7 Popular Cities to Visit in Italy

Anyone who has ever been to Italy will attest to the fact that this country is one of the most beautiful and historic in the world. If you are looking for a destination for your next trip with your family—Italy should definitely be a top contender.

Here are some of the best cities to visit when in Italy:

Rome's Colosseum at Night

1. Rome

Rome, the capital of Italy, is brimming with over two and a half thousand years worth of history. From medieval churches and museums to ancient monuments, stunning fountains and breathtaking palaces, you’ll be hard-pressed to decide on which historical landmark to see first. Of course, Rome is also home to the St. Peter’s Cathedral and to the Vatican.

There’s so much to Rome that you could spend months exploring its treasures, but many of us don’t have that kind of time and availability! So check this itinerary to see exactly what you can do in Rome in just 2 days.

Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

2. Venice

If you’re looking for a unique place to vacation, Venice should definitely be on your itinerary. Witness this beautiful city built in the middle of a lagoon. Here, you will find canals instead of roads, and boats instead of cars. This romantic city is full of captivating palaces, churches, museums, and of course, gondolas.

Sunset Over Florence, Italy

3. Florence

Florence is known as a doorway to the Tuscan region, but it has also earned a name for itself as the birthplace of Renaissance. Art lovers shouldn’t pass up an opportunity to visit the various art and architectural centers found here. Among the architectural wonders found in Florence are the statue of David, Palazzio Vechiio, Pizza della Signoria and Il Duomo. Food is not to be taken lightly in Florence, either. This city is home to some of the best gelato in the entire world!

The Milan Skyline

4. Milan

Milan is one of the richest cities in all of Europe. Milan is widely known as the world’s fashion capital, and the sheer number of chic shops and boutiques found in this city will tell you why. Of course, Milan is also home to several galleries and outstanding restaurants. If you’re looking for some cultural and artistic heritage, check out La Scala, Sforza Castle and Duomo.

Panoramic View of Naples, Italy

5. Naples

Naples is the largest city in all of southern Italy, and is one of the most vibrant. It is much more than a gateway to the Isle of Capri and Pompeii. Naples is actually the birthplace of pizza! The city is full of restaurants and cafes offering mouthwatering pizzas cooked in wood burning ovens. If you’re an architecture and history lover, check out the Naples Cathedral and the National Archaeological Museum. And make sure to grab some delicious Naples food!

Via Rizzoli, Bologna, Italy

6. Bologna

Bologna, the capital of northern Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, is widely known for its world-class cuisine, lavishness, and beauty. Bologna has earned a reputation as “The Stomach of Italy”, and both locals and tourists will agree that it’s always difficult to say no to more food—even when full. If you’re looking for some history, visit the city’s medieval center and some of Europe’s oldest universities.

Verona, Italy

7. Verona

Verona is known primarily as being the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. However, Italy’s third largest city has so much more to offer. Verona is home to a world-renowned opera festival, as well as an outstanding medieval center, castle complex, and Roman coliseums.

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