7 Italian Locales That Will Take Your Breath Away

Italy is full of awe-inspiring sites, and here are some of our favorites.

By: Felicia LaLomia, ISDA Contributing Editor

We all know how many beautiful places there are in Italy. Fly, take a train, drive, bike or walk just about anywhere, and you’ll find a spot that will take your breath away.

As one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world, it’s no wonder that people flock to the Old Country to marvel at its natural beauty and striking architecture.

Here are some of our favorite spots:

Burano Island, Venice

This pastel-drenched fisherman’s island uses bright facades to designate where one family’s house ends and another begins. Apart from its visual splendor and fresh catches, Burano Island is also known for its delicate, hand-stitched lace.


Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Smack dab in the center of Milan, this otherworldly galleria may just be the most beautiful retail hub you’ve ever seen. The enormous vaulted glass ceilings allow for the light and blue sky to shine in. As the oldest active mall in Italy, most of its shops are luxury stores, so you’ll have more than just the architecture to marvel at. 


Isola Bella

The name literally translates to beautiful island. Could it be more perfect? As one of the Borromean Islands of Lago Maggiore, this tiny place is only 320 meters by 400 meters. Its gorgeous villa and terrace gardens are not to be missed!


Villa Rufolo, Ravello

Within the historic town of Ravello sits this building overlooking the cathedral square. It dates back to the 13th century, but went through major renovations in the mid 19th century. The most beautiful spot on the property is the elevated courtyard gardens, that serve to amplify and breathe life into the architecture. 



These unique-looking homes are called trulli. The white stone fronts and cone-shaped roofs make it a town like no other. Thanks to the abundance of limestone in the region, families who moved here in the 17th century started constructing their homes from it, giving the entire village a beautiful white aura. 


Coppede District

We know the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica, but here is a slightly lesser known spot in Rome that is just as breathtaking. Located in the Treiste district, the site has the architectural styles of Ancient Greek, Roman Baroque, Mannerist and Medieval, thanks to Gino Coppedè, who designed it. 

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

This string of five fishing towns, located south of Genoa, is carefully built into the cliffs that overlook the coast. Riomaggiore is the southernmost village of the five. It is known for its colorful houses that dot the water’s edge. 

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