One of the most beautiful countries on the planet, Italy is made up of sun-bleached beaches, spectacular countryside, rustic villages, and bustling cities. In addition to its romantic reputation, Italy is also famous for its Roman ruins, exceptional food and outstanding wines. With such a varied backdrop, rich history and vibrant culture, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Italy, so you can have the holiday of your dreams, an All Inclusive break, or a budget getaway. Whether you’re a foodie, a sun-seeker, a thrill-seeker, a history buff, or a dedicated shopper, there’s so many things to do in Italy. This diverse country is perfect if you’re travelling with the family, with your better half, or with a group of mates.
Days out with the Kids
If you’re travelling with children, the chances are you’re going to want to organise a family day out, or three! Family is very much at the centre of Italian culture and you’ll find plenty of things to do in Italy to suit kids of all ages.
When it’s time for the kids to cool down and burn off some energy, a trip to Aqualandia in Jesolo is at the top of the list. Built to look like a Caribbean island, you’ll find rides and slides, flumes and pools and everything else you could need for a splashingly good time!
Aqualandia’s Shark Bay is worth a visit, with real sand both in and out of the pool! If you thought that was wet, be careful not to cross into the Battle Intrigo: anyone can control the water pistols so if the kids are in charge, prepare for a soaking! There’s lots for the smaller ones to enjoy too as the kids’ swimming pool features miniature replicas of the adult slides, they’re just a bit more child-friendly, so younger visitors won’t feel like they’re missing out.
Older kids will probably want to up their heart-rates with a trip on Captain Spacemaker: a 42m-high drop slide that’ll see you whizzing down in an inflatable boat at speeds of up to 110km an hour: one of the most exciting family things to do Italy has to offer!
Staying on dry land
If you’re more of a landlubber, Gardaland Park at Lake Garda has all the thrills, but without the water. If it’s high-octane excitement you’re after, there are some knuckle-whitening rollercoasters to test your nerves on, such as the Raptor, Oblivion, Black Hole, and the whirling Blue Tornado. Adventurers will enjoy the jungle rapids and Arctic Voyage ride, while youngsters can have some serious fun in the baby canoes, the Funny Express, and a traditional carousel.
There are relaxing rides on the monorail to see the scenic views of the park and a variety of entertaining shows and performances during peak seasons and a Sea Life aquarium next door. Don’t worry about packing food; Gardaland Park has its own on-site restaurants and refreshment stalls.
Days on the Beach
Italy’s fabulous beaches are clean, popular, and have plenty of things to do for families and couples. Relaxing on the sands is one of the favourite things to do in Italy, and if you’re looking to top up your tan, head over to Maronti Beach. One of Ischia’s biggest beaches, there’s always plenty of room and it rarely feels crowded. As you head down the hill that overlooks the bay from the east, you’ll have stunning views down over Maronti Beach and out across the Tyrrhenian Sea. When it’s time to cool off, go for a dip in the sparkling blue sea. The water can get deep quite quickly, so keep a close eye on your little ones if they go off for a splash.
If you get hungry, have a picnic in the sand or head to the back of the beach where you’ll find a selection of cafés and restaurants. The beach offers spectacular views across the bay and the charming and rustic village of Sant Angelo is just a water-taxi-ride away.
For something a little different, it’s a ten-minute walk from Maronti Beach to the Cavascura Natural Springs, where you can explore caves or enjoy an indulgent soak in the waters warmed by the underground springs.
For livelier beach-based things to do in Italy, check out Lido di Jesolo Beach. Although you’ve got the option to simply kick back and catch some rays, there’s also the chance to add a little shot of adrenaline to your day! While Lido di Jesolo’s powder-soft sands are perfect for sunbathing on, the crystal-clear waters offer an abundance of water-based activities, such as windsurfing, water-skiing and power-boating.
Back on land, on the promenade, you’ll see magnificent sand sculptures. From medieval statues and fairy tale castles to all kinds of animals, admiring these masterpieces is an easy way to entertain younger visitors.
Sand and sea are only a small part of the things to do Italy has for visitors. If you fancy letting your inner Indiana Jones off the leash, then why not take an alpaca for a walk on the top of a mountain? While it might sound a bit bonkers, this is a fun and exciting activity that everyone can take part in; you only need suitable footwear and a jacket, as temperatures on the top of the mountain can be cooler.
To meet your woolly sidekicks, you’ll need to take the cable car up to the top of Monte Baldo, near Lake Garda. During your high-wire adventure, your cable car’s cabin gently rotates, allowing you to enjoy some amazing panoramic views across Lake Garda and the surrounding mountains. Alpaca treks take between 45 minutes to over an hour and the cost won’t break the bank.
A guide will lead you to some stunning viewpoints and allow plenty of time for photos, so don’t forget to pack your camera! However, a word of warning: be prepared to fall in love with these animals, as they’re incredibly cute! Their soft wool is used to make gloves, scarves, hats and socks. Once your mountain-based alpaca odyssey is over, don’t forget to visit the shop at the end of your walk and purchase some alpaca souvenirs. It’s one of the more unusual things to do in Italy, but well worth it!