It is never easy to plan a full itinerary of what to see in Italy, mind about how is difficult to understand which place go first on your next trip to Italy. Those are some insider tips on which is the best Italian bucket list. As Italian, we have travelled all around our amazing land.
From north to south Italy has got awesome places to visit that will stick in your mind forever. To be helpful we have tide up a full list to make easy your next choice about Italy. Those are the best places to visit in the southern country, an Italy bucket list that will take literally everywhere, looking at the best attractions and some hidden gems.
Through this list you will be able to see the best of the North and South, going from the top of the Dolomites of Trentino, down the crystal turquoise water of Sicily. A trip around the colours, cultures and taste of Italy.
Drinking a coffee in Naples, or eating a pizza in the folkloristic borough of the city, toward the factories of Parmiggiano cheese of Emilia Romagna. Let’s start this trip together around the beautiful sightseeing of Italy. Hope you are ready for this full list of unique experiences in Italy with us.
The full lineup of what needs to be in your Italy bucket list:
- 1. Admire the Cinque Terre Landscape
- 2. Be amazed by the Blue Grotto in Capri
- 3. Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain in Rome
- 4. Drive down the cliffs of Amalfi Coast
- 5. Visit St. Peter’s Cathedral at the Vatican
- 6. Go wine tasting in a vineyard in Tuscany
- 7. Walkthrough Ponte Vecchio in Florence
- 8 Snap the typical shot with the Pisa’s Tower
- 9. Hike up the most dangerous Volcano in Europe, the Vesuvius
- 10. Enjoy the sunset in front of the Colosseum
- 11. Admire the skyline of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo
- 12. Visit the Uffizi Gallery and the David
- 13. Check the history of Pompeii and Herculaneum strolling around the Romans ruins
- 14. Visit the picturesque Burano
- 15. Roam around the ancient ruins of Rome
- 16. See the architecture of the white Trulli of Alberobello
- 17. Dress up for the Carnival of Venice
- 18 Visit the small island of Stromboli and watch the power of a volcano
- 19. Go in love with Verona and visit Juliet’s House
- 20. Sail on the Lake Garda
- 21. Trekking among the Stelvio National Park (Trentino)
- 22. Go Kayaking into the Canyons of Santa Giustina Lake (Trentino)
- 23. See Venice from another point of view, from a typical gondola
- 24. Relax into the hot natural spring pools of Saturnia
- 25. Eat the best gelato in Italy in Bologna
- 26. Visit a Parmigiano factory in Emilia Romagna
- 27. Visit Acqua Alta book store
- 28. Lie down the beaches of Puglia at the Maldive of Salento
- 29. Arrive by boat to Positano
- 30. Hike up the stairs of the Amalfi Cathedral
- 31. Sail on a catamaran in Sardinia
- 32. Admire the amazing Villa of Tiberius in Capri
- 33. Take a relaxing weekend in a ski chalet in the Dolomites
- 34. Hike up the Milan Cathedral
- 35. Drink a spritz on the Navigli of Milano like a local
- 36. Drive a classic 500 into the streets of Rome
- 37. Eat under lemon trees in Sorrento
- 38. Eat a pizza in Naples
1. Admire the Cinque Terre Landscape
There are many landscapes in Italy worth even a quick visit, but absolutely the Cinque Terre Scenario is unique. Picturesque, colourful houses on a rocky cliff surrounded by blue water. This is an absolutely gorgeous panorama that you have always seen on your Instagram Feed. It is so popular recently. But, you haven’t to visit Cinque Terre just for the view and snap a couple of photos, this place is unique even for food and culture heritage. Cinque Terre has got some of the best accommodations in Northern Italy.
2. Be amazed by the Blue Grotto in Capri – Best things to do in Italy
This cove into the sea has amazed tourists from all over the world for years. The Blue Grotto is located in the amazing island of Capri, in the Bay of Naples, just 1 hour away by ferry from the main sea station, Molo Beverello (Check how to reach Capri and Blue Grotto from Naples.)
The Blue Grotto has a water reflection, that makes the lights having this bright blue colour. But, the Blue Grotto is not the only attraction of Capri. Going to one of the best islands close to Naples, you have to visit the Villa of Tiberius and the Faraglioni, two rocks in the middle of the sea. This Island and all the bay is one of the best natural scenarios of Italy.
3. Flip a coin into the Trevi Fountain in Rome
Into the list of must-do in Italy you can’t miss tossing a coin into the most famous fountain of Italy. The Trevi Fountain of Rome, everyday host many tourists from all over the world. Everybody come here with a clear idea in their mind, flip a coin into the fountain and make a wish. The legend says that the wish is to come back to Rome. It is true or not? Actually, with us, it works!
4. Drive down the cliffs of Amalfi Coast
If you love to drive and are ready for an on the road adventure, the Amalfi Coast path is what you need to breathe the adrenaline of curves and beautiful scenario. It is not a secret that everybody loves the Amalfi Coast, it is probably the most scenic roads in Italy. The amazing view from the high cliffs overlooking the sea is something that you have to experience. This is our birthplace, so make sure you check our guide on how to reach Positano from Naples or even Amalfi.
If you want to make it more interesting, why not renting a typical Vespa Motorbike. This is an advanced path, but if you feel you can do it, why not. This road is the favourite circuit by passionate bikers.
5. Visit St. Peter’s Cathedral at the Vatican – Italy bucket list
Visiting Rome without admiring the Vatican is unbearable. Vatican City is the smallest country in Europe. It is technically not part of Italy, but the Holy Church has power on the little portion of land in the heart of the Capital of Italy. There are many tours that will take you into the church and admire the Sixtine Chapel or the amazing Vatican Gardens. Associate this visit to a holiday in Rome, we have done a few guides on the ancient Roman city, check out our Rome in 2 days itinerary.
6. Go wine tasting in a vineyard in Tuscany – Italy best things to do
Some of the best wines in the World are Italian, and some of the best vineyard in the country are in Tuscany. From the top of the green hills of the Central Region is coming various kind of Wine. So, why don’t sip a glass directly from the winemaker? Book a tour roaming around the vineyard, with tasty products from the local farms.
7. Walkthrough Ponte Vecchio in Florence
Continuing our trip to Tuscany, you have to visit Florence. The capital city of the Region is one of the most cultural places in Italy. We have been so lucky to walk through Ponte Vecchio, the old bridge of the city and snap some of our best photos of Italy. This is a medieval stone arch bridge across the Arno River. The bridge has been upgraded during the Medici Rule, with the passage on top, that never expose the Lord of the city from hostile attacks.
8. Snap the typical shot with the Pisa’s Tower
Another amazing city in Tuscany is Pisa. Well known for the famous Pisa’s Tower. We couldn’t miss this attraction from our Italian bucket list. Try to snap the original pose if you can, rather than the usual one. Be creative.
9. Hike up the most dangerous Volcano in Europe, the Vesuvius
Not everybody knows that you can walk up to one of the most dangerous Volcanos in the World, accordingly with Time.com. The mount Vesuvius is an active volcano in Italy, in the south of Country. The 1200 metres tall mount overlooks Naples and is responsible for the dangerous eruption that destroyed the old roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Check the tour that will take you up to the Vesuvius.
10. Enjoy the sunset in front of the Colosseum – Best things to do in Italy
One of the 7 Wonders of the World is in Italy, it is the Colosseum. A complex structure built by Romans more than 1000 years ago and still stands in the heart of Rome, the capital of Italy. This old stadium hosted gladiators. You can visit the interns of the Colosseum. Check the ticket for a fast track (The queue will be really long especially in summer) + Buy the ticket for the fast track of Colosseum and Palatinum for just 15 Euro.
11. Admire the skyline of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo
The best skyline of Florence is from the top of Piazzale Michelangelo. The large square named to one of the most famous artists of the city has the perfect landscape on 360 of Florence. The way to the top is hard, but believe it or not, the view is amazing. This place for us is one of the tops on the list of best photo spot in Florence, you have to check this list before heading to Italy.
Check the best cooking class to attend in Florence
12. Visit the Uffizi Gallery and the David of Michelangelo
Still, in Florence, that is where Italian Reinassance begins, and where many artists found inspiration today as well. You have to include the Uffizi Gallery in your Italy bucket list and admire the David of Michelangelo, the most famous works of the Italian artist. Due to the queue will be really long since early morning and there are limited tickets, we advise you to book it online and if you can go for the fast-track tickets of the Uffizi Gallery for 30 euro. Skip the queue ticket is advised if you are in Florence for a quick visit.
13. Check the history of Pompeii and Herculaneum strolling around the Romans ruins
As we said before the Vesuvius eruption of the 79 a.d destroyed the two cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Those two, the first more than the second are now two of the most popular attractions in Italy. The Roman Ruins are visited every year by millions of tourists in search of the beauty of ancient Rome. Check the tickets to secure your spot in Pompei and Herculaneum.
14. Visit the picturesque Burano
In northern Italy, there is a city on the water that has got some of the most picturesque houses floating on the canals. No, we are not talking about Venice, or not yet. But, close by there is Burano, one of the most colourful towns in the whole of Italy. Visiting Venice, make sure to go, even for a quick visit to Burano. There are many tours that will take you from Venice to Burano in a day from just 20 Euro.
15. Roam around the ancient ruins of Rome
Rome is where Roman civilization started. If you are visiting the capital of Italy, make sure to include in your plan to roam around Via dei Fori Imperiali, Largo Argentina or the thermals baths of Caracalla and enjoy the ruins of ancient times.
16. See the architecture of the white Trulli of Alberobello
This is maybe one of the most underrated places in Italy. Alberobello is not well known but is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Trulli are typical houses with a cone-shaped on top and white bases. These unique and beautiful structures are attracting recently tourists.
17. Dress up for the Carnival of Venice
Venice is beautiful all year, but during February is celebrating an annual festival, the Carnival of Venice. This is the best period to visit the city, because of the colours, the masks and the decorations. But it is also one of the period most popular, the city is so crowded. Wherever this is a bucket list of Italy, and we will include reasons why you have to visit a city, not when it is better to do.
18. Visit the small island of Stromboli and watch the power of a volcano
This is another hidden gem of Italy that not many known. The small island of Stromboli is part of Sicily and has got an active Volcano on it. Every year this volcano gives amazing scenarios, even at night erupting. Don’t be scared, the Volcano eruptions are under control on the islands and so far no fatality has happened thanks to the local authorities. But for sure it is something that you will hardly forget. Include Stromboli in your unique experiences to do in Italy list.
19. Go in love with Verona and visit Juliet’s House
Love, love and love. Verona is for many the most romantic city in Italy. Become so famous thanks to Shakespeare that wrote Romeo and Juliet’s novels, setting it in Verona. Today you can visit the balcony of Juliet and write a letter about your own love and pin it to Juliet’s House.
20. Sail on the Lake Garda – Bucket list Italy
Wind and breeze are all you need in order to relax. The Lake Garda in northern Italy will offer you the perfect relaxing holidays. The marvellous landscapes of mountains and green woods are the best for everybody will experience Italy from another point of view. We will suggest you check out Peschiera del Garda or Riva del Garda as your set point. Sailing on the Lake Garda you can enjoy the dramatic Scenery and awesome lakeside villas.
21. Trekking among the Stelvio National Park (Trentino)
The lake of Garda is that big that gets divided into three different Regions. Yes, it is that big. One of those Regions is Trentino. We love this Region in Northern Italy. This is the place where you can meet the highest picks in Italy. Write down the Dolomites and think to go trekking among the Stelvio National Park. We have done almost everything in an entire week in Trentino.
22. Go Kayaking into the Canyons of Santa Giustina Lake (Trentino)
Still staying in Trentino, make sure you visit the Lake of Santa Giustina. In the amazing Val di Non (Non-Valley), there is an awesome lake, surrounded by the vineyard of tasty Trento Doc. This lake is not really popular, but it should be for the amazing water sports you can do, and the clean air you can breathe. Make sure to check for a Kayaking visit to the Canyons of Santa Giustina Lake, an awesome natural discovery in the heart of Trentino.
23. See Venice from another point of view, from a typical gondola
Let’s go back to Venice, one of the most popular cities in Italy. You can’t miss taking a ride on a gondola, the typical transport way in the city. It is the taxi of the lagoon. The choice to do a unique experience in Italy and cost what cost take a gondola to your next sightseeing.
24. Relax into the hot natural spring pools of Saturnia
Becoming popular recently thanks to the photos on Instagram, the natural hot springs of Saturnia are a gorgeous natural place. Thermal spring water that will make you relax for sure.
25. Eat the best gelato in Italy in Bologna – Things to do in Italy
Bologna is a well-known city, and eat a gelato is a must-do. For many people, Bologna has got the best gelato in Italy. If you have been to Italy, you clearly can understand that is not same as the typical ice-cream, it is a paradise. Stroll around the arcades of Bologna with a fresh gelato in your hands in the hot summer in Italy.
26. Visit a Parmigiano factory in Emilia Romagna – a Bucket list of Italy
Still staying near Bologna, you can experience the real taste of Parmigiano or Parmesan cheese. The factories are well-stocked piles of rounded cheese. Let’s say a paradise!
27. Visit Acqua Alta book store
The Acqua Alta bookstore is another place to visit in Italy. Not many know this place, that is in Venice, maybe just because of saw photos on Instagram, from time to time.
28. Lie down the beaches of Puglia at the Maldive of Salento
Southern Italy is most known for the beautiful scenarios, the beaches and the cliffs. There is a specific part of Italy that can be compared to the Maldive. Pescoluse may say nothing to you, but it is one of the beautiful parts of Italy. Close to the most famous Santa Maria di Leuca, location mainly frequented by locals. Make sure to write this location down your list best experiences in Italy you must do.
29 – Arrive by boat to Positano – Luxury experiences Italy
Give yourself a luxury experience in Italy and arrive in Positano by boat, or at least plan a romantic dinner on the sea. Positano is one of the most glamours places in Italy. Close to Naples, the small gem of Italy is the ideal for a holiday without thinking about the wallet. It is a dream and you have to pursue it, make sure to plan enough time in the little town to admire the natural landscapes.
30. Hike up the stairs of the Amalfi Cathedral
The Amalfi Coast is not just Positano, but even other small little towns on the cliffs. But the biggest city on the coast is Amalfi, where the name is coming from. It was the Maritime Republic, with a great power back on time. The Cathedral of Amalfi is one of the symbols of the power of this city. Make sure to admire the staircase and go up entering the Church.
31. Sail on a catamaran in Sardinia – Unique experiences in Italy
Sardinia is where the sea is mostly blue. Joking apart, Sardinia is one of the best islands of Italy. It has got awesome beaches, with the top of the luxury in Costa Smeralda, and the most underrated in the south with Villasimius. The best experience you can include in your Italian bucket list is to sail on a catamaran on the turquoise water of Sardinia.
32. Admire the amazing Villa of Tiberius in Capri – Italian bucket list
We have mentioned this amazing Villa already before, talking about the Blue Grotto. It is a Roman ruin completed in AD 27 by Emperor Tiberius. The view from that point is insane, you can clearly understand why the Emperor wants one of his most prestigious villas located there. Think that this was the largest of 12 Tiberian Villas on the Island.
33. Take a relaxing weekend in a ski chalet in the Dolomites
The Dolomites are the highest mountains in Italy. Located in North East of the Country are the world-famous Alps. Here are some of the best Ski chalet in Italy, and you can reach the slopes from the main airports of Milan or Verona.
34. Hike up the Milan Cathedral – Italy bucket list
Milan is well known to be the Italian fashion Capital. But one of the most important sightseeing of the centre is the Cathedral, with the Lady on the top oversees the city. Hike up the dome and check what the view looks like. We wrote an amazing list of things to do in Milan in one day, that you have to read absolutely. Even just for a day, or a layover, Milan has to be in your Italy bucket list.
35. Drink a spritz on the Navigli of Milano like a local
Act like Italian. Even if you have just a short weekend in Milan, you have to try the Spritz. A local alcoholic aperitif. In order to tick off this from your list of best experiences in Italy, you have to go to the Navigli area, where the main clubs and bars are located. This is the place where locals love to meet up.
36. Drive a classic 500 into the streets of Rome – Best things to do in Italy
It is a dream, driving in a classic Fiat 500 in the streets of Rome. The ancient ruins on your side, the sun on your face and the colosseum waving at you. Yes, we know. But it is even less expensive than you think.
37. Eat under lemon trees in Sorrento
How many times have you seen photos of the Amalfi Coast and the amazing yellow big lemons? So many. Why not enjoy a romantic dinner under the lemon trees typical of the Sorrento coast.
38. Eat a pizza in Naples – Italy bucket list
This is last, for now, on our Italian bucket list. Eat the best pizza in the World. Where? In Naples, obviously. Where the original pizza has been made from ages. It is here the origin of one of the most famous dishes of Italian tradition. You will be surprised if we tell you that you can even book a pizza masterclass in Naples, for a few bucks. Check some of the suggested places where learn how to make the best pizza in the world at home. (Check the bargains)
Travelling to Italy packing list
Italy is beautiful and colourful, to mismatch with the different experience you need to know what to wear before travelling to Italy. It is clear to everybody that the most fashionable country in the World needs an appropriate outfit for every kind of situation.
It is true in winter will be cold, especially in the north, and in summer really sweating in the south. So check at least two weeks before your departure the temperatures. Always carry with you a pullover, not that heavy of course, but even in Summer, sometimes especially close to the seaside it will be a bit chilly at night and evening, even in Southern Italy.
The below list will give you a ruffly idea of what to pack for every season in Italy.
Winter: Will be extremely cold in Northern Italy, or in the internal part of the country. In the south the months of December, January and February, even in early March, could be wet and cloudly.
Recently December has been a cold month, with the temperature never below the 10 degrees but extremely sunny for weeks. If you are lucky, during the Christmas time, you will experience the Vesuvius, the volcano overlooking Naples, with a white cone shape. An awesome scenario.
Spring: This is another wet month, with temperature going up and never below the 15 degrees. In May you will start to experience the first hot temperatures, with many people starting to lay on the beach in the south.
In the north the case is different. Out of the major cities like Milan, Bologna, Florence, where is hot, other parts could be sometimes wet or windy. Carry with you a jacket just in case.
Summer: Never forget your flip-flop. Our travel friends are always with us, especially in Italy, where the temperatures go over and beyond the 30 degrees everywhere. Travelling to Sicily in summer will take you a different climate. Be ready to be with shorts all day even at night.
Autumn: Wet and Gray in northern Italy, sunny and bright until late October in the South. Is easy that you find people on the beach of Naples during October, where, in other parts of the country, are already cold. Don’t forget your jacket at home and good shoes.
Luxury experiences in Italy
In our list of places to visit in Italy, we have mentioned some of the most luxurious experiences to do one in your life. Italy is glamourous and you can experience the splendour and elegance almost everywhere on our list. Venice is experiencing over-tourism, and that is reflecting on the high prices that will take you away from this city. But in this city, you can experience most of the luxury of Italy, with old residences and vintage services like the gondola taxi.
If you are looking for a Luxury experience in Italy, we can suggest visiting the Amalfi Coast, check-in in Positano, Amalfi or Sorrento in one of the glamorous hotels looking at the sea. It will be expensive, but really worth it.
Italy travel insurance
Travelling to Italy is worth to plan head to sign in for private insurance. Despite that the A&E will help you, is always worth to be prepared for a few bucks. Private insurance will cost you from 30$ onwards for an entire week in Italy.
It will save you a lot of money and not only that. With private insurance you will have access to the suggested local emergency, it will save you time and help you better with everything covered by your insurance.
Italy travel budget
This is one of the points that you were looking for. We know that budget matters, also because we won’t always do the best as we can with less money. We are like you, don’t worry. Italy has a really different range of prices between the various areas. Let’s says that in the North is typically more expensive than the Southern, but is not everywhere like this.
The prices of a mid-range hotel are almost the same everywhere, what we always recommend to our friends exploring Italy is not just to focus on the main city, but look around. Some of the little towns around the biggest cities have a lot to offer to tourists and are always cheaper than the city.
Regions like Trentino or Emilia Romagna are really worth a visit but less advertised than Venice or Milan. In those places, you can experience the real Italy, tasty food and typical culture, more than a well-known city, full of tourists every year.
Talking about numbers, and cutting down the Italy travel cost, will be great if you can think about 1000$ for a week, covering everything from accommodation to food in mid-range restaurants, transports and experiences. This costs can be adjusted by the location where you are going. Let’s says that in the Amalfi Coast, this budget will cover you just for the accommodation and a few low-priced meals.
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