Florence is the soul of Italy with a huge range of spectacular Renaissance buildings, galleries and churches.
2. Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast stretches 40km south of the Bay of Naples. Colourful houses cling to the cliffs of the Lattari mountains overlooking the beautiful Tyrrhenian sea.
Rome is one of the most famous cities in the world that once formed an empire stretching over much of Europe. The city therefore is rich in history, culture and architecture.
Another world famous Italian city, the "floating" city of Venice. Considered one of the most magical, majestic and romantic places on Earth.
5. Lake Como
Lake Como is popular destination because of it warm weather, stunning scenery, fresh air and attractive towns.
6. San Gimignano and the Tuscan Countryside
Towers of San Gimignano.
Tuscany is famed for its rolling cornfields, olive groves and vineyards. One of the most visited places is San Gimignano, a beautiful walled hilltop town known for its towers that symbolised medieval wealth.
7. Cinque Terre
Vernazza, Cinque Terre.
Cinque Terre (Five Lands) comprises 5 quaint, picturesque coastal villages (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza (pictured) and Monterosso) on the Italian Riviera.
Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Pisa is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World - The Leaning Tower of Pisa. There is a lot more to this beautiful city though; with many other interesting sights, shops, and restaurants.
9. Lake Garda
Italy's largest lake known for its stunning beauty. The spectacular blue water is surrounded by towering mountains which create a microclimate keeping the area around the lake warm year round.
Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii ruins.
Pompeii is a former city that was destroyed and frozen in time by a volcanic eruption in 79 AD. The ruins are eerier, but provide a fascinating insight as to how people lived 2000 years ago.
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