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Italy’s cities team ancient monuments and world-famous sights with some of the best shopping and dining in the world. Alone, they make fantastic short breaks, but you could also tick off two or three in one go – high-speed rail links mean it’s easy to travel between these buzzing metropolises. Some of the most well known include Milan, Italy’s fashion capital; Venice, set on a network of postcard-pretty canals; Florence, a treasure trove of Renaissance art; and Rome, where there are enough sightseeing options to keep you busy for months. It’s also possible to escape the tourist crowds by heading to some of Italy’s lesser visited but equally impressive cities. Bologna is known as the country’s capital of cuisine, while Naples’ UNESCO-listed historic centre is filled with centuries-old churches and cathedrals.
The cities of Italy each offer their own must-try dish, from tagliatelle al ragu in Bologna and delicious Florentine steak in Florence, to traditional pizza in Naples.
Cuisine also varies between the north and south of the country, with rice and polenta heavily featured on menus across the north, and seafood in the cities close to the coast. Visitors can enjoy an endless list of dining options, from fine dining in Michelin-starred restaurants overlooking spectacular landmarks, to authentic trattorie and markets where tables are shared with locals.