You’re always left perplexed while planning a trip to Italy. With so many archaeological sites, historical ruins, breathtaking paintings, beautiful churches, breathtaking vistas and old-world piazzas, you possibly cannot fit everything into a single itinerary.
You don’t want to cram in too many attractions into your itinerary either. After all, many parts of the country move at a slower pace, and you need time to appreciate all that beauty. To help make things easier, Bookmundi presents a list of the top attractions and things to do in Italy.
Florence City Tour (above image)
Florence city tours are perhaps the best ways of experiencing Florence and its delights at your own pace. Stop along iconic sights such as the Duomo, Palazzo Pitti, San Marco, Santa Croce and Piazzale Michelangelo and enjoy an adventure unlike any other. Florence, the city of the Renaissance, is surrounded by the Appenine mountains and beautiful Tuscan vineyards. It is overflowing with art galleries and hosts masterpieces of some of the greatest artists of time. It presents a rich and fascinating culture and also lets you add things like tempting ice cream parlors and tiny craft shops into your itineraries.
The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci’s greatest work of art and Milan’s most famous mural, is hidden away on a small wall adjoining the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie. The mural depicts Christ and his disciples in a dramatic moment when Christ reveals that he is aware of his betrayal. The portrait is a fascinating psychological study and is considered to be one of the most iconic images on the planet. You need to pre-book your tour and are offered a customary 15 minutes with this masterpiece, but like Leonardo, simply staring at the mural and calling it a day is more than enough to understand the painting’s true beauty.
Visit to the Vatican (Including Sistine Chapel)
Vatican City is home to some of the greatest treasures that the world has ever seen. From mind-boggling architecture to breathtaking works of art, there really isn’t any shortage of things to see while on a trip to the Vatican. However, despite all that grandeur and beauty, the Sistine Chapel always manages to single-handedly blow you away as it shows you exactly what one man is capable of achieving. Vatican City is a World Heritage Site in its entirety and is home to a number of archeological wonders such as St. Peters Basilica, the Vatican Museums, Vatican Gardens, and more. This tiny city-state is home to less than 1000 residents and it covers an area that is less than one mile long and one mile wide. It still manages to attract the religious and the non-religious and year-round queues are virtually guaranteed.
The following two tours are highly recommend:
- Museums, VIP To Sistine Chapel & St.Peter’s Basilica Tour
- Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica Tour with Early Entry
The Colosseum is a must-see for anyone traveling to Rome. Considered to be the largest amphitheater of its kind, the Colosseum was the pride of the Great Roman Empire. Part-arena part-circus, the most famous ruin of Italy is unmissable. They even have extended tours that let you walk through those underground passageways that were once used by gladiators and wild beasts to make their entrance. The Colosseum has remained an inspiration for sports facilities for ages and despite centuries of neglect and misuse, this iconic structure manages to stand tall and remind the world of the glories of Ancient Rome. Home to the fearless Gladiators – wonder at the great Colosseum by night.
Pompeii and Vesuvius Day Tour
Embark on a trip to the historic city of Pompeii and the legendary Mt. Vesuvius, the only active volcano located in continental Europe. Pompeii, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest archeological site in Europe, still hosts beautifully preserved remains of sites such as Thermal Baths, Lupanare brothel, the Forum and Vetti’s House, that once made it famous all over the world. Pompeii’s ancient ruins tell you the story of a flourishing city that was completely destroyed by a sudden act of Mother Nature, and yet preserved in all its beauty for time eternal. Your tour also takes you on a hike to Mt. Vesuvius to soak up enchanting views of the Bay of Naples from its summit and peek into that city-eating crater.
Tuscany Day Tour
With a wealth of art, history, fascinating landscapes, beautiful architecture, delicious cuisines and outstanding wines, you don’t really feel the need to leave Tuscany. Enjoy scenic drives through the enchanting Tuscan landscape, explore the medieval-era streets of Siena, spend your evenings in open-air cafes, visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa and climb those 296 steps to the top, stroll among Chianti vineyards and learn more about the art of winemaking, feast on traditional Tuscan lunches among scenic Sienese hills and wander around the cobblestone streets of San Gimignano. After all, everything you could possibly ask for in a perfect holiday can be found right here.
Venice Gondola Ride
Glide past the beautiful sights of Venice on a delightful gondola. Your traditionally dressed gondolier takes you to some of the best and most famous landmarks of Venice such as the Rialto Bridge and Palazzo Barberino while a singer serenades you with delightful melodies. A perfect way of spending a beautiful evening with a loved one, Venice gondola rides are exactly what romantic legends are made up of.
One of the most exciting ways of exploring the sights and attractions of Rome is through a Segway tour. Glide your way towards Capitoline Hill to come across some of the most beautiful sights of Ancient Rome. Pass exquisite shops and markets and explore local life at its exotic best. Watch incredible sights such as the Colosseum, Circus Maximus and the Roman Forum from the comforts of your self-balancing electric scooter. A guide helps you understand the history of each attraction and you can also stop by each site for a photo opp. Bookmundi recommends you to try out Ancient Rome’s very own lie detector, the Mouth of Truth.
Cinque Terre Hiking Day Tour
A Cinque Terre hiking trip lets you explore the true magic of Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre is a combination of five enchanting fishing villages, with each town offering a distinct character and unique feel. The area is best explored on foot and it presents a perfect example of Italy in its old-world glory. Take a break from the hustle-bustle of Italian cities and dive into this UNESCO World Heritage Site to enjoy one of the last remaining stretches of the unspoiled Italian Riviera. Your guide also leads you through scenic trails to introduce you to the most beautiful vineyards and olive groves in the area. Stop by sunny beaches and watch brightly colored fishing boats and seaside promenades. Enter those sleepy piazzas and narrow lanes to discover hidden shops and cafes. Relax, listen to Lucca stories, talk to the locals and forget all about the modern world and its problems for a few precious moments.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
There is nothing more magical than a bird’s eye view of Tuscany’s rich vineyards and olive groves. Hop onto a hot air balloon ride over Lucca, Chianti, Florence or Siena to experience the true beauty of Italy from an entirely unique perspective. Considered to be an experience-of-a-lifetime, these rides are a paradise for photographers and a treat for nature lovers. Some tours also let you add a local breakfast to your tour to let you enjoy the local produce, olive oil tastings with Tuscan bread and those world-famous Pecorino cheeses.
Considered to be one of the most outstanding examples of Mediterranean landscapes, the Amalfi Coast presents a dazzling combination of mind-blowing beauty and gripping drama. Coastal mountains dive into the sea while offering stunning scenes of lush green forests and old-world picturesque towns. And among all that natural beauty, you can find dozens of hidden restaurants and hotels that offer a great means of escaping all that coastal clamor and losing yourself amid the stunning scenery.
Fountain Tour of Rome
Explore Rome’s enchanting fountains through a beautiful walking tour that takes you along the classical squares of the city and introduces you to historic masterpieces such as the Trevi Fountain and the Fountain of the Four Rivers. The Trevi Fountain is by far the most famous fountain in the city, a breathtaking example of Baroque art. Its natural lines and fantasy creatures present a stunning sight. And if you’re dreaming of coming back to Rome, simply throw a penny over your shoulder into the fountain. Other fountains worth exploring include the Fountain of the Naiads, Fountain of the Frogs, II Facchino and Fontanone del Gianicolo.
Considered to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Italy has something for all kinds of travelers. Stunning cuisine, aromatic wines, varied scenery, fashion-forward cities, friendly people, old-world delights and exotic architecture ensures that you never have enough of the country and keep coming back for more.