Italy has everything a traveller could ask for. Beautiful landscapes, great weather, delicious food, friendly locals, amazing architecture and much, much more. In fact, if you are planning a trip through this country, you will probably feel very spoilt for choice on things to do and places to see. To help you create your ultimate wish-list for Italy, we have compiled this list of things that you must do during your journey through this fantastic country.
Pizza and pasta looks and tastes quite different when eaten in Italy. At home, we have adapted the traditional recipes to suit our tastes. However, the authentic way of making, cooking and serving these popular dishes is, of course, far superior. To taste real Italian food, stay away from the tourist traps as they will only serve what you get at home. Instead, head for the Tuscan hills and the outskirts of cities or go ahead and treat yourself to a fancy meal at Portofino Verden? You must try proper spaghetti Bolognese in its hometown of Bologna and Parma ham and parmesan in Parma.
2. Release your inner fashionista
Italy is one of the leading countries in the world for fashion design. And the most fashionable city is, of course, Milan. Here you will find street after street of high-end fashion retailers selling the most on-trend (and expensive) clothing you will ever see. Milan also has a lot more to offer in the way of art and architecture so check here for accommodation if you are planning a stay in this stylish city.
3. Take part in a medieval festival
The Italians really go in for their medieval festivals. At a typical event, you will see flag and torch throwers, drummers and sword fighters, all dressed in traditional costume. They are all very exciting and a real spectacle for the eyes and ears. These processions are organised throughout the country, usually during the summer months. There are plenty of cities and towns to choose from, including the walled city of Lucca in Tuscany which holds a particularly special event.
4. Climb a tower
Italy is packed full of breath-taking towering architecture, much of which you can climb to the top of. From the top of these structures you will experience incredible views of some of the most stunning cityscapes in the world. Some of the most famous towers include the leaning tower of Pisa, the bell tower and Duomo in Florence and the Torre del Mangia in Siena. However, there are many other well-known and smaller towers throughout the country that you can investigate during your travels.
5. Speak the language
Italian is one of the easiest languages for English speakers to pick up. It’s also one of the most beautiful languages in the world. So do pick up a phrase book and give it a go!
We hope you have found this post inspiring for your own travels through Italy. If you are questions or suggestions on what to do while you are in this country, please let us know. Happy travels!