25 Best Places in Italy to Visit on Your Road Trip

Written by Marloes

On October 23, 2019

Italy is one of my favorite European travel destinations and I love to discover a new gorgeous place there every Summer. Last year, I visited Tropea and I can’t recommend it enough. This city by the sea is partly built on a cliff and the views are breathtaking!

I’ve even visited Italy in Winter and snowboarded down the mountains of Sauze d’oulz near Turin. Although, that’s what I tried to do. It was my first time ever on a snowboard (or seeing so much snow for that matter) and let’s just say I lack any talent in this department 😉

I’m much better at relaxing at the beach, swimming in the ocean and cruising around on scooters. When you’re planning on visiting Italy or even go on an epic road trip, these hotspots should definitely go on top of your travel bucket list!

Turin

Turin is heaven for chocolate lovers and famous for its delicious handmade creations. There is even an annual Chocolate Festival!

Turin is heaven for chocolate lovers and famous for its delicious handmade creations. There is even an annual Chocolate Festival!

Want to feel like a princess? Then visit La Venaria Reale, a former royal residence with gorgeous gardens, located near Turin.

Want to feel like a princess? Then visit La Venaria Reale, a former royal residence with gorgeous gardens, located near Turin.

Lake Garda

Near Lake Garda, you’ll find beautiful Sirmione which is built around the medieval Scaligero Castle.

Near Lake Garda, you’ll find beautiful Sirmione which is built around the medieval Scaligero Castle.

Malcesine is a small picturesque tourist town with cobbled lanes and a gorgeous castle. Close to Lake Garda and the mountains.

Malcesine is a small picturesque tourist town with cobbled lanes and a gorgeous castle. Close to Lake Garda and the mountains.

Venice

Every February, The Carnival of Venice is held in the city. It lasts for around two weeks and ends on Shrove Tuesday.

Every February, The Carnival of Venice is held in the city. It lasts for around two weeks and ends on Shrove Tuesday. 

When visiting Venice, try to book your boat trips around sunset for the best views and photo opportunities!

When visiting Venice, try to book your boat trips around sunset for the best views and photo opportunities!

Milan

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is Italy’s oldest shopping mall and a major landmark of fashion city Milan.

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is Italy’s oldest shopping mall and a major landmark of fashion city Milan.

The Duomo di Milano in Milan is the largest cathedral church in Italy. Make sure to take the elevator to the roof!

The Duomo di Milano in Milan is the largest cathedral church in Italy. Make sure to take the elevator to the roof!

Rome

Rome is the perfect place to wander around for hours and end up in pretty narrow alleys like this one.

Rome is the perfect place to wander around for hours and end up in pretty narrow alleys like this one.

Spartaaaaa! The Colosseum is located in the city of Rome and was the largest amphitheater ever built.

Spartaaaaa! The Colosseum is located in the city of Rome and was the largest amphitheater ever built. 

This grandiose fresco is painted by Andrea Pozzo and can be found in the gorgeous Church of St. Ignatius, in Rome.

This grandiose fresco is painted by Andrea Pozzo and can be found in the gorgeous Church of St. Ignatius, in Rome.

When in Rome, you can’t skip a visit to the famous Trevi Fountain. Just be prepared for crazy crowds when visiting in Summer.

When in Rome, you can’t skip a visit to the famous Trevi Fountain. Just be prepared for crazy crowds when visiting in Summer.

Tropea & Bogliasco

Tropea is partly built on a cliff and the views from the top are breathtaking! A bit of a climb though…

Tropea is partly built on a cliff and the views from the top are breathtaking! A bit of a climb though…

Bogliasco is part of the so-called Golfo Paradis and the perfect spot to enjoy great food and a dip in the turquoise water.

Bogliasco is part of the so-called Golfo Paradis and the perfect spot to enjoy great food and a dip in clear turquoise water.

Tuscany

Tuscany is the best region to experience the Italian countryside. The views and the wine are amazing!

Tuscany is the best region to experience the Italian countryside. The views and the wine are amazing!

Vinci is a city in the region of Tuscany and the birthplace of Rennaissance painter Leonardo da Vinci.

Vinci is a city in the region of Tuscany and the birthplace of Rennaissance painter Leonardo da Vinci.

Florence is the most popular city in the Tuscany region. Make sure to visit the Giardino Bardini botanical gardens for a spectacular view.

Florence is the most popular city in the Tuscany region. Make sure to visit the Giardino Bardini botanical gardens for a spectacular view.

Metato is a little secluded town in Tuscany with many cozy Airbnbs. Very much the perfect spot for a romantic weekend getaway!

Metato is a little secluded town in Tuscany with many cozy Airbnbs. Very much the perfect spot for a romantic weekend getaway!

Burano

Burano is an island in the Venice Lagoon and most famous for its lace-making. Many consider this one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Burano is an island in the Venice Lagoon and most famous for its lace-making. Many consider this one of the most beautiful places in the world.

To visit Burano and see the colorful fishermen’s cottages and pretty canals, you can take a 40-minute water bus (Vaporetto) ride from Venice.

To visit Burano and see the colorful fishermen’s cottages and pretty canals, you can take a 40-minute water bus (Vaporetto) ride from Venice.

Dolomites

Lago di Braies is a stunning bright blue mountain lake in the Dolomites and the perfect spot for an idyllic boat trip!

Lago di Braies is a stunning bright blue mountain lake in the Dolomites and the perfect spot for an idyllic boat trip!

Tyrol is the perfect spot to enjoy the fresh mountain air and go for long hikes. Fun to visit in Summertime and snowy Winters.

Tyrol is the perfect spot to enjoy the fresh mountain air and go on long hikes. Fun to visit in Summertime and snowy Winters.

Naples

Naples is s super densely populated city and one of the oldest continuously inhabited urban areas in the world.

Naples is s super densely populated city and one of the oldest continuously inhabited urban areas in the world.

Sorrento is a town overlooking the Bay of Naples and a popular tourist destination due to its variety of small antique shops.

Sorrento is a town overlooking the Bay of Naples and a popular tourist destination due to its variety of small antique shops.

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