The Italian historical and artistic heritage continues to attract tourists from all over the world, in increasing quantities. This year there has been a boom in visitors to museums and archaeological sites throughout Italy, also thanks to the appreciated initiatives that have allowed visitors to access many of these wonderful sites at discounted prices or for free. But which are the most visited museums and archaeological sites in Italy?
In the top ten of the most visited Italian museums and archaeological sites, the cities of art are the masters, starting with Florence. In tenth place of the most visited sites is Palazzo Pitti. The extraordinary Renaissance palace houses an enormous amount of treasures inside: from the rich picture gallery of the Palatine Gallery to the royal apartments, to the museums of china, carriages and costume and fashion.
In ninth place among the most visited museums and archaeological sites in Italy is the wonderful Royal Palace of Caserta. The royal palace designed by Vanvitelli at the gates of Naples attracts millions of visitors every year ready to take a step back in time and discover the luxury of the Bourbon court, thanks to the perfectly preserved apartments and the immense park full of gardens, woods, fountains gushing and water games.
The oldest Egyptian museum in the world, it is one of the many treasures of Turin and is the one that more than others attracts tourists fascinated by a refined and still in many ways mysterious civilization, which in the Turin museum is told through one of the richest collections to the world on Nilotic civilization.
We also stay in Turin for the site that ranks seventh among the most visited in Italy. Furthermore, the splendor and charm of a palace, that of the Savoy family in Venaria, constantly attracts visitors. UNESCO heritage since 1997, the most luxurious of the Savoy palaces attracts for the majesty and splendor of its gardens.
In sixth place, among the most visited museums in Italy, there is the Museum of Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome. The imposing fortress on the Tiber, attracts visitors thanks to a thousand-year history that from an imperial mausoleum has seen it transform into an impregnable fortified castle and then into a papal prison. Among his most famous ‘guests’ were Benvenuto Cellini, the Count of Cagliostro, Giordano Bruno, in addition to the Carbonari in the Risorgimento era.
The Boboli Gardens, the fifth most visited artistic site in Italy, are also very popular with visitors. These wonderful gardens are an oasis of beauty and enchantment behind Palazzo Pitti and dominate all of Florence. Their arrangement is due to the Medici and inspired the most important European Renaissance gardens.
Fourth place among the most visited museums and sites in Italy for the Accademia Gallery in Florence. The charm of Michelangelo’s David and all the other treasures contained in this museum attracts crowds of visitors from all over the world every year. Inside the Gallery there is the extraordinary collection of the museum of musical instruments with very rare pieces, many of which come from the Medici house and the Grand Duke of Lorraine.
Among the three most visited museum sites in Italy, the Uffizi in Florence could not be missing, one of the best known and loved museums in the world. The endless Florentine collection offers all the best of Renaissance and not only Italian art. An unmissable stop for beauty lovers from all over the world.
In second place of the most visited sites in Italy are the wonderful Pompeii excavations. Sixty-six hectares on the outskirts of Naples where you can immerse yourself in a journey through time, crossing the Roman city with its villas, its shops, its forums, its lupanari. A unique experience that tourists do not want to miss.
The most visited monumental site in Italy is the Archaeological Park of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Unified in 2017 by MiBact, all the grandeur of Imperial Rome can now be visited in a more organic way and tourists arrive every day from all over the world to dive into the majesty of the remains of the Roman Empire and admire the Colosseum, the symbol of Rome and the Italy, known all over the world.