Things to do in Italy

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, we’ve got a list of all the best places to visit in Italy, and those top attractions to keep everyone happy.

Places to go

You could spend the rest of your life exploring Italy, from the Renaissance splendour of Florence to the romance of Venice, Rome’s incredible ruins, or the eerie streets of Pompeii. Rome is an obvious choice if you want to package up a fabulous city break that’s full of culture, history, and amazing food, but beyond the capital there are so many more places to go in Italy. Why not visit Herculaneum, and its better-known neighbour, Pompeii? Or a visit to the Santuario di San Giuseppe church, in Sant’ Agnello?

If you’re in the north of the country, Lake Garda is one of the most popular destinations for the rich and famous, and is also home to one of Italy’s best castles, the Castello Scaligero. If you love the outdoors, then there are mountains to climb, such as Monte Baldo and Monte Epomeo. If you’ve got the kids with you then Italy’s beaches such as the sandy Maronti Beach offer soft sand, warm waters, and plenty of things to do. In Italy, you’ll always have something new and exciting to discover.

Attractions

Italy attractions range from the naturally beautiful, such as the Emerald Grotto, to the family-friendly like the wonderful Aqualandia Jesolo water park and Gardaland Park, where you’ll find rides, roller coasters, and a host of entertainment for the kids.

If your holiday to Italy is all about relaxing in the sun then you have hundreds of beaches to choose from. Our favourites are Lido Di Jesolo Beach, a Blue Flag beach with 17km of golden, powder-soft sands that stretches along the Venetian Riviera, and the charming Maronti Beach in Ischia Porto. Our top tip: hire a car and seek out your own little slice of paradise, as there’s plenty of secret coves and beaches to discover all along the coast.

Places to visit

There are so many places to visit in Italy that you’ll want to come back again and again. Hop over to Sicily and visit the Valley of the Temples and the brooding Mount Etna volcano, or spend two weeks exploring the beautiful Amalfi coast. Mix with the celebs on Capri Island, or spend some quality time with your other half on a wine tasting tour in Sardinia.

There are so many attractions in Italy that it’s difficult to narrow it down to just a few. From Sorrento’s gorgeous central Piazza to the Emerald and Blue Grottos of Amalfi, you are bound to find something in Italy that makes your holiday special.

Ready to go exploring? Book your holiday today and take a browse of our top pick of things to do in Italy below.

 

 

2. Herculaneum Italy

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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3. Aqualandia Italy

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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4. Lido Di Jesolo Beach Italy

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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5. Venice Day Trip Italy

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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6. Castello Scaligero Italy

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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7. Monte Baldo Italy

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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8. La Limonaia Del Castel Italy

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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10. Maronti Beach Italy

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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11. Museo Del Mare Italy

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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13. Monte Epomeo Italy

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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15. History In Paestum Italy

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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16. See The Emerald Grotto Italy

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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17. Capri Island Italy

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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18. Amalfi Coast Holidays Italy

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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19. Amalfi Town Italy

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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21. Sorrento's Piazza Tasso Italy

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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23. Valley Of Temples Italy

Spend an afternoon at arguably Sicily’s most famous site, the Valley of the Temples in the historic hilltop city of Agrigento. The dramatically preserved UNESCO archaeological park
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24. Sicily's Mount Etna Italy

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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27. Scaligero Castle In Lake Garda Italy

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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28. Gardaland Park Italy

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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