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Regions of italy

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Visit Agrigento

Temples in Agrigento, Sicily

Explore the remarkable Greek temples of Agrigento

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Vernazza

Vernazza is a lovely village in Liguria and one of the famous Cinque Terre villages

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Liguria

Portovenere in Liguria, Italy

Beautiful coast and pretty villages...

>> Liguria guide

Map of Italy

Map of italy

Find hundreds of fascinating places in all regions of Italy

>> Map of Italy

Polignano-a-Mare

Polignano a Mare is a charming coastal town with one of the best beaches in Puglia, dramatic cliffs and even a restaurant in a cave in the cliff face.

>> Visit Polignano-a-Mare

Trento Cathedral

The cathedral of Trento also has access to the ancient basilica that previously stood on the site

>> Visit Trento Cathedral

Messina cathedral

Messina cathedral and clocktower are a highlight of your visit to this historic town in Sicily

>> Visit Messina cathedral

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Malcesine

Malcesine is a pretty small town on the shores of Lake Garda

>> Visit Malcesine

Palermo church of Saint-Cataldo

The Church of San Cataldo is a beautifully restored 12th century church in the heart of Palermo

>> Visit Palermo church of Saint-Cataldo

Italy travel guide: explore Italy and hundreds of popular destinations

Italy is perhaps the most culturally rich country in Europe, and a visit offers one of the most attractive and varied experiences in Europe, perhaps the world.

It is the combination of historically remarkable landmarks and towns, small medieval villages untouched by modern life, and the great diversity of landscapes that make Italy such an interesting destination - but don't forget to spend time absorbing the Italian way of life during your visit.

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Amalfi / Capri / Lucca

From the capital Rome and the extraordinary ancient monuments (the Ancient Roman empire, older Etruscan sites, the Nuraghe monuments of Sardinia...) to the high Alpine mountains, from the dramatic coastlines of the islands of Sardinia and Sicily to the beauty of the Amalfi Coast and the hill villages of Umbria and the Marches, there are a myriad of discoveries to be made in many regions of Italy - some already well-trodden by visitors, others less well known.

Find the best places to visit in Italy in our regional travel guides:

North-east Italy

North-west Italy

Central Italy

Southern Italy

Islands

The two principal islands of taly are Sicily and Sardinia

The promenade in the early evening, or sitting in front of a cafe as vespas whizz past carrying teenagers to romantic encounters, are an equally important aspect of Italy. Similarly the culinary heritage of Italy is an important part of your trip, with many delicious regional specialties to enjoy as you travel around (when possible we have included recommendations for local food and wine to enjoy for the places in Italy reviewed in this travel guide).

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Bologna / Maremma

To start finding places to visit in Italy simply choose a region (from the main menu) or, if your geography is a litle rusty, use our map of Italy. See also the 'most beautiful villages of Italy' and the towns and villages that have received the Italian Orange Flag award for sustainable tourism.

One suggestion when you are planning your trip: before rushing headlong to see the 'major' sites of Tuscany or Lake Garda, or the beaches of Sardinia, take a look at some of the less visited regions of Italy - many have a great deal to discover even if the tour buses haven't yet discovered them!

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Burano / Matterhorn

You may also like to see our features that look at the history of Italy through the history of its towns and settlements, and are a fascinating addition to your travel planning - see history of Italy or visit the individual travel guides for the Italian towns.

Europe This Way

Italy This Way is part of the Europe This Way group - visit Europe This Way for more travel sites and destinations across Europe including France and England.

See the French version of the Guide to Italy