Italy

→ Filled with historic sites
→ Beautiful coastlines
→ Rich culture and cuisines

The main reason why you should visit Italy is its incredible landmarks, ancient ruins, wonderful arts, culture, and delicious cuisines.

Outdoor Activities Lover

Snorkeling and Scuba diving, Surfing, White water rafting, Trekking/Hiking, Exploring National Parks, Bungee jumping, Sky diving, Sailing, Sea Kayaking, Four-wheel driving, Bike riding, Caving, Paragliding, Heli skiing, Water sport activity

Nature Lover

Picturesque Coastlines, Beaches, National Parks, Forests, Mountains, Scenic Landscapes

Art and Culture Lover

Renaissance architecture, Art galleries, Museums and Ancient Roman structures, Plazas, Cathedrals:
Culture and Traditions:
Festivals and Events:

Food Lover

Taste different Italian dishes and drink local wines and craft beers

To avoid a crowd, the best season to visit Italy is from April-June (Spring) or September-October (Fall).

top destinations in Italy

This is the list of top destinations in Italy where you can have a lot of experience in one trip. This saves your time not only while surfing the internet for the top destinations to travel but also while traveling or exploring that particular location. And of course, this can save your money too.

Venice

Venice

  • Venice is a romantic city built upon lagoon.
  • Venice is an archipelago of more than 100 small islands connected by beautiful canals.
  • Venice is home to magnificent landmarks.
  • Grand Canal
  • Saint Mark’s Square and Basilicia
  • Doge’s Palace
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Teatro La Fenice, most popular opera house
  • Campanile di San Marco
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection, art museum
  • Gondola ride along its canal
  • Take a ferry to smaller islands, Murano, Burano
  • Ride the elevator to Campanile
  • Enjoy the cuisine
  • Go shopping

Florence (Tuscany)

Florence (Tuscany)

  • Florence is home to a plethora of Renaissance art and architecture.
  • Florence’s art galleries exhibit sculpture and artwork of Michelangelo, Botticelli, and da Vinci.
  • Duomo, cathedral
  • The Baptistery, oldest building
  • Pisa, leaning tower
  • The Galleria dell’Accademia, an art museum.
  • The Uffizi Gallery
  • Campanile, bell tower
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Beautiful rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves
  • Medieval City of Siena
  • Renaissance art in Florence
  • Elba, largest Tuscan Islands
  • Beaches
  • Shopping
  • Relax in hill towns
  • Visit the leaning tower, Pisa
  • Visit art galleries and discover Renaissance art 
  • Eat Italian cuisines

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

  • Cinque Terre consists of most dramatic landscapes with a stunning rugged coastline.
  • Cinque Terre embraces five colorful towns and vineyards clung to steep terraces.
  • Five towns
  • Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre, a national park
  • Church of San Francesco
  • Hiking the Cinque Terre’s trails

⇒ Hiking Monterosso to Vernazza
⇒ Hiking Vernazza to Corniglia

  • Boat tours

Rome

Rome

  • Rome is a historic and modern city with influential art, architecture, ancient ruins, ancient Roman structures and culture.
  • The Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Piazza Navona
  • St Peter’s Basilica
  • Sistine Chapel
  • The Spanish Steps
  • Pantheon
  • The Catacombs
  • Galleria Borghese
  • Take a historic tour of the city
  • Visit the museums
  • Shopping
  • Eating Italian dishes

Milan and Lake Como

Milan and Lake Como

  • Milan is a global capital of fashion and design.
  • Day trip to Lake Como can be done from Milan.

Top Sights in Milan

  • The Milan Cathedral
  • Santa Maria delle Grazie (known for ‘The Last Supper’, a famous artifact by Leonardo da Vinci 
  • The Pinacoteca di Brera, a world-class museum
  • The Piazza Mercanti, an ancient square
  • The Basilica di Sant’ Ambrogio
  • The Sforzesco Castle
  • La Scala, an opera house
  • Quadrilatero d’Oro, shopping center for fashion
  • The Navigli Lombardi, an old canal
  • The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Top Sights in Lake Como

  • Villa del Balbianello, a historical building
  • Basilica of Sant’Abbondio, the oldest church
  • The Botanic Garden
  • Bellagio Town
  • Varenna Village

Top Activities To Do In Milan:

  • Explore the top sights in Milan
  • Watch a football match at San Siro Stadium
  • Biking around the canals
  • Shopping
  • Eat traditional meat and rice dishes
  • Drink local wines and craft beers

Top Activities To Do Lake Como:

  • Boating
  • Hiking Lake Como’s trail (Sentiero del Viandante)
  • Visiting villas
  • Buy wines 

Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast

  • Picturesque coastlines with multicolored villas, terraces cliffs, lemon tree gardens and delectable cuisines
  • Close proximity to Capri
  • Sorrento
  • Atrani
  • Amalfi
  • Positano
  • Fiordo di Furore, the only fjords in Italy
  • Ravello
  • Minori
  • Maiori
  • Visit the town of Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello
  • Explore the island of Capri
  • Relax at the beach of Maiori
  • Boat tour to the Grotta dello Smeraldo Cave
  • Explore Salerno
  • Hike to the Ferriere Valley

top activities to do in Italy

For non-European citizens, either a valid passport (valid for 6 months beyond the length of stay) only or valid passport with a visa (depending on your country) may be required to enter Italy.

But for EU nationals either a passport (valid for the duration of stay) or any other valid national ID card should suffice. EU citizens can travel freely to Italy and do not require visa regardless of their visit purpose and length of stay.

Citizens from other selected countries (including Australia, Canada, and the USA) can stay up to 90 days (within a 6 months period) without a visa for tourism purposes.

Since Italy is a member of the Schengen Countries, visitors from non-member states are allowed to travel to all Schengen areas without a visa. According to the category in which your country falls, you may have to apply for Schengen Visa, which is valid for a maximum stay of 90 days within a six months period. Applicants applying for the Schengen visa must also provide bank statements from the previous 3 months along with their application.

Different border control checks will apply for non-EEA nationals, and you may be asked to show a return ticket or onward ticket.

Some may require to obtain a transit visa.

Check your visa requirements (depend on the nationality) with the embassy/consulate near you before traveling.

Credit Cards and Debit Cards are widely accepted. ATMs are available throughout the country. Changing a traveler’s check can be hard. It’s better to take a traveler’s check in Euros/Pounds Sterling/US Dollars.

Since there are lots of international flights to Italy, you should choose one based on where you want to go and what you want to see.

Domestic Flights:
Since the major attractions are well scattered across Italy, domestic flights are convenient and fast for traveling long distances.

Metros/Railways:
Rome and Milan have got metro systems. A well-connected network of railways provides fast and affordable service throughout the major cities.

Buses/Trams/Coaches:
Italy has got a good public transport system that is cheap too. In the case of time availability, buses are a fair option for traveling not-too-long distances. Major towns and cities are well connected by roads. City buses/coaches/trams are an affordable option as long as you are a familiar rider. Tolls are also available throughout some regions.

Taxis/Cars:
Inside the city, you can get around on foot or by taxi. Hiring a car or picking up a taxi (registered/officially licensed) can be the best alternatives too. You can rent a bike too.

Boats/Ferries:
Italian ports are linked by boats/ferries.

Travel Tips:
Most of Italy’s attractions are free to visit while others require fees and permit.

Weather Tips:
You should be aware of forest fires during the summer. It is a good practice to always check the latest weather updates and avalanche conditions before going to mountainous regions/ski resorts. Do not ignore the suggestions given by local people and always follow the instructions given by local authorities. 

Health Tips:
It’s better to take precaution against tetanus and mosquito and midge bites (in summer) while traveling to Italy. Although immunizations are not required while traveling to Italy, it is advisable to update your standard vaccinations of mumps, measles, rubella, polio, diphtheria, rabies, hepatitis and tetanus.

It’s better to make full travel insurance.

Others:
You should be aware of the petty crimes (from pickpockets, thieves, scammers, etc.) taking place inside and outside the cities. You should take care of your travel documents, luggage, and other belongings, especially in public transports. Don’t walk alone at night and don’t walk through less traveled areas alone.

our recommendations

Based on the places and experiences that you will never get in other countries i.e they are uniquely different from other countries, we tried to narrow down the lists in terms of ‘must-see’ places.

Must-visit destinations in Italy:

If you are a beach lover:

  1. Amalfi Coast

If you are medieval architecture and history lover:

  1. Venice
  2. Rome
  3. Milan
  4. Naples
  5. Florence

If you are shopping and food lover:

  1. Milan
  2. Florence

If you are a nature lover:

  1. Lake Como
  2. Amalfi Coast
  3. Sicily
  4. Cinque Terre

If you are museums, galleries and culture lover:

               For Art, Museums and Galleries:

  1. Venice
  2. Rome
  3. Milan

              For Cultures and Traditions:     

  1. Venice
  2. Rome
  3. Milan

   

From the above list, you can see that Venice, Rome, and Milan overlap in three categories, whereas Florence and Amalfi Coast overlap in two categories. You can make your trip worthy by planning an itinerary according to your priorities and make much out of it by having a lot of experiences in your single trip without having your time and money wasted in traveling and just covering distances in-between.

Our Pick:  Since Italy is mostly about historic architecture and buildings, ancient ruins, art, sculptures and western cuisines, our first pick would be Venice, Rome, Florence, and Milan. 

Follow these itineraries ideas (below): If you want to make most out of your trip; if you want to have a lot of experiences  in one trip missing almost nothing in your whole trip; if you also don’t want to miss the must-see places and if you also don’t want to miss ‘nowhere-else’ destinations on the planet, then follow these tips.

If this is your first-time visit to Italy and 


If you have 7-8 days, then we recommend you to choose the following itinerary:

Rome(Day 1-2)→Florence and Tuscany (Day 3-4)→Cinque Terre (Day 5)→Venice (Day 6-7)……→Home (Day 8)


If you have 10 days, then you can extend the above itinerary from Venice.

…….→Milan and LakeComo (Day 8-9)

or,

(If you want to start your trip from Venice)

Venice (Day 1-2)→Milan (with a day trip to Lake Como) (Day 3-4)→Cinque Terre (Day 5)→Florence (Tuscany) (Day 6-7)→Rome (Day 8-9)→Home (Day 10)


If you have 14 days, then we recommend you to have the following itinerary:

Venice (Day 1-2)→Milan (with a day trip to Lake Como) (Day 3-4)→Cinque Terre (Day 5)→Florence (Tuscany) (Day 6-7)→Rome (Day 8-9)→Amalfi Coast (Day 10-11)→Naples and Pompeii (Day 12) →Home from either Naples Int. Airport or Rome Int. Airport (Day 13)


(Note: Please note that the itineraries mentioned here are focused on the routes or directions to follow for saving time and money and still not missing the ‘must-see’ destinations. The days mentioned here in-between the places is a rough estimation just to give you general itinerary ideas. You can shorten or lengthen this time according to your interests, season, budget and time available. For example, sometimes you might want to experience the nature, activities, and culture in a relaxed manner without any haste and without feeling cramped.)


We’ve covered our recommendations for ‘must-visit destinations’. The list of other wonderful places throughout Italy can get long. The priorities for a destination to visit can be different from person to person as it depends upon personal preferences and interests. But these are the itineraries covering ‘must-do’ or ‘must-see’ places once in your lifetime.