Bridge featuring a river or creek, a coastal town and heritage architecture
Venice
Known for Romantic, Cathedrals and Churches
One of those rare places where time appears to have stood still. Renowned for charming lovers and inspiring artists, all visitors will appreciate its splendour.

Reasons to visit

  • St. Mark's Square
  • Rialto Bridge
  • St. Mark's Basilica
Palazzo Pretorio showing a bridge, heritage architecture and a city
Palermo
Known for Shopping, Tours and Cathedrals

Reasons to visit

  • Ballaro Market
  • Teatro Massimo
  • Palace of the Normans
Ponte Vecchio featuring street scenes, vehicle touring and a city
Florence
Known for River View, Museums and Cathedrals

Reasons to visit

  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

Popular places to visit in Italy

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