The top destinations in Italy

These are the most popular places in Italy. There is also a clickable map and list of all Italy regions on this page.


The Capitoline Museums in Rome, ItalyThe Eternal City, Italy's amazing layer cake of ancient ruins, cobbled streets, Renaissance paintings, medieval neighborhoods, baroque palaces, and the art of living la dolce vita, the Italian sweet life.

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The Duomo of FlorenceFlorence was the cradle of the Renaissance, hometown to Michelangelo, da Vinci, Boticelli, and Brunelleschi's dome—not to mention Dante, juicy steaks, leather crafts, and Chianti wines.

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A gondola in Venice in front of Santa maria della SaluteLa Serenissima is a city of stone that seems to float on the water, its Byzantine palaces, moscaiced churches, and crooked alleys laced with canals and knit together by hundreds of tiny foot bridges.

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Positano, Amalfi CoastThe original Jet Set destination, a series of pastel villages tucked along one of Europe's most dramatic coastal drives, and just offshore: the fabled island of Capri where emperors and Golden Age Hollywood starlets once dallied.

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» Ravello
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San Gimignano, TuscanyFlorence (which has its own section) is part of Italy's most storied region, a countryscape of medieval hilltowns, hills cloaked in Chianti vineyards, and cathedrals frescoed by Renaissance masters just outside Florence.

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Vernazza, Cinque Terre, LiguriaA collection of colorful fishing villages and old pirate coves strung like pearls along the southern tip of the Italian riviera and linked by ancient goat paths so you can hike from town to town through the Mediterranean macchia.

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» Manarola
» Corniglia
» Vernazza
» Monterosso al Mare
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Pompeii and Mt. VesuviusThis sun-kissed, seafood-loving region south of Rome was settled by Greeks and vacationed in by everyone from Roman emperors to Grand Tourists. From the chaos of Naples to the tranquillity of Capri, the chic resorts of the Amalfi Coast to Pompeii and other cities destroyed by Vesuvius.

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» Pompeii
» Herculaneum
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Lake IdroThe long, shimmering tendrils of the Italian Lakes are snuggled into the deep-cleft valleys of Alpine foothills. The lakes are dotted with sailboats, the shores strung with fishing villages, medieval castles, lavish Renaissance palazzi, ancient ruins, and sumptuous gardens that spill right down to the water's edge.

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» Lake Maggiore
» Lake Garda
» Lake Iseo
» Lake Orta
» Smaller lakes

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