Out of all the places I've been to, Italy is by far one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my entire life. Italy is known for its beautiful buildings, food, and history. Italy is a large country so there are many places to see and many things to do. So, I decided to come up with my six must-see cities in Italy to help give you some ideas of things to do and places to see on your next trip to Italy!
#1 ROME, ITALY
Ok, I will be honest, Rome isn't really my #1 top favorite spot to be at due to people constantly trying to sell you stuff at every corner but everyone’s experiences are a different plus, you can't go Italy without seeing Rome for yourself. Rome has it's ups and downs but it is still a beautiful city that has so much history and beauty to it. First things first, you MUST go see the iconic Trevi fountain (and make a wish with your lucky penny of course!) If you want to get the best spot at the Trevi fountain then you need to be there as early as possible in order to avoid the huge crowd of people (trust me, it's not fun). Once you're done checking out the Trevi fountain you need to have a coffee break and get an espresso! Yes, you need to try an espresso in Rome. My recommendation in having the best coffee experience is going to Sant' Eustachio Il Caffè. It's pretty small and you have to wait in a long line but it's worth the wait. A word of caution, they have outside seating but in order to seat outside you will need to spend some euros to seating but besides that, it's a great experience and they have a standing area where you can sip and enjoy your espresso. It is truly the best coffee shop in Rome! Don't forget to go to food hopping and eating all the pasta and of course drinking a little bit of vino here and there. Now, you MUST go see the colosseum it is one of the seven wonders of the world and it has so much history to learn about and such a beautiful building that you must appreciate the beauty of it in person. If you plan to take a picture of yourself with the colosseum there's an area right across the colosseum where you can get the best picture with it but be warned, there will be a bunch of people trying to sell you stuff while you're trying to take a picture (this is my only downside about Rome) but overall, you can't leave Italy without having a Roman Holiday experience!
#2 VENICE, ITALY
Ah, Venezia! Also known as Venice, It's the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region. It's built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It's one place that is known to have It has no roads (yes, no roads at all!), just canals – including the Grand Canal which is lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. If you go to Venice then you must check out the central square. The central square has some beautiful buildings for you to see. The first is the Piazza San Marco which contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs. While in Venice, you need t go on a gondola ride while learning the beautiful history of Venice and Northern Italy itself. To me by far, they have one of the best food I have ever tasted in Italy. You got to try the pasta al Nero di seppia (aka squid ink pasta) I know it doesn't sound very tasty but if you go to the Osteria Calle 21 then that will change your mind for sure and don't forget to pair it with a delicious red wine. Another spot is the Campo Santo Stefano which has one of the best trenette al pesto (long noddle pasta with pesto) in Venice! This city is the perfect romantic getaway along with being a foodie paradise so don't forget to visit Venice on your next trip to Italy.
#3 FLORENCE, ITALY
Florence, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region. It is the home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. The Galleria dell' Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture which is a must-see attraction when visiting Florence. Another place to visit is the Uffizi Gallery which exhibits Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and Leonardo da Vinci’s “Annunciation.” Florence is also known for being the birth place of gelato, now you got to try the stracciatella gelato at Don Nino which is located right across the Duomo. Another food spot is Trattoria Zà Zà which has a delicious ravioli pasta in a creamy truffle sauce. Go also try Hotel Ristorante Giannino which has an amazing porcini mushroom pasta! Let's not forget to check out the Boboli Gardens which is a beautiful park located in Florence that's home to a collection of sculptures dating from the 16th through the 18th centuries, with some Roman antiquities.
#4 SIENA, ITALY
Siena is a city in central Italy’s Tuscany region which is distinguished by its medieval brick buildings. There's a fan-shaped central square which is known as the Piazza del Campo, where the site of the Palazzo Pubblico is located. the Gothic town hall, and Torre del Mangia, a slender 14th-century tower with sweeping views from its distinctive white crown. The city’s 17 historic “contrade” (districts) extend outward from the piazza. Sometimes when you know a place has amazing food when you eat there more than once which is what I did at the Trattoria All Speranza which has one of the best spaghetti al vogule (spaghetti with clams) I have ever had and if you aren't a seafood lover then you should definitely try the porcini mushroom risotto which is super delicious and don't forget to also try the iconic tiramisu. Siena also has amazing and super cute little farmer's markets on their street corners so who can say no to that? Seriously, you got to go check Siena on your trip. I promise you won't regret it at all!
#5 AMALFI, ITALY
Amalfi is a beautiful town in a dramatic natural setting below steep cliffs on Italy’s southwest coast. There's also really amazing coffee here at the Andrea Pansa which is right next to the Sant'Andrea cathedral which is located in the heart of town, with its striped Byzantine facade. Make sure you check out all the little shops around there where it's really known for have the best lemons especially when it's known for being the birthplace of Limoncello which is a an Italian lemon liqueur that is mainly produced in Southern Italy so if you really want the most authentic type of limoncello then, you need to go visit Amalfi, Italy and try it out for yourself.
#6 POMPEII, ITALY
Now if you are a history buff (like myself) then you really need to visit Pompeii. Pompeii is a vast archaeological site in southern Italy’s Campania region, near the coast of the Bay of Naples. It was once a thriving and sophisticated Roman city. Pompeii was buried under meters of ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The preserved site features excavated ruins of streets and houses that you can freely explore. It is truly an amazing sight to see but also very tragic when knowing the history of the city. Pompeii isn't like any other city in Italy especially because everything inside this city is like a time-capsule because it has been so preserved since the day of Mount Vesuvius's eruption. It is the one place where you can really see the history for yourself and there's also an area where you can see all the artifacts (including plaster bodies) from the catastrophic event. It is truly a sight to behold and how commonly do you hear someone say that they've visited the ancient city of Pompeii? (not every common actually) In my personal experience, I believe this is one of the most fascinating places to see in Italy.
I hope that this blog post has really helped you create an itinerary or give an idea of some places to see while visiting Italy!
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