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    Venice

    4.5
    680 reviews

    One of the most beautiful cities that I have ever visited. The winding canals, the cool sea breeze, the pathways that lead you around as if you were in a maze, the light, and who could forget such an amazing history!? Did you know that Venezia was a Democrat Republic for a thousand years, until it was conquered by Napoleon ...

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    Rome

    4.5
    1159 reviews

    Rome is more than a city. It's an idea. Rome once ruled as much of the known world as it cared to and it held it's magnificent empire together longer than any other. Today Rome is the Italian Capital, the heart of the Catholic Church and one of the top five historic cities in the world.

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    Florence

    4.5
    346 reviews

    Was once one of the great trading centers in the world. The vast wealth that accumulated in Florence from this trade can be seen in the amazing architecture that beautifies the city, and the spectacular examples of art that reside in Florence's world class museums. It is definitely the gem of Tuscany.

  • 4

    Siena

    4.5
    112 reviews

    Siena, in the heart of Tuscany, is one of Italy's most beautiful Medieval cities.

  • 5

    Naples

    4
    174 reviews

    Naples is definitely my favorite city with its lively and mystic character. The city overflows with culture, italian cuisine and small alleys :-) Go here if you want to visit the real authentic Italy. It's rough, dirty, noisy yet absolutely beautiful.

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    Pisa

    4
    117 reviews

    Pisa is famous for the leaning tower, but it is so much more than that. The historic center is lovely. The baptistery is one of the coolest buildings I have ever seen. Unfortunately it can feel at times like a tourist trap; nevertheless, it is still worth visiting

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    San Gimignano

    4.5
    48 reviews

    Very medieval town, known for its 'city towers'. Several houses in this small town have them, although more existed in older times. This town has kept its medieval/renaissance looks & feel, there is hardly any modern house. it is also small enough that you can walk from one side to the other in 15 minutes, but there is so much ...

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    Pompeii

    4.5
    98 reviews

    Had the priviledge of visiting the glorious ruins of Pompeii and almost missed the chance to see it. It is not to miss if in Naples, unbelievable and incredible. What a wonderful opportunity to see how the Romans lived and it is frozen in time.

  • 9

    Orvieto

    4.5
    23 reviews

    Beautiful and pretty accessible Umbrian hill town. Great spot to get a taste of the smaller town Italian life.

  • 10

    Erice

    5
    5 reviews

    Erice is a medieval fortress town located on top of Mount Erix near Trapani. It once housed a sacred temple to Venus (where priestesses practiced sacred rites of prostitution) and was a Carthaginian stronghold during the First Punic War. To reach Erice, the best method is by cable car. The town is easily walkable, has a gorgeous view and enjoys ...

  • 11

    Monteriggioni

    5
    8 reviews

    This tiny medieval walled city is conveniently located near Florence but far enough off the beaten tourist path that it still feels unspoiled. The historic walls and towers are magnificent, and the food is incredible.

  • 12

    Montepulciano

    4.5
    23 reviews

    Gorgeous but quaint, and it goes without saying that there is amazing wine here. We were lucky enough to be here during a festival, so there was plenty of wine tasting and a Great atmosphere throughout the town.

  • 13

    Milan

    4
    341 reviews

    Fashion, business, turn of the century architecture and cold weather. Milan is one of Europe's great cultural hubs and has been since the Roman times. Octavian went to college here. Ernest Hemingway recuperated from his war wounds and fell in love.

  • 14

    Genova

    4
    22 reviews

    Amazing city, especially during summertime. Go there for an historical journey and enjoy the unique mix of typical food (try focaccia and farinata!), ancient buildings and the modern port district!

  • 15

    Volterra

    4.5
    13 reviews

    Beautiful city perched romantically on top of a mountain! The history of the city is very interesting and well worth discovering. The city is known for its alabaster, with great souvenirs available in all the shops.

  • 16

    San Leo

    5
    2 reviews

    Love castles? Head to San Leo. The gorgeous medieval castle here satisfies the heart of any fortress-loving traveler. The views, of course, are amazing. Visiting San Leo is like taking a trip back in time.

  • 17

    Positano

    4.5
    58 reviews

    Positano is a picture-perfect village on the Amalfi coast, with brightly colored houses clinging to the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Like all of Italy, it is a little touristic, but less so than its larger neighbor, Sorrento, and its charm is tough to match. There is a nice little stony beach here where you can hang out.

  • 18

    Lucca

    4.5
    40 reviews

    Greatest walled town in Tuscany. Founded by the Etruscans, it came into its own in the medieval period and has the best preserved Renaissance era city walls in Italy. . if you're 'doing Tuscany', this a must-see and is easily accessible by train or car. Also cheaper and less hectic than Florence as a base.

  • 19

    Catania

    4
    39 reviews

    First impression of Catania was rather disappointing but it is one of those places where its charm shows up after IT gets to know you.

  • 20

    Ravello

    5
    23 reviews

    Beautiful town above the Amalfi Coast somewhat back from the coastline which means fewer tourists. World Heritage site with plenty of parking for once!

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