Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, the coast, lakes, rivers and historical monuments make Italy visited by millions of tourists from around the world.below we will present you some of the most beautiful places worth visiting
Lake Como – a stunning upscale Italian resort known for its dramatic scenery
Famously home to George Clooney’s Italian villa, Lake Como is the third largest lake in Italy and a hot spot for tourists and locals alike. Traditionally, Lake Como has been known for being the place for wealthy people and political entities to retreat to from time-to-time.
Lake Como is home to a number of castles and luxurious accommodations and in case you need to get around the lake, its water transport ferry system is state of the art. It has been an important part of the lake since its induction in 1826. Check out our post on Discovering Bellagio in Lake Como.
Camogli, Liguria – a beautiful underrated resort on the Italian Riviera
In the northern portion of Italy, the peninsula of Portofino houses small fishing villages. Among the most notable and famous villages is Camogli in Liguria. This small port maintains a modest population of around 5,500 people and remains a protected location within the Portofino Marine Protected Area.
Strolling through the marketplace or basking in the un on Comogli’s coast is a welcomed activity for tourists and locals alike. Bring your camera and enjoy taking many pictures of every nook and cranny of this marvelously picturesque part of Italy’s coast.
Capri – the picturesque island with upscale hotels and rugged landscapes
A favourite with honeymooners and well-heeled tourists, visitors have flocked to this resort island since Roman Times and it has maintained its stunning beauty. It’s a small island in Italy’s Bay of Naples and is home to rugged landscapes, yacht-filled coves, upscale hotels and plenty of boutique shops stocking everything, from Italian wine to designer fashion.
You can’t leave without visiting the Blue Grotto which is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Italy. It’s a natural dark cavern where the sea colour is a stunning electric blue (actually sunlight passing through an underwater cave).
Lake Orta – a wonderful Italian lake and an under-the-radar Italian gem
Lake Garda and Como are the most famous beautiful lakes in Italy, but if you are the type of person who wants more relaxation than simply a tourist ridden destination, Lake Orta is the place to go.
This is the lake where locals tend to gravitate when they need to recharge. At the center of Lake Orta is a small island, Isola San Giulio which is home to a century-old monastery and basilica. Taking a ferry out to the island and soak up the wonderful and tranquil atmosphere!
Venice – the famously beautiful and romantic canal-dotted city
Venice is one of the most famous cities in Italy and one that’s built on water. It’s also often cited as one of the world’s most romantic travel destinations. In the middle of the city, you’ll find the grand square ‘Piazza San Marco’ where the even more impressive basilica resides.
If you’re a culture seeker you’ll be spoilt for choice here; Venice has the world’s most artistic masterpieces per square kilometre and there are numerous churches, museums, and palaces worth visiting. Another highlight is the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) which is an enclosed bridge that passes over the Rio di Palazzo.
If you’re a romantic type and want to try a gondola just remember to take plenty of money – you will be charged a small fortune for the privilege. We have a post on Venice – discovering one of the world’s most romantic cities.
Florence – the cradle of the Renaissance and the enchanting capital of Tuscany
Florence is both a magnificent and fascinating place and an art lovers’ dream. A popular city nestled in the rolling hills of the Tuscany region, Florence has plenty to offer its many visitors. For starters, there are numerous museums filled with famous paintings and sculptures and two places I recommend are the Pitti Palace and the Uffizi.
The latter hosts work by Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo and receives approximately 1.6 million tourists a year (you should book before you go or unfortunately face a long wait). Also, take your time to explore the rest of the Tuscany. Known as the Renaissance country, the region offers some of the most beautiful and romantic natural scenery in the world.
The extraordinary countryside and coastline keep the relaxed vacationers happy and the ever-flowing supply of fine wine and cuisine will certainly please the food connoisseurs.
Rome – Italy’s capital city and a blend of culture, romance and gasp-inducing ancient architecture
It’s impossible to do a tour of Italy without visiting their famous capital. Rome is a truly incredible city which is full of history spanning over a whopping twenty centuries – you could say Rome is the world’s best open-air museum. As you wander around the streets the architecture will definitely leave you in awe, so make sure you pack your camera.
There are many sites to visit, the most famous being the Coliseum, the Vatican, St. Peter’s, the Trevi Fountain and my personal favourite the Pantheon. You probably won’t get to see them all in a weekend but it will give you a reason to go back! Rome’s cafe culture is also world-famous and for a real Rome, experience chose from one of many piazzas and watch the world go by with (an expensive) expresso. We have a popular post on 12 unusual things to do in Rome.
Todi, Umbria – the beautiful medieval hilltop town offering soft-stone houses and gorgeous views
Located almost in the very centre of Italy, this postcard-pretty city is perched high on Tiber River’s east bank and visitors enjoy amazing views of the surrounding area. A hilltop town with a gorgeous mix of soft-stone houses, palazzi and belfries the city of Todi is quite the draw. The views are incredible, but so is the Medieval history and suspended-in-time ambiance.
Since Medieval times, Todi has been among the most sustainable cities. This is largely due to the city adapting to the times and being able to reinvent itself as needed. The Piazza del Popolo is the main meeting area for the locals and an excellent place to hang out and people watch.