Rome is the capital city of Italy and of the Lazio region (Latium). It is also the historic capital of the Roman Empire and Italy's largest and most populous city, with about 2.8 million inhabitants.

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10 Most Famous Cities of Italy

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Venice by night
City world-famous for its canals, its bridges and for its palaces built on water. The Serenissima offers a multitude of different impressions: with its busy canals, labyrinthine back streets and some off-the-beaten-track areas, such as its authentic gondola workshops still in activity. See: Squero San Trovaso, where the Venetian gondolas are born.

Venice is the Capital of the Veneto region, with a population of 271,251.

Venice Rialto Bridge by night
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Capital city of the Tuscany region. From 1865 to 1870 the city was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. Today's Italian is based on the Tuscan language of Florence of the 14th century.

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If you tour a little bit around Tuscany we recommend you visit the most beautiful piazze of Tuscany.

Important business and cultural centre in northern Italy and headquarter of the Fiat company. Capital of the Piedmont region, with a population of 908,000 inhabitants, it is also, both historically and architecturally an important city of Italy, as it was the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy. The city boasts a wealth of monuments and a surprisingly rich artistic and cultural life.

See on our blog: 10 reasons why Turin should be on your Italy bucket list and famous historic cafés of Turin.
Florence skyline by night
Florence skyline
Famous worldwide as one of the capitals of design and fashion, Milan is also home to a cathedral of an unrivaled beauty, the second largest catholic cathedral in the world and the fourth largest one in the world. - See more at: Top 10 most unique churches in Italy. It is also the capital of the Lombardy region.
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Third-largest city in Italy and capital of the Campania region and second most populated metropolitan area in Italy. Its name derives from the Greek Neapolis, the "new city". At the center of an archeological zone extending from Cumae to Pompei, the city is endowed with a superb heritage of monuments and artistic collections.

See also: Gulf of Naples, Capri, Ischia and Procida


Verona, a city of the Veneto region in Northern Italy, is mentioned by Dante in Canto 18 of Purgatory in the Divine Comedy and in the travel diaries of Goethe, Stendhal and Paul Valéry.It is also the setting of the story of Romeo and Juliet, made famous by William Shakespeare.

See also: top 8 romantic destinations in Italy.
Capital city of the Emilia-Romagna region and home of the oldest continually operating university of the Western world, founded in 1088. One of the top cities in Italy in terms of quality of life. The name of the city presumably comes from Bononia, name of the Roman colony founded in c.189 BC that was named after the Boii, a Gallic tribe.

See also: 9 art cities in Emilia Romagna.
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Balcony of Juliet
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Capital of the Liguria region. Nicknamed la Superba ("the Proud one") due to its glorious past and impressive landmarks, the city is also one of Europe's largest cities on the Mediterranean Sea and the largest seaport in Italy. Genoa is also the hometown of the explorer Christopher Columbus, composer Niccolò Paganini, Italian patriot Giuseppe Mazzini and actor Vittorio Gassman. See: 10 reasons to visit Genoa next time you are in Italy.
Capital of Sicily and, just like Rome, a city with nearly three millenia of history.
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