Top 11 Italian Cities for First-Time Visitors

Of all the gorgeous places in Italy, its grand cities stand out. If you’re visiting Italy for the first time, they’re must-visit destinations.

Packed with a treasure trove of marvelous museums, historic sites, striking architecture and mouth-watering cuisine, each city is unique and has its own allure.

While exploring all of them on one trip would be a stretch (unless you’re planning a really long stay), we highly recommend including two or three in your travel plans.

Venice: The city of canals

Just spend the rest of the time soaking up the sights of the old palazzos along the Grand Canal and the boats gliding through the Venice waterways.




“Oh Rome! My country! City of the soul!” extolled Lord Byron. City of the soul. Eternal City. The City of Seven Hills. Call it what you will – as Robert DeNiro said, Rome is Rome.



Love food? Head to the culinary paradise of Bologna! The capital of Emilia Romagna in the northern part of the country, Bologna is one of the best cities in Italy to visit for foodies.



Located in northern Italy, Turin was once the capital of Italy. It’s often hailed as “the Paris of Italy” because of its royal palaces, grand boulevards and stately piazzas.



In the heart of the Tuscany region, Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance. Ask Italians where to visit in Italy for the first time, and they’ll tell you to put Florence on your list.

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