The map showing the most popular tourist attraction in each region of Italy.

Italy is a country that has many tourist attractions within the 5 geopolitical areas that make it up; that is, in the northeastern, northwestern, central, southern and insular Italy. But we have not always been able to visit all these places, either due to lack of time or simply because we did not have an orientation guide.

Then, to avoid these difficulties, in 2013 began to operate a company at digital level called Musement; platform that is dedicated to inform travelers the different attractions and, above all, the most popular of the countries; anywhere in the world.

Through them you can book the activities and attractions of a specific destination we want to know. In the case of Italy, they have prepared a map of the most popular tourist attractions for each region of the country. They are summarized within 20 enclaves and cover 8 different typologies. 

These are: Aquariums and Theme Parks, Protected Natural Spaces, Castles and Fortresses, Cathedrals and Basilicas, Historical Centers, Monuments, Museums and Archaeological Parks. In this article we will mention the results obtained and we will also choose one attraction for each geopolitical region that makes up the country.

How was Musement’s digital platform able to reach these results?

To obtain these results, 2000 places that are of interest in the whole country (not counting the squares because they are considered as part of the cities) and attractions that cover more than 1 region were taken as a sample. Subsequently, the reviews of these places were received in Google. 

In this way it was possible to realize the map obtained both of the most popular tourist attraction in the whole of Italy and of the different 20 administrative regions of the country; that is, the one with the highest number of recommendations on Google was considered the most popular region and at the same time they were classified within the 8 chosen typologies. 

According to the information obtained by the company Musement the destination occupying the 1st place of tourist attraction and the most popular in Italy was La Fontana di Trevi, which belongs to the region of Lazio, at the level of Central Italy, with 260 thousand reviews. 

In 2nd place they chose the Rialto Bridge, in the Veneto region, towards Northeastern Italy; with a number of ratings of 106,523. In 3rd place the Duomo of Milan, in the Lombardy region of Northwestern Italy, with 98,444 ratings.

The result obtained within the 8 typologies already mentioned above has been very interesting. They are places that are highly appreciated by travelers both nationally and internationally, which indicates the great cultural and artistic richness of their regions, some of which are little known.

In terms of theme parks, the famous Genoa Aquarium is the most popular attraction in the Liguria region. Also, in Emilia Romagna, the Fico Eataly World. As for the Protected Natural Area, the most popular was La Pelosa Beach in the region of Sardinia.

In relation to Castles and Fortresses, for example in the region of Valle d’Aosta, the Fort of Bard. Also, in Marche the Castle of Gradara, in Friuli Venezia Giulia the Castle of Miramar. Likewise, in Abruzzo the Castle of Rocca Calascio and in Molise the Svevo Castle of Termoli.

As for Cathedrals and Basilicas, only the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, in the Umbria region, and the Duomo of Milan, in the Lombardy region, were mentioned with the highest number of ratings. 

Among the Historical Centers that obtained greater tourist interest were the Trulli of Alberobello, in the Apulia region, and also the famous Sassi of Matera, in the Basilicata region. 

In terms of museums, the Egyptian Museum of Turin, dating back to 1841, in the Piedmont region, stands out. This beautiful museum has the largest and most complete collection of Ancient Egypt, after the Cairo Museum. 

We finish with the Archaeological Parks. First with the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, in the region of Campania; and also enters this list, at the level of the island of Sicily, the Valley of the Temples of Agrigento.

These 20 regions of Italy we are going to encompass them within each geological area to which they belong according to their location, mentioning the tourist attractions and most popular of each.

In the case of Northwestern Italy, the most popular attractions were the Aquarium of Genoa, in Liguria, the Duomo of Milan, in Lombardy, the Fort of Bard, in Valle d’Aosta and the Egyptian Museum in Turin, in Piedmont.

Egyptian Museum in Turin:

This beautiful museum is the first to be founded on Egyptian culture, as the Cairo museum opened its doors in 1909; although it was founded 7 years earlier, in 1902. The Turin Museum is located in the Palace of the Academy of Science, a Baroque style building that used to be the College of the Nobles, in the heart of Turin. It is an imposing building with 4 floors, including the basement.

Each floor is dedicated to a stage of Egyptian culture, except for the last floor, which is for temporary exhibitions. The museum was renovated a few years ago and reopened in 2015. Some 3300 objects are on display, but some 26000 pieces are still kept in storage. It also has a library, as well as an area for the study and restoration of pieces such as papyri and mummies. 

In relation to Northeastern Italy, the places that had the most reviews were the Rialto Bridge in Veneto, the Miramar Castle in Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Fico Eataly World in Emilia Romagna and the Trento Science Museum in Trentino Alto Adige. 

Trento Science Museum: 

Opened in 2013, this museum is located in a wonderfully engineered building, spread over 6 floors full of pure science and technology. It is located in the heart of the city, so it is easily accessible, either by car or on foot. Its structure maximizes lighting and heating.

It has glass walls that facilitate the general vision and all floors. A museum where visitors and animals from both the past and present can interact. You really have to visit it to understand its layout and architecture, where all the energy efficiency is used. 

We continue at the level of Central Italy, where we obtained the following most outstanding places: the Castle of Gradara in Marche, the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, at the level of Tuscany. Likewise, the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Umbria and, last but not least, the Trevi Fountain in the city of Rome, in the Lazio area. 

The Trevi Fountain: 

We are talking about the most famous and largest fountain in the city of Rome today, in Baroque style, with dimensions of 26 m high and 20 m wide. It is said that this fountain dates back to 19 BC, and that this was the end of the famous aqueduct Aqua Virgo, the oldest of the Romans, which fed the baths or public baths.

The name Trevi originates from 3 Via or Tre Vie, since this was the point where 3 streets met. After a long time, in 1453 Pope Nicholas V decided to recover this space to turn it into a drinking water aqueduct to serve the Romans, thus building the first fountain during the Renaissance. 

But the actual construction dates from 1762. Work began in 1732, when Pope Clement XII hired Nicola Salvi, an architect, to restore the fountain to match the restorations surrounding the aqueduct. The work was completed by Panini Giuseppe.

In Southern Italy we find the National Archaeological Museum of Regio di Calabria in the Calabria area, also the Sassi of Matera in Basilicata, the Svevo Castle of Termoli in Molise, the Castle of Rocca Calascio in the Abruzzoz area and the Archaeological Park of Pompeii in Campania. 

Pompeii Archaeological Park:

Towards the south of Italy, in Campania and near the Bay of Naples, are located the ruins that have been excavated and where they are most preserved. The city of Pompeii dates back to the 7th century BC, on a volcanic and prehistoric area founded by the Oscos, the first peoples of Italy. 

The area served as a communication and port, but later passed into the hands of the Greeks, then to the Samnites and in 310 BC to the Romans. By the year 80, it had become a prosperous, sophisticated and developed city, with some 20,000 inhabitants, palaces, villas and temples.

But on August 24, 79 A.D. the volcano Vesuvius erupted in two stages, burying the city of Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum under pumice stone and meters of ash; an estimated 5000 people died. From the second century it was tried to recover, but it was not possible; and by 1748 excavations began due to a finding in 1594 by Domenico Fontana, who found the ruins of a street and houses surrounding it.

We end in Insular Italy, at the level of Sicily, with the beautiful Valley of the Temples, located in Agrigento, today a Unesco World Heritage Site; and at the level of the island of Sardinia, in the Gulf of Asinara, the beach of La Pelosa.

Sardinia, the beach of La Pelosa:

Between the cliffs of Piana Island, Cape Falcone and Asinara, arises this wonderful tropical beach called La Pelosa. A natural paradise of fine sand, very clean bottom, turquoise waters and a depth up to the ankles for many meters.

A place that invites you to relax, with a very low seabed. When you are in Sardinia is practically mandatory to stop at this beach, which has been recognized as the most beautiful of the European continent.

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