Top 10 most visited Italian cities
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In fact, the beauties of Italy are renowned all over the world, and visitors from all parts of the planet come to our country thirsty for the Italian lifestyle. If you are planning a trip or want to take a tour in one of the most beautiful cities of our country, here are some ideas and suggestions to take into consideration. Ready to pack? So let’s go! Talking about packing: also read our special post with several tips to pack – “What to pack for a trip to Italy?
Let’s see together the top 10 Italian Cities that, definitely, deserve a visit! Which one is the most beautiful? It is not easy to make a classification of the most beautiful Italian cities, considering the greatness of the artistic patrimony that Italy has is huge! History, romanticism and shopping are crucial factors in the cities of Rome, Venice and Milan – proof that in Italy you can satisfy the demands of all kinds of foreign tourists. After these three, we follow in order: Florence, Bologna, Naples, Sorrento, Verona, Siena and Syracuse. The artistic, historical and cultural beauty of Italy has always enchanted everyone and is a source of envy for any nation.
1) Top 10 most visited Italian cities / Which are the 10 most visited Italian cities? ROME
On the top of our list we find “the Eternal City“: ROME! Rome is the political and artistic capital of our peninsula, the foundation of the greatest ancient civilization and it is a living museum, an immense pearl of history and culture. In every corner you can find monuments, galleries and art that majestically show its grandeur. Every street, every square, every church is an open history book, and not a lifetime would be enough to know Rome completely. An open-air museum, Rome has no fear of competitors – from the Imperial Forums to the Pantheon, to throw a coin in the Fontana di Trevi, or to be stunned in front of the Coliseum (one of the most photographed monuments in the world). Everything is breathtaking! READ ALL OUR POSTS ABOUT ROME AND ORGANIZE YOUR TRIP!
2) Top 10 most visited Italian cities / Which are the 10 most visited Italian cities? VENICE
The second most visited city in Italy is “romantic par excellence“: VENICE! It attracts, every year, thousands of tourists who are in love (and those who are not in love), who get lost among its mysterious alleys. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Venice is certainly one of the pearls of Italy and deserves even the last drop of its fame, with its illustrious canals, gondolas, monuments and the sensational San Marco Square. There is no way to visit it and not exceed expectations! The noble palaces and lagoons make Venice one of the most romantic cities in the world. Built on the waters of a lagoon, it is one of the most beautiful and popular places in Italy, famous also for its great carnival. LEARN EVERYTHING ABOUT VENICE!
3) Top 10 most visited Italian cities / Which are the 10 most visited Italian cities? MILAN
What defines the third most visited city in Italy? Fashion! Certainly Milan does not have the artistic heritage of Rome, but it has found the key to success. Known for its art galleries, restaurants and clothing stores, of course, Milan is considered the Italian fashion capital, and the frenetic life plunges into a rich artistic-cultural collection. The cathedral, with its beautiful marble façade, is the symbol of the city. The “Scala di Milano” is one of the most famous theaters in the world. LEARN EVERYTHING ABOUT MILAN.
4) Top 10 most visited Italian cities / Which are the 10 most visited Italian cities? FLORENCE
In fourth place we find the splendid ‘crib’ of Renaissance! Symbol of the “made in Italy” worldwide, Florence is one of the most loved cities by foreign tourists. It has a collection of monuments and works of art, remembering that this is where the most visited Italian museum is located: The “Galleria degli Uffizi”. Among others, Florence was the homeland of great Italian artists and poets, from Dante Alighieri to Petrarch, from Michelangelo to Leonardo da Vinci. These are the most famous attractions: the dome of the cathedral, the gardens of Palazzo Pitti and the Ponte Vecchio with its jewelry stores. There are so many places to see, and that is why it is considered the Italian cultural capital of tourism. If you take a look from the top of Michelangelo Square you will be breathless with the magnificent view of the city. LEARN EVERYTHING ABOUT FLORENCE.
5) Top 10 most visited Italian cities / Which are the 10 most visited Italian cities? BOLOGNA
In fifth place we find an “alternative city”. Also called “erudite city”, it is a city of intense cultural life and a very interesting historical heritage. It is in Bologna that lays the Piazza Grande University, the oldest university in the world and the most beautiful belfries in Italy: the Asinelli Towers. In the middle Ages, Bologna was considered a high standard urban center in Europe. European capital of culture in 2000, in 2006 it was declared “creative city of music” by UNESCO. Bologna is also recognized by the kindness of its residents, the alternative nightlife and its porticos of almost 40 kilometers (which allow it to walk comfortably through downtown streets without catching a drop of water in case of rain). LEARN EVERYRHING ABOUT BOLOGNA.
6) Top 10 most visited Italian cities / Which are the 10 most visited Italian cities? NAPLES
The sixth most visited city is very known for its vivacity. Naples is the most visited city in southern Italy, where tourism is unfortunately a little discouraged due to lack of structure. If the saying goes “see Naples and then die” it is because Naples must be visited at least once in life. LEARN EVERYTHING ABOUT NAPLES. Remember that Naples is a land of flavors, sounds and colors. The beauty of this city lays in the lively personality of its inhabitants; it is also in its gulf, in Vesuvius Mount, in the magnificent ruins of Herculean and Pompeii, in popular music and, of course, in pizza! Read our special post “The 5 best pizzerias in Naples“.
7) Top 10 most visited Italian cities / Which are the 10 most visited Italian cities? SORRENTO
In seventh place is the city of citrus plantation. One of the most charming destinations to visit is surely Sorrento, with holds a lot of citrus plantation. The landscape is characterized by a mix of sea and mountain. Built under a volcanic coastline, it contains unique features in the world, natural, cultural, artistic and folkloric. The plan of the city of Sorrento is quite peculiar and still reminds us of the original urban structure of Roman times. Sorrento is also considered the main door to enter the magical and famous Amalfi Coast! A must see! LEARN EVERYTHING ABOUT THE CITIES OF THE AMALFI COAST.
8) Top 10 most visited Italian cities / Which are the 10 most visited Italian cities? VERONA
In eighth place is the city of Shakespeare. Famous for being the homeland of Romeo and Juliet, the city with the most famous balcony in the world is much more than a terrace. It’s enough to say that UNESCO declared the city as World Heritage Site for its structure and urban architecture. Worthy of recognition is the famous Arena, which provides a privileged place to receive shows, both television and classical opera. To participate in a concert at the Arena would be a hard experience to forget! LEARN EVERYTHING ABOUT VERONA!
9) Top 10 most visited Italian cities / Which are the 10 most visited Italian cities? SIENA
The second to last most visited city in Italy is the “city of Palio”: Siena! The city of the Palio could not be missing in the list. Rich in traditions, the beauty of Siena is mainly find in its ancient streets. It is very pleasant to walk through the historical center, with its markets and stores, tasting a “ciaccino” (typical street food from Tuscany). It is surprising to admire the beauty of Piazza del Campo, one of the most beautiful in the world, with its peculiar shell shape, where the Palio happens. Not only for the artistic treasure it preserves, Siena is sensational for the simple fact of existing. LEARN EVERYTHING ABOUT SIENA.
10) Top 10 most visited Italian cities / Which are the 10 most visited Italian cities? SYRACUSE
Last but not least is Syracuse. Let’s go to Sicily to find out more about the tenth most visited city in Italy: Syracuse, candidate to the European capital of culture. Syracuse is passionate, the urban architecture is of Greco-Roman origin, but the Sicilian baroque predominates. The ancient Syracuse, exists for more than three thousand years and was considered by Cicero “the largest and most beautiful Greek city”.
The city includes the island of Ortigia, the ruins of the Temple of Athens, the Greek theater, the Roman amphitheater and other ancient buildings. Not to mention the illustrious Piazza Di Ortigia, radiant by its beauty. It also has the sea that creates an instigating landscape and the taste is sharpened by the typical perfumes of tasty Sicilian dishes. Syracuse is one of the most beautiful cities in our peninsula. LEARN EVERYRHING ABOUT SIRACUSA.
MAP OF THE CITIES IN THE NORTH AND CENTER OF ITALY
MAP OF THE CITIES IN THE SOUTH OF ITALY
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Top 10 most visited Italian cities. In conclusion, we can say that these ten cities are only one third of the beauties we can see in Italy. I made this list in order to give a small sample of the so many wonders that Italy has at your disposal.
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