Gondola ride in Venice and wine tasting in Tuscany have been the top-rated things to do in Italy since forever. They are the most famous and exclusive experiences in Italy that you shouldn’t miss for anything in the world. But beyond these conventional favorites, is an array of awesome things to do in Italy that will amaze the traveler in you.
Plan a holiday in Europe to see the best of Italy as you drive a Ferrari through Amalfi, go boating in the luminescent Blue Grotto, and learn the skills of a gladiator. Trust me, it’s going to be one hell of a trip.
1. Learn how to row a Gondola in Venice when the sun sets
Taking a Gondola ride tops the list of things to do in Venice Italy, but Row Venice makes you see the city like never before. It is an initiative to promote and preserve Venetian culture by teaching the techniques of Voga Alla Veneta – the style of poling the Gondola. The evening rowing lesson is 90-minutes long, beginning when the sun sets.
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2. Tour the iconic Vatican Museums
Italian art shows extraordinary precision and grandeur. It displays influences of different regions and eras. On your Italy tour, visit the Vatican Museums that showcases centuries-old masterpieces, while being a masterpiece themselves. Besides sculptures and paintings that are an epitome of Renaissance art, the ornate hallways with mosaics and motifs will steal your heart.
Touring the Vatican Museums is among the top things to do in Italy; go see the museums that have clung on to the rich heritage of Italy with grace.
3. Gorge on authentic Neapolitan Pizzas in Naples
If you are in Italy and heading home without getting the taste of authentic Neapolitan pizza, many would count it as sin. Naples is said to serve the best pizzas in Italy and in the world. From charred crust and fresh Mozzarella to San Marzano tomatoes and fresh herbs, every ingredient adds to the out-of-the-world taste of these pizzas.
Best pizzerias in Naples: Pizzaria la Notizia, Pizzaria la Notizia, and Pizzeria Gino Sorbillo
4. Drive a Ferrari along the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast has been regarded as the ‘an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, with exceptional cultural and natural scenic values’ by UNESCO. Without a doubt, driving through Amalfi Coast is one of the best things to do in Italy for auto lovers. The real treat however is renting a Ferrari or Lamborghini; hop in and get it speeding as the iconic landmarks of Amalfi drift past you.
Suggested stops: Amalfi Town, Valle dei Mulini, Ravello, Duomo di Sant’Andrea, and Praiano and Positano
5. Attend an Opera performance in a regal amphitheater
When in Italy, attend at least one Opera performance to get a glimpse of the European culture. The performances are incredible and the architecture of the amphitheater, spellbinding.
Best amphitheaters in Italy: Teatro La Scala, Teatro San Carlo, Arena di Verona, and Teatro Regio Torino
6. Ride a bike and sip on finest wines in Tuscan countryside
Clinking wine glasses while watching the sunset and tinges of gold spread above the wineries is one of the best things to do in Italy for leisure. But before you do that, tour the wineries on a bicycle. You can opt for a group bicycle tour that’ll take you to the vineyards, villas, castle, hills, and olive groves. The other alternative is renting a bike and exploring as you please.
7. Train to be a knight at the Gladiator School of Rome
The Roman Empire has created history and its tales are still sung on the cobbled streets of Italy. But what if you get a chance to be like one of the Roman army men, that too in the city of Rome? The Gladiator School in Rome trains people to fight like a Roman soldier. If you love martial arts, you are going to love this experience as well.
During the 2 hour class, you’ll be taught the right postures and a few techniques for attack as well as defense. There are different classes for kids and adults, and each participant gets a certificate on completion. Going home with this certificate is certainly one of the best things to do in Rome, Italy – especially for kids.
8. Take a boat tour in Lake Como
Shaped like an inverted ‘Y’, Lake Como is praised as one of the top places to visit in Italy. The shore here is prettified with towns and hamlets; gentle waves and pleasant weather adds on to make it among the best things to do in Italy in summer.
One of most popular things to do in Lake Como Italy, boating also is a way of getting around. You can easily find a host of options like private boats and ferries to select from.
9. Go boating inside the glowing cave, Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto Cave in the Capri Islands is a rare experience; make sure you don’t miss it on your Italy tour. You board a boat that takes you to a dark cave, which actually glows blue. As you sail, ancient Neapolitan melodies playing slowly in the background make it truly mesmerizing.
Travelers from across the globe come over here to witness this magical cave, and strike this off from their bucket list of best things to do in Italy.
Entry fee: INR 1,000 per person
Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
10. Wander through the historical landmarks of Pompeii
The archaeological ruin of Pompeii was once a Roman township, later destroyed in 79 A.D when the Mount Vesuvius erupted. Nestled on the Bay of Naples, it still is a landmark travelers cross miles to visit.
Dating between sixth and seventh century, Pompeii is regarded as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Wandering through the remnants here will unveil many stories of the Roman past, and their art and architecture.
Top historical landmarks in Pompeii: House of the Faun, Temple of Apollo, House of the Tragic Poet, Villa of the Mysteries, and Temple of the Jupiter.
Feeling pumped? Embark on an Italian vacay to experience these 10 best things to do in Italy.