10 must-have experiences in Italy

From the Tower of Pisa to coffee rituals at an Italian bar, here are 10 suggestions for your trip to Italy

Are you booking your holiday to Italy but don't know which city to visit? Or have you already planned the whole route but are afraid of missing something? If you want to take full advantage of this beautiful country's spirit without neglecting the Italian qualities, continue reading and get an idea about your next trip!

10 must-have experiences in Italy:

1) Gondola ride

Things to do in Venice? Venice is one of the most beautiful and most visited cities in the world, thanks to its architectural charm and the reflection of the waters from which it emerges. First on the list of things you must do in Venice is the Gondola ride, a tour through the canals on a typical boat of the Venice lagoon.

2) Eat a real Italian pizza

There's a reason Italian pizza is renowned all over the world. The Italians were the first to love and eat pizza on a regular basis. Round pizza, square slices of pizza, or rectangular pieces of pizza. Margherita pizzas, marinara pizzas, or four-cheese toppings. There are thousands of pizza variations, and each pizza maker has his own recipe which he believes to be authentic. You just have to try them all!

3) Leaning tower of Pisa

Another must-have experience in Tuscany is climbing the Tower of Pisa. The famous leaning tower, the protagonist of hundreds of photographs each day, is a sight to behold and a test of your courage. After climbing the 294 steps of the internal staircase, a panoramic and "tilting" spectacle of the Piazza dei Miracoli awaits you.

4) Visit one of the most important museums

You can't visit Italy without taking in a little culture. A visit to a museum should not be missing from your travel plans. Among the best-known museums are those in Florence, from the Galleria dell'Accademia where you can admire Michelangelo's David, to the Uffizi and the absolute masterpieces that it houses. In Rome the Vatican Museums and the Capitoline can't be missed, and in Venice you must visit the Palazzo Ducale, the Correr Museum or the Ca 'Pesaro for Modern Art.

5) Wine Tasting in Chianti

Returning to sensory pleasures, it's time to talk about wine tasting in Chianti. The intense, ruby red wine is one of the most famous wines in the world, produced in Tuscany in the area of the same name. Here, you can taste the Chianti in one of the many wineries, or simply order it for dinner or lunch at any local restaurant.

6) Bike tours

What is the best way to appreciate the views of the Italian countryside? A bike ride, of course! This is an emerging trend all over Europe referred to as 'cycling tourism', an innovative way of travel that's green and in total harmony with nature. Treat yourself to a bike tour in the woods and you will not regret it.

7) Cooking course

To experience the culinary tradition of Italy first hand, why not try a cooking class for the whole family? You'll discover the secrets of homemade pasta, traditional Italian dishes, and the famous pizza. And at the end of the lesson, you'll also get to savour the taste!

8) Drink some great coffee

The special Italian passion for coffee is well known. And by coffee we mean espresso, also called a "normal coffee", that can even be made "ristretto." This is the only way to savour the characteristic aroma with a low amount of caffeine content. But then you can indulge yourself: a "macchiato" coffee, a "corretto" coffee, coffee in glass, or coffee with cream. But always remember that in Italy, coffee is drunk on your feet at the bar counter!

9) Vespa tour

Visit the surroundings of the artistic cities on board a Vespa! The traditional all-Italian scooter will allow you to enjoy the best views of the Italian countryside. If you prefer the convenience of a car, just choose the famous Fiat 500.

10) Shopping

Last, but least, why not treat yourself to a little shopping? Products made in Italy are renowned throughout the world for the quality, taste and creativity that distinguishes them. So let yourself be intrigued by the collections of the greatest Italian designers, from the windows of eye-catching boutiques to vintage shops hidden among the city streets.

The spirit of Italy can't be captured and conveyed in so few lines, but trying some of these experiences is good start!

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