Ten things in Italy everyone should see

Don't miss out on the best sights of all

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It's no surprise that Italy has been a firm favourite for holidaymakers for decades. The weather is sunny, the food is famously delicious, and there's plenty to do whether you're after a cultural getaway or a beach break.

Plus, you don't need to break the bank for a visit - there are plenty of cheap flights on offer, not to mention the wide array of budget-friendly accommodation that's available.

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Whether you're a looking to explore Rome and see its iconic landmarks, want to sample that famous Italian cuisine, or simply feel like basking in the glorious sunshine on the Amalfi Coast, the country has some seriously amazing locations worth checking out on your trip.

As Italy celebrates its National Day on Friday 2nd June, we take a look at the top 10 breathtaking sights you need to see if you're visiting the country...

1. The Amalfi Coast

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Rolling green hills, dramatic mountains and bright, colourful buildings have firmly established this region as a must-visit, especially in the summer when it offers hot and sunny weather, but with the cool sea breeze.

If you want to take in all of the spectacular landscape, take a day trip to 'The Path of Gods', a 7.8km walking trail that get its name from the magnificent views it offers across the ocean to the Amalfi Coast and offshore Capri Island.

2. The Verona Opera House

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Culture vultures and music lovers have been flocking to this picturesque city to take in the gorgeous architecture and tidbits of history that have seen it gain UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

There are countless churches and buildings spanning across multiple historical periods, including Casa di Giulietta which is believed to have inspired Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - in fact couples are often spotted enjoying a romantic break nearby.

Most notable is the Arena di Verona amphitheatre, which originally hosted gladiator battles, but nowadays is the stage for dazzling operas, and major events including Verona's Opera Festival.

3. The Trevi Fountain, Rome

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As the saying goes, all roads lead to Rome. The nation's capital is an obvious must, with plenty of iconic landmarks and countless World Heritage Sites to discover from the Pantheon to the Colosseum.

However, if you only see one thing during your visit, make it the ancient Trevi Fountain. Buy a gelato and enjoy the romantic atmosphere, and use the spare change as an excuse to throw a coin into the fountain for good luck.

It'll go to a good cause, as the coins are collected at the end of every day and donated to charity.

4. Villa d'Este, Tivoli

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Moment RM

If you're enjoying a city break in Rome, you may want to consider extending your stay to include a day trip to this spectacular 16th-century Renaissance Villa.

Situated just outside the capital, its old water organ and pristine gardens have established it as a UNESCO-recognised site.

It's not surprising that its astonishing profusion of fountains, grottos, fresco decorated rooms and baroque buildings have been a source of inspiration and a cultural point of reference for many artists and composers throughout the centuries.

5. Siena, Tuscany

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Moment RF

James Bond fans may recognise this city and its staggering 102-metre red brick city hall Palazzo Pubblico - after all, Daniel Craig ran through its streets in Quantum of Solace.

Here you truly step into medieval Tuscany and explore Italy's origins, but what the city is most famous for is its Palio horse race, which takes place over the summer months and can be enjoyed for free.

Plus, the area comes alive with food festivals, providing the perfect opportunity to explore the best of Italian wine and cuisine!

6. Is Zuddas grotto, Sardinia

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The grottoes in Is Zuddis in southwest Sardinia sit 236 metres below the ocean, and offer a glimpse into over 530 million years of geological activity.

We're talking stalactites, stalagmites, as well as fossils and rock formations nestled amidst the ceilings and walls of this mysterious place.

It's worth taking the opportunity to explore the surrounding regions in Sardinia, hailed as Italy's little sister. The island has its own language, proud locals and a distinct cuisine thanks to its fresh produce and mouthwatering seafood.

7. Lake Como

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Hailed as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Lake Como offers astonishing mountain views, not to mention it's home to plenty of picturesque villas.

It's just a two hour drive to the scenic medieval town of Como, or you can head a bit further north from Lecco to see smaller villages and dazzling churches tucked away along the coast.

We recommend Corenno Plinio with its steep cobble stairs and medieval harbour, or the Botanic Gardens which are divided into plateaus, each with its own unique view over the lake.

8. Torre Sant'Andrea, Puglia

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Universal Images Group Editorial

Puglia continues to draw in a foodie crowd thanks to its delicious fresh seafood and endless cheeses, wines and charcuterie.

However, it also offers stunning coastal views, such as this dramatic formation of white rocks and cliffs scattered in the crystalline waters of the Adriatic Sea.

Swim and drive around the cliffs and caves, or take to the white sandy beaches further up north to soak up the rays.

9. The Dolomites

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LOOK

Italy's claim to the alps, this large, mountainous area in northern Italy is heaven for skiing in the winter.

In the summer, it's bursting with green and becomes a haven for hikers, climbers and campers - not to mention the rolling green hills will have you feeling like you're in The Sound of Music.

As for local cuisine? Expect meat ragout, homemade polenta and glasses of delicious red wine.

10. Tangerine Orchards, Sicily

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The Image Bank

The rich soil around Mount Etna in this autonomous region of Italy makes for the perfect conditions to grow citrus fruits.

From Catania's Blood Oranges to yummy-looking tangerines, it's well worth combining a mountain climb with an orchard exploration to sample some of the juicy fruits on offer - not to mention there are plenty of colourful wild flowers and beautiful scenery for a view unlike any other.

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