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Rome

There is really no other city quite like Rome in the world. While Rome wants to be a modern 21st century city, it is desperately trying to keep it historical ruins and monuments from crumbling around them. The city is really one large archaeological dig that continues to discover its 2,800 years of history. And preserving its past continues to be a monumental task for this city of 2.8 million people. To be able to walk through the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, where the likes of Romulus, Julius Caesar and Nero once ruled is a walk back in time through ancient Rome.

Castel Sant'Angelo

If you love history, architecture, museums, great food, shopping, historical monuments, and great gelato then head to Rome. As an added benefit to any visit to Rome you get to also visit Vatican City, which is an amazing destination in its own right. My biggest concern with Rome is that its incredible ancient ruins and monuments won't be around for future generations to enjoy, so start planning a visit now.

Venice

Okay, the truth be told about Venice is that it’s old, sinking into the lagoon, floods occasionally, and sometimes it smells. What other city on this planet can claim a list like this and still be one of the most sought after destinations in the world. Maybe everyone wants to visit Venice before it disappears into the Adriatic and becomes the lost city of Venice?

Florence

Okay, so the top three are Rome, Venice and Florence. There’s really no mystery here. If you were to ask visitors to Italy what their favorite Italian city was I would venture to guess that for many it might be Florence.

Florence is just right in so many ways. The city is just the right size to make it one of the most walkable cities in Italy. The centerpiece of Florence is without a doubt the magnificent Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, otherwise known as the Duomo and this should not be missed. This city is the rightful birthplace of the Renaissance and as such is loaded with wonderful art, architecture, and some of the finest museums in the world; namely the Uffizi and the Galleria dell’ Accademia. Florence truly is of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Cinque Terre

While many people will argue that the Amalfi Coast should appear on this list I could not resist placing the Cinque Terre region here in the number four spot. Virtually unknown to Americans twenty-five years ago, this beautiful coastal region of Italy is simply spectacular. The five villages are all unique and are connected by a network of trails that vary in difficulty and distance. And if hiking is not your thing don’t despair; the local train connects all five villages as does the local ferry system, except for Corniglia, which is perched high up on a cliff above the sea.

Val d’Orcia

Tuscany encompasses a pretty large area of central Italy so I’m going to narrow this down to the Val d’Orcia region of Tuscany. Why? Because of it’s beautiful rolling hills and wonderful medieval hilltop towns. This area of Italy is pure heaven. Stretching from Siena in the north, to Montepulciano in the east, and including Pienza, Montalcino, and Monticchiello, this area makes for a great road tour. Get lost on the cyprus lined back roads of the Val d’Orcia and you are bound to have your breath taken away by the beautiful rolling landscape of this region. Find an Agriturismo, rent a car for a few days, and discover this region of Italy that is famous for its wine and photographic beauty.

Food

A big part of the whole Italian experience is without a doubt the food. I’m not sure I’ve had a really bad meal in Italy and this includes stopping on the Autostrada at the rest stops for a quick bite. The different regions of Italy all have their own specialties but no matter where you are in Italy you will find wonderful cuisine. And if you get an opportunity to have a home cooked meal while in Italy you should jump at the chance as these have been some of the finest meals we have ever had. Many of the agriturismo’s in Italy will host a dinner for their guests, so if the opportunity presents itself take advantage of it.

People

Sometimes Italians gets a bad rap for their impatience with tourists and their notorious reputation as the picket pocket capital of the world. I have personally experienced none of this and to be honest I have found the people of Italy to be a warm and hospitable bunch. Don't get me wrong, there are those unscrupulous types who will pick your pocket if the opportunity arises, but this can be said of almost any city. Just be sure to always be aware of your surroundings.

We have had so many great experiences with the locals during our time in Italy and these are some of the most wonderful memories that we have of our time there. From the little Italian man who invited us into his home even though he spoke no English to show us his pictures of the local church that we were photographing, to Irene, the wonderful owner of a small trattoria in Cortina d’Ampezzo who absolutely made our day, we have had nothing but good experiences.

To help in conversing with the locals learn a little Italian, even if it’s just a few key phrases to help you engage the locals in a conversation. They are sometimes just as curious about us as we are about them.

Sicily

Often overlooked by visitors for the more popular destinations farther north, Sicily is a world of its own and is a great reason to visit Italy. With an extraordinary combination of Greek Temples, Norman Churches, Roman Mosaics and classic Baroque towns, Sicily is a melting pot of cultures reflecting thousands of years of foreign occupations and invaders. From the beautiful scenery of Taormina, to the wonderfully preserved Temples of Agrigento, to the magnificent Cathedral of Monreale, Sicily has so much to offer those who venture to the island.

And don't forget about Mount Etna. This massive, very active volcano dominates the landscape on the eastern side of Sicily and makes for a great day trip from either Taormina or Catania.

Mountains and Lakes

The mountains and lakes of Italy might not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering a visit to Italy but they are reason enough to start planning that trip. From the stunning Dolomites in the northeast to the Italian Alps in the north this is a virtual playground for those of you who love to hike, bike and ski. And dotted among the valleys of these majestic mountains are some of the most picturesque lakes in all of Italy.

 

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Balajti Melinda

Mar 23 at 01:23 am

Abhinithi Nalwad

Feb 16 at 17:51 pm
AMALFI COAST!!! Best place in Europe.

Serra Lutzen

Feb 16 at 06:02 am
Eurotour 2016. Drank too much wine, unintentionally went swimming in a sun dress, gelato, kissed strangers.

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Jun 22 at 10:26 am
Op vakantie in Italië.

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Mar 01 at 23:38 pm
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Feb 28 at 22:47 pm
long dreamt of trip

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Feb 20 at 01:39 am
Stayed with family in Italy

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Feb 17 at 19:04 pm
had our honeymoon at Lake Garda

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Jan 23 at 21:51 pm
in love with Italy

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Jan 19 at 23:57 pm
amazing

Darren Jansz

Jan 19 at 23:03 pm
I went to Venice and Rome, and Venice is my favorite

Stef Wilmsen

Jan 17 at 01:56 am
been there two years ago

Vahe Andreasyan

Jan 16 at 11:43 am
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Natalie Dawn Jensen

Jan 14 at 00:41 am
i worked in Italy for 6 months

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Jan 13 at 23:41 pm
such a beatiful place!!!

Lotte Mabesoone

Jan 09 at 14:18 pm
Schooltrip

Sabrine feelingismy

Jan 06 at 23:39 pm
I loved the people there

Wan

Jan 06 at 19:33 pm
With Remi

3/ 4

Jan 02 at 21:20 pm
I've been to Italy more than any other country in my life. I love it and would love to move.

Chiara Pareti

Dec 30 at 19:27 pm
Every year!❤ I love Italia!

Orsolya Bokor

Apr 16 at 00:03 am
I will visit it again.

Jessica Yu

Apr 11 at 19:01 pm
I LOVE

Alix Lafeuillade

Mar 31 at 09:27 am
St Valentin avec mon chéri

Mathilde Mølgård

Jan 25 at 13:26 pm
Ferie med Frydkær & familie

Szennyai Fanni

Jan 24 at 12:08 pm
2 times

Mikko Peura

Jan 17 at 14:29 pm
Twice so far, 2015 and 2017.

Alice Croc bag

Jan 15 at 11:57 am
Been there a lot of times Rome Nepal venice Pisa and sint forget Sicilië

Andrea Yañez Hutter

Dec 12 at 21:29 pm
top

Jewy Chester

Oct 30 at 21:57 pm
Went skiing there but so much more I wanna see

Louisa Leemann

Jul 30 at 04:15 am
Visited 05/2017:Venezia 07/08: Sardinia 07/2002: Rimini

Pablo Jarrin

May 30 at 22:25 pm
I will come back

Lida Josenhans

Apr 30 at 23:39 pm
Datum weiss ich nicht mehr aber Abschlussfahrt GMR 16

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Apr 15 at 01:22 am
School trip

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Kiki Ho ho

Mar 29 at 11:02 am
Italy

Lizzie Whalen

Mar 20 at 15:08 pm
visit regularly and see a differnt place each time

Simona Sorrentino

Mar 18 at 23:11 pm
I was born there

sarah donoghue

Mar 18 at 16:09 pm
TY trip #hoesontour

Guilherme Borges

Mar 18 at 01:23 am
venice turin rome

Shannon Frederick

Mar 08 at 03:16 am
Love

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Mar 02 at 09:50 am
RAS

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Dec 28 at 21:21 pm
Juul

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Dec 28 at 17:08 pm
Urlaub am Gardersee

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Dec 19 at 11:59 am
School trip

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Dec 08 at 07:16 am
Family trip!!

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Nov 16 at 20:39 pm
Beautiful

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Nov 16 at 09:22 am
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