Italy is a destination people want to visit from all around the world. The entire boot has something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you are a foodie, avid hiker, romantic, backpacker, historian, you name it – Italy has it all. We would know – we spent over two incredible months trying to check off everything in our Italy bucket list. From visiting the Colosseum in Rome to leaning against the Tower of Pisa, visiting a Parmigiano Reggiano dairy farm, driving a Ferrari, visiting the Blue Grotto in Capri, and so much more.
Every region is so distinct and different from the next. The north has beautiful lakes, Italian Alps, and the Dolomites, whereas the south has gorgeous cliffside towns facing the ocean and fresh limoncello. Every day there is so much to see and discover. So whether you are visiting Italy for the first or third time, Here is the one and only ultimate Italy bucket list to include in your itinerary!
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Italy Bucket List for Scenic Drives
Drive Along the Amalfi Coast
One of the most scenic drives you will ever come across is along the Amalfi Coast. This drive is not only essential for an Italy bucket list but the entire world. The winding roads along the cliffside with the dramatic ocean in the backdrop will leave you breathless. If there is ever a time to drive a convertible, this would be the moment. Moreover, I recommend taking a tour or hiring a private driver, so you can keep your eyes on the beautiful landscape instead of on the road because it can get a little scary on the narrow, winding roads.
Drive a Ferrari
Calling all car lovers with a need for speed – do not miss out on the ultimate experience of driving a Ferrari in Italy! This was the number one item on my Italy bucket list and it did not disappoint. This experience is everything I wished for and more. You can either drive a Ferrari through the winding roads of the Italian countryside or burn rubber on a race track. Either way, you cannot go wrong and this should definitely be included in your itinerary.
Italy Bucket List for Foodies
Take a Cooking Class
Italy has some of the best cuisine in the entire world. From pasta to lasagna, pizza, gelato, tiramisu, and more – my mouth is watering just typing this. With that said, take your Italian cuisine experience to the next level by taking a cooking class. Some of our best memories of Italy were cooking with locals, so this is definitely an experience you must include in your Italy bucket list. Moreover, your friends and family will thank you later when you return home and cook Italian dishes for them.
Wine Tasting in Tuscany
Rolling green hills, cypress trees along gravel roads, gorgeous estates, and wonderful wineries – what more can I say? Wine tasting in Tuscany is essential for any Italy bucket list, especially for wine enthusiasts. This region produces some of the best wines in the world. So whether you take a group tour or rent a car and visit on your own, this is an experience you cannot miss.
Learn How to Make Parmigiano Reggiano
Parmigiano Reggiano also referred to as Parmesan, is one of the most popular cheeses in the world. Grated over pasta or enjoyed on its own, it is simply delicious and only produced in a small region of Italy. Going to a dairy farm and learning the entire process of producing a Parmigiano Reggiano wheel is one of the best experiences you can enjoy in Italy.
Go on a Parma Ham Tour
Mmmm parma ham, also known as prosciutto, is a beloved Italian dry-cured ham. Most people are familiar with prosciutto as being thinly sliced and soft. However, when you are in Italy, you will find that true prosciutto is slightly hard, salty, and delicious. Moreover, the best way to learn even more about prosciutto is by touring a parma ham factory in the Emilia-Romagna region. This is an experience that should be on every foodie’s Italy bucket list.
Eat Authentic Neapolitan Pizza in Naples
The best pizza in the world is hands down in Naples, Italy. And who doesn’t love a good slice of pizza? Neapolitan pizza is different than any other style of pizza because the crust is very distinctive – it’s a thin, soft crust that will bubble up and be charred in spots. Moreover, Neapolitan pizza is simple – the original pie only uses raw tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and olive oil. One of the best places to check off eating Neapolitan pizza on your Italy bucket list is L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele.
Italy Bucket List for Outdoor Lovers
Sail on Lake Garda
Italy has some of the most beautiful lakes – one being Lake Garda. Whereas Lake Como is known for George Clooney’s estate, Lake Garda is known for its amazing sailing conditions. Sailing in Lake Garda is special because you feel as if you are in open water yet there are majestic mountains surrounding you. By the time you finish sailing, your nickname will be captain.
Hike Mount Vesuvius
One of the most dramatic and unique landscapes in Italy is Mount Vesuvius known as the natural disaster that destroyed Pompeii in 79 AD. Today, it is still an active volcano and the only mainland one in Europe. Needless to say, it is a sight to see. To enhance your experience of Mount Vesuvius, don’t just see it from afar, hike it! Yes, you can hike to the summit of Mount Vesuvius and look down into the crater – talk about an awesome experience for your Italy bucket list! Moreover, you can also explore the ruins of Pompeii.
Visit the Ruins of Pompeii
In addition to hiking Mount Vesuvius, I also highly recommend including a visit to the ruins of Pompeii on your Italy bucket list. The ruins of Pompeii are known as one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in the world. Moreover, you will definitely feel like Indiana Jones exploring this magnificent ancient city. With that said, you can either visit the ruins on your own or book a tour with a professional archaeologist guide.
Hike the Beautiful Dolomites
Calling all outdoor and hiking enthusiasts – you MUST add hiking the Dolomites to your Italy bucket list. The Dolomites are one of Italy’s most treasured natural landscapes. From beautiful little villages to magnificent mountain ranges and scenic lakes – there are so many spots you cannot miss in the Dolomites.
Swim at the Best Beaches in Sicily
Sicily is known for many things – one is their beautiful beaches. As the largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has some of the best beaches in the world. Each beach is unique whether it is surrounded by a coastal town, hidden in a cove or along rocky cliffs. It is the water that remains the same – crystal clear water in shades of the prettiest blue you have ever seen. A few of the best beaches in Sicily you must include in your Italy bucket list include La Scala Dei Turchi, Isola Bella, Capo Bianco, Calamosche Beach, Cala Rossa, and Spiaggia Bianca.
Classic Italy Bucket List
Ride a Gondola in Venice
Of course, no Italy bucket list is complete without a romantic gondola ride in Venice. Yes, it might be considered very touristy but it is also undeniably romantic, especially in the evening. The calmness of the water through the historic city and the sound of your guide singing will be an experience you will remember forever. So when you are in Venice for 3 days, make sure you enjoy Italy’s iconic gondola experience.
Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain
An Italy bucket list is not complete without including a visit to the Trevi Fountain in Rome and throwing a coin over your shoulder to make a wish. The magical legend says if you throw a coin with your right hand over your left shoulder into the Trevi Fountain, you will return to Rome. When you throw two coins, you will find new romance, and three coins will lead to marriage! How many coins will you throw in the Trevi Fountain?
Gaze Upon the Glorious Sistine Chapel
Though you have to walk through the entire Vatican Museum, there is no piece of art more glorious than the Sistine Chapel. As soon as you get a glimpse of the Sistine Chapel, your jaw will drop. Michelangelo’s greatest work brings the entire chapel to life with color and passion. So make sure you leave room for a full day at Vatican City during your time in Rome.
Keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from Falling
Did you even go to Italy if you did not take the iconic photo of holding the Leaning Tower of Pisa? Even if you fail at taking the photo like us, I don’t think so. To be fully transparent, there is not a lot to see and do in Pisa besides seeing the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Yet, I am still glad we went because it is such a beautiful landmark and an easy day trip from Florence.
I hope you enjoy my ultimate Italy bucket list. I can say with personal experience, Italy is filled with so many wonderful adventures. So you will have a great excuse as to why you need to revisit once or twice to check off every item off the list.
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