10 Incredible Places to Visit in Italy

If you’re in some need of travel inspiration then look no further! Italy is without a doubt one of the most beautiful countries in the world, filled with delicious food, vibrant locals and breath-taking scenery. Here is a list of 10 incredible places to visit whilst you’re here!

1. Cinque Terre

Fresh seafood, hiking trails and seaside villages. 

By far my favourite place so far in Italy. With its stunning seaside villages filled to the brim with affordable restaurants serving up some of the freshest seafood I have ever had and its abundance of pesto and local wine you’ll be sure to have an incredible foodie trip (you can watch my two part-series about it here and here). Team this with hours of hiking throughout the five towns (hence cinque terre) and you’ve got yourself a fantastic getaway. What’s wonderful is that each of the towns has its own unique personality and vibe so it isn’t repetitive at all. If you feel like a more bohemian vibe then head to Corniglia or if you want a bigger town feel with more bars/clubs then head to Monterosso. Cinque Terre is even more magical at sunset when the jewel-coloured houses are bathed in the setting suns light. Ahh, blissful.

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2. Lago di Como

Alpine waters, crisp air and mountain mist. 

With its grand villas and luxury hotels, it’s small seaside towns and local eateries Lago di Como is absolute perfection. A friend of a friend was kind enough to let us stay at his AirBnb in Lenno whilst my boyfriend and I visited and he explained that here there’s no city stress, it’s a calm and peaceful place to live – and he’s right. Time fades away and in its place are glorious views of the peaks surrounding the lake, slow boats that slide past and beautiful gardens to stroll through. A must-see on any Italian itinerary! You can read my full EAT.SEE.DO guide to Como here.

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3. Taormina

Granita, warm beaches and views of Mt. Etna.

Set atop the Tauro hillside, with warm Ionian beaches and a stunning view of Mt. Etna Taormina is definitely a place to pop onto your travel list. As with any Sicilian town some of the foods you have to try include arancini (rice balls that can be stuffed with cheese, bolognese sauce, eggplant.. among other things) and granita (a semi-frozen dessert made with water and different flavourings including pistachio, kiwi, strawberry, chocolate – well anything really!). Every single day, without a doubt, I would have one arancini and a granita from Bam Bar… ok who am I kidding it was more like two or three of each! So good!

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4. Capri

Brightly coloured bougainvilleas, jewelled sandals and the grotta azzura .   

Located just off the Sorrentine Peninsula, Capri is an idyllic paradise that has for centuries invited the upper echelons of society to holiday amongst its rocky beaches and pristine villas. This place is expensive but don’t let that deter you, it’s lovely to walk around and there a couple of affordable dining options! I loved the crystal clear waters, droves of designer stores and of course the artisan shops that create the beautiful jewelled sandals of Capri. I would recommend the boat that circles the island so you can see the lovers arch, goat families and if your heart so desires the grotta azzurra (which by the way is pretty expensive and may be a let down).

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5. Torino

Elegant boulevards, sophisticated food and a blissful backdrop of the Alps and River Po. 

Now I’ve mentioned my love of Torino here but let me for the sake of this article quickly repeat why I think this is a must visit destination in Italy. I didn’t have any solid expectations of what I thought Torino would be like so exploring the city, its beautiful parks and sampling the delicious local dishes really swayed me. Although similar to Milan this city has a much more French feel, which is a nice departure from everywhere else in Italy. I would recommend checking out the Mole Antonelliana viewing deck to see the ethereal alps however if have a fear of heights then be aware – a clear glass lift will take you to the top and although for me it felt like I was floating I was also slightly terrified.

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6. Milano

The capital of chic. 

Put succinctly, Milan is one cool capital of style. Heading to uni isn’t just about classes it’s also about creating an ensemble that is fit for the runways of fashion week, and this regiment pervades every aspect of social life. So let me give you one tip for Milan – be prepared to look fabulous because it will help you glide seamlessly into society (and if you don’t care about that then be prepared for lots of stares!). With it’s luxe hotels and restaurants, grand gallerias and shopping strips Milan is grand but in a discreet way. There’s also lots of spots for the alternative lover – the Navigli and Brera for example are especially great for art lovers.

Check out some of my Milan guides:

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7. Positano

Glistening waters, umbrellas by the beach and craft markets. 

Ahh Positano, I’ve seen you in numerous photos but they don’t even do you justice. This little slice of heaven is set on the Amalfi coast and although it’s a little commercial it still has an irresistible charm! As you make your way down to the beach you’ll past many shops and market stalls that are telling you to buy buy buy! I had to try pretty hard to resist all the incredible jewellery and bikinis on offer. Now Positano is much smaller than Sorrento but it still has a lot to offer to travellers. Plenty of beach bars, seafood restaurants and hotels although one of my friends was really unlucky and as soon as he dived in the water he was stung by a jellyfish – eep! So watch our for those little suckers cause they hurt.

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8. Sorrento

Touristy but still beautiful. 

My friends and I were lucky enough to snag an AirBnb that was not in the touristy area instead it was located right on the beach front at the Marina Grande overlooking Mt. Vesuvius. I had the best time here with my mates and would highly recommend it as a spot to stay as you can easily get away to Capri, Positano and Amalfi. It’s also much cheaper than staying in those locations as its bigger with more accommodation options! I loved Sorrento for its big town feel and how lively it is at night time. The food wasn’t incredible but there are some gems to check out none the less.

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9. Bologna

Ragu, the city of red and no uber. 

The city that created one of my favourite dishes of all time, I love you. You’re bohemian vibes, cheap food and history all amazed me. You can read more about it here as I list places to eat at, things to see and do and most importantly where to get ragu! A must-see in my opinion as it has a much more down-to-earth feel than many other Italian cities, which makes some sense as it is very much a working-class town that is the home of the Italian Communist movement and liberation front – which is why I thought it was interesting the Uber is banned here! I guess unions have a lot of power in this town?

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10. Siena

Medieval wonderland. 

Traveling to Siena feels like you’ve stepped back in time. It’s so different from anywhere else I have been in Italy and is the home to Il Palio, a yearly horse race between the cities 17 different districts – each horse representing one district. Although we weren’t there for the race I would recommend watching a YouTube video of it because it looks fantastic! Would love to come back one day to see it! For me the best the thing to do in Siena is grab some lunch and sit in the huge open-air Piazza del Campo – it’s shape is really unique and something I have never experienced before. Highly recommend Siena for anyone interested in architecture and history.

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I truly hope this post inspires you to explore Italy! Would love to hear from you about where your favourite places in Italy are!!

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