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Admire the greatest works of Michelangelo and da Vinci, see the center of Catholicism and pose with the Leaning Tower of Pisa on this Mediterranean peninsula.

Italy began as a collection of city-states. Today each of its many cities still feels like its own little world with its own set of world-famous treasures: beautiful cathedrals and important da Vinci paintings. Move from city to city, investigating relics from the Roman Empire, some of the world’s largest and most spectacular churches and some of the best-known pieces of Renaissance art.

Start in Rome, the center of the world for both Catholics and classicists. See legendary Roman architecture and artifacts, including the 50,000-seat Colosseum, Rome’s ancient administrative center at the Roman Forum and the Pantheon. Then, step into Vatican City at Rome’s core, where the Pope’s residence is located. Walk along Saint Peter’s Square to reach Saint Peter’s Basilica, the largest basilica in the world and Catholicism’s holiest site. See Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in one of the Vatican museums.

Head north to the region of Tuscany, with the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence. Tour the city’s main art museums to see crowning achievements in Italian art, including Michelangelo’s David at the Galleria dell'Accademia delle Belle Arti and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus at the Uffizi Gallery. In the nearby city of Pisa, see one of Europe’s biggest attractions, the Campo dei Miracoli complex with its leaning Bell Tower. Finally, enjoy a tour of Tuscany’s wine country, including the famous Chianti region.

Italy’s northernmost region has two more great cities: Venice and Milan. Take a gondola tour along the Canal Grande of Venice. Then, head to Milan to see its Duomo, one of the most ornate Gothic cathedrals in Europe. Nearby, the relatively modest Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie features da Vinci’s Last Supper.

Arrive in Italy by flying into an international airport in Rome, Milan or Venice. Get around the country by car or train. If you need to rest after exploring all of Italy’s major cities, take a boat to the relaxing Mediterranean islands of Sicily or Sardinia.

Popular cities in Italy

St. Peter\'s Basilica featuring interior views, heritage architecture and a church or cathedral
Known for Historical Building, Cathedral and Museum


Reasons to visit

  • Piazza Navona
    Piazza Navona
  • Pantheon
  • Colosseum
Milan showing heritage architecture, street scenes and a sunset
Known for Cathedral, Museum and Culture


Reasons to visit

  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
    Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
  • Teatro alla Scala
    Teatro alla Scala
  • Cathedral of Milan
    Cathedral of Milan
Venice showing a river or creek, a bridge and heritage architecture
Known for Boating, Cathedral and Church


Reasons to visit

  • St. Mark's Square
    St. Mark's Square
  • Grand Canal
    Grand Canal
  • Rialto Bridge
    Rialto Bridge
Royal Palace showing heritage architecture as well as a small group of people
Known for Historical Building, Tour and Museum


Reasons to visit

  • Piazza del Plebiscito
    Piazza del Plebiscito
  • Royal Palace
    Royal Palace
  • Castel dell'Ovo
    Castel dell'Ovo
Ponte Vecchio which includes street scenes, touring and a city
Known for Historical Building, Museum and Culture

Reasons to visit

  • Uffizi Gallery
    Uffizi Gallery
  • Ponte Vecchio
    Ponte Vecchio
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
    Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Turin which includes a square or plaza, heritage architecture and a fountain
Known for Historical Building, Museum and Business


Reasons to visit

  • Egyptian Museum Torino
    Egyptian Museum Torino
  • Valentino Park
    Valentino Park
  • Valentino Castle
    Valentino Castle

Popular places to visit in Italy

Trevi Fountain
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Trevi Fountain

Rome is a city abundant in world-class water features, but none more stunning, or more famous, than the Trevi Fountain.

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A true architectural heavyweight, the 2,000-year-old Colosseum is often considered one of the seven “modern” wonders of the world.

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One of ancient Rome’s greatest achievements combines momentous history and inspired architecture.

Piazza Navona
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Piazza Navona

The old papal buildings have altered little over the centuries, but still act as an open-air hub for cafés and street entertainers. 

Rialto Bridge
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Rialto Bridge

Take a stroll across Venice’s oldest and most iconic bridge for romantic views, souvenir shopping and street entertainment.

Roman Forum
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Roman Forum

Explore one of the most renowned archaeological sites in the world and immerse yourself in the ancient atmosphere where the Roman Empire began.