What are the most beautiful places in Italy? You voted for the loveliest Italian cities, unmissable towns and lovely regions and we created the definitive list of Italy's top 10 best places to visit. Now take a look at what to see and do and where to stay, according to the Italy experts at Rough Guides.
Nestled in the heart of Tuscany, Florence is a city that exudes elegance and artistic grandeur. From the magnificent Duomo and the iconic Ponte Vecchio to the world-famous Uffizi Gallery, every corner of Florence is a feast for the eyes and a testament to the Renaissance period. It is also home to celebrated museums, historic markets and magnificent gardens.
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Tuscany is famous for beautiful hill towns but few are quite as stunning as San Gimignano. Here a dramatic skyline of medieval towers gazes out over the gorgeous, rolling Tuscan countryside. Strolling through its cobbled streets, visitors are transported back in time, surrounded by ancient architecture and the charming Tuscan countryside.
Discover the town's historic centre with its winding backstreets and honey-coloured buildings, as well as frescoed churches and grand gothic palazzi.
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The idea of Tuscany as an idyll of olive groves, vineyards, hill towns and frescoed churches may be clichéd, but it is largely true. Late medieval Tuscany was the birthplace of Italian culture and in many ways remains the essence of what travellers imagine Italy to be.
Ask a sample of middle-class Northern Europeans to define their idea of paradise and the odds are that a hefty percentage will come up with something that sounds a lot like Chianti. Life in Chianti seems in perfect balance: the landscape is a softly varied terrain of hills and valleys; the climate for most of the year is sunny; and on top of all this there’s the wine, the one Italian vintage that’s familiar to just about everyone.
One of the best ways to explore the true wonders of Tuscany, is visiting one of the many vineyards. Some of the top wineries are:
If you like wine tasting, check WineTourism, where you can directly book the best wine tasting experiences.
Lake Garda is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in Italy. It's home to the country's largest lake, encircled by dramatic mountains. It is not only a visual delight but also a haven for water sports enthusiasts and nature lovers.
Sailing across Lake Garda offers a breathtaking experience with its tranquil beauty. Taking a day trip here is one of the best things to do when visiting Milan.
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Positano is a hillside town on the Amalfi Coast that is instantly recognisable for its pastel-coloured houses that tumble down the hillside and hug the waterfront. This charming village offers magnificent coastal views, inviting beaches, and winding streets lined with quaint shops and restaurants.
The picturesque beauty of Positano has attracted artists and writers for centuries, who have been inspired by its enchanting atmosphere and breathtaking vistas. It is a place where one can unwind, soak up the sun, and indulge in the delights of Italian coastal living.
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Located in the sunny south of Italy, Puglia is a region blessed with a diverse landscape. It is best known for its white sand beaches, secret coves, clear seas and quaint architecture. Puglia is a hidden gem that captivates visitors with its rustic charm and unspoiled beauty.
Affectionately known as the "Florence of the South", this lesser-known region maintains an undiscovered quality that gives the area a charming quality. While here, discover the area's famous olive oil and dazzling historic towns.
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Off the coast of Naples, the enchanting island of Capri captivates visitors with its rugged cliffs, hidden grottoes, and breathtaking views. This island is easily one of the most beautiful places in Italy.
Once beloved by Emperor Tiberius, today its mix of ancient monuments, pretty towns and beaches inspires a similar passion in the hordes of celebrities who descend here each summer. The island's natural beauty is exemplified by the famous Faraglioni rock formations and the striking Blue Grotto, a sea cave illuminated by an ethereal blue light.
Whether exploring the charming town of Anacapri, strolling through the vibrant Piazzetta, or basking in the beauty of the island's stunning vistas, Capri is a true Mediterranean paradise that leaves a lasting impression.
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Venice, often referred to as the "Floating City," is an enchanting destination in northern Italy that holds a special place in the hearts of travellers. Built on a lagoon and crisscrossed by a network of canals, Venice is a unique city where gondolas glide gracefully along the waterways and ornate palaces rise majestically from the shores.
From the iconic St. Mark's Square with its stunning Basilica to the romantic Rialto Bridge, Venice exudes a timeless charm that is hard to resist. Exploring its narrow alleyways, visiting the art-filled churches, and experiencing Venetian cuisine are all part of the magical allure of this extraordinary city.
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Discover the five fishing villages which make up Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera. Perched precariously on cliffs overlooking the turquoise waters of the Ligurian Sea, these villages offer a picturesque and unforgettable experience. Here you'll find a mix of pastel houses, tiny harbours and dramatic seascapes. This is truly a postcard-perfect destination and one of the most beautiful places in Italy.
Those in the know tend to avoid driving Cinque Terre's narrow, crowded roads. Walking is the preferred option and you'll find scenic hiking routes networked around each of the villages.
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Verona, a city steeped in history and romance, is another Italian gem that captivates all who visit. Known as the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Verona offers a blend of ancient Roman architecture and medieval charm.
The well-preserved Roman amphitheatre, Arena di Verona, hosts spectacular operatic performances, while the beautiful Piazza delle Erbe invites visitors to explore its vibrant market square. With its cobblestone streets, elegant palaces, and relaxed atmosphere, Verona is easily one of the most beautiful places in Italy.
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The lovely southern town of Sorrento sits on a clifftop above the Bay of Naples. A vintage seaside resort with a long summer season, it's known as a captivating town that boasts stunning vistas, fragrant citrus groves, and a charming old town.
While here, enjoy panoramic views of Mount Vesuvius, indulge in the region's famous limoncello liqueur, or take a boat trip to the nearby islands of Capri and Ischia. Sorrento's idyllic location and Mediterranean charm make it a perfect base for exploring the Amalfi Coast and the historic ruins of Pompeii.
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This list could truly go on. There are countless beautiful places in Italy. Ready to start planning your trip? Check out the Rough Guide to Italy.
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