The best things to do and places to see in Italy
The home of the Renaissance, the Roman Empire, and the most popular food in the world, Italy is a must-see destination packed full of opportunities. The Alps, beautiful beaches, charming vineyards, and countless UNESCO world heritage sites, provide the perfect setting for an unforgettable trip.
Italian Cycling Routes and Roads
Traveling to Italy by car is a pleasure. Its well-maintained roads take you through snow-tipped mountain peaks, along golden coastlines, and past crisp lakes and idyllic towns. The picturesque scenery and medieval cities of Tuscany, the Italian Alps, and the stunning costs of Sicily, make for unforgettable road trips. There is an incredible variety of cycling routes. The mountains provide a challenge for more hardcore cyclists and there are gentler routes through beautiful vineyards in the lowlands.
Top Experiences: things to do in Italy
There is an incredible amount of points of interest in Italy and there is something for everyone. Whether you want to see spectacular scenery, the masterpieces of the great Italian artists like Michelangelo and Da Vinci, the ruins of the Roman Empire, or you just want to get a flavor of Italian life, you won’t be disappointed. Venice, the city built on water, is one of the prettiest places to go in Italy and the perfect romantic getaway for couples. The Alps provide the perfect setting for a ski holiday, and for sun searchers there are miles of sandy Mediterranean coastlines.
Sightseeing in Italy
Italy has one of the richest cultures and most interesting histories in the world. The only problem with visiting Italy is trying to fit everything in. There is an abundance of tourist attractions in Italy. Rome is a living museum and the best place to see the relics of the Roman Empire. You can see the spectacular Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Roman Forum. In total there are an impressive 48 cultural UNESCO world heritage sites in Italy, as well as five UNESCO natural sites such as Mount Etna and the Dolomites.
Discover Italy by Interest: Italian food and culture
Italian food is out-of-this-world and there is much more to it than pizza and pasta. Regionally diverse, there is a range of dishes to try from the many places to visit in Italy. A few of the highlights include Bistecca al Fiorentine (Florence), Risotto (Milan), Cannoli (Sicily), Seadas (Sardinia), and Parma ham. Italian cheese is one of the best and most diverse in the world with fantastic ranges blue cheeses (such as Gorgonzola), hard cheeses (like Parmesan), and soft cheeses (Stracchino is a must-try).
Music Festivals in Italy
The Italian summer season is packed with music festivals. There is a wide variety of festivals covering every genre from classical to contemporary music. Many events are held outside in piazzas and parks as the weather is so pleasant and many are free to enjoy. There are also huge festivals which people travel to Italy for from around Europe such as Rock in Roma, Lucca Summer Festival, and the Mi Ami Festival.
Shopping in Italy
Italy is the epicenter of fashion and style so it is no surprise that shopping is high up on people’s list of things to do in Italy. Wherever you go in Italy there are shopping opportunities. In the big cities, there are open-air markets, boutique shops, and department stores. Smaller towns may not have the big shops, but each has its own market. For those looking for designer labels Italy is the place to be. It is the home of Versace, Prada, Armani, Gucci, and many more.
Travel Tips: things to know before visiting Italy
Before traveling to any country it is worth doing a bit of research. When greeting people, shake hands or kiss with both cheeks and say “buongiorno” (good day). The best time to visit Italy is either between April and June or September to October, as the temperatures are comfortable and the crowds are smaller.
English is widely spoken but less so in rural areas, so it is best to learn some basic phrases. You can enter Italy from other countries in the Schengen Area without a visa. If you are traveling from outside the Schengen zone it may be necessary to obtain a schengen or ETIAS visa.
Cities to Visit in Italy
Deciding which cities to visit in Italy is difficult, especially if you are short on time. The big three are Rome, Florence, and Venice. They are great places to start but if you have more time (or if it is not your first trip) there is plenty more. Shakespeare's Verona, fashionable Milan, historical Naples, and iconic Pisa are some of the best cities in Italy and are all worth a visit. Rome probably has the most to see, but it is also the busiest and most stressful city. If you are looking for a more relaxing trip the smaller cities are your best option.