You’ve booked your flights to Italy, and you’re getting very excited about it. Not sure what you can do once you’re there? No problem! Earlier this year I toured Italy and since then have had friends and family ask about the best places to go and things to do! So, I’ve come up with this useful bucket list for your next or even first trip to Italy. It covers most of the key places and some less well-known gems off the beaten track!
Italy’s capital city certainly has a lot to impress! There are lots of ancient Roman sites, including the Colosseum and Pantheon. Just walking around these awe-inspiring ruins will transport you back in time to Ancient Rome! And let’s not forget about the Vatican City either. This city within a city is one of the most religious sites on the planet. Even if you’re not religious, it’s well worth a visit to see all the fantastic architecture, like St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.
If you’re planning a romantic trip to Italy, Venice is one of the best destinations you can whisk your beau to. In the evenings, stroll along the Grand Canal to see the city’s famous waterways. For the ultimate Venice experience, take a ride on one of the charming gondolas. If you want to soak up the city’s history, head to either St. Mark’s Basilica or the Doge Palace. Before you head back to the hotel, stop for a drink at one of the many bars on the Piazza San Marco. It’s a great place to sit back and watch the crowds.
The Amalfi Coast
The beautiful Amalfi Coast is protected by UNESCO. That’s because it is an example of outstanding beauty and traditional Mediterranean life. For some real Italian luxury, book your own private villa right on the clifftops to enjoy the jaw-dropping sea views. This is a fantastic destination if you want to get out and about and explore the local area. You can hike through picture-perfect villages and pretty forests. And there are also plenty of beaches on which you can enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine!
Want to shop till you drop in Italy? Then Milan is the place for you! It’s a hotbed of designer fashion, and you will never be too far from high-end boutiques. There’s also plenty of culture in the city as well. Look around the impressive cathedral to see some striking Gothic artworks. There are even more artistic treasures in Sforza Castle. The Brera complex brings together fashion shops, botanical gardens, and art galleries.
Florence is a hub of Renaissance art and historic architecture. The fashion designers Gucci and Cavalli were born here, so expect to see plenty of fashion as well. The Uffizi Gallery is the best place to go to see some of the best pieces of art to come out of the Renaissance. The Boboli Gardens are great for a stroll. Try and spot some of the garden’s sculptures as you walk through!
This is just the tip of the iceberg, there are loads more awesome places to visit in Italy. But if you have never been to Italy before, you’ll want to start with these!
Have you been to Italy? What were the highlights for you?