The famed boot-shaped country is a highly-adored travel destination, and for good reason. With a bounty of renowned wine regions, friendly culture, and some of the most historic sights anywhere, Italy is likely at the top of your bucket list. Aside from eating everything you find though, taking the time to travel through this remarkable country is recommended for seeing the best of what this country has to offer.
After all, why stop in just one Italian city? Here are the things you must do and see when visiting Italy.
- Valley of the Temples
Some of the best Italian food comes from Sicily. While you’re there indulging, don’t miss this massive archeological complex containing mostly intact Doric temples that still stand from the 5th century.
- Mount Vesuvius
Famed for erupting and destroying nearby Pompeii and Herculaneum, the views you’ll get from here are unparalleled. Plus, you’ll work up an appetite for more of that incredible Italian food. While you’re in the area, be sure to head over to Pompeii where time is frozen still with preserved houses, ancient Roman forums, and all kinds of relics from those who lived here before being captured for eternity by the eruption.
- Cinque Terre
This UNESCO World Heritage Site in Liguria known as the ‘Five Lands’ is made up of five distinct villages poised above the Italian Riviera. Each village is worth visiting to soak up the comfortable and quaint Italian charms, strolling along olive groves, indulging in the scenery, and of course, the food.
- Uffizi Gallery
When in Florence, this famed gallery has works from all the greatest Italian artists. Works by Michelangelo, da Vinci, and Raphael are a must-see for any lover of fine art.
- The Coliseum
When in Rome, don’t miss the Coliseum. The ruins of the once incredible amphitheater are one of the most impressive in all of Italy. This was where the Romans would watch their beloved gladiator matches ages ago.
- Saint Mark’s Basilica
Saint Mark’s Basilica sits on the famed Piazza San Marco. It’s the final resting place for Saint Mark as well as a Byzantine church, a stunning work of art with gorgeous mosaics and marble decorations to see.
- The Grand Canal
As one of the most famous waterways anywhere in the world, this one in Venice is a must. Take a vaporetto (or water bus) along the canal to see traditional homes and little bridges, or do it more romantically with a gondola ride.
- Leaning Tower of Pisa
When it was built, the tower immediately began to sink which gave it the famed lean it has still to this day. It’s often inspected to ensure safety so you may have the chance to get to the viewing platform to see all of Pisa, or you may have to admire it from afar.
And these are just the tip of the iceberg for amazing things to see and do while in Italy. Viewing The Last Supper in Milan (or even shopping there for luxury goods), tossing coins in the Trevi Fountain, and visiting the Roman Forum, among others, are all wonderful ways to spend time here. Which one will you stop and see first?