One of Europe’s most sought-after destinations, Italy offers its visitors a diverse range of experiences. Typical bucket-list items include visiting the iconic Coliseum in Rome and snapping a selfie at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. But the nation boasts a rich culinary landscape and stunning coastline outside the major cities, making for a number of bucket list items on any journey to Italy.
Stay in the Amalfi Coast for a scenic journey along the Mediterranean Sea, where winding roads reveal stately villas tucked into the dramatic cliffside towns of Positano, Sorrento and Ravello. Wedged between the mountains and blue sea, the meandering road is shaded by the region’s emblematic Sfusato lemon trees, harvested for producing limoncello, a refreshing liqueur enjoyed all over Italy. Try one of the best hotel along the coast, wedged between the mountains and blue sea, striking the perfect balance of seclusion without solitude that captures the area’s rich history while also offering quintessential luxury Italian hospitality.
Capri is known as a glitzy resort island peppered with designer stores, perfumeries and private yachts docked in the harbor. But the stunning views and deep blue waters are accessible for all. Take a ride through the shimmering sea cave the Blue Grotto where sparkling light dances off blue waves while boat guides sing Italian love songs in deep, echoing voices. Peaceful and serene, this is one experience worth having.
Rooted in tradition, Cinque Terre is a succession of five vibrant-colored fishing villages embedded in a series of sheer cliff faces and coves that date back to early medieval times. Connected by footpaths, it’s possible to hike between the picturesque villages, passing by terraced vineyards that have been expertly sculpted over the last few millennia. Climb out onto the rocky outcrops of Riomaggiore to admire its crimson reds and yellow facades in the ethereal glow of sunset, or soak up the rays on the golden sands of Monterosso. Ferry between Vernazza, Corniglia and Manarola, and admire postcard-perfect panoramas over the rugged Riviera coastline.
The jagged peaks of the Dolomites extend across Italy’s northern provinces of Alto Adige, Trentino and Veneto. It’s a winter wonderland in the cold months, a destination that locals frequent for powdery ski runs and exhilarating snowboarding trips. When the snow melts in the summertime, a network of hiking trails emerge, populated by fields of wildflower and pristine forests. Enjoy the privilege of living in an exclusive chalet immersed in uncontaminated nature in the heart of the Dolomites for the most unique experience.
Famously known as the Cradle of the Renaissance, Florence’s rich collection of architecture oozes history. The carefully-curated masterpieces by Botticelli and Da Vinci displayed at the Uffizi reveal the importance of art in the development of the Renaissance, and the influence of the church demonstrated by the prominence of Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella. Traipse the city’s labyrinth of cobblestone streets past romantic squares and elegant palaces, uncovering a piece of history at every turn. Journey up to Piazzale Michelangelo, a hilltop lookout atop charming Florence, and witness the Renaissance dome of the Duomo dominate the city’s skyline. End your Tuscan journey with the most memorable stay in the Argentario Peninsula.
Sometimes it feels like the Swiss Alps get all the attention. The Italian side of this famed mountain range holds its own delights, in every season. Hit up the Italian Alps proper in the Valle d’Aosta and you will be delighted with its scenic valleys and peaks. Try one-of-a-kind experience staying in one of the best resort in the Monterosa ski area, the perfect choice for those who search an active journey in on of the most thrilling mountain area in Italy.
Not ready to stop relaxing? Add Lake Como to the list as well. Home and vacation spot for some of the world’s biggest celebs (George Clooney, anyone?) this idyllic lake in the north is the perfect place to put up your feet and do absolutely nothing. Open the windows to let in the breeze, take a boat on the water or just find a shady spot to read your book knowing that your Italian bucket list has come to a close.
These unique, cone-shaped homes seem like something out of a storybook. But, in fact, they are common in the Puglia region of Italy. The UNESCO-protected structures are worth visiting, but you have to stay in one of them for the full experience. A lovingly and imaginatively refurbished group of trulli between the Adriatic coast and Alberobello, that offers flexible living and glorious al fresco spaces is the most charming way to unwind to the gentle rhythms of the Puglian countryside.
The Mediterranean’s largest island is also home to one of Europe’s most active volcanoes. Mt Etna has been causing tremors recently, but still remains a draw for volcano and hiking enthusiasts. There are several trails you can take, passing through small towns and gaining more varied and beautiful views. Once you return, take some time to explore the rest of the island’s treasures, from the Valley of the Temples to Palermo Cathedral. End your journey sailing among the Aeolian Archipelago.
Get the most of your journey through Italy, trying the perfect combo with your Dolomites or Venice trip, visiting Verona & Valpolicella area, land of the Amarone wine. Celebrated by Shakespeare, who made it famous as the romantic setting for the moving tale of Romeo and Juliet, Verona is a splendid, ancient corner of the Veneto region, nestling between the river Adige and Lake Garda. Let yourself be enchanted by the panorama of vineyards, olive groves and quarries, while eating in a traditional “trattoria” or having a wine tasting. Make the journey unique staying in a Villa that dates back to the 18th century, which is a real museum of contemporary art and design.
Sardinia is the land of unspoilt nature, beautiful sea and exquisite cuisine. Discover the secrets hiding in this magical region, staying in one of the most secluded hotel on the island, hidden in a severe and yet surprising stretch of Sardinia, with the sea just a few dozens of miles away. The perfect places for those searchig for a world full of junipers and embroidery, terracotta and inlaid work, Sardinian artists of the Novecento, a strong culinary tradition and some active options to discover the area in an unusual way.
Pantelleria is a wild and quiet land in the heart of the Mediterranean, known to be the most remote and unspoilt island of Sicily. A rough and fascinating island which still envelops and protects the colours and secrets hidden in the crater of the volcanoes from which it was born about 300 thousand years ago. Experience the authentic culture of the island staying in an ancient dammusi structure, and rediscover the pleasure of getting in touch with nature through emotional itineraries. The beautiful scenery of the island of Pantelleria will reconcile you with your spirit and body, rendering your experience a unique opportunity to pamper yourself.