The Best Cities In Italy For The First Time Visitor

The cities in Italy are not just the best cities in Europe, but can easily be classified as some of the best cities in the world.

​Italy is a country with a long Mediterranean coastline that is strongly embossed on the Western culture and cuisine. Home to the Vatican and a landmark of art and ancient ruins is the capital city of Rome. With so much to do in Italy, the major attractions include the Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s “David” and Brunelleschi’s Duomo of Florence; canals of Venice and the fashion capital of Italy, Milan.

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Milan

The metropolitan city of Milan is a global centre of fashion and design. Simultaneously is home to the some delectable high-end restaurants and shops. Testifying the cities centuries’ old art and culture are the Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent.

Housing luxury shopping and serving classic Milanese food such as risotto and osso buco veal stew is the 19th century glass roofed arcade. The true reflections of cultural Milan can be seen at the 18th-century Teatro alla Scala opera house.

Venice

Built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon is the famous city of Venice. With negligible length of roads, the only mode to explore around is through canals that take you on a breathtaking journey.

St. Mark’s Basilica at the Central Square tiled Byzantine mosaics and the Campanile bell tower offers picturesque views of the red roofs. For those wish to go camping, swimming, fishing, canoeing & hiking miles of trails then acres of woods & water awaits you at Oscar Scherer State Park. Apart from this there’s Caspersen beach and Venice beach for you to take a dive of bask in the crisp sunshine.

Rome

A sprawling cosmopolitan city of Rome packs in it years of influential art, architecture and culture. Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum which once were the power of the former Roman Empire are a major tourist attraction today.

Part of the hearty Roman cuisine is traditional dishes like carbonara, americana and saltimbocca. Once the sun goes down the city wakes up to indulge in activities like seeing one of Verdi’s classic operas at Teatro dell’ Opera or go club-hopping in working-class Testaccio, once the city’s slaughterhouse district

Florence

Home to the many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture is the city of Florence in the Tuscany region of Italy. Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto claims to be the most iconic sight in Florence.

Witness the Michelangelo’s “David” sculptures displayed at the Galleria dell’Accademia. Ponte Vecchio, a medieval stone-arch pedestrian bridge packed with jewellery stores is another architectural delight

Naples

Sitting on the Bay of Naples the city is in close proximity to the Mount Vesuvius, the still-active volcano that once destroyed the Roman town Pompeii.

Naples is one of the cities in Italy that still boasts its old and important art and architecture dating back to the 2nd millennium B.C. Some of the major landmarks include the lavish Royal Palace, a 13th-century Castel Nuovo and the city’s cathedral, the Duomo di San Gennaro. Also worth a visit are the city’s many churches such as Gesu Nuovo and Gothic Santa Chiara.

Turin

Like other cities in Italy, Turin is known for its refined architecture and cuisine. The city gets its beauty by the Alps rising to the northwest of the city. Lined by the baroque buildings and old cafes is the Turin’s boulevard. The city has many museums where one can meet and greet the mummies, sphinxes and ancient papyruses.

Believed by some to be Jesus’ burial shroud, the Shroud of Turin is infrequently displayed at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Apart from this the city has many shopping streets, chocolate shops and a tour to the Juventus Stadium.

With this you’ve covered the best of cities in Italy, food, cultural and the most loved the shopping streets.So now that you have a list of go to places, pack your bags hop on the journey.

Mohit Agarwal

Mohit Agarwal is a civil engineer by profession & started travel blogging to share his experiences while traveling to new places without any planned itinerary, as it adds up to more adventure & exploring more about the city. He also loves photography to capture natural views with no or minimal filters.

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