5 Places to Visit in Italy (Not Rome nor Venice)

Italia, one of the most culturally influential countries in the world. Other than being the land that brought you pizza, pasta and espresso, it is a landmark in its art, fashion and rich history, filled everywhere with jaw-dropping historical architecture and monuments.

Most people however, usually visit Rome and Venice only. While "The Eternal City" and "The City of Canals" are definitely worth visiting, that shouldn't stop anyone from seeing Italy's diverse cities.

Here are five places to get a better experience:

1. The Amalfi Coast
This place is all about stopping to enjoy and appreciate the unreal views that are worth no filter instagram photos. You can enjoy sunbathing in one of the best beaches in Italy, while staying at any of their hotels, they all have the same romantic view that will give you goosebumps. Climb in the uphills to Ravello for a view of the entire Coast while enjoying a mouth watering sea food meal. Take a boat to Positano and see brightly colored buildings all over this little place, making it one of the most colorful places in Europe. At night, Positano lights up the buildings for even more surreal beauty.

2. Capri Island

A gorgeous place by the Gulf of Naples. The signature of this island is the "Blue Grotto", a cave where the sea glows in the color of the sky, an absolutely unique sight to see. The heart of Capri is the piazzeta, which is filled with different cafes and bars to chill in and shop in little boutiques where there are sandal makers and perfume makers. For the full experience, take a walk on the ancient La Scala Fenicia (The Phoenician Steps) and enjoy the refreshing green surroundings.

3. Milan

The fashion capital of Italy is home to some of the oldest fashion houses in the world, so you can shop till you drop in some of your best names, Gucci, Prada, Armani and many more. Make sure to stop and see the majestic work of Leonardo Da Vinci, "The Last Supper" painting that will leave you in awe. Beautiful architecture in the area include "The Duomo di Milano" which has a gothic structure and Castello Sforzesco, a castle that dates back to the 15th century.

4. Genoa
Ever had a penne pesto? Bienvenuti to its birthplace, where you can eat it from the source. Genoa is filled with architectural wonders, just take a stroll down Le Strade Nuove and (New Roads) and Old Town, and pay a visit to the different palaces (yes that's right, in plural) that belonged to Italian aristocrats, from the 16th till the 18th century. Old Town is filled with historical buildings that are one of the most preserved in Europe, it even has Christopher Columbus's house.

5. Lake Como

A view of the green foothills of the alps can be seen from Lake Como, this place's scenery will leave you in awe. Three different parts of the lake meet in a center called Bellagio or the pearl of the lake which creates quite an amazing atmosphere for enjoyment. Lake Como is packed with lake side villas/palaces, some of which were built in the Roman times, each unique in their own way. It is the ultimate place for relaxation due to its serenity.

By Haya Amer
Haya is a Political Science student who expresses herself better with written words rather than spoken ones. She is a full-time film geek and cannot spend a day without watching a film, in any language. She is a coffee addict and has an unhealthy obsession with Game of Thrones. Her dream is to see every corner of the world.

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