Deciding where to stop while travelling to Italy is not easy, as there are so many beautiful places to see. Between the big cities and all the ones in between, there is beauty all throughout Italy that keeps people coming back and back again. If you’re looking to explore Italian cities, especially if you have not visited Italy or these before, make sure to include these 3 Italian cities on your list.
3 cities to include in your Italy itinerary:
Located in the north of Italy, Milan is a medium size working city packed with a lot of charm. It is easily accessible due to the train system and flights, so many people find that on a European adventure or flying into Italy takes them through Milan. Either way, it is well worth taking the time to enjoy all that Milan has to offer, or at least spend as much time here as you can! Milan is famous for luxury shopping and is full of high end fashion boutiques as well as jewelry shops, like the famous Pisa Orologeria. So, whether you like to shop or not, it is a fun place to take in the creative and design aspect of this city, either through shopping or window shopping and observing. While you’re here, be sure to check out the Duomo, go for an aperitivo or dinner in the Navigli district, and spend some time walking through central Milan (you’ll be surprised how much character you can see just here!)
Florence is the capital city in Tuscany that many people are drawn to for its beautiful river flowing through and Renaissance Art. Be sure to climb the steps to the top of the Duomo to take in the views from above, stop for a coffee or gelato along a quaint side street that draws your attention, visit the Uffizi Gallery, see Michaelangelo’s David located at Galleria dell’ Accademia, and enjoy the views of Ponte Vecchio Bridge that crosses over the beautiful Arno River. And if you love steak, you have to try Bistecca alla Fiorentina.
Rome is an incredible city that makes visitors feel like they are at an outdoor museum. It is a big city that many people feel more confident tackling with a game plan, so be sure to note the sites that you want to see and schedule in some down time as well. The popular sites to see here are the Pantheon, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, and while not technically in Rome but in Vatican City, visit St Peter’s Square and the Vatican. Just remember to book tickets ahead of time because these sites draw so many visitors and you don’t want to miss them while you’re here! An evening walk that takes you through Palatine Hill and rewards you with a view of the sites, or a restaurant or rooftop bar where you can take it all in is a beautiful way to experience Rome’s beauty.
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