Europe

You Gotta Do This: Italy

Italia, one of my favourite countries in the world, and not just for their pasta (although that definitely gives it a lot of brownie points).

I’ve had the chance to travel to Italy on two different occasions, once as a high school student where I visited Rome, Florence and Venice, and another time with my Mom to Rome, Florence, Naples, Cinque Terre, Milan and the Amalfi Coast.

Even having two chances to visit this country, I still haven’t seen everything I want to see, but here are some of my must-do things from the places I have visited.

FLorence
Ponte Vecchio in Florence

This is the oldest bridge in Florence and is most well-known for the shops that are built into the bridge. Catch the view from afar, and then make sure to take a stroll on the bridge itself!

Colosseum
The Colosseum in Rome

A centrepiece of the country, you can’t go to Italy and skip the Colosseum as it is truly jaw-dropping. Buy your tickets online in advance to avoid the wait, and head there early to get the place to yourself.

Tuscany
A Wine Tour in Tuscany

Tuscany is home to some of the worlds most notable wine regions, so whether you’re only passing through or there to stay, get yourself on some sort of wine tour at a winery to have some of the best wines you’ll ever taste.

Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the houses and shops that are strategically built along the rugged shoreline beam with colour. Visit on a day trip, stay for a week, or hike along the path that connects each village.

Gondola
Ride a gondola in Venice

Sure it’s touristy, and overpriced, but if you’re visiting Venice, a gondola ride is a must-do. See the city from a different perspective, and if you’re as lucky as me, your driver may even sing for you.

Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the landscape and stunning views of the Amalfi Coast are to die for. I only had a day trip there from Naples, but I wish I had stayed for weeks on end.

Milan Duomo
Visit the Duomo di Milano

Even if you’re not so much into the history, the Duomo in Milan is a site not to miss. This gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to build and is one of the largest churches in the world.

Pasta
Eat as much pasta as possible

Does this really need an explanation? Pasta is my favourite food so you definitely could catch me eating pasta at almost every meal while in Italy. Make sure to try the different variations because this may be the freshest pasta you’ll ever have.

Pizza
Try the pizza in Naples

Another no-brainer, pizza anywhere in Italy is amazing, but Naples is where pizza originated, meaning they have some of the oldest and best pizzerias around.

Trevi Fountain
Make a wish in the Trevi Fountain

One of the most famous and iconic fountains in the world, the Trevi Fountain in Rome should not be missed. If you have time, visit in the day and at night for different views of the fountain, and don’t forget to make a wish (or two)!

Last Supper
See the Last Supper in Milan

Known as the last meal that Jesus shared with his apostles, whether you’re religious or not, seeing what remains of the mural painting from the 1490s by Leonardo de Vinci is worth a visit. Tickets can be hard to come by in high season, so you may have to join a tour group that has tickets included.

Pisa
Be touristy at the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Everyone needs a photo like the one above, no matter how touristy it is. Get yourself to Pisa for a few hours to see the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Gelato

Try every flavour of gelato

You will find literally every flavour of gelato in Italy, and it should be your mission to try them all, or at least attempt too. You won’t find gelato quite as good anywhere else, especially if you’re visiting Italy on a hot summer day.

What are some of your favourite and must-do things in Italy?

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