Top 9 Most Popular Tourist Destinations in Italy

Italy is one of the world’s top tourist destinations. Head to this boot-shaped country to see its ancient sites, eat mounds of pasta and drink wine by the barrel. Since the country is situated on the Mediterranean, its temperatures remain moderate year round, and you might simply skip the vineyards and head right to the beach or rocky cliffs of the coast.

While you’re there, visit some of Italy’s most popular tourist destinations, like:

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Colosseum

The Colosseum in Rome is one of the most recognized structures in Italy. Located in the center of Rome, the Colosseum creates traffic havoc for visitors and locals alike.

Built in 80 AD, it served as a stadium for gladiator contests and could hold up to 80,000 people. Now, thousands of tourists come to the Colosseum annually to set their eyes on one of the world’s most fascinating structures.

If you are from Europe, you’ll enjoy free admission to the Colosseum, but if you are from anywhere else, you’ll pay a small fee. The structure also houses a museum on the history of the ruins. There is also a maze of subterranean tunnels that run underneath the Colosseum. Their historical purpose was to transport animals and competitors to and from the arena. This part of the ruins is now open to visitors.