15 Most Beautiful Places in Italy to Visit

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The most beautiful places in Italy, since you’re spoiled for choice, we’re sharing our favorite places.

Blessed with gorgeous architecture pieces, stunning scenery, and vibrant cities, Italy makes for a rich and fulfilling holiday destination. Let’s get started.

1. Colosseum

Let’s start with a classic! This vast amphitheater built by the Roman Empire is their largest architectural establishment that is still standing and is a signature landmark of Italy. A sight that can only be appreciated with your own eyes – looking at pictures does not even come close!

Colosseum in Rome is a must-see when visiting Italy

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2. Mount Vesuvius

A gem for true nature lovers. Located at the East of Naples, the volcano is still smoking, looking down at its once destroyed city remains. Visitors can now tour the site, roaming around the ancient streets, demolished theaters, markets, and temples.

The active volcano of Mount Vesuvius is one of the most beautiful places in Italy.

3. Lake Como

Spread across Northern Italy, Lake Como is one of the most picturesque sceneries in the country. If you wish to explore natural attractions and have some time for relaxation, definitely try this area. There are many cities and towns that surround this lake, so finding a spot nearby will be easy.

Lake Como - Walking Holidays in Italy

4. Vatican City

Though small in size, the Vatican oozes Italian culture. Home to stunning pieces of art and art collections, the city is a must for everyone who wishes to experience the authenticity of the country. Do not forget to visit the great Basilica of St. Peter and Sistine Chapel, covered with frescoes of Michelangelo.

5. Cinque Terre

Another jewel for those who like spending time outdoors! Cinque Terre is a fusion of five small but charming villages and you can hike from village to village. Roam around lively streets and chat with friendly locals so that your visit to this fishermen’s town is up to its full potential. This region is iconic in that you will find everything you expect from a small Italian town. You’ll also want to check out the best places to stay in Cinque Terre.

explore the village of Vernazza on your Cinque Terre walking tour

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6. Pantheon

Another well-preserved remnant of the Roman Empire, the Pantheon, is a temple dedicated to the planetary gods. It is also a burial for many great Italians – kings, painters, and others. Pantheon is a landmark for Italians, as it shows how one establishment can hold so much history and culture.

7. Milan Duomo

One of the world’s largest churches and the best example of Gothic style, Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica of the Nativity of Saint Mary is quite a mouthful, so just use the Italian version Il Duomo! An impressive facade and stunning architecture will captivate you for quite a while, so set some time aside for this place only, especially because tourists are now allowed up on the roof!

8. Stair of the Turks

Probably a little less known but amazing natural attraction is these rocky white cliffs in Southern Sicily. Walk across white marls and just enjoy the quiet, ocean breeze and the simplicity of the Italian coast. Also, ask the Sicilians for stories about the Turkish pirates this place was named after!

The Stair of the Turks is lesser known but is one of the most beautiful places in Italy.

9. St. Mark’s Basilica

In the heart of Venice, surrounded by magnificent buildings and clear canals, proudly stands the St. Mark’s Basilica with a stunning Byzantine-inspired facade. Soak up the beauty by seeing the impressive mosaics and art, jewels and gold. You can also choose guided tours to learn about the history of the church.

10. Amalfi Coast

Impressive coastline dotted with towns and villages, Amalfi remains one of the most popular places in Italy. Find the time to relax at the beaches, spend evenings enjoying a drink at local restaurants and simply spend days living the Southern lifestyle.

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful places in Italy.

11. Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Tower of Pisa is an extremely loved place by tourists from all over the world. The beauty of medieval stone carving and the exciting history behind the process of building the tower are the things that convince you to visit, but all the rest you simply must see with your own two eyes!

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12. Langhe

Can you imagine Italy without wine and cheese? Impossible! This stunning region of Langhe in Piedmont is a picturesque scenery of never-ending wineries, and cozy cafes is a must-see place for any food-lover or simply any visitor who wishes to try out the Italian cuisine.

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13. Dolomites

The Dolomites, located in Northern Italy is the perfect place for travelers who enjoy outdoor sports. The hiking in the Dolomites is fantastic in summer. I especially recommend our Alta Via 1 tour.

In winter plan on  skiing and snowboarding. At any time of year you’ll want to visit the small villages and forests nearby afterward. 

You'll hike past the Forcella del Lago on your Alta Via 1 South Hiking Tour in the Dolomites, Italy

14. Verona

The city of the most famous love story in the world, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is also one of the top destinations in Italy that you should see with your own eyes. A very romantic and elegant city, with some fantastic sights to enjoy and relaxed, friendly locals.

15. Porto Santo Stefano

A small, delightful town by the seaside, Porto Santo Stefano is located in the corner of Tuscany. A very picturesque holiday destination with luxurious yachts, busy streets, and relaxed travelers who enjoy the best food and scorching sun. Do not hesitate; become one of them!

15. Gran Paradiso

Escape to Italy’s Gran Paradiso National Park in the stunning Italian Alps.

Nestled between the iconic Mont-Blanc and Mont-Rose, this breathtaking region boasts soaring peaks like the Grand Paradis at 4,061m (13,323.49 ft) and enchanting valleys echoing with rich Aosta Valley traditions.

gran paradiso hiking tour

Trace a journey steeped in history, from Celtic origins and Roman influence to the noble House of Savoy. Experience Italy’s first national park, a sanctuary born from Europe’s earliest wildlife protection efforts and home to the majestic Ibex.

Gran Paradiso is a hikers paradise. Check out our Gran Paradiso Hiking Tours.

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Have a fantastic trip visiting these most beautiful places in Italy! Tell us which one is your favourite.