I love Italy. It’s probably the most romantic place I have been and also the best place EVER for food, history, and relaxation. We made a trip the summer before last and I have been aching to go back ever since. Seriously though – Europe is on our minds and I think we are going to plan another European trip in April (woohoo!). Because I am missing it so much, I wanted to write this post on the best places to visit in Italy. If you go to these places, you will seriously have the time of your life and I can promise you that these are definitely some (but not all) of the best places to visit in Italy. Cheers!
The Ultimate Guide on The Best Places to Visit In Italy
Venice has my heart. As I mentioned in my post on how to avoid tourist traps, so many people hate Venice because they went and fell into all of the traps. Don’t do that! Do your research before you go and read my Venice Travel Guide as well as the post on How To Avoid Tourist Traps and you’ll be good to go! Venice is so romantic and if you search past the main tourist attractions, the history, and the food is just downright perfection. Get lost in the alleyways, fill up on gelato, and drink plenty of prosecco while in the romantic little town of Venice.
Bologna is is the capital and largest city of the Emilia-Romagna Region in Northern Italy. It’s also known for being THE foodie town in all of Italy, so you know that Ian and I had to visit. Bologna is unlike Rome and Venice – instead, it is very medieval and does not have many crowds (very unlike Rome). I highly recommend visiting small regional farms and produces around the city because they are famous for DOP and DOC protected foods such as Parmigiano-Reggiano, Proscuitto di Parma, Aceto Balsamico di Modena, and of course, Lambrusco. We went on the most amazing food tour while we visited Bologna and I am already counting down the days until I can do it again. Check out my Bologna Travel Guide if you need more inspiration for this amazing foodie city in Italy!
Oh, Rome. As you know from my Rome Travel Guide, I just was not a fan of the crowds. The food was amazing, the history and views were spectacular, and our company was great (hey, Bergers!), but the crowds just turned me off. Either way, Rome is a must-see while you are in Italy and it’s on my list of the best places to visit in Italy because of that. You just have to go – no questions about it.
The views are where it’s at. Go to Cinque Terre for relaxing, hiking (hard hiking!), seafood, fun, and the views! We absolutely loved our time in Cinque Terre and wished that we had more time. We did a day trip from Florence, which was great, but next time, we are most definitely going to stay in one of the cute towns. My travel guide (more like a Cinque Terre Hiking Guide) can help you know what to do while visiting. I wish it was more extensive, but one day it will be.
I said above that Venice has my heart. Well, it’s actually torn between Venice and Florence. Or maybe Venice, Florence, Montalcino, and Bologna…I’m not sure. Either way, Florence is another must-see while you are in Italy. To me, it is just the epitome of a great time and a relaxing one, at that. Sure, there are so many things to see and so many amazing day trips that you can take from Florence (Montalcino, Pisa, Bologna, and Cinque Terre just to name a few), but you cannot get better than the city of Florence. I am hoping that I make it to Florence just about every single time we visit Italy because it holds my favorite gelato shop, my favorite panini shop, and my favorite pasta restaurant. Boy, is it a great place for food, wine, and joy! Read my Florence Travel Guide to find out more.
The main drag of Montalcino is actually very small. We stopped at an amazing gelato shop and we checked out the view, but to me, the best part of Montalcino is the wine. Brunello, to be precise. We visited Sassetti Livio Pertimali and had the best meal of my life and then Capanna for some of the best Brunello’s that I’ve tried. Both were amazing and I cannot wait to go back! The views are spectacular, as well.
There you have it – my ultimate guide on the best places to visit in Italy. While I am sure other places are amazing and you truly cannot go wrong no matter where you go in Italy, these are some of my favorite places of all time. I cannot wait to go back to Italy and add more to this list for you all!
So, tell me – do you have a favorite place to visit in Italy?