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Top 10 landmarks in Italy

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Top 10 landmarks in Italy
Landmarks are the essence of a place and Italy is packed with some of the most famous landmarks in the world. 
From the infamous Colosseum to the exquisite Pantheon, Italy is home to awe-inspiring and unique architecture that you won’t find anywhere else. Let’s explore the top 10 landmarks in Italy. 

Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is arguably one of the most recognisable structures in the world. Located in the city of Pisa, the structure towers over visitors at nearly 56 metres. What makes the Leaning Tower of Pisa so popular is the four-degree tilt, making it look like it is about to fall over. 
Citalia’s half-day Pisa and the Leaning Tower Excursion from Florence takes you to Tuscany, where the tour of Pisa starts with a stunning view of the Piazza dei Miracoli. From there, you’ll learn the history behind Pisa’s monuments before entering the cathedral for a Romanesque art extravaganza. 
You’ll then move on to the famous Leaning Tower Tour, skipping the long queues and making your way to the top. Climb the stairs for incredible views and beautiful architecture of Pisa. 
Image of the famous landmark in Italy the Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Colosseum

There’s no need for introductions. The Colosseum is one of the most recognisable structures in the world. Visitors of all ages are fascinated with the history and stories within the walls. 
The Colosseum and its Gladiators tour from Citalia will take you and your family through the unique history of the Colosseum through the eyes of gladiator Flavius Attilius. The four-hour tour is perfect for visitors with children between 7-11. You’ll learn all about the games and gladiators from the Roman era, including some of their stories and the beasts they fought. 
Image of the Colosseum building in Rome in Italy


As one of the most renowned archaeological sites in the world, Pompeii is a history-lovers dream attraction. You can walk through the haunting ruins of Pompeii, experiencing the area where the infamous Mount Vesuvius erupted, leaving the thriving city covered in ash. 
Citalia’s Naples and Pompeii tour invites you to take in the history, architecture, and stories of the Roman people who lived in the famous city in a full-day history exploration. 
After a classic Neapolitan pizza for lunch, it’s time to head to the Bay of Naples where you can take in the exquisite views of the gulf before your transfer back to Rome. 
Image of a statue and pillars at the site of Pompeii in Italy

St Peter’s Basilica

Located within Vatican City in Rome, St Peter’s Basilica houses some of Italy’s most impressive pieces of history. The Church itself is exquisite with Baroque and Renaissance architecture. 
At the centre, towering above the congregation, is Bernini’s Baldacchino, a stunning bronze canopy. You also have the chance to witness one of Michelangelo’s most famous sculptures, the beautiful La Pieta. St Peter’s Basilica offers art lovers a once-in-a-lifetime experience to explore some of Italy’s most beloved artworks. 
Citalia’s Vatican Museum and St Peter's: Small Group Tour is the perfect opportunity to experience some of Italy’s most exceptional artworks and architecture. The three-hour guided tour takes you and no more than 11 others through the world-famous Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St Peter’s Basilica. 
Image of the grand entrance to St Peter's Basilica in Italy

Ponte Vecchio

Spanning the most important part of the River Arno, the Ponte Vecchio is one of the most famous bridges in the world. For the past 600 years, it has been an essential part of Florence. 
Made up of medieval architecture, the Ponte Vecchio is a stunning part of history. What makes the bridge so impressive is that it is the only bridge that survived WWII, a true testament to its historic architecture. 
Citalia’s Venice, Florence and Rome multi-centre holiday gives you the chance to explore everything these three historic cities offer with stops at the top historic sites.
Image of a bridge over a river and surrounding buildings all lit up at night

Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral

The Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral has over 500 years of history to share. It was built by some of the most famous architects, including Arnolfo di Cambio, Pisano Giotto and Brunelleschi. The infamous dome, Brunelleschi's cupola, marked the ending of construction in 1436. 
Citalia’s VIP Duomo Tour, Secret Terrace and Brunelleschi Dome invites you on a tour of the incredible frescoes, architecture, Northern Terrace, and views from the cupola. The two-hour tour is the perfect opportunity to ask questions and learn about this historic structure while skipping the long lines. 
Image of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral lit up at night

Milan Cathedral

The Milan Cathedral is one of Milan’s most famous landmarks. Work on the incredible structure began in 1386 with a dedication to St. Mary of the Nativity. Construction took nearly six centuries, making the style of the cathedral incredibly unique. 
As the second largest cathedral in Italy, Milan Cathedral is awe-inspiring, with its exquisite white marble that extends over 157 metres. Climbing the stairs is well worth the views from the roof, giving you a first-hand look at the intricate gargoyles and the beauty of Milan. 
The Grand Tour of Milan from Citalia takes you on a tour of the city with stops at the most historic landmarks, including Milan Cathedral, Sforzesco Castle, and Santa Maria delle Grazie. 
Image of the Milan Cathedral and open square in front of it


Citalia’s Herculaneum Excursion takes you on an exciting journey to the second city destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Your local guide will show you around the ruins from 79AD with the chance to see unspoilt mosaic-tile floors and frescoed villas. 
You’ll learn about the history and stories of the people who once lived here, with enough time to ask any questions and explore Herculaneum at your own pace. 
Image of the remains of the village of Herculaneum in Italy


The Pantheon is one of the most well-preserved buildings of Ancient Rome. Commissioned in 27AD, it holds some incredible history. The infamous 43-metre-tall dome leaves a mark on visitors, with the sun cascading through the oculus, shining down on the stunning marble floor. 
The ‘Temple of All Gods’ has secured its place in Rome's history, housing the tombs of Kings Vittorio Emanuele II and famous Renaissance artist Raphael. 
Citalia’s Rome and Venice multi-centre holiday takes you on an eight-day historical adventure through two of the most famous cities in the world. 
Image of the pillars at the entrance of the Pantheon in Rome

Trevi Fountain

Grab your coins and head to the Trevi Fountain on your next Rome holiday. As the largest fountain in Rome, The Fontana di Trevi is breathtaking, with its depiction of Neptune’s chariot led by seahorses. 
Constructed in 1762, millions have made their way to the fountain for good luck. So, be sure to throw a coin in while you’re there to ensure you’ll return to the Eternal City in the future. 
Image of a grand building and the Trevi Fountain in Rome

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