Italy has a way of capturing the heart of travelers unlike anywhere else on Earth. Perhaps it’s the landscapes, from the towering Alps and Dolomites to the glamor and grandeur of the Amalfi Coast. At least once in a lifetime you must visit Italy!
Italy is all beautiful and fascinating, but if you don’t have unlimited time to spend, you may want to consider putting some of the country’s very best on your must-visit list! Here is our ranking of the 5 cities to visit absolutely in Italy!
# 5 – Venice
“If I had to look for a word that replaces ‘music’ I could only think of Venice”. (Friedrich Nietzsche)
This unique city has plenty of things to do and see, built on water in the middle of the lagoon sits in the northeast of Italy.
Lose yourself in its charm by exploring some of its famed landmarks like Saint Mark’s Basilica and the many museums, palaces and churches as well as viewing amazing works of art at the Gallerie dell’Accademia.
And visiting Venice during the “Film Festival” (August and September) is priceless!
# 4 – Cortina
Cortina is the heart of the Dolomites, declared a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Area for their unique and monumental beauty!
For activities, beauty and services, she is the undisputed queen of Europe in the mountains!
Cortina won the preparation for the 2026 Winter Olympics, and is already preparing for the best!
Situated on the Boite river, in an alpine valley, it is a winter sport resort known for its skiing trails, scenery, accommodation, shops and après-ski scene, and for its jet set and Italian aristocratic crowd.
A holiday in Cortina is synonymous with luxury and well-being!
# 3 – Urbino
In April 2020, 500 years will have passed since Raphael’s death, and Urbino will host the most important art exhibitions dedicated to Raphael in 2020!
Between culture, art and history, Urbino is a candidate to be a fantastic city in this year.
# 2 – Florence
Florence is the worldwide recognised capital of the Renaissance and art, and in 2020 it will be even more so!
Its museums, palaces and churches are home to some of the greatest artistic treasures on earth, with the churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce as veritable art galleries.
The Accademia Gallery is one of Florence’s most visited museums, with the genius Michelangelo’s works housed here, including the imposing marble statue of David, standing over 13 feet tall.
# 1 – Milan
Milan is the city that works best in Italy. It could be called the “capital of Europe”!
It’s also the home of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” found in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, and the Duomo, Milan’s spectacular Gothic cathedral, the third biggest church in Europe that took more than six centuries to complete.
It contains 3,500 statues and 135 spires, dominating the great piazza on which it is located as well as the city, of which it’s long been Milan’s center.