Do you have Italy on your mind? Are you wondering where to visit in Italy?
Well, you’re in for a treat. There are so many beautiful places in Italy to see!
Where do you start?
Well, Rome of course.
We’re not even going to include this fabulous city in our list below. Because we assume you know you have to visit it – the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Vatican…
We picked the following 5 most beautiful places in Italy as great destinations to explore after Rome.
5 Most beautiful places in Italy
1) Italian Lakes
The Italian Lakes – like Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and the vast Lake Garda – are breathtaking.
Flanked by craggy mountainous peaks, lush greenery and pretty towns packed with historic architecture, Italy’s lakes are incredibly photogenic.
Castles and villas are sprinkled all along the shoreline of these achingly beautiful lakes.
The third largest of the Italian lakes, Lake Como is the glamorous one.
Hollywood actor George Clooney was so enchanted that he bought a villa in Laglio on Lako Como.
In Como, the principal town, stroll the lakeside promenade and take the funicular up to the village of Brunate for spectacular views of the lake.
On Lake Maggiore, you can take a boat taxi to the island of Isola Bella to visit the lavish Baroque palace and gardens owned by the aristocratic Borromeo family.
Wine tasting is popular around Lake Garda, the largest of the Italian lakes. Try some of its Valpolicella, Soave and Bardolino wines.
Ahhh! Venice! The “City of Canals” and one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, indeed in all of Europe…
Did you know there are more than 400 bridges in Venice? We think we’ve crossed most of them strolling about – and getting lost countless times!
And those gondolas. They help make romantic Venice so, well, impossibly romantic!
You must visit the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. Perhaps window shop.
And then just spend the rest of the time enjoying the sights of the old palazzos and the boats gliding through the Venice waterways.
This Rome-Florence-Venice itinerary is a good way to combine Venice with both Rome and Florence (another show-stopping Italian city).
3) Tuscany villages
For a rural retreat where you can soak up the Italian lifestyle, why not rent a private villa and hire a car to help you make the most of your escape?
Tuck yourself away in a remote corner of Tuscany and enjoy the luxury of a farmhouse cottage or a modern villa, with your own private pool.
Spend your days touring the countryside – exploring lovely towns in Tuscany like Montefioralle (originally a walled castle, now ringed by cobblestone streets) and Poppi (dominated by the 13th century Castle of the Guidi Counts).
And don’t miss Montalcino, a medieval hilltop town, where the food and wine is some of the best in Italy!
Of course, you’ll want to stop for lunch on your outings.
Maybe nosh on cured meats, cheeses, olives, handmade pasta and sausages with white beans, washed down with local wine – before heading back to soak up the last few rays of sunshine on your poolside terrace.
4) Le Marche
Have you heard of “Le Marche” (The Marches)?
Sometimes touted as “the next Tuscany,” this small province with lavender and sunflower fields runs along the Adriatic coast, bordering Tuscany to the northwest.
And it boasts hill towns rivaling Tuscany’s.
The steep hill town of Urbino is the birthplace of the Renaissance painter Raphael (you can visit the family house, now a museum).
One of Italy’s most spectacular palaces, the Palazzo Ducale, is found here too.
Check out the exquisite inlaid images in the wood-paneled study and Raphael’s Portrait of a Gentlewoman, which hangs in the palace.
Medieval Ascoli Piceno, population 60,000, is known as the “city of travertine.”
Most of the buildings in the old town, even door frames and floors, are made from solid blocks of travertine stone – don’t miss the intricately-carved entry portals to the gothic-style Church of St. Francis.
5) Italian Alps
Do you love winter sports?
Then you’ll love the Italian Alps.
Think skiing and snowboarding down snow-packed pistes. And ski resorts that promise plenty of après-ski fun and stacks of local amenities.
Take the unspoilt alpine village of Campitello.
It boasts a modern 125-person cable car to whisk you to the famous Sella Ronda circular ski route plus several lively bars for warming up after schussing down Campitello’s wide intermediate ski runs.
Indeed, all the Italian ski resorts are quite stunning – with majestic mountains and pretty little towns offering traditional charm and the chance to become immersed in Italian culture.
In-between snowfalls, it’s quite common to enjoy crisp sunny days during the winter – perfect for excursions across the peaks or long lazy picnics several thousand feet up.
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