Amazing Photos of Italy That Will Make You Want to Go There Right Now

The vibrant island of Burano is a wonderful place to explore
The vibrant island of Burano is a wonderful place to explore | © Adisa / Shutterstock

Italy: an extraordinary banquet of soul-stirring art, mouth-watering food and tranquil landscapes await in a land rivalled by few and coveted by millions.

Still not convinced? Here are some amazing photos that will make you go crazy for the boot-shaped nation – and you can visit several of them, including Florence and Lake Como, on Culture Trip’s specially curated 10-day Northern Italy tour, or our action-packed 10-day Sicily adventure.

As the epicentre of the Roman Empire and birthplace of the Renaissance, Italy is arguably one of the most cultural places on Earth. It is here you’ll stand beneath Michelangelo’s David and Sistine Chapel frescoes. It is here you’ll feast you eyes on Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Primavera, and Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. It is here you’ll ride through ancient canals and walk among gladiators in Rome’s Colosseum. In fact, Italy has more Unesco-listed World Heritage cultural sites than any other nation on the planet. Whether you walk in the footsteps of emperors in Rome or feel yourself transfixed on a tour of art in Florence, Italy’s cultural sphere is as thrilling, as it is heart-stopping.

And let’s not forget that glorious food. From a simple spaghetti bolognese to wholesome gnocchi, every dish here feels like a revelation. The secret to their success? Fresh ingredients and seasonal produce. While Italy’s culinary soul appears to be homely, it’s equally ingenious and sophisticated – it does have countless Michelin-starred restaurants, after all.

And it’s not all food and culture. Think a geography of spellbindingly beautiful natural diversity. From north to south, traverse the icy Alps and glacial lakes, volcanic craters and epic vistas in a country that was made for Instagramming.

The otherworldly dreamscapes of the Italian Dolomites

The ancient, crumbling cityscapes of Bologna

The fairytale Tyrol Castle

The beautiful boats bobbling on Lake Garda

The colour-crazy island of Burano

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The lush landscapes of Valley Val Gardena National Park

The azure canals of Venice

The perfect cliffscapes of Capri

The wondrous church-filled views of Florence

The tranquil sights of Lake Como

The raging roar of Umbria’s Marmore’s Falls

The relaxed charm of Sicily

The misty olive groves of Tuscany

The cliff-side charm of Positano

The enchanting stone cottages of Puglia

The grandeur of gladiator Rome

The epic ceilings of the Vatican Museum

The gothic chic of Milan

The colourful homes of glittery Cinque Terre

And finally, the magisterial Lake Braies

Want more pretty photos? Take a look at the beautiful French village that inspired parts of Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

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