Want to fill your itinerary with the best things to do in Italy? Well, that might be impossible since there are so many great things to see and do. If you’re trying to narrow down the list, we can help you out.
Here are 27 of the top things to do in Italy. It certainly isn’t everything, but it’s a solid starting point for planning your trip.
1. Take a Road Trip on The Amalfi Coast
Aside from its famous beaches, the Amalfi coast is a destination within itself. It’s especially popular for road trips by car or motorcycle. The scenic drive offers views through winding mountains, villages, and of course beaches.
Many people begin in Salerno and travel through Ravello, Amalfi, Duomo di Sant’ Andrea, Valle dei Mulini, and Praiano and Positano.
2. Roam Around Venice
While we could recommend plenty of Venice attractions, one of the best things to do in Rome is to simply, ‘roam.’ The tiny alleyways, stunningly blue canals, and tiny pastry shops are enough to keep you busy for a few hours.
Let yourself get lost but make sure to pop into a gelato shop, a cute boutique, and a tiny café while you find your way out.
3. Take a Gondola Ride in Venice
If you must take a break from aimlessly wandering around Venice, do so to take a gondola ride. This is a classic Venice experience and you’ll probably recognize the striped shirts and beautiful boats from the movies.
Couples travelling in Venice should particularly take advantage of this romantic opportunity.
4. Tour The Colosseum
This is an iconic Italy attraction that you just can’t miss. Hopefully, you have Rome on your itinerary, and if you do, the Colosseum should be on it as well.
It’s a central feature in this historic part of the city and you can even take a tour of the inside. Snap a few photos in front before heading inside for a guided tour and a history lesson.
5. Take a Pasta Making Class
You can take them all over Italy but rumor has it that Bologna has some of the best classes. Learn to make traditional, Italian pasta and sample your efforts once you finish. This new skill is sure to impress your friends and family back home.
The ability to make Italian pasta anytime you want is one of the best souvenirs you could ask for.
6. Do a Winery Tour in Tuscany
Tuscany is full of beautiful, rolling hills and plenty of vineyards. A visit to Italy just wouldn’t be complete without touring some of these wineries and sampling the selection.
The Tuscan scenery makes this wine experience one of the best in the world. Not to mention that the wines themselves are considered top notch all around the globe.
If you ship a few bottles home for your family, they’ll probably love you even more!
7. See David in Florence
If you’re visiting Florence, you’ll have the chance to see Michelangelo’s David in the flesh (or, in the stone rather.) He can be found in the Florence Cathedral and is one of the top attractions that the city has to offer. Getting of glimpse of this statue is really a once in a lifetime experience.
8. Take a Photo in Front of The Leaning Tower of Pisa
While there isn’t a huge amount to do in the area surrounding the tower, it’s just something you’ve got to see. Everyone will be taking goofy photos in front of it, and you won’t be able to deny the urge.
Whether you’re keeping the tower up with a fingertip, carrying it on your back, or pretending to eat it, you’ll have a good time taking photos in front of this infamous, leaning tower.
9. Throw a Coin in The Trevi Fountain
It’s said that if you throw a coin over your shoulder, and into the Trevi Fountain, that your wishes will come true. The fountain looks beautiful when it’s lit up at night. Throwing a coin in is all part of the experience, and the money is collected and donated to charity so not only will your wishes come true but you will also be helping others less fortunate.
10. Tour The Ruins of Pompeii
Considered an archeological site, the town of Pompeii was completely ruined by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Visitors can tour the ruins and check out the museum to learn more about this tragic event. Plenty of visitors pair this with a trip to Mt. Vesuvius itself too.
11. Beach Hop on The Amalfi Coast
There are so many amazing beaches on the Amalfi Coast that you’ll never make it to them all. But, you can at least try. Grab your bathing suit and head over to some of the best beaches in the area. Gavitella, Furore, and Laurito are some of the best options for visitors.
12. Visit The Florence Cathedral
It’s impossible not to notice this beautiful cathedral. In fact, it’s so picture perfect that it looks fake. Enjoy the view from the outside but don’t forget to head indoors and take a tour. It is truly a work of architectural genius.
13. Tour The Vatican
It’s technically considered its own country so a visit here will be a two for one! Vatican city has a lot going on in the ways of cathedrals, historic buildings and museums.
You’ll probably need an entire day to take it all in so make sure to wear your sturdiest walking shoes. Having tired feet is well worth it for the amazing artwork and history.
14. Take Photos at Cinque Terre
This coastal beauty is made up of five picturesque fishing villages. The entire area is made up of rugged cliffs, scenic walking paths, tunnels, and natural scenery. It looks like a postcard no matter what time of year you visit.
Tour the fishing villages, take a walk or hop on the train for a journey through this World UNESCO Heritage Site.
15. Visit The Roman Forum
Close to the Colosseum in Rome, this site is one of the top historical attractions in the city. It’s made up of ruins from government buildings of the past. In ancient times, this area also served as a marketplace, now leaving it perfectly framed for wandering around.
Once featuring some of the most important buildings in Rome, this attraction is great for history lovers.
16. Take a Boat Ride on Lake Como
One of Italy’s most beautiful lakes, Como gets its picturesque reputation from the mountains and woodlands that border it.
Today, it is considered one of the top resort areas in Italy, and is a popular destination for vacationers. Aside from the opulent atmosphere, guests can still get a taste of Renaissance architecture in the town of Como.
17. Go Shopping in Milan
Milan is known as one of the fashion capitals of the world. From chic boutiques to high-end department stores, fashion lovers flock to this city from all over the world.
Even if you can only afford to window shop, a visit to Milan is worth the trip. And, maybe consider splurging just a bit so that you can have a gorgeous souvenir to remember your trip by.
18. Eat Pizza in Naples
There’s a ton of places to eat pizza in Italy. However, Naples is known to have some of the best.
If you want to go on a pizza eating tour, check out: L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, Pizzaria La Notizia, and Starita.
19. Go Underwater to See The Sunken City of Baia
The city of Baia was considered a high-end resort town during ancient times. It was the kind of place where the Roman elite would gather to party.
The city eventually became abandoned and it’s a good thing that it did. Eventually, the water levels rose due to volcanic vents and the party destination with submerged.
Today, the area is one of the few underwater archeological parks in the world. Visitors can check out the watery remains via glass-bottomed boat, by snorkeling, or by scuba diving.
20. Visit The Pantheon
This attraction is one of the best preserved Roman buildings in the country. It can be found in the central district of Rome and is surrounded by a town square that gathers tons of visitors.
It looks especially beautiful at night when it’s lit up and surrounded by onlookers with romance in their eyes.
21. See The Sistine Chapel
Whether you like art or not, the Sistine Chapel is a must-see when visiting Italy. Visitors aren’t supposed to take photos, but you’re bound to see a few hundred people snapping sneaky shots.
Try not to get distracted as security begs these photographers to put away their phones. The view of the chapel and all of its artwork is more than enough to capture your attention.
22. Go Skiing in The Italian Alps
A great winter activity in Italy is skiing. Head north and you’ll have access to the beautiful ranges of the Italian Alps.
Whether you have skiing experience or it’s your first time, a ski trip to Italy will be a great time.
If you want to plan a ski trip in the alps, check out these top Italian ski resorts: Cortina d’Ampezzo, Courmayeur, and Alpe di Siusi.
23. Visit Parco Nazionale dell’Abruzzo
If you’re a bit of an outdoor enthusiast, you’ll want to visit this national park. It was opened in 1922 and is home to the Italian wolf, Marsican brown bear, wild boar, and the roe deer.
Visitors can go horseback riding, trekking, canoeing, cycling, alpine skiing, bird watching, and cross-country skiing.
24. See St. Mark’s Basilica
If you’ve decided to take a break from wandering around Venice, visiting St. Mark’s Basilica is a great way to take a break.
This is the most famous church in Venice, and is one of the best examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. It was ordered to be built back in 828 and still holds up beautifully today.
At the very least, take photos of the outside. But, if you can, go on a tour with a guide so that you can learn more about the fascinating history.
25. Wander Siracusa Old Town
Located in Sicily, Siracusa is known for its architecture, culture, Greek history, and amphitheaters.
The city is about 2,700 years old and used to be of major importance during its heyday. In fact, it was one of the key powers of the Mediterranean World.
It’s now considered a World UNESCO Heritage Site and is popular with visitors who love history and ancient architecture.
26. See The Opera at La Scala
This opera house is located in Milan. It’s one of the most famous venues to see opera in all of Italy.
In fact, La Scala is considered one of the premier opera venues in the world. And, many famous singers and dancers have performed here.
They even have their own in-house orchestra, ballet, and chorus.
27. Check Out a Volcano While in Sicily
One of the most famous attractions in Sicily is Mt. Edna. Not only is it an active volcano, but it’s one of the largest of its kind in all of Europe. Join a group tour or rent a car if you plan on visiting. If you are feeling adventurous there are a few hikes you can do to the nearby craters.
If you would prefer to take the easy route, there are cable cars that will take you up. In fact, these cars can get you to better viewpoints than any of the hikes. Once the cable car takes you to the top, there are a few more hikes you can do from there. Also, you have the option to pay for a tour truck to drive you higher.
If you’re visiting Italy you may feel overwhelmed by all of the great tourist options. To make your planning a little easier, take this list and use it as your itinerary. If you’d like some more inspiration, have a look at our featured tours here.0