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  • Writer's pictureAngelina Ly

The Ultimate Italian Bucket List: 101 Things to See, Experience, and Eat/Drink

If you're planning a trip to Italy, or if you've already been and want to explore more of the country, then this list is for you! Italy is an amazing place with so much to see and do. From historical sights like the Colosseum in Rome to beautiful beaches like those found in Sardinia, there is something for everyone. In this blog post, I will highlight 101 things that you should experience while in Italy. So whether you're just starting to plan your trip or are already packing your bags, be sure to add these items to your itinerary!

I've divided the bucket list items into three sections – must see sights, activities, and food & drink experiences. That way, you can easily print it out or save it for later and start checking them off as you go! Have fun in Italy!

1. Marvel at the Colosseum in Rome

2. Get a photo with the Leaning Tower of Pisa

3. Take a gondola ride in the canals of Venice

4. Go on a winery tour in Tuscany

5. Visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii

6. Admire the art at the Vatican Museums

7. Watch the street performers at the Piazza Navona

8. Shop for leather goods in Florence

9. Ride a cable car up to Mt. Etna in Sicily

10. Get a different pasta dish at every restaurant

11. Enjoy the view from Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence

12. Take a day trip to Cinque Terre and hike the Sentiero Azzurro

13. Sip on limoncello in Sorrento

14. Ride a Vespa through the narrow streets

15. Go skiing in the Italian Alps

16. Canoe around Lake Garda

17. Make a wish and throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain

18. Sit out on the beaches of Capri

19. Visit the Colle del Gianicolo in Rome

20. Go on a hike in the Dolomites

21. Visit the Valley of the Temples in Sicily

22. Attend an opera at Teatro La Fenice in Venice

23. Tour the Palazzo Ducale in Venice

24. See the Bologna Fountain of Neptune

25. Visit the Duomo di Orvieto

26. Take a cable car up to Monte Bianco in the Italian Alps

27. Spend a day at Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore

28. Visit the Certosa di Pavia

29. Go to an Italian soccer game

30. Visit the archaeological site at Paestum

31. Tour the Royal Palace of Caserta

32. Explore the city of Bologna on foot

33. See the basement of St. Peter's Basilica

34. Visit Palatine Hill in Rome

35. Drink wine overlooking a Chianti hills sunset

36. Visit the town of San Gimignano

37. See the Verona Arena

38. View the art at the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice

39. Swim in the crystal clear waters of Sardinia

40. Spend a day on Lake Como

41. Visit the city of Mantua

42. Enjoy gelato in Italy

43. Tour the Uffizi Gallery in Florence

44. Drive through Italy's countryside

45. Visit Civita di Bagnoregio

46. Try Italy's famous coffee in Naples

47. Go truffle hunting in Piedmont

48. See the ruins of Herculaneum

49. Try Italy's famous Neopolitan pizza

50. Visit the Palazzo Pitti in Florence

51. Tour Leonardo da Vinci's vineyard in Italy

52. Explore Milan's fashion district

53. Get lost in Venice's narrow streets

54. Drink Italy's delicious espresso coffee

55. Climb Italy's Mt. Vesuvius

56. Drive along the Amalfi Coast

57. Enjoy Michaelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling in Rome

58. Split a Steak Florentine in Florence

59. Shop for Italy's famous fashion brands

60. Walk across Italy's Ponte Vecchio Bridge

61. Dip some bread in Italy's delicious olive oils

62. Tour Florence's Duomo and climb to the top of its dome

63. Attend a performance at La Scala in Milan

64. Visit the city of Padua

65. Admire the view from Italy's St. Mark's Basilica

66. Try some of Italy's classic eggplant parmigiana

67. Climb to the top of Mt. Blanc

68. Check out the Pantheon in Rome

69. Dance the night away in Italy's nightclubs

70. Explore the Renaissance and Baroque artwork at the Galleria Borghese

71. Cool off with some Italian ice

72. Walk through the Roman Forum

73. Check out the literary paradise of the Keats-Shelley Memorial House

74. Climb all of the Spanish Steps

75. See the Ovo Castle

76. Hike in the Reserve Naturelle du Zingaro of Sicily

77. Walk through the Buonconsiglio Castle Museum of Trento

78. End dinner with some homemade tiramisu and an espresso

79. Visit the Castel Sant'Angelo and museum

80. Take a cooking class in Florence - this one was great!

81. Witness the royal tombs of the Cattedrale de Palermo

82. Have some fruits de mer along the Italian coast

83. Work out your legs walking the hills of Siena

84. See Italy's largest collection of 19-20th century art at The National Gallery of Modern Art

85. Learn about the history of papermaking at the Museo della Carta

86. Take a boat tour through the Grotta dello Smeraldo

87. Watch fresh mozzarella being made

88. Enjoy breakfast in the Piazza del Campo

89. Go island hopping in the Maddalena Archipelago

90. Have some interactive fun at the MUSE museum in Trento

91. Try some famed Italian focaccia

92. Climb to the top of St. Mark's Campanile in Venice

93. Shop in the Ballaro street market of Palermo

94. Take a tour of the Naples Catacombe di San Gennaro

95. Visit the colorful island of Burano

96. See the mosaics at the Duomo di Siena

97. Get a post-dinner Cannoli

98. Relax at the Terme di Saturnia

99. Stay in a trullo in Puglia

100. Drink a Spritz and have an aperitiv

101. Try Il dolce far niente - the sweetness of doing nothing :)

Italy is a country with so much to offer visitors, from its world-renowned art and architecture to its delicious food and wine. With so many things to see and do, it can be tough to narrow down your Italy bucket list. But whether you're looking for historical sites, natural beauty, or just a good meal, this list has something for everyone. So start planning your trip to Italy today and check off as many items on this list as you can. Buon viaggio!

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