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The 15 Cities Italians to visit in 2020: here is the ranking


We Italians sometimes forget it, but if Italy is the Bel Paese there is a reason! In fact, the beauties of Italy are renowned all over the world and visitors hungry for Italian Life Style arrive from all over the world. But we asked ourselves: which of all the cities is the most beautiful?
Make a ranking of most beautiful Italian cities to visit it is not easy, considering the amount of the Italian artistic heritage, crossing the best cities of art, with the most visited ones, and the opinions of travelers on the main booking portals, without forgetting that what is beautiful is not beautiful, but what is liked is, here is ours special ranking of the most beautiful Italian cities!



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1 - Venice, Veneto

At the head of the podium there is most romantic city in the world, destination from time immemorial, of newlyweds: our grandmothers were already dreaming of a honeymoon in Gondolas!
La third most visited city in Italy, the main Italian city of art, in 6 place among most beautiful cities in the world. It has one of the most beautiful squares in the world: Piazza San Marco and in 1987 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
With such a presentation it could only be in first place among the most beautiful cities in Italy. Venice one of most romantic cities in the world and its strong point is its unique and characteristic charm: its canals with traditional gondolas, the noble palaces, the lagoon ... visiting it certainly does not disappoint expectations.
Obviously, a mention of the incredible and engaging tradition of the Venetian Carnival, a riot of colors, masks and pranks, which transcends time and gives emotions to all generations.



  • Best time: Spring, Summer and on the occasion of Carnival
  • Bus to Venice from € 4,99 -
  • hotel and b & b from € 70,00 per room -
  • Average cost of a restaurant dinner: from € 50,00 per couple
  • Venice gondola tour Skip-the-line entrance to the Doge's Palace

2 - Rome, Lazio

The second of the magnificent three is the most visited city in Italy and a favorite among tripadvisor travelers.
Roma Caput Mundi is literally an open-air museum: from the Imperial Forums to the Pantheon, throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain to be amazed in front of the Colosseum, passing through Piazza Navona.
The history of Rome exudes from every corner and is lost in the mists of time: those who visit it can only be satisfied with beauty and culture.
It is a city that offers everything, suitable for those who want to live a social life, or simply go shopping, or enjoy the renowned Italian cuisine

  • Best time: All year round, in any season.
  • Bus to Rome from € 4,99 -
  • hotel and b & b from € 55,00 per room -
  • Average cost of a restaurant dinner: from € 60,00 per couple
  • Visit to the Colosseum with priority entrance Skip-the-line entrance to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

3 - Florence, Tuscany

And here we are to climb the lowest step of the podium, dominated by Tuscan city symbol of Made in Italy in the world.
Florence is the cradle of Renaissance culture, a concentration of monuments and works of art, here is the most visited Italian museum: The Uffizi Gallery.
Florence was home to the greatest Italian artists and poets, from Dante Alighieri to Petraca, from Michelangelo to Leonardo da Vinci; for this it can be considered the main goal of Italian cultural tourism.
To take your breath away, just take a peek from the top of Piazzale Michelangelo and enjoy the splendid view overlooking the city.



  • Best time: All the year. In June on the occasion of the feast of the Patron Saint John.
  • Bus to Florence from € 4,99 -
  • hotel and b & b from € 60,00 per room -
  • Average cost of a restaurant dinner: from € 45,00 per couple
  • from € 59,98. From Milan and Rome it is equidistant, about 250 km, therefore trains or buses are preferred.
  • Skip-the-line entry to the Uffizi Gallery Panoramic tour of Florence on a Vespa guided entrance to the Duomo and Dome

4 - Naples, Campania

Higher up we find the largest and most visited among the cities of Southern Italy. It is said "See Naples and then die" because you cannot leave this land without having been to Naples at least once; it will be for this reason that it has returned to full merit among the most visited cities in Italy.
Naples has a secret charm, to be discovered, which is very much reflected in cheerful character and color of its inhabitants. The Gulf, the Vesuvius, the beautiful ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii, the music, but above all ... the pizza, make it absolutely unique.

  • Best time: Spring Summer
  • Bus to Naples from € 4,99 -
  • hotel and b & b from € 50,00 per room -
  • Average cost of a restaurant dinner: from € 40,00 per couple
  • excursion in Vesuvius in 4x4 Jeep Naples Underground

5 - Siena, Tuscany

Could not miss the standings city ​​of the Palio. Siena is splendid precisely in its being a city, not only for artistic treasures which preserves.
Siena is a city rich in traditions, whose beauty lies entirely in its ancient streets and alleys. The flagship is Piazza del Campo, in which the Palio.
Strolling through the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is pleasant and surprising, among shops and shops, enjoying a ciaccino, typical Tuscan street food.
The Tuscan culinary tradition is appreciated all over the world, and Siena is certainly one of the best places to appreciate it. Remember to taste the "Pici", the "Pappardelle with Pinta sauce" or the "Ribollita".



  • Best time: Spring, Summer, on the occasion of the Palio
  • Bus to Siena from € 4,99 -
  • hotel and b & b from € 55,00 per room -
  • Average cost of a restaurant dinner: from € 50,00 per couple
  • starting from € 33,06. From Rome or Milan it is generally preferable to take the train or bus. The distance is approximately 250km
  • Quick ticket Siena Cathedral Guided tour with a local guide

6 - Syracuse, Sicily

Moving up the rankings we return to Sicily, to discover one amazing city, candidate for European capital of culture: Syracuse.
In Syracuse it is the Sicilian baroque which is the host, and the square of Ortigia it is dazzling for its beauty, thanks to the presence of one of the Cathedral. The sea creates breathtaking landscapes and the taste is tickled by the typical smells of tasty Sicilian food.

  • Best time: Spring and Summer
  • hotel and b & b from € 50,00 per room -
  • Average cost of a restaurant dinner: from € 40,00 per couple
  • Flights to Catania (70km from Syracuse) from € 33,06
  • 3 hour guided walking tour

7 - San Gimignano, Tuscany

Let's go up the ranking a bit and also go up the peninsula up to Tuscany., in the heart of Val d'Elsa, more than a city we find a village: San Gimignano!
Crossing the walls of San Gimignano you go back to the th-th century, in the middle of the Middle Ages, because nothing has changed here since then. For this he deserved the title of World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The country is situated in an excellent position: between Chianti, Valdesa, Florence and Siena.

  • Best time: Spring and Summer
  • hotel and b & b from € 60,00 per room -
  • Average cost of a restaurant dinner: dinner for two people € 50,00
  • Flights to Florence (5km from San Gimignano) from € 49,98. From Rome or Milan it is generally preferable to take the train or bus, the distance is about 250km
  • day trip to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti

8 - Palermo, Sicily

We are still at the bottom of the table with one of the southern city with a long and complex history, as are its monuments and its streets: the current Corso Vittorio, the axis of the ancient Cassaro, is the first ancient road around which the development of the city originated.
Elegant and contradictory, Palermo contains Arab, Norman features, with Gothic-Catalan spots and baroque opulence.
It is a noisy and colorful city with a unique character; exactly like the Vucciria, the historic market that stretches along the narrow streets of the historic center.
From arancine to Panelle, without forgetting cannoli and cassata: Palermo is a city full of ancient smells and flavors that can be found in street foods and in desserts.

  • Best time: Spring and Summer
  • Bus to Palermo from € 4,99 -
  • hotel and b & b from € 45,00 per room -
  • Average cost of a restaurant dinner: from € 30,00 per couple
  • Street food tour

9 - Verona, Veneto

The city with the most famous balcony in the world it ranks penultimate in the top ten, but it is a fact that it is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage Site for its urban structure and architecture. Also noteworthy is the famous Arena, which often hosts both television and classical opera shows, providing a decidedly suggestive location!
It is certainly one of the most romantic cities in the Bel Paese, thanks to its charm that is enhanced especially at sunset, famous for having been the backdrop to one of the most beautiful and tragic love stories in literature: Romeo and Juliet by W Shakespeare

  • Best time: All year round and on the occasion of Valentine's Day
  • Bus to Verona from € 4,99 -
  • hotel and b & b from € 70,00 per room -
  • Average cost of a restaurant dinner: from € 60,00 per couple
  • Dreamers tour with Romeo and Juliet

10 - Ferrara, Emilia Romagna

At the next position we find the city of the Este. Ferrara is medieval and Renaissance, one elegant city on a human scale, where life flows slowly on horseback, among palaces, noble houses, churches and castles. Furthermore, you are in the heart of Emilia Romagna, take the opportunity to delight your palate!

  • Best time: Mid-seasons recommended
  • Bus to Ferrara from € 4,99 -
  • hotel and b & b from € 60,00 per room -
  • Average cost of a restaurant dinner: from € 40,00 per couple
  • Flights to Bologna (50 km from Ferrara) from € 55,68
  • Guided tour with a local guide

11 - Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia

Located on the Adriatic Sea and almost entirely surrounded by Slovenia, Trieste is a city that is geographically and historically isolated from the rest of the Italian peninsula. It is a historic place, an important commercial port that for centuries has been the link between the Mediterranean and the Slavic and Germanic people. It is a very charming place, full of cafes and with a splendid view of the sea.

  • Best time: Spring autumn
  • Bus to Trieste from € 4,99 -
  • hotel and b & b from € 65,00 per room -
  • Average cost of a restaurant dinner: from € 50,00 per couple
  • One day excursion to Postojna cave

12 - Parma, Emilia Romagna

Among the most prosperous cities in Italy, Parma is also famous for the production of two of the most exported and appreciated Italian culinary products abroad: Parma ham and Parmigiano Reggiano. It is a small town on a human scale, with lovely romantic alleys to visit as a couple or perhaps to travel by bike.

  • Best time: all the year
  • Bus to Parma from € 4,99 -
  • hotel and b & b from € 60,00 per room -
  • Average cost of a restaurant dinner: from € 60,00 per couple
  • City tour with a local guide

13 - Milan, Lombardy

Milan and Paris compete for the title of European fashion capital. This makes it the most important city in Italy economically speaking. On the occasion of the fashion week, the city is teeming with renowned designers, models, showbiz characters and paparazzi. It's the prestesto ideal for shopping and find out about new trends.
Milan is a huge metropolis, dynamic and full of opportunities. A city that never goes to sleep, where things to do are almost endless.

  • Best time: In any season. To attend the Fashion Week, the spring / summer shows are held in September / October, the autumn / winter shows are in February / March
  • Bus to Milan from € 4,99 -
  • hotel and b & b from € 55,00 per room -
  • Average cost of a restaurant dinner: from € 70,00 per couple
  • Milan Card

14 - Mantua, Lombardy

The Lombard city of Mantova. Pearl of the Renaissance, thanks to the Gonzagas, Mantua was one of the most important cultural cities and maintains many buildings built in that period. Mantua is surrounded by greenery, in a suggestive and enjoyable natural area, a stay in a farmhouse is particularly recommended.

  • Best time: Spring
  • Bus to Mantua from € 4,99 -
  • hotel and b & b from € 57,00 per room -
  • Average cost of a restaurant dinner: from € 45,00 per couple
  • Flights to Verona (48 km from Mantua) from € 55,24
  • City tour + Doge's Palace

15 - Bergamo, Lombardy

This beautiful city in the Alps combines two different but complementary hamlets, the upper and the lower. The lower city is the modern area of ​​Bergamo, while the upper part coincides with the historic center.
Not to be missed is Bergamo Alta, the historic heart of the city and the place where the main attractions are concentrated.

  • Best time: Spring
  • Bus to Bergamo from € 4,99 -
  • hotel and b & b from € 52,00 per room -
  • Average cost of a restaurant dinner: from € 50,00 per couple
  • 2,5 hour guided tour in the upper town

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