Sightseeing in Italy

Italy is one of the most preferred tourist spots in the world and there are many sightseeing locations in the country. Tourism is one of the most important industries in Italy and the tourist spots in Italy draw huge number of domestic and international tourists every year. People from all corners of the world come to Italy for sightseeing purposes. Sightseeing in Italy can be a lifetime experience for you and your family.

In 2008, the Italian cities which had the maximum number of overseas travelers were as follows:

  • Rome (11th most visited city in the world and attracted 6,123,000 travelers)
  • Venice (57th most visited place in the world and attracted 1,798,000 visitors)
  • Milan (52nd most visited city in the world with 1,914,000 tourists)
  • Naples (166th most visited place in the world and attracted 381,000 travelers)
  • Florence (59th most visited city in the world and drew 1,729,000 overseas visitors)
  • Verona (188th most traveled place in the world and attracted 289,000 tourists)
  • Palermo (183rd most visited place in the world and attracted 316,000 visitors)
  • Bologna (191st most visited city in the world and attracted 279,000 tourists)
  • Rimini (189th most traveled place in the world and attracted 284,000 foreign tourists)
  • Turin (203rd most visited city in the world and attracted 240,000 tourists)
  • Genoa (200th most traveled place in the world and attracted 243,000 visitors)
  • Siena (229th most visited city in the world and attracted 163,000 travelers).

Areas for sightseeing in Italy

Given below are the different areas and regions in Italy where you should go for sightseeing:

Northwest Italy

The sightseeing areas in Northwest Italy are Liguria, Piedmont, Valle d'Aosta and Lombardy. Northwest Italy is home to the Italian Riviera comprising Cinque Terre and Portofino. There are various famous cities in this region like Milan, the fashion and commercial capital of Italy, Turin, the manufacturing hub of the country and the seaport of Genoa.

Northeast Italy

Major sightseeing areas in Northeast Italy include regions like Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige. This region of Italy has a number of sightseeing spots and tourist attractions which include the following:

  • Verona
  • Venice
  • Padua
  • Vicenza
  • Bolzano
  • Trento
  • Ferrara
  • Bologna
  • Parma
  • Piacenza
  • Trieste
  • Ravenna

Northeast Italy is famous for mountain ranges like the Carnic, the Dolomites, Julian Alps and splendid ski resorts such as Madonna di Campiglio and Cortina d'Ampezzo. This region is also famous for cuisines like Tiramisu, Prosecco, Ragu, Cotechino and Parma ham.

Central Italy

Important sightseeing areas in Central Italy are Abruzzo, Lazio, Tuscany, Marche and Umbria. This is the most traveled region in Italy and has a number of famous tourist spots which include the following:

  • Florence (home to Renaissance in Italy)
  • Pisa
  • Siena
  • Rome (famous for the Colosseum and remains of Roman Civilization)
  • Lucca
  • Perugia

Central Italy is known for its rich cultural heritage.

Southern Italy

Major sightseeing regions in this part of Italy are Basilicata, Apulia, Campania, Calabria and Molise. Popular tourist spots in Southern Italy are Naples, Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Calabria and Apulia.


It is a big island which boasts a number of tourist spots and shorelines.


Sicily is the biggest island in Italy and it is known for the coastline and Sicilian cuisine.

Ancient resorts

Sightseeing in Italy remains incomplete if you don't visit the ancient resorts in the country such as Pompeii, Naples, Capri, Ischia and Baiae.

Sightseeing in Italy: Rome and Milan


Important sightseeing spots in Rome are the following:

  • Colosseum
  • The Vatican Museums
  • The Pantheon,
  • The Trevi Fountain
  • Piazza Navona
  • St Peter's Basilica
  • The Roman Forum
  • Castel Sant'Angelo
  • The Basilica of St. John Lateran
  • The Spanish Steps
  • Villa Borghese park
  • Piazza del Popolo
  • The Trastevere
  • The Janiculum


Popular sightseeing attractions in Milan are as follows:

  • The Teatro alla Scala
  • Duomo and Piazza
  • The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
  • The San Siro Stadium
  • The Pinacoteca di Brera
  • The Castello Sforzesco
  • Milan Cathedral
  • The Via Monte Napoleone.
  • The Teatro alla Scala,
  • The Castello Sforzesco
  • The Navigli
  • The Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio
  • The Brera District

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