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5 Alluring Reasons to Visit Italy Right Now

Kristen G
by Kristen Gilbert

January 31, 2019

2 minute read

Italy holds the promise of so many things (history, culture, cuisine, art, fashion…), but many consider its beauty chief among its virtues. Here are 5 reasons why Italy should be on your short list of must-see (or must re-visit) destinations. Spoiler alert: you're going to want to grab your camera and catch a flight.

1. Cities and villages that are works of art

Walking around Venice

Old cities like Venice, Milan, Verona and Rome are so architecturally stunning that pictures don't do them justice. Romantic villages like Cinque Terre, Taormina, and Bellagio tell such captivating stories about the past, you'll find yourself wandering the streets feeling like you've just stepped back in time.

2. Beaches for days

Beaches of Italy

It's worth going to Italy just to go beach hopping. Each beach has its own unique charm that runs the gambit from rustic and secluded to tropical and luxurious and everything in between. Consider the Amalfi Coast or the Italian Riviera for an extra special treat.

3. Lakes to love

Lakes in Italy

Italy is known for its beautiful lakes, and Lake Como, the third largest lake in the country, is no exception. This picturesque body of water located near the Swiss border is dotted with ancient villages and gorgeous villas set against the dramatic hills and majestic mountains of the Italian Alps. You'll feel like you're in a storybook.

4. Roman ruins and Greek temples

Ancient ruins in Italy

No matter where you go in Italy, you're bound to find fascinating ancient ruins. Look around for temples, arches, and government buildings that date back 2,000 years. You won't be able to resist imagining what life must have been like all those years ago.

5. Majestic mountains

Mountains in Italy

Mountains might not be the first thing that most people think of when they think of Italy, but there are plenty of grand slopes to admire. From the incredible Dolomites in the northeast to the Italian Alps to the north, your skis are in for a real workout.

Have you ever traveled around Italy? Share a photo of your favorite landscape in the comments below.

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