The 20 Most Visited Tourist Attractions in ITALY




Italy (called the beautiful country “Il bel paese”) is considered one of the most desired travel destinations due to having a great number of magnificent arts and monuments.

This list is based on the 2013 statistical survey of the Italian Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities and includes annual visitors data, must see insights about each attraction.


20 – PINACOTECA DI BRERA

Pinacoteca di Brera
Pinacoteca di Brera

Location: Milan (Lombardy)

 Annual Visitors: 249,579

 

Must see:


The Kiss by Francesco Hayez

 

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The Kiss By Francesco Hayez

 

Supper at Emmaus by Caravaggio (Milan)

 

Supper at Emmaus by Caravaggio (Milan)
Supper at Emmaus by Caravaggio (Milan)

 

The Engagement of Virgin Mary by Raffaello

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The Marriage of the Virgin by Raphael.

WEBsite: http://www.brera.beniculturali.it/

Address: Via Brera, 28  20121 Milano

e-mail: sbsae-mi.brera@beniculturali.it



19 – NATIONAL ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF VENICE

 

Museo Nazionale di Venezia

Location: Venice (Veneto)

Annual Visitors: 265,034

Must see:

National Library of St Mark’s

Besides about a million printed books, the Library contains about 13,000 manuscripts, 2883 incunabula and 24.055 works printed between 1500 and 1600.

 

The National Library Marciana in Venice is located at the end of St. Mark’s Square, overlooking the Piazzetta San Marco, in front of the elegant facade of the Doge’s Palace.


 

WEBsitehttp://marciana.venezia.sbn.it/

Address: Piazzetta San Marco n.7 – Venezia

E-mail: biblioteca@marciana.venezia.sbn.it



18 – GROTTA AZZURRA

grottacapri

Location: Anacapri, Naples (Campania)

Annual visitors: 279,476


 

Must see:

Grotta

The Grotta Azzurra is one of the most famous caves in the world.

The reason why it is famous is due to the blue light that shines through the salt water of the Mediterranean Sea and fills the cave with blue reflections.

This spectacular marine grotto is over 50 meters long and 30 meters wide.

The water takes on a beautiful deep blue colour because of the unique reflections and rays of light created by the sunlight that filters through the mouth of the cave.


 

Pictures and Video from Grotta Azzurra

WEBsite: Capri tourism – http://www.capritourism.com/

Address: Via Grotta Azzurra, Anacapri NA


 


 

17- OSTIA ANTICA EXCAVATIONS AND MUSEUM

Provinz Rom, Ostia Antica, theatre, Latium, Italien

Location: Rome (Lazio)

Annual Visitors: 286,056


The ruins of Rome’s ancient seaport are like Pompeii without the crowds—and just a 14-mile subway ride west of downtown

MUST SEE:

Make sure you stop at the well-preserved Theatre, built in the AD 1st and 2nd centuries, which could seat 2,700 people.

Several giant marble theatre masks still survive on tufa columns at the stage

The Castle is located near the entrance to the excavations. It was commissionated by Cardinal Giuliano Della Rovere, the future Pope Julius II.

VIRTUAL TRAVEL TO ANCIENT OSTIA


 

WEBsite: http://www.ostiaantica.beniculturali.it/en/index.php

Address :Viale dei Romagnoli 717 – Ostia Antica – Rome – Italy

E-mail: ostiaantica.info@beniculturali.it

 



16 – THE MEDICI CHAPELS

Medici Chapel

Location: Florence (Tuscany)

Annual Visitors: 300,894


MUST SEE:

Basilica di San Lorenzo

The Medici Chapels are two structures at the Basilica of San Lorenzo, notable in the Florentine landscape with its red brick dome. It is sometimes referred to as the Mini Duomo.


WEBsite : http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/musei/?m=cappellemedicee

Address: Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini, 6,  Firenze

Email: cappellemedicee@polomuseale.firenze.it


 


 

15 – NAPLES NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

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Location: Naples (Campania)

Annual Visitors:308,387


Naples’ National Archaeological Museum serves up one of the world’s finest collections of Graeco-Roman artefacts.

Originally a cavalry barracks and later seat of the city’s university, the museum was established by the Bourbon king Charles VII in the late 18th century to house the antiquities he inherited from his mother, Elisabetta Farnese, as well as treasures looted from Pompeii and Herculaneum.

MUST SEE:

The Herculaneum papyri

The Herculaneum papyri are more than 1,800 papyri found in Herculaneum in the 18th century.


 

WEBsite: http://cir.campania.beniculturali.it/museoarcheologiconazionale

Address: Piazza Museo Nazionale, 19, – Napoli


 


14 – EXCAVATIONS OF HERCULANEUM

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Location: Ercolano, Naples (Campania)

Annual visitors: 327,054


 

Herculaneum really gives you an idea of how ancient Romans lived. For the independent traveller, there is an additional advantage over Pompei.

There are far fewer visitors to Herculaneum than Pompei and you can explore the ruins at leisure without being overwhelmed by tour groups.

These excavations also cover a much smaller site than do those of Pompei and thus seeing the whole site is much less exhausting.


 

MUST SEE:

Collectively, the ruins of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata have declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.


WEBsite: http://www.coopculture.it/en/heritage.cfm?id=72

Address: Corso Resina, 1, Via Alveo –  Ercolano


13 – PITTI PALACE

Palazzo Pitti
Palazzo Pitti

Location: Florence (Tuscany)

Annual Visitors: 386,993


 

MUST SEE:

This enormous palace is one of Florence’s largest architectural monuments.

the Pitti Palace houses some of the most important museums in Florence

The palace and its contents were donated to the Italian people King Victor Emmanuel II in 1919, and its doors were opened to the public as one of Florence’s largest art galleries.


 

WEBsite: https://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/en/musei/pitti.php?m=palazzopitti

Address: Piazza de Pitti, 1, Firenze

Email: info@polomuseale.firenze.it



12 – VILLA D’ESTE

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Location: Villa d’Este Tivoli

Annual visitors: 299,577


 

MUST SEE:

The Villa d’Este in Tivoli, with its palace and garden, is one of the most remarkable and comprehensive illustrations of Renaissance culture at its most refined. Its innovative design along with the architectural components in the garden (fountains, ornamental basins, etc.) make this a unique example of an Italian 16th-century garden. The Villa d’Este, one of the first Giardini delle meraviglie , was an early model for the development of European gardens.


 

WEBsitehttp://www.villadestetivoli.info/

Address: Piazza Trento, 5, 00019 Tivoli (Roma)

Email: villadestetivoli@teleart.org



 

11- CENACOLO VINCIANO MUSEUM

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Location: Milan (Lombardy)

Annual visitors: 410,157


 

MUST SEE:

Da Vinci’s Last Supper

The Last Supper” — relentlessly studied, scrutinised, satirised and one the world’s most famous paintings — is still revealing secrets. Researchers have now found new meaning to the food depicted by Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous artwork.


 

WEBsite :  http://legraziemilano.it/il-cenacolo/

Address: Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie – Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan



10 –  ROYAL PALACE OF CASERTA

caserta

Location: Caserta (Campania)

Annual visitors: 439,813


The Royal Palace of Caserta should be Italy’s answer to the Palace of Versailles, which attracts millions of visitors a year.


 

MUST SEE:

The Palace has been used as a filming location in many movie productions like Star Wars Episode I and II, Mission Impossible III, Angels&Demons


WEBsite: http://www.reggiadicaserta.beniculturali.it/

Address: Viale Douhet, 2/a, 81100 Caserta CE



09 – BORGHESE GALLERY

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Location: Rome (Lazio)

Annual Visitors: 498,477


MUST SEE:

Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne

The sculpture was carved from one single block of marble, including the many fragile leaves on slender stems.


WEBsitehttp://www.galleriaborghese.it/borghese/en/edefault.htm

Address: Piazzale del Museo Borghese, 5, 00197 Roma



08 – THE EGYPTIAN MUSEUM

Museo-Egizio

Location: Turin (Piedmont)

Annual Visitors: 540,297


 

The Egyptian Museum in Turin, the world’s second largest collection of Egyptian artefacts:

its peculiarity is the presence of artistic objects and of daily materials and tools.


 

MUST SEE:

Museum

The Egyptian Museum in Turin is the second most important collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities after that of the Cairo Museum.


 

WEBsite: http://www.museoegizio.it/

Address: Via Accademia delle Scienze 6, Torino



07 – LA VENARIA REALE

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Location: Venaria Reale, Turin (Piedmont)

Annual Visitors: 598,548


MUST SEE:

La Venaria Palace

La Venaria Reale is grandiose estate of 80,000 square meters fo floor surface and 50 hectares of gardens.

 

The castle, the summer residence of the Savoys, was commissioned by Duke Charles Emmanuel II and designed by Castellamonte.

It was subsequently transformed into a sumptuous dwelling by Garove, Juvarra and Alfieri.

Included in a huge restoration project the castle can be visited.It is an outstanding example of Baroque architecture and includes a Palace and Gallery dedicated to the goddess Diana, and the Church of St. Hubert.


 

WEBsite: http://www.lavenaria.it/web/

Address: Piazza della Repubblica, 4, 10078 Venaria Reale TO



06 – BOBOLI GARDEN

Boboli

Location: Florence (Tuscany)

Annual Visitors: 710,523


 

More than a garden, more than just a “green lung” in Florence, the Boboli gardens are one of the greatest open-air museums in Florence that embraces another site of culture in Florence, the Pitti Palace.

The park hosts centuries-old oak trees, sculptures, fountains and offers peaceful shelter from the warm Florentine sun in summer, the beautiful colours of the changing foliage in the fall and smells of blooming flowers in the spring.


 

MUST SEE:

Neptune’s Fountain

Irreverently know by locals as “The Fountain of the Fork” this water feature was considered the central point of the gardens.


WEBsite: https://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/en/musei/index.php?m=boboli

Address: Piazza Pitti 1,  Firenze



05 – CASTEL SANT’ANGELO NATIONAL MUSEUM

Castel San'Angelo

Location: Rome (Lazio)

Annual Visitors: 918,591


 

With its unmistakeable cylindrical contour and particularly scenic position along the shore of the Tiber River, Castel Sant’Angelo is one of the town’s most famous landmarks.

Its appearance today is the result of a long series of transformations that, in reality, have left no traces of the glorious Roman “Hadrianeum“, the mausoleum that Emperor Hadrian built for himself and his successors.


 

MUST SEE:

Mausoleum of Hadrian

According to legend, an angel appeared on top of the mausoleum and sheathed his sword as a sign that the plague of 590 had ended.


 

WEBsite: http://www.castelsantangelo.com/

Address: Lungotevere Castello, 50 Roma



04 – THE ACCADEMIA

Galleria_dell_Accademia

Location: Florence (Tuscany)

Annual Visitors: 1,257,261


 

Second on the ‘Florence boxes to tick’ list, after the Uffizi, is Michelangelo’s David, housed in the Galleria dell’Accademia.

There is a copy standing in Palazzo della Signoria, but the boy himself is a walk away and attracts visitors at the same sort of level as the Uffizi does.


 

MUST SEE:

Michelangelo’s David
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He weighs 12,478 pounds, the weight of 800 adult males.


 

WEBsite: https://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/en/musei/index.php?m=accademia

Address: 58–60 via Ricasoli,  Florence.



 

03 – UFFIZI GALLERY & VASARI CORRIDOR

uffizi

Location: Florence (Tuscany)

Annual Visitors: 1,875,785


 

The Uffizi Gallery museum is among the most visited in Italy, with over 1.5 million visitors each year, so long lines are inevitable. Weekends, Tuesdays and mornings are the busiest times.

Despite the slightly higher cost of entrance (extra booking fees), it might be better to buy your Uffizi tickets ahead of time to skip the long line and spend more time in the museum.


MUST SEE:

  • Botticelli’s Birth of Venus  – The model for Venus is thought to be Simonetta Cattaneo de Vespucci, a great beauty and favourite of the Medici court.la-nascita-di-venere
  • Filippino Lippi’s Madonna and Child with Two Angels
  • Titian’s Venus of Urbino (summer 2013 – currently on loan to museum in Venice for exhibition)
  • Lots of other works, including from the early Masters Cimabue and Giotto, Early Renaissance pioneers Fra Angelico and Masaccio, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.

WEBsite: https://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/en/musei/?m=uffizi

Address: Piazzale degli Uffizi, 50122 Firenze,



 

02 – POMPEI

 

pompei

Location: Pompei, Naples (Campania)

Annual Visitors: 2,457,051


 

MUST SEE:

Pompei

The origins of Pompeii are old as the history of Rome.

Pompeii, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of those unique and powerful places everyone should have in their “places they see before …”. When Mount Vesuvius erupted nearly 2000 years ago Pompeii was one of two cities beneath.

Over the years the city and the surrounding villas have been excavated as a historical and educational testament to the power of nature as well as a monument to those who suffered the great volcano’s wrath.

The eruption occurred one day after the religious festival to Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.


 

WEBsitehttp://www.pompeiisites.org/

Address: Pompei, Province of Naples, Campania, Italy

Virtual Tour: http://www.italyguides.it/en/campania/pompeii



 

 

01 – COLOSSEUM, PALATINO & ROMAN FORUM

colosseo

Location: Rome (Lazio)

Annual Visitors: 5,625,21


 

MUST SEE

The Colosseum has over 80 entrances and can accommodate about 50,000 spectators.


 

WEBsitehttp://archeoroma.beniculturali.it/en/archaeological-site/colosseum – http://www.turismoroma.it/cosa-fare/colosseo-2

Live Webcam: https://www.skylinewebcams.com/it/webcam/italia/lazio/roma/colosseo.html

3D reconstructionhttp://www.focus.it/cultura/storia/quantera-bella-roma

Address: Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma



 

 

Source:

www.statistica.beniculturali.it

www.whc.unesco.org

www.uffizi.org



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