Look no further if you have ever wondered where the photographers get the stunning views of Italy.
The best part? The best part? Keep in mind that these views are best enjoyed at sunrise or dusk. The worst time to go is at noon when the light is dull. Bright and early is also when you will be least impacted by tourists and other people.
You could, however, just enjoy the stunning spots and forget about your camera. How could you show the world how beautiful Italy was?
Cinque Terre: Corniglia-Vernazza hiking trail
Beautiful views of Vernazza, especially from the seaside, can be found on the main hiking trail that runs between Corniglia and Vernazza. It’s not an easy walk, but the views are spectacular. Many of the paths are narrow and steep with drops to the ocean below. This makes it especially dangerous for tourists who visit the area in summer. The other option is? Start from Vernazza on the number 2 Trail towards Corniglia. Stop at the trail’s end and turn around. You’ll be able to see Vernazza’s beautiful view on many posters and postcards. Try to do it in the morning. Later in the afternoon, the sun will be setting directly in your lens.
Milan: La Torre Branca
It is a modern marvel made entirely from steel pipes. The tower was built in 1933. It is also 108m high, and offers prime views of Milan’s skyline including the Duomo. A bonus: Another bonus? It’s open from 9:30pm to midnight every day except Monday, when it closes all day. This gives you great opportunities for photos of the city’s glittering lights.
Florence: Piazzale Michelangelo
Here is where you can get a panoramic view of Florence including the Ponte Vecchio, and the Duomo. You can walk uphill but it’s not difficult. Alternatively, you can take the number 12-bus from Santa Maria Novella station. You can also find the number 13 here.
Florence: San Miniato al Monte
You will find the Church of San Miniato al Monte if you walk a little further than Piazzale Michelangelo. It would be a crime not to go in — this is one of Tuscany’s most beautiful churches. Construction began in the 11th Century. The interior is unique in Florence. But the incredible views from the piazza outside, which leads down to the Arno, and beyond to Florence center are amazing.
Rome: Janiculum Hill
After you have taken all the photos of Renaissance churches and ancient ruins, you can go to Janiculum Hill. The Janiculum is located just across the river, at the center storico. It offers stunning panoramic views of Rome, including the Pantheon and Spanish Steps as well as St. Peter’s Basilica. You can take either the 115 bus or the 970 bus to get there. You can also walk up the hill, but it is a steep climb.
Bay of Naples: Mt. Vesuvius
Mt. Vesuvius is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. The brave (and physically fit!) can conquer this volcano. Two extraordinary sights await those who dare to look closely at the crater measuring 2,000 feet in width and the panoramic views of the Bay of Naples.
Amalfi: Positano’s Sentieri degli Dei
For the most breathtaking views on the Amalfi Coast, put on your hiking boots. This trail allows you to see the entire coast down to the tip. You can see Capri on a clear day. You can see why the trail was named “Pathway of the Gods” with all its stunning beauty.
Amalfi: Villa Rufolo, Ravello
Ravello is one of the most well-kept secrets on the Amalfi Coast. Its Villa Rufolo was built in the 13th Century and is a treasure. From the villa, you can see the beautiful coastline and the ocean. The villa and its garden are accessible for 5 euros.
Venice: The Bell Tower of San Giorgio Maggiore
Just across the water from St. Mark’s is the monastery and church of San Giorgio Maggiore. The bell tower offers one of the most beautiful and well-known views of Venice. It is worth visiting on its own. The tower is only 3 euros, while the bell tower at St. Mark’s Basilica costs 8 euros.
Venice: Grand Canal, starting from a Traghetto
To enjoy the amazing views from the water, you don’t need to spend a lot on a gondola ride or a water taxi. Take a traghetto instead (cost: 3 euro). You’ll have to take one of the few outside seats in order not to get your shots blocked by the rest of the passengers. You can make sure that you get one by starting your traghetto tour at Line 1 — which cruises through the Grand Canal — either at Piazzale Rom, just past the train station, or Lido. Take a look!