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Things to do in Italy

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Italy. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Italy attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Italy to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Italy.

  • ’ino

    Opened in November 2006 by young gastronome Alessandro Frassica, this rustic-chic foodies’ paradise is piled high with artisan-made Italian goodies... More
  • 100% Capri

    Inspired by the sunny, Mediterranean lifestyle of Capri, Tony Aiello launched this label of handmade, ultra-light, linen wear for men, women, and c... More
  • 37 San Felice

  • Abbadia di Chiaravalle Fiastra

    The Abbey at Fiastra is one of the most serene, with a shaded portico and an ample courtyard that has a well at the center. The windows of the monk... More
  • Abbazia di Nonantola

    An eighth-century monastery with an imposing vaulted interior. More
  • Accademia

    There’s always a long line outside Florence’s Academy of Fine Arts, everyone waiting to see arguably the world’s most famous sculpture: Michelangel... More
  • Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna

  • Agape

    The white-and-wood design store sells sleek housewares (bright orange showerheads; stainless-steel wall lights). More
  • Agrigelateria San Pé

  • Alab’Arte

    Carved horse heads and Roman gods crowd the studio’s shelves. But collector-worthy contemporary pieces, such as transparent spiral candleholders an... More
  • Albinelli

    Do as the Modenese do and visit this covered market (open mornings only). Pick up lunch to go at Panini Schiavoni, a stall with unusual sandwich fi... More
  • Andrea Grisdale

    Insider Clout: For a writer client researching a novel about World War II–era Italy, Grisdale opened her little black book to arrange meetings with... More
  • Andrea Sertoli

    Whether you are hoping to hit the “Big 3” (Rome, Florence and Venice) with tots in tow, sample phenomenal wines in the alluring region of Apulia, o... More
  • Anna Fabiano

    The only place where one can purchase women's clothes by Anna Fabiano, the former Fiorucci designer's store is located in Milan's trendy Porta Tici... More
  • Annibale Gammarelli

    Roman dandies flock to this Sartoria per Ecclesiastici in search of knee-high socks in cardinal red, bishop purple, or sober black; the fine-knits ... More

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