From north to south, Italy is a lovely country for a number of cultural, historical, and natural aspects. Not to mention the food! The central regions of Italy become open-air museums, showing off the ancient histories of this fantastic land. Below, you find a list of some of the beautiful central Italian cities.

Tuscany

Lucca

This first small province is well worth the visit! It’s so saturated with cultural artifacts and historical sites that even large cities in the vicinity cannot compete. It is quaint and ancient. Lucca is a beautiful central Italian city that will sweep the visitor off their feet and back in time with a leisurely stroll through the ancient walls.

Central Italian City - Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, Lucca, Tuscany
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Florence

How could we not mention the cultural hub that is so loved by tourists all year round. This beautiful central Italian city is a must see during everyone’s lifetime. Florence is the capital of Tuscany. It features the famous Ponte Vecchio, literally “old bridge,” and the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral. It’s known for its artisan shops of goldsmiths, shoe shops, and leather goods. The Uffizi Gallery features work from Michelangelo, Bottecelli, DaVinci, Raffaello, and Caravaggio.

Central Italian City - Florence, Tuscany
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Marches / Le Marche

Urbino

The city of Urbino is the birth place of the artist Raffaello Sanzio. His home is located in the historical center and features artisan style shops all around. The fortress of Albornoz is a famous site of this town, offering panoramic views of the city. The rolling hills of Urbino, in the Le Marche region are sure to captivate you.

Central Italian City - Urbino, Marches
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Ancona

Still in the region of Le Marche, we venture over to the capital city. With only 100,000 inhabitants, the small city of Ancona is recognized for its royal history. Structures and ruins from ancient Rome are scattered over the city. The amphitheater from the first century AD and the Arch of Trajan are must-visits.

Central Italian City - Ancona, Marches
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Umbria

Perugia

The central Italian city of Perguia is the capital of a different region, Umbria. This city hosts one of the oldest and most important libraries in Italy. The Augusta Library is home to around 375,000 types of important documents. Additionally, Perugia features the National Gallery with works of art by Perugino, Pinturicchio, and Piero della Francesca. Special events like the Eurochocolate festival and the Umbrian Jazz Festival are important activities. Also, the city hosts many other university campus events throughout the year.

Central Italian City - Rocca Paolina, Perugia, Umbria
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Lazio

Viterbo

Viterbo is an entrancing town with Medieval aspects that will transport you back in time. Churches, towers, castles, piazzas, and buildings of such historical value are incredibly in tact. The historical center of this central Italian city has monuments and art attractions that will blow you away and give you the feeling of being directly back in Medieval times. It was the ancient capital of Tuscia, an ancient Etruscan area.

Central Italian City - Viterbo, Lazio
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