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Destinations in Italy

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Regions in Italy

  • Northwest Italy (Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy and Valle d’Aosta).
    The Italian Riviera, including Portofino and the Cinque Terre. The Alps and world-class cities such as Italy’s industrial capital (Turin), its largest port (Genoa) and the country’s main business centre (Milan) share with visitors to the region magnificent landscapes such as the region around Lake Como and Lake Maggiore and lesser-known Renaissance treasures such as Mantua and Bergamo.
  • North-East Italy (Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto).
    From the canals of Venice to the gastronomic capital of Bologna, from impressive mountains like the Dolomites and top ski resorts like Cortina d’Ampezzo to the delicious rooftop landscapes of Parma and Verona, these regions offer much to see and experience. German-speaking South Tyrol and the cosmopolitan city of Trieste offer a unique Central European atmosphere.
  • Central Italy (Lazio, Abruzzo, Marche, Tuscany and Umbria).
    This region breathes history and art. Rome is proud to have preserved the wonders of the Roman Empire and some of the most famous sites in the world, while offering the atmosphere of a dynamic metropolis. Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, is Tuscany’s main attraction. The beautiful countryside and nearby cities such as Siena, Pisa and Lucca also have much to offer those who want to discover the rich history and heritage of the country. Umbria is home to many picturesque towns such as Perugia, Orvieto, Gubbio and Assisi.
  • Southern Italy (Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania and Molise)
    The hustle and bustle of Naples, the dramatic ruins of Pompeii, the romantic coastline of Amalfi and Capri, the laid-back Puglia and beautiful beaches of Calabria, and the booming agri-tourism industry make this lesser-visited part of Italy an ideal place to explore.
  • Sicily
    This beautiful island is famous for its archaeology, its seascape and for its cuisine, which is among the best that Italian cuisine has to offer.
  • Sardinia
    Large island located about 250 kilometres west of the Italian coast. Beautiful landscapes, splendid seas and beaches: an important holiday destination for mainland Italians.

Cities in Italy

There are hundreds of Italian cities. Here are nine of the most famous:

  • Rome (Rome) – The Eternal City has been ravaged by sacks and fascists, urban disasters and traffic jams, and is as impressive to visitors today as it was two thousand years ago.
  • Bologna – one of the world’s great university cities with a wealth of history, culture, technology and food
  • Florence (Firenze) – the Renaissance city known for its architecture and art, which had a great influence on the whole world
  • Genoa (Genova) – an important medieval maritime republic; its port brings tourism and trade, as well as art and architecture
  • Milan (Milano) – one of the world’s leading fashion cities, but also the most important commercial and business centre in Italy
  • Naples – one of the oldest cities in the western world, its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Pisa – one of the medieval maritime republics, it houses the characteristic image of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Turin (Torino) – a well-known industrial city, home to FIAT, other automobiles and the aerospace industry. Le Corbusier defined Turin as “the city with the most beautiful natural setting in the world”.
  • Venice (Venezia) – one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, known for its history, art and of course its world famous canals.

Other destinations in Italy

  • Amalfi Coast – stunningly beautiful rocky coastline, so popular that private cars are banned in the summer months
  • Capri – the famous island in the Bay of Naples, once a favourite holiday resort of the Roman emperors
  • Cinque Terre – five small, picturesque towns stretching along the steep coast of Liguria
  • The Italian Alps – some of the most beautiful mountains in Europe, including Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa
  • Lake Como – its atmosphere has been appreciated for its beauty and uniqueness since Roman times.
  • Lake Garda – a beautiful lake in northern Italy, surrounded by many small villages
  • Pompeii and Herculaneum – two nearby cities that were buried by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and are now being excavated to show life in Roman times
  • Taormina – a charming town in the hills on the east coast of Sicily
  • Vesuvius – the famous dormant volcano with a breathtaking view of the Bay of Naples

How To Travel To Italy

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How To Travel Around Italy

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Visa & Passport Requirements for Italy

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Weather & Climate in Italy

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Accommodation & Hotels in Italy

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Things To See in Italy

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Things To Do in Italy

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Food & Drinks in Italy

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Money & Shopping in Italy

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Festivals & Holidays in Italy

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Traditions & Customs in Italy

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Internet & Communications in Italy

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Language & Phrasebook in Italy

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Culture Of Italy

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History Of Italy

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Stay Safe & Healthy in Italy

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