Italy is filled with incredible sites to see. It has various activities that will make you fall in love with this European country. Being so central, Italy is an easy city to travel. The efficient rail system makes traveling around the country a breeze too.
Here are 8 things you absolutely must do when in Italy
1. Visit Mount Vesuvius
Be transported to ancient Italy at the ruins of Pompeii. When Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD79, it buried and preserved the town of Pompeii. It’s an incredible feat to experience old-world Italy when visiting the country. Take a stroll through the old-fashioned streets. Also, see how the people of Pompeii lived, their houses, temples, and shops.
2. Make a Wish at Trevi Fountain
What trip to Italy would be complete without a visit to the Trevi Fountain? The legend says that if you toss a coin into the fountain, over your shoulder, you will someday return to Rome again. Besides that, the fountain is the biggest in Italy and is an incredible artwork. Additionally, within walking distance to the fountain is some of Italy’s other attractions like the Spanish Steps.
3. Ride a Gondola in Venice
Venice is truly a one-of-a-kind city that you absolutely have to visit if you’re in Italy. Canals take the place of roads and you can get around the city by boat or gondola. Gondolas are such an iconic image of Italy. The gondoliers sing as they make their way along the canals. It makes the perfect atmosphere for a romantic date. The Grand Canal is a picturesque place to visit at sunset. You can enjoy breathtaking views from Rialto bridge.
4. Pose at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
It has become mandatory that you need to take a photo holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You can view the tower can for free from the outside. Alternatively, if you’d like you can pay an entrance fee for a tour inside. You can even climb to the top for a bird’s eye view of the town. While there you can also visit the Cathedral Square. Do take a look through the great flea market for some Italian souvenirs.
5. Relax on the Amalfi Coast
Summer is the best time to visit the Salerno Gulf, which is a UNESCO heritage site. The beaches are small, but are abuzz come summertime. The old town of Amalfi is an interesting spot to wander around. You could even catch a ferry up to Capri to explore for a day. The Amalfi coast is a popular holiday destination drawing in tourists. It is famous for its rugged landscape and turquoise water.
6. Hike the Cinque Terre
‘Cinque Terre’ when translated means ‘five lands‘. Cinque Terre is five tiny villages situated atop the cliffs along the coast. Start at one and make your way along the walking paths through the villages staying over for a night at each. Experience the nuances of each village and enjoy the different vibes. The breathtaking sunsets from the cliff tops and live music in the town square are divine.
7. Visit Michelangelo’s David
One of the most famous sculptures, Michelangelo’s statue of David is a must visit in the Academia Gallery in Florence. Here you can also see a variety of other great sculptures. You can also see many replicas at Piazzale Michelangelo or Palazzo Vecchio. Each of these has their own draw cards to experience.
8. Visit the Colosseum in Rome
One of Italy’s most iconic and historical sites, the Colosseum dates back to around AD70-72. At this time only, it was commissioned by Emperor Vespasian. The amphitheater, seating around 50,000 spectators, was used for gladiatorial combats and other entertainment. After four centuries of events, the area was neglected. It was left to ruin until restoration began in the 1990s. To this day, the Colosseum remains one of the world’s top attractions for tourists.