Top 10 Lists for Italy

There are some places that set themselves up well for “top 10” lists.

Italy is not one of them. Not by a long shot.

In most of the big tourist destinations, trying to squeeze all the best sights down to a meager ten is nigh unto impossible if not entirely ridiculous. And even in some of the off-the-beaten-path stops there are often more than 10 things that could be considered must-do items.

So why have I given in and done a few top 10 lists for different places in Italy? Because, for one thing, I know that’s how many people like to plan their trips – and I am to please. For another, however, it was kind of a fun challenge in a couple of cases to try to limit myself to only 10 things on a list. I could easily have turned the more difficult ones into “top 15” or “top 20” lists, but that wouldn’t have been a challenge!




Here, then, are my top 10 lists for Italy (in alphabetical order by destination).

It’s quite likely that I’ll do more of these eventually, so check back if you like what you see so far!


And if you like my suggestions, don’t forget to check out my idea of the perfect 2-week trip to Italy for the first time visitor or my list of the 20 things everyone should do in Italy!

original photo by Giampaolo Macorig

2 thoughts on “Top 10 Lists for Italy

  • Joan Schmelzle

    Well, darn! I’ve missed two in Milan–football and panzarotto–but the an address for the latter is in my “favorites.” And I fear I have never been in good enough shape over the last 45 years to even attempt the climb in Florence. Rome–I’ve hit them all.
    I enjoy any info about Italy even after 13 trips.

  • Vince

    This is a really great collection of top ten lists, my parents are visiting Rome and Florence next month, I will be forwarding them your lists. I am jealous, but I know that I will get to Italy someday. You can post this to our site and then link back to your site. We are looking for top ten lists and our users can track back to your site. The coolest feature is you can let other people vote on the rankings of your list.

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