Rome Collosseum

30 Pictures That Will Make You Want to Visit Italy

Italy is one of only a few countries I’ve returned to multiple times, an honor also bestowed upon Thailand, Israel and India. As is the case with the other countries on this list, I consider Italy to be one of my favorite places in the world. I am, of course, not unique in this regard, although I would like to believe the photographic evidence I’ve gathered RE: Italy’s awesomeness is more compelling than most.

Then again, if you don’t already want to visit Italy to some degree, I’m not sure I can help you. With majestic landscapes, world-class food and wine, three millennia of history and some of the sexiest, most stylish people on the planet, Italy’s a place everyone needs to travel at least once.

Whether you’ve been there zero times or zillions of times, I know you’ll enjoy these amazing photos of Italy, coupled with ideas on things to do in each of the country’s incredible regions.

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Have an Aperitivo in Milan

Milan isn’t known as one of the most exciting Italian cities for travelers, but I happen to enjoy it, at least in small doses. Since you will likely use Milan as your port of entry into Italy, I recommend giving the city a full 24 hours to win you over. Think of it as an aperitivo, which is Italian for “Happy Hour.”

Aperitivo in Milan, Italy
 
Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele
Milan, Italy
Milan, Italy
 
Milan, Italy
 

I mean this literally and figuratively – you definitely need to treat yourself to a local cocktail, be it a Campari soda or an aperol spritz, preferably amid the Colonne di San Lorenzo Roman ruins. Other famous Milan attractions include its duomo (cathedral) and Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele. Milan is close to Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s also home to a notorious nude beach.

Chill Out – and Pig Out – in Bologna

From Milan, the next logical step in your Italy journey is to head slightly south. You will almost certainly hit Tuscan hotspots like Florence and Pisa, although my favorite spot in north-central Italy sounds even more like lunch than the home of the leaning tower (which, incidentally, is the only thing in said city): Bologna, in Emilia-Romagna.

 
 

In addition to the fact that Bologna is arguably home to the best food in Italy, its small size and student-y vibe makes it a great place to chill out. In fact, Bologna might be the only place in Italy where you’re truly immune to chaos.

Go Back in Time in Rome

Rome is in my top three cities in the world, and although I enjoy famous Rome attractions like the Colosseum, Spanish Steps and Vatican City, there’s something more ethereal about the aptly-named “Eternal City” that keeps me coming back time after time.

Colosseum in Rome, Italy
 
Italian Flag
 
Dining in Trastevere
 

The contrast between ancient and modern in Rome creates an electricity, and not just when you attend a techno party at a 2,500-year-old bath house or shop for a smartphone along a street dozens of emperors have walked on.

Rub Elbows with the Mafia in Naples

I should state first and foremost that I did not encounter the mafia or any semblance of it in Naples. Instead, I found an ancient city comparable to that of Rome, creepy crypts housing the bones of plague victims, a ticking-time bomb of a volcano and the best pizza I’ve ever tasted, the pasta up in Bologna notwithstanding.

Naples, Italy
 
Naples, Italy
Naples, Italy
Naples, Italy
 
Herculaneum Ruins
 
Fontanelle Cemetery
Amalfi Coast
 
Amazing Pizza
 

My favorite thing about Naples is that you can think of its not simply as a destination in and of itself, but as a gateway to many others, such as the islands of Ischia and Capri, the Amalfi Coast and the ruins of Pompeii.

Escape the Crowds in Puglia

Just as Naples is not actually home to the mob, Puglia is not crowd-free. It is, however, largely free of foreigners (at least for the moment), which makes its chalky limestone cliffs, pristine waters and ancient fortresses all the easier to explore.

Puglia Crowds
 
Otranto
Santa Maria di Leuca
Gallipoli
 

(Well, unless you’re trying to get somewhere on time, enjoy good service in a restaurant or speak English.)

See Venice Before It Sinks

If you were reading Leave Your Daily Hell back when I visited Venice, you probably remember that I didn’t like it very much. If you read between the lines of my whiny article, however, you also probably realized that I was still very impressed by Venice, aesthetically speaking, in spite of its being utterly infested with tourists.

Venice Canal
 
Venice Gondolier
Venice Bridge
Venice Canal
 
Sunset in Venice
 

And I mean, Venice will likely be underwater by the time you’re six feet under the ground – you might as well go ASAP!

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Theboywander May 19, 2014 at 11:55 pm

Amazing photo’s. I’d never really considered Italy but it seems to be popping up on blogs and websites all over the place now. Relative to Europe, do you think it’s a cheap place to travel?

Robert Schrader May 20, 2014 at 9:20 am

You’d never considered Italy?! Bad boywander :-*

Chanel @ La Viajera Morena May 20, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Beautiful shots! I cannot wait to visit Italy this summer 😀

Bryan Richards May 20, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Last year on this very day I was in Italy – Venice to be exact. Thanks for bringing back the memories.

Robert Schrader May 21, 2014 at 8:36 am

Thank you for reading!

Robert Schrader May 21, 2014 at 8:36 am

You’re gonna love it!

Arianna May 23, 2014 at 11:12 am

Bologna is in Emila Romagna region, not in Tuscany.

Arianna May 23, 2014 at 11:16 am

Emilia Romagna, sorry 🙂

Robert Schrader May 25, 2014 at 8:35 am

True, but it is very near Tuscany, in terms of distance.

Penny Sadler May 25, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Good roundup Robert. I can’t disagree.

Robert Schrader May 26, 2014 at 8:02 am

That’s amore!

creativenomad May 27, 2014 at 1:30 am

aww I so want to go back

Robert Schrader May 29, 2014 at 8:04 am

Me too!

Andy May 29, 2014 at 1:15 pm

I love Bologna! Great place.

Andy
BackpackingDiplomacy.com

Robert Schrader May 29, 2014 at 4:46 pm

It’s a great place!

Talan December 25, 2014 at 7:08 am

awesome tips, i am off to milan in 2 weeks, and plan on roughly following this 3 week journey!!! 🙂

Robert Schrader December 26, 2014 at 6:27 am

I’m so excited for you. Jealous even!

raganwesson January 13, 2015 at 12:54 pm

My very favorite country in the world. However, Florence is by far my favorite city to visit. Yes, there are hordes of tourists, but a few steps outside the city centre will offer you an idyllic glimpse into Italian life. Also, Michelangelo, DaVinci, Botticelli…need I say more? 🙂

Robert Schrader January 14, 2015 at 6:21 am

I must admit, I need to get back to Florence! I didn’t give it enough of a chance.

Kaitlyn Wiens January 20, 2015 at 1:50 pm

Love this article. Really gets excited to plan my trip to Italy!

Robert Schrader January 21, 2015 at 7:21 am

Awesome! I hope you have an amazing time – of course, it’s hard not to.

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