1. Positano and Amalfi Coast
Positano is my favourite place in Europe and, in my opinion, the prettiest town on this continent. Seeing those cute colourful houses nestled on the coast made me fall in love till the end of time. I still remember my first trip with the girls on the Amalfi Coast when I was completely blown away.
Even though exploring Positano means climbing hundreds of stairs per day, I think I could never get bored with this place. It is overpriced on all levels, from parking to restaurants and hotels, but spending at least two days here recharges my batteries every time and fills my soul with so much beauty.
There are too many Instagrammable places even though we are talking about a small town so I will probably write an article especially for Positano on this matter. Every where you go, you can find a picture perfect spot!
But all Amalfi Coast deserves attention. There are si many cute towns you should put on your list like Amalfi, Ravello, Sorrento, Praiano, Maiori, Minori, Vietri.
The last place I’ve mentioned above it’s known all over the world for its ceramics. We’ve ended our Amalfi trip there and bought all the ceramics we could carry in our hand luggage. Gabriel said I am completely crazy, but he now enjoys drinking his coffee from a cute lemon ceramic mug.
Capri is a beautiful island in Italy’s Bay of Naples that represents the pride of the Italians. I think the meaning of living La dolce Vita comes from this luxurious island well known among the world’s greatest stars and VIPs.
When I think about Capri, I immediately remember the most amazing yachts, lavish hotels, picture perfect streets and high end shops. But I also think about huge lemons and limoncello, amazing gardens and views, the Faraglioni and Blue Grotto.
Last year, we’ve spent Hubby’s birthday in Capri and I was so happy to be back and wander around beautiful Capri and Ana Capri. There are Instagrammable places at every corner, you just need to have your camera ready.
I completely understand Dalida when she sings “I found my love in Portofino” because this is definitely the kind of place you fall in love with at first sight. I have spent my 26th birthday in this magical little town and it will always have a special place in my heart. To make it even more special, I really need to take Hubby there soon and explore it again together. It has been too long and you will be able to see this in the quality of the pictures I shared with you.
You can easily go to Portofino as a day trip and not necessarily get accommodation there since it will be very pricey. There are just a few hotels in the area which makes it hard to find availability and, of course, it increases the prices.
I recommend visiting this place along with Cinqueterre and Tuscany. You will need around one week for a complete tour. If you can, don’t bring your rental car to Portofino since the parking places are extremely limited and they may even restrict the access by car.
I am sure you have seen pictures with these cute coastal towns from Liguria, in the northwest of Italy. It lies in the west of La Spezia, and comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. They are all part of the Cinqueterre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
My favorite towns are Vernazza and Manarola because they have they most amazing views, but, if you have time, I recommend visiting them all. To be honest, I still haven’t seen Corniglia, but I promise I will make the time on my future trip there.
The easiest way to travel between these town is by train or by ferry because access to Cinque Terre by car is limited.
I haven’t visited this place by boat, but I imagine the views are spectacular.
5. Alberobello & Polignano a Mare
This part of Italy was on my list for many years, but we’ve managed to actually see it last year in May. This is why I have to recommend it with all my heart to you. Alberobello is a cute little town made of Trulli, the traditional Apulian dry stone huts with a conical roof. For me, they look like the dwarfs’ houses. Everything is white and cute and, of course, perfect for Instagram.
I have added Polignano a Mare to the list because you can easily visit both in the same day. I recommend going to Alberobello in the early morning to see it with less tourists and head over to Polignano a Mare in the after noon. Check all the corners of this charming town, eat at a local restaurant and end the day with a good wine or a glass of Aperol Spritz.
If you want an unique experience and you are ready to spend some money, be sure to make a reservation in advance at Grotta Palazzese, a restaurant with a terrace created inside a natural cave.
Venice couldn’t miss from this top with Instagrammable places in Italy. Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamt about a gondola ride on the Venetian canals. My dream was fulfilled in 2011, but I also went back with Hubby for our After Wedding Photoshoot last September.
If you chose it for our wedding photos, you can easily imagine how picture perfect this place is. Unfortunately, we couldn’t repeat the gondola experience because the weather was not the friendliest, but even in these conditions, we found lots of amazing photo spots.
Be sure to add the oldest cafe in Italy (and most likely the world) on your to do list, Caffe Florian right in the heart of San Marco Square. I recommend heading in the early morning when there will be less tourist.
7. Como Lake
Como Lake is one of my favorite areas in Italy where I love going back again and again. Its proximity to Milan is definitely a big plus, making it very easy for us to get there.
Como Lake means luxury and beauty thesis why Angelina Jolie, George Clooney and many other famous actors and artists decided to buy properties in the area. If you decide to make a visit, be sure to add Como, Bellagio, Varenna and Tremezzo on the list.
Another mandatory thing to do is taking a boat ride on the lake. I don’t think there is a better way to admire the coast. Boat2Go took care of us and we’ve spend a lovely afternoon with them. You can read all about it HERE.
If you are looking for a picture perfect hotel, definitely try Grand Hotel Tremezzo (the most famous and expensive) or Grand Hotel Imperiale Resort & SPA (Click HERE to read more).
One of my biggest surprises in Italy was Sicily with its exquisite Taormina. Offering incredible views to both Mediterranean Sea and Etna Volcano, this coastal town is like a dream.
To be honest, Taormina reminds me a lot of Positano so you can easily understand why I fell in love here as well. I’ve spent my 28th birthday on the island and I have to say three nights were not enough to enjoy it to the fullest.
As a plus, here I have eaten the best Carbonara of my life at small traditional restaurant called Il Ciclope and the yummiest granita at Bam Bar, which is also a great Instagrammable place.
If you have the time, try not to miss a boat ride around Isola Bella!
9.Dolomites & Lago di Braies
Seeing Lago di Braies on Instagram instantly made me put the Dolomites on my travel list. At our first attempt of visiting the lake, we’ve failed miserably because, even though if was already mid April, the lake was still frozen. I was so sad when I’ve arrived there in my pretty dress, on 22 degrees Celsius, just to find a frozen lake. This is why we’ve decided to go back a few months later, after our wedding.
To be honest, I was a bit disappointed with their policy because even if you get there early, there is a huge fee to take pictures on the famous dock, but I recommend taking a boat ride because you can both enjoy this magical place and also take amazing pictures.
Other cool spots in the Dolomites would be Cortina d’Ampezzo where I have spent my birthday and Val di Funes where we had the most amazing picnic.
For accommodation, I would recommend Gloriette Guesthouse with all my heart. They offer high end services and rooms, delicious food and a breathtaking rooftop pool with the best sunset view! (You can read all about our experience at Gloriette Guesthouse HERE).
I know Milan is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it somehow made his way to my heart. And Milan has so many Instagrammable spots to offer.
My first visit was many years ago with my bestie, Oana. We were impressed by the fashion city and stayed all day long eating gelato on the stairs in from of the Duomo. This building is beyond imagination.
For me, the Duomo is the most beautiful cathedral in the world. Last time we were in Milan, right before the pandemic, we booked an apartment with Duomo View and stayed on the balcony from morning till midnight.
This is my top 10 Instagrammable places in Italy. Of course, if I think about it, I would definitely add more places like the eternal Rome where you can find many picture perfect places like Fontana di Trevi, the Spanish Steps, the classical Colosseum etc. Or beautiful Florence with its Ponte Vecchio and Duomo. But I have tried to pick the first 10 that come into my mind and I am sure you are not going to be disappointed if you choose them!
See you soon!