The 10 Most Beautiful Regions in Italy

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Italy is a much-loved nation, both, by Italians and, even more, by foreigners. The tourist flows speak for themselves: people and groups from all over Europe and beyond love lakes, seas, mountains, cities of art of this beautiful country. They also love spending their holidays or even short weekends in this country.

But which are the most beautiful regions in Italy?

We asked around 10,000 travelers and Italians to express their preferences based on criteria such as landscapes and environmental beauty, artistic and cultural heritage wealth, leisure and entertainment opportunities wealth, and general quality of tourist services. In the end, we’ve combined the results of the survey with international data on the approval rating of Italian regions abroad. Here are the 10 most beautiful regions in Italy according to the results!

10. Liguria

Liguria

Landscapes and environmental beauty: 8/10
History, art, culture: 7/10
Leisure and entertainment: 6/10
Tourist organization and services: 6/10
Rating by foreign tourists: 8/10
TOTAL: 35/50

It’s enough to mention the Cinque Terre to say a lot about the scenic beauty of Liguria. Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore represent a naturalistic wealth much appreciated by tourists, especially foreigners.

From the point of view of leisure and entertainment, Liguria is not particularly developed. The same applies to transport services: currently, in addition to the motorway, there is only one railway line with a single track. Besides Cinque Terre, cities like Genoa and places like Sanremo have enormous historical and cultural importance and are known all over the world.

9. Piedmont

Piedmont

Landscapes and environmental beauty: 7/10
History, art, culture: 7/10
Leisure and entertainment: 6/10
Tourist organization and services: 8/10
Rating by foreign tourists: 8/10
TOTAL: 36/50

Right after Liguria in the ranking of the most beautiful regions in Italy, comes Piedmont. Turin, the regional capital, has a very ancient history and was also the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy, from 1861 to 1865: the city is rich in museums and palaces that belonged to the Kings.

From the offer of tourist services point of view, Piedmont is well organized. The Caselle airport is well connected with the main destinations and Turin also has a metro line. But Turin is not the only city worth visiting; there are also Moncalieri, Venaria, Acqui Terme, Cuneo, and Ivrea.

8. Sicily

Sicily

Landscapes and environmental beauty: 9/10
History, art, culture: 9/10
Leisure and entertainment: 8/10
Tourist organization and services: 5/10
Rating by foreign tourists: 7/10
TOTAL: 38/50

Of course, Sicily can’t be missing from a list of the most beautiful regions in Italy when it has its splendid sea and archaeological sites of enormous historical importance, such as the Valley of the Temples.

Even from an entertainment point of view, Sicily is very popular, especially for young people: San Vito Lo Capo is currently one of the favourite seaside resorts for under 35s. For those who want to travel around Sicily, we recommend renting a car.

7. Campania

Campania

Landscapes and environmental beauty: 8/10
History, art, culture: 8/10
Leisure and entertainment: 7/10
Tourist organization and services: 7/10
Rating by foreign tourists: 9/10
TOTAL: 39/50

With one point more than Sicily, Campania takes the 7th position in the ranking. Although the general trend of leisure and entertainment is lower than in Sicily, Campagnia is more appreciated by foreign tourists who like to visit places such as the Amalfi Coast and the Island of Capri. Numerous foreign VIPs have been spotted in those areas and Pail McCartney was one of the last.

6. Emilia Romagna

Emilia Romagna

Landscapes and environmental beauty: 7/10
History, art, culture: 7/10
Leisure and entertainment: 10/10
Tourist organization and services: 10/10
Rating by foreign tourists: 7/10
TOTAL: 41/50

Apart from the wonderful cities of art and historical importance such as Bologna, Rimini, and Ferrara Emilia Romagna mostly lives on tourism brought from the Romagna Riviera. The summer months are a unique entertainment, from morning to late at night.

The Romagna coast offers some of the most famous discos of the entire Adriatic coast, such as the Pineta and Vanquish of Milano Marittima. During peak periods there are also night buses. Foreign tourism is on the rise.

5. Tuscany

Tuscany

Landscapes and environmental beauty: 8/10
History, art, culture: 9/10
Leisure and entertainment: 7/10
Tourist organization and services: 8/10
Appreciation by foreign tourists: 10/10
TOTAL: 42/50

Tuscany is a very popular destination for tourists, especially foreigners. Cities of art such as Siena, Pisa, Florence, as well as seaside resorts such as the Island of Elba allow Tuscany to place itself in 5th place in our ranking.

Florence is served by the High-Speed ‚Äč‚ÄčTrain and there are numerous rail connections within the region. The Chianti area is ideal for relaxing and enogastronomic holiday, whereas Florence, with its numerous museums, including the famous Uffizi, and churches is one of the most popular cities of art in Italy.

4. Trentino Alto Adige

Trentino Alto Adige

Landscapes and environmental beauty: 10/10
History, art, culture: 7/10
Leisure and entertainment: 8/10
Tourist organization and services: 9/10
Appreciation by foreign tourists: 10/10
TOTAL: 44/50

Trentino Alto Adige is a very popular region for those who want to lose themselves in the wonderful nature of the Dolomites or relax in a SPA & Wellness Center.

The breathtaking landscapes, the numerous lakes, the high peaks, and renowned ski slopes make Trentino Alto Adige a territory very visited, both, by Italians and by foreign neighbors of Austria and Germany. For those who appreciate culture and history, Trento, Bolzano, and Merano are very interesting places.

3. Lazio

Lazio

Landscapes and environmental beauty: 8/10
History, art, culture: 10/10
Leisure and entertainment: 8/10
Tourist organization and services: 9/10
Appreciation by foreign tourists: 10/10
TOTAL: 45/50

On the last step of the podium, we find the Lazio region that holds nothing less than the capital Rome. Rome is one of the favorite destinations for tourists, both, Italian and foreign. Impossible to mention all the historical, artistic, and cultural riches, we’ll only mention a few, including the Via dei Fori Imperiali, the Vatican Museums with the Sistine Chapel, Piazza Navona, and Piazza di Spagna. They are an absolute “must-visit” at least once in our life.

Also in Rome, on the Trastevere, there is fun until late at night. Apart from Rome, Lazio offers other places that are worth a visit, such as the Island of Ponza, Casino, and Tivoli.

2. Lombardy

Lombardy

Landscapes and environmental beauty: 9/10
History, art, culture: 9/10
Leisure and entertainment: 10/10
Tourist organization and services: 10/10
Rating by foreign tourists: 9/10
TOTAL: 47/50

In the second place, we find Lombardy. When it comes to entertainment and offer of services, Milan is the host, but Lombardy is rich in landscapes and very beautiful areas, such as the Adda River, Lake Iseo, Lake Como, and the cities of Brescia and Bergamo.

There are numerous wildlife and family parks, such as Cornelle Park and the Prehistoric Park of Rivolta d’Adda. Lombardy also has an excellent transport service.

1. Veneto

Veneto

Landscapes and environmental beauty: 10/10
History, art, culture: 10/10
Leisure and entertainment: 9/10
Tourist organization and services: 9/10
Appreciation by foreign tourists: 10/10
TOTAL: 48/50

At the top of our ranking, we find the Veneto region, which is much appreciated by foreign tourists thanks to Lake Garda and the cities like Verona and Venice.

There are numerous other minor cities, such as Cittadella and Bassano del Grappa, that make Veneto a region of great beauty. The Veronese shore of Lake Garda has numerous amusement parks, including Gardaland, Medieval Times, and Movie Studios.