16 of the Best Places to Visit in Italy



Places to Visit in Italy

Preparing a trip to Italy?

With so much history, art, food and wine to explore, we’ve narrowed it down to some of our favorite and most beautiful cities in Italy.


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Best Places to Visit in Italy

Few places are as sweet as Italy. With beautiful landscapes, a rich Renaissance history, dramatic architecture and of course, delicious food, there's always more to explore in Italy.

Here are some of the best places to discover!




Visiting Italy – Trip Planning Checklist

There’s so much to see and do in Italy that you can visit again and again and still discover new sights. I recommend concentrating on the big 4 cities (Rome, Venice, Milan & Florence) if it’s your first time and then coming back to explore either Northern Italy or Southern Italy in more depth.

Go | Flight prices from the US to Italy are highly seasonal. You can set a fare alert here to be notified of discounts. Every fall & winter, I’ve seen great deals to Milan. One word of caution: avoid Alitalia at all costs!

Getting Around | A convenient way to explore Italy is via high speed train. You can search train schedules and book online here. Buy your tickets in advance to save on fares. Make sure to validate your ticket on the platform!

It also helps to speak a little Italian. Brush up on your Italian language skills with Rosetta Stone. You can take 10% off with promo code CJBT10.

Stay | Book hotels in advance to save, or check here for last minute deals. Many hotels in Italy are older so don’t be surprised if even 5 star accommodation feels slightly dated. Opt for a room with a view instead of breakfast, as Italians don’t eat breakfast in the same way Americans do and you’ll probably be disappointed with their offering.

Alternatively, groups or budget travelers can check out Airbnb

Protect | Lastly, be sure to visit Italy with travel insurance. Whether you get injured and need to be hospitalized, your phone gets stolen, or a flight delay leaves you with nothing but the clothes on your back, travel insurance will help when you need it most.

A rail strike occurred during our trip, unexpectedly shutting down transportation for an entire day. Get a quote for your Italy trip here.


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Cinque Terre

Plan Your Trip: Travel Guide

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The Italian Lakes

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  1. Lydia
    March 31, 2019 / 2:45 pm

    I love Italy so much. When I visit, the places mentioned will feature in my itinerary, sure. For obvious reasons, Florence and Venice will be a priority.

  2. Kimberly Crichton
    April 3, 2019 / 11:44 am

    Your “10 Best” in Italy inspired me to take a trip soon. Both the descriptions and the photographs are great.

    • Sher
      April 3, 2019 / 3:41 pm

      So glad to hear that!!

  3. Natalie Ann Redman
    April 10, 2019 / 9:40 am

    So many beautiful locations in Italy!

  4. Outtara
    April 13, 2019 / 3:24 pm

    It’s so hard to find a favorite place in Italy, I feel that every time I visit I find a place better than the last. I been meaning to visit Cinque Terre but haven’t gotten around to it, and now you have added even more places for me to add to my list! What is a girl to do with all these options lol

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