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Travel Guide

Italy featuring a city, night scenes and heritage architecture

Discover ancient cities, charming coastal towns and diverse landscapes in this boot-shaped Mediterranean nation, famed for its cultural riches and rustic cuisine.

Italy began as a collection of city-states. Today each of its many cities still feels like its own little world with its own set of world-famous treasures: beautiful cathedrals and important da Vinci paintings. Move from city to city, investigating relics from the Roman Empire, some of the world’s largest and most spectacular churches and some of the best-known pieces of Renaissance art.

Start in Rome, the center of the world for both Catholics and classicists. See legendary Roman architecture and artifacts, including the 50,000-seat Colosseum, Rome’s ancient administrative center at the Roman Forum and the Pantheon. Then, step into Vatican City at Rome’s core, where the Pope’s residence is located. Walk along Saint Peter’s Square to reach Saint Peter’s Basilica, the largest basilica in the world and Catholicism’s holiest site. See Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in one of the Vatican museums.

Head north to the region of Tuscany, with the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence. Tour the city’s main art museums to see crowning achievements in Italian art, including Michelangelo’s David at the Galleria dell'Accademia delle Belle Arti and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus at the Uffizi Gallery. In the nearby city of Pisa, see one of Europe’s biggest attractions, the Campo dei Miracoli complex with its leaning Bell Tower. Finally, enjoy a tour of Tuscany’s wine country, including the famous Chianti region.

Italy’s northernmost region has two more great cities: Venice and Milan. Take a gondola tour along the Canal Grande of Venice. Then, head to Milan to see its Duomo, one of the most ornate Gothic cathedrals in Europe. Nearby, the relatively modest Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie features da Vinci’s Last Supper.

Arrive in Italy by flying into an international airport in Rome, Milan or Venice. Get around the country by car or train. If you need to rest after exploring all of Italy’s major cities, take a boat to the relaxing Mediterranean islands of Sicily or Sardinia.

Popular cities in Italy

St. Peter\'s Basilica which includes a church or cathedral, heritage architecture and interior views
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Tours
Epic architecture, classic art and sunny piazzas set the scene in Italy’s revered capital.

Reasons to visit

  • Via Nomentana
  • Via Veneto
  • Via del Corso
Milan which includes street scenes, heritage architecture and a sunset
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Theaters
Wander the streets of Italy’s stylish northern capital to discover its artistic legacy, its culture of fashion and one of the largest churches in the world.

Reasons to visit

  • Via Montenapoleone Fashion District
  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
  • Teatro alla Scala
San Francesco di Paola showing night scenes, a square or plaza and a church or cathedral
Known for Seafood, Walking and Shopping
Classic architecture, a rich history, traditional pizza and underground caves make this Italian city a fascinating destination.

Reasons to visit

  • Spaccanapoli
  • Lungomare Caracciolo
  • Piazza del Plebiscito
Palazzo Pretorio showing a river or creek, a city and a bridge
Known for Shopping, Tours and Sightseeing
Explore Palermo: its monuments, history, cathedral, and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Via Roma
  • Via Maqueda
  • Ballaro Market
Academy Bridge which includes a river or creek, a coastal town and heritage architecture
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Romantic
The Floating City is as romantic as it gets, with its gondolas, serenaders, dazzling palazzos and churches, and almost timeless feel.

Reasons to visit

  • Grand Canal
  • Riva degli Schiavoni
  • St. Mark's Square
Ponte Vecchio which includes vehicle touring, street performance and a city
Known for Shopping, Tours and Cultural Activities
Love museums, cathedrals, and architecture? Get away to Florence!

Reasons to visit

  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

Popular places to visit in Italy