Are you wondering what you should do when you’re in Italy? Read this article to learn about some of the must-see cities in Italy.
420 million people visited Italy in 2017, making it one of the most popular destinations for a vacation to remember.
While Rome is the most popular spot for tourists, we’ve compiled a list of must-see cities in Italy for you to plan your adventure in Italia.
Read on for our list of Italian hotspots you have to see when you plan your Italian itinerary.
All roads lead to Rome, even from this article. As such, we’d be fools to not recommend that you visit Rome at least once in your life.
Rome truly has something for everyone. If you’re there for history, religion, archeology, art, shopping, nightlife or architecture, you’ll find it all in the country’s capital.
There are so many things to see in Rome that we can hardly name them, but most tourists will want to stop by the Roman Forum where they can catch a glimpse of what Rome used to look like in the days of old.
They’ll also want to visit the Colosseum, where ancient gladiatorial fights, shows, and games used to take place. Although not the only ring in which brave men shed blood for their country throughout the empire, it certainly was the most central and the biggest.
Another popular Roman destination is, of course, The Vatican, where you can see relics of the Catholic religion dating back to its very foundation. Tourists will also catch a glimpse of the Sistine Chapel, the very masterpiece by Michelangelo. If they’re lucky, they might even get to catch a mass said by the Pope himself in St. Peter’s Basilica.
Those more interested in shopping and fashion than art, history, and religion can find plenty of it in the Eternal City. A fashion capital of the world, almost every major designer has a store located in Rome, giving tourists access to world-class shopping.
Florence is the second most visited city in Italy, and for good reason. Nestled in Tuscany, known for its Renaissance architecture and rolling landscapes and vineyards, Florence is the capital of the region.
Tourists won’t be short of things to do in Florence, either. Art aficionados will need to pay their respects to the Michelangelo masterpiece, “David,” who calls Florence his permanent residence. The Duomo is also one of the biggest draws to the city and is arguably one of the most beautiful in the world.
In order to soak up the beauty that is the city, take a Florence walking tour so that you’re guaranteed not to miss a thing.
Travel back in time with a visit to Siena. Located just 35 miles from Florence, it’s perfect for a day trip, or you can choose to spend a night or two in this medieval city. Siena itself offers tourists an experience to see what it might have been like to live in another time and is perfect for those touring on foot.
Highlights of the city include seeing relics of St. Catherine of Siena, the Piazza del Campo, and the stunning Duomo. Siena may be a city that many tourists overlook, but it’s definitely worth it to book some time in this stunning city, especially if the weather’s nice.
Head north to the city that bears the same name as that mysterious American cold cut. While Bologna may also be known for its cold cuts, we promise that there is no comparison between the mystery meat you had as a child and what you’ll get in this northern city. In fact, tagliere and wine is what the Bolognese often nosh on, and your stomach will thank you for it.
Bologna is similar to Siena in that it offers you an old-world feel with a central square, the Piazza Maggiore. There, you can see Neptune’s statue, a relic from when the Roman gods were worshipped before Christianity became the country’s religion.
It also boasts the 10th largest church in the world, Basilica of San Petronio, which is worth a visit.
Milan is the fashion capital of the world, but that doesn’t mean if you’re not dressed to the nines, you won’t have fun in this elegant northern city. But, if you do like fashion, brace yourself for some world-class shopping, with many major brand-name labels having a shop here. Additionally, you can find new and up-and-coming designers, if you’re into that.
In fact, Da Vinci’s masterpiece The Last Supper calls Milan it’s home, and you can have a look at it in person at the Santa Maria Delle Grazie.
If you’re a fan of religion and/or architecture, you’ll need to make time to have a gander at the cathedral, which is one of the most famous in the world.
Must-See Cities in Italy
Our list of must-see cities in Italy is minuscule compared to everything you should see in the country, but we’ve picked out some of the few that should be on every traveler’s list. These five cities are both iconic and stunning, offering tourists a look into the past as these centuries-old cities sail into the future.
If you’re stopping in Italy for a while, we also recommend that you look at taking a boat out to Sicily where you can partake in Sicilian culture and have a look at some gorgeous cities and villages on the island. We also recommend you consider taking a dip in the ocean at Cinque Terre.
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