The different regions of Italy each have their own distinct culture, landscape and history. The northern part of Italy in the South Tyrol region will feel like Germany or Austria in some parts, with locals actually speaking to you in German! While southern parts of Italy like Sicily might not even identify with being Italian, but instead Sicilian.
The distinct culture of Italy’s many regions goes back to its history of self-governed city-states up until the unification of Italy in 1861.
While cities like Rome, Florence, and Venice have been at the forefront of many travelers itineraries (and for good reasons), I want to introduce you to the many different and amazing regions of Italy.
In this post, I’m going to show you the 20 different regions of Italy, and the best cities to visit in each!
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- 1. Abruzzo
- 2. Basilicata
- 3. Calabria
- 4. Campania
- 5. Emilia-Romagna
- 6. Friuli-Venezia Giulia
- 7. Lazio
- 8. Liguria
- 9. Lombardy (Lombardia)
- 10. Marche
- 11. Molise
- 12. Piedmont (Piemonte)
- 13. Apulia (Puglia)
- 14. Sardinia (Sardegna)
- 15. Sicily (Sicilia)
- 16. Tuscany (Toscana)
- 17. Alto Adige/South Tyrol (Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol)
- 18. Umbria
- 19. Valle d’Aosta/Aosta Valley (Valle d’Aosta)
- 20. Veneto
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The 20 Regions of Italy and Where to Visit
Abruzzo is characterized by its diverse geography, which includes the rugged Apennine Mountains, rolling hills, and a 80 mile long coastline along the Adriatic Sea. The region is often referred to as “Italy’s greenest region” due to its lush landscapes.
Abruzzo is increasingly popular among tourists seeking a quieter and more authentic Italian experience. Visitors come to enjoy the natural beauty, historical sites, and outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and water sports.
Why visit Abruzzo: quieter and more authentic Italian experience
Cities to visit in Abruzzo: Abruzzo is L’Aquila, Pescara, Teramo, Chieti, Sulmona
Abruzzo Region of Italy Highlights
The regional capital of Abruzzo is L’Aquila, a city with a rich history and beautiful historic architecture. Other notable towns and cities in Abruzzo include Pescara, Teramo, Chieti, and Sulmona.
Unique Cuisine to try in Abruzzo
The region’s cuisine is known for its simplicity and use of locally sourced ingredients. Popular dishes include arrosticini (skewered lamb), pasta dishes like pasta alla chitarra, and cheeses like pecorino and mozzarella.
Basilicata is located in the southern part of the country, bordered by Campania to the west, Apulia to the east, and Calabria to the south. Basilicata is characterized by its rugged and mountainous terrain. The region is known for its stunning landscapes, including the famous Sassi di Matera, ancient cave dwellings carved into limestone cliffs.
Why visit Basilicata: to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matera
Cities to visit in Basilicata: Potenza, Castelmezzano, Matera
Basilicata Region of Italy Highlights
Matera, the capital of the Basilicata region, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It is known for its unique cave-dwelling architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city of Matera gained international attention for its distinctive landscape and feature in the James Bond movie, so it has become a popular tourist destination.
Unique Cuisine to try in Basilicata
Basilicata’s cuisine is deeply rooted in its agrarian traditions. Local ingredients like wheat, legumes, lamb, and cheese feature prominently in dishes. Notable dishes include “lucanica” (a type of pork sausage) and “peperone crusco” (a type of dried red pepper).
Calabria is known for its stunning coastline along the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas and beautiful beaches. This is a relatively undiscovered part of Italy that occupies the “toe” of the country’s boot-shaped peninsula. It’s a sunbaked region of rugged mountains, old-fashioned villages and dramatic coastline, with many popular beaches.
Why visit Calabria: crystal clear waters, off the beaten path beaches
Cities to visit in Calabria: Catanzaro, Reggio Calabria, Cosenza, Vibo Valentia (Tropea)
Calabria Region of Italy Highlights
The capital of Calabria is Catanzaro, however Reggio Calabria is far more populated. Other beachside cities to add to your list are Cosenza, and Vibo Valentia (Tropea), each with its own unique charm and history.
The area has a reputation for its morning food markets, which close around noon. Soverato and Catanzaro have thriving Farmers’ markets, selling a huge array of fresh fruit and vegetables local to the area, as well as meats and baked goods.
Unique Cuisine to try in Calabria
Calabrian cuisine is known for its use of locally grown ingredients. The region is famous for its spicy red pepper, ‘Nduja (a spicy spreadable pork salami), and various pasta dishes like “paccheri” and “fileja.” Seafood plays a significant role in this region, particularly swordfish. Red onion jams and gelatos are frequently seen around the area.
Campania is known for its rich history, stunning coastline along the Tyrrhenian Sea, and iconic cities such as Naples, Pompeii, and the Amalfi Coast.
Why visit Campania: landscapes, islands, and sweeping views!
Cities to visit in Campania: Naples, Pompeii, Salerno, Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano, Capri, Ischia, Procida
Campania Region of Italy Highlights
We typically find ourselves flying into the Naples (Napoli) airport, as it is one of the cheapest and most well connected airports to other European cities. I would consider spending 1 – 2 days in Naples to get your feet under you and consider a day trip to Pompeii. However, make sure you don’t stop here, there are soo many beautiful islands and towns to explore in this region.
An easy ferry ride away you can reach Ischia, Procida and Capri islands. The Amalfi Coast is another highlight of this region which includes towns like Salerno, Sorrento, Amalfi, and Positano.
Unique Cuisine to try in Campania
Campania is famous for its neapolitan pizza (founded in Naples), buffalo mozzarella cheese, pasta dishes like spaghetti alle vongole (with clams), “pasta al limone” or lemon cream pasta, and limoncello liqueur. The Aperol Spritz, and even the Limoncello Spritz, are staple cocktails in this area. Make sure to give one a try.
Emilia Romagna can be best described as a foodie heaven! It is also a hub for the Italian automotive industry. The famous luxury car manufacturers Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, and Ducati (motorcycles) all have their headquarters or factories in the region.
Why visit Emilia Romagna: Food and off the beaten path travel in Italy
Cities to visit in Emilia Romagna: Bologna, Modena, Parma, Ravenna, and Ferrara
Emilia-Romagna Region of Italy Highlights
Most visitors will start off their itinerary in Bologna, the biggest city in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Bologna is known for its well-preserved medieval center, vibrant cultural scene, and one of the world’s oldest universities. It is also self proclaimed the Pasta Capital of Italy. Now I can get on board with visiting the pasta capital!
If you are visiting Bologna, also plan to spend some time in Parma and Modena to see how Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, balsamico tradizionale di Modena, and prosciutto di Parma are produced in the Po Valley.
An hour east of Bologna, you will find the modern-looking city of Ravenna. It is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites due to its early Christian mosaics. Extravagances in gold, cobalt blue and crimson, the mosaics depict scenes from the Old and New Testaments in basilicas and mausoleums across Ravenna.
Unique Cuisine to try in Emilia-Romagna
Emilia-Romagna is often referred to as the “Food Valley” as it is the birthplace of iconic Italian foods like Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Prosciutto di Parma, and traditional balsamic vinegar. Pasta dishes such as tagliatelle and tortellini are also local specialties.
6. Friuli-Venezia Giulia
The region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia is known for its unique blend of Italian, Slovenian, and Austrian influences, stunning landscapes, and diverse cultural heritage. For centuries Romans, Slavs, Venetians and Austrians have fought over the region. The influences remain in the architecture and food.
Why visit Friuli-Venezia Giulia: mountain terraine, and stunning alpine lakes
Cities to visit in Friuli-Venezia Giulia: Trieste, Udine, Gorizia, Pordenone
Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region of Italy Highlights
The regional capital is Trieste, a historic port city with a rich maritime and cultural history. If you are in the area, check out the Grotta Gigante near Trieste, which holds a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest show cave.
Some of the main tourist attractions in the region are 19th-century castle Miramare and Lacs de Fusine, two stunning lakes on the border with Slovenia.
Unique Cuisine to try in Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Friuli-Venezia Giulia is renowned for its distinctive cuisine, which incorporates influences from neighboring countries. Local dishes often feature ingredients such as prosciutto di San Daniele, Montasio cheese, and frico (a cheese and potato dish).
The Friuli-Venezia Giulia region is also known for its high-quality wines, including Friulano and Ribolla Gialla.
Lazio is known for its historical significance as the heart of ancient Rome, its iconic present-day capital city of Rome, and its beautiful landscapes.
Why visit Lazio: roman history
Cities to visit in Lazio: Rome, the Vatican City, Civitavecchia, Latina, Frosinone, Viterbo
Lazio Region of Italy Highlights
Rome is the most famous city in this region, and will likely be at the top of your list to visit. However, you would be remised not to include a trip to the Vatican City (an independent city state within Rome) on your itinerary. Other notable cities include Latina, Frosinone, Viterbo, and Civitavecchia.
Unique Cuisine to try in Lazio
Roman dishes like pasta carbonara, amatriciana, and cacio e pepe are well-known, and the region is famous for its porchetta (roast pork), “arancini” or fried rice balls, and fried artichokes.
Liguria is known for its stunning Mediterranean coastline, charming coastal towns, and beautiful landscapes.
Why visit Liguria: sweeping views from coastal villages
Cities to visit in Liguria: Cinque Terre, Portofino, Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure
Liguria Region of Italy Highlights
The regional capital is Genoa, a historic port city known for its maritime heritage. However, the real gem of this region is Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, made up of five distinct villages with a hiking trail and train connecting them all. Other great cities to explore include Portofino, Rapallo, and Santa Margherita Ligure.
Unique Cuisine to try in Liguria
Ligurian cuisine features fresh seafood, pasta dishes like trofie al pesto (with basil pesto), and the region’s renowned olive oil. Pesto, made with fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, and Parmesan cheese, is a Ligurian specialty.
9. Lombardy (Lombardia)
Lombardy is Italy’s most populous and economically powerful region, known for its vibrant cities, cultural heritage, and contributions to art, fashion, and industry. This region is probably most visited for Milan or Lake Como.
Why visit Lombardy: Mountain scenery, opulent villas, and gardens
Cities to visit in Lombardy: Milan, Bergamo, Lake Como, Lake Garda
Lombardy Region of Italy Highlights
The capital city of Milan is Italy’s second-largest city and a global fashion and design hub. You probably don’t need much more than 1 day in Milan to see the Last Supper painting and do some luxury shopping. Other cities worth a visit in Lombardy are Bergamo, Lake Como, and Lake Garda.
Unique Cuisine to try in Lombardy
Lombard cuisine is diverse, with influences from neighboring regions. You must try the saffron risotto, “Ossobuco” or braised veal shanks, and Panettone, a traditional Christmas cake.
Marche, also known as Le Marche, is located in the central part of the country on the eastern coast, along the Adriatic Sea. It is known for its picturesque landscapes and charming historic towns.
Why visit Marche: medieval towns, lakes, vineyards, stunning coastal beaches
Cities to visit in Marche: Ancona, Urbino, Ascoli Piceno, Macerata, Pesaro
Marche Region of Italy Highlights
The regional capital is Ancona, a port city with a historic center and cultural attractions. Highlights of the region include the Temple of Valadier, a neoclassical octagonal church wedged in a hidden cave and a visit to Acqualagna, the ‘world’s capital of truffle’.
Additional highlights are the medieval fortress of La Gradara and the popular Catholic pilgrimage site ‘Basilica della Santa Casa’, located in Loreto, Ancona
Other notable towns in Marche include Urbino (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Ascoli Piceno, Macerata, and Pesaro.
Unique Cuisine to try in Marche
Marche’s cuisine often features fresh seafood, truffles, olives, and handmade pasta. Stuffed olives and Minestra di Ceci alla Marchigiana, a minestrone soup with chickpeas and Parma ham that celebrates the region’s legumes.
If you like pasta, this region is known for its “vincisgrassi,” a local lasagna dish, pasta with fried Fettuccine balls, ragù & parmigiano, porcini stuffed gnocchi, and spaghetti with alio, oglio and peperoncino.
If you are really trying to get off the beaten path in Italy, then this region is for you. Molise is the second smallest region in Italy both in terms of land area and population and offers a charming and tranquil experience for visitors.
The region is known for its truffles, and visitors can partake in truffle hunting experiences guided by local experts and their truffle-sniffing dogs.
Why visit Molise: serene and picturesque landscapes, and friendly locals
Cities to visit in Molise: Campobasso, Termoli, Isernia, Larino
Molise Region of Italy Highlights
Campobasso is the regional capital and the largest city in Molise. Other notable towns include Termoli (which has a picturesque coastal area), Isernia, and Larino.
Unique Cuisine to try in Molise
Local dishes often feature ingredients like lamb, pork, and seasonal vegetables. Some specialties include “pasta e fagioli” (pasta and bean soup) and “cavatelli” (small pasta shells) with broccoli rabe.
12. Piedmont (Piemonte)
Piedmont is surrounded by the Alps to the north and the west, sharing borders with Switzerland and France. It is characterized by rolling hills, fertile plains, and picturesque vineyards in the Langhe and Monferrato areas.
Why visit Piedmont: Tuscany vibes, but more off the beaten path
Cities to visit in Piedmont: Turin, Barolo, Barbaresco, Alba
Piedmont Region of Italy Highlights
The capital city of Turin is worth a visit for its architecture and palaces. During your time in the Piedmont region, plan to get out into the countryside and visit the small villages of Barolo and Barbaresco.
If you are visiting during October and November, the town of Alba has a celebration and festival for its famous white truffles.
Unique Cuisine to try in Piedmont
When in Piedmont, you must try the regional dishes like “risotto alla Piemontese” or Piedmontese-style risotto, “vitello tonnato” or veal with tuna sauce, the agnolotti pasta, and the iconic white truffle found in the region’s forests near Alba.
13. Apulia (Puglia)
Puglia, It is known for its picturesque landscapes, historic towns, beautiful coastline, and unique cultural heritage.
Why visit Puglia: charming villages and rocky coastal beaches
Cities to visit in Puglia: Bari, Lecce, Polignano a Mare, Monopoli, Locorotondo, Nardo, Alberobello, Ostuni
Puglia Region of Italy Highlights
The capital is Bari, a bustling port city with a historic center and cultural attractions. Don’t miss a visit to Lecce, known as the “Florence of the South” for its Baroque architecture. Polignano a Mare was my favorite town, known for its famous beach, Lama Monachile, enclosed by tall cliffs, provides a stunning setting for sunbathing and swimming.
Other notable towns to explore in the Puglia Region include Monopoli, Locorotondo, Nardo, Alberobello, and Ostuni.
Unique Cuisine to try in Puglia
The region is known for its olive oil production, and its unique orecchiette pasta, fresh seafood, and burrata cheese.
14. Sardinia (Sardegna)
Sardinia (Sardegna in Italian) is an autonomous region of Italy located in the Mediterranean Sea, to the west of the Italian mainland. It is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean and is known for its stunning beaches, diverse landscapes, and unique culture.
Why visit Sardinia: island life, distinctive culture and beaches
Cities to visit in Sardinia: Cagliari, Alghero, Sassari, Olbia, Oristano
Sardinia Region of Italy Highlights
Sardinia’s vibrant culture is deeply rooted in its history, language, and unique traditions. The island has its own distinct identity, with a strong sense of pride in its heritage.
Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, boasts several landmarks worth visiting. The Castello district, perched atop a hill, features the medieval Castello di San Michele and the Cathedral of Santa Maria. The city also offers a vibrant atmosphere, with bustling markets, lively cafes, and a picturesque waterfront.
In the northwest, the town of Alghero boasts a well-preserved historic center and its defensive walls dating back to the Catalan-Aragonese period. Alghero is also a gateway to the Neptune’s Grotto (Grotta di Nettuno), a remarkable sea cave accessible by boat or through a spectacular stairway carved into the cliffside.
Unique Cuisine to try in Sardinia
Sardinian cuisine includes dishes like “porceddu” or roast suckling pig, “malloreddus” or Sardinian gnocchi, and “seadas” or fried pastries with cheese and honey. The region is also known for its distinctive cheese, including Pecorino Sardo, made from the milk of Sardinian sheep.
15. Sicily (Sicilia)
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and an autonomous region of Italy. It is located off the southern tip of the Italian mainland and is known for its rich history, diverse culture, stunning landscapes, and delicious cuisine.
Why visit Sicily: rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning landscapes
Cities to visit in Sicily: Palermo, Catania, Messina, Syracuse, Taormina, Agrigento
Sicily Region of Italy Highlights
The regional capital is Palermo, a historic city with Arab-Norman architecture and a vibrant street life.
Sicily’s diverse geography is a playground for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The island’s coastlines are adorned with picturesque beaches and azure waters. Taormina, with its stunning views of the Ionian Sea is a popular stop in Sicily.
Mount Etna, Europe’s highest and most active volcano, is located in Sicily. Visitors can hike around its slopes, take guided tours, and witness volcanic activity.
Other cities to consider for your trip to Sicily are Catania, Messina, Syracuse, and Agrigento.
Unique Cuisine to try in Sicily
Sicily is known for dishes like pasta alla Norma, arancini (rice balls), cannoli (pastry filled with sweet ricotta), and a variety of seafood dishes. The island is also famous for its wines, including Marsala and Nero d’Avola.
16. Tuscany (Toscana)
Tuscany is one of my favorite regions of Italy and probably doesn’t need much of an introduction at this point. You probably know it best for its world class wines and its breathtaking landscapes.
Why visit Tuscany: A perfect combination of art, wine country, and food
Cities to visit in Tuscany: Florence, Siena, Lucca, Pisa, Chianti, Montepulciano, Montalcino, San Gimignano
Tuscany Region of Italy Highlights
Tuscany is home to some of Italy’s most visited cities, including Florence (Firenze), the global center of Renaissance art and culture. You could easily spend a week in Florence visiting all the museums and culturally sites. This city is packed full of things to do!
However, it is also worth while to explore beyond Florence into the smaller cities of Lucca and Siena. Siena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its impeccably preserved gothic architecture, and is included on many of the day trip tours from Tuscany.
If you want the real Tuscany experience, plan to spend at least a couple days out in the countryside in Chianti, Montalcino, Montepulciano, or San Gimignano (my personal favorite).
Unique Cuisine to try in Tuscany
Tuscan cuisine is characterized by its simplicity and use of high-quality ingredients. The must try dishes in the Tuscany region of italy are the “bistecca alla fiorentina” or Florentine steak and “panzanella” or bread salad. Tuscan olive oil and wines, such as Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, are world renowned.
17. Alto Adige/South Tyrol (Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol)
Trentino-Alto Adige is an autonomous province in northern Italy. It is situated in the heart of the Alps and shares borders with Austria to the north and Switzerland to the west. Trentino-Alto Adige is known for its stunning alpine landscapes, cultural diversity, and a strong regional identity. This region is most widely known as the Dolomites.
Why visit Trentino-Alto Adige: outdoor enthusiasts and photographers
Cities to visit in South Tyrol: Bolzano, Cortina, Ortisei
Trentino-Alto Adige Region of Italy Highlights
The provincial capital is Bolzano, a vibrant city known for its blend of Italian and Austrian culture. Most people that come to this region are in search of nature hikes, alpine lakes, and mountain trekking. Some of my favorite things to see in the region are Alpe di Siusi, Lago di Braises, Val di Funes, Lago di Sorapiss, and Tre Cime di Lavaredo to name a few.
Unique Cuisine to try in Trentino-Alto Adige
The cuisine features hearty Alpine dishes, such as “knödel” or dumplings, “speck” or bacon, and “kaiserschmarrn” a typical German-Austrian pancake dessert.
Umbria is a landlocked region in central Italy, often referred to as the “Green Heart of Italy” due to its lush landscapes, rolling hills, and fertile plains.
Why visit Umbria: medieval architecture and art
Cities to visit in Umbria: Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto, Gubbio, Todi, Spoleto, Norcia
Umbria Region of Italy Highlights
The regional capital of Umbria is Perugia, a historic city known for its medieval center, art, and chocolate.
If you visit Umbria you can’t miss the Duomo di Orvieto, one of the greatest examples of Gothic Architecture in Italy.
If you are interested in seeing traditions of the past, in the little town of Gubbio, they celebrate the ‘festival dei Ceri’ (literally festival of the candles), a tradition that dates back to 1160. On 15th May, they celebrate the Day of San Ubaldo with the race of the ‘Cerioli’.
Other notable towns in Umbria include Assisi (the birthplace of Saint Francis), Todi, Spoleto, and Norcia.
Unique Cuisine to try in Umbria
Traditional Umbrian dishes include “strangozzi” pasta, “porchetta” or roast pork, and “torta al testo”, a type of flatbread. Olive oil and wines, such as Sagrantino and Orvieto, are also regional specialties.
19. Valle d’Aosta/Aosta Valley (Valle d’Aosta)
The Aosta Valley is bordered by France to the west, Switzerland to the north, and the Italian regions of Piedmont to the south and Lombardy to the east. The region is characterized by its rugged mountain terrain, including the highest peaks in the Alps.
The Aosta Valley is a popular destination for skiing and winter sports. Resorts like Courmayeur, La Thuile, and Cervinia offer excellent slopes and facilities for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities.
Why visit Aosta Valley: skiing and winter sports
Cities to visit in Aosta Valley: Aosta, Courmayeur, La Thuile, Cogne, Saint-Vincent
Aosta Valley Region of Italy Highlights
The regional capital is Aosta, a charming town known for its Roman and medieval architecture. The main attraction here is the southern face of Mont Blanc, but Cormayeur also offers skiing all year round thanks to the Gigante Glacier.
Unique Cuisine to try in Aosta Valley
The region’s cuisine reflects its alpine heritage, featuring hearty dishes such as “fondu,” “raclette,” “polenta,” and various cheese-based specialties. Local wines and grappas are also popular.
Veneto is known for its historic cities, beautiful landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and diverse culinary traditions.
Why visit Veneto: romantic vibes
Cities to visit in Veneto: Venice, Verona, Padua, Vicenza, Treviso
Veneto Region of Italy Highlights
Veneto is home to several prominent cities, with Venice being the most famous. Venice is renowned for its canals, historic architecture, and art. Other notable cities in Veneto include Verona, known as the home of Romeo and Juliet, and Padua, known for its prestigious university and stunning frescoes by Giotto in the Scrovegni Chapel.
Unique Cuisine to try in Veneto
Veneto’s cuisine features a mix of seafood from the Adriatic, rice from the Po Valley, and local specialties like “risi e bisi” or rice and peas, and “bigoli” or thick pasta. Veneto is also famous for its “cicchetti,” small tapas-like dishes often enjoyed with wine.
Veneto is also known for its wine culture. The Prosecco wine produced in the hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene has gained international acclaim.
Here are the quick tips for visiting Italy.
What is the capital city of Italy?
The capital city of Italy is Rome (Roma in Italian). Rome is also the largest city in Italy and is known for its historical and cultural significance.
What is the official language of Italy?
The official language of Italy is Italian. However, there are also recognized minority languages, such as German, Ladin, Slovene, and Friulian in specific regions.
What currency is used in Italy?
The currency used in Italy is the Euro (€).
What is Italy famous for?
Italy is famous for its rich history, art, and culture, including renowned works by artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. It is also known for its delicious cuisine, fashion, beautiful landscapes, and iconic cities like Rome, Venice, Florence, and Milan.
What is the best time to visit Italy?
The best time to visit Italy depends on your preferences. Spring (April to June) and early autumn (September to October) are generally considered ideal, with pleasant weather and fewer crowds. However, Italy is a year-round destination, with each season offering its own unique charm.
Is Italy safe for tourists?
Italy is generally considered a safe destination for tourists. However, as with any travel, it’s important to exercise common-sense precautions such as safeguarding your belongings, being aware of your surroundings, and following local advice regarding safety.
What are some Italian dishes to try?
Italy is known for its delicious cuisine. Some must-try dishes include pizza, pasta (in various forms like spaghetti, lasagna, and ravioli), risotto, gelato (Italian ice cream), espresso, tiramisu, and a wide variety of regional dishes and wines.
What are some Italian cultural customs and etiquette?
Italians value politeness and respect. It’s customary to greet people with a friendly “buongiorno” (good morning) or “buonasera” (good evening). Tipping is common in restaurants, and it’s customary to round up the bill. Additionally, keep in mind that “siesta” time is observed in many places, with businesses closing for a few hours in the afternoon.
There you have it, an overview of the 20 different regions of Italy and the best cities to visit in each. If you are currently planning a trip to Italy and have any questions, drop them in the comments below. For more travel inspiration and tips, follow me on Instagram for current updates.
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