Things to do in Italy

If you’re a lover of fashion, art, history, food and culture, you’re going to have one jam-packed holiday in Italy. Just remember to sit with an espresso and watch Italian life play out too. You’ll need a week at least to explore the country, maybe longer. But if you’re short on time, make sure your Italian itinerary includes Venice, Cinque Terre, Florence and Rome.

Start your tour on the canals of Venice. Connected by over 400 bridges, the group of islands that make up Venice are home to incredible architecture, art and their own special kind of Italian cuisine. Travel southwest to Cinque Terre to see the charming villages linked by several ancient pathways and surrounded by the azure waters of the Ligurian Sea.

Next stop, art city – that’s Florence in the breathtakingly beautiful Tuscany region. Finish with the incredible Rome where there seems to be history lurking on every corner. Make sure your stay in Rome also includes a visit to that very tiny country, Vatican City, where the Pope lives.

Of course, if you’re a fashionista, you’d better include a stop to the magnificent Milan, one of the most prominent fashion capitals of the world. Lover of history and archeology? Stop by the ancient site of Pompei. There’s simply so much to see and do in Italy, but here’s our top picks.

Verona

Move over Paris, Verona is the true city of love. After all, it’s the romantic setting of William Shakespeare’s famous ‘Romeo & Juliet’. Head to this northern Italian city to practice your best “Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?”

Trevi Fountain

Featured in many movies, the picturesque attraction of the Trevi Fountain is said to earn you a return tip to Rome if you toss a coin into the ornate Baroque-style fountain.

St Mark’s Basilica

Commonly regarded as one of the best-known examples of Byzantine architecture, the Roman Catholic cathedral of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice is undoubtedly the city’s most famous building.

The Colosseum

It’s hard to miss the Colosseum, an ancient amphitheatre located in the centre of Rome. Built by 80AD to have a seating capacity of 50,000, the Colosseum is the largest structure built during the Roman Empire.

Statue of David

One of Michelangelo’s many artistic achievements, ‘David’ hewn of marble and resplendent in all his naked glory in Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, is one of the world’s most famous nudes.

The Vatican City

Though technically a separate state to Italy, the Vatican City is one of the country's most popular tourist attractions with Catholics making the pilgrimage here each year to hear a service from the Pope himself.

Carnevale Festival of Venice

The original pre-Lenten celebration dates back over 850 years and the historic Venice Carnevale  is a riot of colour, masquerade balls, fashion and those famous Venetian masks.