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.

Here, tucked under the arid Lepini Hills, the ruins of a medieval town (razed by civil war in 1382) were gradually transformed over the course of the 20th century by the aristocratic, now died-out Caetani family into what some consider the most beautiful garden on earth.

This spot never disappoints: the cheerfully decorated ceramics factory and garden are adorned with urns, plates, and tiles with fruits and flowers.

The museum display ceramics from the 1500's to the present, including 1900's majolicas of Pesaro's Ferruccio Mengaroni.

The downtown location of Gilda is considered among the best nightclubs in the city. Like many competitors, the owners of Gilda open a beachside version of the club from May to September.

Named one of the top European culinary vacations by the United Kingdom’s Observer newspaper, Casa Ombuto's cooking courses are held in two Tuscan properties near the village of Poppi: Casa Ombuto and Torre del Tartufo.

Stroll around the fruit stalls and food sellers to assemble an on-the-go lunch.

Milliner Giuliana Longo has been creating her signature hats in her workshop since 1968. Pick up a brightly colored beret made of rabbit fur and felt.

You’ll see fashionable people all over town—punky Japanese tourists to preppy Roman men—carrying these shopping bags.