Italy is home to some incredible beauty and also – unsurprisingly – a great number of UNESCO World Heritage sites. From north to south, the Italian peninsula is just one gem after the next. From the heights of the Dolomites to the beaches of Puglia, from Cinque Terre National Park to the Amalfi Coast, every inch of this country bewitches tourists thanks to its natural heritage, art and historical treasures. The most beautiful islands in Italy also enchant visitors with their bright blue landscapes, traditional Mediterranean scenery and crystal clear waters. What’s more, Italy’s art cities are bound to win you over with their incredible architecture and ancient ruins. Be it Florence, Rome or Venice, Italy is home to so many great museum cities, and every step you take is guaranteed to be filled with wonder.
Of course, what would Italy be without its rural medieval villages offering amazing food and so much more. Italy's beaches come out to play. From Conero to Sardinia, Italy’s enchanting sea views are often framed by lush vegetation, sandy dunes and jagged rocks. Indeed, there’s always a treasure waiting to be unearthed in this beautiful country. And if want to see everything but don’t have much time, take a look at our list of the 25 best places to visit in Italy.
Going for a dip in the Trevi Fountain might be forbidden, but even if it were allowed, you probably wouldn’t have time, seeing as this Eternal City is home to thousands of attractions. Visiting Rome is a real cultural marathon, but the secret to enjoying your time here is take each day as it comes instead of trying to see everything.
From the Colosseum to the Pantheon, and from St. Peter’s Square to the Roman Forum, this entire city exudes a feeling of grandeur and eternal glory. If you have any time to spare, we recommend visiting the Vatican Museums and touring the Sistine Chapel. Alternatively, why not stroll around Castel Sant’Angelo or the picturesque district of Trastevere, which is full of great shops and bars.
Palermo and Sicily
The Arab-Norman city of Palermo is choc-a-block with historic architectural monuments. The Royal Palace, Court of Frederick II, Palermo Cathedral, Zisa Castle and Church of San Cataldo– with its unmistakable red cupolas – are all top attractions. One of the best places to visit in Palermo is definitely the Palatine Chapel, which is arguably the city’s greatest artistic treasure. Sicily abounds with masterpieces: from Sicilian Baroque artefacts to archaeological treasures in the Valley of the Temples. And the surrounding landscape also requires no introduction. The Aeolian and Aegadian islands are some of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean.
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The Amalfi Coast
Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands
Gargano National Park
Journey to Italy with Costa Crociere
Art or nature? Culture or food? Traditions or worldliness? In Italy, you don’t have to choose, because there’s always something for everyone. If you’re looking to relax, Italy’s islands and beaches will no doubt steal your heart, a bit like the sirens in ancient myths. The difference here is that their song is sweet and speaks of foody delights, great shopping opportunities and scenic bays that will transport you to another dimension. Looking to travel from one spot to the next on a fantastic Costa Cruise in the middle of the Mediterranean? Well, what are you waiting for? Hop aboard!