Bella Italia: 7 things you must do when visiting Italy

With so many beautiful beaches, iconic landmarks and out-of-this-world restaurants, planning a trip to Italy can at times feel overwhelming. We have created a short list of some of the must-do activities and sights to see, to make your Italian trip one to remember.

Visit Pompeii: A historical site destroyed by Mount Vesuvius

If you’re travelling between the Amalfi Coast and Naples, you absolutely must stop at this iconic archaeological monument that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Being between two famous beauty spots, it is easy and quick to get to on a day trip. Pompeii is a lot bigger than most would expect, so make sure to bring comfy shoes and leave enough time so that you can explore the whole sight. Try to go early in the morning to escape the crowds; this place can get busy quickly.

Take a Gondola through Venice

One of the top Italian cities to visit for the first time is unquestionably Venice – even if it can be more expensive compared to other Italian cities. Venice has it all, including some of the most beautiful canals in the world, and a wide variety of historical sites and galleries. Why not book a tour of Italy, so that you don’t miss out on anything the country has to offer?

Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Perhaps one of the most famous landmarks in the world – the Leaning Tower of Pisa needs no introduction. For a relatively small city, Pisa is worth visiting just for the tower, although there are plenty of great restaurants and things to do nearby. This could easily be paired up with a trip to Florence, which is easy to get to from Pisa.


Watch an Opera in Verona’s Roman Arena

The Opera festival lasting until mid-September is a not to be missed evening. With tickets from £32, it is a great way to spend the night with your family or loved one.

Explore Ancient Rome

The capital city of Rome has no end of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. Take a trip to the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain or Sistine Chapel – be prepared for plenty of crowds and warm weather.

Take a boat ride on Lake Como

Italy has many beautiful lakes, and Lake Como is one of the most famous and most visited. A short train ride from Milan, why not spend the day out on a boat enjoying the beautiful water, before heading to a scenic lakeside restaurant for dinner?

Explore Mount Etna

Visit Mount Etna, on the east coast of Sicily. Sicily is a popular holiday spot for Italian locals, famous for its beautiful beaches and nightlife. It is also home to an active volcano and is a great activity and site for any nature lover to explore.