Italy: 18 Places To Visit This Year

16 Places To Visit In Italy This Year

Kerwin McKenzieEurope

Places To Visit In Italy

When I go through my travels, I’ve realized that I’ve visited quite a few places in Italy. I still have two elusive ones to visit though. Read on to find out more.

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Bologna

I love this city for its architecture and food. It’s an easy walking city with great hotels as well as so much history.

Read more about Bologna.

Bologna, Italy - San Petronio Basilica

Bologna, Italy – San Petronio Basilica

Airport

Bologna (BLQ). No nonstop service from the U.S. You can fly into Rome-Fiumicino (FCO) and then take a train or other ground transportation.

Fiumicino

This is the town where you land when you fly nonstop from the U.S. to Rome. Most people don’t visit this town, but it’s as Italian as it gets. I highly recommend it. There are buses from the airport to this tiny town.

Read more about Fiumicino.

Fiumicino, Italy sunset at the river

Fiumicino, Italy sunset at the river

Airport

Fiumicino (FCO). Served nonstop from North America by:

  • Air Canada (AC) – Montreal-Trudeau (YUL) and Toronto-Pearson (YYZ)
  • American Airlines (AA) – Charlotte (CLT), Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW), New York-JFK, and Philadelphia (PHL)
  • Delta Air Lines (DL) – Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Detroit (DTW) and New York-JFK
  • Ethiopian Airlines (ET) – Atlanta (ATL), Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), Toronto (YYZ) and Washington-Dulles (IAD)
  • ITA Airways (AZ) – Boston (BOS), Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York-JFK, San Francisco (SFO) and Toronto (YYZ) and Washington-Dulles (IAD)
  • Norse (N0) – New York-JFK
  • United (UA) – Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), Newark (EWR), San Francisco (SFO), and Washington-Dulles (IAD)
  • WestJet (WS) – Calgary (YYC)

Florence

I really love Florence. It’s just so different than other Italian cities I’ve visited. And I’ve only been once, so I need to return. My fave is just looking at the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge.

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Read more about Florence.

Florence, Italy - Gerogio at Ponte Vecchio Bridge

Florence, Italy – Gerogio, an artist, at Ponte Vecchio Bridge

Airport

Florence has its own airport (FLR). There are no nonstop services from North America to Florence.

Genoa

Ah Genoa, you really need many coats of paint. I didn’t like this city as it‘s just so dirty. It’s a bit similar in that way to Naples. It is by the coast and is home to one of the world’s leading shipyards. Many cruise ships are made here and also come to rot here. The city is very picturesque when you fly in and also when you approach from a cruise ship as I did on MSC Fantasia.

My first visit was flying in as I didn’t make a flight to Venice. I have yet to visit Venice as each time I plan, something derails me. Maybe sometime soon. Same for Pisa.

Read more about Genoa.

Genoa, Italy - Train Station

Genoa, Italy – Train Station

Airport

Genoa has its own airport (GOA), but there is no nonstop service from North America.

Modena

If you love cars (Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati), then head to Modena in Emilia Romagna. Oh and bikes too as Ducatis are assembled there. Plus the food scene is quite good too.

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Modena, Italy Train Station

Modena, Italy Train Station

Airport

The closest airport is Bologna (BLQ).

Messina

I visited Messina as a stop on my cruise on MSC Fantasia. Once we docked, I just went on my own walking tour and walked all over the city. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I know you will too. Messina is in the Sicilian part of Italy.

Messina, Italy

Messina, Italy

Airport

The nearest airport is REG that’s in town and serviced by ITA Airways (AZ). You may also fly into Catania (CTA). There are no nonstop services from North America to this area.

Read more on Messina.

Milan

If you’re into fashion or want to see fashionable things, then head to Milam. I’m a train geek and really loved seeing the main train station.

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Milan Main Train Station, Milan, Italy

Milan Main Train Station, Milan, Italy

Airports

Milan-Linate (LIN) and Milan-Malpensa (MXP) are the two airports serving the city. You can take Air Canada (AC) from Montreal (YUL) and Toronto-Pearson (YYZ) as well as American (AA) from New York-JFK, Delta from Atlanta (ATL) and New York-JFK, Emirates from New York-JFK and United from Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) and Newark (EWR).

Naples

Nice walking city, but I think it needs a coat of paint too, much like Genoa :-). A lot of hawkers in the city, so be aware of that. A friend of mine had taken a train from Rome and I also visited when I took a cruise on MSC Fantasia as it was one of the stops along the way.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Church in Naples, Italy

Airport

Naples (NAP). I have yet to use this airport. Maybe on my next visit. You can take American (AA) from Philadelphia (PHL), Delta (DL) from New York-JFK, and United (UA) from Newark (EWR).

Read more about Naples.

Pompei

A friend of mine was staying in Rome and I decided to join him for the trip to Pompei. We took a train from Rome-Termini station and headed to Naples, where we spent the night after touring the city. The next day, we took another train to Pompei. We toured for a bit and then took another train to Sorrento. We didn’t spend enough time in Sorrento as we returned that same night. You can find tour information from my partner Walks.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Pompei, Italy

UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Pompei, Italy

Airport

The nearest airport is Naples (NAP). You can take American (AA) from Philadelphia (PHL), Delta (DL) from New York-JFK, and United (UA) from Newark (EWR).

Ravenna

Not as popular as many other places in Italy, but worth visiting as it’s where Dante’s Tomb is located. Lots of walking here, many museums and lots to eat especially Gelato, but then that is all of Italy :-). Plus quaint local accommodations. By the way, there is a Ravenna in Texas :-).

Read more about Ravenna.

Ravenna, Italy

Ravenna, Italy

Airport

The closest airports are Bologna (BLQ) and Florence (FLR).

Rimini

I visited Rimini as I was heading up to the country within Italy called San Marino, one of the 18 smallest countries in the world that I’ve written about here. I took the high-speed Freciarossa train from Bologna in one direction and then the slow regional train in the other, enjoying both.

Rimini is a sleepy town with not much to do, but a lot of history. The area at the train station is very different from the center of town, so keep walking.

Read more about Rimini.

Rimini, Italy - Arch of Augustus

Rimini, Italy – Arch of Augustus

Airport

The closest airports are Bologna (BLQ) and Florence (FLR).

Rome

This is the one everyone goes to as it’s perhaps the most famous. With so many things to do and attractions to see. It does get very crowded in the summertime, so bear that in mind. My Tour partner Walks can make that less painless though if you do one of their tours. Go to https://www.walksofitaly.com/rome-tours/?tap_a=364-72eab1&tap_s=10149-bcd313&tm_italyemail=italy for more details.

Dan Palatine - Rome, Italy

Dan Palatine – Rome, Italy

Airports

There are two airports in Rome, Ciampino (CIA) and Fiumicino (FCO). Only Fiumicino is served with nonstop service from North America. Here are the airlines serving the FCO nonstop from North America:

  • Air Canada (AC) – Montreal-Trudeau (YUL) and Toronto-Pearson (YYZ)
  • American Airlines (AA) – Charlotte (CLT), Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW), New York-JFK, and Philadelphia (PHL)
  • Delta Air Lines (DL) – Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Detroit (DTW) and New York-JFK
  • Ethiopian Airlines (ET) – Atlanta (ATL), Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), Toronto (YYZ) and Washington-Dulles (IAD)
  • ITA Airways (AZ) – Boston (BOS), Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York-JFK, San Francisco (SFO) and Toronto (YYZ) and Washington-Dulles (IAD)
  • Norse (N0) – New York-JFK
  • United (UA) – Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), Newark (EWR), San Francisco (SFO), and Washington-Dulles (IAD)
  • WestJet (WS) – Calgary (YYC)

San Marino

San Marino is a principality within Italy. Similar to Monaco in France. I took a train from Bologna to Rimini and then took a scheduled bus service up the hill to San Marino. The views are absolutely incredible from up there.

Read more about San Marino.

San Marino

San Marino

Airport

There is no airport in San Marino. The nearest airport is either in Bologna (BLQ) or Florence (FLR). Neither airport has nonstop service from North America.

Sorrento

My visit to Sorrento was short but amazingly sweet. The view of the Amalfi Coast from atop this ridge is just breathtaking. I have to go back and stay a little longer :-). You should too.

A picturesque view of Sorrento, Italy, showcasing its stunning coastline along the Tyrrhenian Sea, with vibrant terracotta-roofed buildings.

A picturesque view of Sorrento, Italy, showcasing its stunning coastline along the Tyrrhenian Sea, with vibrant terracotta-roofed buildings.

Airport

The closest airport is Naples (NAP). Then take local trains down to Sorrento. Resist the urge to stop in Pompei.

Turin

I visited Turin during the Winter Olympics and would highly recommend it to you as well. It’s out of the way, but worth visiting. It’s also home to the Shroud of Turin if you’re into religious travels. It’s quite close to the French border.

Read more about Turin.

Turin, Italy - Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista

Turin, Italy – Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista

Airport

Turin has its own airport (TRN). The next closest is actually Milan-Malpensa (MXP).

Vatican City

I’ve been to this one only once and I took a tour with my Italy Tour partner, Walks. I highly recommend taking a tour with them as they provide an early morning tour that gives you unprecedented access before the place gets overrun by others. You can find more details about the tour and my experience at https://www.passrider.com/tour-review-walks-of-italy-pristine-sistine-chapelvatican-city-tour/.

Vatican City - St. Peters Basilica

Vatican City – St. Peters Basilica

Airports

There are two airports in Rome, Ciampino (CIA) and Fiumicino (FCO). Only Fiumicino is served with nonstop service from North America. Here are the airlines serving the FCO nonstop from North America:

  • Air Canada (AC) – Montreal-Trudeau (YUL) and Toronto-Pearson (YYZ)
  • American Airlines (AA) – Charlotte (CLT), Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW), New York-JFK, and Philadelphia (PHL)
  • Delta Air Lines (DL) – Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Detroit (DTW) and New York-JFK
  • Ethiopian Airlines (ET) – Atlanta (ATL), Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), Toronto (YYZ) and Washington-Dulles (IAD)
  • ITA Airways (AZ) – Boston (BOS), Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York-JFK, San Francisco (SFO) and Toronto (YYZ) and Washington-Dulles (IAD)
  • Norse (N0) – New York-JFK
  • United (UA) – Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), Newark (EWR), San Francisco (SFO), and Washington-Dulles (IAD)
  • WestJet (WS) – Calgary (YYC)

What’s your favorite Italian city?