Europe is that continent that can enrich you with a variety of travel experiences. No matter if you decide to spend a short or extended period, it will be a delight to experience and explore a wide selection of Italian landmarks, destinations, attractions, and much more. Italy is one of those perfect destinations in Europe and the whole world that fills up its visitors with memories to cherish over a lifetime.
Planning your Italy itinerary can be overwhelming as the list of places to visit never ends. To help you out, we have formulated a guide with must-explore landmarks in Italy that is a must to add to the Italy bucket list. Let’s start exploring!
Top landmarks in Italy:
1. The Colosseum in Rome
First up in our guide about Italian landmarks is the Colosseum. No trip to Italy is complete without a visit to the Roman Colosseum. Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, it is the masterpiece created by the Flavian Emperors which dates back to sometime between 70 and 72 CE during the reign of Vespasian.
Standing quite notable on the Nero’s Golden House grounds just East of the Palatine Hill 156 meters in width, 188 meters in length, and 57 meters in height, this is one of the amazing landmarks in Italy that welcomes over six million people every year. As per the historians, Vespanians drained the tyrannical emperor’s private lake which was the centerpiece of the palace complex, and decided to construct a public amphitheater with the capacity to host tens of thousands of Romans at once.
This historic architecture has served as the center of entertainment for Roman people for around 500 years as it is where the executions of prisoners, exhibitions of exotic animals, gladiator fights, and recreations of battles were held. The last game that this place hosted was in the 6th century. Colosseum has also been used as a church, storehouse, cemetery, and even a castle time by time. In July 2007, Colosseum gained its place in the list of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
2. The Cinque Terre
Next in our guide for the best landmarks in Italy, we urge you to visit the Cinque Terre or as most the tourists like to call it- Italy’s fabulous Fives. Cinque Terre is the collective representation of the five fishing communities- Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso, Riomaggiore- sitting at the eastern end of the Italian Riviera and sandwiched in a particularly mountainous kink.
Once isolated hamlets, these five villages still preserve a network of awe-inspiring mountain and coastal trails and Roman architecture. This iconic highlight of Italy is all set to mesmerize its visitors with its timeless appeal. No justice can be done to this gorgeous Italian landmark with a day trip. Be ready to invest at least three or four days to hunt down the villages’ moderate rhythms, half-day hikes, and village centers. It is one of those captivating landmarks in Italy that rewards its visitors who take it slow.
Don’t forget to kick back at the waterfront table in Vernazza, taste worldless wine, and rest at an ancient sanctuary on a clifftop looking over the villages while listening to the bird songs. The best source to get to the Cinque Terre is by train. However, beware that the accommodation here can be oversubscribed and expensive.
3. The Pantheon
The next Italian landmark that you must add to your Italy itinerary is The Pantheon. Like many other Italian landmarks that we will highlight in our guide, the Pantheon is a well-preserved and influential building dating back to ancient Rome.
Built in between 118 and 125 A.D by the emperor Hadrian with the sole intention to replace Augustus’ friend and Commander Marcus Agrippa’s Pantheon of 27 B.C, this Roman temple was devoted to the gods of pagan Rome (as deduced by the brick stamps present on the side of the building). Strangely, the structure of this mesmerizing Italian landmark is quite different from that of the other traditional Roman temples. However, its architecture is what draws the attention of the tourists.
The structure of the Pantheon boasts a series of intersecting arches that rest on eight piers. These three piers have been backed by eight round-headed arches running through the drum from its inner area and extending to its outer face. Roman buildings are known for the perfect use of arches and the use of lighter materials for the sustainability of their magnanimous buildings. You will also find the statues of Augustus and Agrippa standing in the apse upon entering the aisles.
4. The Trevi Fountain
You must have heard about The Trevi Fountain. It is one of the infamous Italian landmarks that attract visitors due to its gorgeous work of art. However, do know that this famous fountain of the world is more than being an iconic fountain only.
This captivating Italian landmark boasts quite an interesting iconography backed by a long construction history. Located in the Quirinale district of Rome, the Trevi fountain was founded at the junction of three streets. Its location earned it the name Trevie which means three streets. It is also known to be one of the oldest Roman water sources leading to many Roman baths and fountains in Central Rome in 19 B.C.
Its spread is calculated to be 65 feet wide and 85 feet tall. You will be amazed to know that this iconic beauty spills about 2,824,800 cubic feet of water every single day out of multiple sources leading to the large pool in front. However, most of the water is recycled so there is no need to fret. Tourists and locals follow a tradition of throwing coins into the waterfall to seek love or ask for God’s mercy. Authorities then collect the coins at night and donate the money to an Italian charity called Caritas.
5. The Uffizi Gallery
Now on the visit to the famous landmarks in Italy, let’s explore a prominent art museum- The Uffizi Gallery- that you will locate in the Historic Centre of Florence adjacent to the Piazza Della Signoria in the region of Tuscany. A true Giorgio Vasari masterpiece, the gallery equips a large building constructed between 1560 and 1580 and houses exhibitions on both its first and second floors.
If you want to discover the outstanding collections of ancient sculptures and paintings dating from the Middle Ages to the Modern period in peace then the best time to visit Uffizi Gallery is early in the morning to avoid the crowd. The gallery opens from 10 am to noon.
Do note that it takes around three to four hours to explore this leisurely Italian landmark, admiring the main artworks, and getting inspired by the additional ones displayed chronologically along with the U-shaped Renaissance building. As soon as you climb the Renaissance-era stairs, you enter a divine setting backed up by frescoed ceilings and a long labyrinth of rooms. The museum can host 10,000 people at a single time. The most famous exhibition that catches the eye of every visitor is the birth of Venus created by Sandro Botticelli.
6. The Roman Forum
What should you expect to explore while on your visit to Italy? A spread of ancient Romanian landmarks to uncover. That is the reason our guide to amazing Italian landmarks is all about ancient Rome showpieces.
Next up is the Roman Forum- an impressive site sitting between Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum is equipped with a sprawl of ruins including basilicas, vigorous public spaces, and a flamboyant vicinity of temples. It is said that when in Rome if you don’t opt to visit and walk around the Forum, it is the same as visiting Paris and not exploring Eiffel Tower (The Forum certainly is a symbolic Italian landmark).
Developed in the 7th century B.C, this site was a prime location for commercial, political, and social activities of the Roman Empire. The Curia, Arco Di Settimio Severo, Arco Di Tito, Column of Phocas, Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, and Tempio di Saturno are the prime sights that will occupy your attention. The best option is to book a guided tour to know the Forum in detail and skip the lines. However, if you are eager to explore the site on your own, reach the Forum first time in the morning as it is when it is less crowded.
7. The Leaning Tower of Pisa
Now we will talk about one of the most raved-about landmarks in Italy- The Leaning Tower of Pisa. The locals also refer to this interesting iconic Italian landmark as the bell tower or campanile. Located in one of the most-visited Italian towns, Pisa- it won’t be wrong to categorize the Leaning Tower of Pisa as the most remarkable architectural structure representing medieval Europe.
Standing at 60 meters, the tower is leaning at about a 10 degrees angle. Though the tower was not supposed to lean, it had a perfect vertical structure but after the completion of its three stories out of eight, the tower started leaning in the late 1170s due to the uneven settling of the building’s foundations in the soft ground. When one looks at this Europe’s tallest bell tower, its 207 columns ranging around eight stories made of white marble seem like a giant wedding cake ready to be knocked precariously by a giant wedding guest.
To this date, no historian has been able to discover the name of the architect who designed this engineering marvel. What’s more interesting is that there is a 297-step spiral staircase inside the tower that you can climb, reach the top, and enjoy the marvelous Italian skyline.
8. Piazza San Marco, Venice
Here comes something apart from ruins, the most happening and lively Italian landmark- Piazza San Marco, Venice. We will call it Italy’s crowning glory and why not- this site happens to be Italy’s center of social activities. Do you know what Napoleon called Piazza? Europe’s finest drawing-room. Amazing, isn’t it? This arcaded and vast-paved square lies before the five arched portals of the basilica.
In the southern and northern wings of the square, you will find the New Procurators’ Offices and the Old Procurators’ Offices respectively. Now the good news for the shopaholics- Piazza is the spot to satiate your shopping list because it is the heaven of fashionable shops and luxury boutiques. World-class iconic brands operate their outlets here. When tired, treat yourself with sumptuous coffee and snacks at elegant cafés with their open-air table setup.
You will be awed to see the Clock Tower, a 14th-century-old marvel that stands at the end of the Old Procurators’ building. The square is never silent- no matter at what time you get here, you will always see tourists or locals thronging the site or the gluttonous pigeons outnumbering the shoppers. Don’t forget to stop by Merceria, the main shopping street. So, are you going to add this Italian landmark to your bucket list?
9. Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica of Milan
Let’s dive into some other Italian attractions. Now in our list of the attractive landmarks in Italy, we will talk about the Duomo or Basilica of Milan. This flamboyant Gothic cathedral seems like a filigree of fairy-tale tiaras all set to wow its admirers with the extraordinary detailing, pink Candoglia marble, 3400 statues, 135 spires, and opalescent white facade.
Initially, the idea was launched by Giangaleazzo Visconti in 1386, it took around 600 years to get this structure to the point where it is now. It is said that special canals were dug for the transportation of the enormous quantities of marble to the city center. Never-before-attempted-scale was attempted by inventing new technologies. Even the engineers were quite conscious of the style. It took centuries only to replace the Gothic lines that were considered too French and out of fashion.
Due to its slow construction, it was denoted as a never-ending task. The final touches were applied in the late 1960s. Standing tall as the city’s ambition and creativity, its interior is also no less features stained-glass apse windows and a rock-crystal casket. If you want to adorn the city’s spectacular views, do gather up your energy and hop on the innumerable marble spires and pinnacles.
10. The Mausoleum of Hadrian
Now on your hunt for the iconic landmarks in Italy, you will have to cross through the St Angelo Bridge, a little away from the Vatican City to reach the west bank of the Tiber River in the Ager Vaticanus where Hadrian’s Mausoleum dominates the religious border of Rome.
You can easily locate it from across the river, thanks to its monumental scale. Originally completed in 39 A.D, this ancient Roman architecture that you will see now boasts most of the components that were added to it in the late 16th century. Thus, much of the structure outside is not ancient at all. However, interiors have the same ancient elements that were preserved within and at the foot of the circular drum.
As per the historians, it is where the ashes of Emperor Hadrian and his wife Sabina as well as that of subsequent emperors, their wives, and immediate families were interred here. Converted into a fortress in the 5th century, the building was also turned into a prison, a papal residence, and an execution ground. Finally, it was decommissioned in 1901 and since then, it has been dedicated as a museum site. There are also some exotic eateries around to relax and enjoy food.
11. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
When in Italy and no shopping-impossible. Italy is a heaven for shopaholics. Be ready to shop till you drop as now in our guide for the attractive landmarks in Italy, we will highlight The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II- an elegant nineteenth-century shopping arcade. Locals also call it Milan’s drawing-room. It is a home for the world’s most luxurious brands and boutiques that you can ask for.
Constructed between 1865 and 1877, the structure consists of two arcades covered by an iron and glass dome and shaped like a Latin cross. Same as other awe-inspiring landmarks in Italy, The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a vision and most interesting site that you will find in Milan. What to expect to find here- Prada, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton outlets, numerous well-decorated restaurants, and an outclass McDonald’s setup made up of black columns and gold decoration letting it easily blend in with the other establishments.
If you experience some McDonald’s cravings then do dine out at its comfortable terrace set up, enjoy the atmosphere by grabbing an inexpensive drink, and praise the elegance of this amazing building. While walking around the galleries, if you look up at the central dome- you will notice that its outstanding mosaic represents the Asian, African, European, and American continents.
12. Valley of the Temples
Many of the landmarks in Italy have constituted their share in UNESCO’s listing of the world heritage sites. Valley of the Temples is one of them. Known to the world for well-preserved Doric temples devoted to the Greek Divinities, it has inspired many poets, philosophers, and painters over the centuries.
Along with other well-known Italian landmarks in Sicily such as Selinunte Temple and Segesta Temple, it is that archaeological park that you must not miss. Spread over 1,300 hectares, the crown jewels of this historic site are eight magnificent temples- Juno/Hera temple dedicated to Zeus’ wife, Temple of Asclepius where sick people used to take refuge, Temple of Hephaestus, Temple of Demeter, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Temple of Heracles (what we usually see in postcards/pictures) that has infamous eight columns, Temple of Concordia which is in excellent preservation state, and Temple of Dioscuri.
Besides these temples, you will also be awed by the sight of residential areas, Greek and Roman necropolises, and the Tomb of Theron. It is best to explore the whole site on foot. However, if you can’t walk too much or get tired, hop on the tourist train shuttle service. Don’t forget to take a hat and sunscreen with you as there is no shade in the park.
13. Gardaland Resort
Too much has been said about the archaeological sites and Romanian ruins in our guide for the best landmarks in Italy. Now we will highlight the longest-running amusement park/resort in the country- Gardaland Resort.
It is one of those Italian landmarks that are ranked among Europe’s top must-see attractions and why not- its themed SEA LIFE Aquarium, LEGOLAND Water Park, Gardaland Hotel, Gardaland Adventure Hotel, and Gardaland Magic Hotel with beautiful Lake Garda in the backdrop bless its visitors with memorable experiences. It is the best place to visit if you are planning a family trip to Italy. Here both adults and children can enjoy exciting rides combining adventure, fantasy, and dreams.
Even your toddlers will be excited about being in the Peppa Pig-themed area. If you crave some adventure, join the legendary Arctic Mammoth convoy, escape from Atlantis, or sign up for the rapids in the heart of the jungle. Oblivion, Blue Tornado, and Raptor are the three most-feared rides on board that fill the tourists up with a pure adrenaline rush. The Legoland water park is the first of its kind in Europe. The aquarium is suitable for both kids and adults where you will discover the most beautifully fresh seawater inhabitants.
14. The Verona Arena
Now in our picks for the must-see landmarks in Italy, we will talk about an open-air Roman amphitheater- Arena di Venora. The most interesting facet of this landmark is that it is a quite well-preserved ancient structure that makes it fully functional to date. How ironic it is- the stones have witnessed a lot- from gladiator games to medieval jousts to One Direction concerts to Puccini operas.
It serves as a vision for Verona itself all thanks to its colorful palimpsest of wide-range histories. Built during the first stage of the Roman Empire at the junction of many significant roads, the building served as the base for controlling the northern territories. Pink and white Valpolicella stone was used for the construction. Originally, it comprised three tiers of arches out of which only two were restored.
As per historians, it is where blood sports, gladiator shows, dancing, music, and circus events were held. Even today, a variety of important cultural events are held in the Arena with the capacity to entertain 20,000 spectators. The excellent acoustics in the space are all due to its elliptical shape. It is the best spot to see the world-best operas from the most renowned opera singers in the world.
15. The Pragser Wildsee
Next in our list of best landmarks in Italy, we have picked The Pragser Wildsee- the most mesmerizing lake located in the Dolomites. Why visit this lake? Well, it is a pure treat for nature lovers, all set to dazzle its visitors with turquoise blue waters and steep mountains with a breath-taking alpine backdrop.
Sitting in the nature reserve of Fanes-Sennes-Braies, The Pragser Wildsee is the perfect spot for boating or walking and cherishing the wonders of nature. The attractions that you must explore when you reach The Pragser Wildsee are- the wooden house where you can take Insta-perfect pictures, the walking paths that will take you around the lakes, and some exotic restaurants, the boat trip of the lake to explore the lake and surrounding area, canoeing, hiking, fishing, and skiing.
You will notice that the clear mountain water of the lake hails from the glaciers. Spotting a fish in the lake will be a delightful sight. This 17-meter-deep lake is known to be the home of mountain trout. Beware that the lake happens to be overcrowded most of the time so if you want to enjoy the serenity of the spot, visit it the first time in the morning.
16. Lago di Garda
The landmarks in Italy are scenic and exhilarating. One of such exotic Italian landmarks is Lago di Garda- ranked as the largest lake in Italy. Sandwiched between three Italian regions-Veneto, Lombardy, and Trentino-Alto Adige- it boasts a 370 km square surface.
The crystal-clear waters of Lago di Garda touch numerous places including 25 picturesque villages, castles, historic monuments, and fortresses, providing the tourists a general overview of Italy’s incomparable history. It is because of its strategic location and stunning surroundings that many of the famous writers and poets come here to spend leisure time in tranquillity, reflecting upon things to conceive art masterpieces. If we talk about the climate here then it is a good thing that it remains milk whole year-round.
From the end of April to the beginning of October, the summers happen to be warm, not too hot and you can experience rare rainy days in the rest of the winter months. It is due to its ideal climate that the green reserves around the lake are known for the cultivation of lemons, oranges, and olives. The area is also known for producing the best-tasting wines and truffles so don’t forget to gorge on some. You will surely live unforgettable moments upon your trip to Lago di Garda.
17. Archaeological Park of Pompeii
We are featuring the Archaeological Park of Pompeii in our list of must-visit landmarks in Italy. Located near Naples, southern Italy, it is where you can explore the ruins of an ancient town which became a victim of the Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD. It is one of those Italian landmarks where you feel like you are in a time-traveling machine as it seems like this ancient town is frozen in time.
The Archaeological Park of Pompeii hosts around 3 million visitors every year which makes it the world’s most visited archaeological site. Only 35% of the town has been restored with 500 buildings open for the tourists to explore. Archaeologists were able to retain parts of the original decorations of many private buildings such as the Villa of Diomedes, the House of the Tragic Poet, the House of the Vettii, the House of Venus in the Shell, the House of the Orchard, the House of the Faun, and the Villa of the Mysteries.
The significant decorative elements of Pompeii’s buildings are the infamous fresco paintings. Moreover, many of the public buildings are quite in excellent condition. Do visit the Large Palaestra, the Odeion, the Small Theatre, the Basilica, and the Forum.
18. The Baths of Caracalla in Rome
The most famous of all Italian landmarks and ancient Roman thermae is the Baths of Caracalla or to the locals the Thermae Antoniniana. This masterpiece was built by Caracalla, Heliogabalus, and Severus Alexander between 211 and 224. The legend is that thirteen thousand prisoners of war from the Scottish campaign of Septimius Severus were called to level the building site and six thousand tradesmen projected its original construction. Around 6300 m³ of marble was used for its ornamentation.
The whole complex features a real bathhouse surrounded by a lush green garden. The roofs of the structure have fallen, roofs have collapsed, most of the original decoration is gone, and the statues have been removed but still, it impresses its visitors. Baths of Caracalla equip 214 by 114 meters and feature four levels, two above ground and two below. Currently, the imposing ruins are thirty meters high.
As per the historians, its halls were used by athletes and some sixteen hundred people could use it at once for hot baths, cold bats, tepid baths, open-air baths, and steam baths, or relax in an Olympic-sized pool. Water to the bath was supplied through Aqua Antoniniana, a new branch of the Aqua Marcia aqueduct.
19. Stone balcony of Shakespeare’s Juliet in Verona
Here we are enlisting in our guide for the well-known landmarks in Italy the icon of the love or pilgrimage site for the star-crossed lovers -Stone balcony of Shakespeare’s Juliet in Verona. Though we all know Shakespeare’s Juliet Capulet was a fictional character, still millions around the world treat her as the goddess of love.
Every year millions of love-struck couples visit this renowned Italian landmark to explore the balcony where Romeo had metaphorically wooed Juliet. The balcony is a part of the House of Juliet or as the locals call it La Casa di Giulietta, which served as an inspiration for the Capulet.
You can linger in the garden of the building, pose for perfect pictures on the balcony, or even touch the right breast of the bronze statue for good luck. Now here are some crazy things that tourists do; some attach love letters filled with nothing on the wall, some prefer to leave their marks using graffiti while some stick their chewing gums on the wall. What’s more interesting than you can even send a letter to Juliet of Verona and seek romantic advice.
There is a dedicated volunteer group that responds to thousands of letters that pour in a year.
20. The Aegadian Islands
Our list of best landmarks in Italy keeps getting better and better with every destination that we pick for you. We know that it is quite challenging to cover all of the Italian landmarks in a single trip but we only want to educate you so that you can add the best option to your Italy itinerary. Now we will highlight the gems of the Tyrrhenian Sea-Aegadian Islands.
The Aegadian Islands is a name given to the sum of three islands- Favignana, Levanzo, and Marettimo- sitting bright and shining on the west coast of Sicily. You can expect from the Aegadian Islands fine golden sand, scenic coves with sand, and pebbles where you can enjoy breath-taking sunset views with purple and red skies.
There are also many snorkeling bays, cultural attractions, and Norman buildings around. Palazzo Florio, Santa Caterina, St. Giacomo castles, and the archaeological site of San Nicola where lies the Roman women’s bath also pulls the tourists’ attention.
But here is what one shouldn’t miss- famous old tuff quarries- the crown jewel of Aegadian Islands. In the past, these quarries served as a source of economy for the islands but today they offer unbelievable sights to behold. You can also rent a bike or scooter to explore the islands.
21. The Scaligero Castle in Sirmione
Next up on our bucket list for the landmarks in Italy is Scaligero Castle that you will find in the lakeside town called Sirmione in the province of Brescia. Historians call this ancient structure the finest example of a medieval fortification. Sirmione was an influential military center until the 16th century and this castle was constructed by Mastino I Della Scala in the 13th century.
The major element of Scaligero Castle is its rare fortified port which was widely used by the fleet of the Scaliger family. You will be pleased to explore a large moat where numerous swans and ducks together make a scenic view.
Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes when you visit the castle as there are 150 steps to climb if you want to reach the ramparts and the tower to enjoy the stunning views of Lake Garda. The layout of the large crenelated walls, inner porch, and towers has been designed with medieval and Roman stones.
The prison inside the castle was constructed below the main keep. The waters of Lake Garda surround the whole structure and to reach the second defense wall, a drawbridge was used. Several different locking systems guard the doors. If you are much into history then this is one of those Italian landmarks that will please you the most!
22. Monte Baldo
Out of all the landmarks in Italy, it is the one landmark that we highly recommend for those who are adventurous and keep a sportsman spirit. This natural paradise is an isolated massif in rectangular shape that covers around 40 kilometers, starting from the Verona to the Trento area alongside the shoreline of Lake Garda.
Monte Baldo welcomes its visitors and satiates their wanderlust with a dazzling array of walking paths- all made up for easy strolls to strenuous hikes amidst a spellbinding mountainous backdrop. The peak dominating Lake Garda, this Italian landmark is a perfect destination for holidays and breakaways- to spend some serene days away from the urban hustle.
No matter if it is winter or summer, Monte Baldo and tourism go hand in hand round the year. Locals also refer to this destination as Europe’s Botanical Garden. Apart from walking around the rich geological and natural interests, you can also participate in horse trekking, mountain biking, hand gliding, paragliding, and skiing during winters. However, the bespoke attraction of this fascinating landmark is the rotating cable car which is a compulsory stop.
The cable car ride will be a treat from where you will be able to explore the panoramic views of Mt. Baldo and Lake Garda from a different angle.
23. The Caneva Aquapark
Here comes another adventure spot in our list of the amazing landmarks in Italy. Do add this destination to your Italian landmarks itinerary if you are traveling with family to Italy. Let’s talk about the Caneva Aquapark. Do you know what makes this waterpark unique?
The strategic layout makes it look similar to a beach surrounded by meadows and green stretches. The best time to visit Caneva Aquapark is during summers when the tourists are spoilt with choices as there are too many options to relax and have a fun day. You will find onboard rubber dinghies, exciting water slides, an oasis for baby pirates, and other water games that you and your family will surely appreciate.
The Caneva Aquapark has planned numerous services and attractions to cater to all of its visitors- no matter the age. You will also find inside sunloungers (for a fee) where you can relax and sunbathe. The park also houses some exotic eatery options that serve quality and scrumptious food for every pocket.
You can also explore a newly-built relaxing area inside called Cabanas Club featuring a white sandy stretch, premium services, and a themed gazebo. So, say yes to a fun day-say yes to Caneva AquaPark.
24. Movieland Studios
While talking about the wondrous landmarks in Italy, we cannot move on without highlighting Movieland Studios-the Hollywood Park. It is said that inside the Movieland Studios, it is like Hollywood but more than Hollywood. Pretty interesting Italian landmark, isn’t it? Are you a cinema fan? Do you dream of being a part of any Hollywood movie?
Perhaps be some action hero like Rambo or Lara Croft or James Bond? Head towards the Movieland Studios. Located in the south-eastern part of Lake Garda, this one of a kind of film-themed amusement park is all set to amaze its visitors with thrill rides, attractions, and shows.
Every day a list of shows is displayed here with different entertaining contents. However, the gems are the John Rambo stunt show with breath-taking stunts and the illusionist magic show with live special effects. The top attractions here are Kitt Superjet, a fast boat boasting the adrenaline rush, a Hollywood action Tower with a height of 50 m, and a Horror house that is surely not made for faint-hearted ones.
If you are visiting the studio with your family, do explore the Stone Age theme area which happens to be calm. You can also drive on a rail through the park by hopping on the Route 66 Cars or enjoy the view of the park from the top from Back to the Backstage which is an elevated railway.
25. Lago di Ledro in Trentino northern Italy
Now in our guide for the mesmerizing landmarks in Italy, we will talk about another natural setup- Lake Ledro. Located in the vicinity of Lake Garda in the Valle di Ledro in Trentino northern Italy, it is known to keep the clearest waters in the whole of Italy. Beware that Lake Ledro invites visitors to enjoy a wide range of sights.
The lake is 47 meters deep with a total of 2.2 km² surfaces. It is said that blocking a moraine from the ancient Garda glacier is the reason that Lake Ledro came into being. Its crystal-clear water reflecting the mountains and the surrounding lush green stretches are worth your attention.
You will also find dense forests in a fairy-tale-like landscape surrounding the lake. This lake rose to fame during the 19th century when due to the alignment to the power station of Riva del Garda, its water was brought down led to some iconic archaeological findings featuring pile dwellings dating back to the Bronze Age.
Several items were preserved and displayed in the museum of Molina di Ledro. You can enjoy here fishing, strolling on the 200 km path network, or walking alongside the picturesque lake. Visiting this Italian landmark will be a perfect outdoor activity.
26. Lake Tenno
Landmarks in Italy have it all for every tourist- natural scenic spots, ruins dating back to the Roman era, resorts keeping fun attractions, and the list goes on. Italy will fill you up with every experience you can think of.
Now we are going to highlight another limpid and freshwater lake that is surely a gem in our picks for the Italian landmarks- Lake Tenno. The locals also refer to it as “lago Azzurro” as it reflects azure-turquoise color shades. The lake is present at the foot of Monte Misone embedded in an intact natural landscape.
The surface of the lake is measured to be 0.22 sq. km. Though the lake is accessible on foot during summers it immerses during winters. Only a few trees can be sighted from the lakeshore. When you visit Lake Garda, you will always find it crowded. However, the time on Lake Tenno does not pass away quickly. You must visit this spot if you are looking to fill yourself up with peace and tranquillity.
Enjoy swimming in its tranquil clear waters, taking an hour-long walk around the lake, or hiking toward Cascata del Varone waterfall but trust us, you will regret it if you don’t take a raincoat with you.
27. The Ponale road
Here we are going to introduce you to a timeless panorama in our top picks for landmarks in Italy- the Ponale Road. It serves as a connection between Riva del Garda and the Valle di Ledro. This amazing Italian landmark was laid out during the second half of the 19th century.
A modern tunnel replaced the road twenty years ago which was closed for traffic until recently and opened for cyclists and hikers only. It has been categorized as one of the most beautiful historical panoramic roads in Europe due to its position and architecture.
It is best to start your hiking tour in the center of the village Riva del Garda and move towards the shores of the lake by crossing the old hydropower station. You will cross the Gardesana road after one kilometer and soon you will be at a wonderful panoramic trail sandwiched between rocks and connected with small tunnels.
The road also divides into a bicycle track and hiking trail after a further two kilometers. The best time to take this hiking tour is during spring or autumn because summers happen to be right sunny here. The view here is breathtaking. Secular woods, a road running downhill, and Garda lake in the background are worth giving a try.
28. Lago di Como, Lake Como
We can’t get enough of the lakes in our list of Italian landmarks. Now that we are heading to end our picks for the must-visit landmarks in Italy, still, there are many lakes left that surely are a gem. Now we will talk about Lake Como which is a vision as it is pure beauty full of breath-taking marvelous natural views.
Here you can relax and walk, discover your inner peace and enjoy a fun calm getaway. Fun fact- parts of Casino Royale, a 2006 James Bond movie were filmed by the lakeside. It is also surrounded by fancy hotels with 007 price tags. Let us tell you what is the best time to visit Lake Como- between March and November so that you can enjoy boat tours and walks in warm temperatures.
Here is a special feature of Lake Como- lush gardens, historic villas, a beautiful territory, elegant and charming towns where you will enjoy strolling in the surrounding natural setup. It is best if you plan to invest three to four days here to explore Lake Como at its best. The combination of passenger ships sailing in deep waters combined with an extensive history is a perfect holiday recipe!
29. The Ghost Town of Craco
We are wrapping our list of famous landmarks in Italy with the Ghost Town of Craco. The Italian landmarks that we brought forward surely will take you on a luxe adventure. Here are some details about the ghost town.
Craco is not open to the public but you can access it partially if you sign up for guided tours. These measures are intact due to the safety concerns plus the buildings are still under the ownership of their original keepers who were forced to evacuate between the 1960s and 1980.
Founded in 540 A.D, the town continually expanded till the 19th century, and the stress of the expansion weakened the hillside beneath palaces, squares, schools, cinemas, and shops leading to a devastating landslide in 1963. The residents of the Craco town were then forced to migrate for safety reasons.
The city preserves memories of thousands of the locals that have been replaced by sadness. It is said that when the town was evacuated, one resident refused to leave and lived his days out here alone till he turned 100 and passed away. Most of the buildings have been completely closed to keep them safe from thefts and loot as much of ancient statues, frescoes, and artifacts from inside were looted before.
So how did you find our list of the amazing landmarks in Italy? After reading the article, it is clear that Italy is rich in terms of notable historic landmarks. We tried to include diverse options in our guide- some big names and a few lesser-known gems ranging from Romanian ruins to resorts/amusement parks, water parks, lakes, natural getaways, and so much more. Be inspired, pick a few Italian landmarks depending on the days you are planning to spend in Italy and your interests, and spend the best times of your life. Also, don’t forget to gorge on the world-class Pizzas there!
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