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Make sure your future trip to Italy is one you’ll never forget by including these five unmissable experiences.

  1. Ancient architecture in Rome

The ancient capital, Rome, is an essential part of Italy tours for first-time visitors for a reason. Awe-inspiring architecture awaits around every corner, and viewing these masterpieces is the best way to gain insight into the country’s centuries-old heritage.

Number one on the list of best things to do in Rome is the Colosseum, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. This magnificent amphitheatre has been standing for two millennia and denotes the dominating physical power of ancient Rome. Other ancient highlights include the Forum and the Pantheon, which have been both temples and churches.

  1. Sailing the islands of Venice

The ‘Queen of the Adriatic’ has a unique beauty that’s nothing short of staggering, so sailing around Venice is a must for your Italy holiday.

Comprised of over 100 islands connected by waterways, this city of canals is adorned with Gothic and Renaissance buildings that create a beautiful backdrop from the water. At the centre of the city is Venice’s jewel: the 10th-century Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica. Glide through the streets on a traditional gondola or hop from site to site in a water taxi.

  1. Exploring the Tuscan vineyardsPhoto by Flo P on Unsplash

Complementing the cities with time in Italy’s glorious countryside is the perfect balance for your tour. Central Tuscany, with its rolling hills, is one of the most spectacular spots and is easily accessible from Florence.

The landscape is characterised by farms that glow gold in the summer and lush green slopes, with terraced vineyards growing olives and grapes. Stay in a traditional Tuscan agriturismo and dine on authentic dishes with fresh olive oil; walk and cycle through the scenic hills, and enjoy a private wine-tasting tour to sample the local vintages.

  1. The most active stratovolcano

Do you enjoy outdoor adventure? You’re in luck. The Italian Island of Sicily is crowned by Europe’s tallest and most active stratovolcano, an awe-inspiring natural wonder that is sure to leave an impression.

Hike along well-marked pathways through otherworldly scenery to the summit, passing caves, craters and petrified lava flows as you go. Even if you don’t reach the top, you will be able to enjoy sensational views across the sea to the Aeolian Islands and beyond.

  1. Roaming the Amalfi Coast

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Some of the best places to visit on the Amalfi Coast include Positano, a traditional fishing village-turned-resort town, nearby Sorrento, and the island of Capri. To view the area in all its majesty, hike part of the Path of the Gods, one of Italy’s most mesmerising trails.