Italy is one of the most popular destinations in the world, and it certainly needs no introduction. With beautiful artwork, stunning architecture, nature galore, and tasty delicacies, Italy is one destination that is definitely on everyone’s bucket list and for a good reason. But the thing about Italy is that with each city, town, cranny, and nook, you will face endless and exciting discoveries; there’s no shortage of worldly experiences over there, and it’s suitable for any kind of traveler.
Here are the top experiences and activities everyone should do while they’re vacationing in Italy:
Visit the Colosseum in Rome
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Needless to say, a trip to Rome is never complete without heading on out to the Colosseum. This historical, oval amphitheater is considered one of the most popular landmarks in the world, and tickets might get a little difficult to get during high seasons. This is why heading to their official ticket office online might be the ideal choice; you’ll get to skip the lines and crowds, enjoy a priority entrance, or even at Rome pass to get to experience other sites. When visiting the Colosseum, you’ll witness one of the greatest theaters that was previously used in 80 AD for gladiator fights, animal hunts, and executions in front of 50,000 spectators.
Make a Wish at the Trevi Fountain in Rome
While still in Rome, why not head over to the Trevi Fountain and make a wish? Legend has it that if you toss a coin into the fountain, luck will always find you. Because of this, it’s one of the most visited fountains in the world, so you might want to head during down times to avoid the crowds. This is when you’ll take amazing pictures with the backdrop of this Baroque-style marble-carved fountain. At night, it’s beautifully illuminated, giving it a magical effect.
Eat Pizza in Naples
Naples is one of Italy’s largest historical centers, and it’s also the world’s gastronomy hub for the most delicious pizza. There, you’ll find an array of pizza parlors and eateries stationed all over Naples, welcoming you to have a tasty treat. The Neapolitan pizza is famous for its chewy dough, prominent crust, Mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil leaves. A visit to Naples is never complete without eating your way through it!
Make Pasta in Bologna
Anyone can make a simple pasta out of the bag it has come in. However, not everyone has lived to say they learned to make pasta in the motherland itself! Bologna’s Culinary Institute offers classes where you’ll learn to knead and roll your own pasta, and then you’ll learn how to cook it, how to serve it, and what to serve it with. Not only will you get a taste of the best pasta there, you’ll also go back home with the experience of making your own pasta dish.
Take a Gondola Ride in Venice
One of the most famous waterways in the world can be found in Venice. Labeled as the Grand Canal, it’s where couples get to escape the world and enjoy the ride of a lifetime. A gondola ride is romantic, breathtaking, and idyllic; it’s also where you’ll get to witness some of the best architecture in Italy. You might think it’s a little too touristy, but it’s also the best way to explore Venice as you sail through the channels and view marvelous buildings and homes.
Shop in Milan
Milan is one of the fashion capitals in the world, and no visit is complete without taking a stroll through their shopping districts and splurging. The style capital of Italy is definitely where you’ll find an array of designer brands, high-end stores, and glamorous boutiques. The upscale shopping is surely an experience worthwhile, although it will burn a hole in your pocket, it’s an experience you won’t regret.
Soak Up Art in Florence
The idyllic Florence is famous for its rich culture, history, and gorgeous architecture. It’s also known as the city of glorious art in Italy. There, you’ll visit the world’s most famous art galleries, the Uffizi Gallery, where you’ll find the works of Michelangelo, Donatello, and Da Vinci. Any art lover will appreciate spending hours marveling at these historical works of art from the Renaissance. All the churches and cathedrals around Florence also have works of art of these aforementioned artists like Michelangelo’s David sculpture.
Hike in Cinque Terre
Known for its postcard-like, colorful buildings looking out onto the Mediterranean Sea, Cinque Terre is the perfect place to visit when looking for a charming village. Actually consisting of five villages, Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a protected national park. You’ll be able to hike the grand cliffs, enjoy stunning views of the sunset, and take strolls through the villages with their charming streets. Having a tasty seafood dinner by the coast is also a must.
Explore the Ancient City in Pompeii
Pompeii is known for how it resembles an open-air museum with its towns, villages, temples, and architecture frozen in time. This is because one of the most important events in history occurred there; Mount Vesuvius erupted, washed away the town, and covered it in ash. What you see today is what archeologists have dug up and excavated in the 1700s. You’ll get to explore the 70 AD lost relics of amphitheaters, ancient gymnasiums, temples, streets, houses, baths, and Roman Forums.
Go Driving or Sailing in Amalfi Coast
Also famous for its gorgeous, colorful buildings, the Amalfi coast is a rival to Cinque Terre due to its scenic coast. You can drive through the twists and turns of the coast, witnessing grand villas, lemon groves, and beautiful mountain terraces. The views of the mountains and the sea are unbeatable. You can also experience the most scenic coasts in Italy through a boat ride along the shoreline; some of these boat rides will also offer you tasty treats and wine.
Explaining the many things you can do in Italy will never be enough; it’s one of the few countries in the world that is rich in so much art, culture, history, and a variety of activities that can last you for days on end. While we attempt to capture its beauty in this article, actually visiting it is something else completely. Make sure you fill up your time in Italy and explore the sights, eat delicious food, take wonderful pictures, and have a vacation of a lifetime!