Italy has always played a welcoming host to all the tourists and travellers who have arrived on its coasts and greeted them with much love and warmth. Whether it is your first time in Italy or more, it can never be possible the whole of it in one single go. Italy mesmerises you the first time itself, and this has you returning for more, every time. The things you do in Italy are widely based on the number of days you will be staying there. The longer is the span of your stay in Italy, longer the time you get to enjoy it to its fullest. Here is a list of the top 10 things you must do in Italy to make your holiday a much livelier one.
The top 10 activities to do in Italy:
While there are a lot many things that you can do when in Italy, here a list of things that you cannot just miss under any condition.
The Gondola rides are everything and more than what you see just in the movies. It is an experience that you have to experience yourself and not settle for a visual memory you have seen on the screen. Take the Gondola ride and ride through the various canals of Venice. The beautiful Baroque buildings are a wonderful sight from the total of 150 canals stitching Venice together. You also have people selling flowers and other giveaways on the Gondolas itself. You can buy some for your loved one sitting right by you to make the ride even more special. The views from the Grand Canal, the overlooking bridges and the musical companionship make for the best romantic experience you will ever have.
The Vatican City is almost a country in itself. The vast diversity in culture is a both alien and a welcoming change to all the tourists visiting it. If you are planning to visit the Vatican City, it is advised that you make up full proof plan before you do so. The city has so much of art and culture to offer that you might be lost as to where to start from and where to end. The museums and the open art on the street are mesmerising and so it the Sistine Chapel, with the most beautiful painted ceiling in the world. It shall be criminal to miss out on any of these when in Italy.
Italian Cuisine is one of the most celebrated cuisines around the world. The whole planet has adapted to its decadent taste and aromas and also customised it as per their own will. When in Italy, why miss out on the authentic taste of Italy. The dishes and the use of ingredients change from one province to the other, and it shall be very wrong of you if you miss out on any. You can choose to try some gnocchi with butter sage sauce, layers of velvety lasagne, a bowl of meaty ragu with some fettuccini, flour fried sardines in tomato sauce on some toasty bruschetta or just settle with a bowl full of healthy gazpacho.
Visiting Italy can never be complete without visiting Rome. When, one mentions Rome, the first thing that comes to mind is the Colosseum. Walk on the hundreds of stairs like a true Gladiator and feel what Ceaser felt while doing the same. Whether you are history fanatic or not, there is no doubt that you will love every moment you spend in the Colosseum. Its majestic size and features are good enough to mesmerise you. Click plenty of pictures, because it is not every day that you are standing inside the Colosseum, the monument that represents the Roman culture.
Italy is the land of gelato, and you get the best there. Do not hold back and indulge yourself in plenty scoops of gelato, on nicely toasted, fresh biscuit cones, with the best crunch ever. It does not matter where you are in Italy; you get gelato everywhere, and it is great. Whether you are in the Vatican or Tuscany, Venice or Rome, a cone or cup full of Gelato is all you need to brighten your mood even further in the bright summer or winter sun.
The Italian grandmas are the sweetest you have come across in any foreign countries. One of the best ways to travel in a foreign country is by befriending a local. Make new friends. Italians know their hospitality well, and you might just be invited over for a hearty meal. Before you get about enjoying the food, why not learn a trick or two about making the best pasta in the world from the best Nonnas in the world. Eating homemade pasta for the first time and that too one that you helped making is a memory that you will rarely manage forgetting.
Tuscany is not only famous for its Tuscany sun, and the sun dried tomatoes but is also well known for its lovely country roads. A drive on these roads will treat your eyes to the best sites you have seen in a long, long time. The roads are lined with beautiful farms and vineyards, and it is not hard to imagine why people run for the Italian countryside and build farm houses here. You can always stop for a small drink and make some wine while you are lingering around the vineyards for the afternoon.
Pompeii till date preserves a 2000 years old civilization. In 79 AD, the town of Pompeii got run over by a rush of magma, blowing from the nearby Mount Vesuvius and soon solidified both living and no living objects into a memorial of stone. If you want to go back in time and learn how a Roman town looked back in the 79 AD, Pompeii is the place to visit.
It is a crime not to watch an Opera, especially when visiting Italy. The feeling you get while entering a Roman Amphitheatre and watching grand performances is nothing short of a royal experience. Well, though the performer in front of you is not fighting a lion or duelling another gladiator, yet the performance is well worth the watch.
While Milan is celebrated as the fashion capital of the world, it also gains a lot of tourist attraction due to the much famous and visited Duomo di Milano. It is a gothic cathedral, one of a kind in nature. The cathedral overlooks the main square in Milan and is centrally located, which makes it easy to reach it.
Visiting Italy and spending a week or more there is a lifetime opportunity that should be made the best off. When travelling through Italy make sure that you do so like a local. This will allow you to take in the true essence of the country and all its numerous cities.