My Top 5 Things To Do In Italy
For my 27th Birthday myself & my mother took our dream trip to Italy! Before going, I searched through Airbnb & Pinterest for houuurrrrs looking for fun things to do and cool places to see. Now that I have experienced Italy for myself and finished all my post-trip scrapbooking, I can give a few of my own suggestions. If you are like us and only have a few days to explore the country, here are the top 5 things that I personally think you must-do & go see:
1. Ride in a Venetian gondola
Leaving Italy without riding in a gondola should not even be an option. Make a stop in Venice and take a boat ride through the Grand Canal, but make sure to tell your gondolier to go under the historic Rialto Bridge. A ride for two can range anywhere from 75-90 Euros and is typically cash only.
2. Take a road trip through Tuscany
Driving through the Tuscan countryside literally felt riding through a live painting. The mountains, the large vineyards, the perfectly lined cypress trees, and the old Tuscan farmhouses all looked like something out of a fairy tale. The entire drive for us was breathtaking and it was an experience that I will never forget. The only thing I regret is not getting out of the car to take a picture in the middle of a huge grape field.
3. Take a cooking class
One of the highlights of our trip was taking an authentic Italian cooking class that I found on Airbnb. We learned how to make fettuccine & ravioli entirely from scratch and when the instructional portion of the class was over, we enjoyed our handmade pasta for dinner. The class was super fun and it actually inspired myself & my mom to start making our own handmade pasta at home. If you’re looking for an interactive activity and a true way to immerse yourself into the Italian culture, I definitely suggest signing up for an instructional cooking course during your visit.
4. Visit the Roman Colosseum
When in Rome, visit the Colosseum! The Roman amphitheater is full of history and can be toured in the daytime and at night. Even though we decided to go during the evening, we were still able to get the full experience and it actually looked super cool at night when it was all lit up. Make sure you take cash when you visit so you can tip the fake Gladiators and take pictures with them!
5. Take a Picture at The Leaning Tower of Pisa
First of all, the entire city of Pisa is just freaking adorable. However, the one thing you absolutely must do while you’re there is take a picture with your hand against the Leaning Tower! It may be a little cliche, but it is definitely a once in a lifetime photo opportunity.