20 Most Beautiful Regions of Italy

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Abruzzo

You might not think Italy would offer a place like Abruzzo. The area in the country’s middle is made up of forests, rivers, and mountains in a number of different shapes and sizes. A number of the valleys off of Mount Majella are great choices for a weekend getaway.

Some even compare them to the northern Italian Alps. The landscape is dotted with many lakes which are ideal for swimming. The water gets some of its sparkle from the white sand that is now a common sight. There are a lot of narrow and twisting roads that make accessing and exploring the different valleys easier. The nearby cities of Pescara and L’Aquila, and the nearby town of Atessa, are wonderful choices for getting to the valley.

The area has a reputation as a great place for skiing, which is one reason that many have chosen this area to get away. The other main option for getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a weekend is in one of the many 19th century villas that have been restored using traditional methods.

Aosta Valley

The Aosta Valley is renowned for the scenic beauty of its landscapes. View here is dominated by the Alps. For a long time, it was both a stronghold of the House of Savoy and, later, the Italian Republic. The valley has some of the most impressive mountain scenery in the Alps with deep glacial valleys and snow-covered peaks.

Aosta Vecchia is the historic town where the House of Savoy established itself when it came to power in the valley. It is also the center of the territory and is famous for its medieval citadel that it occupies a hill dominating the center of the city.

Mondovì is a town that has been renowned for its rich dairy production since the medieval period and for having richer cheeses and other food products, even proli.

Gating to the whole country. In particular, Mondovì was the town where, in 1820, the traditional liqueur of the region, Ribolla Gialla, was first commercially produced.

The city of Aosta is perched along a hill above the Borbello Lake, in which are located some beautiful public gardens which host many activities each summer.

The Aosta Valley has a population of approximately 160.000 people (2013).

Apulia

Flanked by Lecce in the north and Salento in the south, the Apulia region in southern Italy is filled with greenery, mountains and dramatic historical sites. The mountains make the rivers that cross the region very fast … and the rivers make the region extremely beautiful.

With the well-preserved nature reserves and beautiful lakes … Apulia has many tourist attractions to point tourists to. The Apulia region in Italy was made with beautiful castles and arches that even historical fantasy artist, Tolkien, would be impressed with for his fantasy books!

The first time you see the Apulia region, you’ll see a completely different side to Italy… with its clean, eyes and long roads, the Apulia region is easy for anyone to explore.

Basilicata

Basilicata is located in the very south of Italy, and is the largest region by land area as well as being the fourth most populated region. The region has much to offer, including a wide range of landscapes, from the beautiful seaside beaches and flat plains, to the mountainous reaches of the interior.

Neighbor regions to Basilicata are Calabria, Molise, Campania, Abruzzo, and Emilia – Romagna.

The name Basilicata came from the Greek words “basileos” meaning “king” and “kata” meaning “down” because the region was the place where the main independent states of the south met.

The average temperate of the region is 12.7ºC, the absolute minimum temperature in the area is -5.4ºC and the average maximal temperature is 25.6ºC.

The soil in Basilicata is mainly limestone, which makes it rich in marble and agriculture.

Orange, figs, truffle and almonds are all produced in the region.

Abruzzo, Piedmont, Molise, and Lazio are all distinct travel destinations in the region.

Calabria

Visiting the regions of Italy is an excellent experience. Italy may be the most beautiful country on Earth, and as such, all of its regions are equally beautiful. Some of them truly stand out as something special.

Calabria is a region in the south of Italy. It is known for its incredible beauty and natural treasures such as pristine beaches and impressive mountains. It is an area to visit for some spectacular views, and is famous for its typical Calabrian cuisine.

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Campania

Val d'Aosta, Savona, Mantova, Lombardy, Piedmont, Lazio, Umbria, Abruzzo, Sicily

Campania

Campania is part of the South of Italy. It is bordered by Lazio, Apulia, Basilicata, Molise and Calabria. It’s known for its beautiful beaches. Among the Main Cities of Campania are Naples, Salerno, Caserta and Benevento.

  • Benevento is famous for its terracotta cathedrals.
  • Salerno is famous for its medieval center.
  • Castellammare di Stabia was chosen by people to be the favorite town in Italy because of its scenery, its beaches and its history.

Val D'Aosta

Val d'Aosta is part of the Alps and is located to Italy’s North. It’s a destination for skiers and is home to a famous rail way viaduct known as “la ferrovia rossa”. It is also one of the most beautiful regions of Italy. Among the Main Cities of Val d'Aosta areAosta and Champoluc.

Emilia-Romagna

The region of Emilia-Romagna is located in northern Italy. It took its name from the activities of two emperors: Tiberius in 146 A.D. and Claudius in 51 B.C..

Emilia Romagna is an area in North eastern Italy, and its capital is Bologna. The regional capital might have been named after the local rivers (•Moluscus and •Arima), but its origins are not known.

The earliest evidence for Etruscan occupation of the area is for the seventh century B.C., but it is a heavily urbanized region. The Roman province of Italy in the sixth century B.C. introduced a major transformation of the Etruscan culture to the area, as it gave Roman citizenship and settled farmers.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Charming green hills coated with vineyards and dotted with traditional white houses characterize this area. The impressive photo of Friuli-Venezia Giulia known throughout the world is Mussolini’s personal 500-acre territory in the heart of the South Tyrol. If you travel to Italy you might think from some postcards that the South Tyrol is the “real Italy”!

However, one should not be overwhelmed by the differences and peculiarities of the everyday life in the old town city of Tarvisio, in the entrance to be as unique as possible, the most important old town of the region. On the other hand, the largest city of the region, Udine, is an interesting combination of two seemingly contradictory parts: the old and majestic castle and the modern city.

Another beautiful spot still awaits you, the Bolzano district and the mountain area of the South Tyrol.

Lazio

The town of Rieti is one of the most beautiful towns in Lazio, and it is known for its beautiful monuments. It is also known for its vineyards and winemaking, as it is situated in one of the best winegrowing areas in the region called “The Abruzzo wine triangle”.

The town has also achieved international notoriety over the last few years for its beautiful women, who are known across the world for their curvy, manly figures and piercing blue eyes.

Main monuments to look at include:

  • The cathedral: is one of the most important monuments of the town and the most important one after the catacombs. It was built between the years 1249 and 1270 to seat the people of the town and to act as a place of worship. It is a beautiful creation of Romanesque style and has beautiful frescoes, a beautiful golden altarpiece, and also holds the tomb of the patron Saint Martino.
  • The Saint Martino’s: This is a great park in the town with a beautiful fountain.

Liguria

Liguria is an Italian region and its capital is Genoa. It is located on the western part of Italy along the Mediterranean Sea. It is a gorge, promontory, and shoreline. This region enjoys the summer because of the thawing of winter.

The first known civilization in Liguria dates back to the pre-Sasanians. Its history goes back to the Bronze Age. Though it is such an old civilization, the stone tools used had people believe it was only 20,000 years old. The Ligurian people built ports into the great minds of classical antiquity.

The region’s economy is based on agriculture and roman villas, and exports the following products: fish, pears, olives, and vegetables.

The biggest city in Liguria is Genoa, another is Portofino, and the third is La Spezia. The Italians have a saying that when they want to tell the people of Liguria they are idiots, they say “mettetevi la liguria.” (Liguria is the big cone shape at the base of Italy’s boot.)

Some believe Liguria to be a peninsula, but due to the geography, it is considered the great gully that is the western part of the Italian boot.

Lombardy

Lombardy, the region northwest of Venice, is the land of black truffles, cashmere and, most of all, the thick skin of the people. It isn’t a place for flowers or pretty landscapes: its people live on the road and are built to endure. The way in which they build their houses seems to prove it, trusting to the inherent solidity of their substructure.

Poles, beams and deep foundations are the only things from which the Lombard houses are built. They look like wooden fortresses standing in the midst of plains and plains of black earth.

These people are a spindly race and, in the winter, they wear rough, wide-brimmed hats, which are often ornamented with a feather plume. Their women have earrings with tendrils of hair and often wear a vest, which covers the torso.

They’re extremely fond of meat and eat it in abundance. When they’re not cooking it for themselves, they cook it for visitors and neighbors.

If you were to carefully observe those who live in the more mountainous parts of the region, you would see that their features have become very narrow. Consequently, their women, and remarkably pretty they are, are too slender to inspire fear.

Marche

the hilly region called the land of shepherds.

Marche is the second most populated region in Italy after Northern Italy. It is very mountainous. Most of the area is rocky and hilly, with many green areas suitable for vineyards, but also very deep and narrow valleys with beautiful waterways and many towns mainly surrounded by steep hills.

The first and charming town of Marche is Pescara del Tronto, a very old-styled medieval town with a massive town wall surrounded by ancient stone buildings. Monte San Pietro di Baraggio is a beautiful town right on the Adriatic sea with its amazing and fascinating aqueducts, amphitheaters and thermal area.

The most beautiful landscapes of Marche are undoubtedly the green areas in the valleys and mountains, such the "green lungs" of Civitella in Agro (Civici di Terra), Settimo Rottaro (Settimo Rottaro), Pozzaglio (Pozza di Rottaro), Valva (Valva) and Tresone (Tresino di pescaro).

Molise

The “Molise” region extends along the southwestern edge of the Apennines in the Molise region of Central Italy. It is named after Mount Molise, an extinct volcano that towers near the center of the region.

The mountainous region offers the largest contiguous area of unspoiled forest in Italy. To the south, it borders on the supply area for the natural springs of the Agri plain of Campania.

The countryside here features hills covered in forests of pine, oak and beech trees.

Villages on the Adriatic slope feed off vineyards that fill their valleys and the hillsides with a profusion of grape vines.

The landscape, made up of small, stone huts, together with stone walls and arches, is typical of the region.

The geology of Molise is complex featuring sedimentary rocks of volcanic origin superimposed in places on more basic sedimentary rocks.

Geothermic inscriptions have been found in the Molise which have been dated back to the lower Paleolithic Period.

Humans have been living in the Molise since neolithic times. In the 8th century BC during the Iron Age, the area was occupied by the Molise.

The oldest ruins in the Molise belong to an ancient Roman city named Lucera in the province.

Piedmont

The region of Italy near the Alps and Swiss border (north and northwest, respectively, of Rome). Its name means “foot of the mountain” and it’s a reference to the Piedmontese Alps. The lower end of Lake Maggiore (the source of the Po River) flows through Piedmont , past Milan to the Mediterranean.

Piedmont…Italy’ largest and most populated region. The region has an area of 21,778 sq ft and is home to 7,561,174 people. It’s a farming and industrial region. It’s southern border is the Mediterranean. Turkey, Greece and France are in the north.

Lombardy…the province of Italy close to the city of Milan. This Northern region is home to Milan and is one of the country’s most densely populated regions. It’s made up of Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and the River Po and borders the regions of Piedmont, Liguria and Trentino.

Sardinia

Sardinia, or Sardegna in Italian, is a region that is famous for its beautiful coastline. The beaches, the rock formations, and even the ancient ruins are all reasons to visit.

There are a number of smaller islands that are included in the region as well, the largest being Sardegna del Gigante, also known as Giadedda. The island has a population of 3,800 people, making it very family-friendly and a great location to camp out for the night.

Sicily

Sicily is a region of Italy of the most beautiful regions. A large portion of the ocean is located in Sicily, which is located at the narrowest point between Europe and North Africa. The coast is full of coves and bays, and the east is also settled by the foothills of the mountains. Sicily has been a tourist destination for centuries. The historical remains described by ancient Greek and Roman authors are an incomparable attraction for many tourists. Sicily has a sheltered position, which ensures the mildness of the climate. Sicily has a wonderful natural environment, and its Park offer the visitor a rich and varied environment.

Sicily has approximately 114,000 square kilometers, which makes it the second largest region in Italy.

Syracuse, known as the city of the sun, is located in the northeast of Sicily. The city takes its name from the Greek goddess of the sun, Selene, the daughter of Hypnos and the sister of Helios.

Trentino-South Tyrol

With stunning views of Italy’s most picturesque alpine regions, it’s no wonder why so many choose to settle here.

The region is considered to be the gateway to the Dolomites, where the highest Ampezzo peak is found. There is also the country’s highest peak, Mont Blanc.

The area’s stunning natural beauty is why thousands are choosing to settle in Trentino-South Tyrol, especially families with young children.

The region has earned the title as one of the world’s most vibrant regions with a solid economy that includes thriving industries and industries that are just beginning.

Together with the city of Brixen, the region was awarded the European Union’s Tatryh Nature Prize and was named the world’s most beautiful region by Time magazine.

Tuscany

This is the place where you will find the famous Monte Amiata vineyards, famous for the Casa del vino, 11 cave churches, and the medieval town of San Gimignano.

You will find many remnants of the Tuscany’s long history. The walls, towers, and churches have been restored to keep the historical aspect of the region.

The advent of the Renaissance brought about change in the region. The ancient buildings were no longer sufficient for the changing city, and many new buildings had to be constructed.

In the 1300’s, Florence became a significant player in the painting industry. The painters would canvas entire cityscapes and then paint them onto the buildings, making every wall different.

Tuscany is home to many Tuscan food traditions. The peasants started serving the Pasta e fagioli soup to the rich patrons of the castle, and it eventually became the pasta and beans meant for everyone’s dinner.

The people who are in charge of oenology now follow the Zinfandel rules, named after the grape that is grown in the vineyards around its name. The grapes are highly bred into beautiful dark red wines, heavy on the alcohol content, that have a moment after you take your first bite with each savory sip.

Umbria

The Umbrian region is part of the Marche region, on the Adige River. The city of Perugia is found there, and is also the capital of the region. Florence, which is found on the Tiber River, is the closest large city to the Umbrian region, which is known for its natural beauty and scenery.

Besides beautiful plant and animal life, the region is also known for the hospitality that is found here. The cuisine of the region is also very well known for its rich and robust foods.

The coastline of the region is a place where you will find the griffin’s head rocks. The region is also known for its ancient ruins.

Ancona

Ancona is a city in the Marche region of Italy, along the Adriatic Sea. It is a major port on Italy’s Adriatic Sea and in 2005, it became the capital of the Marche region.

The town is a major hub of the Adriatic Sea, especially in terms of international trade, and being the country’s main naval base.

Ancona is known for its sandy beaches and its food. Wine is also very popular in the region. The town is also famous for its large number of churches. Ancona is known for its unique dialect, which is called Anconetto.

Veneto

Veneto is one of Italy’s provinces. While it’s not particularly known for its beaches, it has a wealth of gorgeous nature to look at.

The Veneto is a sea of blue reflecting the azure sky above the vineyards. In the province of Verona, almost the entire city can be seen from atop the hills.

It’s essential to check out this region if you’re planning a visit to Italy. You will be impressed by the beauty of the vineyards and the fact that the towns, villages, and cities look as if they could have been transported from any modern European country. The offerings of food and wine are among the best in the entire country.

To really get the very best out of your trip to Veneto you should be able to choose from a variety of locations to stay at. If this is the case there are a handful of hotels throughout this region.

You can find a hotel for every budget if you want to stay a while. Luxury accommodations are also available.

Some of the most popular destinations you can stay at and travel in Veneto include Verona, Padua, and Venice.