Italy Vacation: 10 Favorite Things to See and Do in Italy
Things to experience in Italy
With its charming towns, historic cities, and world-class cuisine, Italy is an amazing country. It's hard to choose from the hundreds of sights you can see, but sadly, there's just not time for everything. Any vacation is sure to be just the tip of the iceberg, and leave you wanting more (for your next trip to Italy!) With that said, you've got to start somewhere, so here's a list of 10 favorite things to experience in Italy.
Do not watch your waistline on a trip to Italy. Just enjoy some of the best food on the planet, all prepared with love and pride. From mouth-watering pizza to refreshing gelati, world-class risotto, and of course, pasta made to perfection, it's worth savoring every meal.
Rome is the Eternal City, and you will want to visit the historic Coliseum and the beautiful Pantheon. Make sure you also take time to people watch on the Spanish Steps, throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, window shop along the Via Dei Condotti and go antiquing at the Porta Portese flea market.
3. The Vatican Museums
The Vatican has its own seat at the United Nations, so it deserves its own entry on the Top Ten list. Michelangelo painted more than 600 figures on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and you can’t help but be moved by the sheer scope of his efforts. Don’t wear shorts or short skirts, as you will not be allowed in.
4. Venice & the Venetian Islands
No visit to Italy would be complete without spending time in the iconic city of Venice. Go for a gondola ride, have a Bellini at Harry’s Bar, visit the Pizza San Marco and the poetic Bridge of Sighs. Don’t skip the Venetian islands, and the beautiful overgrown ruins on the island of Torcello.
While Florence is stunning, make time to stop by the nearby town of Siena, too. It’s one of Italy’s most charming medieval towns, and its historic Piazza del Campo has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Siena is also the perfect base for visiting other incredible places in Tuscany, including the famous winery in Montepulciano.
The most beautiful place to watch the sunrise in Italy is from the small island of Capri. It’s been a treasured resort since the days of Roman Emperors, and is well worth a visit. The turquoise glimmer of Capri’s world famous Blue Grotto cavern is otherworldly.
A visit to Pompeii is humbling. The ruined Roman town highlights what life was like in the moments before disaster struck. When nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, the lava and ash buried Pompeii and its citizens, preserving forever their last moments. It’s an incredible insight into what life was like in the city nearly two thousands years ago.
The locals say that if you discover Sicily, you discover the world. The island has been visited, settled and conquered by just about every civilization that passed by. It’s a truly unique place, with incredible beaches, beautiful mountains, and of course, the legendary Mount Etna.
9. The Italian Lakes
The natural beauty of Northern Italy’s Lake district is second to none. Stars such as George Clooney have helped put the region on the map by buying a villa on the shores of Lake Como, but the area has attracted tourists for centuries with its perfect combination of breathtaking landscapes, exquisite luxury and relaxed pace.
10. Villa rental
As is true in most places, the best part of any visit to Italy is getting to know its people. Warm, engaging, and ready to share their laughter and their table, you don’t really get to know Italy until you get to know Italians. A great way to spend your time in this country is to live among the locals. There are hundreds of beautiful villas for rent in every region, so why not skip the hotel, and live La Dolce Vita for a few weeks?
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