The Four Must-See Major Cities in Italy

 

Italy is one of the most dazzling and spectacular countries on the planet and it attracts millions of tourists each year because of this. There are so many great things to see in Italy that it’s hard to know where to begin, however when it comes to cities, there are a few places that must not be missed. So here are the four must-see cities of Italy. Travelers hoping to escape the cities to see more of Italy should consider renting a car, as renting a car in Europe is not as difficult or intimidating as one might imagine.

Florence

[Also see our travel article “24 Hours in Florence“]

Florence is one of the many homes of the Renaissance, with countless architectural treasures and museums to visit. The most iconic attraction is Michelangelo’s David at the Galleria dell’Accademia, but other attractions include the imposing Duomo and the Galleria degli Uffizi. All in all, the city of Florence is a masterpiece of design, and offers a spectacular atmosphere for families and couples alike.

Michelangelo's David is the preeminent piece of art from the Italian Renaissance.

Michelangelo’s David is the preeminent piece of art from the Italian Renaissance.

Milan

If travelers are looking for the fashion and economic powerhouse of Italy, then Milan is the place to go. Similar to London, Paris or New York – but with much better weather – Milan is a tourist’s dream, with paintings such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper on offer, as well as the masterful Duomo di Milano, which can make definitely make jaws drop. North of Milan travelers will also find lakes Garda and Como, with wonderful surrounding scenery and picturesque villages. Milan can get very busy during peak tourist season, so try to visit in the off season to see more the city without all the crowds.

The Duomo is a gothic cathedral in the heart of Milan that took over six centuries to complete!

The Duomo is a gothic cathedral in the heart of Milan that took over six centuries to complete!

Rome

[Also see our article “Rome Travel Guide“]

Rome is not only the cultural capital of Italy, but it also the ancient and historic center too. Known all over the world as Italy’s greatest city, Rome attracts millions of people every year, and with so many things to see and do, travelers could easily spend weeks in Rome and not experience the city to its full potential. From the Colosseum, a beautiful and iconic ruin that once held thousands of spectators, to the Pantheon and the Vatican, Rome is a place travelers simply must visit at least once in their lifetime.

Visiting the Colosseum is a pretty cool experience, as the ancient structure is entirely surrounded by modern Rome.

Visiting the Colosseum is a pretty cool experience, as the ancient structure is entirely surrounded by modern Rome.

Venice

Venice is a couple’s paradise, as it’s known all over the world for its romance and amazing atmosphere. Not only was the city built on a lagoon, but it is the only city in the world that is completely free of cars! To get around, travelers must walk, cycle, hire a gondola or travel on one of the city’s bus-like boat services. The payoff is worth it, however, as the fantastic mosaics of the Basilica di San Marco, the waterside restaurants and the gondolas make Venice a glorious destination for a romantic getaway.

Everyday streets in Venice look like the fantastical scene of movies!

Everyday streets in Venice look like the fantastical scene of movies!

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