The Best Places to Visit in Italy

Italy is home to some of the worlds greatest food, architecture and vibrant culture. It’s a country absolutely filled with iconic sights, cities and scenery to keep you spellbound! From Rome’s Coliseum and Pantheon to the bridges of Venice, cathedrals in Milan, food of Bologna and breathtaking Amalfi Coast, a holiday to Italy is one you’ll never want to end. Click here for Monarch flights to a number of gorgeous Italian cities! Here are 5 places to put on your itinerary:

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Florence

For art and culture lovers, Florence is the city to visit. There are many iconic art pieces here, including Michelangelo’s David (but make sure to arrive early because the line can stretch for hours in the high season!) The Uffizi museum is another great pick for art lovers. Browse the leather market and enjoy gelato on Pontevecchio, the gorgeous bridge spanning the River Arno.

Turin

Though it’s more off the beaten path for tourists, this charming city near the foothills of the Alps is Italy’s fourth-largest city! The region is home to fantastic wine, chocolate, gorgeous countryside and perfect ski slopes for winter travelers. The city itself is filled with elegant piazzas, museums and charming cafes. Make sure to put this city on your itinerary if you’ll be traveling in the winter months.

Naples

It’s a little rough around the edges in some parts, but Naples (or Napoli in Italian) is home to the world’s first pizza and it shows. The food here is hands-down remarkable, but the pizza is the clear winner over all else. Pizza Napoletana is fired at an extreme high temperature in the pizza oven for a short time, resulting in the perfect thin, salty and chewy crust that’s unmatched anywhere else.

Bologna

This enchanting town, home to the world’s oldest university, isn’t on most tourists travel itineraries. This makes it the perfect place to experience Italian culture surrounded by gorgeous architecture, history and tantalizing food! While Napoli takes the prize for pizza, Bologna is the winner in the pasta category- it is home to bolognese after all! Lasagna, tortellini, and spaghetti bolognese will make you wish you never had to leave.

Cinque Terre

No Italy trip would be complete without a visit to the gorgeous five villages towering over the rugged coastline in Liguria. “Cinque Terre literally means “five towns”, so the name makes sense!  Take a scenic boat ride to the southern-most town and hike back through all five, taking in the breathtaking views. There are some great gelato shops along the way! End the day with an abundant feast of fresh seafood at sunset on the beach in Monterosso, the final village on your journey here.