There are many reasons why Italy is the most popular European travel destination – its wealth of history and culture, its stunning scenery and breathtaking views and let’s not forget, its food and wine are to die for. Any trip to Italy is bound to be fabulous, but if you follow these top tips then you will surely not go wrong.
Visit Rome – make sure you do not leave the stunning capital out of your itinerary. Even if you can only visit Rome for a few days, it is a must-see. The city is brilliantly chaotic and provides an amazing variety of wonders. Visit the Colosseum and walk through the ruins of the Roman Forum, soaking up the rich history of the Roman times. Within a ten-minute walk, you can then be surrounded by beautiful sites such as the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain, where you can have a gelato whilst strolling through the cobble-stoned streets and beautiful piazzas.
Rent a car and drive through Tuscany or the Amalfi Coast – This will definitely be one of the highlights of your trip. Drive through the Tuscan hills at your leisure, visiting the many small towns along the hillsides. Stop in any one of these towns where you can have an amazing lunch which will taste like ‘nonna’ has cooked it for your herself. Sit outside and drink wine from one of the many wineries surrounding the Tuscan countryside. Don’t miss out on Lucca, one of the gems of Tuscany. A good idea would be to rent bikes and drive along its old city walls. You could also visit the medieval town of San Gimignano or go wine tasting in Montepulciano.
Another amazing part of Italy to explore is that of the Amalfi Coast. Spend a few days driving around this beautiful area where your breath will be taken away at every turn by stunning coastal views and amazing picturesque towns. Enjoy a lunch of fresh fish on the seafront of Positano or visit Ravello where you can view its ancient monuments and enjoy authentic limoncello whilst you take in its stunning views.
Take Tours – There is so much history and beauty in Italy that it cannot possibly be fitted into a guide book. No matter where you go, try to take as many guided tours as you can. Guided tours will bring the areas to life for you and enhance your experience. There are many reputable tour companies who provide fantastic tour experiences, we highly recommend Show Me Italy!! Nothing compares to having real life information from an expert who will show you the best of the area. So ditch the guide book and take a tour!
Eat Gelato – eat as much as you can! One of the benefits of being in Italy is having no shortage of mouth-watering authentic gelato. Take as much advantage of this as you can…when you return home you will regret it if you don’t! The best places will only make ice cream using seasonal flavours so if you go to these places you can be sure you are getting great gelato made with fresh ingredients.
Try pistacchio, fragola which will be made with fresh strawberries or limone which will be made with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
If you would prefer a less dairy alternative ask for a sorbetto which is made from fresh fruit, sugar and water. Don’t be afraid to try the local specialty, you may be pleasantly surprised.
Go wine-tasting – If you are in Tuscany or have the time to go there, then you must visit one of the many wineries set in the Tuscan hillsides for an incredible wine tasting experience. The best places to visit are Montepulciano and Chianti.
If you are unable to visit Tuscany then don’t worry, many places also have city wine tours where you can still have an amazing wine tasting evening where you can sample different wines and learn tips from an expert sommelier. Check out
Show Me Italy’s Rome Wine Tour which takes place in the beautiful Trastevere area of the city.
Don’t rush – when you get to Italy, take the lead from the locals – put the brakes on, slow down and relax. Soak it all in. Spend some time walking around wherever you are at your leisure. Sit on the Spanish Steps for 2 hours eating gelato and watching the world go by, spend time having dinner and experience it like the Italians do…antipasti, primi, secondi, dolci, caffe….don’t miss any course out! Sit outside at a local bar and have an aperitivo while listening to music and to Italian conversation, even if you don’t understand a word of it.
These are just a few tips to help you make the most of your Italian holiday. If you open your mind and heart to this beautiful country then you will have the trip of a lifetime and will not want to leave.