Best Places to Visit in Italy

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor February 4th, 2019 Posted in Destination, Europe, Travel Blog One Comment

Tourist agreed a long time ago that Italy is a beautiful country.  Italy is a unique venue, so much that the country considers being the destination for everyone. The country is globally loved for offering a diverse culture mixture and became the tourist attractions. Famous for its incredible taste, historical monuments, and art & culture.  Whatever your food taste is, you will be satisfied in this country as it offers familiar food.  Charming villages, stunning scenery, food, music, art, architecture, sacred sites, and culture make this country a must-visit destination for everyone.


The places are fascinating, appealing and surprising to say the least. Words cannot describe the country at all. The country is filled with beautiful places, but if you have limited time to spend, you may want to have this must-visit list and things to do while in Italy before visiting.

Here is the list of top ten cities, which are considered the topmost tourist place, what is the best month to visit Italy? And the place that a wanderlust person must visit once in his life.

Best cities to visit in Italy

1. Rome

Why Go to Rome?

Rome is the capital of Italy. The city is a much-loved destination for couples.  Rome has many museums, theatre, art galleries that offers rich cultural heritage and explain the historical past of the country.

Best places to visit in Rome

Vatican city, Castel Sant’Angelo, Piazza del Popolo, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Coliseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill, Mouth of Truth, Villa Borghese Gardens,  Borghese Gallery, Appian Way , The Catacombs, St. John in the Lateran, and Appian Way and The Catacombs.

When to Visit Rome and traditions?

Rome is a city that can be visited throughout the year. However, the best time to visit is October – April. The reason is simple, and the town got busy and very hot in the summer month.  In the winter season, the city offers a right balance between nice weather and less crowded attractions.

Travel Tips

Another thing to keep in mind is few sites and museums are closed on Monday. Also, there are free museums and theatres tickets on the first Sunday of a month, so the places are crowded. We must suggest you avoid this day.

What to Eat in Rome?

Supplì at I Supplì, Fiori di Zucca at Emma, Baccalà at Dar Filettaro, Carciofo alla Romana at Hostaria Romana, Pizza Romana at Da Remo  and Carbonara at Roscioli.

Best Hotels in Rome are Vatican Suite 383, Hotel Colosseum, Hotel Artemide, The Independent Hotel, Albergo del Senato, UNAHOTELS Deco Rom and Condotti Hotel

2. Florence

Photo by Marco Verch CC BY 2.0

Why Go to Florence?

Florence is one of the most attractive city, and it is full of beautiful architecture and all with a small town feel.  The place will be your favorite once you visited it. However, if you never consider Florence in your visit list or you manage to visit the city for a few days, you will not be disappointed when you do.

What to Eat in Florence?

Bistecca alla Fiorentina, Lampredotto, Papardelle al Cinghiale, Gelato, Tagliatelle Funghi Porcini e Tartufo, Crostini (Antipasto Toscano), Ribollita and Pappa al Pomodoro and Pane Toscano

Best places and things to do in Florence

Duomo – Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazzale Michelangelo, Walk the Old Town Quarters, Visit a Museum, Go on a Wine Tour, Visit Neighbouring Medieval Villages Siena or San Gimignano.

Best hotels in Florence

Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni, Hotel Spadai, Hotel David, The St. Regis Florence, The Westin Excelsior, Florence and Four Seasons Hotel Firenze.

When to visit Florence, travel tips and how to save money?

The best time to visit Florence is in winter. This is generally from November through March. So visiting Florence in the low season, you will enjoy lower costs in airfare as well as lodging, mainly if you choose to visit for a more extended period at a small B&B or apartment. In Florence, you will likely find different listed rates for low, mid and high season but also keep your eye out for special deals made for the off-season.

3. Venice

Why Go to Venice?

Venice is a magnificent city. Venice is considered as the favorite place of Italian. Why?  Because of the history, architecture, the canals, the gondolas and the colorful site of the city. Venice is just an hour from Rome and two hours from London (Plane).

Places to visit in Venice

  • Grand Canal
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Doge’s Palace
  • Basilica di San Marco
  • Piazza San Marco
  • Gallerie dell’Accademia
  • Teatro La Fenice
  • Ca’ Rezzonico
  • Chiesa della Madonna dell’Orto
  • Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
  • Jewish Museum
  • Scuola Grande di San Rocco
  • Santa Maria della Salute
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection
  • Murano

When to visit Venice and travel tips ?

The best time to visit Venice is from August to December.  Summertime is peak season, and the hotel rates are high- you guessed it- plenty of crowds. Although acqua alta (high water) can occur anytime between late September and April, it’s most likely to happen in November and December, so make sure to pack a pair of rain boots if you plan on traveling then.

What to Eat in Venice

Sarde in saor, Baccala mantecato, Risotto al nero di seppia, Risi e bisi, Bigoli in salsa, Fegato alla veneziana,Baicoli and Fritole.

Best hotels in Venice

Splendid Venice , Starhotels Collezione, Albergo Cavalletto & Doge Orseolo, Rosa Salva Hotel, Hotel Carnival Palace, Bloom, Bellini, Hotel Canal Grande, Hotel Campiello

4. Amalfi Coast

Photo by Boss Tweed CC BY 2.0

Why visit the Amalfi Coast?

Every year around five million people visits the Amalfi coast to have the experiences of heritage landscape and culture, to taste the delicious cuisines, and walk in the footsteps of celebrities past and present. In contrast, of other major tourist cities in Italy like Rome and Florence, the towns along the Amalfi Coast felt extremely safe.

Best places and things to do in Amalfi Coast??

Places to visit in Amalfi Coast – Sorrento, Atrani, Positano, Amalfi, Fiordo di Furore, Capri, Ravello, Praiano, Minori, Maiori, Vietri sul Mare and Sentiero degli Dei.

What to Eat in Amalfi Coast?

Pasta, Scialatielli with Sea Food, Spaghetti alla Nerano, Spaghetti alle vongole, Goat Cheese from Monti Lattari

When to visit and travel tips?

It is always tough to plan a travel schedule and decide when you should take a break from your hectic schedule life to visit Amalfi Coast in Italy.

It is essential to know that the best time to visit your dream location. To visit the Amalfi Coast the best time is from April to June when the spring flowers are in bloom, and the weather is warm enough.
By choosing the early summer, you can avoid the crowd and the oppressive temperatures later in the year.

5. Tuscany

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Why visit Tuscany?

Tuscany considers being the topmost destination place of Italy.  Visitors came to Tuscany for many reasons – scenery, food, museums and churches, great wine and food, medieval hill towns, beaches, and beautiful countryside. Each region of Tuscany area has its own identity and uniqueness.

Best places and things to do in Tuscany?

There are many places to visit in Tuscany; the difficulty is really where to start. The more you come to know the region, the more extraordinary Tuscany appears.

Places to visit in Tuscany – Arezzo, Montepulciano, Val d’Orcia, Elba, San Gimignano, Lucca, Chianti Wine Region, Pisa, Siena, Florence, and Island of Elba.

What to eat in Tuscany?

Lampredotto sandwich, Crostini Toscani, Panzanella, Lardo di Colonnata, Ribollita, Pappa al pomodoro, Cacciucco, Bistecca alla Fiorentina, Castagnaccio and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

When to visit Tuscany & Travel tips?

The best travel months ( Tuscany) are from April, May, June, September, and October.  These months are the peak season and come up with pleasant weather. The weather is at extreme hot in July and August.

6. Cinque Terre

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Why visit Cinque Terre?

Cinque Terre is the dreamland of many wanderers. The land is famous for-

1) It is colorful, unique and picturesque.
2) The villages are built on the cliff along the sea.  
3)  The place is paradise for heaven.
4) National park with a ton of walking trails.       

Best places and things to do in Cinque Terre?

The Cinque Terre compromises of five small towns are Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Manarola. There are millions of reasons to visit these small towns.

Places to visit in Cinque Terre – Fegina Beach in Monterosso, Lardarina in Corniglia, Piazza Guglielmo Marconi in Vernazza, Manarola Marina, Castle of Riomaggiore.

When to visit and travel tips?

The town is famous for adventures like hiking 7 camping, which is not possible in winter and raining seasons due to heavy rainfall.

If you like to visit the Cinque Terre, then the perfect time starts from mid-May to mid-September. In the winter Cinque Terre are famous for the biggest Presepe in the world. Also, La Spezia, like all Italian cities, is beautifully decorated during the winter holidays.

7. Lake Como

Photo by Greg Schechter CC BY 2.0

Why visit Lake Como?

Lake Como is one of the most attractive lakes.  Although it is not an Italy largest lake. The lake is situated in the northern part of Italy near the Swiss border and miles apart from Milan.  The rood network between the town, lake, and village are a little bit tough. Many of the roads are particularly narrow and winding, and with Italy’s wannabe F1 drivers sharing the ride with you, driving can be a bit nerve-wracking.

What to eat in Lake Como?

Risotto con Filetti di Pesce Persico (Perch With Risotto), Insalata Caprese (Tomato Salad), Brasato di Cinghiale Selvatico (Braised Wild Boar), Polenta, Foiolo (Tripe), Missoltino (Sun-Dried Lake Shad), and Fragole con Gelato (Strawberries With Gelato),

Best places and things to do in Lake Como?

Places to visit in Lake como – Menaggio, Funicolare Como-Brunate, Cathedral of Como (Duomo) , i Giardini di Villa Melzi , Armani Outlet, Villa Monastero , Villa Mylius Vigoni , La Punta Spartivento

When to visit Lake Como?

The best time to visit is between March and November when temperatures are warm, and the sun shines the most. If you plan to visit Como Lake, there are pros and cons of each season. The weather of Como Lake in July and August is the best you can get.

Here I have mentioned above the list of cities that you must visit in Italy. List mention the where to stay in Italy, where to enjoy more and how to spend time in Italy.

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About the Author

Giovanni Benvenuto is the managing director of Benvenuto Limos, a chauffeur and private tour guide company, serving the tourists who visit Italy to discover the outstanding beauty of the country. Apart from his professional work he also loves reading, writing journals and cooking.

 

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