The Ultimate Italy Bucket List: Top things to do in Italy

23rd June, 2017
Italy is one country which should be visited at least once throughout your lifetime. It is a country which is full of variety, and this is what captivates those who travel there. From beautiful beaches to historic city’s, you will be inspired and enchanted by everything around you.

When staying in one of our luxury villas in Italy, there are numerous sights to see and experiences to be had. However, away from the historic streets of Rome and some of the more well-known cities, there is an abundance of traditional things to enjoy. We have taken the time to create an ultimate bucket list of things which will make your holiday to Italy truly authentic.  

1 – Experience traditional Italian Food

Italy is home to some incredible and sensational food, however many of us eat an ‘Italian’ meal every week, but nothing will taste better than trying some authentic Italian food. Starting with the most obvious choice: the famous Pizza Margherita. Created in Naples by Raffaele Esposito, it was created to honour Queen Margherita of Savoy. Let’s not forget about the array of pasta dishes on offer, as well as the famous tiramisu. 

2 – Eat in a cave in Puglia

More glamorous than it sounds, Grotta Palazzese is a unique restaurant located in a cave overlooking the Adriatic Sea; there is no denying that this location is truly spectacular. The restaurant was carved out of the limestone cliffs centuries ago by the sea, and since then, it has hosted elegant dinners with a twist. The cave extends back beyond the restaurant, which has just a handful of tables to keep the atmosphere intimate and relaxed. The restaurant is only open from May until October and reservations are required.

3 – Visit a vineyard  

Taking a tour of a vineyard is perfect for wine enthusiasts, and can also be a memorable experience. Italy has tonnes of vineyards dotted through the country, and there is no denying that you will be spoilt for choice. Many vineyard tours take you on a journey, and you will learn the wine processes and maybe even get a taste at the end.

4 – Climb to the top of the Duomo in Florence  

Built by Filippo Brunelleschi in 1418, the dome is egg-shaped, was made without scaffolding, and it truly is a spectacular piece of architecture. When roaming the streets of Florence, the Duomo stands tall above the city. The only way to the top is by climbing the 463 steps to the very top. Once you have scaled the stairs and have caught your breath, you will be taken back by the incredible views across Florence. 

5 – Take a road trip through Tuscany 

Tuscany is probably the most picturesque region of Italy and the best way to see it all is by car. Explore this region for a rewarding day out which will take you through stunning landscapes. There are many places to hire a car, so take your pick, pack some lunch and head out on the road. 

6 – Get close to a volcano in Sicily 

Mount Etna is Europe’s largest volcano and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013 for its “exceptional level of volcanic activity” as well as its global scientific, cultural and educational importance, Etna is an important part of Sicily’s topography, not to mention simply beautiful. This mountain is a world away from the beaches and historic architecture, but it should not be missed!

7 – Cooking Lesson 

Italy is renowned for its food and what better experience than learning to cook an authentic Italian meal! It will be the perfect activity and experience to take home with you at the end of your holiday. Learn to cook a feast and wow all your family and friends on your return