35 Gorgeous Reasons to Escape to Italy

Vernazza in the Cinque TerreThe port of Naples and Mt. VesuviusLecce Arch in ItalyRavello, ItalySorrento, Italythe Pantheon at night in Rome, ItalyEarly morning light in FlorenceSan Gimignano, ItalyThe Leaning Tower of Pisa in ItalyJuliet's Balcony in Verona, ItalyThe famous arch off the coast of CapriBosa, ItalyManarola, ItalyPonte Vecchio in Florence, ItalyRome's Colosseum in the light of a setting sun, ItalySanta Maria della Salute in VeniceA church in LecceAmalfi Coast in ItalyLake ComoLooking up at Vesuvius from PompeiiBreak time in Venice, Italy Photo of the courtyard entrance into St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, ItalyThis natural arch is at the end of the Isle of Capri, Italy.Old world market in Bologna, ItalyView of Toscolano Maderno from Lake GardaCefalù in SicilyCampo di Fiori in the center of Rome, Italy.Lucca Mountains Agrigento, Sicily, in the Valley of the TemplesRoman Colosseum at nightTaormina, with Mt. Etna in the background.Segesta in SicilyTrevi Fountain in Rome, ItalyPositano on Italy's Amalfi CoastCastel Sant'Angelo in RomeVernazza and the Cinque Terre
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"The town of Vernazza is one of the five towns that make up the Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera."
"The port of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius."
"A beautiful ancient arch in Lecce."
"A scene in Villa Rufolo gardens in Ravello, Italy, along the Amalfi Coast, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea."
"Sorrento, Italy."
"The Pantheon at night, in Rome."
"While in Florence, I stayed at The Hotel Balestri, just two blocks from The Uffizzi Gallery. The hotel had a small balcony affording a pleasant view. One morning while I was waiting for my friends to get ready, I went up to the deck. The light cast a lovely glow over the nearby church towers during the quiet hush of morning."
"San Gimignano, Italy. Two of several towers that still stand in this lovely town in the Tuscany region of Italy."
"The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy."
"Juliet's Balcony in Verona, Italy."
"The famous arch off the coast of Capri."
"Along the western coast of Sardinia, Bosa was once a busy town with a healthy local economy centered on leather production. It is now a sleepy fishing village with brightly-colorored crumbling buildings and cracked cobblestone streets. Here, a much loved and worn scooter rests along a narrow corridor between homes, painted over in colors that echo the town."
"Manarola, in Italy's Cinque Terre."
"Ponte Vecchio: the 'Old Bridge' is the oldest of six bridges in Florence, Italy."
"Rome's Colosseum in the light of a setting sun, Italy."
"Santa Maria della Salute with one of my beloved rose-colored glass lampposts, just after sunset."
"A beautiful church in Lecce."
"We took the ferry from Salerno to Amalfi and the views were spectacular! This is the town of Amalfi viewed from the water."
"Lake Como, one of the most beautiful spots in Italy."
"Vesuvius seen by way of narrow street of Pompeii. Where could anyone run to get away? Really brings home the feeling of no escape when you stand there."
"While vacationing in Venice, my wife and I spent several days walking the back canals and alleyways to see the 'real Venice.' We happened across this gondolier taking a break on a bridge and it seemed to be the perfect picture."
"The courtyard entrance of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy."
"This natural arch is at the end of the Isle of Capri, Italy. It's a relaxing and beautiful viewpoint far from the crowds of the towns, and well worth the walk."
"This was like stepping back in time, with all of the meats and cheeses hanging everywhere, pastas and wines as well. Every nook and cranny was filled with wonderful delights!"
"View of Toscolano Maderno from Lake Garda."
"This picture was taken of the 'Calura' area just outside of Cefalù in Sept 2008. It is the ruins of a medieval tower used to send messages along the Sicilian Coast. Cefalù is lovely coastal town approx. 75 km east of Palermo."
"This is the quaint daily market in Campo di Fiori in the center of Rome. More than a decade ago I spent some time studying abroad and stayed in small apartment not far from this market. I have wonderful memories of visiting Campo di Fiori almost every morning to pick out fresh breads, cheeses, and get flowers for my room. It's always a treat to go back and visit!"
"Twelve days in Italy visiting the Chianti region, Florence, Lucca, Venice, and Montecatini. Early June was the best time for low crowds, easy access to the museums and 75 degree weather."
"Agrigento, Sicily, in the Valley of the Temples."
"This is one of my favorite places to visit late at night in Rome. I caved and paid five euro for a little dingy tripod that a street vendor had tirelesslybeen trying to sell me. I increased the ISO on my Canon Rebel to 400 and set the f-stop to 3.5 and a full one-secondshutter speed. This was the result. Needless to say, I am thrilled I bought that little tripod! I still use it on many occasions!"
"Taormina, with Mt. Etna in the background."
"Segesta in Sicily."
"Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy."
"Positano, on Italy's Amalfi Coast."
"Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome."

You know you want to go. Now. From the sparkling waters of the coast to ancient ruins, volcanic vistas, and pinch-me-I'm-dreaming monuments like the Roman Colosseum, our BT audience's fave photos of Italy will have you booking the next available flight outta here.

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