Large and small, medieval and baroque, perched on high mountains or along sunny coasts Skyscanner compiles a list of 100 beautiful cities to visit in Italy! From north to south of the boot, the best that each Italian region can offer, among historical monuments, panoramic views and unique villages where time seems to have stopped in the year 1000 (or even back): this is Italy not to be missed and that all tourists traveling to our country and in love with Italy should not miss.

Compiling this list was an arduous undertaking. 100 Cities to see in Italy are many, but at the same time very few for our fantastic country. A country that can include seaside resorts, mountain villages, villages on the hills… In short: an infinite treasure trove of beauties to see at least once in a lifetime. There aren’t all the most “famous” cities, and many of the most visited ones are missing, but we decided to combine the regional capitals and the most popular cities in Italy with small villages full of warmth, those where a tourist would like to get together to discover the best of our country and indulge in the traditions, good food and hospitality that our land can offer.



The old Aosta of Caesar and cloaked walls, which in the Alpine gap raises the arch of Augustus above the barbarian manors… ”. So wrote Carducci to describe the look of this Italian city to visit, a walled city beautifully founded by the Romans and surrounded by the most beautiful mountains in Italy. Aosta boasts a center on a human scale, perfect for walking around after a day in the nearby Gran Paradiso National Park. If you enter the Valle d’Aosta capital through the Porta Pretoria, east entrance, you can enjoy the ruins of the Roman Theater.



Here the absolute protagonist is his majesty Mont Blanc. The highest massif in Europe overlooks Courmayeur, to be experienced both in winter with its 100 km of snow-covered slopes and in summer with its trekking routes in Val Veny and Val Ferret. Climb aboard the rotating cabins of the SkyWay cable car, feast your eyes on the view of the Alps, explore its botanical garden, sip sparkling wine at an altitude of 3,000 and then descend to the valley for a shopping tour in Via Roma. Before returning home, relax at the Terme di Pré-Saint Didier.


3. BARD, Aosta

The smallest municipality in the Aosta Valley cannot be missing from our article on Italian cities to visit. Included in the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy, Bard is a jewel to be seen at least once in a lifetime. The mountain landscape blends with the medieval atmosphere, in a town dominated by the Fort, an example of a 19th century barrier fortress. Today it can be visited and houses the Museum of the Alps. Keep your eyes open during the landscape tour so as not to miss the beauties of the surrounding valley.




A profound city, said De Chirico, above all from an artistic point of view. From capital of Italy to capital of cinema, Turin awaits you for an interesting journey through history that begins with the salons of intellectuals and continues with the first moving images. The starting point is Piazza Castello, with the Reale, Madama and Carignano palaces. Then off to the churches face to face with the Holy Shroud, kept in the Cathedral in the Dome by Guarini. From the sacred to the profane the step is short, with a visit to the Egyptian Museum, the Cinema Museum and the Mole. Turin… one of those Italian cities that bewitch and teach.



A bit like Caserta, this Italian municipality, which is part of the metropolitan city of Turin (about 10 km away), is known for its masterpiece palace that bears the same name. Come here to discover a Savoy residence from the “Arabian Nights”: Venaria Reale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is among the most visited state-run museums in Italy! Reach it by bike along the Cycle Path of the Royal Residences of Piedmont, visit the garden and then explore its interiors, first and foremost the Galleria Grande: 80 meters of stucco and mirrors. In the summer it hosts the Teatro a Corte International Festival… for nights of magic!

Royal Venaria


One of the most beautiful villages in Italy and Orange Flag of the Italian Touring Club, Orta San Giulio rises on the eastern shore of Lake Orta. One of the Italian cities to visit at least once that offers unique views, starting with what can be enjoyed from Piazza Motta: its opposite and picturesque Island of San Giulio. Roads closed to traffic, ancient arcades and fresh horse chestnuts make it easier to visit the town on foot, which offers, among other things, excellent cuisine based on rice and wine, to be tasted in the typical taverns of the centre.

Orta San Giulio

7. STRESA, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola

It is called the “Queen of Lake Maggiore”. Wildflower gardens and snow-capped mountains all around make Stresa one of the Italian cities to visit as well as an exceptional setting for a five-star holiday. Under the slopes of Mottarone is the lake, which offers the spectacle of the Borromean Islands. With modern motorboats departing from Piazzale Lido you can reach Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Madre. If you have more days, don’t miss an excursion to the botanical gardens of Villa Taranto, among the most important in Europe.


8. ALBA, Cuneo

The capital of the Langhe awaits you with a historic center made up of tower-houses and medieval palaces. The Duomo dominates Piazza Risorgimento while Via Vittorio Emanuele II features the best in Renaissance buildings. Historical but above all greedy with its International White Truffle Fair, which takes place every year in the months of October and November. Gourmets shouldn’t miss the Strada del Barolo either, for a tasting tour of the great wines of the Langa, immersed in the rolling hills of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

White, Cuneo


9. MONTEROSSO, La Spezia

8,300 km of dry stone walls, 300 days of sunshine a year and 3,860 hectares of Park. These are the numbers of the Cinque Terre, the best known tourist resort in the world. Monterosso al Mare is the first town from the west, known for the Villa Montale and the Hermitage of Maddalena. Following Vernazza and its spur of rock so dear to Montale; Corniglia with the Scala Lardariana of 377 steps; Manarola and the Path of Love that connects it to Riomaggiore. The five villages are connected by a romantic panoramic train.



Overlooking the sea and with the most important port in Italy, Genoa has so much to tell, which is why it cannot be missing from our ranking of the 100 Italian cities to visit. Its medieval historic center is a network of alleys to explore (carruggi), and is characterized by grandiose sixteenth-century buildings (rolli), 83 in total, 43 of which are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city sung by the great Fabrizio De Andrè awaits you with the Galata Museo del Mare, a giant aquarium, the Royal Palace, its Gallery of Mirrors, a 117-metre lighthouse (Lanterna) and the new bridge designed by Renzo Piano!


11. ALASSIO, Savona

With Alassio we move to the fabulous Riviera di Ponente. After a sunbath in one of the many bathing establishments, start your designer shopping tour along the “Budello”, an ancient alleyway dotted with chic boutiques that crosses the entire city. Leave the city “showcase” for the famous Muretto, which tastes so much of Dolce Vita. Since the early 1950s, the wall in front of Caffè Roma has been embellished with 1,000 ceramic tiles, bearing the signatures of great international artists, and enlivened by the fashion shows of budding misses.


12. SANREMO, Imperia

Sanremo smells of flowers, amuses itself with gambling and delights with the Italian melodies of its Festival. Its timeless charm attracts tourists throughout the year with its countless events (Song Festival in particular) and its historic casino. After a game of Black Jack, walk down to Piazza Bresca for a “local” aperitif and continue the evening on the palm-lined promenade. The next day, organize a trip to Bussana Vecchia, a village of artists built on the ruins of an abandoned medieval village.

San Remo



The tour of Lombardy can only start from Milan, the economic capital of Italy, the “first lady” of fashion in the world which knows how to renew itself every year with the sound of sensational openings . Hotels, spas, hostels, restaurants, clubs and boutiques meet the highest standards in Italy. But the Milanese capital is not “just for drinking”. Art explodes among its museums, while Piazza Duomo impresses with its soaring spiers. Go up to the Terraces of the Duomo for a unique glance: the city will be at your feet! How not to visit this Italian city?



Homeland of Virgil, Court of the Gonzagas, Italian Capital of Culture in 2016, Mantua is one of those Italian cities that you absolutely must visit once in your life. In addition to the many events organized every year, the city awaits you with its open-air museum made up of squares, churches and towers scattered throughout the historic centre; not to mention that it houses two prides of our architecture: the majestic Palazzo Ducale with its over 500 rooms and the refined Palazzo Te with the pictorial cycle of the Camera dei Giganti.



There is the Lower Town and the Upper Town. In Bergamo, start your tour with a stroll along the Sentierone, a paved street bustling with trendy shops and refined buildings. Say hello to the Doninzetti Theater, the Church of San Bartolomeo and the Torre dei Caduti. Then climb aboard the funicular to reach the oldest part of this Italian city that offers a timeless atmosphere. Enjoy the spectacular views and at 10 pm listen to the 100 tolls of the Campanone, in Piazza Vecchia, the most beautiful in Europe according to Le Courbusier.



From Salò it’s a short step up to Gardone Riviera. We are on the western shore of Lake Garda, at the beginning of the so-called Riviera dei Limoni. Here, where the climate is mild all year round and the lake fish is seasoned with good oil, the one from Gardena, and washed down with DOC wines, such as Lugana, stands a national monument whose fame precedes it. We are talking about the Vittoriale degli Italiani, the citadel of the poet Gabriele d’Annunzio. The kingdom of the poet offers a park with an amphitheater overlooking the blue, the work of the architect Gian Carlo Maroni.

Gardone Riviera


It was the capital of the Longobard Kingdom, it is home to one of the oldest universities in Italy and in its belly flows the Ticino… to be admired from the Covered Bridge. Four easy clues lead to Pavia and its historic center which can be explored on foot starting from Piazza Minerva. Here overlooks a Cathedral whose initial project was commissioned to Bramante with the advice of a certain Da Vinci. The same one that gave its name to the square in the University area and where today three medieval towers stand. And to think that once upon a time there were 150! Have we convinced you?




When you visit Trento you will realize how rich it is in museums. There is the one dedicated to science, Renzo Piano’s MUSE, then that of the mountains, the SAT (Società Alpinisti Tridentini), again of aeronautics, the Gianni Caproni, and finally that of contemporary art, the MART, located in the nearby Rovereto. Between one gallery and another, explore the center made up of pastel-coloured buildings, crenellated walls and tall towers. The heart is Piazza Duomo, dominated by the Statue of Neptune. A must see is the Castello del Buonconsiglio!



We are in Italy but Ladin is spoken in this pearl of South Tyrol, the other regional capital. Despite being very small, Bolzano is well organized and connected to all the other South Tyrolean towns. Fantastic at any time of the year, it amazes during Advent by transforming itself into a real toyland with its Christmas Market. The festively lit tree and nativity scene are accompanied by stands selling objects and gastronomy. Speck, cinnamon and candles will perfume your parties.


San Martino di Castrozza is located in the Primiero Valley and is one of the most visited Italian cities by those who love trekking. To attract hordes of sportsmen, the fantastic Paneveggio-Pale di San Martino Natural Park, which with its high peaks (Cimon della Pala, Vezzana, Rosetta, Sass Maor, Val di Roda, Madonna and Colbricon), creates a spectacle of limestone unique. A lunar and mysterious place suspended at an altitude of 2,700, which during the summer is covered with poppies, gentians and edelweiss. Go around the refuges!

San Martino di Castrozza

21. RIVA DEL GARDA, Trento

On the placid shores of Lake Garda, the colors of nature become vibrant. Riva del Garda smells of the Mediterranean with its sunny beaches, despite being surrounded by the Brenta Dolomites which are always covered in snow, even in summer. After a walk in the centre, board one of the boats that set sail daily for Torbole, Limone and Malcesine. You will have the opportunity to visit the most beautiful Italian lake cities in three different regions in just one day: Trentino, Veneto and Lombardy.

Riva del Garda



White crests, wild woods and a unique atmosphere distinguish the mountains of Belluno, whose queen is always the beautiful Cortina d’Ampezzo. Yet there is an equally beautiful village called Auronzo di Cadore which hosts the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, a paradise for mountaineers and nature lovers. At the foot of the village opens up the Lake of Santa Caterina, delightful but artificial, even if the real attraction of the lake is represented by the natural lake of Misurina, scenic and a few kilometers away.

Auronzo of Cadore


Venice is sublime, unique, inimitable. A miracle on the water for one of those Italian cities to visit at least once in a lifetime, especially during the Carnival, which here translates into pure art. We cannot draw up a list of its must-see attractions, because everything here is magical, but we absolutely have to name Piazza San Marco, the heart of the island, with the Basilica with its grandiose mosaics. Splitting the city in two is the Grand Canal, criss-crossed by gondolas and vaporettos.



“The gateway to Italy” and the homeland of Pandoro welcomes among its thousand wonders starting with the Arena, which during the summer hosts lovers of the arts with a prestigious program called the Opera Festival. In the city of Verona, from opera to tragedy, the love one, the step is short: here is the infamous Juliet’s house. And again the Church of San Zeno Maggiore, the Scaliger Arches, Castelvecchio, the bridges over the Adige and the lively Piazza delle Erbe, where you can sip a spritz at sunset while waiting for a typical dinner based on pearà (poor sauce) and paparele of pasta).


25. BURANO, Venice

Together with Murano and the other jewel-islands, Burano is part of the Venice Lagoon, a UNESCO heritage site since 1987. This small oasis of surreal charm appears in all international rankings as one of the most colorful places in the world. All tourists, in fact, are literally amazed by its thousand colorful houses that are reflected as if by magic on the green waters of its canals. To welcome you, the famous crooked bell tower, fishermen’s nets full of fish and a centuries-old tradition of lace.

Burano, Venice


Padua is a unique treasure chest (impossible to name us all) like “its sister” La Serenissima (Venice). Here is Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel, the most important cycle of frescoes in the world, the Basilica of Sant’Antonio, a great pilgrimage destination, and the scenic square full of canals and statues of Prato della Valle. This is the right city to board the ancient Burchiello from the 18th century, for a romantic river mini-cruise among the Venetian villas of the Brenta Riviera, from Padua to Venice and vice versa.




Trieste is Central European (it has been the parlor of intellectuals), it is a port (its is one of the most important maritime hubs in Italy) and sporting (in October it organizes the historic sailing regatta called the Barcolana). The city of Zeno has the largest square in Europe overlooking the sea, Piazza Unità d’Italia, and the wonderful Miramare Castle. To visit it, leave the city just 10 km and land on the promontory of Grignano to enter the sumptuous court of the Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg. For all these reasons, and many more, Trieste is to be considered as one of the Italian cities to visit soon!



The king of Cividale del Friuli is the Natisone river. And the Devil’s Bridge towers over this noble stream (according to legend, the people of Cividale asked the devil for help to build this colossus!). This fifteenth-century bridge is the symbol of this which is one of the Italian cities to visit, which with its stone arches creates a spectacle for the eyes, to be enjoyed especially from the left bank. The historic center is also delightful, where you can breathe a medieval air: don’t miss the Longobard Temple!

Cividale del Friuli

29. SAURIS, Udine

We are in Sauris, one of the most fascinating Italian villages in Carnia as well as the highest municipality in the Friulian Dolomites. Divided into two urban centers (Sauris di Sopra and Sauris di Sotto), this place awaits you with its houses with shingle roofs and an alpine atmosphere worthy of a fairy tale. All around, a basin made of woods and pastures dotted with malghe, where those pigs that give the authentic flavor of the local smoked ham are raised. This goodness is honored every year, in July, with a famous festival: Sauris in Festa.

Sauris, Udine

30. GRADO, Gorizia

With Grado we go from the mountains to the beaches, the sunny but never too crowded ones of one of the Italian cities to visit (especially in summer). The recognition of the Blue Flag which rewards the best beaches for water cleaning and organization never struggles to arrive by placing on the podium beaches such as Spiaggia Principale, Costa Azzurra and Pineta. This locality also offers a historic center made up of calli and campielli, praises the white asparagus with an ad hoc festival and proudly displays its Roman past. Does the port of Aquileia tell you anything?




This is the right city for a traveler who loves the slow pace of nature. To the right of the river Po rises Polesine Parmense, where the Strada del Culatello passes, a gastronomic itinerary that winds through the Bassa Parmense and allows you to taste the famous local product: the culatello di Zibello, a prized sausage with a strong flavour. A stay here means tasting this product, enjoying the landscape perhaps on the saddle of a bicycle, slowing down the frenetic pace of the city but also visiting the Palazzo delle Due Torri and the eighteenth-century church dedicated to Saints Vito and Modesto.

Polesine Parma


The city of motors and tenors is characterized by a historic center full of attractions not to be missed and many UNESCO heritage sites such as the Duomo, the Ghirlandina and Piazza Grande that deserve to be admired . Modena is also perfect for four-wheel lovers who can visit the Ferrari Museums, to retrace the history of the car manufacturer of the prancing horse. But also the right place for gourmets who can try typical products such as tortellini, Parmigiano Reggiano and traditional balsamic vinegar.



It is “fat” with mortadella and other gastronomic specialities, it is “learned” thanks to the famous university and it is “red” due to the color of the roofs and houses. Call it what you want but run to visit it because it is a really “cool” city. Bologna awaits you for a tour of its best known part, that of Piazza Maggiore and the Fountain of Neptune, and for an exploration in the most hidden area, such as the Canale delle Moline. Look for Via Pinella and stick your nose in the secret window that offers a unique glimpse of the water.


Ferrara is a medieval and Renaissance city, embellished by the squares, palaces, arcades, churches and still intact walls that surround it. Famous for Giorgio Bassani’s book, it is perfect to experience on the saddle of a bicycle, a means that allows you to go around the monuments: from the Estense Castle to the Palazzo dei Diamanti, passing through Via delle Volte and the Cathedral of San Giorgio. Rely on the Consorzio Visit Ferrara and arrive in Comacchio, always on two wheels, for a visit to the salt pans and the pink flamingos.



A handful of kilometers from Parma you can meet the ancient Fontanellato, Orange Flag of the Touring Club among the “most beautiful villages in Italy” and entitled “City of Art and Culture” and “Slow City”. Much of his fortune is due to the Sanvitale family who gave him the fantastic Rocca in 1300. The fortress is surrounded by green moats, which color the town center like a medieval painting. Speaking of painting, in Diana and Atteone’s room, go and admire the frescoes by Parmigianino.



36. CARRARA, Massa-Carrara

In front of wide beaches and in the background the Apuan Alps, always whitewashed by the “white gold” so dear to Michelangelo. In the center Carrara, in our opinion one of the Italian cities to visit. After a tour of the marble quarries, take a guided tour of one of the many city art studios such as Casa Nicoli, where you will be immersed in a world of giant white sculptures. As impressive as the decorations on the facade of the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City, made here at the end of the 19th century and then transported to the New World!



The Cradle of the Renaissance will never cease to seduce all over the world. Beautiful all year round, Florence is to be considered as the homeland of Italian art par excellence, on a par with Rome and Venice. Squares, gardens and churches make it incredible in every corner, even if the most spectacular panoramic view is the one enjoyed from Piazzale Michelangelo. The Ponte Vecchio is magical, which sparkles with its jewels and crosses the Arno river. Plan ahead for a visit to the Uffizi Gallery and fill up on Florentine steak.



A historic center closed to traffic and a great passion for racehorses. Siena is the city of the Palio, which every year in July and August sees the ancient districts challenge each other. Arrive on foot and point your compass towards Piazza del Campo, the heart of the city covered in red terracotta and shell-shaped. In the area that extends up to the Cathedral, you will find the main monuments such as the Fonte Gaia and the Torre del Mangia. Inside the Cathedral, don’t miss the Piccolomini Library and the Crypt with frescoes from the 13th century Sienese school.


39. PISA

The Tower, the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Campo Santo. Four musts concentrated in a work of art square called Campo dei Miracoli. This is Pisa, one of the most beautiful Italian cities to visit in Tuscany, Italy and, dare we say, the whole world. But its magnificence does not end in this place located in the north-west area. The ancient Maritime Republic is famous for its incredible riversides that run along the river, for the arcades and shops of Borgo Stretto and for the colorful murals by Keith Haring, who passed by here in the late 90s.



Tuscany is rolling hills, pici all’aglione, glasses of red wine, top hospitality and rivers of thermal water. Here in San Casciano dei Bagni, in fact, a holiday rhymes with well-being given that 42 springs gush out of its fertile land at a temperature of 40 degrees. And on the slopes of Monte Cetona, the elegant Fonteverde spas arose from an ancient Medici portico, for relaxation in close contact with nature. But the area of ​​good oil and Chianina meat is also known for the beauty of its village.

San Casciano dei Bagni

41. BOLGHERI, Livorno

The cypresses that in Bólgheri, tall and straightforward, come from San Guido in double row, giant young men almost running, leapt towards me and looked at me .” Carducci’s dear trees are still there, along the famous Viale dei Cipressi which leads to the entrance of Bolgheri, a hamlet of Castagneto Carducci. The small village dominates the Etruscan Coast from the top of a hill and offers a spectacular view of the Livorno Maremma. Explore the monumental cemetery where Nonna Lucia was buried, enter the boutiques and drink the red wines of the area.


42. PIENZA, Siena

How beautiful is the Val d’Orcia! You will want to shout it to the world once you park your car at the foot of Pienza, one of its most representative villages, as well as one of the Italian cities to visit at least once in your life. Join hands with your better half (if in sweet company) and wander around the center in search of the ways of kissing and making love. Enter the artisan boutiques and discover the secret churches, and then break up the day with a tasting of local pecorino cheese. A stone’s throw from here a thousand other villages, one above all Bagno Vignoni: a real natural thermal pearl.



San G i mignano is a city with a thirteenth-century character, which seems to touch the sky with its soaring towers. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, its medieval historic center deserves to be explored one alley at a time, with the right amount of time, on an interesting walking itinerary starting from Piazza della Cisterna. After visiting the Cathedral and trampling the notorious Via Francigena, remember to climb to the top of the Torre Grossa, the highest of all: from its 54 meters high, you will gaze across the entire Val d’Elsa.

Saint Gimignano



Perugia speaks Etruscan, plays jazz and eats chocolate. Its origins date back to the Etruscans as evidenced by the 3rd century BC arch of Piazza Fortebraccio and the collection of the National Archaeological Museum of Umbria. The center of this university city, one of the most popular in Italy for students, is Piazza IV Novembre with the Fontana Maggiore, which every July is transformed into the stage for Umbria Jazz. After a detour into the National Gallery of Umbria, sweeten yourself in the Perugina factory, discovering the secrets of Baci (if you don’t happen upon Eurochocolate).


46. ​​ORVIETO, Terni

Orvieto is a “tall and strange city” and under its tufaceous cliff it hides a maze of caves to be explored alongside an expert guide. But Orvieto Underground must leave the right time for the rest of the city area, characterized by a marvel of European Gothic architecture: the Duomo. Enter inside and let yourself be seduced by the precious mosaics. If you are fascinated by daring works, don’t miss a descent into the Pozzo di San Patrizio, an engineering masterpiece that will leave you speechless.



The ascents and descents are the “salt” of this village in the Valnerina. Castelluccio di Norcia can be visited without haste, with an eye ready to photograph the sixteenth-century fortification and the jewel churches, one above all that of the Santissimo Sacramento. The lunch break is a must only if made with black truffle tagliatelle or lentil soup. If the former is born in the wooded hills close to the city, the latter explode in Pian Grande up to the slopes of the Sibillini Mountains. The Festa della Fiorita transforms the plain into a carpet of colored geometries that will fill your eyes with wonder.

Castelluccio di Norcia


Here was born in 1915 the artist of tars, burnt plastic, enamels and jute: Alberto Burri. His cracks and much more are exhibited in his collection within the Palazzo Albizzini Foundation. We are talking about Città di Castello, fascinating, and above all fortunate, with its strategic position in the Upper Tiber Valley, between Tuscany and the Marches. The city is also mentioned in the epistles written by Pliny the Younger while the Romans chose it as a municipality, baptizing it Tifernum Tiberinum. To enrich it aristocratic palaces, soaring towers and rolling hills kissed by the sun.

Citta di Castello, Perugia

48. DERUTA, Perugia

Etruscan influence also for Deruta, where clay has been worked since the dawn of time. This is the city of artisans, who create the best ceramic objects here. Once here, don’t forget to visit the Convent of San Francesco, in Piazza dei Consoli, home to the best-known city museum in the region, that of ceramics! After a “made in Italy” purchase, explore the center on foot and stop off in one of the many typical inns to try a dish of traditional cuisine based on truffles, the other protagonist of the place.


49. PIEDILUCO, Terni

Are you ready to travel through time? In Piediluco you can find 500 inhabitants, wild nature and a medieval atmosphere. This fraction of the municipality of Terni has become a travel destination due to its many treasures, one above all the homonymous lake on which the village is reflected. The waters of this natural reservoir are the same that, together with those of the Velino river, feed the infamous Marmore Falls, a natural wonder not to be missed. Before leaving, go and visit the mysterious Rocca Albornoz at the top of the town.

Piediluco, Terni


50. URBINO, Pesaro-Urbino

Urbino is the Ideal City. With its geometries it is a city on a human scale. If you don’t realize it after a walk in its UNESCO historic center, run to see the symbolic painting of the Italian Renaissance, preserved in the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche. To contribute to its perspective rigor Federico da Montefeltro, the one who built the majestic Palazzo Ducale, a city within a city, but this time fortified. Go and discover the interiors and before getting back on the road, “play” at Casa di Raffaello, another authentic Urbino!



Worth a trip just for its (authentic) Ascolana olives! Ascoli Piceno has a grandiose historic center entirely built in travertine which finds its maximum explosion in the Renaissance Piazza del Popolo, which with its 59 arches and historic marble buildings is considered among the most beautiful squares in Italy. Sit down to have a typical corrected coffee with Anisetta and “fly” attached and then continue to visit the City of 100 towers. Walk along the Agusteo Roman Bridge and admire the magical Calanchi!

Ascoli Piceno

52. SIROLO, Ancona

Long white beaches, wooded hills overlooking the sea, fields of fragrant lavender and crystal clear water unique in the Adriatic! We are located in the Riviera del Conero, the perfect location for a totally relaxing holiday at almost no cost. The hotel offer is of the most varied and in addition to large hotels and intimate b & bs, there are well-equipped and cheap campsites, also suitable for the whole family. Sirolo is the pearl at the foot of Monte Conero and hosts the Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle: an emerald crescent with the two Faraglioni, symbol of the region!


53. GENGA, Ancona

Perhaps not all of you know the name of Genga but we are sure that you have in mind that of Frasassi. Well yes, this small village in the Marche is precisely the one that hosts the famous karst caves, discovered in the 70s by the Speleologist group CAI of Ancona from Ancona. Descend into the bowels of the earth to admire this underground world made up of stalactites and stalagmites: the first cave you will encounter, the Abisso Ancona, is so large that it can contain the entire Duomo of Milan! Venture for a shot at the beautiful Tempio del Valadier and don’t forget to discover the village.

Genga, Ancona


54. ROME

How not to include the Eternal City among the 100 Italian cities to visit once in a lifetime? But Rome, one life is not enough. Oh yes, the capital of Italy is a concentration of wonders that have fascinated travelers from all places and all times. And it continues to do so with a historic center that rhymes with a widespread museum. Start your tour from the Colosseum, a UNESCO heritage site included among the New Seven Wonders of the World, then continue along Via dei Fori Romani, salute the Altare della Patria, throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain or, if you prefer, pose on the Spanish Steps and then run to the pope’s house in St. Peter’s Square. But the Eternal City is much, much more…



It is the city of popes, spas and hazelnuts. But also of the University of Tuscia and of the Macchina of Santa Rosa, an illuminated tower, 30 meters high and weighing 5 tons, which on the night of 3 September is transported through the streets of the center by the human strength of hundreds of Porters. A patronal celebration unique in the world that makes it one of the 100 Italian cities to visit. Viterbo is also famous for its San Pellegrino flower festival, a medieval quarter that has nothing to envy to the fantastic Tuscan villages.



“Having come so far, as you wander the streets of this ancient village, be respectful. Take care of its history, now made of silence, of voices carried by the wind, of flowers that are life”. But before reading this inscription beyond the Porta di Santa Maria, arm yourself with patience and walk on the steep stone bridge that connects the real world with the magical Civita di Bagnoregio. Yes, because Bonaventura Tecchi’s dying city is a small ancient world of only 15 inhabitants, with a surreal face, which dominates the lunar landscape of the Valle dei Calanchi, clearly visible from above. A real show!

Civita di Bagnoregio.

57. ARPINO, Frosinone

Between the course of the Liri and Melfa rivers, here is Arpino, a village in Ciociaria . Authentic, this land of great scenic beauty and gastronomic goodness, gave birth to the great orator Cicero, it is no coincidence that the Certamen Ciceronianum Arpinas takes place here, the international Latin language competition in which high school students from all over the world compete to become the best in the field. The expanse of houses of the town that stand out on the high hill, surrounded by green woods and centuries-old olive groves, is decidedly suggestive.


58. PONZA, Latina

It gives its name to the beautiful archipelago of islands facing the Lazio coast, the Ponziano one, made up of the nearby and smaller Palmarola, Gavi and Zannone. Ponza is a beautiful island, a delight bathed by the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea which only take on such incredible colors here. Il Frontone, Chiaia di Luna, Cala Inferno and Cala Fonte are some of the most beautiful beaches you can visit. Take a tour of the island on a gozzo boat and at the end of the day explore the narrow streets of the center in search of a good fish restaurant for dinner.


There is a lake with banks as if painted, a manor that seems to come out of a book of fairy tales and a story that has its roots in time. What makes Bracciano one of the most characteristic Italian cities to visit in the province of Rome is the presence of the Orsini-Odescalchi Castle, built by this powerful family at the end of the 15th century. Its five massive towers enclose a world of medieval marvels, exceptional locations for VIP weddings (Cruise-Holmes, Scorzese-Rossellini etc…). The lakeside village, full of cafes and restaurants, is perfect for an escape from the capital in search of peace.

Bracciano, Rome

60. SPERLONGA, Latina

Set between Gaeta and San Felice Circeo, and not too far from the capital, Sperlonga is one of the most beautiful seaside resorts in Italy . A postcard sea marries the history, tradition and culture of a charming coastal village which in its historic center houses the National Archaeological Museum and the Villa of Tiberius. The large residence of the 1st century AD, which belonged to the Roman emperor, is a marvel to be discovered on an excursion that takes you back in time. Do not miss the cave and a swim in its crystal clear sea!




Despite the wounds of the earthquake, L’Aquila still lives in the heart of Abruzzo at the foot of the Gran Sasso – easily reachable with a trip out of town. A university city of great charm, it houses a marvelous historic center whose fulcrum is represented by the Market Square and the Church of Santa Maria del Suffragio (fun fact: death is carved on the facade). This is not the only religious building, there are 99 of them in the city, as are 99 castles, squares, fountains, spouts and the tolling of the Cathedral bell!

The Eagle

62. SULMONA, L’Aquila

The homeland of the Latin poet Ovid and of the Abruzzese candy will make you fall in love at first sight thanks to a center dotted with beautiful buildings. Everything is monumental starting from the doors that mark the entrance and beyond which is Piazza Garibaldi, with the Fontanone and the Giostra Cavalleresca. The aqueduct is medieval, with its 21 white stone arches, the church of San Francesco della Scarpa is baroque, with its eighteenth-century stucco. If you can, come to Easter to witness the moving rite of the “Madonna who runs away”.


63. BARREA, L’Aquila

This is one of the most characteristic villages of the Abruzzo National Park. Its center, made up of watchtowers and walls, summarizes its troubled past history, characterized by territorial wars. There are only two historical entrances to Barrea, the Porta di Sopra and the Porta di Sotto, but once inside a core of alleys and narrow streets, you can enjoy unique views. The town overlooks the lake of the same name, whose banks are enriched by a canyon that makes up a scenography to be admired.



Roccascalegna is also defending itself well, one of the Italian cities to visit as soon as possible! And in every sense given its incredible Castle which almost seems to hang from the rock. We are in the province of Chieti and yet it seems to be in a fairy tale, made up of castellans, ladies and brigands. The medieval building, dating back to the 12th century, can be visited and today as yesterday it boldly dominates the town set on a hill with a view of the Majella. A few kilometers from the historic center and clearly visible from the manor, Lake Bomba, artificial but spectacular.



65. TERMOLI, Campobasso

The Molise coast offers postcard views. Like that of the superlative Tremiti Islands that can be seen on the horizon from Termoli , which we have decided to include – rightly – in our ranking of the 100 Italian cities to visit as soon as possible. This is the largest port in the region and an excellent fish market. Not far from the water begins a village made up of streets and alleys that climb up to the Romanesque cathedral, with mosaics still well preserved inside. Here is also the 15th-century castle and a spectacular view of the emerald Adriatic. Super recommended tour: San Domino Island.



Lombard blood flows in the veins of Campobasso. The city of Molise has been characterized by a troubled history made up of dominations and an architecture that is nothing short of extraordinary is reflected in its centre. In addition to the must-see monuments, go and discover its green areas not far from the centre, such as the Guardiaregia-Campochiaro Regional Reserve (WWF oasis), home to bears, wolves and deer, or the important ski areas of the Apennines, one of all Roccaraso. This is also the homeland of knives (visit Frosolone, in the province of Isernia), where the production of wrought iron has deep roots.


67. AGNONE, Isernia

The ancient Samnite city of Aquilonia once stood right here. Then the Romans arrived who razed it to the ground and today there are only a few clues brought to light and an oral tradition made up of ancient stories. Agnone is fascinating, famous for its labyrinthine historic center and for the bell plant, to which a museum is even dedicated. A town that is so reminiscent of La Serenissima, with its Venetian-style shops and lions in small stone statues testifying to an artisan migration from the North.



A handful of inhabitants and an emerald lake as a backdrop to Castel San Vincenzo , a small village dotting the verdant Abruzzo National Park and which deserves to be seen. Here stood the Monastery of San Vincenzo al Volturno, which today can be visited even if only the ruins remain. In addition to the monastic complex, the historic center is very beautiful, but the strong point of the town is undoubtedly its body of water. The surrounding landscape is a truly suggestive watercolor of pastel colors.

Castle of San Vincenzo


The capital of Campania is wonderful with its mild climate all year round, the romantic view of Vesuvius and the best pizzerias in the world. After eating a sfogliatella (curly or shortcrust pastry? That’s the question!) visit the masterpiece of the Veiled Christ in the San Severo Chapel, explore the lemon-filled cloister of the Santa Chiara Chapel, breathe in the tradition in Spaccanapoli and then go underground. The bowels of the city of Naples offer Underground Naples or the contemporary works of the underground.



The second city of Campania dominates the homonymous gulf. Enlivened and perfumed by the lemons that grow along the streets of the centre , it offers a nucleus full of shops, ice cream parlors and restaurants for all budgets. Pass through Via dei Mercanti, the main artery, then arrive on the seafront to find yourself admiring the Amalfi coast on one side and the Cilento coast on the other. The majolica domes shine in the sun, which beats down here all year round, while in winter the lights of Luci d’Artista warm up the atmosphere.


71. POSITANO, Salerno

The pastel colors of the houses that go down to the sea and its fame that has its roots in the years of the Dolce Vita make Positano one of the most fascinating and visited Italian cities on the Amalfi Coast. Its historic center is a cobbled labyrinth of alleys and narrow streets that smell of flowers, full of trendy boutiques (Moda Mare Positano is all the rage and here you can give vent to the perfect summer purchase including sandals, kaftans and swimsuits), and gourmands refreshment points. A walk in Via Fornillo is a must!


72. ISCHIA, Naples

Capri is super chic, Ischia is total relaxation . The green island is famous throughout the world for its spring waters with healing properties, which flow here everywhere, giving rise to the most famous spas in Italy. Spend a relaxing day in the pools of the Poseidon Gardens, then go and see the Aragonese Castle and say hello to the Mushroom of Lacco Ameno, the symbol of the locality, a 10-metre tufaceous rock that rises from the blue sea. End the day with succulent Ischia rabbit.


73. PADULA, Salerno

Here we are in the Vallo di Diano, a fertile plateau in Campania which borders on Basilicata. And a stone’s throw from Padula, here is one of the most important monuments in southern Italy, a pilgrimage destination rich in history, culture and spirituality: the Certosa di San Lorenzo, a UNESCO heritage site to visit at least once in a lifetime. Have you ever heard about it? This is a large Baroque monumental complex that houses gardens, cloisters, churches and the Provincial Archaeological Museum of Western Lucania.



Castellabate is the town of the successful film “Benvenuti al Sud”. Five doors lead into a delightful village overlooking the sea characterized by winding alleys, small squares, narrow houses and the scent of lemons. A small ancient world that smacks of the Middle Ages and that keeps the traditional spirit of this part of Campania alive. Do not miss the Belvedere di San Costabile, from where you can enjoy a blinding sunset and the Amalfi Coast and the islands of Capri and Ischia in the background.


75. PESCHICI, Foggia

The north of Puglia is made up of the nature of the Gargano, the expanses of the Tavoliere and the profiles of the Dauni. Peschici is characterized by its cliff overlooking the sea. Let yourself be seduced by the Norman Castle and Moorish architecture. Then go down along the Tacco, between Vieste and Mattinata, to explore the wild coast and feast your eyes on the Faraglioni dei Mergoli in Baia delle Zagare. This is the homeland of the trabucchi, ancient fishing machines that overlook the sea: don’t miss those of San Nicola and Punta San Francesco!

Fish us

76. OTRANTO, Lecce

Otranto is one of the most beautiful cities of Salento. The historic center is a cluster of alleys to discover on foot, with small craft shops and delightful cafes. Its Cathedral houses the Ossuary of the 800 Martyrs and the largest mosaic in Italy dating back to 1163. The monk Pantaleone created a tree of life from which branches twist from the Old Testament, the chivalric cycles of the Round Table, of the zodiac signs and monsters of the Apocalypse. Also make a detour to the Abbey of San Nicola.



Open-air Baroque theater, Lecce is the city of stylistic excess. The masters of Lecce Baroque, such as Zimbalo, Cino and Manieri, have shaped its centre. Start the tour from Piazza Sant’Oronzo with the Column, the Roman Amphitheater and the Sedile. Say hello at the three doors (San Biagio, Naples and Rudiae), then look for the Roman Theater. Pay homage to the Basilica of Santa Croce with its ornate masterpiece rose window, and finally study the details of the many buildings in the centre, one above all that of the Celestines.


78. OSTUNI, Brindisi

The white city Ostuni is magical. A carpet of whitewashed walls that shine in the sun, all surrounded by medieval ramparts with a unique charm. This urban agglomeration is transformed into a lively stage on the occasion of the Cavalcata di Sant’Oronzo, the holy symbol of Puglia, which takes place every year at the end of August. Piazza Libertà with its soaring “culonna” welcomes you brightly, while the Cathedral, dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, is among the most beautiful in Salento. Outside the village, the farms and their products at km 0.

Ostuni, Brindisi

79. GALLIPOLI, Lecce

Gallipoli rhymes with fun and with an Italian city to visit. This is the most popular Salento location for young vacationers looking for aperitifs and good nights out. Crowded in August but still splendid, it offers an atmosphere that has nothing to envy to the most glamorous places in the world, without considering that such a beautiful sea directly in the city is really difficult to find elsewhere. The historic center is a gem with oriental gardens, baroque churches, the mighty castle and the lively port.


80. TRANI, Barletta-Andria-Trani

Trani is famous for its marble, Moscato wine and the Cathedral on the sea. She is the maximum expression of Apulian Romanesque with the large rose window on the facade, the bronze portal and the bell tower. A real feast for the eyes especially at sunset, when the sun gives incredible orange reflections and the building seems to float on the surface of the water. Furthermore, its rosy ancient village houses the Jewish quarter with the synagogues, the port with the elegant noble palaces and the Castle of Frederick II of Swabia.


81. GINOSA, Taranto

His name went around the world on the occasion of Prince William’s wedding. In fact, the tailor of the village Angelo Inglese sewed him the royal shirt. Yet Ginosa does not only attract stylish people but also globetrotters… This is one of the most beautiful towns in all of the Murgia Tarantina. Its landscape ranges from seaside shores to hilly landscapes, interrupted by the monumental limestone rock all around the historic centre. Its rupestrian village is something incredible, nestled in the Gravina and dominated by the Castle.

Ginosa, Tarentum



Pascoli defined it as having a “sorrowful beauty”, Levi as “poetic and melancholic”. Matera strikes everyone because it is the city of the famous Sassi: a treasure dug into the white rock, the first site in southern Italy to be included in the UNESCO heritage list. After exploring the rock churches, enter the Musma, the museum of contemporary sculpture that played an important role in the city’s nomination as European Capital of Culture 2019. Outside the town, the unexplored nature of the Murgia park.



The highest village in the region is perfect for touching the sky with a finger! Once in Pietrapertosa climb to the top of the Castle and enjoy the spectacle of the rock, which seems to regulate everything here. Then visit the mother church dedicated to San Giacomo Maggiore and admire the ancient evidence of Lucan art. The emotion continues with the Flight of the Angel: attached to a long steel cable connected to the opposite village of Castelmezzano, you will fly over the Lucanian Dolomites at a speed of over 100 km/h!


84. MARATEA, Potenza

“Imagine dozens and dozens of kilometers of jagged cliffs of caves, stacks, cliffs and soft beaches in front of the most spectacular of seas”. This was said by Indro Montanelli in reference to Maratea, the “pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea”, the “city of 44 churches”, among the Italian cities to visit soon. In this splendid seaside resort there are churches of different periods and styles, which enrich its already wonderful landscape even more. The seabed is also noteworthy, including sea caves, stalactites and stalagmites.

Maratea, Power



The historic capital of the Bruzi has earned the title of “Athens of Calabria”. On the other hand, its refined center has charm to spare. Among the many attractions, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta stands out, a UNESCO heritage site since 2011. Cosenza is also the gateway to the Sila National Park. Nature lovers, this is the right place for you! From horseback riding to birdwatching, skiing in winter and canyoning in summer, the large forest complex is truly magical and deserves to be known.


86. TROPEA, Vibo Valentia

It is famous for the red onion, the blue fish (both praised with a great festival in July) and for the Caribbean sea. We are talking about Tropea, a jewel of the Tyrrhenian Sea characterized by white beaches besieged by tourists from all over the world. But how to blame them? This city is splendid with its symbol overlooking the blue: the Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell’Isola, a medieval church resting on the rock that you absolutely must not miss. What are you waiting for to dive into the sea of ​​one of the Italian cities to visit in Calabria?

87. GERACE, Reggio Calabria

Among the first places among the most beautiful villages in Italy, Gerace stands on the heights of Locride , in the immense province of Reggio Calabria (where Palazzo Piacentini, the home of the Riace Bronzes, has just been renovated and expanded). This is a secret Calabria, perhaps to be discovered with tours in the hinterland during a summer holiday on the coast. Of Byzantine style, its elegant nucleus made up of alleys, domes and churches was discovered by the Normans who, however, did not destroy it, as they too were fascinated by its beauty.



88. TAORMINA, Messina

Taormina is the most famous Sicilian city in the world. Its favorable position on the sea, the beauty of the scenery, the mild climate all year round and the five-star welcome have always attracted many illustrious travellers, who have defined it as a “sliver of paradise on earth” (Goethe ). The Greek Roman Theater offers a unique view of the coast; Corso Umberto I is its main artery, a favorite destination for shopping lovers; Isola Bella, on the other hand, is unique, with its 1 sq km islet joined to the mainland by a thin strip of beach.



Catania also has its Greek Roman Theater and deserves to be considered among the 100 Italian cities to visit as soon as possible. Let yourself be conquered by its shopping street (Corso Italia), its Cathedral and its millenary traction. But its greatest attraction is Etna, which with its eruptions has created an incredible natural park along its slopes. Under the lava soil, however, lies the Catania of the 16th century, an underground treasure chest. The fish market is among the oldest in Italy and with its lively stalls it sells the best of the day’s catch. L’Ostello is also incredible, the place for young people, where the Amenano River flows inside… Go down to the cellar and you will be amazed, according to Skyscanner!



Syracuse is millenary history and boundless art. Scientists like Archimedes were born here, intellectuals like Plato passed through it and the Romans landed there with Cicero. All this coming and going has given rise to the birth of a very rich city from a cultural point of view – so much so that it excelled with Athens! Visit the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, enjoy the traditional puppet show and immerse yourself in the Plemmirio. Don’t try to leave before a trip to Ortigia Island, the heart of old Syracuse.


91. NOTO, Syracuse

This year has already passed but next year you absolutely must not miss it. We are talking about the Infiorata di Noto, which every third Sunday in May, for over 35 years, has decorated the most fascinating street in the city with a thousand petals. The flower artists come here from the city of Genzano (Rm) to pay homage to spring and make a city born to amaze even more magical. Noto is the pearl of the Sicilian Baroque and even without flowers it is always harmonious and opulent, as evidenced by the grandiose Palazzo Nicolaci.

Noto, Syracuse


In the past it was besieged by Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans and Arabs. Today, however, by hordes of tourists who love archeology. Yes, because here in Agrigento there is the largest archaeological area in the world, the Valley of the Temples, a 1300-hectare UNESCO heritage site. The Hellenic beauties of the “cradle of Magna Graecia” add up to those of the historic center, such as the Cistercian Monastery of Santo Spirito or the Cathedral of San Gernaldo, to name two. How not to include it among the 100 Italian cities to visit?


93. LIPARI, Messina

Lipari is the largest island of the Aeolian Islands. The colored boats, the alleys on a human scale and the smells of the Mediterranean make this handkerchief of Sicilian land one of the most loved seaside resorts by Italians, and not only. If you want to explore its interior, concentrate around the Castle area, the Acropolis, a promontory overlooking the blue where a Bronze Age settlement once stood. But seen from the sea it can give the best of itself: then embark for Punta Castagna or the rest of the archipelago.



A land of conquest for the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and more Normans, Swabians, French and Spanish. This is Palermo, one of the Italian cities to visit in Sicily that will make you madly fall in love with it. A city with a thousand faces that boasts a unique heritage of its kind, where arabesque domes coexist in harmony with baroque churches. Explore the Cathedral, descend into the underground cemetery of the Capuchin Convent, sunbathe on Mondello beach and wander through the markets of Ballarò and Vucciria. Then satiate yourself with mulberry granitas, ricotta cannoli, cassata, arancini and crocchè.


95. FAVIGNANA, Trapani

The painter Salvatore Fiume called it the “big butterfly on the sea”. Favignana, the largest island of the Egadi, is an irresistible attraction for its historic tuna traps, still intact landscapes, the spectacle of the Mediterranean maquis and one of the most beautiful seas in the world. Immerse yourself in the turquoise waters of Cala Rossa, visit the Ex Stabilimento Florio and end the day with an aperitif with glasses of local white wine. If you sleep here, remember to set your alarm early to enjoy the sunrise from Punta Lunga… it’s really worth it!

Favignana, Trapani



Cagliari shines in the deep south of the island. This is the favorite destination of the traveler who loves relaxing on the beach but also cultural visits. There is history with the Bastion of Saint-Remy and the city’s monuments, there is the sea with the white Poetto lido, there is entertainment in the Marina District and there is nature in the Molentargius Park. Just outside the center it is also possible to go trekking along the suggestive naturalistic itinerary that takes you to the top of the Sella del Diavolo promontory. Have we invited you to spend the summer holidays?


97. ALGHERO, Sassari

This is a real piece of Catalonia in Sardinia. Well yes, Alghero, the capital of the Costa del Corallo is Italian but speaks Spanish, or rather Alghero, a very particular variant of Catalan. As evidence of the influences brought over time, the Spanish bastions and defensive turrets that deserve to be known with a trip to the city, perhaps after having explored the nuragic complex of Palmavera or the karst formations of the Grotte di Nettuno. The main dish is the Catalan lobster, to be eaten at sunset with a glass of white wine! Definitely one of those Italian cities to see…


98. CARLOFORTE, Carbonia-Iglesias

In Carloforte, on the other hand, the linguistic link is with Liguria! Yes, because a Ligurian colony of coral fishermen arrived here in the 18th century from an island in Turkey, they settled there bringing with them the dialect and a whole series of traditions which later mixed with the local culture. Language aside, this town on the island of San Pietro, in the Sulcis Iglesiente area, is a natural Eden, where tuna is the typical product par excellence and is honored every year with a gastronomic event called Girotonno.


99. BARUMINI, Medio Campidano

In the historic central region of Marmilla lies a spectacular site that will tantalize archaeological professionals or the simple curious about unexplored treasures. Here is “Su Nuraxi”, the ancient nuragic village, a UNESCO heritage since 1997. The site is part of the territory of Barumini, a small village in the province of Medio Campidano, easily reachable from Cagliari and Oristano, also famous for its historic centre, the expanses of cork in the sun and the dwarf horses of the Giara. Because Sardinia is not just beaches…


100. PORTO CERVO, Olbia-Tempio

We conclude our article on the 100 Italian cities to visit in the north-eastern area of ​​Gallura , where the sun beats down on the granite rocks smoothed by the wind and the color of the sea has nothing to envy to that of the Tropics. And Porto Cervo represents the city of luxury in this slice of Sardinia, known as the Costa Smeralda, a magnet for VIPs from all over the world. Beyond the five-star resorts, this location deserves to be experienced on a boat, to discover the solitary coves of the La Maddalena Archipelago… Without equal!

Porto Cervo

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