6 Must Visit Italian Cities

Planning a trip to Italy? Not sure where to head? Well, this is a country with a lot to offer, and the cities are no exceptions. Thousands of years of history, culture and art means that you’re never going to be short of something to do. In today’s post, I’m sharing six Italian cities that should be near the top of your list!

Bologna

Famous the world over for its pasta sauce of the same name, Bologna has a lot more to offer the visitor than just a tasty plate of spaghetti. Even if it is a particularly tasty plate.One good reason to visit Bologna is the porticos – covered walkways – which offer shade from the sun or shelter from the rain. These are the longest of their type in the world, and are beautiful to behold. Another good reason is to climb to the top of the tower in the centre of town – taller than that leaning one in Pisa – for magnificent views.


Florence

Florence is one of the most artistically interesting cities in Italy – which is saying a lot! It was here that the Renaissance began, playing home to artists such as Donatello, Botticelli, da Vinci and Michelangelo, to name but a few.

Handily, despite them all being dead now, they’ve left an indelible mark on the city, meaning that if you have even a passing interest in art, you’ll want Florence to be on your list.

Don’t miss Il Duomo, the cathedral, topped by an incredible dome, the top of which you can visit if you’re up for the 463 step climb. Other highlights include the Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio.


Rome

Rome. Well, you can’t have a list of Italian cities without mentioning Rome, the city where all roads were said to lead.

Home of the Roman empire, the place where Christianity has its seat of power, and filled with such recognisable icons as the Coliseum, the Roman Forum and the Trevi Fountain.

You’ll definitely not run out of things to do - for more ideas on Rome, check out our guide to visiting Rome in a day.


Venice

Venice was once just a swamp, which would have been less interesting to visit than the romantic lagoon city that it is today. You’ll want to visit soon, before it sinks back into the swamp, and I promise that despite what the naysayers may say, it is totally worth it.From the live music on St. Mark’s Square, to the colourful gondola’s plying the waters – Venice has something for everyone. Just take our advice on getting the most from your trip to Venice, and you’ll be sure to come away happy.


Verona

When it comes to romance, Venice often appears at the top of the list, but Verona has its place in the history books as being the setting for Shakespeare’s classic tale of lovers torn apart – Romeo and Juliet.

Here you can watch opera in a Roman Arena, visit a castle, and tour the medieval centre. A must-visit if you’re in northern Italy.


Naples

Ok, so Naples isn’t that fantastic a city if you’re seeking romance, quaint old streets and crumbling Roman ruins. But it does have a buzzing social scene, spectacular sea food, and is handily close to Pompeii – the city that was buried by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius a couple of thousand years ago.

Frozen in ash, Pompeii can today be visited to get a glimpse of what life might have been like for the 20,000 inhabitants who called it home all those years ago.

And those were six cities you need to visit in Italy! Not all our favourites could make the list, but this should give you a great start for planning your Italian adventure!

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