Find the best things to do in Italy. Where to see Renaissance art. What beaches to visit. Which mountain ranges are best for hiking. What cities to see. And when to go. Check out our video. Then see 24 of the best things to do in Italy. The information in this article is taken from The Rough Guide to Italy your essential guide for visiting Italy.
Rome has so much to see. Aimlessly wander the historic centre. It's full of surprises.
Like more of a plan? Take a Colosseum tour with local guides.
Lecce is off the tourist track. But it's an exuberant city.
Visit for Baroque architecture. See its opulent churches. And go explore surrounding Puglia.
Puglia's one of Rough Guides' most beautiful places in Italy.
Sicily has Ancient Greek roots. And the ruins to prove it.
See Siracusa and Taormina theatres. Both still stage Greek drama.
Discover Agrigento. It's one of the best sites outside Greece.
Explore for longer. Stay at UNAHOTELS Capotaormina in Sicily.
Drink local in Italy.
Seek out wine bars. They're called enoteca.
Try regional wines. Enjoy the antipasti.
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Make time for Urbino.
Interested in the Renaissance? Take a private walking tour of Urbino.
Ravenna was Europe's capital 1500 years ago.
Beguiled by Ravenna? Book Casa Masoli near San Vitale.
Stay on the coast. Book Alcione Residence in Positano.
Piazza San Marco's crowded. But it's iconic.
Avoid tourists. Try lesser known places to see in Italy.
Find Duomo of Orvieto in Umbria.
Interested in the Duomo? Take an in-depth cathedral tour in Orvieto.
It's Italy's iconic Duomo. Dominates Florence. Worth a climb for the view.
Skip the line. Take a guided tour of the Duomo in Florence.
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Pizza's ubiquitous in Italy. But tastes best in Naples.
Stay in pizza's hometown. Book Le Corti del Re in Naples.
Go north for Italy's famous lakes. It's a stunning region. If you avoid crowds.
The scenery's remarkable. And there's lots to do.
Dip into the lakes. Take a Lake Como cruise from Milan.
Find Elba in Tuscany. It's a mountainous island.
The beaches are great. And it's good for hiking.
Stay awhile. Book Cota Quinta in Rio nell'Elba.
Discover the Abruzzo mountains. They're in Italy’s third-largest national park.
Go for wild landscapes. The walking's marvellous. Expect wildlife.
Jump the queue. Book a small group tour of the Uffizi.
Try a farm stay in Italy.
Enjoy spectacular locations. Discover the countryside.
Learn to make cheese. Book a two day farm stay in Sardinia.
Visit Pompeii. Then see Herculaneum.
See inside Pompeii. Book a small group tour with archaeologists.
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It's home to Da Vinci's The Last Supper.
Make reservations. Book The Last Supper guided tour.
It's a small chapel. But the frescoes are world famous.
Explore more Padua. Take a walking tour of the city.
The Dolomites are hiking territory.
Short on time? Book a best of the Dolomites day tour.
Visit the Basilica di San Francesco.
It's always crowded. So skip the line. Book an official guided tour in advance.
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