Italy is a country rich in history and knowledge. At every corner, in every region, in every city, there are scenic views, monuments and places with a timeless history. And then you get lost among the different flavours and aromas characteristic of each place. It is really complicated to say which are the best excursions to do in this 2021, for sure we can nominate the following once.

10. Lazio: excursion to the Pontine Islands

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Off the Gulf of Gaeta, you will find the Pontine Islands. They are divided into the northern and southern Pontine Islands. Only two islands, Ponza and Ventotene, are inhabited. The harbour of Ventotene was built in Roman times and is still a great historical testimony. On the island, you will find the ancient Roman residence Villa Giulia, which houses an interesting Archaeological Museum. Remember that the island is part of a protected marine area and is a true natural oasis. Ponza is characteristic of its picturesque streets and colourfully decorated houses. The sea surrounding them offers a breathtaking panorama thanks to its crystal-clear colour. Finally, Palmarola is considered the most beautiful island in the world for its morphology, nature, sea and.... relaxing atmosphere.

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Ponza Island

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Ventotene Island

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9. Lazio: a day in Rome

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Rome and its history: Piazza di Spagna, Fontana di Trevi, Piazza Venezia, Fori Imperiali and Colosseo, Pantheon, Musei Vaticani, Basilica di San Pietro. These are just some of the wonders that make Rome unmissable and eternal.

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8. Campania: Naples and its history

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There is a saying that goes "See Naples and then die", which means that once you've seen Naples...you've done all the good things in your life. Naples is a city of a thousand faces and a thousand emotions. Wandering around the city means being enraptured by the history that speaks at every street corner, from every historic building. Moreover the squares: every square, from the Plebiscito to Trieste and Treno, Piazza Dante, Piazza Carità, Piazza dei Martiri. Each one is decorated with important buildings, imposing statues and renowned churches. The streets, then, are inebriated with characteristic scents such as pizza, sfogliatelle (puffed pastries) and adorned with the folkloristic music of street artists. The sea gives a powerful embrace to this brilliant city.

Visit Italy recommends the Naples Pass. With the Naples Pass you can enjoy unlimited travel by public transport anywhere in the city of Naples and outside Naples and have free access to over 100 attractions and museums.

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7. Tuscany: Florence and its old town

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To discover the true essence of the artistic Florence, we have to admire Piazza della Signoria, with its Palazzo Vecchio and Michelangelo's David. You will be amazed and fascinated as you discover the perfection of Brunelleschi's Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. A walk over the Ponte Vecchio immerses you in the typical Florentine atmosphere. To enjoy a complete view of Florence, all you have to do is admire it from above Piazzale Michelangelo.

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6. Liguria: Cinque Terre

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Five villages, suspended between sea and land, a paradisiacal place and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. MANAROLA: the village, dating back to the beginning of the 13th century, is famous for its colourful houses and charming little hamlet. Corniglia is the central village of the Cinque Terre, the only one not bathed by the sea, which stands on a rocky promontory about 100 metres high in a valley full of vineyards. Then there is VERNAZZA, a colourful fishing village. MONTEROSSO: ancient fishing village considered "The Pearl of the Cinque Terre", where the rich vegetation and the crystal clear sea make it unique. Finally, there is RIOMAGGIORE: a small town on the sea surrounding the natural harbour. In this area, colours, scents and tranquillity are the stars.

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5. Lombardia: Lake Como

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Admiring its enchanting villas located at strategic points on the lake is a must. There are several ways to admire the beauty of the lake and the splendour of these villas: by boat or private boat (sailing it), car or scooter along it.

It is certainly interesting to visit Como, known as the city of silk.

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4. Veneto: Venice and its Islands

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An all-Italian jewel is Venice, unique in the world for all its islands set in the lagoon. Lose yourself in the narrow streets, admire St. Mark's Square, take a gondola ride or better, visit the colourful islands of Burano and Murano. And then.....don't miss the typical Venetian aperitif: Chicchetti. A real treat that can't be found anywhere else.

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3. Sicily: Palermo

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The magical Palermo is full of culture, history and good food. Its historical buildings, its squares, its famous Massimo theatre and ....don't forget the magic of the sea and the deliciousness of cannoli, panelle and arancini.
A not to be missed is the Palatine Chapel, an absolute must!

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2. Apulia: Lecce

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Italy's Baroque city par excellence. Every street corner, every balcony, every view takes you back in time. Its atypical white stone, called Pietra Leccese, is important. Unique in the world and used in various fields.

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1. Basilicata: Matera

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The city of stones, with its unique urban nucleus, the unrepeatable architecture of the Sassi di Matera, developed in the natural caves dug into the rock and subsequently modelled into more complex structures within two large natural amphitheatres, the Sasso Caveoso and the Sasso Barisano.

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There are hundreds of Italian cities of art or villages, all of which are unmissable. You only visit one part of the country, and if you stay in one city, you think you cannot visit distant towns. In Italy, many companies and tour operators organise day trips from one city to another without having to stay overnight. Alternatively, you can use public transport to reach neighbouring or distant cities quickly and organise a visit yourself. Visit Italy proposes ten excursions from other cities and some important places to visit. Visit Italy also shows you how to book the main attractions to skip the queue and enjoy a full day in the city of your choice!

Here is a selection of 10 excursions for you!

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