Millions of visitors travel to Italy each year to see the stunning beauty of this country. Italy is shaped like a boot and it is surrounded by water on three sides. It doesn’t matter whether you are exploring the coastal regions or the central regions you can find beauty wherever you go. Here are Italy’s most beautiful regions.
If your trip takes you to south western Italy make sure that you stop in the Campania region. Naples, the regional capital is a busy city that is nestled between the stunning blue waters of Golfo di Napoli and the towering grey cone of Mt. Vesuvius, a still active volcano known for destroying the ancient city of Pompeii nearly 2000 years ago.
Head south from Naples and you will find the beautiful Amalfi Coast that is home to the striking seaside towns of Ravello, Positano, and Amalfi.
This region of Tuscany is known for its beautiful seaside villages, stunning landscapes, wine production, and it is also the home of the amazing cities Pisa and Florence. Florence is the romantic birthplace of the Renaissance and it is filled with amazing architecture and famous art by the renaissance masters: Michelangelo, Donatello, and Leonardo de Vinci.
The city of Pisa is world famous for its Leaning Tower of Pisa and this iconic landmark attracts millions of visitors each year. Make sure that you take the time to head out of the city and explore the stunning countryside, you could even spend a few nights in one of Tuscany’s charming rustic villas. Don’t miss seeing the coastal areas of this beautiful region, especially the seaside city of Viareggio.
The Umbria region is known as the “green heart” of Italy and it is situated in the central area of the country. It is filled with beautiful small towns that are filled with many places of historical and religious note.
Perugia, the capital city, has monuments to explore from the Roman, Etruscan, and medieval eras. Assisi is the birthplace of St. Francis and millions of people make a pilgrimage to this town annually.
Palermo, the capital city, has been influenced by Romans, Phoenicians, Byzantine Greeks, Arabs, Spaniards, and Normans due to the fact that it was the centre of many trade routes during the medieval era. You can take guided walking tours through the city that will point out the places of historical significance.
This is also a great area for foodies and you can join tours that focus on local food and wine. You can also hike up Mount Etna, the tallest peak in Europe, which is still a very active volcano.
Two of the most famous destinations in the north eastern region of Lombardy are the city of Milan and Lake Como. Milan is the capital city and it is known internationally as a hub for finance and fashion. When exploring Milan you’ll find historical treasures so be sure to visit Gothic Duomo di Milano Cathedral and Santa Maria delle Grazie Convent where you will find “The Last Supper” painted by the master artist, Leonardo de Vinci.
Lake Como is situated in the foothills of the Alps. It is known as a playground for celebrities and the scenery is stunning. It is a fabulous place for a luxury vacation and there are many luxury hotels and Mediterranean villas to stay in.