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Italian regions

Below we introduce each region of Italy - see the individual travel guides for each region, or the suggested 'places to visit' articles for lots more information.

No idea where to start? The most popular Italian regions include Tuscany (with Florence and Siena, medieval villages and countryside), Lombardy (for the lakes) and Campania (for the Amalfi Coast). The most visited cities include Rome, Florence and Venice and the popular islands include Capri and Sardinia.


With a varied landscape Abruzzo is known for its seaside resorts, its mountain scenery and its ski resorts - with the great advantage that the sea and the mountains are never far apart so it is easily possible to combine both during your visit.

See Abruzzo travel guide or places to visit in Abruzzo


As a result of its position in the 'instep' at the south of Italy, Basilicata actually includes two separate areas of coastline, with the Ionian Sea to the south and also a short section of the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west, and an interior covered largely with forests and hills.

See Basilicata travel guide


Much of the centre of Calabria is a region of mountains, particularly towards the north around the Pollino mountains and the Aspromonte mountains to the south, separated by the extensive forested La Sila range that occupies much of central Calabria.

See Calabria travel guide or places to visit in Calabria



In southern Italy, the Campania region contains some of the greatest and most famous sites in the country, with the area along the Amalfi coast and the nearby islands such as Capri especially popular with visitors.

See Campania travel guide or places to visit in Campania


The Emilia-Romagna region includes famous cities such as Parma and Bologna, popular seaside resorts such as Rimini, and lots of picturesque hill villages...

See Emilia-Romagna travel guide or places to visit in Emilia-Romagna

Friuli-Venezia Giulia

The Friuli-Venezia Giulia region occupies the north-east corner of Italy, just to the east of Venice-Veneto and bordering Slovenia and Austria with the Adriatic Sea along the southern coast.

See Friuli-Venezia Giulia travel guide


The Liguria region of north-west Italy is one of the most beautiful stretches of coast in Europe, with resorts and towns including San Remo and Portofino and numerous picturesque villages including the stunning villages of the Cinque Terre

See Liguria travel guide or places to visit in Liguria


The Lombardy region of central-northern Italy reaches high into the mountains in its northern regions. Best known for the impressive scenery of the Lombardy Lakes, the region also has a good number of fascinating historical towns and villages to explore and some stunning mountain scenery

See Lombardy travel guide or places to visit in Lombardy


The Le Marche region is on the Adriatic coast of central-eastern Italy, backed by the Apennine mountains, and has fine beaches, ancient hillside villages and beautiful scenery.

See Marche travel guide or places to visit in Marche



The Molise region of Italy is situated to the south-east of the country, with the Apennine mountains to the west and the Adriatic coast to the east.

See Molise travel guide or places to visit in Molise


The Piedmont region of north-west Italy is best known for the rich city of Turin, various imposing palaces and religious monuments, and the picturesque mountain towns and scenic attractions such as Lake Orta further to the north

See Piedmont travel guide or places to visit in Piedmont

Apulia (Puglia)

The many resorts and the scenery of the Gargano region to the north of Apulia make it a very popular attraction with visitors, along with many other seaside resorts along the Adriatic coast.

See Apulia travel guide or places to visit in Apulia


While the city of Rome and the vatican attracts the vast majority of visitors to the Lazio region - and rightly so because it is one of the great cities of the world - if time permits be sure to explore the surrounding region!

See Rome-Lazio travel guide or places to visit in Rome-Lazio


It is the coastline that attracts most visitors to Sardinia. It is often very beautiful, and ranges from sophisticated yacht resorts to unspoiled miles of quiet beaches and dramatically beautiful cliff sections. For an excess of expense and sophistication start at Costa Smerelda, to the north-east of the island.

See Sardinia travel guide


Sicily is a large island off the southern tip of Italy, with a coastline offering fantastic beaches, dramatic inland mountain scenery including Mount Etna, many attractive towns and villages, and numerous ancient historical monuments.

See Sicily travel guide or places to visit in Sicily


Trentino-Alto Adige

From Lake Garda to the south and then into the dolomites to the north, the range of scenery in Trentino-Alto Adige and the opportunities for exploring the countryside are the main attraction for visitors

See Trentino-Alto Adige travel guide or places to visit in Trentino-Alto Adige


Tuscany is perhaps the best region of Italy to visit if you want an introduction to the charms of the country, with the great artistic cities such as Florence and Siena, the famous leaning tower of Pisa, beautiful scenery, lovely villages and hill towns, vineyards and olive groves, and much else...

See Tuscany travel guide or places to visit in Tuscany


Umbria may not perhaps be home to lots of 'famous' places except Assisi, but has its own special charm, with picturesque scenery and lots of interesting highlights for those that do come here

See Umbria travel guide or places to visit in Umbria

Valle d'Aosta / Aosta Valley

Historically a region of small scale agriculture, this mountainous region later gave way to metalworking, and then more recently almost entirely to tourism. The Aosta Valley is best known by visitors because of its stunning mountain scenery and related activities.

See Valle d'Aosta travel guide


The Venice-Veneto region is famous for Venice, of course, and many visitors go no further - but the intrepid will find that the region has pretty villages, mountain scenery, and other interesting historical towns

See Venice-Veneto travel guide or places to visit in Venice