Top 10 Things You Need to See in Italy Besides Rome

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Alex O'Brien

Alex O'Brien

Last updated:  2021-08-03 13:18:22

There is much more to amazing Italy besides Rome. It's a land full of ancient cities, great lakes, beautiful coastline, and that's just the tip of the iceberg that awaits you to discover it. Most people equal Italy to Rome, as its capital, a city full of history, loved for its museums, food, and fashion. But what about the rest of the country? Let's focus on that for a bit as you might be surprised by the variety of beautiful places to see.

10. Milan

Milan, the fashion capital of the world

Although Milan has many exciting areas, it all revolves around fashion! This is a paradise if you love designer clothes, as the leading shopping mall, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, is also the oldest one. 

The mall has been built to be a passageway from Teatro Alla Scala – the famous Milan Opera House to the Piazza del Duomo. Dominating the square is Milan's beautiful Cathedral Il Duomo, with a gorgeous roof and breathtaking views.

9. Capri Island

Capri Island is a favorite place for celebrities during the summer

A stunning small island next to the beautiful and Mesmerizing Amalfi Coast is well known as a celebrity spotlight during the summer. Capri has a famous Marina Grande and Marina Piccola, where jet-setters dock their yachts while visiting. Marina offers a variety of excellent restaurants and clubs. Arriving with a vessel is a perfect choice because you can explore the stunning surroundings. 

However, the only way to reach Capri is by sea, so if you don't rent a boat, you'll have to take a ferry to the island. Stunning natural beauty and world-class shopping are reasons enough to visit Capri. Moreover, it's famous for its delicious cuisine, especially by its Ravioli Caprese.

8. Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the main attraction

Pisa is located in Tuscany, on the Arno River near the Ligurian Sea. The city's architecture is exciting, with several churches and bridges across the river. However, the main attraction is the world-famous Leaning Tower. Located on the Square of Miracles called Campo dei Miracoli or Piazza dei Miracoli, this church bell tower defies gravity.

The tower's main problem was the unstable foundation based on soft ground unsuitable to support the structure's weight. Hence, the monument started to lean until it reached a nearly four-degree angle. Why it hasn't fallen down, the scientists are unsure yet.

7. Elba Island

Pristine beaches and their clear blue waters will enchant you at first glimpse

The Elba Island still doesn't have the same reputation as the much larger Sicily and Sardinia. Known for its wild nature, this beautiful island harbored the French Emperor Napoleon while he was in exile. However, the stunning Elba has a long history since it was inhabited from Etruscan times. 

Moreover, its beautiful coastline with numerous hidden secluded beaches and crystal clear waters is breathtaking. Also, this is a perfect place for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. Among other loved outdoor activities are hiking and mountain biking.

6. Skiing Resorts

Cortina D'Ampezzo is a favorite place of jet-setters

Italy is among the best skiing destinations in Europe. The variety of ski slopes fitted for beginners and expert ski fanatics make it the ideal winter holiday spot. Small and cozy skiing villages are connected with the lifts and trails, so you have many slopes to enjoy.

Among charming mountain villages and towns, there are several of them with a worldwide reputation. One of those places is Cortina D'Ampezzo. A beautiful tiny settlement in the valley is the place to be for jet-setters, offering luxury accommodation and various off-snow activities. The excellent slopes are part of the Dolomiti Superski area. Italy also has the highest altitude hotel in Europe!

5. Sicily Island

Sicily will capture your heart even before you step on the island

Although Sicily is known as a home base of the Cosa Nostra or Sicilian Mafia, the reality is quite the opposite. The island has stunning beaches and a perfect sea, making it one of the most favorite summer escapes for European tourists.

The main tourist attractions are based among two towns. One of them is the Palermo region with sandy beaches and a bit of wild sea. The second tourist spot is around Taormina, which is a beautiful little town on the hillside. At its foot is a lovely, charming seaside town, Taormina Mare, as the two are connected with the gondola. This part has mixed pebbly and sandy beaches with calm, clear waters. Moreover, the island has an active volcano Etna which attracts many visitors.

4. Verona

Verona, home of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Who here hasn't heard about the tragic love between William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet? According to the story, they fell in love in Verona, and they ended their lives there. The city and its surrounding area have built tourist attractions revolving around this famous romantic tragedy. So one of the main draws is Juliet's house, with a balcony and her statue in the courtyard, which you should rub to find happiness in love.

The city on Adige River is quite charming with an old town and narrow streets. Moreover, it has quite a few ancient monuments that are worth visiting. One of them is the truly breathtaking Verona Arena, from AD 30, built from pink limestone. Today, this is the place for opera performances and concerts.

3. Alpine Lakes

The romantic scenery of Lake Como has drawn many celebrities to buy their homes here

North of Italy is mountainous and dominated by the breathtaking Alps, including highland peaks are the stunning glacial lakes. The scenery is mesmerizing, as the high crests covered with snow guard the lakes' peaceful settings. The largest one, from the eight existing, is Lake Garda. It's a favorite weekend getaway spot for the residents of the surrounding places. During the summer lake offers many water activities. 

Moreover, throughout the year, people love to visit it for fresh air, historical monuments and spas, and theme park Gardaland. The main attraction is Sirmione, a charming little town on the lake's south coast.

Among the most popular ones is Lake Como, one of the deepest lakes with idyllic Roman Villas on its shores. However, this location is also well-known because celebrities have their homes on the lake's coastline.

2. Sardinia Island

The breathtaking beauty of Sardinia will charm you at first sight

The island is well known among stars, as it lures tourists during the summer with its beautiful white beaches and clear waters. However, the island is so different depending on where you're on it. To make things more simple, let's divide it into the north and south parts. 

North part is a luxury mecca for high society, with stunning white sandy beaches and turquoise sea as the main characteristics. This region of the island has many luxury resorts to spoil even the most demanding guests.

However, southern Sardinia has more modest accommodation and a bit wilder nature, so it's not a tourist spot. Nevertheless, we must stress out that both areas are exquisite and must-see. The food here is excellent, though you might want to avoid Casu Marzu.

1. Florence

Astonishing Florence is something you just must visit

This charming city once was the essential art center, as it was a cradle of the Renaissance. So today, it's much more like the museum in the open. At every step, there are many historical monuments and statues from its golden era. Florence owes much of its glory to the influential Medici family, who invested in art since the 15th century.

Florence is also a homeplace to two significant museums. The Galleria dell' Accademia or Gallery of the Academy of Florence is a small museum with a great treasure, Michelangelo's statue David. The second important museum is the Gallery Uffizi or Galleria Degli Uffizi, which holds priceless artwork mainly from the Italian Renaissance period. Moreover, the old town is awe-inspiring with stunning Palazzo Vecchio town hall, the Florence Cathedral, Palazzo Pitti, and much more, all wrapped up with fountains and charming squares.

This time we haven't covered Venice, Napoli and many other exciting places to visit, as there's a lot more to see in this country. Therefore, we leave you to discover exquisite natural sites on your own, but also skiing resorts, spas, historical sites, museums, etc. Just name it, as Italy has it all!

Have you ever visited this gorgeous country? What did you like the most? Please write to us in the comments below, as we would like to hear your thoughts. 


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