Rain can make or break a trip. But have no fear, Italy rain has nothing on the fascinating and enchanting range of indoor activities on offer.
From historic museums with some of the most important artefacts to world-famous artworks that are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view, here are the top indoor activities in Italy.
Holidays in Venice aren’t complete without visiting some of the top museums in the world. The Peggy Guggenheim houses some of the most intriguing artworks of the collector's career and is situated in her former home on the Grand Canal in Venice.
For fashion and culture lovers, the Palazzo Mocenigo has some of the best costumes on display, giving you some fantastic inspiration for your Venice Carnival explorations. It is here where Lord Byron lived in 1818, still boasting the chandeliers and glamorous finishes that make the museum so popular.
Car lovers, The Ferrari Museum in Italy, should get your hearts pumping. Here, you can discover one of the world's largest collections of legendary motorcars with a profound history. The workshop that Enzo Ferrari’s father once used, along with the array of vintage cars, is a true speed-lover’s dream. Situated less than 50 minutes from Bologna, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close with some of the most beautiful vehicles.
To make your trip to Bologna extra special, Citalia’s Gastronomic Highlights of Emilia Romagna Small Group Escorted Tour takes you on a six-day foodie extravaganza. Along the way, you can try the most exquisite local delicacies while learning about the history with time to ask your burning questions.
The Egyptian Museum of Turin is where history and legend come to life. The museum features some of the most vital pieces of Egyptian history, some rivalling the collections in Cairo. You can become part of the history, getting up close and personal with ancient relics, mummies, and statues. The Tomb of Kha is a popular exhibit dating back to 3,500 BC, offering a glimpse into the past. This is one way to make your Turin holiday more memorable, even when the weather won’t play along.
St. Peter's Basilica is one of the most recognisable structures in the Eternal City of Rome with its dome cascading over the historical landscape. Situated in the Vatican, the smallest independent state in the world, this incredible city houses some of the most important documents and people of the modern world.
Citalia’s Vatican Museum and St Peter's Small Group Tour will take you on an art and history extravaganza. You and no more than eleven others will be expertly guided through the Vatican Museum, which displays incredible works of art, including paintings by Raphael. Then it’s off to the Sistine Chapel with the magnificent ceiling made up of frescoes by Michelangelo. The last stop is St Peter’s Basilica, one of the most beautiful structures in Italy.
Basilica di San Francesco in Umbria is one of the most important sites of the Christian faith. It was constructed in 1228, two years after the death of St. Francis, whose remains lie in the lower basilica along with beautiful frescoes by artists of the early Sienese schools. In contrast, the upper basilica has bright frescoes which bounce beautifully off the Gothic architecture. The location of the Basilica di San Francesco on the hillside provides exquisite views of the surrounding hills and villages, giving you a first-hand look at the beauty of Umbria.
Basilica di San Marco (Saint Mark's Basilica) in Venice is a famous landmark in the gorgeous city. The five domes above the skyline and marble walls are some of the best examples of Byzantine architecture. The churches in Italy are incredible, but Saint Mark's Basilica takes elegance to a whole new level with its golden ceiling made up of over 8,000 square metres of mosaics made with 24-carat gold leaf. The Pala d'Oro is another must-see. The golden altarpiece displays hundreds of gorgeous gemstones, this is opulence at its finest.
Holidays to Milan will have you experiencing authentic Italy from the moment you arrive. One of the most recognisable landmarks in the city is Milan Cathedral with its intricate design that took nearly six centuries to complete. You can witness a big part of the city's history come rain or shine. The cathedral features more than 157 metres of white marble with a massive interior to fit a congregation of 40,000. Taking the stairs to the roof will give you incredible views over Milan and a better look at the gargoyles and carefully crafted spires.
Another Milan must-see is Leonardo da Vinci's, The Last Supper. This famous work of art can be found at the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Just be sure to book your ticket in advance because this is one of the most popular churches in Italy.
Art galleries in Florence, Italy, are an absolute treasure. The most popular is the Uffizi Gallery, which houses over 1,800 pieces of art across two floors with 45 halls. You have the chance to see some of the most important artworks from the Renaissance period by artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael. You can even visit the Vasari Corridor, which links the gallery to Pitti Palace.
The Accademia Gallery in Florence is also an art lovers’ delight. It is famous for housing the original Statue of David by Michelangelo, along with many other examples of the famed sculptor's work. Other Renaissance paintings and Gothic sculptures by Ghirlandaio, Botticelli, and Perugino are also on display.
Marvelling at the art of Italy is truly an experience unlike any other. But this means the lines can be tedious. Luckily, Citalia’s Small Group Accademia Gallery and Uffizi Tour allows you to skip the line and enjoy a four-hour guided tour of some of the most famous art from Italy.
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