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.

Going Up!

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!

2. Golfo del Pecoriello

Don’t miss the stunning little cove of Golfo del Pecoriello on your holiday to Sant’Agnello. A picturesque natural sight, it’s just a few minutes walk from Stabilimento Balneare La Marinella.
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5. Herculaneum

Pay a visit to one of the world’s most iconic ancient sites with a trip to Herculaneum. Less than an hour away from Sant’Agnello by road and served by trains, it’s an absolute must if you’re interested in ancient history.
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6. Shop 'til you drop

Shopping on the Venetian Riviera ranges from high-end luxury boutiques to bustling weekly markets. You’ll find a good mix of designer brands and hand-made crafts in Venice but if you head for some of the islands in the Venice Lagoon
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7. Take the kids to Aqualandia

The kids (and big kids!) will love a day out at Aqualandia Jesolo, it’s Italy’s biggest waterpark, themed on shipwrecks and pirates. There are a whole host of thrill seeking rides for the whole family to enjoy including tube and toboggan slides.
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8. Relax on Lido di Jesolo Beach

One of the most popular attractions on the Venetian Riviera is the beach in Lido di Jesolo. This Blue Flag winner has 17km of golden sands with plenty of sunloungers and parasols, lapped by the inviting waters of the Adriatic Sea.
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9. Spend the day in Venice

If you want to surround yourself with traditional Italy, a visit to the Venetian Riviera isn’t complete without a trip to Venice. Pack your day full of sight-seeing as you enjoy the city views from the Campanile di San Marco
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10. Trek with an Elalpaca

For those who love animals and doing something fun that is slightly out of the ordinary, Elalpaca trekking is perfect. How do you like the sound of taking an alpaca for a walk on the top of a mountain?
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11. Swim in the bay of Val di Sogno

Visitors are attracted to this pretty cove to gaze at the lake views and encounter nature. It’s located a little way away from the roads so if you want peace and quiet you’ll definitely find it here.
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12. Visit ancient Castello Scaligero

Perched on a cliff edge beside Lake Garda you can’t fail to notice this striking castle, it’s the town’s landmark. No one is sure of how old the castle is exactly but details of modifications throughout its history have been documented.
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13. Explore pretty Cassone

Cassone is just over two miles from Malcesine but it makes for a peaceful walk or bike ride, as the views of the lake are beautiful. The town itself is really picturesque with a small harbour, stone tower, fishing boats, colourfully painted houses, little bridges and narrow canals.
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14. Climb Monte Baldo

Towering above Malcesine is the mighty Monte Baldo mountain, standing at 1,760 metres between the River Adige and Lake Garda. With a variety of landscapes it’s a natural oasis for many different plants and animals.
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15. La Limonaia del Castel

Pay a visit to La Limonaia del Castel, and explore one of Limone’s most interesting attractions. Although wandering around a lemon museum might not sound all that appealing on the face of it
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17. Chiesa San Rocco

Prepare to be charmed by this elegant little church when you visit the Chiesa San Rocco. Quaint, traditional and surrounded by stunning scenery
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18. Wind Riders

Whether you’re a complete novice or a seasoned pro, get involved with some kitesurfing on your holiday to Limone courtesy of Wind Riders.
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19. Il Chiosco

To enjoy a few drinks with spectacular views of Lake Garda, pull up a chair at Limone’s Il Chiosco. Found on Via Campaldo in the upper part of town
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20. Maronti Beach

Spend a day at Maronti Beach and look forward to relaxing in the warm Mediterranean sunshine and splashing around in the crystal clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
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21. Museo del Mare

Pay a visit to the Museo del Mare and spend some time exploring Ischia’s tribute to its maritime past. The museum’s close to Ischia Porto’s centre, and just steps from the Ponte Aragonese which takes you to the Castello Aragonese.
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22. Baia di Sorgeto

Get ready to bathe in the bath-like waters of incredible rock pool and soak up some warm Mediterranean sunshine with a visit to the Baia di Sorgeto.
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23. Monte Epomeo

If you love a bit of adventure on your holidays, then lace up your hiking boots and climb Monte Epomeo. Lying in the heart of Ischia, you’re in for a memorable experience with this exciting activity.
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25. Get a taste of history in Paestum

Amalfi’s a great place for history buffs. If you’re also into hiking, you’ll love the Torre dello Ziro. The ruins of this medieval tower are perched high up above Amalfi so you’ll get an unbelievable view of the bay from there.
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26. See the Blue and Emerald grottos

The Amalfi Coast could have been made for boat trips. Everywhere you look is stunningly beautiful but the Emerald and Blue grottos are something else. A trip into these sea caves is like visiting another world,
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27. Visit the island of Capri

Whatever you think you know about Capri, you’re probably right, but there’s a whole lot more to this idyllic little island than high-end designer shopping and celebrity boltholes.
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28. Explore the Amalfi Coast

Built into dramatic cliffs, the Amalfi Coast Road (or Amalfi Drive) is well known for its twists, turns and incredible views. This is one of those places where the journey is as much a part of the experience as your destination,
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29. Take it easy in Amalfi Town

When you go somewhere as beautiful as the Amalfi Coast, it’s tempting to spend more time sightseeing than relaxing. To make sure you take it easy and savour the view for at least part of your holiday,
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31. Explore Sorrento's Piazza Tasso

Pull yourself away from the pool and head inland to Sorrento’s main square, Piazza Tasso. The central area is named after poet, Torquato Tasso, who is said to be one of the greatest Italian writers of the Renaissance.
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34. Trek up Sicily's Mount Etna

Sicily sits on the tallest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna standing at 10,890 feet. Get a feel for the majestic mountain by trekking on foot to see the nature, wildlife and ancient larva trails.
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35. Cavagrande del Cassibile

Spend a day at this cold water oasis, hidden in the hills near the little town of Avola. The Cavagrande del Cassibile is one of Sicily’s best kept secrets with its natural rock formations
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36. Wine tasting in Sardinia

As well as being a stunning summer holiday destination, Sardinia is well known for its delicious wine. The wine produced on the island tastes a lot different to those produced in the rest of Italy.
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39. Explore the Scaligero Castle in Lake Garda

Lake Garda is home to a large amount of medieval castles, visit the 13th century moated Scaligero Castle, which is said to be one of the most important in the whole of Europe. It was built for defence purposes and its huge 31 metre high pentagonal tower dominates Malcesine’s skyline.
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40. Gardaland Park in Lake Garda

For a family adventure away from the glistening lakes, take a trip to Gardaland Park for rollercoasters and amusements. There’s a great variety of restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops throughout the park.
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