Italy is rich with so many things to do, see, and learn. And while there are the cliché things to do, some of those cliché things to do are worth it. You have to, for instance, take a gondola ride in Venice, take the thumbs up/thumbs down picture in the Roman Colosseum, rub “Il Porcellino’s” snout in Florence, look up at the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, eats lots of pasta and gelato, look for George Clooney’s villa on Lake Como, marvel at “The Last Supper” in Milan, take the “holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa” photo, eat pizza in Naples, gaze at the size of Pompeii…and the list goes on.
The following list includes suggestions for some surprisingly welcomed experiences in addition to the above must-dos.
1–Drive along the Amalfi Coast yourself. You’ll see why this is a feat when you get there.
2–Go to Savoca and Forza d’Agro in Sicily and hum the theme to the best film of all time — The Godfather. They did not film in the town of Corleone but in these two towns. Actually, while you’re at it, just hum the theme all over Sicily. That’s what we did on our tour and it was great.
3–Visit “The David” in Florence. Yes this is probably already a must-do on your list, but it is that spectacular.
4–Enjoy the Bay of Poets in Portovenere before you sail around the peninsula to the breathtaking Cinque Terre. Lord Byron would sit atop the cliffs, gazing at the beautiful terrain and sparkling water, and write his most beloved pieces.
5–Climb Mount Etna in Sicily.
6–Eat and drink cuisine native to the region.
- wine and wine tastings in Tuscany
- Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma IN Parma
- Carciofi alla Giudea in Rome
- mozzarella in the Amalfi Coast
- limoncello in the Amalfi Coast
- salami in Umbria
- pesto in the Liguria region
- bistecca alla fiorentina
- black truffles in Norcia in the Umbrian region
- blood oranges in Sicily
7–Take a conversational Italian class which includes a shopping or dining excursion to practice what you’ve just learned.
8–Take in a show at the Ravello Music Festival on the Amalfi Coast.
9–Take a bike ride along the medieval wall in Lucca.
10–Experience the Italian lifestyle and just sit for a while in a piazza. Sometimes when we are in Italy, depending on the city or cities, we are so determined to see everything we forget to just stop and enjoy. Italians know how to do this well. And practically every village, town, or city has at least one main piazza. Sit at a café with an espresso or gelato, or simply sit alongside a statue or monument and watch the people go by. My favorites are Piazza della Rotunda in Rome with a view of the Pantheon and Piazza della Signoria in Florence with a view of the fake David. Regardless of the piazza, you’ll be recharged and ready to start up again.
These are some of my suggestions. What are yours?
Ciao for now! THE GRAZIE GIRL ❤️