The 10 most beautiful cities in Italy

How does one decide which are the 10 most beautiful cities in Italy!!! Not an easy task!!!

Have you ever tried to make a list of the most beautiful Italian cities?

Well I am going to do my very best and hope you are going to be pleased!!! Forgive me if you disagree!!

Italians sometime forget that Italy is such a beautiful country, what are the reasons? The reality is that Italy’s beauty is renowned all over the world and from all over the world hungry visitors come to enjoy the lifestyle and its rich artistic heritage and so much more.

Here is my list of the 10 Italian cities you must visit:

1: Rome must be the most beautiful city in Italy, the capital of the country and its art. The eternal city and a cradle of the greatest ancient civilization. Walk from the Forum to the Pantheon, throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain, drop your jaw in front of the Colosseum, pass through Piazza Navona and the Spanish Steps, Rome is a living museum; every street, church and gallery is a history book and life would not be long enough to read it all. Nightlife, the Vatican and lots more…

2: Florence has been home of the greatest Italian artists and poets from Dante Alighieri to Petraca, from Michelangelo to Leonardo da Vinci. The famous Dome of the Cathedral, the gardens of Palazzo Pitti, the Ponte Vecchio with its goldsmiths,the Uffizi Gallery is one of the most visited museums in the world. Architects have made this city a wonder of Italy. Its monuments and museums are the symbol of the great human genius. Take a peek from the Piazzale Michelangelo and enjoy the stunning views overlooking the city … a must!

3: Defining Venice as a city is perhaps an understatement. Its uniqueness is visible to anyone and only its lagoon location hints at the greatness of those who made it so beautiful. City of culture, artistic beauty and also perhaps the most romantic city in the world. Venice and its architecture is unique. Built on water, a bridge between East and West. Places to visit?? Well, just sit and have a coffee in Piazza San Marco and a little gondola trip, and then decide what to do next..

4: Naples, sounds, colours and darkness…beautiful and vibrant. Perhaps the city with most contradictions: the light of its sea and the darkness of the underground. The cribs San Gregorio Armeno and the Cemetery/Souls of Pezzentelle” but nevertheless it is a fact that has a secret charm which is reflected in the very cheerful and colourful character of its inhabitants. It is said “See Naples and Die,” because you cannot leave this earth without being at least once in Naples!! It owes much of its fame to its gulf, Vesuvius, the beautiful ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii and a lot more. Music, theatres, museums and don’t miss its great pizza and great restaurants. Don’t forget that coffee is as important as religion…!!

5: Verona, the city with the world’s most famous balcony of Romeo and Juliet, is an absolutely beautiful town, and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The famous Arena is world renowned and hosts many open air classic operas in a very evocative location! Romantic walks, a lovely medieval centre, a castle and much more.

6: Bologna has the oldest University in the world and enriches its town centre with thousands of students.It has one of the best preserved and largest historical centres in Italy. Medieval towers, antique buildings, churches make it a beautiful and romantic town, filled with many old and pretty streets and a great selection of fantastic restaurants. A city that you can safely visit even in the winter, thanks to the many arcades that shelter you from the weather.

7: Palermo has a long and complex history, the same as its monuments and its streets: the current Corso Vittorio, the axis of the ancient Cassaro, is the first ancient road around which originated the cities development. Elegant and contradictory, Palermo embodies Arabs, Normans, Gothic-Catalan and baroque opulence. A noisy city and as colourful as the Vucciria, the historical market in the streets of the old town, full of smells and flavours. Palermo can hide its secrets but can also be generous with its mystery to its visitors!

8: Milan is the industrial, commercial, fashion and financial centre of Italy but retains the grandeur of its Cathedral ( the fifth largest in the world) and the artistic elegance of the world famous opera house,La Scala. Rightfully it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site attracting over 6 million annual visitors. You cannot fail to know that Milan is home to two of the world’s major football teams, A.C. Milan and F.C. Internazionale Milano!

9: Ferrara has broad streets and numerous palaces dating from the 14th and 15th centuries, when it hosted the court of the House of Este and is surrounded by the best preserved Renaissance walls in Italy. It is characterized by small and intricate medieval streets but also has airy open spaces; life flows slowly if you take the chance to discover it on a bicycle. Visit the Jewish Museum and the cell where Torquato Tasso was locked up, the Herculean Palace and Saint George’s Basilica. You are in the heart of Emilia Romagna, take this opportunity to delight the palate!

10:Turin is situated under the Alps and is one of the richest artistic cities and is well known as the home of the Shroud of Turin. It has many excellent museums (including the famous Egyptian Museum), historical palaces, elegant cafes, art exhibitions. It is also seen as the centre of car manufacture for Fiat, Lancia and Alfa Romeo. This is a very elegant city and one of the most visited in Italy – come and see it for yourself!

Amazing, isn't it? If you think so, why don't you come to visit Le Marche? I enjoy organising different outings to help visitors to experience the wonders of Le Marche. Please email me at info@surprisingitaly.com for more info.

2 Responses
  1. DR. NATALE SICURO says:

    JUST SAW BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS OF ITALY, HOME OF MY PARENTS, WHICH MY WIFE LINDA AND I VISITED YEARS AGO. MY FAMILY DESCENDENTS LIVE THERE IN THE BEAUTY OF VIESTE WHICH I BELIEVE IS UNMATCHED AROUND THE GLOBE. PROUDLY, WE RECOMMEND EVERYONE TRAVEL TO THIS BEAUTIFUL SITE SOMETIME IN THEIR LIFE AND PERCEIVE WHAT WE HAVE. YOU WILL BE PLEASED!

    DR. NATALE AND LINDA SICURO FROM LYNNWOOD WASHINGTON, FORMERLY OF PALM DESERT CA, BRISTOL, RI, ASHLAND ,AND PORTLAND OREGON

  2. DR. NATALE SICURO says:

    HOPE YOU ENJOY THE BEAUTY AND CHARM OF VIESTE, ITALY, THE HOME OF MY DECEASED PARENTS, GAETANO AND ANTONETTE SICURO, WHO THEN LIVED IN WARREN, OHIO, WHERE I WAS BORN AND RAISED. MY WIFE LINDA WERE THRILLED TO HAVE VISITED YEARS AGO. WE ARE COMFORTABLY LIVING IN RETIREMENT IN LYNNWOOD, WA, CLOSE TO OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN, ALTHOUGH IT HAS ITS OWN BEAUTY, NEVER COULD IT MATCH VIESTE! VIVA ITALIA!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

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