Beautiful Italy has been captivating poets, artists, and adventurers for centuries.
The country’s lush nature, beautiful light, and rich historical past called out to them and inspired them to create some of their very best works.
Thus the legend of Italy as a place where you go to experience beauty and find inspiration was established in our collective mind and to this day it remains alive.
Each day, thousands of travellers head to Italy eager to see its beauty for themselves. They dream of blue skies, priceless works of art, roads that curve through green hills, fields of flowers in bloom, music that fills the heart with joy and plates piled with authentic homemade food.
Some follow in the steps of millions before them and make sure to see beautiful Italy from a very specific point of view. They flit between Florence, Venice, and Rome happy to recreate for themselves moments that they have seen shared on social media hundreds of times.
A cup of proper Italian coffee, a slice of pizza from the most recommended restaurant, a photo of a wisteria vine in full bloom, a guided tour of a place which, otherwise, will take a lifetime to properly explore.
Others take a more spontaneous approach. They seek the road less travelled and head to lesser-known Italian villages and towns, to smaller lakes and tiny little local points of interest.
Who is to say who is right and who is wrong?!
The important thing is that both types of travellers seek to experience beautiful Italy first hand. It’s a task which can leave you both elated and dejected though.
Elated, for there is lots of beauty to be seen, tasted and experienced all over Italy. From its regional food to its traditional crafts, from its Etruscan and Roman history to its religious heritage, from its art and music to its fashion and style, beautiful Italy has so much to offer if you approach it with an open heart.
Dejected, as so many other people are on the same quest. To discover and savour beautiful Italy can easily become a race. A million questions swirl around in your head, like these ones below:
- When to travel to avoid the crowds?!
- How far in advance to book a particular guided tour, concert or restaurant so as to make sure you will grab the best places at the right price?!
- Which are the best angles to take those instagrammable photos of those fabled Italian sights that everyone has seen online and is desperate to replicate?!
To help you avoid the risk of feeling dejected while organising and experiencing a trip to beautiful Italy, here are over one hundred photos. They show you some of the most beautiful places in this inspiring country as seen and photographed by me.
I have been living in beautiful Italy for five years now and every day I try to see it from its most breathtaking point of view.
It could be something simple like a sculpted doorknocker which looks like a miniature work of art.
Or it could be something really fun like going to a great Italian event and trying to capture the mood of the performers and the crowd.
The important thing is that beauty is all around me here and I would like to show you how to see it for yourself.
Each photo below will take you to a delightful corner of beautiful Italy. From the lesser-known spots to some of Italy’s most famous sights, everything’s been captured through my lens.
Each photo comes with a succinct caption and a link to more information. Clicking on the links will open either a post on my blog, a post on my blog’s Facebook page (please, could you like it if you haven’t already?! Thanks!) or, where possible, the official website of the respective place.
So, scroll down and click!
I hope that the couple of minutes you will spend looking through the photos herewith will help take you to a marvellous, wonderful world of art, nature, history, and food. A world which you can experience first hand for yourself, too. For beautiful Italy really needs to be seen for an experience of a lifetime.
P.S. I will be adding more and more photos to this gallery as I keep exploring new corners of Italy. The photos featured here at present show you the following Italian regions in all their glory: Veneto, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Marche, Piedmont, and Friuli-Venezia Giulia.
Beautiful Italy Revealed in 126 Photos
1. Verona, Veneto
Fair Verona seen from the viewing terrace of Castel San Pietro. Ponte Pietra – the stone bridge spanning the river Adige – is Verona’s only surviving bridge from Roman times. Click here to read more about Verona and the 20 best things to do and see in this beautiful Northern Italian city in one day.
2. Paneveggio-Pale di San Martino Nature Park, Trentino
A young stag stands in front of Paneveggio – the so-called Violins’ Forest – in the Dolomites in the Northern Italian province of Trentino. At the back are the Pale di San Martino – the largest mountain group in the Dolomites. Click here to read more about the Paneveggio-Pale di San Martino Nature Park. This is one of the very first nature parks in Italy and in 2009, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3. Scaliger Castle, Lazise, Lake Garda, Veneto
The castle built by the Scaliger dynasty – the medieval rulers of Verona – in Lazise on the shores of Lake Garda. Click here to discover why Lazise is one of the twelve best towns to visit around Italy’s largest lake.
4. Soave, Veneto
Soave is a small medieval town in the heart of the Northern Italian region of the Veneto. Surrounded by vineyards, its most famous export is the Soave white wine. Every September, the citizens of Soave stage a Festa dell’Uva – a traditional celebration of grapes, vines, and wine. Juicy bunches of grapes are used to adorn the town’s houses and defensive walls. Click here to read more about Soave.
5. Feltre, Veneto
Feltre is a hidden corner in beautiful Italy. Built on top of a small hill and surrounded by the rugged peaks of the Dolomites, this small town has a medieval look and feel to it and so many local stories and traditions to discover. This is Feltre’s castle surrounded by trees in a glorious autumnal display. Click here to read more about Feltre.
6. Grotta Azzurra di Mel, Dolomites, Veneto
This grotto with sparkling blue waters is another hidden corner in the Dolomites – a mountain range that serves as a splendid crown to beautiful Italy. To reach the Grotta Azzurra di Mel, you need to hike following the stony bed of a small river. Click here to find out detailed instructions and lots of photos.
7. Zumelle Castle, Dolomites, Veneto
A medieval fortress to visit before or after a nice and energising hike to the nearby Grotta Azzurra di Mel (see photo number 6 above). Click here to learn more about Zumelle Castle.
8. Padua, Veneto
Faded frescoes, a wrought-iron balcony, and dreamy bottle bottom glass windows. As seen in Padua – one of beautiful Italy’s most underrated cities. Click here to find out 89 reasons to visit Padua in the Veneto.
9. Villa Barbaro (Villa di Maser), Veneto
The regal Villa Barbaro (also known as Villa di Maser) in the Northern Italian region of the Veneto. Designed by the illustrious Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, the villa is beautiful on the outside. It is stunning inside, too as it is covered with frescoes by the famous painter Paolo Veronese. Click here to find out the top 15 places to visit in the Veneto.
10. Rovigo, Veneto
The city of Rovigo in the Northern Italian region of the Veneto is off the beaten track, yet it has lots to offer to the discerning traveller looking to experience Italy authentically. Click here to find out the top 15 places to visit in the Veneto.
11. Vicenza, Veneto
This small city in beautiful Italy is known both as the City of Gold and the City of Palladio. Vicenza has centuries-old goldsmithing traditions that are alive to this day. On the other hand, Andrea Palladio – one of the most influential architects of the Western World – transformed Vicenza into a Renaissance pearl by building numerous palaces and villas in and around the city in the 16th century. The green rooftop in the centre of the photo above covers one of Palladio’s most famous buildings in Vicenza – the Basilica Palladiana. Click here to see the beauty of Vicenza revealed in 30 photos and stories.
12. River Tagliamento, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
The fast-flowing River Tagliamento after torrential rain. This is one of the last rivers in Europe to preserve its original course. You can see it in the Northern Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. I took this photo near the picturesque historic village of Venzone. Click here to see photos of Venzone on my blog’s Facebook page.
13. Valstagna, Veneto
Valstagna is a picturesque town on the shores of the river Brenta in the Northern Italian region of the Veneto. Surrounded by rugged mountain peaks, the town is a great spot for rafting and hiking. Plus, the Grotte di Oliero is nearby. This is a small but very interesting cave that can only be accessed via a short boat trip underground. Check number 5 on this list to find out how to visit Grotte di Oliero.
14. Museum of Flight, Castle of San Pelagio, Due Carrara, Veneto
The stunning Room of the Hot-Air Balloons in the Museum of Flight. The museum is nestled in the Castle of San Pelagio in the Province of Padua in the Northern Italian region of the Veneto. It is a great place to visit with kids and it introduces you to the history and achievements of Italy’s aviation. Plus, there is a lovely garden with hundreds of roses and a maze. Click here to see the official website (in Italian) of the Museum of Flight.
15. Grotte di Caglieron, Fregona, Veneto
The Grotte di Caglieron is a series of caves and waterfalls which you traverse on wooden bridges placed between them. It is a spectacularly beautiful sight not to miss in the Northern Italian region of the Veneto. Plus, one of the caves is used to ripen locally produced cheese. Click here to find out how to visit Grotte di Caglieron and what else to do nearby.
16. Villa Pisani, Stra, Veneto
Known as the Queen of the Venetian Villas, this is the stunning Villa Pisani which is akin to a small palace. With lavishly decorated and frescoed rooms and an expansive garden with a maze and an ice-house, the villa is in the small town of Stra within an easy reach from Padua. Click here to find out how to visit Villa Pisani and what to see and do there.
17. Titian’s Birth House, Pieve di Cadore’, Veneto
Titian – one of the most universally famous Italian painters – was born in this wooden house in the Dolomites in beautiful Italy. Click here to find out how to visit it and what else to do in Titian’s hometown – the picturesque Pieve di Cadore’ in the Northern Italian region of the Veneto.
18. Glass Panels Adorning the Venezia Santa Lucia Train Station, Venice, Italy
The art of glassmaking is deeply rooted in the traditions of Venice – the most striking city in beautiful Italy. When you walk out from Venezia Santa Lucia train station, look up and you will see these handmade glass panels depicting the Venetian lagoon. Click here to read more about Venice.
19. Excalibur Hiking Trail, Tonezza del Cimone, Veneto
Hiking is a great way to discover beautiful Italy in all its glory. The country is crisscrossed by exhilarating hiking trails giving you a chance to fall in love with Italy’s pristine nature. This is a moment captured on the Excalibur trail – an easy hike suitable for the whole family – in the Venetian Prealps. Check number 13 on this list to find out how to explore the Excalibur trail for yourself.
20. Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Veneto
21. Giardino Giusti, Verona, Veneto
22. The fence of the Royal Palace, Turin, Piedmont
23. Historic Cafe Soraru, Vicenza, Veneto
24. Gola di Furlo, Marche
25. Piazza delle Erbe, Padua, Veneto
26. Romeo’s Castle, Montecchio Maggiore, Veneto
27. Brescia, Lombardy
28. Cheese Cave, Grotte di Caglieron, Fregona, Veneto
29. Bergamo, Lombardy
30. Courtyard of the National Archaeological Museum, Venice, Veneto
31. Fortified Walls of Peschiera del Garda, Veneto
32. Raphael’s Birth House, Urbino, Marche
33. Visconti Bridge, Borghetto sul Mincio, Veneto
34. Nesso, Lake Como, Lombardy
35. Daily Fruit and Veg Market, Padua, Veneto
36. Stained Glass Window, Bardolino, Lake Garda, Veneto
37. Titian’s Birth House, Pieve di Cadore’, Veneto
38. Serravalle, Veneto
39. Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona, Veneto
40. Wisteria in Bloom, Vicenza, Veneto
41. British Day, Schio, Veneto
42. Pumpkin Gelato, Vicenza, Veneto
43. Roman Pool, Terme di Giunone, Caldiero, Veneto
44. Roses in Bloom, Vicenza, Veneto
45. Rose Garden, Carrara Castle, Este, Veneto
46. Salvador Dali’s Sculpture with La Rua at Piazza dei Signori, Vicenza, Veneto
47. The Bastions of Palmanova, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
48. Piazza Bra on St. Valentine’s Day, Verona, Veneto
49. Neptune’s Fountain, Trento, Trentino- Alto Adige
50. Fano, Le Marche
51. Prosciutto, Montagnana, Veneto
52. Montagnana, Veneto
53. Punta di San Vigilio, Lake Garda, Veneto
54. Palladio Museum, Vicenza, Veneto
55. Palazzo Madama, Turin, Piedmont
56. Ceramics Fair, Nove, Veneto
57. Nervesa della Battaglia, Veneto
58. Campo di Brenzone, Lake Garda, Veneto
59. Anguane – Veneto’s Water Nymphs
60. Centuries-old Mulattiere – Mule Tracks – Above Lake Garda, Veneto
61. Laundry Day, Venice, Veneto
62. Prato della Valle, Padua, Veneto
63. Duomo, Milan, Lombardy
64. Miramare Castle, Triest, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
65. Monselice, Veneto
66. Monte Grapppa, Veneto
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- The Beauty of Vicenza, Italy in 30 Photos and Stories
- Top 15 Places to Visit in the Veneto, Italy – The Ultimate Guide
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- Marche, Italy – 6 Reasons to Visit Italy’s Most Underrated Region
- Italy from Above – Where to Get a Bird’s-Eye View of Italy’s Northern Cities
- Italian Villages or 6 Reasons to Visit Italy’s Picturesque and Historic Borghi
- Day Trips from Padua, Italy – Over 35 Unmissable Destinations in Veneto, Lombardy, and Emilia-Romagna
- Day Trips from Verona – 16 Destinations to Fall in Love With (With Travel Times and Train Tips)
- Day Trips from Vicenza, Italy – Over 90 of the Best Destinations
- 11 of the Best Day Trips from Venice (With Lots of Photos, Travel Times and Italy Train Tips)
- Bologna, Italy – 10 Stories to Introduce You to the Fat Lady of the Italian Cities
- Ravenna, Italy – 10 Stories to Make You Want to Visit the City of Mosaics Now
What’s the most beautiful corner of Italy according to you? Which beautiful place in Italy you would suggest that I visit asap? Which of the above photos you like the most? Let me know in the Comments section below!
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