Italy

Tourist Guide
Tower of Gualtieri which includes landscape views, a church or cathedral 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.

As the birthplace of pizza, gelato and pasta, Italy is perhaps best known for its mouthwatering food, though it also has much more to experience. Wander through ancient cities filled with historical ruins and relax at glamorous coastal resorts.

Among Italy’s biggest tourist hotspots are Venice, Rome and Florence, each offering iconic sights and world-class museums, from canals to the Colosseum to the Uffizi Gallery. Travelers in search of rugged coastlines and gorgeous beaches head to the islands of Capri or Sardinia, while food-obsessed visitors head to Bologna. For romance and open-air opera, venture to cobbled Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s timeless love story, Romeo and Juliet.

The Vatican City in Rome is another tourist favorite, with art-loving visitors arriving in droves to marvel at Michelangelo’s famous Sistine Chapel frescoes. If you are planning a visit to this holy enclave, dress modestly and come in the afternoon to avoid the large morning rush.

South of Naples is the scenic Amalfi Coast. Discover colorful mountain towns and picturesque former fishing villages, such as Positano. For a more rugged coastal escape, head north to the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre, five pastel-painted clifftop villages on the Ligurian coast.

Tuscany in central Italy is another much-loved vacation destination. Stroll around hilltop medieval towns such as the multi-towered San Gimignano and sample some of the region’s famous wines, including Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti Classico. Tuscany is also home to Pisa, famed for its leaning tower.

Italy has an efficient public transportation system. Getting around the country is relatively easy. Ride trains and buses between the larger cities or rent a car to explore more rural areas and remote villages. Ferries run between the ports of the mainland and the small outlying islands. Two major airports serving Italy are Fiumicino Airport in Rome and Milano-Malpensa Airport in Milan.

Uncovering all the charms of the “big boot” of Italy could take years. Pick your favorite spots for your first visit and plan your trip now.

Popular cities in Italy

Roman Forum showing a monument, heritage architecture and a temple or place of worship
Rome
Known for Historical, Cathedrals and Museums
Stand in awe of the ancient ruins, legendary artworks and breathtaking cityscapes that make Italy’s capital so alluring.

Reasons to visit

  • Pantheon
  • Piazza Navona
  • Colosseum
Milan which includes heritage architecture, street scenes and a sunset
Milan
Known for Cathedrals, Museums and Art
Stroll the streets of the elegant capital of Lombardy and discover the history of art, fashion, culture and see one of the largest churches in the world. Milan is a vibrant metropolis that is characterized by its cosmopolitan culture. Milan is renowned throughout the world as a city of fashion, but it is also the financial heart of Italy. With more than five million inhabitants, it’s one of the largest cities in Europe. Milan was partially destroyed during World War II, but many beautiful, ancient monuments have remained.

Reasons to visit

  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
  • Teatro alla Scala
  • Piazza del Duomo
San Francesco di Paola showing a square or plaza, a church or cathedral and night scenes
Naples
Known for Historical, Tours and Museums
Naples is a passionate and flamboyant city where food and family are the cornerstones of life. Resting on Italy’s southern Mediterranean shore, it sits in the shadow of the brooding Mount Vesuvius, its jumble of neighbourhoods sprawling along the Bay of Naples. Italy’s third-largest city is a contradictory and surprising place, where astounding archaeological treasures, cosmopolitan hotels, raucous markets and some of the country’s best restaurants have evolved together.

Reasons to visit

  • Port of Naples