WHAT TO SEE IN OUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY

 

A motherland of artists and scientists that changed the shape of the world, home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, and a kaleidoscope of bewitching vistas - Bella Italia! From the staggering antiquities of Rome and the alluring romance of Venice to the rolling hills of Tuscany and the cosmopolitan flair of Milan, the country is a bottomless well of attractions. On the basis of user ratings, Open Travel has compiled a list of top 25 things to see or do on your Italy Vacations. It will help you fill your itinerary with all that's symbolic and representative of a country that may well be studied forever, but still not entirely explored.

  1. Location: Agrigento, Italy

    Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi)

    Photo by louievsatx

    Welcome to Sicily and one of its most awe-inspiring attractions. The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento is an extensive archaeological site containing the well-preserved remains of various Doric temples dating from the 5th century B.C.

  2. Location: Liguria, Italy

    Cinque Terre

    Photo by Rob Inh00d

    A National Park and Unesco World Heritage site, allegedly the cleanest area of Italy and a mesmerizing jewel in the Ligurian crown - the Cinque terre (5 lands) escape any description. The five adorable villages precariously nested on the rugged cliffs of the Italian Riviera -


  3. Location: Florence, Italy

    Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi)

    Photo by cfwee

    The reputation for being one of the finest universally acclaimed museums of all time comes courtesy of masters the likes of Giotto, Botticelli, Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Dürer, Rembrandt and Rubens.

  4. Location: Roma, Italy

    Colosseum (Colosseo)

    Photo by ∞ Jacopo

    The greatest remnant of the antiquity, the archetypal amphitheater, an engineering wonder, the epitome of architectural excellence, a standing proof of both the grandeur and the cruelty of the Roman world - the Colosseum has been dubbed myriad ways, 

  5. Location: Matera, Italy

    Sassi di Matera

    Photo by Bönisch

    Carved out of white tuff rock and baked by the Mediterranean sun, the Sassi form a city complex of prehistoric dwellings, many of which are mere caves located on the rooftops of other houses. A maze of underground labyrinths and caverns hides relics of such distant a time

  6. Location: Pompei, Italy

    Ancient Pompeii

    Photo by malkav

    Back in AD 79, Vesuvius was just a large hill to those who lived around the today's bay of Naples. Little did they realize that the immense cloud that cast over the eastern sky on a sunny August afternoon heralded the end of the prosperous Roman town,

  7. Location: Amalfi, Italy

    The Amalfi Coast is a holiday paradise, ideally to be stayed in for as long as possible. The range of the Lattari mountains, directly exposed to the sea, forms an indented coastline with multicolored villages growing out of Mediterranean vegetation. Rich in history, culture and folklore, this por...

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  8. Location: Siena, Italy

    Historic Centre of Siena (Centro storico di Siena)

    Photo by jurvetson

    Siena may not equal Florence, its perennial rival and neighbor to the north, in overall artistic achievement, but its exuberance and charm make it a place incapable of being compared to any other. Centered on Piazza del Campo - the venue for the splendid Palio horse race - the historic district i...

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  9. Location: Roma, Italy

    Vatican

    Photo by juanRubiano

    Although Vatican is an entirely separate state, the access to its magnificent collections is only through Rome. Centered on the splendid St Peter's Basilica and Piazza San Pietro, it is the spiritual hub of the Catholic world and one of Rome's most eagerly visited areas. Subsequent popes called u...

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  10. Location: Venice, Italy

    Saint Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)

    Photo by TracyElaine

    Chosen to be the final resting place of Saint Mark the Evangelist, Basilica di San Marco enshrines the country's history and serves as the dearest symbol of Venice. Located just off the Grand Canal, the gleaming basilica dominates Piazza San Marco and ceaselessly stuns with its immense richness...

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  11. Location: Roma, Italy

    Roman Forum (Foro Romano)

    Photo by wili_hybrid

    Resting in a valley between the Palatine and the Capitoline hills, Roman Forum is by far one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world. The heart of the empire gives you an incredible feeling as you literally stumble upon it on your hasty walk around Rome. The awe-inspiring panora...

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  12. Location: Capri, Italy

    Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra)

    Photo by dottorpeni

    The emblem of Capri and an unbelievable experience even if judged on a world scale, the Grotta Azura hasn't been named so without a good reason. As the sun sneaks in through the small opening, a neon blue reflection illuminates the cavern and a silvery light emanates from any object immersed in i...

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  13. Location: Venice, Italy

    Grand Canal

    Photo by llamnudds

    Taking the vaporetto #1 (water bus) along the Canal Grande is like going back through centuries of history. The famous Venetian waterway meanders more than 3,5 km through all six districts of the historic center, revealing gems of architecture strung along both its banks between Ferrovia and the...

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  14. Location: Pisa, Italy

    Leaning Tower of Pisa (La Torre di Pisa)

    Photo by M4rvin

    It's not an optical illusion, nor have the architects imagined it so crooked. No sooner had the tower reached the the third storey than the construction started sinking into the ground due to a poorly laif foundation and the leaning first became obvious. The works ceased, and it wasn't until aft...

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  15. Location: Milano, Italy

    The Last Supper

    Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.
    And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
    And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?
    And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in...

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  16. Location: Florence, Italy

    Duomo - Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

    Photo by bongo vongo

    Noted for its distinctive dome and expressive colors, Santa Maria del Fiore dominates the skyline of Florence and reflects the collective efforts of several distinguished artists, who endowed the monument with the status of a structural masterpiece, a complete and highly aesthetic creation, as we...

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  17. Location: Roma, Italy

    Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi)

    Photo by ZeroOne

    In the maze of narrow, meandering streets, Rome hides a sparkling jewel held to be a triumphant example of Baroque finesse and the natural artistry of water- one of the world's most stunning fountains and a work of art in one. 

  18. Assisi

    Photo by Roby Ferrari

    Around 5 million visitors annually have turned the little town in Umbria into a thriving tourist hotbed that St. Francis himself wouldn't definitely call ascetic. Having lived a life of profound opulence, the later patron saint of Italy gave it all up to found a Franciscan order and beg on the st...

  19. Location: Napoli, Italy

    Mount Vesuvius

    Photo by sigkyrre

    Once planted with vineyards, unsuspected of any evil, and adding to the picturesque backdrop of ancient Pompeii, Vesuvius turned out to be a destructive companion rather than a benign element of the awe-inspiring landscape. T

  20. Location: Italy

    Aosta Valley (Valle d'Aosta)

    Photo by Roby Ferrari

    The smallest and least populous province of Italy, drained by Alpine rivers and clad with flowery meadows is a mountainous territory that it's hard not to fall in love with. It goes without saying that, with the concentration of Monte Bianco, Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn slopes,

  21. Location: Lombardy, Italy

    Lake Como (Lago di Como)

    Photo by zumzum

    Covering an area of 146 square kilometers, Lake Como's virtues don't boil down to vastness by any means. The amalgamation of romance, history, scenic beauty and the wealth of tradition make it so alluring that even celebrities die to have their own slice of this delicious Lombardian cake.

  22. Location: Tuscany, Italy

    Chianti Wine Route

    Photo by francesco sgroi

    The fact that Chianti sits between Florence and Siena makes it good enough a reason to rank the region high on your itinerary. Together they make for a highly aesthetic combination of art, history, and culinary delights.

  23. Location: Ancona, Italy

    Frasassi Cave (Grotte di Frasassi)

    Photo by Kessiye

    Even Italy gets a rainy day from time to time, and if your beach plans do fall through by any chance, plunge into the Frasassi Gorge for a journey to the center of the Earth.

  24. Location: Alberobello, Italy

    Trulli di Alberobello

    Photo by Verity Cridland

    Bizarre limestone dwellings with gray, cone-shaped roofs, built entirely without the use mortar and whitewashed each year dot the province of Bari and Taranto, yet are unknown in the rest of the world. Those are trulli, perhaps the finest examples of which are to be found in the commune of Albero...

  25. Location: Napoli, Italy

    Pizza in Naples

    Photo by pnoeric

    It doesn't really matter where exactly you have your pizza as it's indecently good virtually everywhere in Naples. Whether you follow the crowds at lunchtime or step into a quaint little place in the suburbs, you'll be seduced by the looks, teased by the smells, and pleased by the taste.

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