What do you dream of when you think of Italy?

Top 10 things to do and how to find the quintessential Italy

What ideas does Italy conjure up for you? 

What ideas does Italy conjure up for you? Is it the dry, sweet smell of orchards and vineyards? The mediterranean coastline, with its white sandy beaches? Or the warm sunlight bouncing off historic castle walls, while you eat olives and crack crusty bread? Is it truffle hunting in the Piedmont region; staying in a medieval castle in Tuscany; or visiting one of the lesser-known Venetian islands such as Burano, Murano or Torcello? Or do you prefer hiking in the Apennines?

There are tours and then there are itineraries. There are countless tours and 'special offers' but if the experience is one you wish to plan yourself, then insider knowledge is essential. Building in time to immerse yourself in local traditions and feel 'at home' on holiday, means taking your time. 

Top 10 things to do in Italy

  1. Explore Rome's Ancient Sites: Visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Pantheon for a glimpse into Italy's rich history.
  2. Marvel at Art and Architecture in Florence: Admire works by Michelangelo and other Renaissance artists at the Uffizi Gallery and visit the iconic Duomo.
  3. Wander the Canals of Venice: Take a gondola ride along the Grand Canal and visit the stunning St. Mark's Basilica.
  4. Hike the Cinque Terre: Explore the picturesque coastal villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.
  5. Sample Wine in Tuscany: Visit the Chianti region for a taste of Italy's renowned wines and take in the scenic countryside.
  6. Relax on the Amalfi Coast: Soak up the sun and stunning views of the Mediterranean while exploring the towns of Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello.
  7. Visit Pompeii: Discover the ruins of this ancient city destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.
  8. Ski in the Dolomites: Experience Italy's stunning mountain range with skiing, hiking, and breathtaking views.
  9. Eat and Drink in Bologna: Enjoy the city's famous cuisine including handmade pasta and traditional Bolognese sauce, accompanied by local wines.
  10. Island Hop in Sicily: Explore the diverse landscape of Italy's largest island, from the historic city of Palermo to the stunning beaches of Taormina.


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