Italy is a great place to take a city break – there is such a diverse range of activities to get stuck into that it seems this cultural country was made with everyone in mind. Whether you’re an art fanatic with a penchant for old masterpieces, a wine-buff with a love of the Italian countryside, or simply dream of being Russell Crowe in Gladiator, there is bound to be something that tickles your fancy in Italy. Here are some ideas for how to spice up your city break in Italy!
Marvel at masterpieces
Italy is renowned for being home to some of the biggest artists in the world and houses the most historically famous paintings in its many galleries and museums. If this sounds like your idea of a great weekend, I suggest heading to Florence which boasts a huge array of art houses home to a gasp-inducing amount of Italian masterpieces. Art lovers can enjoy pieces by Botticelli, Donatello, Titian, Rubens, Raphael, and Michelangelo, whose first major sculpture is on display in Florence.
Italy is often characterised by its cuisine; pasta, pizza, spaghetti, and gelato – what’s not to love about this mouth-watering menu? If simply eating it isn’t enough for you, though, you can take a cooking course with Holiday-n-Adventure and learn how to make Italy’s signature dishes for yourself, as well as learn tips and tricks on using the natural Italian flair in your cooking back home.
Climb an active volcano
For adrenalin-seekers and adventure lovers alike, this activity will get your heart pumping and pulse racing in no time – and that’s before you’ve experienced the breathtaking views awaiting you. Vesuvius, located 10km outside of Naples, is one of the most famous volcanoes in the world, whilst Mount Etna, in Sicily, is the biggest mountain south of the Alps. Remember that Etna is active for the majority of the time, meaning climbing is not always recommended. There are certain points you can hike to, though, which still offer spectacular views over the valleys below.
Become a Gladiator
Yes, you heard right – you can actually play at being Russell Crowe against the historic backdrop of Rome. Courses run from one hour to two months, and participants have the chance to get to grips with a gladius (a sword used by any serious gladiator) and other weapons, as well as learn about the history of this fascinating cultural sport. If you’re looking for something a bit different, this really will be an activity you will never forget.
Wash it all down with wine
Wine is a very popular product in Italy, particularly in the Chianti region which makes the famous wine of the same name. You can get a taste of the action, too, at one of the many vineyards in this region that offer a range of wine tasting opportunities and courses amidst the beautiful Italian countryside. If food and drink is your thing, and you fancy getting away from the bustling cities for a bit, then wine tasting is a definite must for you during your break to Italy.