There’s so much to do in Italy you could spend months just exploring the many museums, galleries, ruins and nature areas and still not have seen it all. Unfortunately, most of our travelers don’t have months to spend on vacation. (If you do, we are supremely jealous!) To help you plan accordingly, we have highlighted some of the locations that you absolutely cannot miss on your trip to Italy.
Arguably one of the world’s most iconic Roman ruins, the Colosseum, an ancient Roman gladiatorial arena, is a beautiful and incredibly iconic structure located in the center of Rome, Italy. It truly exemplifies Roman power, style, and culture and is a must see for anyone who is visiting Rome. Even today, this ruin holds the distinction of being the largest amphitheater ever built, and this all done with only the tools that the Romans had 2000 years ago.
The Sistine Chapel
Though the Sistine Chapel technically lies in Vatican City and not in Italy, we felt that it deserved to be included on this list. The Sistine Chapel is home to Michelangelo’s crowning achievement, the last judgement. This beautiful building is an excellent space for reflection and inspiration thanks to the surrounding beauty.
This ancient Roman city provides a look like no other into the life as it was 2000 years ago. At the time, the volcanic Vesuvius erupted, covering the ancient city in ash and pumice. This killed and trapped the citizens and perfectly preserved their houses, possessions, and in many cases their bodies. Though it can be a bit eerie, a visit to Pompeii is unparalleled in its insight into ancient culture and lifestyle, and should not be missed.
Venice is an iconic Italian city built upon a series of islands in a shallow lagoon. These different islands have, over time, been interconnected, and now Venice is known as the city of canals for its iconic waterways that weave and wind through the city. A typical day in Venice can include delicious food, amazing architecture, and a ride on a gondola with a true Venetian gondolier. There’s a reason that this city is seen as one of romance and intrigue.
Cinque Terre is an iconic natural haven on the west cost of Italy. It is truly a natural paradise of five villages built into the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean. Each of the five villages has a different atmosphere, but they all share an incredible beauty and laid-back lifestyle. They also offer incredible nature, with the opportunity to hike between the different islands.