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A view of the famous Corniglia Village in Cinque Terre National Park in Italy.

Things to do in  Italy

Welcome to Italy

Well-known for its boot shape, Italy boasts a staggering number of renowned pieces of art, an abundance of UNESCO World Heritage sites, and welcomes visitors with a warm, friendly atmosphere. Let a private or small-group tour with an expert guide show you how to walk in Caesar's footsteps through the Forum in Rome. Take a gondola tour of Venice to glide by the city's classic architecture. Stare in awe at the colorful frescoes in the Vatican Museums’ Sistine Chapel one day, and hike the Path of the Gods along the Amalfi Coast on another. Italy is an art lover's paradise, where masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Raphael await. Learn about the birthplace of the Renaissance in Florence, and admire the Botticellis in the Uffizi Gallery. Then switch gears to explore hilltop villages in remote parts of Tuscany, or browse for the latest fashions in Milan. Foodies flock to Italy to taste pizza in its hometown of Naples. You can also take a cooking class to learn the secrets of Italian cuisine, like gnocchi and tiramisu in Sorrento, or risotto with prawns in Venice. And then there's the wine—book a wine tour to the Frascati region of Rome for reds and dessert wines, or head to Florence for Chianti. Meanwhile, other tours let you take in a Venetian concert or drift in a boat on Lake Como.

Top 15 attractions in Italy

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Colosseum

Colosseum

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The Colosseum has been a symbol of Rome since 80 AD, and today it’s a top monument in Italy. Some 50,000 spectators once gathered in the amphitheater’s tiered seats to watch gladiatorial games, and though parts of its original marble facade were pilfered over the years to build the likes of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum remains remarkably intact 2,000 years later.More
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Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia)

Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia)

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Once one of Europe’s oldest drawing schools, Florence’s Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell’Accademia) is now one of the city’s most visited museums, home to one of the world’s most impressive works of Renaissance art—Michelangelo’s 17-foot-tall (5.2-meter-tall) David. Other works on display include 15th- and 16th-century paintings by the likes of Botticelli and Lippi, unfinished Michelangelo sculptures, and a museum of musical instruments.More
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St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)

St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)

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The crown jewel of Venice, St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) is an ornate cathedral which blends elements of Gothic, Byzantine, Romanesque, and Renaissance architecture. Topped by soaring domes and replete with astonishing golden mosaics, the church is so opulent it is known as the Chiesa d’Oro, or the Golden Church.More
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Roman Forum (Foro Romano)

Roman Forum (Foro Romano)

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A sprawling mass of ruins, the Roman Forum (Foro Romano) was once the center of ancient Rome, with temples, courts, markets, and government buildings in full swing until the 4th century AD. While all that remains today is an array of ancient columns and arches, the forum is one of the most important archaeological sites in Italy, and excavations occur to this day. Aside from a lesson in Roman history, visitors can get a great view of the Eternal City from the overlooking Palatine and Capitoline hills.More
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Uffizi Galleries (Gallerie degli Uffizi)

Uffizi Galleries (Gallerie degli Uffizi)

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The Uffizi Galleries (Gallerie degli Uffizi) houses one of the world’s most significant collections of art, drawing in more than a million annual visitors who wish to cast eyes upon its many masterpieces. Set in the heart of Florence, the museum contains the works of artists such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Botticelli, and Giotto, among others. It is the premier place to view Italian Renaissance art and is the most-visited museum in Italy.More
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Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

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Home to some of Italy’s most important artworks—from paintings and sculptures to tapestries and classical antiquities—the Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) is one of the country’s top attractions. Explore the Pinacoteca, Egyptian Museum, Gallery of Tapestries, Pius-Clementine Museum, and Gallery of Maps, before admiring the crown jewels in the Sistine Chapel, famed for Michelangelo’s ceiling and The Last Judgment.More
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Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)

Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)

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The powerful Doges ruled the Venetian Empire from the Gothic fantasy palace that is Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) until 1797. The site was one of the first things those arriving in Venice saw as their ships sailed through the lagoon and landed at St Mark's Square, and the doges ruled with an iron fist—justice was often meted out here. Today, the site is one of the most well-known attractions in Italy.More
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Da Vinci's Last Supper (Il Cenacolo)

Da Vinci's Last Supper (Il Cenacolo)

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Each day, Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper (Il Cenacolo) draws hundreds of art-loving visitors to the unassuming refectory of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie for just 15 minutes with the painting. Arguably Milan's most famous 15th-century wall mural, you must book entrance tickets in advance or sign up for a guided Milan city tour to see it up close.More
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Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)

Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)

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The Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina), part of Rome’s Vatican Museums, was decorated by art masters Sandro Botticelli and Pinturicchio in the 15th century before being completed with Michelangelo’s stunning 16th-century ceilings frescoes and monumental “The Last Judgement,” which covers the apse wall. The fresco-covered ceiling is the artist’s greatest work and one of the most important masterpieces in history, while the Sistine Chapel serves as a glorious homage to Renaissance art and one of the most visited sights in all of Italy.More
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Florence Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria dei Fiori)

Florence Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria dei Fiori)

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No matter where you walk in Florence, chances are you will spot its famous Duomo—a defining element of the city’s history, geography, and identity—towering above. Beneath its red-tiled dome lies Florence’s largest church, officially known as the Cattedrale di Santa Maria dei Fiori. Together with the Museum of the Duomo, an opera museum, the baptistery of San Giovanni, and Giotto's Bell Tower, the Duomo complex has become the city’s most famous landmark.More
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Milan Duomo

Milan Duomo

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The most exuberant example of Northern Gothic architecture in Italy, the spiky spires and towers of Milan's Duomo (Duomo di Milano) dominate Piazza del Duomo, the city's beating heart. One of the highlights of a visit to the cathedral is the view from the roof, where you can scope out Milan from the highest terrace surrounded by statues. On a clear day, it’s possible to see the Italian Alps.More
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St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)

St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)

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St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), often referred to as “the drawing room of Europe,” is one of the most famous squares in Italy. The geographic and cultural heart of Venice—with St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace at one end, the campanile in the center, and the colonnaded arcade topped by the Procuratie palaces lining three sides—this elegant piazza is also steeped in history. Settle in at one of the many coveted café tables and watch tourists (and pigeons) pose for photos while you sip a Bellini and soak in the square’s Renaissance splendor.More
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Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio)

Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio)

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Looming above the Bay of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio) erupted in AD 79 and covered Pompeii in ash, preserving parts of the ancient city that can still be seen today. The volcano itself is still active—the only active one in continental Europe—and, though dormant, is considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes. Despite this, many visitors hike the mountain to see its infamous crater and are rewarded with stunning views of Pompeii, the Bay of Naples, and the surrounding Italian countryside.More
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Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)

Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)

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Vatican City (Città del Vaticano) may be the smallest sovereign nation-state in the world, but it's a religious and cultural superpower. Home to some of the world’s greatest artistic and architectural marvels—namely St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums—it's located wholly within the confines of Rome, covers 110 acres (44 hectares), and has an official population of about 800.More
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Piazza della Signoria

Piazza della Signoria

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Home to the imposing Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria is the most important public square in Florence. The political heart of the city for centuries, today the square is also a vibrant social hub, where locals and tourists gather at the Loggia dei Lanzi and Neptune fountain to soak up the elegant atmosphere.More

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Top activities in Italy

Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Group Tour
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Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence Including Lunch
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Small-Group Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum
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Skip the Line: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour
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Small-Group Wine Tasting Experience in the Tuscan Countryside
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Cinque Terre Day Trip with Transport from Florence
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The Original Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb
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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
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Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
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Pompeii Small Group tour with an Archaeologist
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Recent reviews from experiences in Italy

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Money Well Spent!
Jason_M, Aug 2022
Small-Group Rome Food Walking Tour: Trastevere, Campo de' Fiori, Jewish Ghetto
He spoke excellent English and taught us so much about the food and culture of eating in Italy.
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Fab
Nick_P, Aug 2022
Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence Including Lunch
It was lovely to see a little bit more of Italy.
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Great experience
Sonia_C, Aug 2022
Private Early Bird Vatican Tour
She went above and beyond to get us to see things that were not part of our tour.
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The best tour to see Tuscany
Jason_L, Aug 2022
Tuscany Day Trip from Rome including 3-Course Lunch and Wine Tasting
We went to visit Tuscany from Rome.
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Awesome
Miguel_F, Jul 2022
Rome in a Day: Colosseum, Vatican & Historic Rome Small-Group Skip-the-Line Tour
Italy is just a beautiful country to visit period.
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Worth every penny !
Ramesh_K, Jul 2022
Semi Private Cinque Terre and Pisa Leaning Tower Tour from Florence
Our driver Andres was very fluent in American English and was the best!!
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Best host for all the...
Shawn_C, Jul 2022
Treasures of Milan: Fashion & Design Private Tour
Best host for all the tours we have had in Italy—so good will book again when back in the fall.
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Best hidden tips in pasta making
Wouter_W, Jul 2022
Pastamania - Pasta making class
One of our most beloved activities in our trip in italy
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Wonderful experience for the whole family!
Ronald_D, Jul 2022
Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class in Tuscan Farmhouse from Florence
My wife, grandchildren, and I came here from Colorado to visit Italy for the first time.
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Chelsey_E, Jul 2022
Tour to the Amalfi Coast Positano, Amalfi & Ravello from Sorrento
This tour was great and you get to see a few towns all in one day.
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Wonderful experience
Lisa_O, Jul 2022
Uffizi Gallery - Semi Private Tour
He spoke perfect English unlike other tour companies.
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Lots to see in Genoa
Tammy_W, Jul 2022
Genoa Day Tour: 4 hours of Wine Food History and Joy
It was very hot, but that’s summer in Italy!
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Worth the price!!
Samantha_D, Jul 2022
Private Capri Island and Blue Grotto Day Tour from Naples or Sorrento
One of the best ways to see the island
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Amazing time
Jordyn_L, Jul 2022
From Salerno: Small Group Amalfi Coast boat tour with stops in Positano & Amalfi
The most amazing day on our trip through Italy this summer.
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Stunning
Sheila_G, Jul 2022
Cinque Terre Day Trip from Milan
We didn’t originally have this on our list to visit while in Italy but will certainly go there again and enjoy more days!
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Do it!
Roger_S, Jul 2022
Rome by Golf Cart Private Tour
The most efficient and comfortable way to see all the sweet spots in Rome!
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Outstanding experience in Rome
David_W, Jul 2022
Rome by Night-Ebike tour with Food and Wine Tasting
Great way to start a visit to Rome as you get to see many of the city’s treasures.
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Lidia_H, Jul 2022
Small-Group Tour: Florence and Pisa Day Trip from Rome
Pino was a wonderful guide and we hope to visit Italy again in the future!
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Lucca was the best part of our trip and our driver was a wealth of information.
Michael_M, Jun 2022
Full-Day Private Pisa and Lucca Tour from Florence
The time in Pisa was just right to see what we wanted to see and then depart.
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Amazing experience!
Irina_A, Jun 2022
Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Guided Small-Group Day Trip from Rome
I will definitely recommend this tour to everyone who wants to see the beauty of Southern Italy in one day from Rome.
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All about Italy

When to visit

Italian summers are best spent at the beaches of Sardinia and Sicily, but festivals like La Tomatina, Rock in Roma, and the Palio horse races offer good reasons to head inland. The sun shines through fall, making it ideal for city sightseeing—or truffle hunting and wine tasting in Tuscany—while Venice’s legendary Carnival is worth braving the cold for.

Currency
Euro (€)
Time Zone
CEST (UTC +1)
Country Code
+39
Language(s)
Italian
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