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Italy is best known for its breathtaking architecture, centuries-old churches and museums and its undying love for wine, but there’s a lot more to this beautiful country that cannot be all explored in a single visit.

If you’re visiting Italy for the first time and can’t make up your mind about which places to include in your itinerary, here are three iconic cities that are a must-see for first-time travelers and tourists.

Venice

From picturesque churches to museums to vibrant streets lined with wine bars, Venice offers a dreamy getaway to discerning travelers who want to experience an ancient city where art permeates every aspect of life.

But there’s a lot more to the romantic city of Venice than the word-famous Gondola ride in the Grand Canal. The beautiful Doge’s Palace, located right in the center of the city in Saint Mark’s Square, is a must-see. If you have time, plan a day trip to the islands of Burano, Torcello and Murano, located off the city in the Venetian lagoon.

If you’re looking for offbeat experiences in Venice, enroll for a short cooking course, learn how to row a traditional boat, learn how to make a Venetian carnival mask at a mask-making workshop, or simply take a guided tour across the city to learn more about its culture and heritage.

Rome

A big cosmopolitan city that’s an eclectic mix of the ancient and the modern, Rome offers something for every traveler. Aside from a multitude of historical sites, churches and fountains, take the time to visit the Colosseum, the Vatican museums and Basilica while you’re there.

Rome’s beautiful Mediterranean climate and its perennial love for food make it an ideal destination for those who want to spend a few days lazing and soaking in the culture of a metropolis that hasn’t forgotten its history.

Travel through the city via taxi, but if you need to travel to a location that’s far off from the airport, you may want to book a car with an airport transfer service as it will cost less than a taxi. In addition, advance booking of airport transfers with a local company will help you avoid standing in long queues to get a cab and haggling with taxi drivers for a fair rate.

Milan

Italy’s fashion and design capital Milan offers a unique experience slightly different from the slow pace of other cities. Visit the Gothic Duomo Cathedral located in the center of the city and Teatro alla Scala, the opera House, when you’re there, but also make time to visit the Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Other must-see places are the Quadrilatero d’Oro district, world famous for its high-end designer stores, and Brera, Milan’s trendy neighborhood lined with bars and restaurants.

Milan is a vibrant city with a happening nightlife, so if late-night parties are your idea of unwinding, the city has plenty to offer. And its streets are a haven for those who love high street fashion.