Summer is the ideal time to discover the beauty and charm of Italy. From captivating coastlines to historical cities, tranquil lakes to idyllic islands, Italy offers visitors plenty of things to see and do. Whether you’re in search of relaxation, adventure, culture or cuisine, Italy has something for everyone.
Make the most of your Italian summer and embrace the sunshine with our top 10 Italian summer activities below.
1. Tuck into authentic gelato on the Neapolitan Riviera
Enjoy sun, sand and sea on the Neapolitan Riviera. With golden sands and calm waters, it’s the perfect place for a relaxing holiday. Be sure to take a break from the heat and indulge in the most authentic gelato. With a range of flavours to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice – will it be one scoop or two?
2. Jazz it up in Perugia
The historic capital of Umbria, Perugia is famous for its jazz music. Each year the city hosts the Umbria Jazz Festival where artists from around the world gather to perform. Perugia provides the perfect backdrop for this world class event thanks to its stunning architecture and rich cultural history. A highlight for the jazz world since its inception in 1973, the festival hosts the biggest names in the industry as well as up and coming artists.
3. Picnic on the tiny islands around Sardinia
Sardinia is surrounded by a number of picturesque tiny islands where you can be in your own private haven to enjoy a peaceful picnic. Savour local delights such as pecorino cheese and wine while soaking up the stunning views and listening to the waves as they fall on the shore. Perfect for a family day out or a romantic escape, these islands are easily accessible by boat.
4. Visit the natural wonders of Capri
Capri is a beautiful island home to some fascinating natural wonders like the Blue Grotto and the Faraglioni Rocks. Be sure to take a boat tour around the island to witness these marvels for yourself and enjoy the mesmerising scenery. Capri also offers a number of hiking trails that wind their way across the rugged landscape. Visitors can explore the many hidden coves and beaches on the island or head to the top of Mount Solaro to be rewarded with views you’ll never forget.
5. Tune into summer opera in the Arena di Verona
The city of love, Verona, hosts the annual Arena di Verona opera festival every summer. Enjoy watching world class performances from operatic stars at this magnificent Roman amphitheatre under the stars. The 2023 festival will be even more special as the festival celebrates its 100th anniversary.
6. Sip a glass of limoncello on the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is breathtakingly beautiful with its winding coastline and golden shores. Famous for its lemons, the Amalfi Coast is home to limoncello, and you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to pair this refreshing liqueur with the stunning coastal views.
7. Enjoy watersports on Lake Garda
Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and can be found in the north of the country. A paradise for watersports enthusiasts you can enjoy windsurfing, sailing or kayaking in the clear blue waters whilst taking in the dramatic mountain views. After a day of adrenaline, take a leisurely stroll along the edge of the lake, winding your way through the charming towns.
8. Spend a day on the beaches of the Tuscan Coast
The Tuscan Coast is home to stretches of golden sands that meet crystal clear waters. Relax on the stunning beaches or go for a dip in the sea, soak up the sun and indulge in authentic Italian cuisine. There’s plenty to choose from with secluded coves and hidden bays, to lively hotspots with beach bars and seafront restaurants.
9. Visit the trulli houses in Puglia
Puglia can be found in the south of Italy and is popular for its unique trulli houses. These whitewashed houses have conical roofs and are a sight not to be missed. Today they are home to bars, restaurants and shops. Wander down the streets and get lost in the beauty of the place. Offering a glimpse into traditional Italian architecture, Puglia warms the hearts of all those who travel there.
10. Shop for Italian shoes in Rome
The capital of Italy, Rome is famous for its designer fashion scene and leather goods. Head to the shops and browse the wide range of Italian shoes and accessories in the chic boutiques and markets. Your trip to the Eternal City will be one you won’t forget.
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