For the Romantic
1. Cinque Terre (La Spezia)
This beautiful postcard village has a timeless charm. You can expect to find cobbled streets, low archways, and brightly colored buildings that teeter precariously atop a seaside cliff. It's simply idyllic and the most romantic way to approach this city is by ferry (Easter through Septmber from Genoa, Portofino, and Porto Venere).
What is more romantic a gondola ride through the twisted waterways of Venice? When you are in Venice, be sure to enjoy Murano glass shops, the epic Basilica of St. Mark, and the many canal bridges found throughout winding alleys.
3. Como City
A city steeped in history. Take the funicular to the tiny village of Brunate, stroll along the waterfront, or visit the ruins of several Byzantine churches on Isola Comacina.
Venice’s underrated neighbor, Shakespeare’s Fair Verona is no stranger to romance. You can take a carriage ride through the narrow streets or visit Juliet’s house, complete with statue and balcony.
For the Adventurous
5. Rome and Vatican City
Take on the challenge of seeing Rome in a day (or five) by making sure you stop off at the Pantheon, Fontana di Trevi, the Coliseum, and the Vatican to admire the beautiful Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. One of the most recommended places to stay is the Piazza Navona, enabling you to utilize the hop on/hop off to explore like a real old city Italian.
Take in the sizzling, sulfurous waters that are famous in Terme, Saturnia. Legend has it the hot springs were formed by lightning bolts thrown by Jupiter himself. See it for yourself!
For the Photographer
7. Leaning Tower of Pisa
The architectural masterpiece is a staple for any creative photo session. Photographers will find a veritable playground with the angles of the building juxtaposed against the horizon. Whether you stand far in front and make it look like the tower is just in your finger tips or are hitting the angles just right, have fun playing around for the perfect photo!
South of Pienza you’ll find a glorious backdrop pristine lighting in the form of rolling hills and cypresses. This location is widely known for supplying scenery for films such as “Gladiator.” This stunning Toscana area will provide the vineyard-laden hillsides of travelogues and coffee table books.
9. Siena Cathedral
This Medieval Church in the center of Siena, Italy is surely an amazing place to capture a photo! With intricate art surrounding the entire inside and beautiful mosaic flooring, you may not know where to even start taking pictures!
10. Ponte Vecchio in Florence
One of the most famous bridges in the world can be easily captured from the nearby Ponte alle Grazie bridge. Catch it during a sunrise or sunset and you will surely be in for a treat! Soak up the historic views that Da Vinci would have enjoyed, and if you have time, stop into the museum that is dedicated to featuring models, designs, and exploration of replicas of his machines.
Just north of Padua, the charming medieval town of Cittadella remains off the tourist beaten path. Walk the city walls for close-ups of architectural details. These walls make an amazing backdrop to any photo!
For the Beach Seeker
Head to the coast of Capri and wake up to the sound and smell of the lapping ocean waves. Capri isn’t just any old beach spot. you can take a chairlift to the peak of Capri for some scenery and visit the magnificent Grotta Azzurra.
13. Napoli Old Town and Positano
Start your Amalfi coast tour here. Visit the castle atop Montecalvario with 360-degree views of the city before moving along the coast to other picturesque sites, including Positano and its picture-perfect beaches. It is absolutely breathtaking!