Italy is one of Europe’s top quick getaways due to its strategic location and being easily accessed by travelers from all over the world. The country is one of the world’s top visited destinations with plenty of historical, architectural, religious, natural and Cuisine attractions that millions of its visitors yearn to experience.

Not to forget, Italy has the most concentration of historical and cultural sites designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and these include the structural remains of the Roman empire, palaces, castles, ancient ruins, high art and many monuments. The following are the top ten things to do to experience the best that Italy has to offer you!

Watch a contemporary performance at Taormina’s ancient Greek amphitheater

The Greek amphitheater at Taormina. It was built in the 3rd century BCE
The Greek amphitheater at Taormina. It was built in the 3rd century BCE

Located in Sicily, this amphitheater has always been used for operatic and theatrical performances and for concerts, since the third century. Most of its original seats have disappeared, but the wall still stands strong. There are also some temple portions that were converted into the current church of San Pancrazio. You would never want to miss a show at this ancient amphitheater, find out the scheduled shows of classical and rock concerts and plan to attend.

There’s a lot of outdoor fun in the high-rising Dolomites

The Dolomites, Eastern Italy
The Dolomites, Eastern Italy

Italy is second to none in having the best navigable and scenic mountain ranges. By choosing to visit this purely natural scenic area, you’ll experience the most wonderful adventure of your life. Outdoor fun activities include mountain climbing, hiking, cycling, base jumping, paragliding, and hang gliding. You’ll also enjoy skiing in the mountainsides of Campitello di Fassa, and at the end of the day, you relax in any of its superb hotels that serve some of the best Italian dishes like the eggplant-stuffed pasta, and guinea fowl in juniper sauce.

Have you ever slept in a cave hotel?

The beautiful Matera at night
The beautiful Matera at night

This can be one of those best moments to cherish forever, especially if you desire to test out something new and unusual on our trips. For 250 euros, you can have an unforgettable night in one of Matera’s traditional limestone grottos. These were dug a long time ago on the steep hillsides that overlook the small city. They are regarded as Italy’s first human settlements, probably during the Bronze age.

Enjoy the charming Trastevere neighborhood

Via della Scala neighborhood in Trastevere
Via della Scala neighborhood in Trastevere

It’s located just south of the Vatican City on the western banks of Tiber river, you will be dazzled by Trastevere’s dazzling candle-lit bars, cobblestone streets, antique shops and a lot of fabulous restaurants. Visit one of Rome’s oldest churches in Santa Maria, relax in the Orto Botanico gardens or dine in Trastevere’s lively restaurants like the Piazza Santa Maria or Cafe di Marzio for a first-hand Roman bar experience!

Get soaked in the mineral-rich hot springs of Tuscany

The thermal hotsprings of Tuscany
The mineral-rich hot springs of Tuscany

Imagine that soothing feeling you get when you soak yourself in Tuscany’s hot springs. Locals and tourists frequent these steaming pools whose waters are rich in Sulphur, the same mineral that makes the area’s soils suitable for large-scale grape and vine growing. There are plenty of these pools throughout the area’s wooded countryside and Saturnia is the most famous of all of them.

Blend in with the unique green architecture of the Boboli gardens

Boboli Gardens, Italy
Boboli Gardens, Italy

For more than 400 years, the Boboli gardens have mixed Florence’s greenery and cultural open air museum. The park holds lots of oak trees that are centuries-old, numerous sculptures, water fountains and well lawn beautiful gardens that offer you a relaxing shelter from the warm Florentine sun during the summer. Get amazed by the beautiful colors of the changing foliage in the fall and nice scent of the blooming flowers in the spring. The park also has nice terraces, Cypress trees, countless statues and a water canal.

Join the Venice carnival celebrations

Colorful costumes and masks are the main features of the Venice carnival
Colorful costumes and masks are the main features of the Venice carnival

Since 1162, city of Venice has held annual street carnivals that celebrate the city’s joyous spirit of fulfilled entertainment in which thousands of thrill seekers with painted masks roam the city’s streets. The carnival is always held in January and can last for up to two weeks and among the fun-filled activities include boat parades, mask and costume dressing contests, banquets, street performances, and a lot more. It’s one way to get deep into the indigenous Italian cultural and social lifestyle!

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