→ 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.
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
Picturesque Coastlines, Beaches, National Parks, Forests, Mountains, Scenic Landscapes
Renaissance architecture, Art galleries, Museums and Ancient Roman structures, Plazas, Cathedrals:
Culture and Traditions:
Festivals and Events:
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).
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 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.
- 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.
- Cinque Terre consists of most dramatic landscapes with a stunning rugged coastline.
- Cinque Terre embraces five colorful towns and vineyards clung to steep terraces.
Milan and Lake Como
Milan and Lake Como
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.
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:
- Amalfi Coast
If you are medieval architecture and history lover:
If you are shopping and food lover:
If you are a nature lover:
- Lake Como
- Amalfi Coast
- Cinque Terre
If you are museums, galleries and culture lover:
For Art, Museums and Galleries:
For Cultures and Traditions:
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)
(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.