Italy is easily one of the most beautiful places in the world. So putting together a list of the most beautiful cities in Italy was a no brainer.
It’s easy to fall in love with Italy’s beauty. The beach, the mountains, the rolling hills, vineyards, and lakes out of a movie set are just a few of the reasons why so many visitors choose to vacation in Italy every year.
After visiting Italy almost every year for the last 10 years (and hoping to visit again real soon) we have fallen in love with Italy’s beauty.
From wine tasting in Tuscany (which I will argue is the most beautiful place in Italy most beautiful place in Italy) to swimming in the crystal clear waters of Sardinia.
Come dream with us as we explore some of the most beautiful places in Italy. And don’t forget to add a place or two to your Italy Bucketlist.
The 20 Most Beautiful Cities in Italy
With the help of some of my favorite bloggers I have put together a list of the most beautiful cities in Italy. Feel free to jump around and read about some of your favorites that catch your eye.
What is the most beautiful area in Italy?
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Lake Garda is a special place, full of beauty and variety, and the largest of the Italian Lakes. It encompasses three of the twenty Italian regions, Trentino to the North, Veneto to the East, and Lombardy to the West.
Moreover, while the North of the lake is mountainous and more active, the South is flatter and more relaxed.
Each town and village has a different feel to it, making this an area to visit again and again.
Around Riva in the North, highlights include Via Ferrata (think climbing but “easier”) watersports, in particular windsurfing. A trip to Arco and its castle perched on high make a nice, short walk from the village below.
The Old Ponale road has beautiful views and winds all the way up to the smaller Lake Ledro.
In Malcesine on the Eastern shore you can visit a romantic castle, wander its cobbled shores, or take a cable car to the top of the Monte Baldo range. A walk along the Monte Baldo range takes days but is highly underrated.
On the Western shore Limone is a little more isolated but has a charm, and a drive down the Western shores will get the adrenaline rushing as you pass through tunnels and around bends next to the lakeshore.
In the South, Sirmione juts out with another Scaliger castle in the only peninsula on the lake. Gardone is home to the bonkers Vittoriale gardens and house.
There’s walking, sunshine, great Italian food, and wine – including the resident Bardolino Red – concerts, motorboats to rent, and pebble beaches to sunbathe on, as you look at the mix of olive, lemon and cypress trees. All you have to do is relax.
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Strada Della Forra
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If you’re heading to the Italian lakes, and especially Lake Garda, you need to add Strada Della Forra- the gorge road to your itinerary.
Strada Della Forra is an incredible road on the west side of Lake Garda- about halfway down.
The road is literally carved into a gorge and it’s so steep and narrow that only cars and motorbikes are allowed up it. The tunnels through the gorge are so low that you couldn’t drive through in anything bigger than a large car- I think even a 4×4 might be too big!
The road is incredible to drive or ride; there are hairpin bends, blind corners, and magnificent views across Lake Garda.
There’s a parking place (for bikes) about halfway down, which is where we stopped and were able to get incredible footage of the road and the lake with our drone.
This is the road Winston Churchill referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World. It’s also the road where James Bond smashed up his beautiful Aston Martin whilst being shot at in Quantum of Solace.
The road took 4 years to build and takes about 10 minutes to drive up or down it. But it’s so cool you’ll want to turn around and do it again. And again. It’s free to ride, but try and go out of peak season- so you can slow down and really enjoy the trip!
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Trento, a stunning town in the Trentino region, surrounded by the Dolomites, is within easy reach of Venice, Verona and Lake Garda, yet it seems to have been undiscovered by mass tourism. There’s a bustling atmosphere, but it’s made up of locals rather than tourists.
Like many Italian towns, you can expect cobbled streets and old town squares. You can expect hearty bowls of pasta, indulgently rich gelato, and fabulous wine, but without the price tag attached that you’d find in many other Italian destinations.
The first thing you should do when visiting Trento is head to the main old town square, Piazza del Duomo, and take a seat outside one of the cafés surrounding it.
From here you can soak in the atmosphere whilst admiring the Duomo di Trento cathedral and the Fountain of Neptune.
There are plenty more things to do in Trento, such as visit Castello del Buonconsiglio, a 13th-century castle with enjoying beautiful views across the town and the surrounding mountains.
For even better views, take a short cable car ride to Sardagna for a spectacular panorama, and enjoy an Aperitivo whilst you’re there!
Those looking for some education should visit the MUSE (Museum of Science), explore the underground Roman Tridentum and peruse the Museo Diocesano, to learn about sacred art, the council, and the role of the church in Trento.
Wine fans should visit Palazzo Roccabruno, home to the board of Trentino wine. Not only is the building itself fascinating, but if you visit on Thursdays and Saturdays you’ll have the chance to taste the region’s sparkling wine, Trento Doc.
Finally, and what makes Trento particularly special, is the surrounding area. Trento is the perfect base for exploring the surrounding Dolomites, whether that’s for hiking in the summer or skiing in the winter.
Trento is one of the most beautiful towns in Italy.
Recommended By Ellen from Adventures with Nell
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If you’re looking for beauty, Capri Island should definitely be on your list to visit in Italy. This small island has stunning views all around, turquoise waters, fancy boutique hotels, and delicious food.
It is also very easy to get to Capri, with lots of ferries coming here every day from Naples, Sorrento as well as from the Amalfi Coast.
You can see the island in one day but there are many things to discover so you could also spend a few days on Capri.
Make sure to visit the Gardens of Augustus for an amazing view of the Faraglioni. Then, descend to Marina Piccola to swim in the bay.
Take the bus to Anacapri, the second city on the island, and then the chairlift to the summit of Mount Solaro for an amazing view of Naples Bay and the Sorrentine Peninsula.
Then, descent the 900 Phoenician Steps to Marina Grande. Here, you can join a boat tour of the island that will take you to the Blue Grotto and through the Faraglioni.
There are more attractions on the island, for instance the ruins of Villa Jovis, built by the Roman emperor Tiberius. However, I wouldn’t miss a little shopping in Anacapri and stopping at any café or restaurant in the Piazzetta of Capri or close to the sea.
Recommended By Anda from Travel For a While
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What are the most beautiful cities in Italy?
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In spite of being one of the important historical cities of Northern Italy, the city of Padua (Padova in Italian) is a quite neglected tourist destination, existing in the shadow of Venice.
This small city of the Veneto region has always been a key center of culture and art with one of the most prestigious universities of the European continent.
In the Renaissance period some of the most important minds of Europe, such as Copernicus or Galileo Galilei studied between the halls of this old institute.
In spite of the famous students the city and its university had, the most famous personality related to Padua is Saint Anthony, who is amongst the most venerated saints of the Christian culture.
There’s no doubt that one of the main things to visit in Padua is the Basilica of Saint Anthony, where pilgrims come year by year to honor the Saint buried here.
The church itself is originally a Gothic building, but several modifications have been carried out in the Renaissance and the Baroque periods. It is one of the strangest cathedrals of Italy with its orthodox-style cupola.
Although the Basilica is the most important building in town, there are several other interesting religious monuments such as the wonderful Scrovegni Chapel with frescoes made by Giotto or the Abbey of Santa Giustina that presides the views of the Prado della Valle, the main square in town, which is actually one of the largest squares in Europe.
While visiting the old town of Padua, we recommend you to check out one of the antique coffee houses, such as the Café Pedrocchi with its intellectual atmosphere.
Padua is not only one of the most beautiful places in Italy but it is also one of the most beautiful cities of Europe.
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Venice is alive with history and romance and wandering through its cobbled streets gives you time to soak up the beauty of this floating city. Home to canals, gondolas, and of course, gelato its charm and culture can’t help but make you fall in love.
It is a destination that is so mesmerizing that a weekend break to Venice is a must.
Venice is the only city in the world that is completely pedestrianized meaning that you will make your way around the city on foot or by water. From water taxis and buses to gondolas they all give you a unique experience that you won’t be able to have anywhere else.
St Mark’s Basilica is the centerpiece of Venice with 8000 sq. meters of gold-leaf mosaic lining its interior.
A visit to this astounding venue should be on everyone’s “to-do” list. Wander around the square enjoying the centuries-old Venetian/Roman architecture and maybe stop at the world-famous Cafe Florian, for refreshment.
The square containing the Basilica, Bell Tower, and Doges Palace is busy at all times but walk 10 minutes away from it and you can actually find yourself in deserted streets where you can revel in the beauty of the buildings.
Of course, the delightful 150 canals and 438 bridges that criss-cross the city allow for beautiful photographs to be taken as tumbling flowers trail over ornate buildings and brightly painted doors and shutters allow a backdrop more in keeping with a film-set than a European city.
If you have time, make sure to take a trip across to Murano to witness intricate glass making and then on to Burano to enjoy the multi-colored town where lace-making is still the local craft.
I ended my visit knowing that one day I would be back, I have never visited anywhere quite as intoxicating as Venice and don’t think I ever will!
Recommended By Angela from Where Angie Wanders
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Procida Island, Bay of Naples
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Procida island in the Bay of Naples, southern Italy is truly one of the most beautiful places in Italy.
This tiny island which measures barely 1.6 square miles in area boasts a medieval citadel, some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy and a nature reserve.
And let’s not forget a view that can rival Cinque Terre and Positano for beauty.
The view over Marina di Corricella is absolutely breathtaking, with pastel-colored houses tumbling down a steep hill towards the harbor.
The island’s fishermen used to paint their houses in bright eye-catching colors so they could see home even when they were out at sea.
Today the island still depends on fishing (it’s surprisingly untouched by mass tourism) and there are still brightly-colored fishing boats bobbing in the harbor.
Walking through the narrow lanes down to the waterfront is just as lovely – the pretty pinks, lemons, and powder-blues of the houses are complimented with pots full of flowers and the residents of Procida take obvious pride in keeping their island beautiful.
Procida is an easy day trip from either Naples or the nearby island of Ischia. Getting here is simple using the many public ferries, and getting around is just as simple – the walk from the ferry port to Marina di Corricella takes only 10-15 minutes and it’d be possible to explore the entire island on foot.
If you’re planning to go to southern Italy, then don’t miss visiting Procida.
Recommended By Helen from Helen on Her Holidays
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Bright and colorful Burano is not only one of the most beautiful places in Italy, it’s one of the most colorful towns on the planet!
Located a 45-minute boat ride away from the center of Venice, Burano is located on its own outlying island in the Venetian lagoon and is traditionally a fishing village.
Today, the village is best-known for its extremely colorful houses–legend says the bright colors are so fishermen could find their way home when fog descended on the lagoon–as well as its traditional lacework.
While the traditional crafting of lace is mostly a thing of past in Burano (a single piece made entirely by hand costs thousands of dollars due to the amount of labor involved), you can still shop for beautiful lace souvenirs during your time in Burano–just know that they’re made with a combination of handmade and machine-assisted detail.
When visiting Burano, be sure to check out the Pescaria Vescia (old fish market), spot the leaning tower of Burano, snap photos on the Tre Ponti, and enjoy some delicious seafood.
Venice’s vaporetto service makes it easy to visit Burano independently, however, you can also book a tour of Burano that includes stops on the islands of Murano and Torcello as well if you prefer!
Recommended By Kate from Our Escape Clause
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Of the five stunning villages and towns of the Cinque Terre, Vernazza is the standout Italian Riviera destination.
It’s hard to think of many other places in the world where you can walk around a medieval village that juts out on a small isthmus surrounded by sea.
Founded around 1100 years ago, there are riotously colored multi-storied buildings and winding streets with instagrammable moments everywhere you turn in this old village.
Above the streets, squares and markets are a system of now ruined forts, castles, and towers, intertwined with terraced vineyards and hiking trails. The Blue Path is one of Italy’s most beautiful hikes, extending 12 kilometers between the villages of the Cinque Terre.
The focal point of this Cinque Terre village is the port with its beach, piazza, and Gothic church on the water, overlooked by Doria Castle with its Belforte Tower that helps defend the village from Saracen pirates attacking Vernazza from the sea in earlier centuries.
The church of Santa Margherita d’Antiochia is a small fourteenth-century church, yet it is one of the world’s most recognizable sites because of its location on the Liguria Sea and its wonderful octagonal tower.
Vernazza is a colorful UNESCO World Heritage masterpiece for lovers of scenic beauty, hiking trails, medieval villages, and colorful Italian everyday life and culture. It truly is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Recommended By Monique at TripAnthropologist
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The most beautiful places to visit in Italy
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The Val d’Orcia is considered one of the most scenic places in all of Italy, and if you are planning a trip, be sure to include a drive through the Val d’Orcia on your itinerary for Tuscany!
A region known for its postcard picture scenes of rolling hills and rows of cypresses, the Val d’Orcia also includes several lovely hill towns and historic abbeys. An easy day drive from Siena or Florence, the Val d’Orcia is also renowned for its food and drink.
While in the Val d’Orcia, visit Montalcino, known for its red Brunello wine and its old fortress, Pienza, considered the ideal Renaissance town, and Montepulciano, known for its vino Nobile.
Sample the pici pasta of the region and the famous pecorino cheese produced in the area.
The scenery everywhere in the Val d’Orcia is spectacular, and from the hill towns, you get panoramic views of the vineyards, olive groves, and countryside all around.
If you love photography, do not miss the opportunity to snap a picture of the famous Vitaleta Chapel and the cypresses of San Quirico d’Orcia.
If you enjoy wineries, there are numerous vineyards in the region that host tastings, and many have onsite dining as well. If you have time, you can stay in an agriturismo in the region and really soak in the beauty over a few days.
A car is really useful to explore the region, but if you do not wish to drive, you can join a guided tour, or hire a car and driver for the day.
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Arcipelago della Maddalena
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If you’re looking for the most beautiful places in Italy the Archipelago of Maddalena in Sardinia has to feature on the list. Sardinia in general has some pretty incredible natural spots, but the islands of the Maddalena Archipelago are blessed with particularly clear turquoise water, fine white sand beaches, and rugged granite landscapes.
The most famous spot in the Maddalena Archipelago are the “Natural Pools”. This is the area between the islands of Budelli, Razzoli, and Santa Maria. It’s called the natural pools because thanks to the surrounding islands the water is always calm, like a pool. Due to the differences in the depth and seabed you also get lots of different shades of blue, creating a patchwork and multiple “pools” effect.
You can only reach these islands on a boat day trip. You will spend the day island hopping from one paradise beach to the next, snorkeling amongst hundreds of fish, diving from granite rocks, or simply just relaxing and tanning on these beautiful beaches!
My personal favorite is Cala Soraja on Spargi Island. This beach has the clearest water and the big tour boats don’t dock here, meaning you often get it all to yourself! If you’re a beach lover, you have to add the Maddalena Archipelago to your Italy bucket list.
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Bagni San Filippo
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Bagni San Filippo is situated in Castiglione d’Orcia in the province of Sienna in Tuscany. The town is named after the gorgeous thermal baths that are situated in the town. Set against the backdrop of green woods, these natural thermal pools make for the perfect relaxing spa day amidst nature.
The Thermal pools of San Filippo are located within the park by the same name. The small spa is at a height of 524 meters. The water flowing into these pools comes from various sources and is rich in Carbonate-calcic. Over the years, the limestone deposits from the water have formed huge formations along the stream of water. The most prominent amongst them being the Fosso Bianco and the White Whale. The White Whale appears to be a waterfall that has solidified over the years.
These hidden hot springs in Tuscany are located close to the famous Val d’Orcia. That should definitely be a stop on your trip to these thermal pools.
I recommend staying in Montepulciano a hilltop Tuscan town known for its wine, wild boar salami, and panoramic views of the stunning Val d’Orcia.
Recommended By Merryl from Merryl’s Travel and Tricks
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Hidden away in the heart of Sicily is the incredible 13th century Castello di Lombardia.
You’ll need to drive a couple of hours inland from Palermo or Taormina to reach the castle. It is situated at the very top of Enna, Italy’s highest regional capital.
When you reach Enna, wander through the city past the 14th-century cathedral until you finally reach Castello di Lombardia.
Ensure you visit the castle in the spring. The castle grounds are carpeted with wildflowers and the whole place is often deserted.
It’s possible to climb one of the six remaining towers, Torre Pisana, from where you’ll have the most remarkable view over the countryside below.
Although Sicily is a dry and arid island, spring reveals a greener side. The fields of wheat (much of Italy’s pasta wheat is from Sicily) are a lush green and continue for as far as the eye can see.
To get the most from your visit to Enna, it’s best to hire a car as public transport is fairly limited.
A Sicily road trip also gives you the opportunity to visit some of the other remote hilltop towns in Sicily’s interior as well as the impressive mosaics at nearby Villa Romana del Casale.
Recommended By Annabel from Smudged Postcard
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Villa d’Este, Tivoli
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What is the best city in Italy?
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Rome is not only one of the major cities in Italy but it is also one of the most beautiful cities in Italy because of its unique blend of modern and ancient architecture. Strolling through the narrow cobblestoned streets, you’ll pass by charming storefronts and restaurants and remnants of ancient history.
The city is scattered with hundreds of churches, which add another element of beauty to Rome with their intricate statues, bellowers, and elaborate designs.
Between the rich colors, diverse architecture, and narrow streets, Rome is certainly a picturesque city! Regardless of the time of day or season Rome still looks beautiful.
During a trip to Rome, you can’t miss out on the top things Rome has to offer. Rome attracts millions of visitors around the globe who ready to be dazzled by ancient ruins and historic sites.
Rome is home to some of the finest representations of ancient architecture in the world! Not only should you explore the most popular sites like the Roman Colosseum, Forum, and the Vatican, but you should also visit less-visited attractions like the Baths of Caracalla and Ostia Antica.
All of these sites provide an interesting look into ancient Roman history. One thing that makes Rome so special is that even if you go into visiting Rome without a plan, you’ll find something interesting to explore around every corner!
Having been to Rome four times ourselves, we still found new and exciting things to do during each of our visits! For us, Rome’s inherent beauty and the atmosphere always make us welcomed, happy, and full of life!
And for that reason, we always want to go back! I mean it is one of the most beautiful Italian cities!
Ready to visit Rome? Be sure to check out this list of best neighborhoods to stay in Rome.
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With one of the Mediterranean’s largest harbors and a maze of narrow cobbled streets surrounding it in the old town, Genoa commands a striking position in the North of Italy.
This is where Christopher Colombus spent much of his youth and his childhood home is a fabulous place to visit.
From high on Genoa’s rooftops, you’ll get an awesome view of the city below, lifts and well-located restaurants also give you the opportunity for soaring views.
There are glorious UNESCO World Heritage-listed palazzos each more stunning than the previous and the most magnificent Cathedral of San Lorenzo, built to hold the remains of John the Baptist and the glorious Ferrari Fountains.
Genoa’s harbor contains the largest Aquarium in Europe and the city is a regular day stop for cruise ships in the Mediterranean.
With easy transport links from Europe Genoa is the perfect place to spend a weekend or longer or as part of a longer tour of all the beautiful cities in Europe.
Visit one of Genoa’s markets and you’ll see the beauty there too – the freshest of produce and incredible foodstuffs from this Ligurian region of Italy.
Genoa is the birthplace of pesto and has an amazing street food scene, the olive oil-drenched focaccia bread might mess with your photos, but oh it’s so worth it.
And while you’re there you must try the paper cones of Frito Misto – freshly fried seafood. Genoa is easily one of the best food cities in Italy.
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Ideally situated between Naples and the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento is a beautiful city and the perfect base for exploring the Campania region on its doorstep.
The main area of the city is perched high on a cliff overlooking the Bay of Naples. From the beautifully manicured gardens of Park Villa Comunale you can see the islands of Ischia and Procida as well as Mount Vesuvius and Naples in the distance.
Nearby, Piazza Tasso is the perfect spot to settle at aperitivo hour with a spritz after a shopping spree in the vicoletti. These small laneways are home to boutiques selling artisan-made sandals, linen clothing, and of course the limoncello liqueur that for which Sorrento is famous.
Everywhere you go in Sorrento, you will smell lemons on the breeze thanks to the charming lemon groves in every corner of town. When it’s time for dinner, head down to Marina Grande for the freshest fish dishes in a charming seaside setting.
Apart from the city’s own unique charms, there are many day trips to take from Sorrento. You can sail to the fabled island of Capri or lesser-known Ischia and Procida.
The historic site at Pompeii is just a short train ride away. And from there it is just a few stops more to foodie heaven Naples. However everyone’s favorite day trip from Sorrento is undoubtedly the spectacular Amalfi Coast.
You can easily reach Positano, Amalfi, and other smaller towns from your base on the Sorrentine Peninsula.
When you’re planning your Italian itinerary, make sure to include Sorrento. It is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Italy thanks to its charming historic center and enviable position close to so many of Italy’s natural and historic wonders.
Recommended by Katy from Untold Travel
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When thinking about Tuscany, the first image that probably comes to your mind is green rolling hills, Renaissance art cities, and Chianti ruby wine.
But there is a historic region in Northern Tuscany called Lunigiana that will surprise you with lush landscapes and medieval hilltop villages that seem suspended in time.
The Lunigiana valley is embraced by the Apennine National Park and the Unesco Geopark of the Apuan Alps, where you can recharge in pristine nature and hike off the beaten path trails with spectacular views stretching as far as the Cinque Terre sea.
If hiking sounds too much effort for you, you can explore charming medieval villages that still preserve the authenticity of past times.
Indeed, the history of Lunigiana dates back to the Neolithic age as witnessed by the mysterious anthropomorphic statues sculpted in sandstone by the prehistoric people who lived here, today kept into the Pontremoli castle.
Food in this region is rustic and genuine, using ancient traditional cooking techniques like the “testi”, cast-iron pots that give a special flavor to local recipes like testarolo (sort of unleavened bread cooked in the testo first, then boiled and served with pesto sauce), vegetable pie (made with wild herbs) and baby lamb, a slow food presidium.
Just a stone throw from the most popular Tuscan cities and the renowned Cinque Terre, this under-the-tourist radar region offers unexpected gems perfect for those interested in a truly authentic Italian experience.
Recommended By Simona from Travel OFF
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Barbarano Romano is a village of only 1,000 residents about 50 kilometers north of Rome. It is a stunningly beautiful medieval city that dates back all the way to the thirteenth century.
The village is set upon a volcanic rise of tufaceous rock, and still partially surrounded by the original city walls.
At the doorway of the main church of S. Maria Assunta, there is an original marble plaque from 1280. It is surreal to be surrounded by such ancient original buildings and to imagine what life might’ve been like in those times.
Barbarano will surely exercise one’s imagination.
While there is admittedly not much to do in the way of food and beverage, there is a small bar to have a cappuccino or a glass of wine in the afternoon or evening. A pizza ristorante is situated a few hundred meters down a hill just outside the city walls.
The beauty of the village itself is what draws people to this tiny commune. Wander around the narrow medieval streets and admire how beautifully-preserved the area is.
If hiking interests you, Barbarano Romano actually sits at the center of a protected regional area. The Marturanum Regional Park is famous for its plethora of Etruscan necropoli and caves.
From the center of the village, you can enter the park, and hike through to neighboring villages!
A chance to explore Barbarano and the other hidden gems in Tuscia is well-worth a day trip from Rome.
Recommended By Jade from The Migrant Yogi
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Map of Italy: Most beautiful cities in Italy to visit
Need help deciding where to visit first or want to plan your own Italian itinerary?
Use this map to help plan everything out and help you decided on the best cities to visit in Italy for you.
Travel Tip: Once you have planned out your getaway don’t forget to download an offline google map of cities in Italy you are visiting. Even if you do not have cell or internet service you will still be able to use it for directions and getting around.