Destinations in Italy

Rome, Florence, Venice, and beyond—The best places to visit in Italy

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The Roman Forum (Photo by Bert Kaufmann)

A travel guide to the Eternal City

 
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A view of Florence from Piazzale Michelangiolo (Photo by Shane Lin)

A guide to help you plan the perfect vacation in Florence, Italy, hometown of the Renaissance

 
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The view from Campanile di San Marco (St Mark's bell tower) over the Grand Canal with Santa Maria della Salute (Photo by J. Philipp Krone)

A guide to La Serenissima, a city of palaces built on water

 
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Amalfi from the pier (Photo by Neil Howard)

The fabled cliff-hugging seaside Amalfi Drive connecting posh Positano, historic Amalfi, and garden-blessed Ravello

 
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Manarola, as seen from the trail (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

A traveler's guide to hiking the Cinque Terre (often misspelled—and mis-pronounced—"Cinque Terra"), a string of fishing villages on the Italian Riviera

 
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A view of Mt. Vesuvius from the Pompeii Forum (Photo by Valentin Popescu)

A travel guide to visiting Pompeii, the ancient Roman ghost town buried by Mt. Vesuvius

 
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The view of Capri from Monte Solaro (Photo by Mister No)

A travel guide to the most storied and gorgeous of the Italian islands

 
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When they say "See Naples and die," they mean its beauty is so breathtaking it can stop your heart (not that you shouldn't still watch for pickpockets)

 
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Sorrento (Photo by Colin W)

A travel guide to the resort town of Sorrento, gateway to the Amalfi Coast

 
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Two of the ancient Greek temples in the archaeological park of Paestum (Photo by V alfano)

Three Greek temples sprouting from the middle of mozzarella country on Campania's Cliento Coast

 
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An ancient Roman street in the ruins of Herculaneum (Photo by Adam Burt)

The other ancient Roman ghost town that Mt. Vesuvius destroyed

 
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The Baptistery, Duomo, and Campanile (Leaning Tower) on Pisa's Campo dei Miracoli (Photo by Alessio Facchin)

A vacation guide to Pisa—the Leaning Tower, the Field of Miracles, and more

 
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Piazza del Duomo with the mighty Gothic cathedral (Photo by Irene Grassi)

Milan is Italy's economic powerhouse, a bustling modern city of finance and industry, media empires and fashion houses, political lions and Michelin-starred restaurants. It also boasts an impressive cultural heritage of important art galleries and ancient churches

 
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Piazza del Campo and the Palazzo Pubblico (Photo by Ryan Taylor)

A gorgeous, Gothic Tuscan hilltown

 
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Santa Maria Assunta, the majolica-domes church of Positano

The chic, postcard-pretty resort village of the Amalfi Coast

 
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Amalfi at the foot of Monte Cerreto (Photo by Christopher Chan)

A tiny Amalfi Coast town with an outsized history that makes the best base for the region

 
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Ravello (Photo by Deror_avi)

A travel guide to the garden-filled Amalfi Coast retreat of Ravello

 
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The Reggia di Caserta (Photo by Tango7174)

Italy's answer to Versailles is the ornate Palazzo Reale di Caserta, or Reggia, a sprawling royal palace just outside Naples

 
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Part of the Grande Cascate waterfall

Tivoli's magnificent villas and gardens that once belonged Roman Emperors or Renaissance princes make for an easy and rewarding sidetrip from Rome

 
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Vietri sul Mare (Photo by Kārlis Dambrāns)

A ceramics town at the end of the Amalfi Coast

 
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The busy port city of Salerno (Photo by José Miguel)

Dull city and southern gateway to the Amalfi Coast, the Greek ruins at Paestum, and Campania's southern Cliento Coast

 
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Mt. Vesuvius from space (Photo by NASA/ISS Expedition 4 crew member)

How to visit the volcano that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum

 
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The amphitheater of Capua (Photo by BARBARA ZOLI)

An amazing ancient Roman amphitheater in the Campanian countryside

 
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Pozzuoli and the Campi Flegrei with names. Photo taken from the ISS. (Photo courtesy of NASA)

The Roman ruins (Pozzuoli, Baia, Cuma), volcanic craters (Solfatara), and myth-soaked ancient sites (Cave of the Cumean Sybil and Lago di Averno) of the Campi Flegrei west of Naples

 
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Nemi, in the Castelli Romani of the Alban Hills (Photo by mout1234)

Just south of Rome, in the Alban Hills, lies a string of hilltowns, villages, and vineyards called the Castelli Romani

 
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The Lazio Lakes of Bracciano, Vico, and Bolsena north of the city make for an excellent sidetrip from Rome, Italy