10 places every traveler needs to visit in Italy

Italy ranks the highest in every traveler’s bucket list because of the historical places, exotic landscapes, delicious cuisines, awe-inspiring architecture, and what not. Culturally-rich Italy is no less than a tour to witnessing interesting events, sacred sites, and natural beauty.

You only have a limited time to see Italy? Still, you shouldn’t skip on the best tourist spots if you’ve thought about staying for a while. I’d suggest you check out these 10 MUST-VISIT cities to have a wonderful travel experience:

What are the best places to visit in Italy?

Venice, a popular travel destination to visit Italy
Gondola on a canal in Venice, Italy

1. Venice

Have you seen the postcard-perfect picture of Venice? This fascinating city is established on a lagoon. Canals run past 118 small islands. At the edge is located Piazza San Marco, the sight that attracts visitors as magnets due to the stunning architecture.

Must-visit places in Venice: Venetian glass blowing and Piazza San Marco.

the Colosseum in Rome, Italy
The Roman Colosseum, a symbol of Italy

2. Rome

The Roman Colosseum must have come to your mind, right? Archaeologist, historian, researcher or simply a curious traveler? Rome is the perfect spot for you! Taste mouthwatering Italian food on the Spanish Steps, unwind in the Borghese gardens, walk on the narrow streets of Trastevere, toss a wishful coin in Trevi Fountain, and buy some souvenirs on Via Veneto.

Must-visit places in Rome: Colosseum, Pantheon, Palatine Hill, Sistine Chappel, Appian Way, Roman Forum, and Michelangelo’s Pieta.

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Florence, a top travel destination in Italy
Florence, one of the best places to visit in Italy

3. Pisa and Florence

The glorious image of the Leaning Tower of Pisa is printed in our mind as it’s in the heart of Tuscany, near Florence. The iconic city is home to the best romantic sites. Not only that, but you can also visit numerous cathedrals and museums in Florence. Enjoy the exquisite wines, witness the sunrise in Piazzale Michelangelo and relax in the rural luxury spas.

Must-visit places in Tuscany: Chianti, Castello Di Velona, Piazza della Signoria, Villa Mangiacane.

Pompeii, a must-visit in Italy for history lovers
Pompeii, a popular place to visit in Italy for history lovers

4. Pompeii

Pompeii is what remains from the destruction caused by the smoking volcano of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Witness the well-preserved treasures such as mosaics, sculptures, and frescoes that were coated with lava when it cooled. Excavations of the cities of Pompeii uncovered remains of buildings such as temples, theatres, houses and brothels.

Must-visit places in Pompeii: Villa of the Mysteries, the Forum, and Garden of the Fugitives.

Sicily, the best place to visit in the south of Italy
Sicily, a popular and affordable travel destination in southern Italy

5. Sicily

Sicily is a portrayal of dramatic landscapes being surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea. Mount Etna, an active volcano, allows travelers to hike and witness the lava burning inside. The largest island of Italy, Sicily offers flowery meadows, coastal scenery, historical sites, and the best Mediterranean seafood.

Must-visit places in Sicily: Mount Etna, Romana del Casale, and Mondello Lido.

Naples, the birthplace of pizza in Italy
Naples, the birthplace of pizza in Italy

6. Naples

Pizza lovers should never skip this—it’s the birthplace of pizza! Treat yourself with delicious-tasting pizza and many other dishes from Italian cuisine. Visit castles and palaces, and witness the ancient architecture around this tourist attraction, Naples.

Must-visit places in or near Naples: The Island of Capri, ruins of Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius.

Sardinia, one of the best places to visit in Italy
Sardinia, one of the top travel destinations in Italy

7. Sardinia

The enchanting Costa Smeralda is encapsulated in Sardinia—the mysterious Italian island. Take a stroll in white-sand beaches, test your strength in hiking or climbing adventures, and come across the historically sacred wells and large tombs.

Must-visit places in Sardinia: Nuraghe and Costa Smeralda.

San Vitale, in Ravenna, Italy
San Vitale, in Ravenna, Italy

8. Ravenna

With a Byzantine origin, Ravenna is a hub of pristine Byzantine mosaics. Reminiscent of King Theodore the Great, it’s center to seven buildings embellished with finest mosaic arts. UNESCO names it as “one of the most artistically perfect” sites to visit.

Must-visit places in Ravenna: Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Neonian Baptistery, and San Vitale.

Siena, one of the best places to visit in Italy
Siena, one of The Travel Bunny’s favorite places to visit in Italy

9. Siena

The medieval heart of Tuscany, Siena is a central tourist attraction for its Gothic cathedrals, mouth-watering pizzas, and towers. Visit the Wednesday Market to buy souvenirs at a reasonable rate and book budget-friendly hotels here.

Must-visit places in Siena: Piazza del Campo and Siena Cathedral.

Milan's cathedral, in Italy
Milan, a place to visit in Italy for shopaholics and culture-lovers alike

10. Milan

Once ruled by Caesar and Napoleon, Milan makes you feel the aura of history surrounding you entirely as you walk through the city. Enjoy the fashion fiesta, shop the best, and embrace the high-end lifestyle. Besides all the shopping, test the splendid local cuisines, art, and culture!

Must-visit places in Milan: Milan Cathedral (Duomo), Castello Sforzesco, and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

Final verdict

To be honest, wherever you travel to when you visit Italy, you’ll be left in awe by the immaculate art, architecture, and mosaic. A wide variety of Italian cuisine, cultural events, eye-catching costumes is what you will witness when you travel to Italy.

Which ones are you going to choose to visit? Let me know in the comments!

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10 Thoughts to “10 places every traveler needs to visit in Italy”

  1. Italy is such a great country to visit and I really suggest people visit at least a week for the least! Too many things to do and see.

  2. Heather

    I have only been to Rome so of course I am dying to go back to explore more! The places I want to see most are Venice, Naples, Milan, Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Positano and Pisa. I am dying to eat pizza in Naples, yum!

  3. We’ve only visited three so far (Rome, Pompeii and Naples) but I long to return. Rome was so totally amazing. I can’t wait to explore some of the other destinations further north that you recommend including Pisa, Venice, Florence and Milan. Such an amazing country!

  4. This looks like a pretty comprehensive list! My wife has been to Rome and it’s been on my bucket list for forever!

  5. A very comprehensive list. While I have heard about Venice and Rome and Florence and Pompeii, places like Ravenna and Siena I’m hearing for the first time. And the more I know, the more I want to find out. And of course Naples, Naples for the Pizza 🙂 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing,

  6. So many beautiful places to visit in Italy! I have never been and would definitely like to visit Venice and the Colosseum. I’ve been to a replica of the Venice Canals in California and just getting a tiny taste of the beauty makes me want to go to the real thing!

  7. I would be one to recommend Venice in the offseason (if there is such a thing these days) … unless you plan to spend a night or two and can enjoy it in the early morning or evening. Venice is currently WAY overcrowded. Cannot believe the author left the Cinque Terre off the list! The Sentiero Azzurro cliffside hiking trail connecting the five villages is stunning. Tuscany for sure — but the smaller villages!

  8. Three destinations in Italy to go before I can say I’ve been to all ten. If time and money were no object, I think I’d prioritize them like this: 1) Sicily (you had me at Mediterranean seafood), 2) Sardinia (yay, an island!), and Revenna (I love history)! ~ Sage Scott, the Everyday Wanderer

  9. Italy is indeed a treasure house of beautiful places. The range of places which offer nature, culture, and of course art and architecture is mind-blowing. We have been there twice and been to Florence, Venice, Rome, and Pisa. Florence is our favourite and find it one of the most beautiful cities in the world

  10. I haven’t been to Venice or Milan yet. My husband has been promising me for 25 years he would take me to Venice, so I turned down two cruises with my girlfriends. Still waiting….
    My favorite (on your list) is Sicily. I really loved how warm and friendly people were and that it wasn’t crazy busy and filled with tourists like the rest. Your favorite?

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