Top 10 Italian attractions

If you're planning a trip to the land of ice cream and pasta and need to fill the time between meals, we've got you covered!

Italy has long been a favourite destination for Brits jetting off looking for some sun, sea, excellent food, beautiful architecture and fascinating culture. As a top tourist destination there are a whole hoard of tourist attractions to choose from when planning your trip.

Whether you’re on a tight budget and travelling with friends or on a romantic honeymoon with your new partner, there are so many amazing sights to see in Italy.

With the help of we’ve rounded up our top 10 attractions in Italy to help you make the most out of your Italian adventure.

Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence

Accessed by climbing up a flight of stairs from Piazza Giuseppe Poggi, Piazzale Michelangelo offers the best view over Florence’s iconic skyline as well as mini market stalls and a beautiful rose garden.

  • Free access.
  • Breathtaking views.
  • Perfect photo opportunities.

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The Colosseum, Rome

The Colosseum is an icon of both historic and modern Italy. Known for its ancient gladiator battles and animal fights, tourists can now take guided tours through the vast arena and underground tunnels and passages.

  • Guided tours available.
  • Centrally located in Rome.
  • Skip the line tickets available.

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Trevi Fountain, Rome

The Trevi Fountain is one of the most photographed attractions in Rome, and rightly so! The gorgeous water feature stands in Piazza di Trevi and features sculptures of the Roman god Neptune and other mythological figures.

  • Free to visit.
  • Go early to avoid the crowds.
  • Stunning photo background.

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Gondolas, Venice

If there's one thing everyone knows is a must-do in Venice it's taking a gondola ride through the canals. If you're travelling as a couple this is the perfect romantic activity and if you're travelling solo, find a group to share with to cut the cost!

  • Available from all major bridges.
  • Negotiable prices.
  • Split the cost with groups.

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The leaning tower of Pisa, Pisa

An icon of many Italian postcards, if you're heading near Pisa you can't miss the opportunity to take some classic funny photos with the leaning tower. Its memorable architecture makes it a perfect backdrop for an afternoon coffee.

  • Free to view from the outside.
  • Guided tours available.
  • Queue skip tickets available.

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Mount Etna, Sicily

For those who are less keen on cities, Italy also has a lot of incredible natural sites to see. The island is Sicily is home to the famous active volcano Mount Etna and it can be seen year round.

  • Guided hikes available.
  • Great photos all year round.
  • Easily accessible.

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Pompeii Archaeological Park, Naples

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pompeii Archaeological Park is a must-visit if you're staying around Naples. This ancient Roman city was preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and now offers a fascinating insight into ancient Roman civilisation.

  • Audio guides available.
  • Just 30 minutes from Naples.
  • Queue skip tickets available.

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The Vatican, Vatican City

Technically its own country, this religious centre is completely surrounded by the city of Rome and is a popular attraction for visitors to the city. Even if you're not religious, you'll enjoy the historic importance of this unique place.

  • Pre-book tickets online.
  • Guided tours available.
  • Queue skip tickets available.

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Juliet's balcony, Verona

Famed by Shakespeare, the beautiful town of Verona is home to the architectural inspiration of one of the literary world's most romantic scenes. The balcony can be viewed from the courtyard below or from inside the museum with a ticket.

  • Free to view.
  • Great photo opportunity.
  • Museum entry with ticket.

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan

The Italians do many things well, including shopping! If it's Italian designer brands you're after then be sure to check out the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in the fashion capital of Milan.

  • Home to designer brands.
  • Centrally located.
  • Great for rainy afternoons.

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