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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The Maschio Angioino, or Castel Nuovo

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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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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The gardens, showing the jets of the Fountain of Neptune with the Fountain of the Organ above and behind

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