Once home to the fabled Roman Empire and the Great Vatican, Italy has really seen the highest of highs in world history. Italy and France feel quite similar except the fact that Italy manages to come across as that cooler cousin who is more fashionable, more beautiful and yet, more approachable. Home to more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country on the planet, Italy is everything you want your holiday to be.
A trip to Italy means that you have some of the greatest arts and artifacts to give you company. Creations such as da Vinci’s Last Supper, Michelangelo’s David, Giotto’s frescoes, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Byzantine treasures and Sistine Chapel frescoes can be found here. Moreover, the country’s museums are also overflowing with some of the most important pieces of history from all over the world.
- Discover ancient Rome at the Colosseum and Roman Forum
- Watch the annual horse races in Siena
- Climb the crooked staircase of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
- Take a gondola ride in Venice
- Cross the Ponte Vecchio in Florence
- Run throw a field of sunflowers in Tuscany
- Eat a margherita pizza in Naples
- Rent a scooter and zip through the streets of Rome
- Do not eat at a restaurant unless they have a full Italian menu. Restaurants catering only to tourists will not have the best authentic Italian food.
- Italians can be very laid back and relaxed, but do not offend them with special food requests. Italians take great pride in their food.
- Wake up early to avoid crowds and get the best views of top tourist spots, especially during high season.
- Indulge in some afternoon snacks (like gelato!) to tide you over, as Italian restaurants rarely open for dinner until 7pm.
- Italian cities have a bad reputation for pickpocketing. Keep your debit card, credit card and cash in separate pockets and always watch your luggage.
- If you plan on visiting churches and other holy sites, be sure to bring something to cover your shoulders and knees. You will not be allowed to enter in short shorts or tank tops/vests.
Italy has seasonal weather so please do check up on the best time to visit Italy before planning your tour. And if you’re still hunting for more things to do in Italy, check out our Italy Travel Guide for more information.