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15 Most Beautiful Cities in Italy for Travelers

Italy might be a small country when compared to other European countries, but no matter the size, it truly is a hub for diverse culture, food, museums, ancient sites, scenery, and above all, giving you an experience of a lifetime.

Whether you have been to Italy before or if you are traveling there for the first time, knowing something about your destination before you arrive and understanding what to see and what to expect is crucial.

Some travelers may travel for months while some have just a few weeks, but no matter what your travel itinerary might be, here is a list of the most beautiful cities in Italy to give you the full experience and essence of what truly Italy is all about.

Rome

This is the most popular tourist attraction in Italy and is a must-visit for everyone. Whether you are a first-time traveler or have been here before, nobody can ignore the charm that Rome has.

At one point in time, it was the capital city of the entire Roman Empire.

With the landmarks scattered all over the city, including the Colosseum, Vatican City, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, and the Roman Forum, the city never fails to remind you that it was once the pinnacle of power.

This city perfectly incorporates and blends the new with the historical.

Explore its beautiful gardens, Baroque churches,  museums, and above all, the lively city. The food scene is exquisite here: try the cappuccinos at several cafés, and do not forget that when in Italy, you just cannot miss out on pasta.

Venice

Venice is another place you simply cannot miss when in Italy. A city built in the middle of a lagoon, this is not just among the most beautiful cities in the world but falls under the list of most romantic cities too.

Explore Piazza San Marco along with Saint Mark’s Basilica, the magnificent ancient church. You should also visit the museums, and palaces like Doge’s Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs, but above all, do not forget to ride Venice’s gondolas.

Venice in the old days was the bridge between the East and the West and is located in the utmost northeast of the country. Oh and a tip! Make sure to walk and explore the streets at sunrise or just after sunset once the crowds from the cruise ships have left.

We guarantee you will understand why it is called the city of dreams.

Bologna

If you love food and have a passion for it, do not miss out on this place. This might not be as popular as the other two, but Bologna is the culinary capital of Italy. However, there is a lot more you can do there than just exploring the culinary places.

Make sure to check out the city’s porticoes and the Fountain Of Neptune. You can take day trips and visit nearby villages to explore the Emilia Romagna region as well.

Florence

An art lover’s city. Well known for its medieval and Renaissance architecture, and numerous art galleries.

Florence attracts tourists from all over the world who want a glimpse of Michelangelo’s “David” and Botticelli’s “Birth Of Venus” or the spectacular Florence Cathedral (Duomo).

Florence is situated in Tuscany, so take some time, book your train tickets, and explore the countryside.

Rimini

This coastal town is popular for its castles, cathedrals, art, and historical places. This is the birthplace of Fellini and has also hosted artists like Leonardo Da Vinci. If you love luxury, you will love the beachside resorts here, where you can bask in the sun in peace.

Milan

This falls among the wealthiest cities and is a fashion hub, boasting the best galleries, brands, and restaurants. But Milan is not just a fashion hub, it’s also the center of artistic and cultural heritage.

Here you will find Da Vinci’s painting “The Last Supper” and the gothic Duomo. If you love opera, visit the world-famous La Scala.

Pisa

Renowned for its Leaning Tower, this is a major attraction that brings tourists from all over the world.

Most people visit Pisa on a day trip, but if you stay there for a day or two, you will understand the charm this city has to offer. With several palaces and cathedrals, this is a spectacular city you must visit.

Capri

With its gorgeous beaches, spectacular culinary restaurants, and gardens, it’s no wonder that this city attracts celebrities and royalty year-round. The Blue Grotto sea cave is a must and water sports abound.

Visit the famed Villa San Michele before you get lost in high-end shopping, fine dining, and maybe a few limoncellos.

Siena

When in Tuscany, you must visit Siena. Explore the central Piazza del Campo. Did you know that it is home to the world’s oldest bank? There are several cafés and restaurants that you can enjoy before you climb to the top of Torre del Mangia.

Naples

Situated on the coast, two hours south of Rome, this is one vibrant city. From here you can visit the Amalfi Coast, Herculaneum, and Pompeii, and do not, we say again, do not miss out on its namesake pizza, the Napolitano, or the desserts.

Verona

This city is the citymade popular in the story of Romeo and Juliet. Many tourists only visit Juliet’s house’s balcony.

However, Shakespeare is not the sole reason why Verona deserves a visit. You will also find the best-preserved Roman amphitheater, beautiful churches, and basilicas.

Orvieto

Usually, tourists take a day trip to Orvieto, which is a hillside town in Umbria. This place has a rich history and is built on a volcanic plateau. If you love medieval architecture, then you must visit its Duomo, which took 400 years to complete.

Genova

You must have heard of this city, which boasts of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is situated on the waterfront. Tour Via Garibaldi and get fascinated by the palace facades or visit the Acquario di Genova and the Roman Cathedral of San Lorenzo.

Positano

Built in the middle of the Amalfi Coast, Positano is the perfect romantic destination. This is a place you can visit all year round and admire the colorful houses here, gorge on delicious and fresh seafood, do some shopping or simply relax and bask in the sun.

Palermo

Sicily’s capital and the fifth largest city in Italy, this city boasts bustling markets and a grand cathedral called Cattedrale Di Palermo, showcasing Arab/Norman architecture.

Conclusion

These are the top 15 most beautiful cities in Italy that will leave you mesmerized and offer you an enticing mix of old and new.