58.3 million travelers touched down in Italy in 2017. It’s a country adored the world over for its ancient ruins, prized art collections and jaw-dropping coastlines – and then there’s the food. With its fresh pasta and paper-thin pizza, it’s no surprise that Italian is America’s favorite international cuisine.Five of my top recommendations on the Best Places to Visit in Italy.Take a look at this list with the best things to do in Italy.
But with so many highlights along the way, just how are you supposed to fit it all in? While you’ll no doubt want to create a new itinerary year after year, here’s a beginner’s guide on where to stop as you travel Italy from top to bottom.
5 Places to Visit in Italy
This fast-paced modern metropolis offers a heady mix of business, fashion and culture. In the center you can’t miss the Duomo di Milano, a stunning gothic cathedral that offers panoramic views of the city from its gorgeous roof.
Enjoy a spot of high-end shopping in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II, or soak up the atmosphere at an AC Milan or Inter Milan football match – two of the most iconic clubs in the world.
Venice is a floating masterpiece built on waterways instead of roads. Take a romantic gondola ride through its countless canals if you can – it’s an experience you won’t forget in a hurry.
The central Piazza San Marco is home to the imposing St Mark’s Basilica among many other attractions. Don’t forget to pack your wellies though…
The capital city of Italy’s Tuscany region, Florence boasts the world’s most famous renaissance art collections and much, much more. Its gothic Duomo is a must-see and must-climb, while across the river you’ll find gorgeous gardens waiting to be explored.
And obviously you’ll have to stop to devour some Tuscan cuisine. Locals argue it’s the best Italy has to offer – and who are we to disagree!
Rome is Italy’s capital city and one of the most famous (and most visited) settlements in the world. Crowds flock to cultural sites including the vast Colosseum and the 2000-year old Pantheon, while others hope to catch a glimpse of the Pope at his home in the Vatican City.
Along the way you’ll find vibrant street life at almost every turn. Sup a coffee or wine and people-watch to your hearts content.
Visit Puglia for its ancient towns, Mediterranean coastline and, of course, more incredible food. This southern region is affectionately known as the heel of Italy, and soaks locals and visitors in sun almost all year round.
The town of Lecce is a highlight for many and is seen as a quieter but no less beautiful alternative to Venice.
Is Italy on your travel itinerary for 2020? Incorporate any or all of these destinations into your trip and enjoy the holiday of a lifetime.