The Top 10 Sights of Italy

Travel to Italy completely without tourist traps! Here you will find a list of the top 10 sights of Italy! What are the highlights and attractions you can't miss when vacationing in Italy?

Bella Italia! When you hear these words on vacation in Italy, you immediately think of the cypresses of Tuscany, the fabulous Amalfi Coast, gondolas in Venice, pompous churches and the impressive sights from Roman antiquity.


Bella Italia is wine and song, pizza and pasta, beaches and the Alps, soccer and Ferrari, in short - always worth a trip.

Colosseum in Rome

The Colosseum in Rome is the largest enclosed structure of Roman antiquity and a masterpiece of engineering by the ancient Romans, Italy - © James Camel / franks-travelbox
© James Camel / franks-travelbox

The massive Colosseum in Rome is the largest structure of the ancient world. The massive arena was once commissioned by Emperor Vespasian and for years was the scene of cruel gladiator fights and animal hunts, as well as spectacular re-enacted battles. To this day, the sophisticated architecture and ingenious stagecraft of the monumental amphitheater astonishes every visitor.

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St. Mark's Square in Venice

St Mark's Square in Venice by night, Italy - © gary718 / Shutterstock
© gary718 / Shutterstock

The most important sights of the lagoon city of Venice are grouped around the picturesque St. Mark's Square, including the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Church with the Campanile, the highest tower in the city. At carnival time, St. Mark's Square disappears under the blaze of color of numerous masks exuberantly celebrating the famous Venice Carnival celebration.

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Amalfi Coast

Spectacular view on the Amalfi Coast, Italy - © DeVIce / Fotolia
© DeVIce / Fotolia

The gorgeous Amalfi Coast in southwestern Italy is one of the most beautiful coastal roads in Europe and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Like pearls on a string, one picturesque village follows the next, some of them built steeply into the rocks - spectacular views of the Mediterranean guaranteed!

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St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican

St. Peter's Basilica in the Roman city-state of Vatican City at dusk - © James Camel / franks-travelbox
© James Camel / franks-travelbox

St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is the most famous church in Christianity, as it was built at the behest of the first bishop of Rome, Apostle Peter, and is considered the birthplace of the papacy. Meanwhile, the magnificently decorated place of worship is the largest church in the world. The free ascent to the massive dome offers a magnificent view over the Eternal City.

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Milan Cathedral in Milan

Milan Cathedral is the third largest church in the world in terms of area, after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Spanish Cathedral of Seville, Italy - © MasterLu / Fotolia
© MasterLu / Fotolia

Milan Cathedral is the city's landmark and one of our 10 most beautiful churches in Europe. Its elaborately decorated facade of light marble houses a priceless relic in an altar room of immense proportions: a nail from the cross of Jesus. The 20m-high stained glass windows, through which sunlight bathes Milan Cathedral in soft light, are among the largest in the world.

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Vatican Museums in the Vatican

The fantastic wall and ceiling paintings in the Vatican Museums are a sight in themselves, Rome, Vatican - © James Camel / franks-travelbox
© James Camel / franks-travelbox

Not only art lovers will be thrilled by the exhibitions of the Vatican Museums in Rome. The rooms, adorned with magnificent murals, hide overwhelming art treasures brought to Rome by popes from all over the world over almost two millennia. Highlights include the Sistine Chapel with its famous painting of the Creation of Adam, the Head of Zeus, the bronze statue of Heracles and the Gallery of Maps.

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Lake Garda and Lake Como

The picture-perfect Lake Garda lies in the middle of the Alps south of Trento and is the largest lake in Italy - © fotomika / Shutterstock
© fotomika / Shutterstock

The wonderful combination of alpine terrain and water make the two lakes in northern Italy so popular. The mild climate does the rest to attract numerous tourists to their enchanting villages and cozy beach resorts every year.

The largest and cleanest lake in Italy invites not only for swimming vacations - also hikers, mountain bikers, climbers, sailors and surfers enjoy the wonderful spot on Lake Garda.


There's less swimming fun to be had, but plenty of elegance and luxury to be discovered on fashionable Lake Como. George Clooney and Co. know why they have chosen the historic villas in its surroundings as their residence. The panorama is breathtaking, almost every picturesque village on the lakeshore is worth a visit, and the local cuisine is nothing to sneeze at.

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Fenestrelle Fortress in Piedmont

View of Fenestrelle mountain fortress in Piedmont from Asietta ridge road , Italy - © FRASHO / franks-travelbox
© FRASHO / franks-travelbox

With an incredible area of 1.3 million square meters, Fenestrelle Fortress in northern Italy is the largest mountain fortress in Europe. Its completion took a massive 120 years until the middle of the 18th century. All parts of the monumental bulwark can be visited via a covered staircase with almost 4,000 steps - if you want to see everything, by the way, this takes 7 to 8 hours and requires good physical condition!

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Resia Pass

The Reschen Pass has an altitude of 1504m; in 1950 the Reschen Lake was dammed up, flooding the village of Graun and parts of the village of Reschen, South Tyrol, Italy - © FRASHO / franks-travelbox
© FRASHO / franks-travelbox

The Reschen Pass is located on the border between Italy and Austria and is actually a mountain pass like many others. Even the reservoir is nothing special - if it weren't for the bell tower that juts out of the middle of Lake Reschen and lends the picturesque landscape a unique photo motif of the flooded village.

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Roman city of Aquileia

In the former commercial metropolis of Aquileia in northern Italy, streets, squares and house foundations from the Roman era have been unearthed - © James Camel / franks-travelbox
© James Camel / franks-travelbox

Aquileia was an important trading city in Roman times and one of the first major cities in Italy. After the liberation of Christianity in 333, the Roman city was one of the centers for the spread of the young faith. Today Aquileia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and impresses its visitors with well-preserved ruins, including magnificent mosaics in the basilica.


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