Italy is one of our all-time favourite destinations. From the rolling hills of Tuscany to the glittering Amalfi Coast you’ll find beautiful historical cities overflowing with culture, and a countryside sprinkled with plenty of peaceful hilltop villages which are home to some of the best food producers around. Read on for a roundup of our top things to do during a trip to Italy...
Glass Blowing Workshop in Venice
It would be a crime to visit Italy and not take a trip to the fantastical floating city of Venice. Spread across 118 islands, with a mind-boggling 170 canals and over 400 bridges, this is a city like no other. We can recommend all the top sites to visit - from the famous Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) to the magnificent Doge’s Palace - but if you want to see a quieter side of the city, head to the neighbouring island of Murano. Famous for its glass making and glass blowing industry, take a tour of the glass factories to see the artisans hard at work, before having a go yourself with the help of a professional glass master.
Scenic Tour in Cinque Terre
Perfectly picturesque, Cinque Terre is a photographer’s dream. Fill your camera with snaps of the stunning sea views - from the cliff-top trails and cute harbourside restaurants - and delve into one of the five centuries-old villages dotted along the rugged Italian Riviera coastline for more dreamy shots of the colourful cliff top houses. We can arrange for you to take a tour of the region with a knowledgeable local guide who can introduce you to some of the most beautiful spots and walking trails.
Meet Local Producers in Emilia Romagna
One of the country’s more underrated regions, Emilia Romagna is the perfect place to experience some of our favourite things to do in Italy, from eating fabulous food to road tripping through some seriously scenic countryside. Embarking on a foodie tour with an expert guide is the ultimate way to sink your teeth into the region and get a feel for the local culture. Beginning in the fertile plains along the Po Valley (nicknamed the ‘Food Valley’ of Italy), wind your way through the countryside, stopping off along the way to learn about (and taste) some of the region’s finest delicacies from rich Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to delicious prosciuttificio ham.
Private Tour in Pompeii
For anyone with a love of history, Pompeii is a must visit. Sitting in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, this ancient city was lost for nearly 1,700 years under a sea of ash and pumice following a catastrophic volcanic eruption. Following its accidental rediscovery in 1748, the ruins have been painstakingly excavated and are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular things to do during a stay in Naples. The best way to experience the site is on a private tour with an expert guide who can teach you about the area’s fascinating history.
These mountains might be best known for skiing, but the Dolomites are a treat to visit in the summer too, with endless trails winding through the lush mountain valleys. Set off hiking with an expert local guide or go solo, armed with plenty of route suggestions ready to soak up some of the country’s most spectacular scenery. While you’re there, don’t miss out on the chance to experience the epic views from the Via Ferrata (or ‘iron ways’) – these stunning mountain routes are equipped with steel cables, ladders and rope bridges. After a long day of hiking, nothing beats a stay in one of the rustic rifugios (mountain cabins) that are dotted throughout the region. Fuel up on hearty Italian cuisine, washed down with a glass of the finest Italian wine, for the perfect end to a day of outdoorsy fun.
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