34 Photos That Will Make You Want To Travel To Italy

I talk a lot about Italy on this blog, but that’s for a very good reason…I absolutely love the country! Travelling to Italy with my wife for our honeymoon in 2010 is one of the greatest trips I have been on. We both fell in love with the country almost instantly. For a month, we explored the country’s history, culture and natural landscapes. From the ancient ruins of Rome and Pompeii, to the medieval towns of Tuscany, the picturesque seaside villages of the Cinque Terre and Amalfi Coast and the canals of Venice, we just didn’t want to leave!

If you’ve never been to this beautiful Mediterranean country before, I guarantee that after you see these 34 photos, you will want to pack your bags and travel to Italy.

Ruins in the ancient Roman Forum in Rome, Italy

Ruins in the ancient Roman Forum, Rome

Piazza della Cisterna in San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy

Piazza della Cisterna in San Gimignano, Tuscany

Vernazza Harbour in Cinque Terre, Italy

The harbour in Vernazza, Cinque Terre

Santa Maria della Salute in Venice, Italy

Santa Maria della Salute, Venice

Bruschetta with tomato in Sorrento, Italy

Bruschetta with tomatoes in Sorrento

Ruins in Pompeii, Italy

Roman ruins in Pompeii

Piazza del Campo in Siena, Italy

Piazza del Campo from above in Siena, Tuscany

San Giovanni Battista Church in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy

San Giovanni Battista Church in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

The Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

The Grand Canal, Venice

Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy

Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi), Rome

Ristorante on the lovers walk, Cinque Terre, Italy

A Ristorante on the “Lover’s Walk” between Riomaggiore and Manarola, Cinque Terre

Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy

Piazza San Marco, Venice

Baptistery of St John in Pisa, Italy

The Baptistery of St John, Pisa

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan

Rooftop view in Greve in Chianti, Italy

Rooftop view in Greve in Chianti, Tuscany

Wooden door in Palazzo Comunale in San Gimignano, Italy

Wooden door in Palazzo Comunale, San Gimignano

Harbour in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy

The Harbour in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

View across Siena, Tuscany, Italy

View across Siena to the surrounding countryside in Tuscany

Ancient pottery in Pompeii, Italy

Ancient pottery in Pompeii

The Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy

The Rialto Bridge, Venice

Piazza in Corniglia in Cinque Terre, Italy

Piazza in Corniglia, Cinque Terre

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy

The Colosseum, Rome

Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy

Ponte Vecchio over the River Arno, Florence

Marina Grande in Sorrento, Italy

Marina Grande, Sorrento

Church of San Salvatore in Castellina in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

Church of San Salvatore in Castellina in Chianti, Tuscany

Main street in Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

The main street in Manarola, Cinque Terre

Stained glass window in Museo della Opera in Siena, Italy

Stained glass window in the Museo della Opera, Siena

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

View of Vernazza from above in Cinque Terre, Italy

View of Vernazza from above, Cinque Terre

Country view from San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy

Country view from San Gimignano, Tuscany

Staircase in the Doge's Palace in Venice, Italy

Staircase in the Doge’s Palace, Venice

Fountain of the four rivers, obelisk and church in Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy

Fountain of the Four Rivers in front of Sant’Agnese in Agone Church in Piazza Navona, Rome

Rooftop view in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy

Rooftop view in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

A gondola in a canal in Venice, Italy

A typical canal scene in Venice



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  • Tom @ Waegook Tom Aug 18, 2012

    Is it bad that among all these gorgeous photos, the shot of bruschetta is my favourite? Seriously, I LOVE the stuff.

    Gorgeous pics, although I gotta say the crowds on the one of the Rialto Bridge in Venice make me want to run in the opposite direction (although the bridge itself looks beautiful).

    • Dean Wickham Aug 18, 2012

      Haha not at all Tom! I love it too, along with all of the other amazing food in Italy. It is simply heaven.

      Venice certainly has it’s crowded tourist areas like the Rialto Bridge, but you don’t have to go far to get away from the crowds and see the REAL Venice. Getting lost is the best part! πŸ™‚

  • Karla Aug 19, 2012

    Absolutely stunning images! Makes me want to fly there ASAP.
    My favorites? Cinque Terre πŸ˜‰

    Keep up the great work & happy travels! Karla πŸ˜‰
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  • Gillian Aug 20, 2012

    These are great photos. I love the colours, the skies and the light. If I had to pick a favourite it would be Siena …

  • Those are some great photos… i have to admit though… my favourite was the Bruschetta… but maybe thats because im hungry
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  • I just love these photos and I am captivated already. These will be on my bucketlist πŸ™‚
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  • london4travelers Aug 20, 2012

    Shots are really inspiring! I have never been to Italy yet. But I think I will change this situation in the nearest future. I realize that Italy has a lot of things to see and to do.
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  • Monica Vila Aug 21, 2012

    out of all of these (in addition to the bruschetta!) I love Venice – it’s a city that appears to be made of lace and emerges from the water – so beautiful
    THANK you for posting these and reminding me that I need to get back!!

  • These make me want to hop on a plane right now!
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  • Eugene Aug 21, 2012

    Those photos are awesome! Our train trip from Luca to the Cinque Terre via Pisa was a highlight of our trip to Italy.

  • Lisa at Amalfi Blue Aug 21, 2012

    Gorgeous photos – you have a great eye.

  • Kathy Aug 22, 2012

    What beautiful photos. If it were possible I would like to see all of this country, but Tuscany, Cinque Terre, are the two places that really call out to me. Is it possible to spend time in these two places in 10 days and really experience it? Thanks.

    • Dean Wickham Aug 22, 2012

      Hi Kathy. 10 days would be a good amount of time to get a taste for both of these places. We spent a week in Tuscany and 3 days in Cinque Terre and saw a lot in that time. I highly recommend renting a villa/apartment and hiring a car for a week in Tuscany if you can. It’s a great way to experience this beautiful part of Italy.
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  • Jan Aug 22, 2012

    Beautiful photos. . . I especially like the B&W’s. I’ve been to all those places except Chianti. Returning this fall for a one month stay. Can’t wait, especially after viewing your excellent pictures.

    • Dean Wickham Aug 22, 2012

      Oh I’m jealous, Jan! One month in Italy is going to be amazing. Definitely try to get to Chianti if you can. You won’t be disappointed! πŸ™‚ Cheers and I hope you have a great time.
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  • Bruce White Aug 24, 2012

    great images, and having just returned from Cinque Terra & Siena, took me back with great memories

    • Dean Wickham Aug 27, 2012

      Glad you liked them Bruce. Cinque Terre and Siena are two of my favourite places in Italy. I’d love to go back myself!

  • Susan Van Allen Sep 1, 2012

    Gasp! Grazie for these glorious images!

  • Deb Dec 1, 2012

    Beautiful. We’ve been to Italy, but your photos make me want to go again! We haven’t been to Pompeii, Milan or Pisa yet. There is so much to see I could go back again and again. Great shots!
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    • Dean Wickham Dec 4, 2012

      Thanks Deb. I could keep going back again and again as well! Pompeii is very interesting to explore and the area nearby is very beautiful as well. Check out the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento and the isle of Capri. πŸ™‚

  • Nate Jan 12, 2013

    Wow! True the title these pictures do make me want to visit Italy! I didn’t make it to Italy when I was living abroad in Prague a few years ago and want to get there more and more ever day. I’m thinking of spending some time in Europe this summer and if so, I won’t miss Italy this time! Seriously, great pictures. I really enjoyed browsing.

  • Sofia Jan 26, 2013

    I love Italy too, so many beautiful places and such good food!! Can’t wait to explore Cinque Terre and Tuscany, they seem amazing.

    • Dean Wickham Jan 31, 2013

      Hi Sofia. Cinque Terre and Tuscany are very beautiful places. I could have spent months exploring there!

  • rickeytard Jul 25, 2013

    Italy is such beautiful travel destination in the whole world.Its all is too beautiful and amazing images. I will defiantly visit this all places whenever I will make a plan of Italy trip.

  • Brian Oct 9, 2014

    I would really love to live by the beach it is so beautiful and a great empty palet for someone like me who loves art painting and design. I would feel at home living old fashion.

    • Dean Wickham Oct 18, 2014

      I would have to agree with you, Brian. Living by the beach would be very relaxing and good for the soul πŸ™‚

  • Priscilla Hammond Apr 2, 2016

    What great pictures! My husband and I honeymooned in Italy—Venice, Lake Como, Santa Margarita, and the Cinque Terra area 17 years ago. We often talk of what a beautiful country Italy is. We can’t wait to go back. We especially loved Cinque Terra. The hiking was incredible! The photos brought back great memories. Venice was just amazing and you’re so right about getting lost—that’s when you find those “magical” places that no tourist would discover. I also loved the beautiful picture of the Grand Canal. It was great to just stand on the bridge on watch all the boat traffic going by. Thank you for your great website. I literally stumbled upon it and now have it bookmarked. Happy travels!

    • Dean Wickham Apr 24, 2016

      Hi Priscilla. Thanks for stopping by to check out my blog. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos and hope they brought back some memories from your honeymoon. I absolutely agree with what you say about Cinque Terre and Venice – two of my favourite places. Cheers

  • Tahiti Le Blog Oct 18, 2017

    I love Italia, Great photos !

  • Tahiti Le Blog Oct 19, 2017

    And especially the tower of Pisa!
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