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What to do in Italy

When I showed my wife my outline for this site she asked “isn’t where to go and what to do in Italy the same thing?”

I think there is an important difference.

As you list the sights you want to visit in Italy you might also want to start thinking about activities you can engage in while there.

In our travels we often include some form of group food activity; in Spain it has been tapas tours, Germany it was a beer and food tour. These activities not only introduced us to the foods of the region, they offered cultural insight, and more importantly an experience with fellow travelers that became a  highlight of our trip.  We wanted to include a food experience in our Italy trip but because of my health issues we decided I would need to keep our evenings free for recuperation.

In addition to food experiences, one can engage in hiking, boating and biking excursions, cooking classes, city tours on a Segway, wine/chocolate/cheese/olive oil tasting, go to Gladiator School, have an audience with the Pope, go horseback riding, take a factory tour, enjoy an Italian concert, treat yourself to a hot spring spa and/or ride a Gondola in Venice. And, of course, there is the shopping; which you will have plenty of opportunity to do on your own but there are even tours for it. For example, you can take a day tour out of Milan to Fidenza Village, home to 100 luxury boutiques.

Activities can be part of an organized (guided) experience or independent. For organized group experience you can browse the Viator links to the right (see Disclosure). Checking with Italy’s various tourist office can also be of help (see outside links on right). Local, walk in, tourist offices usually can provide you with both the guided options and the independent ones. In my experience, many ‘guided’, day tour, operators are able to accommodate late booking, even last minute walk-ins, but you can not always count on it. Pre-booking before leaving home should mean you get on the tour you want at the time and day you want.

Finally, you have an idea of where you want to go and the activities you want to include; do you want to do them as a Tour    

Using a multi-day Italy tour in your travel

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Outside Resource Links:


A Gazdtteer of Italy a scholarly man that has hiked around a lot of Italy shares his stories.

A listing of the Regional Tourist Boards in Italy