12 Best Things to Do in Italy

12 Best Things to Do in Italy

12 Best Things to Do in Italy

Italy is our favorite country in Europe. The perfect holiday destination with beautiful cities, charming atmosphere, stunning beaches, and famous attractions. That’s why it wasn’t easy to choose the best things to do in Italy, but we think these things will inspire you to visit Italy. Explore the Colosseum, taste delicious Italian cuisine, scooter ride along the Amalfi Coast, get lost in the narrow streets of Venice, or enjoy the dramatic scenery of Tuscany.


1. Visit the Colorful Villages of Cinque Terre

Visit the Cinque Terre, along the Italian Riviera, is one of the best things to do in Italy. Its colorful villages, panoramic hiking trails, magnificent sunsets, and fascinating atmosphere captivate visitors. Cinque Terre has five towns: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. These fishing villages together form the Cinque Terre National Park. You can easily explore the Cinque Terre by train or hike between the towns.

Read our → Cinque Terre Travel Guide

Vernazza Travel Guide

2. Road Trip in Tuscany

Tuscany is one of the most romantic regions in Italy, so spend at least 2-3 days here. It’s easy to travel by train between the major cities of Tuscany, but in our opinion, a car is essential to explore Tuscany. The Tuscan countryside offers a unique experience and a scenic road trip. Try the famous wines of Tuscany, see the stunning sights and catch the most beautiful sunrise at the Terme di Saturnia.

Read more → Ultimate Tuscany Itinerary for 5 Days

3. Stroll Venice’s Streets and Canals

Visit the best sights of Venice, take a gondola ride, and then take a day trip to the island of Burano. Venice is easy to explore by water bus or on foot. Get lost in the narrow streets, stroll along the canals, cross bridges, take time to sit down, and enjoy your visit to Venice with a delicious Italian meal or a drink of Aperol Spritz.

Venice is worth a visit at any time, but if you’re looking for a unique experience, visit during Carnival.

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4. Explore the Colosseum in Rome

One of the best things to do in Italy is to visit the world’s largest amphitheater in Rome. The Colosseum is nearly 2000 years old, one of the seven wonders of the modern world. The Colosseum is located in the center of Rome and is easily accessible on foot or by metro. Take a walk through the arena where gladiators once fought for their lives in front of over 50.000 spectators.

Don’t forget to toss a coin at the Trevi Fountain. Legend says that if you throw a coin by the right hand over the left shoulder into the fountain, you’ll return to Rome.

Read more → Rome travel guide

Colosseum in morning lights

5. Scooter Ride Along the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is famous for its stunning seaside towns, breathtaking views, and natural beauty. The best way to get around the Amalfi Coast is to rent a scooter or use SITA buses. Visit beautiful towns such as Positano, Atrani, Amalfi, Furore, and Ravello. Take time to explore the cities and then relax on the beautiful beach. Don’t miss the Spiaggia Grande beach in Positano, the most photographed place on the Amalfi Coast.

Here’s a → 3 Days in Amalfi Coast Itinerary

6. Watch the Sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo

Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region, is a charming little city with stunning architecture, famous Renaissance art, and delicious food and wine tours. A perfect itinerary in Florence starts at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and ends at the sunset viewpoint of Piazzale Michelangelo. Piazzale Michelangelo is about a 30-minute walk from the historic center and is one of the most popular places in Florence. Take a bottle of wine with a pizza and enjoy the sunset.

Read our → 2 Days in Florence Itinerary

7. Take a Day Trip to Capri

Capri is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, so it’s crowded in the high season, and prices are higher. It is the perfect holiday destination with its charming atmosphere, beautiful sights, delicious limoncello, and luxury brands. As the island of Capri is about 30 minutes from Sorrento and 1 hour from Naples, you can easily visit it on a day trip. One day in Capri is perfect for exploring the main attractions and a boat trip around the island of Capri.

Read more → How to Spend One Day in Capri

How to Spend One Day in Capri

8. Hiking the Italian Dolomites

The Dolomites are home to breathtaking sights, such as the Tre Cime di Lavaredo towers, endless alpine meadows, picturesque alpine lakes, and jagged mountain peaks. It is a magical place in every season, and no matter how much time you spend in the Dolomites, you’ll have an unforgettable experience. A road trip to the Dolomites is the best way to discover the most beautiful places in the region.

Recommended Post → The Ultimate 6 Days in The Dolomites Road Trip

9. Taste Italy

Italy is a food paradise, and almost everyone has heard of the greatness of Italian cuisine. Try walking through a street full of restaurants without your senses wanting to taste everything. During your visit, you should try the delicious kinds of pasta, pizzas, tiramisu, and gelato. Don’t forget the drinks either. No one enjoys coffee or Aperol Spritz better than the Italians.

We recommend not eating in touristy places, which are usually overpriced. Instead, walk down a side street and find the best restaurants. Our favorite places to eat were Trastevere in Rome and Navigli in Milan.

Take a wine tour in the best cellar in Montepulciano. In Cantina Ercolani, you can visit the underground wine cellars and taste the famous Tuscan wines.

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10. Go Up to the Duomo di Milano Roof Terrace

The Milan Cathedral is the 3rd largest cathedral in the world and took over 500 years to build. It is located in the center of Milan and is easily accessible from any part of the city thanks to its well-built public transport network. It is very crowded during the day, so it is worth visiting early in the morning, especially at sunrise.

As the rooftop terrace is open just from 9 AM, have breakfast in one of the restaurants and enjoy the view from the square. We recommend booking a ticket to the Duomo di Milano roof terrace, which offers one of the most incredible views in Milan and is a must for all visitors to Milan.

Read our → Perfect Milan Itinerary for 1 Day

11. Visit the Smallest Country in the world

One of the best things to do in Italy is to discover another country inside Rome. Vatican City is the smallest country in the world, where you can visit St Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel. Don’t miss the fantastic panoramic views of the city from the dome at the top of the Basilica.

Recommended post → Rome travel guide for 2 full days

View of the St. Peter's Square

12. Take a Photo with the Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most beautiful attractions in Italy, and many tourists visit to take their iconic photos with the tower. You can easily visit Pisa on a day trip from Florence, as it is only 1-1.5 hours away by train. If you visit early in the morning, you can enjoy the fantastic views without the crowds. You can spend a few hours or even a whole day in Pisa.

Read our → Florence Itinerary

Leaning Tower of Pisa


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