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A view of the famous Corniglia Village in Cinque Terre National Park in Italy.

Things to do in  Italy

Welcome to Italy

Well-known for its boot shape, Italy boasts a staggering number of renowned pieces of art, an abundance of UNESCO World Heritage sites, and welcomes visitors with a warm, friendly atmosphere. Let a private or small-group tour with an expert guide show you how to walk in Caesar's footsteps through the Forum in Rome. Take a gondola tour of Venice to glide by the city's classic architecture. Stare in awe at the colorful frescoes in the Vatican Museums’ Sistine Chapel one day, and hike the Path of the Gods along the Amalfi Coast on another. Italy is an art lover's paradise, where masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Raphael await. Learn about the birthplace of the Renaissance in Florence, and admire the Botticellis in the Uffizi Gallery. Then switch gears to explore hilltop villages in remote parts of Tuscany, or browse for the latest fashions in Milan. Foodies flock to Italy to taste pizza in its hometown of Naples. You can also take a cooking class to learn the secrets of Italian cuisine, like gnocchi and tiramisu in Sorrento, or risotto with prawns in Venice. And then there's the wine—book a wine tour to the Frascati region of Rome for reds and dessert wines, or head to Florence for Chianti. Meanwhile, other tours let you take in a Venetian concert or drift in a boat on Lake Como.

Top 15 attractions in Italy


The Colosseum has been a symbol of Rome since 80 AD, and today it’s a top monument in Italy. Some 50,000 spectators once gathered in the amphitheater’s tiered seats to watch gladiatorial games, and though parts of its original marble facade were pilfered over the years to build the likes of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum remains remarkably intact 2,000 years later.More

Uffizi Galleries (Gallerie degli Uffizi)

The Uffizi Galleries (Gallerie degli Uffizi) houses one of the world’s most significant collections of art, drawing in more than a million annual visitors who wish to cast eyes upon its many masterpieces. Set in the heart of Florence, the museum contains the works of artists such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Botticelli, and Giotto, among others. It is the premier place to view Italian Renaissance art and is the most-visited museum in Italy.More

St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)

The crown jewel of Venice, St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) is an ornate cathedral which blends elements of Gothic, Byzantine, Romanesque, and Renaissance architecture. Topped by soaring domes and replete with astonishing golden mosaics, the church is so opulent it is known as the Chiesa d’Oro, or the Golden Church.More

Roman Forum (Foro Romano)

A sprawling mass of ruins, the Roman Forum (Foro Romano) was once the center of ancient Rome, with temples, courts, markets, and government buildings in full swing until the 4th century AD. While all that remains today is an array of ancient columns and arches, the forum is one of the most important archaeological sites in Italy, and excavations occur to this day. Aside from a lesson in Roman history, visitors can get a great view of the Eternal City from the overlooking Palatine and Capitoline hills.More

Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia)

Once one of Europe’s oldest drawing schools, Florence’s Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell’Accademia) is now one of the city’s most visited museums, home to one of the world’s most impressive works of Renaissance art—Michelangelo’s 17-foot-tall (5.2-meter-tall) David. Other works on display include 15th- and 16th-century paintings by the likes of Botticelli and Lippi, unfinished Michelangelo sculptures, and a museum of musical instruments.More

Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

Home to some of Italy’s most important artworks—from paintings and sculptures to tapestries and classical antiquities—the Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) are among the country’s top attractions. Explore the Pinacoteca, Egyptian Museum, Gallery of Tapestries, Pius-Clementine Museum, and Gallery of Maps, before admiring the crown jewels in the Sistine Chapel, famed for Michelangelo’s ceiling and The Last Judgment.More

Milan Duomo

The most exuberant example of Northern Gothic architecture in Italy, the spiky spires and towers of Milan's Duomo (Duomo di Milano) dominate Piazza del Duomo, the city's beating heart. One of the highlights of a visit to the cathedral is the view from the roof, where you can scope out Milan from the highest terrace surrounded by statues. On a clear day, it’s possible to see the Italian Alps.More

Da Vinci's Last Supper (Il Cenacolo)

Each day, Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper (Il Cenacolo) draws hundreds of art-loving visitors to the unassuming refectory of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie for just 15 minutes with the painting. Arguably Milan's most famous 15th-century wall mural, you must book entrance tickets in advance or sign up for a guided Milan city tour to see it up close.More

Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)

The Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina), part of Rome’s Vatican Museums, was decorated by art masters Sandro Botticelli and Pinturicchio in the 15th century before being completed with Michelangelo’s stunning 16th-century ceilings frescoes and monumental “The Last Judgement,” which covers the apse wall. The fresco-covered ceiling is the artist’s greatest work and one of the most important masterpieces in history, while the Sistine Chapel serves as a glorious homage to Renaissance art and one of the most visited sights in all of Italy.More

Florence Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria dei Fiori)

No matter where you walk in Florence, chances are you will spot its famous Duomo—a defining element of the city’s history, geography, and identity—towering above. Beneath its red-tiled dome lies Florence’s largest church, officially known as the Cattedrale di Santa Maria dei Fiori. Together with the Museum of the Duomo, an opera museum, the baptistery of San Giovanni, and Giotto's Bell Tower, the Duomo complex has become the city’s most famous landmark.More

Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)

The powerful Doges ruled the Venetian Empire from the Gothic fantasy palace that is Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) until 1797. The site was one of the first things those arriving in Venice saw as their ships sailed through the lagoon and landed at St Mark's Square, and the doges ruled with an iron fist—justice was often meted out here. Today, the site is one of the most well-known attractions in Italy.More

St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro)

The enormous St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro) dominates Vatican City, and its dome can be seen from all over Rome. Built on the site of St. Peter’s crucifixion and over his tomb, it’s the epicenter of the Catholic Church and the burial place of many popes, including Pope John Paul II. The lavishly adorned basilica is the largest church in Italy, and it's also a museum full of priceless works of art—including Michelangelo’s spectacular Pietà and Bernini’s bronze baldachin.More

Ponte Vecchio

The historic Ponte Vecchio, or Old Bridge, is perhaps the most recognized symbol of Florence after Brunelleschi’s soaring red dome topping the Duomo. The three lower arches of this 14th-century bridge span the Arno River at its narrowest point between the Palazzo Vecchio and the Pitti Palace, and a stretch of the famous Vasari Corridor runs along its top. Situated on street level, the Ponte Vecchio is lined with pocket-sized jewelry shops and packed with locals and tourists taking a stroll or snapping photos of the colorful palazzi lining the river bank.More

Piazza della Signoria

Home to the imposing Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria is the most important public square in Florence. The political heart of the city for centuries, today the square is also a vibrant social hub, where locals and tourists gather at the Loggia dei Lanzi and Neptune fountain to soak up the elegant atmosphere.More

Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio)

Looming above the Bay of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio) famously erupted in AD 79, covering Pompeii in ash and preserving the ruins of the Roman city for thousands of years. The volcano remains the only active one in continental Europe—despite this, many visitors hike to the crater to catch one-of-a-kind views of Pompeii, the Bay of Naples, and the surrounding Italian countryside.More

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Top activities in Italy

Small Group Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, & St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour
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Small-Group Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum
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Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
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Skip the Line: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour
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Rome in a Day Tour with Vatican and Colosseum
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The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb
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Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour
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Gladiator’s Gate: Special Access Colosseum Tour with Arena Floor
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Skip the line: Uffizi and Accademia Small Group Hidden Highlights Walking Tour
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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
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Exclusive Early Access Vatican Semi Private Tour | with Private Option
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All inclusive Rome to Pompeii with Wine Tasting and Lunch by High Speed Train
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Recent reviews from experiences in Italy

Pompeii and Positano
Diego_T, Mar. 2023
Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Guided Day Trip from Rome
Great way to see Southern Italy in a day.
Beautiful City and Amazing Tour
LeighAnn_G, Mar. 2023
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Showing us the city of Venice, speaking of its history, and giving us an opportunity to see Italy and learn about it was truly wonderful.
Truly Amazing
LeighAnn_G, Mar. 2023
Tuscany Day Trip from Florence: Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa and Lunch at a Winery
It truly was such an amazing opportunity to visit different cities, learn the history, eat amazing food and gelato and be able to explore!
Fulfilled my Italy winery dreams!
Kristina_V, Mar. 2023
Small-Group Wine Tasting Experience in the Tuscan Countryside
It is a great way to see the beautiful rolling hills of Chianti, experience Tuscan wine country, and visit an estate, especially if you don't plan to drive or have a car.
best time ever
Julianna_H, Mar. 2023
Small-Group Wine Tasting Experience in the Tuscan Countryside
My college girlfriends and I went on this during our spring break to italy- easily my favorite memory from the trip.
Escape real life. The views are incredible!
Jessica_A, Mar. 2023
Tuscany Day Trip from Florence: Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa and Lunch at a Winery
Great way to see many beautiful destinations in Italy at once.
Great time
Christina_C, Mar. 2023
Quad Tour ATV Adventure in Chianti. Lunch and Wine Tasting
Thank you for taking us to see the WWII Memorial.
Learning and Experiencing the Italian Wine Culture first hand
Richard_W, Mar. 2023
Florence to Chianti wine region with 2 wine tastings and vineyards escape
getting to see the Tuscan countryside...
Great trip - definitely worth it
Kate_E, Feb. 2023
Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Guided Day Trip from Rome
It was our favourite part of our week in Rome - it’s a long day but definitely recommend it if you want to see more or Italy outside of Rome
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Tarek_S, Feb. 2023
Self-Guided Tour Colosseum Skip-the-Line Ticket
We came to Rome Italy to see the Vatican and coliseum Tickets were on time easy transaction and will use again
Awesome spot for kids; Olympus was fantastic
Benjamin_W, Feb. 2023
Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator
Must do in Italy, particularly with kids.
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Eitan_G, Jan. 2023
Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi Day Trip from Naples
The group was a mixture of English and Spanish speakers, and Antonio's excellent communication allowed us to enjoy southern Italy at its best.
Such a great experience!
Devorah_S, Jan. 2023
Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator
One of our favorite activities while traveling in Italy!
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Sophie_H, Jan. 2023
Tuscany Day Trip from Rome including 3-Course Lunch and Wine Tasting
We would recommend this to anyone who wants to visit Tuscany during their time in Italy!
Amazing tour of Tuscany.
Kenneth_R, Jan. 2023
Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence Including Lunch
Got to see way more of Italy than I would have otherwise.
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MartinS_B, Jan. 2023
Etna Tour in 4x4
Fantastic English speaking guide.
Corina_B, Dec. 2022
Tuscany Day Trip from Rome including 3-Course Lunch and Wine Tasting
We spent most of our trip in Rome, but this was the perfect day trip to see some other parts of Italy.
Good times!!
Kim_T, Nov. 2022
Electric Cart Tour Florence
I highly recommend him to anyone interested in seeing everything there is to see in Florence
Highly recommend - you will love!
Lauren_H, Nov. 2022
Florence Vespa Tour: Tuscan Hills and Italian Cuisine
This was one of our favorite activities so far in Italy.
Fun activity
Roxy_S, Nov. 2022
Venice Carnival Mask-Making Class in Venice, Italy
Venetian mask making has been one of my favorite activities while I was in Venice (and just Italy in general).
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When to visit

Italian summers are best spent at the beaches of Sardinia and Sicily, but festivals like La Tomatina, Rock in Roma, and the Palio horse races offer good reasons to head inland. The sun shines through fall, making it ideal for city sightseeing—or truffle hunting and wine tasting in Tuscany—while Venice’s legendary Carnival is worth braving the cold for.

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People Also Ask

Why is Italy so famous?

Known as il bel paese, or the beautiful country, Italy stands out for its wealth of art and architecture, ancient ruins, pretty landscapes and seascapes, unparalleled cuisine, and relaxed “la dolce vita” lifestyle. The country’s world-class fashion and design seal the deal for Italy’s top spot as a travel destination.

What should you not miss on a trip to Italy?

The “Big Three”—Rome, Florence, and Venice—are must-see Italy destinations for their concentration of ancient sites, artistic masterpieces, and unique cityscapes. While marveling at the Roman Colosseum, Michelangelo’s David, and the Venetian canals, be sure to also try Italy’s food and wine and browse the country’s traditional artisan workshops.

How many days in Italy is enough?

You could spend a year exploring Italy and still not cover all of its treasures, so consider that you’ll need at least seven to 10 days to visit the top three cities (Rome, Florence, and Venice) plus pop into a smaller town or two to experience Italy’s quieter side.

What are the three most popular tourist attractions in Italy?

The ancient Colosseum in Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa near Florence, and Venice’s Grand Canal are the three most iconic sights in Italy. Other top contenders include the Roman ruins of Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast in southern Italy, Liguria’s Cinque Terre, and the northern Lake Como.

What is the most beautiful part of Italy?

Italy has more UNESCO-listed cities and landscapes than any other country in the world, so choosing the most beautiful is a challenge. The northern Dolomites, Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia, the Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre coastlines, and rolling vineyards in Piedmont vie for the title of Italy’s most picturesque spot.

Is Italy safe to visit?

Yes, Italy is safe to visit. It has very little violent crime, especially involving tourists. Pickpocketing and other petty theft are common in larger cities and tourist towns, so always keep your documents, valuables, and smartphone safely tucked away while exploring and avoid walking alone late at night.


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