Top 25 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Italy

Italy is a truly special, incredibly diverse and magically unique country where you are just as likely to find beauty in a quiet cobbled backstreet or a traditional trattoria than in its stunning beaches or extraordinary countryside.

Using my experience of living in Italy for many years I have compiled a list of the best destinations to explore and add to your Italy itinerary. Some will be obvious, others maybe not so. Here is my personal list of the best and most beautiful places to visit in Italy (in no particular order)…

1. Cinque Terre – a string of beautiful centuries-old colourful villages set on the rugged Italian Riviera coastlineCinque Terre Italy

Cinque Terre - top places to visit in Italy

The rugged, rustic but breathtaking beauty of Cinque Terre seems to perfectly sum up why Italy is so revered as a travel destination.

Located on the stunning Italian Riviera coastline and easily one of the most attractive places to visit in Italy, the series of five brightly coloured medieval villages cling jaggedly – and almost impossibly – to the inhospitable coastal rocks.

It’s such an important place it was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1997. Meander around the narrow streets, wander the ancient vineyards which cling to steep terraces and then head for a pesto pasta lunch (a regional specialty) at one of the local trattorias.

My must-do highlights of Cinque Terre

  • Enjoy a hike along the Blue Trail that overlooks the ocean and takes you to five Insta-worthy villages.
  • Spend a day at Cinque Terre’s only sandy beach, Monterosso al Mare, to soak up the blissful sun or cool down in the sea.
  • Book a boat sunset tour and explore the coastline in a unique way whilst watching the sun go down.
  • Experience the mouth-watering fresh fish caught by locals who live on the island.

Our accommodation choice for Cinque Terre – Cinqueterre Residence

Best hotels in Cinque Terra

2. Lake Como – a stunning upscale Italian resort known for its dramatic scenery

Lake Como Italy

Lake Como Italy

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.

My must-do highlights of Lake Como

  • Visit one of the most iconic cathedrals in Italy, The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, where you can see a breathtaking panoramic view of the city from the top.
  • Explore the museums to learn about the history of Lake Como and how it has evolved over the years.
  • Enjoy a day filled with fun at the Lake Como Adventure Park set in the mountains surrounded by nature.
  • For those who love water sports, hire a kayak and spend the day out on the beautiful lake, exploring around the island.

Our accommodation choice for Lake Como – Hilton Lake Como

Best hotels in Lake Como

3. Tuscany Countryside – a blend of medieval heritage, magical views glorious countryside which is one of the best places to go in Italy

Tuscany Countryside

Tuscany Countryside

There’s no other place on earth like the Tuscan countryside and easily one of the best things to do in Italy is taking a drive away from the cities and head into some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

This is a truly magical place where you’ll find impossibly picturesque rolling hills, and scenic drives where the odd roaming wild hog or two will suddenly come into view. 

Also expect breathtaking sunflower fields, olive groves that have been here for hundreds of years, medieval ruins and some of the most incredible vineyards in the world. An unmissable place to explore in Italy. 

My must-do highlights of Tuscany Countryside 

  • Take a trip to the natural hot springs in Bagno Vignoni and bathe in the idyllic waters.
  • Explore the romantic vineyards in Chianti to experience a unique wine tasting.
  • Book a hot air balloon tour in Lucca and enjoy the breathtaking views overlooking the picturesque countryside.
  • Visit the leaning tower of Pisa and capture an Insta-worthy shot next to this famous landmark.

Our accommodation choice for Tuscan Countryside – Il Castro Luxury Apartments San Gimignano

Best hotels in Tuscan Countryside

4. Camogli, Liguria – this beautiful underrated resort on the Italian Riviera is one of the best destinations to explore in Italy

Camogli, Liguria Italy

Camogli

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 endearing and picturesque part of Italy’s coast.

My must-do highlights of Camogli, Liguria

  • Indulge in the abundance of delicious fresh sea food on offer at an array of establishments on the main harbor.
  • Slow down and take some time to relax at Camogli’s rocky beach where you can enjoy the glistening sun.
  • Rent a speedboat with a skipper to explore the beautiful gems only reachable by water, Natural Park of Portofino and Paradiso Gulf.
  • Take an E-bike tour along the stunning coastline to visit the unique and charming churches and castles.

Our accommodation choice for Camogli – Hotel Cenobio Dei Dogi

Best hotels in Camogli

5. Calabria – the sun-soaked “toe” of Italy is one of the prettiest parts of Italy

Calabria

Calabria Attractions in Italy

In southern Italy, Calabria is part of the land separating the Tyrrhenian Sea from the Ionian Sea and the sun-baked toe of Italy’s boot! Some attractions in Italy can seem like a dressed-up show simply put in place for tourists’ enjoyment, but that is not something you will find in Calabria.

Apart from being among the most epically beautiful places in Italy, this portion of the country is quintessentially Italian. Calabria has lovingly escaped the tourist game to provide an unspoiled and seemingly untouched view of classic Italy.

If you want to see Italians as they are, as opposed to a scripted rendition, Calabria is the place to go.

My must-do highlights of Calabria

  • Explore the Pollino National Park where you can discover the magnificent Raganello canyon and walk along streams, bridges and gorges.
  • Visit one of the most prestigious monuments in Calabria, the Aragonese fortress of Le Castella, where you can admire the remains of ancient castles.
  • Enjoy the clear blue waters at Tropea which is well-known for being a unique and beautiful experience.
  • For those who feel adventurous, book a double parasailing flight and view the islands landscape in an unforgettable way.

Our accommodation choice for Calabria – Hotel Villaggio Stromboli

Best hotels in Calabria

6. Lake Garda – one of the most loved and most beautiful tourist attractions in Italy

 Lake Garda - best places to visit in Italy

Lake Garda Village

Considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the world, this is a large and impossibly picturesque lake nestled in Northern Italy surrounded by the pretty fortress town of Sirmione, the resort town of Riva del Garda, and many charming and laid-back villages in between.

Head further North and you’ll get to the famous Dolomites Mountain range. 

Head here for boating, wind-surfing, eating at the many charming and cosmopolitan restaurants and just generally taking in the wonderful vibe and jaw-dropping scenery. This is a truly captivating place in Italy you simply cannot miss! 

My must-do highlights of Lake Garda

  • Visit one of the most famous hot springs in Italy, Garda Thermal Park, where you can experience naturally formed historic spas.
  • Enjoy a family day out at Gardaland Park, which features over 30 exciting rides, show stopping musical performances and spectacular light shows.
  • Explore the charming and picturesque town of Sirmione with a unique drawbridge entrance.
  • Cycle around the lake and take in the breathtaking views on a path suspended 50 metres above the water.

Our accommodation choice for Lake Garda – Hotel Ristorante Sogno

Best hotels in Lake Garda

7. The Dolomites – this spectacular mountain range is one of the best places to travel to in Italy

Dolomites Italy

Dolomites Mountains Italy

If you head further North from Lake Garda you’ll find yourself in some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Europe. Located in northeastern Italy, gorgeous scenery and beautiful resorts aside there are also plenty to do.

Head there in winter and find well-coordinated ski networks, the legendary circuit Sella Ronda and plenty of people cross-country skiing and snowboarding. Visit in summer and go hiking amongst stunning view and fresh mountain air. 

My must-do highlights of the Dolomites

  • Take a hike around the impressive Tre Cime di Lavaredo, famous for its three magnificent and distinctive peaks.
  • Capture an Instagrammable shot at Lago di Carezza where the panoramic backdrop of the Latemar mountains reflects onto the lake.
  • For an adventurous experience, climb a via ferrata in one of the best equipped locations.
  • Enjoy the culture and history that the Dolomites has to offer with a visit to Bolzano.

Our accommodation choice for the Dolomites – Solea Boutique & Spa Hotel

Best hotels in Dolomites

8. Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast – the coastline awarded UNESCO status for its undisputed beauty and unique natural landscapes

Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast Italy

This coastline should be on everyone’s list of stunning places to visit in Italy. The most famous area is the resort town of Sorrento where you’ll find the addictive liqueur limoncello and of course plenty of great wine.

The city can also be used as a base to visit Pompeii – the town which was buried by Mount Vesuvius’ volcanic eruption back in 79AD.

Further along the ruggedly beautiful coast, you will find the impossibly picturesque and affluent town of Positano and the small pretty town of Amalfi. The area offers one of the world’s greatest coastal drives so be sure to hire a car if you can, Fiat 500s are always an apt choice!

I would also recommend taking a boat from Sorrento to the romantic island of Capri where you can see the gorgeous Blue Grotto – a sea cave that is flooded with a brilliant blue or emerald light.

My must-do highlights of Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

  • Explore the picturesque Old Town of Sorrento with its beautiful pastel-coloured houses.
  • Take a trip along the Amalfi Coast, well-known for being one of the most stunning coastlines in the world that overlooks crystal clear turquoise waters.
  • Hike the four mile stretch of the Path of Gods which provides you with the most breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coastline.
  • Enjoy watching a sunset over the bay of Naples whilst listening to the musical delights of a busker in Villa Communale Park.

Our accommodation choice for Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast – La Casa di Peppe Guest House & Villa

Best hotels in Sorrento

9. Puglia – the gorgeous southern region in Italy is an up-and-coming vacation destination in Italy

Puglia

Puglia Italy white houses

Located in the ‘heel’ of Italy’s ‘boot’ in the Southern region of the country, Puglia is one of those places that was ignored by tourists for decades and then in recent years became quite the place to take a vacation in Italy.

Here you can expect to see hill towns filled with pretty white ‘Trulli’ houses, centuries-old farmland and a spectacular Mediterranean coastline. This part of Italy is perfect for those wishing to sample a genuine taste of the real Italy as well as the fabulous blue sea and glorious sandy beaches.

Aside from the varied Italian experience, you’ll get here other reasons to visit this region include the excellent regional cuisine, picturesque olive groves and lush green orchards.

My must-do highlights of Puglia

  • Wander around the historic city of Leece and admire the gorgeous Baroque architecture made from unique stone and interesting features.
  • For those who love food, the restaurant at Masseria Il Frantoio is a must do stop to taste their ever-evolving menu created from authentic dishes.
  • Visit the iconic landmark of Sant at Torre Sant’Andrea and enjoy a swim through the archway in picturesque waters.
  • Take a hot air balloon ride overlooking the natural landscape of Gravina that is filled with canyons, hills and stone houses.

Our accommodation choice for Puglia – Borgo SantaMarta

Best hotels in Puglia

10. Verona City – Italy’s other famous romantic city known for being the setting of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” 

Verona Italy

Verona City in Italy

Verona is a lovely, relaxed city that was made famous by Shakespeare’s famous story of Romeo and Juliet. It has the third-largest Roman Arena in Italy and I highly recommend catching an opera during your visit.

UNESCO has awarded the city a world heritage site status because of its urban structure and architecture, which include Roman remains and ancient castles.

As you can imagine Verona is a very romantic city, so if you take a partner you never know they might just end up proposing! The Italian lakes are very accessible from Verona and Lake Garda, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore are some of the most well-known.

The mountain lakes offer classically beautiful images of Italy and are flanked by sleepy cobblestone villages and secluded gardens.

My must-do highlights of Verona

  • Climb up to the top of Torre dei Lamberti to experience the panoramic and best view across the city.
  • Enjoy a shopping trip at Piazza Delle Erbe which is also a perfect outdoor dining spot on a sunny day.
  • Take a stroll along the stunning Ponte Pietra bridge which connects the city to Teatro Romano and Castel San Pietro.
  • Wander around the magical Giardino Gusti Gardens located on the grounds of the historic palace.

Our accommodation choice for Verona – Hotel Firenze

Best hotels in Verona

11. Venice – the famously beautiful and romantic canal-dotted destination is one of the best cities in Italy to visit

Venice

Venice Canal Italy

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.

My must-do highlights of Venice

  • Visit one of the most famous Piazza’s, St Mark’s Square, located in the heart of the city along the grand canal.
  • Experience a unique way of getting around by taking one of the famous gondola rides through the city.
  • Taste an array of fresh flavors at the Mercati di Rialto and see how the local Italians create their signature dishes.
  • Climb the spiral staircase of Scala Contarini Del Bovolo that has a viewpoint at the top overlooking the city.

Our accommodation choice for Venice – Hotel L’Orologio – WTB Hotels

Best hotels in Venice

12. Bologna – the lively, historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region famous for its cuisine is one of the top cities in Italy

Bologna in Italy

Bologna City Square

A stunning city known for its beauty, left-wing politics, wealth and most importantly its cuisine. Bologna is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy. If you arrive by train, move swiftly away from the station so you can take in the most beautiful sites of the city.

There are many arcades that allow you to explore the city even if it’s raining. I recommend wandering around the backstreets until you stumble upon one of the many beautiful squares where you can stop for a cafe or gelato.

Bologna also boasts the oldest university in the world, which was founded in 1088.

Although most people visit the city to discover its renowned culinary delights, these include tagliatelle al ragù, lasagne, tortellini served in broth and fried gnocchi.

My must-do highlights of Bologna

  • View the spectacular art at Bologna National Gallery which features paintings dating back as far as the 13th century.
  • Experience the historic markets at La Piazzola where you can buy an eclectic range of items in a lively atmosphere.
  • Indulge in a traditional tortellini dish at one of the many authentic restaurants throughout the city.
  • Explore one of the coolest places in the city, Ghetto Ebraico, filled with shopping, bars and restaurants.

Our accommodation choice for Bologna – Metropolitan Hotel

Best hotels in Bologna

13. Florence – the cradle of the Renaissance and the enchanting capital of Tuscany is up there as the

Florence River and Bridge

Florence is both a magnificent and fascinating place and an art lover’s 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 receive 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 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.

My must-do highlights of Florence

  • Climb 414 steps to the top of Giotto’s Bell Tower and experience the magnificent views overlooking the city.
  • Enjoy a day of shopping at San Lorenzo outdoor market where you will find some unique goods and souvenirs.
  • Visit one of the most famous art masterpieces in the world, the statue of David created by Michelangelo.
  • Finish off a day of exploring by watching the sunset cast a sensational light across the city at Piazzale Michelangelo.

Our accommodation choice for Florence – 25hours Hotel Florence Piazza San Paolino

Best hotels in Florence

14. Rome – The Italian capital is a blend of culture, romance and wow-inducing ancient architecture and is the best city to visit in Italy

Rome Roman Ruins

Rome

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. 

My must-do highlights of Rome

  • Admire the structural architecture at the historic Colosseum, one of Italy’s iconic landmarks.
  • Walk up the 135 Spanish Steps and capture an Insta-worthy shot between Piazza di Spagna and the Piazza Trinita dei Monti.
  • Make a wish at the most famous fountain in the Europe, Trevi Fountain.
  • Visit San Crispino to enjoy some gelato, arguably one the best ice cream places in Italy.

Our accommodation choice for Rome – Hotel Artemide

Best hotels in Rome

15. Sardinia – the large Italian island known for its gorgeous sandy beaches and turquoise waters and is a popular place in Italy to take a vacation

Sardinia Beach Italy

Sardinia

This large island just off the coast of Italy is a favourite holiday spot for Italians and rich footballers.

Most of the time it’s a very quiet and relaxing island but popular areas can get very busy in the summer so you will need to book early to stay at the best places. To reach Sardinia you can sail or fly into Alghero, Cagliari or the port town Olbia.

The whole island is beautiful and compared to many holiday island resorts in Europe it remains relatively unspoiled. There are certainly no high-rise concrete hotels here, even the resort areas are surprisingly tasteful. I would personally recommend Sant’antioco and San Pietro as these are the most remote and traditional areas.

Sardinia’s coastline is world-renowned so you won’t have to search far for amazing beaches and clear water where ever you choose to stay.

My must-do highlights of Sardinia

  • Take a boat tour for a unique and picturesque way to explore the coastline.
  • Visit the petite and beautiful town of Bosa which features some top tourist attractions.
  • Spend the day relaxing on a Sardinia beach, choose between a long sandy stretch or a small hidden cove.
  • Discover the caves located at different spots around the island.

Our accommodation choice for Sardinia – Hotel La Bitta – Bovis Hotels

Best hotels in Sardinia

16. Sicily – the largest of the Italian islands is home to the must-see attraction of Mount Etna and an authentic Southern Italian way of life

Sicily

Sicily Island Italy

The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea makes an excellent holiday destination. Like Sardinia, it has excellent beaches and wonderful cuisine only far cheaper.

You will also have the luxury of being able to island-hop – the Aegadian Islands, Aeolian Islands and Pantelleria Lampedusa are all nearby and very accessible. Sicily is a traditional and rustic island with a rich culture and a potent mix of architecture, arts, cuisine, literature and music.

Here you can spend your time sitting on beaches, visiting archaeological sites or sampling the locally caught fish. Make sure you include a visit to the Selinunte which is an ancient building containing five temples centered on an acropolis. The east coast of Sicily is more developed and tourist-friendly and the west coast is more untouched.

As you travel down the latter you’ll be amazed how friendly the Sicilian people are and how pleased they are that you chose to visit Sicily. Also check out our post on Unspolit places to visit in Sicily for travel snobs.

My must-do highlights of Sicily

  • Visit the petite fishing town of Cefalù filled with vibrant boats and take a dip in the picturesque turquoise waters.
  • Discover one of the islands most popular attractions, the Etna volcano, and experience an unforgettable moment.
  • Watch the sunset by the white limestone cliff of Scala dei Turchi that is famous for its unique shape.
  • Enjoy authentic Sicilian cuisine and taste their mouth-watering flavors created from the locally sourced ingredients.

Our accommodation choice for Sicily – Nautilus Hotel

Best hotels in Sicily

17. Capri – this picturesque island with upscale hotels and rugged landscapes is most of the most picturesque attractions in Italy

Capri Italy

Capri - best places to visit in Italy

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).

My must-do highlights of Capri

  • Take a chairlift or climb up to the peak of Mount Solaro and capture a breattaking view that reaches as far as the Calabria mountains.
  • Have a romantic dinner filled with local traditional cuisine and unique island dishes.
  • Visit the Grotta Azzurra where the sun reflects an unusual blue glow throughout the cave.
  • Admire the spectacular sea cliffs surrounding the island by taking a boat trip to explore.

Our accommodation choice for Capri – Hotel Villa Brunella

Best hotels in Capri

18. Portofino – one of the most amazing hidden gems places in Italy

Portofino - Italy

Portofino Italy - hidden gems in Italy

It’s without a shadow of a doubt that Portofino is one of the most stunning places in Italy.

This picturesque fishing village is one of the most famous and popular holiday resorts on the Italian Riviera. This destination is ideal if you fancy a romantic escape with your loved one.

Portofino offers tranquillity, charming architecture and true nature. this beautiful village is a top spot for the rich and famous since the 1950s.

My must-do highlights of Portofino

  • Have a shopping day in the luxurious boutiques hidden down narrow alleys and on the marina front.
  • For those who love sports, take a bike tour and soak up the panoramic views of the Gulf.
  • Visit the open-air museum where you can admire both the contemporary artwork and Mediterranean Sea at the same time.
  • Experience the famous diving spot near San Fruttuoso beach and discover the unique bronze statue under water,

Our accommodation choice for Portofino – Portofino Above The Sea – Exclusive Seafront Apartment

Best hotels in Portofino

19. Milan – filled with fashion, shops and beautiful people this is one of the best cities to visit in Italy

Milan City Italy

Milan City Canal

This is the Italian city to head to for shopping, fashion and the beautiful (and very well-dressed people). It’s a cosmopolitan fast-paced city which attracts designers, artists, photographers and models from all over the world but there are also many other reasons to visit.

 As well as great architecture including the Duomo di Milano, excellent art galleries (Milan is home to one of the most famous Renaissance paintings in history – Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper) and there are also incredible shops, operas and restaurants too.

In fact, Milan is quite the foodie city and is famous for its typical Italian dishes like Risotto, minestrone and polenta. 

My must-do highlights of Milan

  • Watch a football match at San Siro Stadium, one of the largest in Europe, and be part of the roaring atmosphere.
  • Explore the Sforzesco Castle that features several museums and a beautiful courtyard.
  • Spend a day shopping in the fashion capital of the world at the Golden Triangle filled with luxury brands.
  • Wander through the creative street art in Isola and capture some Instagrammable shots.

Our accommodation choice for Milan – Milano Verticale | UNS Esperienze

Best hotels in Milan

20. Elba Island – a postcard-pretty island off the Tuscan coast and an increasingly popular Italian vacation resort

Elba Island

Elba Island Italy

Just north of the Tuscan Archipelago sits Elba Island, it’s remained a fairly under-the-radar destination in Italy but its an increasingly trendy place to holiday.

The gorgeous Italian island is populated by around 30,000 people, but that number significantly increases during its tourist-filled summer months.

Elba Island is located in Italy’s Archipelago Toscano National Park and is also known as the country’s third largest island. Sardinia and Sicily are the only larger islands in Italy. Cavo Beach and Spiaggia Delle Tombe are among the most popular and picturesque beaches on Elba Island.

Like most islands, snorkelling and diving are some of the best activities for tourists to enjoy. For further suggestions in this region, check out our post on 20 of the most beautiful places to visit in Tuscany.

My must-do highlights of Elba Island

  • Explore one of the most ancient buildings located on Elba Island, the Fortress of Volterraio, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the gulf of Portoferraio.
  • Experience a sunset boat tour around the island whilst taking in the magnificent scenery and enjoying an aperitif created from local products.
  • For those who love an adventure, hike up to the Capanne Mount, the highest peak of the island which is well known for capturing the best panoramic pictures of the island.
  • Kayak around the beautiful island and take the chance to swim in their crystal-clear waters.

Our accommodation choice for Elba Island – Hotel Baia Imperiale

Best hotels in Elba Island

21. Lake Orta – a wonderful Italian lake and an under-the-radar Italian gem

Lake Orta

Lake Orta Italy

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!

My must-do highlights of Lake Orta

  • Try the unique fragrance of Orta that is inspired by the stories of the land and a great souvenir to remember your trip.
  • Slow down and enjoy a stroll around the lake that is surrounded with a collection of Insta-worthy photo spots.
  • Enjoy the beach clubs located on along the sandy shores and have a swim in one of the cleanest lakes in Europe.
  • Explore the famous Villa Taranto gardens and admire the vibrant colours across spectacular flower beds.

Our accommodation choice for Lake Orta – Agriturismo Il Cucchiaio di Legno

Best hotels in Lake Orta

22. Spiaggia della Due Sorelle – a beautiful beach far away from the tourist crowds

Spiaggia della Due Sorelle

Spiaggia della Due Sorelle

Italian beaches are legendary attracting visitors from every corner of the globe. Spiaggia della Due Sorelle, is ranked as one of Italy’s to 10 beaches and this is no accident.

The pristine blue waters along with its dramatic rocky coastline give it almost a fairytale appearance. However beautiful, Spiaggia della Due Sorelle is far away from the tourist crowds.

As it’s difficult to get to (it’s accessible only by ferry leaving from the port of Numana) and maintains no facilities for visitors, many tourists choose larger, and therefore more crowded beaches. If you want to enjoy the classic Italian coast in its unspoiled beauty, this is the beach to head to!

My must-do highlights of Spiaggia della Due Sorelle

  • Go swimming in the crystal-clear turquoise waters.
  • Take a kayak out on the ocean and explore around the picturesque coastline.

Our accommodation choice near Spiaggia della Due Sorelle – Villa Coralia Country House

Best hotels near Spiaggia della due sorelle

23. Ischia Island – this stunning volcanic island and resort known for its mineral-rich thermal waters is one of the best attractions in Italy

Ischia Island

Ischia Island Italy

Located on the Tyrrhenian Sea, Ischia Island is one of the many volcanically formed islands.

Located about 30 km from Naples, tourists travel to this unbelievably beautiful island as it is the largest of the Phlegreen Islands in Italy. To get out to Ischia Island, visitors must take a ferry.

There are actually two ferries that bring people to the island. One takes 1.5 hours while the other is just one hour travel time, so choose the right one for your needs.

Once there, you can enjoy the illustrious beauty of this island and maybe even enjoy some cliff diving if you are adventurous enough.

My must-do highlights of Ischia Island

  • Take a boat tour around the island and discover hidden coves whilst admiring villages along the cliffs.
  • Taste the iconic arugula liquor as a digestivo after enjoying a traditional dinner.
  • Visit one of Ischia Islands top attractions, the Aragonese Castle, where you can experience Insta-worthy views.
  • For those who love adventure, spend a day at Ischia Adventure Park and take part in several exciting outdoor activities.

Our accommodation choice for Ischia Island – Tenuta Del Poggio Antico

Best hotels in Ischia Island

24. Todi, Umbria – the beautiful medieval hilltop town offering soft-stone houses and gorgeous views

Todi Umbria

Todi, Umbria, Italy

Located almost in the very centre of Italy, this postcard-pretty city is perched high on the 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 ambience.

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.

My must-do highlights of Todi, Umbria

  • Experience a wine tasting and taste the flavors created from the local grape varieties.
  • Wander around the town and discover the boutique shops, restaurants and cafes.
  • Spend some time at the Piazza del Popolo that hosts one of the oldest communal buildings in Italy.
  • Visit Giovanni di Pietro alias Lo Spagna paintings and enjoy the wonders of masterpieces.

Our accommodation choice for Todi, Umbria – Roccafiore Spa & Resort

Best hotels in Todi

25. Castelmezzano, Basilicata – a small mountain town and one of the finest treasures of Basilicata

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Castelmezzano, Basilicata

Castelmezzano in the Southern region of Basilicata is not just a picturesque, beautiful town with terracotta-covered roofs in Italy. It is so much more than that.

The city is known for being beautiful, but also a destination spot for adventure seekers looking to zipline through the mountains.

The Flight of the Angel is a unique opportunity to go from one mountain to the next with its final end in Castelmezzano. This high-flying attraction allows you to get a bird’s eye view of the city and the landscape surrounding it. A visit to Castelmezzano is something that should not be missed on your tour of Italy!

My must-do highlights of Castelmezzano, Basilicata

  • Climb to the top of the ancient Pietrapertosa Castle ruins and admire the spectacular view.
  • Experience the Il Volo dell’Angelo zipline that is one mile long and over 800m high.
  • Hike to the chestnut forest that is filled with color and takes you past large number of boulders.
  • Have a go at a guided Ferrata Salam and discover the town with a different perspective.

Our accommodation choice near Castelmezzano, Basilicata – Case delle Stelle

Best hotels near Castelmezzano

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56 thoughts on “Top 25 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Italy”

  1. Really Italy is one of the most beautiful places to visit and I really love the Venice place. Initially, I was having difficulties to communicate with the loving people of Italy. However, one of my friends suggested me to take basic Italian courses from Easy Spoken Italian and now “Mi Manchi Italy!”

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  2. Great list. My only question is why aren’t there any stops in the Dolomites in Italy? I’ve heard that mountain region is incredibly beautiful and very different than any on the list.

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  3. It’s impossible to make a list of top ten in Italy. This country is the most beautiful country in the world and has hundreds of the most beautiful places! 🙂

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  4. I adore Italy and have visited twice. No matter where you are, it’s quite charming, especially Florence. It is so full of antiquities, ancient architecture, and lovely people. Everywhere you look, there is a sight to behold! I especially appreciated walking everywhere…and a coffee bar on every corner to sit and reflect the Italian way of life. I could get use to living there too!!!

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  5. While the food in Italy is reason enough to visit, the country is filled with famous works of art, exceptionally beautiful cities, and gorgeous lakes and mountains. A very romantic place.

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  6. love this list – have been to rome and venice and venice is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I am going at the end of the year and will visit milan as well. I can not wait, however, i do want to visit a bit more of the country side.

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  7. Love to see these places…….you people have described the beauty of italy……Amazing country to visit…….I would love to highlight about the place for my local audiences on my blog @www.culturenheritage.com

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