Are you preparing for the summer of a lifetime? Get ready to live your best Italian adventure. Whether you are heading to Italy to make the most of the quiet cobbled streets or planning of a trip of a lifetime next summer, we’ve got you covered. Italy really does have a diverse range of activities to enjoy no matter what you want to do. From the infamous hiking tours in Italy showing off the country at a new height, to a priceless art history tour of Italy (don’t forget to see the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci!), there really is something everyone of any age can enjoy and remember for years to come.
With so much history and culture to explore (not to mention all the Aperol Spritz you could dream of), we’re here to set the record straight of the best things to see in Italy.
1. The Colosseum
Starting at the no.1 best things to see in Italy is Colosseum – the largest amphitheatre built during the Roman Empire. Located in the heart of Rome, you can enjoy the magnificence of the Colosseum from a far and up close. Tickets cost just €16 for adults and €2 for people aged between 18 and 25 years. Tours take around 1 hour to complete with several photo opportunities available along the way. Afterwards, why not treat yourself to some authentic Italian food at Luzzi Trattoria or Aromaticus Monti which is just a 10-minute walk away.
2. Leaning Tower of Pisa
Up next is the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Standing at an impressive 60 metres tall, the Leaning Tower of Pisa remains as one of the most remarkable architectural structures ever built. It’s one of the 4 magnificent buildings that form the well-known cathedral complex in Pisa, providing you with the opportunity to explore more historical sites close by. If you’re on a budget, you’ll be pleased to know that you can enter the site for free and are only required to pay if you want to go inside, giving you total choice in what you spend and see. Even then it’s just 20 per person to experience the Learning Tower of Pisa form a unique view, though you are limited to 30-minutes and accompanied by around 45 other people wanting the same look.
3. Trevi Fountain
Close your eyes and make a wish! The Trevi Fountain, located in the Trevi district in Rome, is famous for its intricate artwork and being one of the oldest water sources in the city. Standing at 86 ft high and 161.3 ft wide, it’s also the latest in Rome, which also makes its one of the most famous fountains in the world. If you’re visiting, be sure to throw a coin over your left shoulder into the water with your back to the fountain. It’s believed that this will ensure good luck. A second coin represents that you’ll find love and a third guarantees marriage.
4. Venice Canals
If you plan on travelling around Italy, be sure to stop in Venice. Boasting 150 canals throughout the city, take the time to take a gondola ride throughout its impressive waterways and immerse yourself in local life. When lunchtime rolls around, why not treat yourself to an Italian lunch in St. Mark’s Square, famously known for its flooding as the foundations of the city continue to sink slowly. If you’re visiting during the summer months, we strongly recommend Venchi, a gourmet chocolate manufacturer.
5. Montenapoleone District
To end your Italian Adventure why not visit the Montenapoleone District in Milan, one of the most famous shopping capitals of the world. Peek in the famous shop windows of Louis Vuitton, Prada Milano, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Versace and Bottega amongst 100s of others. Once you’ve shopped til’ you’ve dropped, enjoy a spot of lunch or dinner in one of the many surrounding restaurants and bars such as the Armani Ristorante, a Michelin starred restaurants serving Italian, seafood, and Mediterranean cuisine.
So, there you have it! The best things to see in Italy summed up! Before heading on your holiday’s be sure to create an itinerary to decide exactly where you will be each day to find the best attractions close by. If you’re lucky enough to be exploring more of the country, we also recommend heading to the coast to explore the likes of Sorrento, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast famous for its picturesque views. Enjoy your once-in-a-lifetime Italian Tours!