Italy - Activities
Milan is where you will find a lot of nightclubs. Already a cosmopolitan and fashionable city, expect a lot of exclusives clubs – but if you dress right you’re likely to get in. The nightlife in Milan is by no means superficial though, head to club Blue Note – where you can enjoy live blues and jazz music.
If you enjoy long boozy lunches that last into the evening followed by dinner in a restaurant that stays open all night, then Rome is the place for you. Rome is the perfect city for people who appreciate good food, wine and conversation. There are many secluded and hidden bars in the city where you can enjoy a Campari, one of the city’s favourite drinks. In the Testaccio area, you’ll find bars and clubs with Italian house music that plays all night, salsa clubs and other discos. While you’re in Rome you can also visit the Vatican City, and stand in awe of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.
Florence is also known for its nightlife. For an affordable clubbing experience, head on over to club Twice, one of the best clubs in the country where drinks aren’t too pricey, and entry is cheap. The club Space Electronic offers a more industrial experience, techno music and electronica thrums into the night – you won’t be leaving until sun up.
Italy has so much to offer when it comes to shopping. Milan is the fashion capital of the world, so you’d expect that there are heaps of shops to buy designer clothes, and there are. If clothing isn’t your thing though, there are plenty of other items to spend your money on. If you’re a coffee lover, we recommend you buy a bag of beans from Tazza d’Oro or Sant’Eustachio, both shops are located in Rome. If you don’t feel like buying a bag, why not just stand at the bar and have cafe latte instead? Molto Bene. In Florence and the surrounding Tuscan villages you can visit leather markets, you’ll definitely happen upon some gorgeous hand-made leather goods – just be mindful of pickpockets.
R & R in Italy
You’ve spent so much time wandering the cobbled streets of Rome and Florence, your feet must be tired from standing in galleries for hours. If that’s the case, it’s okay –Italians love a little bit of rest and recovery, they have been enjoying thermal spas ever since Roman times. Saturnia, hot thermal waters running from Mount Amiata and the hills of Maremma, store in the surrounding rock pools. These thermal baths reach a toasty 37 degrees Celsius and are located in Tuscany. The thermal springs and warm mud baths located on the island of Vulcano are called Laghetto di Fanghi. Despite the pongy smell, the mud is considered a treatment for sore muscles, bones and joints.
The most luxurious health resorts are Abano Terme and Montegrotto Terme (Veneto); L’Andana, Tombolo Talassa Resort, Poretta Terme and Salsomaggiore Terme (Emilia-Romagna) – to name a few.
Travel by Gondola
Venice the city of canals a must-see experience.
Italy is a large peninsula with some surrounding islands in the Mediterranean, this translates to some fantastic beaches. If you want to go hiking in the Alps, you head north; if you want to lay on white sand, you go south, or west to Sardinia. The Costa Smeralda is incredibly beautiful, a sliver of white sand that stretches for 20km along Sardinia’s coastline, juxtaposing turquoise and aquamarine waters. It is, however, the most expensive spot in all of Europe – we have some other suggestions if that doesn’t float your boat.
You could go for a holiday in the famed Positano on the Amalfi Coast in Campania. The town is incredibly charming and loveable, and you’ll no doubt be swept away by the famous southern hospitality. If you’re looking for something a little more humble and quieter, take a hike for Torre Guaceto, a hidden beach without the crowds. Other beautiful beaches can be found on the islands of Sicily and Capri.
Snow Skiing and Snowboarding in Italy
Europe’s highest mountain ranges – the limestone Dolomites and the Alps – provide for Europe’s best skiing experience. Where the French and Swiss skiing and snowboarding experience is a little bit more serious and competitive, the Italian snow experience is a more relaxed one, so you’re likely to have a bit more fun.
The three most skiable terrains in Italy are the Dolomites, the Val d'Aosta and the Savoy Alps. There are a number of ski resorts in all of these areas ranging to the affordable resort for families, to the more upmarket resorts for celebrities and the like.
The Italian countryside is famed for its auburn beauty… vineyards along the coastlines of some incredible beaches, or mountain volcanoes towering into the horizon – trekking is the best way to really take this in. Cinque Terre is an easy trek that takes you past some impossibly perched fishing villages painted in gorgeous candy colours overlooking the Ligurian Sea. If you want to take your hike away from the coasts you can endure a moderately difficult hike through the Dolomites, it takes about three to four hours. The Tre Cime di Lavaredo Circuit should definitely be on your list of hikes.
In the Valle d'Aosta region, go hillwalking or climbing in the Gran Paradiso National Park and Mont Avic Regional Park, home to wildlife including the chamois and ibex. The Dolomites on the Swiss border are also ideal for hiking and climbing.
Don’t forget to bring a camera, from the Colosseum, the leaning tower of Pisa, to the Vatican city or Mount Vesuvius, you’re going to need plenty of film for your trip.
Truffles are fungi that give out a rich and deeply aromatic aroma and are highly valuable in their use in cooking. In Umbria you can go hunting for truffles using either pigs or dogs, some truffles are worth their weight in gold so pay attention or you might miss a real valuable nugget. Black truffles are celebrated with a festival held every year in the town of Norcia, the rarer white truffles can be found between October and December.
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