Top 10 things to do when Traveling in Italy


Keira Baerson, Feature Editor

In Italy, there is so much beautiful scenery, food and culture to enjoy. Take a look at the top 10 activities that I would recommend doing when traveling the stunning country. 

  1. Take a Gondola Ride 

In Venice, there are only two ways to get from one place to another: by foot or boat. Taking a Gondola ride around the canal was a relaxing experience and a great way to explore the beautiful city of Venice. To become a Gondola driver, you must be born in Venice, so the driver was super knowledgeable and taught us about the city as we admired it. 


      2. Go to a Vineyard 

Tuscany is filled with Vineyards overlooking the gorgeous mountains of the Italian region. Not only was the food outstanding, but you can enjoy a tour and learn about how people in Tuscany make wine and balsamic vinegar. 


   3. Climb the Spanish Steps

Rome is home to the Spanish Steps, which lead from the Piazza di Spagna square to the French Monastery church, Trinita dei Monti. Climbing these steps at night was a delightful experience because they overlooked a portion of the city. At the top people played music, sat with their families and enjoyed the magnificent views. 


    4. Enjoy a Ciccheitti

Venice is known for Cicchettis, which are small open-faced sandwiches with meat, cheese, or fish and various other toppings. Cicchetti derives from the Latin word “ciccus,” which means little or nothing. They are the perfect snack when exploring the city on the go. 


     5. Shopping in Rome 

The streets of Rome are filled with hundreds of stores perfect for roaming around in. Even if you don’t plan on buying anything, looking at clothing is the perfect way to immerse yourself in Italian culture. 


     6. Climbing the Leaning Tower of Pisa 

While it was quite the workout and slightly dizzying, climbing the Leaning Tower of Pisa was an awesome experience with a great view of the city of Pisa. While visiting, you also must take a picture that makes it look like you are holding up the tilting tower; if you don’t, did you really even go?  


     7. Eat some Gelato

You absolutely cannot say that you have been to Italy without having tried the gelato. This is a very easy thing to do, considering that there is at least one Gelato shop on almost every street. Like Ice Cream, there are so many different flavors of Gelato, making it a nearly impossible decision. 


     8. Walk across the Ponte Vecchio

In Florence, the Ponte Vecchio bridge has amazing views of the Arno River. It was built during medieval times (1395) and consists of three arches. There are many great shops and restaurants located right near the bridge. 


     9. Visit the Accademia

In Florence, the Accademia is the perfect museum to visit to get a taste of Italy’s art history. It is home to many famous pieces, including The David by Michelangelo. 


     10. Explore the Colosseum 

One of Rome’s most famous attractions is the Colosseum, which is an oval amphitheater that was home to thousands of combat fights between gladiators. I recommend taking a guided tour of the Colosseum because there are so many interesting aspects to learn about the large structure.