Italy has so many amazing travel destinations. It is the number one travel destination in Europe! Obviously many more than sixty of these attractions could have been listed, but we have only been through some of the country in our two trips there. So, my list is compilation of attractions that I have seen and those that others consider to be must-sees. I will list the top 60 tourist attractions in Italy in installments of five destinations per post, counting down to the best of the best.
Here is the first installment of Italy’s top 60
60. Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence — This church is more important as a final resting place for a who’s who of Florence than as a religious venue. Famous people who are buried here include Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Rossini, and Marconi.
59. Villa d’Este, Tivoli — This architectural masterpiece just outside of Rome includes a wonderful example of the classic Italian Renaissance garden.
58. Bergamo Alta — This adorable village near Milan is actually a combination of two small towns, high (Alta) and low (Bassa) connected by a funicular.
57. Juliet’s Balcony, Verona — One of William Shakespeare’s most beloved plays, Romeo and Juliet, is set in this interesting northern Italian city. Although the story is fictional, Verona’s tourism bureau has designated this balcony as the actual one belonging to Juliet Capulet. Visitors flock here to see the balcony and to leave messages of love.
56. Santa Maria Novella Church, Florence — This delightful church, very close to Florence’s train station, has an unusual facade and a charming interior containing several notable works of Art.