Italy is a beautiful country filled with lots of culture, beautiful buildings and even better food. That said, how can you choose which places to visit in this beautiful country? There are countless stunning areas in Italy, all of which are completely differ in many ways. Scroll through these 17 Italian destinations to find the perfect place for your next trip!
I mean, the photo speaks for itself, doesn’t it? Find grand buildings and beautiful restaurants in Varenna, a town situated on the East of Lake Como. The town is family small, so easy to walk around and also has ferry connections, so it’s easy to jump on and off the ferry to explore multiple spots on the lake!
Lecco is another popular town on the Southeast of Lake Como and is popular for hiking trails. There are a range of trails to attempt depending on your ability, and many restaurants, cafes and shops to explore too.
A small but very beautiful town in North-West Italy, not far from the boarder with France. Claviere has a tiny population and remains a quaint, quiet Italian destination. It is however home to gorgeous mountainous views and a suspension bridge (not for the faint hearted) to tackle, named Ponte Tibetano.
For the prettiest town filled with gorgeous shops, cobbled streets and Italian culture, head to Bellagio. Situated on the East of Lake Como, Bellagio is an extremely popular town and you can catch a ferry from here to many other towns around the island.
For stunning beaches, beautiful mountains and luxurious hotels, head to Sardinia. I highly recommend hiring a car when visiting Sardinia, so you can explore as many of the beaches as possible. Golfo Aranci is a gorgeous area on the East coast of the island, and is home to one of the bets hotels I have ever stayed in. Find out more here.
Rome is a must see when visiting Italy. The huge city is in the heart of Italy and is home to countless historic sites, cultural attractions, restaurants, shops, cafes, you name it! Must sees include The Colosseum, The Pantheon, St. Peters Basilica and Trevi Fountain.
Milan is located in Northern Italy and is popular amoung shoppers and those who love fine dining. The Cathedral is a must see in the city, but ensure you book before as the queues get pretty long!
Again, the photo speaks for itself. Positano has to be one of the most picturesque places in Europe. Be prepared to climb a LOT of stairs if you want to really explore the area though. Boat trips are very popular in the area and well worth the money if you are interested in going. With countless restaurants, stunning buildings and a beautiful beach to explore, Positano will leave you wanting to come back for more.
Florence is such a beautiful, timeless city that leaves you feeling like you were in the middle of a movie. It is well known for its beautiful Duomo and rooftop bars to enjoy a famous limoncello or Aperol with gorgeous city views. Horse and carts roam through the cobbles streets throughout the day and in the evening too.
The beautiful island of Capri is a must see if you’re exploring Italy. It is easy to get to by boat from Sorrento and I highly reccomend taking a boat trip around the island when you get there too. If you have time, head to the blue grotto caves and see if you can spot the underwater statues through the crystal-clear sea water.
The town of Como, located on the South of Lake Como is a gorgeous and slightly busier area than many of the other lake towns. Jump on a ferry from Como to explore some of the other towns around the lake.
Vatican City is the smallest country in the world, surrounded by Rome and home to the Pope, it is a must see when visiting Italy. It is filled with beautiful architecture such as the Sistine Chapel; a perfect spot for photographers, art lovers and architects.
Sorrento is a very popular area of Italy for tourists for its beautiful beaches, boast trips and stunning boutique hotels. It makes a good base to stay if you want to explore lots of different areas. From Sorrento you can get a boat out to Capri, or a bus down to the Amalfi Coast!
If you’re a fan of Lake Como and Lake Garda, but want a slightly less-touristy version, Lake Iseo is perfect for you! Iseo is much quieter, but hasn’t lost any of the beauty and culture that you find in the more well-known lakes.
Visiting Pisa is also a must, to walk up the top of The Leaning Tower of Pisa and get beautiful views over the city!
Venice is one of the most picturesque destinations in Italy with beautiful buildings, pretty cafes and stunning canals. A gondola ride is a brilliant way to explore the city, although it is a little pricey. Visiting during quieter months is advised as it can get extremely busy and hotel prices go up in peak seasons.
Lake Garda is filled with stunning scenery, fancy restaurants and is home to Sirmione Castle, the castle surrounded by crystal clear blue water. There are lots of things to do in Garda, including boat trips and water sports, it has more of a holiday, beach feel than Lake Como does.
I hope this has inspired you to book a trip to Italy and have the most amazing time if you do go! Let me know which spots you head to! Know more beautiful Italian destinations? Comment them below!
As always, love Elise x
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I visited 10 of the 17 places you listed, and I can also vouch for just how gorgeous these spots are! The Lake Como region is one of the most-picturesque places out there, that’s for sure. I’m surprised you didn’t mention any of the villages in the Cinque Terre, which are also famous and worthwhile visits. I hope to venture east and check out Puglia someday, as I’ve heard good things about it!