Anyone who has visited Italy in the past will need little convincing of its beauty, but for those who haven’t been, this is a country that definitely lives up to all of the hype.
From some of the best beaches in the world to incredible works of art, stunning architecture and jaw-dropping landscapes, here are five of Italy’s most beautiful destinations:
Florence was, without a doubt, my favourite Italian city. The art, architecture and beautiful gardens, mixed with an incredible history, delicious food and some seriously friendly people (read more in A Friday Night in Florence) make it an amazing place to explore.
Take in the iconic red-roof skyline from the top of the Duomo, gaze up at the breathtaking Last Judgement in the cupola, wander the pretty paths of the Giardino di Boboli and cross the busy Ponte Vecchio to experience the beauty of this incredible city.
(You can also follow my Historical Foodie Trail of Florence on the FREE Geotourist App for more beautifully tasty spots within the city!)
The Cinque Terre needs little introduction – as the number of Instagrammed photographs of the colourful houses of the five towns proves – but despite the huge number of visitors, it’s still one of Italy’s most beautiful destinations.
If you want to avoid the crowds (and get low season discounts) visit in November to early December. You’ll still find sunny mornings that are perfect for hiking the routes between the towns and you’ll be able to enjoy those incredible Cinque Terre sunsets without the throngs of photographers.
I stayed in Riomaggiore – the first of the five towns – but don’t miss seeing Vernazza or Manarola with their cliff-side multi-coloured houses.
I was fortunate enough to visit Lake Como during the holiday season last year, and can personally say that Como at Christmas is one of the most beautiful, magical experiences you can have!
The city of Como sits on the southern tip of the lake, and between the misty morning views over the water, the delicious smells and tastes of the Christmas market and the AMAZING light show they project onto buildings like the Cathedral, Como is the epitome of a winter wonderland.
Stay at the In Riva Al Lago (like I did!) for one of the best value locations in town – just next to the water and near the Christmas markets.
Ah, beautiful Sardinia! I could write pages and pages on this incredibly diverse island (and someday I will!) but for now, let me just say that the beaches are thought to be as beautiful as any you can find in the Caribbean.
From the Prince’s Beach on the Costa Smeralda to the perfect white sands of La Cinta, the breathtaking blue water of the Not-So-Secret-Secret-Beach of Cala Goloritze to the dunes of Chia – the most difficult thing about Sardinia is knowing which beautiful beach to pick.
My Instagram quote from during my visit to this AMAZING Amalfi Coast town last year pretty much sums it up – “If there is a heaven, I’m pretty sure it would look a lot like Positano.”
I have never fallen in love with a place so quickly…or been so sad to leave! If you’re visiting Italy, Positano should absolutely be top of your list of places to see.
The picturesque pastel-coloured houses wind down towards the gorgeous sand and bluest of seas – with purple flowers framing every view and pretty boutiques, bars and restaurants hidden down white-washed roads…it is impossible to avoid Falling in Love with Positano!