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Just 21 Amazing Photos of Italy That Will Make You Want to Go There Right Now

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Social Content Editor
Updated: 12 June 2017
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.

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 the Gladiators in Rome’s Colloseo. 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 an artistic tour-de-force 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 spag bowl to wholesome gnocchi, every dish here feels like a revelation. The secret to their success, you ask? The freshest ingredients and seasonal-only 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.

It’s not all food and culture though. 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.

Still not convinced? Here are 21 photos that will make you go crazy for the boot-shaped nation.

The otherworldly dreamscapes of the Italian Dolomites…

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© Creative Travel Projects / Shutterstock

The ancient, crumbling cityscapes of Bologna…

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© GoneWithTheWind / Shutterstock

The magical fairytale Tyrol Castle…

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© Pixelshop / Shutterstock

The absolutely beautiful boats bobbling on Lake Garda…

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© Gaspar Janos / Shutterstock

The colour-crazy island of Burano…

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© Adisa / Shutterstock

The lush green landscapes of Valley Val Gardena National Park…

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© Creative Travel Projects / Shutterstock

The azure and iconic canals of Venice…

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© Luciano Mortula / Shutterstock

The perfect cliffscapes of Capri…

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© S-F / Shutterstock

The wondrous church filled views of Florence…

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© Sergey Novikov / Shutterstock

The tranquil sights of Lake Como…

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© Boris Stroujko / Shutterstock

The raging roar of Umbria’s Marmore’s Falls…

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© MattiaATH / Shutterstock

The relaxed charm of Sicily…

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© Aleksandar Todorovic / Shutterstock

The misty olive groves of Tuscany…

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© Shaiith / Shutterstock
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© Michal Bednarek / Shutterstock

The cliff-side charm of Positano…

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© Ronnybas / Shutterstock

The enchanting stone cottages of Puglia…

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© GagliardiImages / Shutterstock

The grandeur of gladiator Rome…

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© Prochasson Frederic / Shutterstock

The epic ceilings of the Vatican Museum…

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© S-F / Shutterstock

The gothic chic of Milan…

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© Ventdusud / Shutterstock

The colourful homes of glittery Cinque Terre…

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© Anna Om / Shutterstock

And finally, the magisterial Lake Braies…

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© Creative Travel Projects / Shutterstock

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