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+250 Best Things To Do In Italy: Region By Region

If you are thinking of taking a trip somewhere, but you are not really sure where to go, then you should definitely consider Italy!

This boot-shaped country has an incredible amount of activities and cultural sites to explore.

Italy is one of those places that is so incredibly diverse, you could spend months exploring all the small towns and sampling all the amazing cuisine.

Every town I have encountered in Italy is distinctive, every view is beautiful, every meal delicious.

Looking for travel inspiration for your Italy bucket list!

Here are my lists for all the regions of Italy.

If you are a seasoned traveler and know of some great places I left off the list, feel free to add them in the comments below.

The Ultimate Italy Bucket List: 250+ Best Things to Do in Italy

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Best Things To Do In Abruzzo

Gran Sasso
Gran Sasso
  • Eat “Coriandoli” which made of sugar-coated almonds, in Sulmona.
  • Visit the castle in Roccascalegna, a perfectly preserved medieval village.
  • Eat arrosticini in the Teramo/Pescara area.
  • Trek to Monte Cappucciata, to see a jaw-dropping panorama.
  • Walk in the trees at Majella Adventure Park.
  • Dine on Trabbocco in San Vito Chietino.
  • Witness the gypsy race in Pacentro.
  • Swim among ancient mills in Lake Capodacqua.
  • Go bungee jumping on the Orta River.
  • Wait for sunrise on the beach in Pescara.
  • Reach the summit of the Gran Sasso.
  • Stroll down Italy’s narrowest alley in Civitella del Tronto.
  • Ski the ski slopes of Passo Lanciano, overlooking the sea.

Best Things To Do In Basilicata

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  • Visit the Lamie in Pisticci.
  • Visit the open-air set where the film “The Passion of the Christ” was shot in Craco.
  • Explore the Sassi of Matera.
  • Admire the collection of Roman and medieval artifacts in Melfi Castle.
  • Visit wineries in Basilicata and taste Lucanian wines.
  • Take an angel’s flight through the Lucanian Dolomites.
  • Visit ancient Arbëreshë communities in the villages of San Paolo Albanese and San Costantino Albanese.
  • Take spas in the Orto del Lago area.
  • Admire ancient structures in Potenza.
  • Photograph Christ the Redeemer in Maratea.
  • Swim in the beautiful blue waters of the Ionian coast.
  • Visit the archaeological park of Grumentum.

Best Things To Do In Calabria

  • Eat the soppressata.
  • Drink the Vecchio Amaro Del Capo.
  • Overlook the balcony overlooking Santa Maria dell’Isola in Tropea.
  • Discover Scilla, a beautiful fishing village .
  • Visit the archaeological site of Capo Colonna.
  • Take a swim at the Arcomagno.
  • Make a gourmet stop at Bar Ercole in Pizzo to sample artisanal truffles.
  • Walk in Reggio Calabria, the most beautiful kilometer in Italy.
  • Visit the National Archaeological Museum in Reggio Calabria.
  • Taste the area’s two top liquors, kephas and bergamot in Pentedattilo.
  • Admire the beautiful floor mosaics of the Roman Villa of Casignana.
  • Visit Musaba, Calabria’s most original contemporary art park in Mammola.

Best Things To Do In Campania

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  • Eat Mozzarella in Mondragone.
  • Eat fried pizza in Naples.
  • Take a swim in the warm sea at Sorgeto Bay in Ischia.
  • Sail the Negro River.
  • Visit the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
  • Taste a delicious apple pie in Casertavecchia.
  • Climb Mount San Costanzo and admire the two gulfs.
  • Take a walk in Spaccanapoli.
  • Admire the Grotta Azzurra on Capri.
  • Go trekking on the Path of the Gods.
  • Taste lemon delight in Amalfi.
  • Go to Procida and enjoy the famous “lingue di bue” filled with lemon cream.
  • See the lily festival in Nola in June.

Best Things To Do In Emilia-Romagna

Mosaics of Ravenna
  • Take a tour among the Castles of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza.
  • Admire the beautiful mosaics of Ravenna.
  • Pedal through the fantastic city of Ferrara.
  • Have a glass of Sangiovese at the Osteria del Sole.
  • Watch the stars in the tower of Palazzo Poggi.
  • Eat mortadella in Bologna.
  • Eat the best fresh pasta.
  • Learn to make pasta in Forlimpopoli.
  • Visit the oldest university in the world in Bologna.
  • Run to a cheese factory in Parma.
  • Taste the real Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena.
  • Go to the truffle festival in Sant’Agata Feltria in Romagna.
  • Spend a night in a farmhouse.
  • Take a Vespa tour in Bologna.
  • Visit San Marino.

Best Things To Do In Friuli-Venezia Giulia

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Castel of Duino Trieste
  • Treat yourself to a break in Trieste’s luxurious cafes.
  • Visit the Castles of Trieste.
  • Sip a cocktail at sunset at “La terrazza a Mare.”
  • Visit Lake Predil.
  • Stroll through Piazza della Libertà in Udine.
  • Stroll along the Strada Napoleonica in Opicina.
  • Visit Sauris one of the most beautiful and quaint mountain villages.
  • Taste a piece of Montasio cheese.
  • Visit the interactive museum at Monte San Michele.
  • Take a tour of the Torri di Slivia Caves.
  • Walk the steps of the Romans in Aquileia.
  • Hit the hiking trails in the Dolomites.
  • Visit the Mexican king’s castle between Barcola and Grignano.
  • Play a round of golf in the heart of Collio.

Best Things To Do In Lazio

  • Impress yourself in front of the Sistine Chapel.
  • Visit Garbatella, the quintessential Roman neighborhood.
  • Have a coffee in Piazza Sant’Eustachio.
  • Eat Tiramisu at the Pompi bar.
  • Visit the Garden of Ninfa in Cisterna Latina.
  • Visit the Pontine Islands.
  • Enjoy a glass of local wine in the taverns of Montefiascone.
  • Visit Viterbo.
  • Take a trip to Lake Bracciano.
  • Surprise your love with outing a romantic to Isola dei Liri.
  • Take a bath at the Carletti free thermal baths.
  • Go to St. Peter’s and see the Pope.
  • Admire the Colosseum, one of the 8 wonders.
  • Kiss on the lovers’ bridge, the Milvian Bridge.
  • Make a wish in the Trevi fountain.

Best Things To Do In Liguria

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  • Visit the Lizard Castle in Apricale.
  • Eat Ligurian focaccia.
  • Walk the Way of Love.
  • Visit the Beigua park.
  • Visit Dolceacqua, a medieval village in the Nervia Valley.
  • Climb the Lantern of Genoa.
  • Dine in one of the small restaurants overlooking the sea in Camogli.
  • Immerse yourself in the Portofino Nature Park.
  • Go paragliding over the sea in the beautiful setting of Bergeggi.
  • Visit an active winery and taste wine accompanied by local snacks.

Best Things To Do In Lombardia

Duomo in Milan
  • Take a Tour of Lake Maggiore.
  • Get lost in a bookstore in Milan.
  • Take a selfie at the Duomo in Milan.
  • Spend a day at the Roncola Adventure Park.
  • Walk the equipped tub trail in Valmadrera.
  • Take a walk along the Adda River.
  • Take a walk in Bergamo Alta.
  • Visit the Museum of the Violin in Cremona.
  • Have an aperitif at the Navigli.
  • Taste polenta.
  • Go Shopping in the Streets of Milan.
  • Be amazed by the timeless designs of Galleria Campari.
  • Discover the rolling hills of Vescovado on horseback.
  • Visit Monte Isola.
  • Take the Lake Maggiore Cable Car.

Best Things To Do In Marche

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Caves of Frasassi
  • Eat olives all’ascolana while walking through downtown Ascoli Piceno.
  • Go to the Teatro delle Muse in Ancona.
  • Ride a bike around Porto Recanati.
  • Eat a Piadina in Furlo.
  • Get a tan pampered by the Two Sisters in Sirolo.
  • Visit the National Gallery at the Ducal Palace in Urbino.
  • Marvel at the caves of Frasassi.
  • Have a picnic at Pian dell’Elmo.
  • Make paper in Fabriano.
  • Eat freshly caught fish at the port of San Benedetto del Tronto.
  • Hunt for leprechauns in the woods of San Martino.
  • Shop at the market in Civitanova.
  • Relax in Treia.
  • Grape harvest in one of Marche’s many vineyards.
  • Get stuck in Italy’s narrowest alley in Ripatransone.
  • Enjoy the benefits of spa treatments at San Vittore di Genga.

Things To Do In Italy: Region by Region

Best Things To Do In Molise

Cavatelli pasta
  • Walk through the alleys of Campobasso.
  • Visit the Museum of Cutting Irons in Isernia.
  • Walk across the Tibetan bridge in Roccamadolfi.
  • Walk through the Roman city in Altilia.
  • Play in the music village in Provvidenti.
  • Observes from the Miletto Bridge the two seas.
  • Travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway of Italy.
  • Relive the Turkish attack on Termoli (August).
  • Ski in Capracotta.
  • Walk in the trees at Chiauci.
  • Visit the Basilica Santuario di Maria Santissima Addolorata.
  • Eat a plate of cavatelli pasta.
  • Visit Bagnoli sul Trigno, the village in the rock.

Best Things To Do In Piemonte

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Arches of Turin
  • Visit the world’s first and best Egyptian museum outside Egypt in Turin.
  • See Turin in a hot air balloon.
  • Taste local wine.
  • Explore the beautiful hills of the Langhe.
  • Stroll through the arches of Turin.
  • Discover the cultural history of the last century in Italy through the National Automobile Museum.
  • Discover Northern Italy’s largest flea market in Balon.
  • Visit the Risen Castle of Casalborgone.
  • Visit Fort of Fenestrelle.
  • Have a coffee at Piazza Motta.
  • Relax in the Lago Maggiore area.
  • Taste the classic “Panissa” in Vercelli.

Best Things To Do In Puglia

Frisella with cherry tomatoes and basil.
  • See the sunrise in Otranto.
  • Discover the “White City” (Ostuni).
  • Have breakfast with a Pasticciotto.
  • Sleep in a trullo in Alberbello.
  • Learn how to make orecchiette pasta.
  • Visit the salt pans of Margherita di Savoia.
  • Stroll through the alleys of Lecce.
  • Visit the vineyards of Locorotondo.
  • Visit Polignano a Mare while humming “Volare.”
  • Eat linguine with urchins at a seafront restaurant.
  • Discover the Tremiti Islands.
  • Eat frisella with cherry tomatoes and basil.
  • Visit the Ceramics Quarter in Grottaglie.
  • Swim in the natural pool of the Grotta della Poesia.
  • Travel to the Middle Ages at Castel del Monte.
  • Discover the incredible natural beauty of the Gargano National Park.
  • Be fascinated by the rock-carved churches of Massafra.
  • Explore the canyons of the Terra delle Gravine Natural Park.
  • Eat a panzerotto in Bari.

Best Things To Do In Sardegna

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Alghero’s waterfront
  • Admire Cagliari’s resident flamingos.
  • Rides a dinghy in the Gulf of Orosei.
  • Stroll along Alghero’s waterfront.
  • Visit the islands of Sardinia.
  • Feel like a giant in the park of Sardegna in Miniatura.
  • Visit Cagliari’s old Castello district.
  • Reach the magnificent Cala Luna.
  • Attend at least one festival.
  • Visit the Garibaldi Compendium.
  • Try the “Bottarga.”
  • Swim in the river of hot water at the Casteldoria hot springs.
  • Eat the nougat of Tonara.
  • Try the famous cheese with worms, or casu marzu.
  • Walk during sunset on the dunes of Porto Pino beach.
  • Snorkel at Capo Carbonara.

Best Things To Do In Sicilia

  • Take the cable car into Mount Etna.
  • Eat an arancino.
  • Marvel at The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.
  • Eat horse meat in Catania.
  • Stroll through the alleys of Ortigia.
  • Take a swim at the Coniglia beach in Lampedusa.
  • See the view in the Fishermen’s Marina in Cefalù.
  • Visit Noto, a beautiful Baroque city.
  • Attend a performance of the Puppet Opera.
  • Taste Pane Ca meusa in Palermo.
  • Bathe in the natural pools of the Cavagrande reserve.
  • Start the day with a granita for breakfast.
  • Attend a performance in Syracuse’s Greek Theater.
  • Soak up the sun on the Scala dei Turchi.
  • Attend the Cous Cous Festival in San Vito Lo Capo.
  • Eat chocolate in Modica.
  • Go trekking in the Zingaro Nature Reserve.
  • Marvel at the Faraglioni rocks at Acitrezza.
  • Visit Peppino Impastato’s house-museum in Cinisi.
  • Take a selfie in the steps of Caltagirone.
  • Visit Luigi Pirandello’s birthplace in Agrigento.
  • Take an aperitif in Taormina.
  • Explore the beaches of Marina Di Ragusa.
  • Treat yourself to a taste of Sicilian sweets.
  • Attend the Bronte Pistachio festival.
  • Sip a glass of Nero D’Avola wine.
  • Visit the ancient fishing village of Marzamemi.
  • Eat a delicious croissant filled with chocolate, cream or pistacchio.

Best Things To Do In Toscana

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  • Taste brunello in Montalcino.
  • Relax with a spa bath.
  • Take a walk in the Bosco della Ragnaia forest.
  • Fly in a hot air balloon over the hills of Tuscany.
  • Take vintage vespa tours of the beautiful hills of Val d’Orcia.
  • Take a Wine Cellar Tour.
  • Sleep on the island of Pianosa.
  • Taste cecina.
  • Go horseback riding through Tuscan vineyards.
  • Take a selfie with the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
  • Explore Florence.
  • Hike in the Apuan Alps.
  • Eat Bistecca alla Fiorentina steak.
  • Take a cooking class.
  • Relax in the sun in Rosignano.
  • Be amazed by the golden doors of the Baptistery.
  • Lose yourself in the Uffizi.
  • Stroll along the city walls of Lucca.

Best Things To Do In Trentino-Alto Adige

  • Spend the night in a shelter.
  • Visit the Christmas markets.
  • Relax at the Terme di Merano spa.
  • Immerse yourself in the historic center of Trent.
  • Enjoy a ride in the Colle Cable Car.
  • Stroll along the Riva del Garda.
  • Visit Bolzano, a beautiful city in South Tyrol.
  • Stroll through the picturesque town of Bressanone.
  • Reach the Dolomites from Bolzano.
  • Visit the gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle and the Touriseum.
  • Eat apple strudel.

Best Things To Do In Umbria

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  • Visit Perugia and its medieval art collections.
  • Enjoy the Umbria Jazz festival.
  • Take a swim in Lake Trasimeno.
  • Visit the Marmore Falls.
  • Discover the great outdoors in the Monte Cucco Regional Park.
  • Stay in a medieval palace.
  • See Assisi.
  • Fly paragliders from Mount Subasio.
  • Have a picnic among the olive trees.
  • Eat pasta with truffles.
  • Have a glass of Sagrantino wine.
  • Visit Narni.
  • Marvel at Orvieto.
  • Admire the poppies blooming in Sibilini.

Best Things To Do In Valle d’Aosta

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  • Dive into a fairy tale of yesteryear at Fenis Castle.
  • Stand face to face with Mont Blanc.
  • Have a Picnic.
  • Relax at the spa in Pré-Saint-Didier.
  • See the castle of Fortress of Bard.
  • Marvel through a series of stunning landscapes at Gressoney Valley.
  • Go trekking at the Alpenzú Grande.
  • See Cervinia.
  • Admire the waterfalls of Liliaz.

Best Things To Do InVeneto

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Gondola ride in Venice
  • Rent a boat and sail around the walls of Cittadella.
  • Explore the ancient villages.
  • Visit “Little Venice.”
  • Visit the Acqua Alta Bookstore in Venice.
  • Play a giant game of chess in Marostica.
  • Take a gondola ride in Venice.
  • Participate in the carnival of Venice.
  • Thrill in front of Romeo and Juliet’s balcony in Verona.
  • Take an itinerary on Lake Garda.
  • Watch the Po meet the sea.
  • Get lost among the works of Andrea Palladio in Vicenza.
  • Drink grappa in Bassano del Grappa.
  • Go on an excursion to Adria.

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