Top 6 things to do in Italy
Join the locals for some unforgettable travel experiences by hiking a trail, taking a lesson, or sailing a boat. Plan your trip with our list of the best things to do in Italy.
1. Experience the magic of Venice
It’s not the cheapest place to visit in Italy, but the city’s classic architecture and lovely canals are all you’ve imagined. The Piazza San Marco, Doge’s Palace, Rialto Bridge, the Basilica San Marco, and the city’s innumerable museums are among the major attractions that shouldn’t be missed. Go to the ancient Jewish Ghetto for cool bars and inexpensive beverages. Venice also hosts a number of world-class festivals. The famous Carnival is held here in the late winter, and the acclaimed Venice Film Festival is held on the neighbouring island of Lido in August.
2. Hike the beautiful Cinque Terre
The Cinque Terre is a collection of five seaside towns on the west coast of Italy, surrounded by jagged mountains and steep vineyards. Most tourists agree that in order to truly appreciate the Cinque Terre, you must hike through it. I concur. The simplest and most effective approach to explore the villages is via the coastline path (blue trail). Although you can opt to only complete particular sections, the entire trek is around 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) long. Because there are checkpoints at the entrance to each village, you must have a ticket for the blue trail (except in November-March, when all trails are free).
The cost of the Cinque Terre Trekking Card for one day is 7.50 EUR, or 18.20 EUR if unlimited travel on the Cinque Terre Express is included. Note: Due to a landslide, the renowned Via dell’ Amore (Lovers’ Lane) section of the blue route is presently closed. It is expected to reopen in 2024.
If you don’t want to climb, the Cinque Terre express train makes it incredibly easy to visit all the five towns.
3. Start exploring the historic city of Rome
Rome is unlike any other place on the planet. You’ll see modern buildings next to ruins dating back thousands of years as you walk down the street. No matter what your interests are, there’s one thing guaranteed that Rome won’t let you down.
Be sure to visit the Trastevere area in addition to the city’s obvious features, such as the Colosseum, Forum, Palatine Hill, and Trevi Fountain. It has great restaurants, hip pubs, and historic winding lanes. The Pope, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and a number of outstanding museums can be found in Vatican City, the smallest sovereign city-state in the world, which is located right in the centre of Rome.
4. Take a pasta cooking class in Florence
In Florence, there are several pasta-making and other cooking workshops that are frequently paired with a guided tour of the city’s food markets and shops.
Some classes take place at a local family’s home, where groups of no more than six cook a substantial meal and share it. A variety of traditional Florentine meals are taught in other classes. Pasta is often central to all of this, and you will leave knowing the secrets of excellent pasta, as well as how to make and cook it.
5. Unwind on the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi coast is the Cinque Terre’s southern cousin and is equally stunning. The 13 villages, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, provide fantastic hillside views, lovely beaches, spectacular treks, and crystal blue water where you can relax and unwind. To fully experience this place, stay at least four days. The Amalfi Coast is best visited in the spring and fall, specifically in May and September. The Amalfi Coast towns are best explored on foot, but driving is the most convenient way to see the entire area.
6. Opt for a boat tour in Lake Como
One of the best things to do in Italy is to take a lake boat tour, which transports people between towns while you past gorgeous houses and the landscaped gardens that surround them.
You can get off at a few of the open villas and gardens to explore them and the towns, then get back on the boat to travel further. The ideal course of action is to schedule at least two days, with a stopover for one night in posh Bellagio, which is located at the point of the peninsula in the middle of the Y-shaped lake and is home to two great gardens. The gardens of Villa Carlotta are located across the lake on what is known as the Tremezzina, while Villa Balbianello is located to the south on what is almost an island.
While the service across the centre of the lake between Bellagio and Tremezzo or Menaggio is frequent, it’s a good idea to check schedules before leaving to visit a town to ensure a return boat time.