Italy

Things to do in Italy

There are endless possibilities for things to do in Italy. As the seat of Western Civilization, there are many museums and historical sites that are not to be missed. The ruins from the Roman Empire can be seen across the land, but nowhere as well as in Rome itself. Standing inside the Coliseum as the sun sets over the City of Seven Hills is an experience not soon forgotten. There are many beautiful ecclesiastical sites—the foremost being the illustrious Vatican, seat of power for the Catholic Church and former Holy Roman Empire. It’s worth a visit to admire St. Peter’s Basilica and gaze at the frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

If you are wondering what to do in Italy for shopping—look no further than the cobblestone streets of Via de' Tornabuoni in Florence. Stroll through the designer shops and save an hour for a turn through the Ferragamo Museum before hitting the picturesque Ponte Vecchio. For high fashion, Milan is the go-to city, especially during fashion week when models and designers arrive in droves to roam the streets in their seasonal finery.

There are many outdoor things to do in Italy, from stunning beaches to gorgeous hikes and bike rides through vineyards and olive groves. Check out the Travel + Leisure guide to discover what to do in Italy.

Metaponto has sandy, uncrowded beaches and a collection of lidos. An ancient Greek settlement, it was a resting spot for Spartacus and Pythagoras.

This double-masted 1926 sailing vessel, is available for small groups.

Coffee in Italy (and the culture that surrounds it) is a completely different animal than what you’re used to back home (e.g., Starbucks). When in Rome, stop in for caffè and cappuccino at as many different bars as you can.

The company offers boating services on Lake Como.

Tuscany Now has been offering Italian rentals to its clients worldwide. We have more than 200 exclusive Italian properties that vary from the small cottage accommodating two persons to an entire hamlet accommodating 40 persons.

Pop into this tiny shop for dark chocolates spiced with lavender, cayenne pepper, star anise, or cinnamon.

The Volpetti brothers have been selling the finest Italian gourmet products since 1973. Hams hang from the ceiling while pastries such as pannetone and crostate crowd the counters.

The only airport outlets for this über-chic Italian fashion label are in Rome, so if you missed the dazzling main outlet on Via Condotti, head to Terminal B for shoes and accessories—leather purses (women), chunky studded belts (men), or snakeskin-patterned leashes (Fido)—or to the Terminal C sat

While waiting for graduate school to begin in 1980, Giambattista Cilia’s father gave him and two friends a few tons of nero d’avola grapes for winemaking. The first vintage bonded the three, who promptly founded the COS Winery.

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Established in 1999, this minimalist Japanese-Italian bar at the Ferragamo’s Gallery Hotel Art is still the meeting point for Florence’s style-conscious crowd.

At the Villa Lante, built for Cardinal Gambara in the 1560’s on a hillside above the medieval town of Bagnaia and considered by many to be the finest Renaissance garden in Italy, the twin pavilions, or palazzine, play such a minor part in architect Giacomo Vignola’s overall design they might as w

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 fillings (smoked swordfish; toasted pine nuts).