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Gondola Ride

Take a gondola ride in Venice with a gondolier wearing a striped sweater and a straw boater hat. If you're lucky he may sing for you too. These trips are not cheap, so an inexpensive option is to take a traghetto a short gondola trip across the Grand Canal for a few eurocents, or a vaporetto - a waterbus.

Carriage Ride

Take a horse-drawn carriage ride in Rome - best place to find them is outside the Pantheon where the horses with their little crocheted ear-covers wait patiently while their drivers chat and smoke.

Climb the Tower

Climb the Tower of Pisa. Yes, you can again now. Although closed for some years so it could be strengthened, it has now been pronounced safe enough for a limited number of tourists daily to clamber up the steep, spiral staircase to see the much-photographed view of the city.

Elegant Eating

Eat at Don Alfonso 1890 between Sorrento and Positano. This elegant Michelin two-starred restaurant sources its produce from its own farm clinging to a cliff across the bay from  Capri.

Visit a Market

Shop at a market - in Rome, so as the Romans and pick up fresh fruit and vegetables, meats and of course flowers at the Campo dei Fiori (field of flowers) market near the Pantheon. The undercover Padova (Padua) market is ordered, Palermo (Sicily) takes it to another level. Every region has markets. It's a way of life you can share with locals as you travel around the country.

Shop till you Drop

Shop till you drop. Italy is a shopper's paradise. Men's clothing is finely tailored, silk ties are very suave, and there are as many shops for male apparel as there are for women's. Discover exquisite stationary, masks or hand-blown glass in Venice, and handmade leather shoes in many cities.

Attend a Festival

Italians love to celebrate and of course they do it in style. Sometimes it is a contest that has survived since medieval times, most times food is involved.  

Take a drive

Hang onto your hat for the winding drive along the Amalfi Coast south of Naples. The traffic can be challenging, but the views of the cliffs and sea are spectacular.


Go to school

There are cooking schools in many areas. Love Sicily in Modica, and others. modica

Visit a Farm

Stay at an agriturismo property. These farmstay properties are all over the country. Eat farm fresh produce and live like a local for a short time. farmstay

Make a Wish

Be sure to throw a coin in Rome's Trevi Fountain. Tradition says if you do, you will return!




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