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Regions of Italy

Tourists are often faced with the names of the regions when planning your trip to Italy. What are the certain regions of Italy called and where are they located? You can find it out by using our map. The regions are marked with a different color on the map of Italy (you will find the name too). A brief description of the regions and popular tourist towns will help you prepare for the journey.

Italy regions map Aosta ValleyPiedmont LombardyTrentino-South TyrolFriuli-Venezia GiuliaVenetoEmilia-RomagnaLiguria
TuscanyMarcheUmbriaLazioAbruzzo
MoliseCampaniaApuliaBasilicataCalabriaSicilySardinia

There are 20 regions in Italy. Each region, except for the Aosta Valley, is divided into provinces.

The territory of the country can also be conditionally divided into larger parts (macroregions), for example, the northwest, the northeast, the central part and the south.

Macroregions

  • North-West: Aosta Valley, Liguria, Lombardy, Piedmont. The largest city is Milan.
  • North-East: Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trentino-South Tyrol, Veneto. The largest city is Bologna.
  • Centre: Lazio, Marche, Tuscany, Umbria. The largest city is Rome.
  • South: Abruzzo, Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise. The largest city is Naples.
  • Islands: Sardinia, Sicily.
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Lazio region

The Lazio regon ​​is located in the central part of Italy. The city of Rome (the capital of Italy) and the state of the Vatican are in Lazio. Therefore, Lazio can be considered the most visited region of the country. It is the second most populous region in Italy.
There are three airports in Lazio. Leonardo da Vinci International Airport is Italy's largest airport. Rome Ciampino Airport serves a large number of tourists too.
The region of Lazio has a fairly long stretch of the coast of the Mediterranean Sea (the Tyrrhenian Sea). Port of Civitavecchia (Port of Civitavecchia), also known as the "Port of Rome", welcomes a large number of cruise liners each year. (Passengers can visit Rome and the Vatican.) Beach lovers can also have a good vacation in Lazio. There are good beaches and resort hotels on the coast.

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Tuscany

The region of Tuscany is in central Italy, north of the region of Lazio. Florence is the most famous city in the region. Tuscany is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. There are almost everything that tourists are interested in here: historical monuments, works of art (museums), tasty food and good beaches. The most popular places are Florence, Pisa, Montecatini Terme, Castiglione della Pescaia and Grosseto. The length of the coastline is about 320 kilometers.
Pisa International Airport (Aeroporto Internazionale di Pisa, PSA), also known as Galileo Galilei Airport, is the largest airport in Tuscany.
Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR, Amerigo Vespucci Airport) and the airport of Marina di Campo Airport also serve tourists who are traveling to Tuscany.
The port of Livorno is the main port of Tuscany. (Passengers of cruise ships arrive Tuscany via this airport.)

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Umbria

The region of Umbria lies in central Italy, east of Tuscany and north of Lazio. The administrative center is the city of Perugia. This is the only region of Italy, which has neither coastline nor borders with other countries. Umbria is known for its historic Ceri festival and Umbria Jazz jazz festivals.

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Marche

The Marche region is located in the central part of Italy, on the Adriatic coast (east coast of the coast of Italy). The administrative center is the city of Ancona. The Marche region is bordered by Emilia-Romagna and the Republic of San Marino in the north, Tuscany in the west, Umbria in the south-west, Abruzzo and Lazio in the south and the Adriatic Sea in the east.

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Veneto

The region of Veneto (Venice) is located in the north-east of Italy. According to information from various sources, this is the most visited region of Italy. Venice is the largest and most popular with tourist city in the region. Verona and Padua are also among the most visited cities.
In the Veneto region there are good beaches, for example, in Lido, Caorle, Bibione and Cavallino-Treporti.
Venice International Airport (Aeroporto di Venezia Marco Polo) is one of the largest airports in Italy. The second major airport of the Veneto region is Treviso Airport, which is 20 kilometers from the city of Venice.
There is a port on the territory of the city of Venice, which is visited by a large number of cruise ships.

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Emilia-Romagna

Emilia-Romagna is located in the northern part of Italy. This is one of the largest regions of the country. The administrative center is the city of Bologna. The region is famous for its historical sights and popular coastal resorts such as Cervia, Cesenatico, Rimini and Riccione.
The airport of Bologna is the largest airport in the region (Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport). There are also other airports in the region. For example, Federico Fellini International Airport (formerly known as Rimini Miramare Airport) is located near the city of Rimini and the state of San Marino.

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Lombardy

The region of Lombardy is in the north of Italy. Lombardy borders on Switzerland. The largest city in the region is Milan. Lombardy has no access to the sea. Milan is considered one of the world's fashion capitals, together with New York, Paris and London.
The main tourist places in the region are historical, cultural and artistic sites in Milan, Bergamo, Brescia, Como, Varese. Natural attractions: Lake Garda, Como, Iseo.
Milan-Malpensa Airport (IATA: MXP) is the largest international airport in Lombardy.
The international airport of Orio Al Serio is located about 4 kilometers southeast of Bergamo.
Milan Linate Airport (IATA: LIN) is the third airport airport in Milan. It is the nearest airport to Milan (distance 7 kilometers).

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Campania

Region Campania is located south of the region of Lazio, along the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea (part of the Mediterranean Sea). Naples is the largest city in the region. The region also includes the islands: Ischia, Procida and Capri.
The campaign is among the 20 most visited regions in Europe. There are such famous places as the archaeological excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the volcano Vesuvius. It is believed that pizza was invented in Naples.
Naples Capodichino Airport is located about 4 kilometers from the center of city.
The port of Naples is one of the busiest in the Mediterranean, by the number of passengers served. Cruise liners also often visit the port of Salerno.

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Calabria

The region of Calabria is in the south of Italy, in the most southern part of the Apennine peninsula. The length of the coastline of the region is 780 kilometers (485 miles). The coast is mostly rocky, with short beaches. Calabria attracts tourists at any time of the year. Several ski resorts are available in the mountain. (You can ski here in winter here.)
In Calabria, there are two main airports: Lamezia Terme International Airport and Reggio di Calabria "Tito Minniti" Airport.

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Liguria

The region of Liguria is located in the north-west of Italy, on the northern coast of the Ligurian Sea. This region (in part) can be considered a continuation of the French Riviera. Genoa is the largest city in the region. Popular among tourists are also the cities of Savonne, San Remo, La Spezia.
Liguria attracts tourists with its beaches, beautiful nature, architecture and Mediterranean cuisine.
The region borders with France in the west. The distance from Genoa to Nice and Monaco is about 180 kilometers.
Genoa International Airport named after Christopher Columbus is the main airport of Liguria. Riviera Airport, also known as Albenga Airport, is located on the Italian Riviera between the towns of Savonne and the Empire.
Large ports are available in the cities of Genoa and Savonne.

Sicily

Sicily is an island and region in Italy. The region also includes several small islands, together with the island of Sicily. This is the largest area in Italy.
Sicily offers many interesting things to tourists: architectural sights, works of art, excursions, beaches, delicious food. The Etna volcano is one of the island's natural attractions.
There are several airports in Sicily. Catania-Fontanarossa Airport is the busiest airport in Sicily and the airport of Falcone Borsellino (Palermo airport) - the second Sicilian airport by the volume of passenger traffic.
Sicily has a ferry connection to the mainland from many ports.

Sardinia

Sardinia (Sardegna) is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, located to the west of the Apennine peninsula. Sardinia attracts a large number of tourists every year, thanks to the mild climate, beautiful nature and the purity of the sea water. The most famous resort area on the island is the Emerald Coast (Costa Smeralda) on the north coast.
Architectural monuments of different eras are also of interest to tourists.
One of the most famous holidays in Sardinia - the feast of Saint Efizio (Sant'Efisio), is held from 1 to 4 May.
Sardinia has three international airports (Alghero Fertilia / Riviera del Corallo Airport, Olbia-Costa Smeralda Airport and Cagliari-Elmas Airport) and two regional airports.
Many ports and harbors are on the island as well.

Valle d'Aosta

The Valle d'Aosta region (Aosta Valley) is located in the north-west of Italy in a picturesque Alpine valley. France is west of this region, to the north - Switzerland. It is the smallest, least populated region in Italy.
In the valley of Aosta there are several medieval castles. This region is known as a place for winter sports.
In the valley of Aosta (Valle d'Aosta) there are slopes on which athletes with different levels of training can ski, like experienced skiers, beginners and children.
The most famous ski resorts of the region are: Courmayeur, Cervinia, La Thuile, Pila, Champoluc and Gressoney.

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Piedmont

The region of Piedmont is located in the north-west of Italy. It has borders with France and Switzerland. Turin is the largest city in the region. The region of Piedmont is surrounded by mountains on three sides. (The name has the meaning "The foot of the mountains.") Tourists are attracted by the natural attractions of the region. Fans of gastronomic tourism will also be able to enjoy here.
Most tourists in Piedmont visit the Lake District - (Riviera Piedmont) and the city of Turin. Winter sports are also developed in the Region. There are 53 ski resorts, which have more than 1300 kilometers of ski slopes.
Turin Airport, also known as Turin-Caselle Airport, is located 16 kilometers north-west of the city.

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Trentino-Alto Adige

The Trentino-Alto-Adige region, also known as Trentino-South Tyrol, is located in the northeast of Italy
an autonomous region in the north of Italy. It borders Austria to the north and Switzerland to the west. Trentino-Alto Adige is known as the center of alpine skiing and the center of mountaineering. And the region has 3 smaller airports: in Trento, Bolzano and Dobbiaco.

Friuli–Venezia Giulia

The region of Friuli–Venezia Giulia is in the north-east of Italy. The region borders with Slovenia to the east and Austria to the north-east. Trieste is the administrative center of region. (The city of Venice is in another region, despite the similarity of names.)
In the region there are medieval monuments and an archaeological monument of the Roman era. Tourists are also attracted to seaside resorts (Lignano Sabbiadoro, Grado) and agritourism. Tourists often visit ski resorts in winter too.
Trieste – Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport is located 30 kilometers from Trieste, next to the municipality of Ronchi dei Legionari.

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Abruzzo

The Abruzzi region is located in the middle of the Apennine peninsula on the Adriatic coast (east coast). The distance to Rome is about 100 kilometers. The length of the coastline is about 130 kilometers. In summer, tourists are attracted by rest on the Adriatic coast, and in winter mountain ski resorts work. The Abruzzi region is also famous for its natural parks and ecological cleanliness. According to some publications, Abruzzo includes the best regions of the world for quality of life.
Abruzzo International Airport is located near the town of Pescara.
In Abruzzo there are four ports: Pescara, Ortona, Vasto and Giulianova. (Only Port of Pescara and Port of Orton serve passengers at the moment.)

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