New year, new travels! Dreaming of an Italian getaway? Here’s my list of beautiful places you should visit in Italy this year!
1. Positano & The Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is perfection incarnate, where one can behold picturesque towns teetering precariously above the glittering seas. Rugged yet refined, the Amalfi Coast epitomizes perfectly the natural drama and cultural elegance we speak of when we speak of Italy. It’s diverse enough to accommodate everyone, from celeb spotters to nature lovers, to book nerds.
Positano has been put on the map recently by content-hungry Instagramers. Which has resulted in overcrowding in the summer times, but can still be enjoyed in the offseason after the crowds have left.
The city is a mix of pastel-hued buildings that jet over the aquamarine Mediterranean on a near-vertical cliffside. One can enjoy views of the city and the Mediterranean from a variety of vantage points on the hill all the while eating gelato.
Where to stay in Positano:
Splurge: Hotel Casa Albertina
Not only is Venice one of the best places to visit in Italy, it is also one of my favorite cities in the world. The ancient city is suspended on stilts above the water. Frequently dubbed as the world’s most beautiful city, there’s a certain sense of romanticism that courses through the city
Where to stay in Venice:
Splurge: Palazzetto Pisani Grand Canal
Rome is home to iconic treasures such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon, as well as beautiful neighborhoods (take Trastevere and Centro Storico for starters), and ahhh-maz-ing food like the world’s best pasta. Rich in culture and history, the city is a world unto itself.
HACK: How to explore Rome in only 8 hours
Rome is super easy to travel to from the Leonardo Da Vinci Airport. You can take the Leonardo Express train across the street from the entrance of the airport. A quick 30-minute train ride will take you into the center of Rome. Next, to the train station, you’ll find sightseeing bus tours where you can travel around the city in around 1.5-2 hours. You have the opportunity to jump on and off the buses to see the major attractions.
Where to stay in Rome:
Splurge: Colosseo Sunset Apartment
4. Lake Como
Lake Como is known as a place frequently visited by the world’s mega-rich. Luxurious hotels and 5-star restaurants line the beautiful coastline of this small lake located just north of Milan. The picturesque lake is surrounded by lush green gardens, opulent villas, and sleepy little villages. Enjoy gorgeous views, delicious food and wine in one of the prettiest destinations in the world.
Where to stay in Lake Como:
Splurge: Hotel Belvedere
5. Cascate del Mulino
After having posted some of these pictures on Pinterest recently, I’ve received some comments such as ‘these are actually in Turkey’ and ‘this is Pamakule.’ But guess what, Italy has some beautiful hot springs that are just off the beaten path and away from most tourists radars.
Cascate del Mulino can be found amid the hills of Maremma. Access to the pools is public and free throughout the year.
Where to stay in Cascate Del Mulino:
Splurge: Relais Le Ginestre
Known the world over as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is an absolute must for any first-time traveler to Italy. Between the huge wealth of artistic and historical attractions as well as the fantastic day trips you can take in the region, you can easily spend a week in Florence and still uncover new things to do.
Where to stay in Florence:
Splurge: Hotel Machiavelli Palace
Portofino is a fishing village on the Italian Riviera coastline, southeast of Genoa city. Pastel-colored houses, high-end boutiques, and seafood restaurants fringe its Piazzetta, a small cobbled square overlooking the harbor, which is frequented by super-yachts of the ultra-wealthy.
Where to stay in Portofino:
Splurge: Hotel Piccolo Portofino or Albergo Nazionale
Tropea is a secluded Italian beach town located on the toe of Italy’s boot that doesn’t get nearly the attention it deserves. The city is home to two and a half miles of pristine white beaches, dramatic rock formations, cliffs and coves that dot the coastline. There are both public (free) and private (fee) beaches where you can swim in sparkling, turquoise, Caribbean-like water.
Where to stay in Tropea:
Splurge: Townhouse Tropea from $105 per night or Residenza I Gioielli
One of the busiest metropolitan cities in the country, Naples is the capital of the Campania region in Southern Italy. Naples offers a treasure trove of art galleries and historic sites as well as a vibrant atmosphere of shops, restaurants and nightlife venues.
FUN FACT: Plenty of well known Italian dishes like pizza and spaghetti originated from this area 🙂 So if you’re a foodie, Naples might just be the perfect place for you to visit in Italy
World-famous historic sites like the Bay of Naples and Pompeii are nearby, making Naples an ideal base if you’re interested in learning more about Italian history and culture.
Where to stay in Naples:
Splurge: B&B Palazzo Depretis or Amadomus Luxury Suites
You can find the pulse of Italy in Milan. Recognized internationally for it’s contribution to fashion and design, Milan is a great place for even the snobbiest of art critics. Milan is the best place to visit in Italy if you are a fashionista – The country’s biggest fashion brands call this city home. One of the best spots in the city center to find them in one spot happens to be the world’s oldest shopping mall, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, featured above.
Where to stay in Milan:
Splurge: Windsor Hotel Milano or Hilton Garden Inn Milan North
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