Italy is a country known around the world for its rich culture and tradition. Few countries have had such a global cultural impact throughout history – synonymous with art, food, family and an unparalleled passion for living. Coupling this with abundant natural beauty, stunning towns and cities boasting unique architecture, and historical ruins; it’s certainly unsurprising that it is one of the world’s top tourist destinations. For those chasing adventure, we’ve compiled a list of the top 6 amazing adventurous experiences that you can enjoy during a visit to Italy.
Taking a hot air balloon ride is certainly a bucket list activity for many people. There are few locations in the world more stunning to gaze down upon from above than the beautiful rolling hills of the Umbrian countryside. Captain Peter will impart information and educate with tales about the wondrous Roman and mediaeval villages and landmarks below, as you sail majestically through the sky. Cypress tree lined driveways snake through this gorgeous landscape dotted with vineyards. An Umbrian hot air balloon ride offers a whole new perspective and a unique way to experience this picturesque region of Italy.
Undoubtedly one of the world’s most famous coastlines, Amalfi is a must-see scenic paradise. In this area outside of Naples, green mountains meet the Tyrrhenian Sea next to pastel-colored villages carved into the towering coastal hills. Driving the coastline is a common activity for most visitors to the Naples region, but there are other ways to experience this magical destination. Taking a boat cruise and snorkel tour will allow you to stop off and enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the aqua blue waters of beaches and enclaves only accessible by boat. You’ll also get to take in the scope and scale of the stunning Amalfi vistas as you gaze back at the coastline from the sea.
Why not experience the famous history of Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius by taking a horseback ride through this World UNESCO Heritage site. The story of this ill-fated town and the volcanic disaster that ensued is one of historic legend. Learn more about one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites and then explore Vesuvius National Park on horseback. In between, you’ll also have the opportunity to taste some Vesuvian wine. This unique experience is suitable for both beginner and experienced riders.
If you’re interested in pulling on your hiking boots and exploring one of the world’s most beautiful islands, Sardinia, west off the Italian coast, may be the place for you. Perhaps better known for its idyllic white sandy beaches along its coastline, the island also boasts an abundance of beautiful hiking trails. Gola su Gorropu in the east of the island has several epic trails which take in the spectacular surroundings of one of Europe’s largest canyons. With narrow passageways and walls towering above, stretching up to 400 metres high in places, you will no doubt be rewarded with a memorable hiking experience. Some of the terrain is challenging and it is recommended to go with a guide if possible.
The world class skiing on offer in the Dolomites is certainly no secret. If you’re chasing adventure on some of the globe’s best slopes, a visit to the dolomites is essential. This is an expansive region with over 1200km of trails, meaning that skiers and snowboarders of all levels will find whatever they are looking for. There are plenty of resorts and options for accommodation in the region; one of the most popular being Cortina d’Ampezzo which is part of the Dolomiti Superski area. Options for different types of accommodation in the town are plentiful, many offering incredible views of the surrounding vistas.
No trip around Italy would be complete without a stop off in the country’s capital and historical epicenter, Rome. Famed for its classical architecture, art and historical significance, there are countless unique experiences to be had in the “Eternal City.” The Colosseum, being Italy’s most popular tourist attraction with an average of over 5.5 million visitors a year, is an obvious place to start for any visitor to the city. Remarkably the Colosseum is still the largest standing amphitheater in the world today despite its age, seating over 50,000 spectators. Perhaps not so obvious, is to tour this incredible landmark at night time. Doing so will allow you to beat the crowds it attracts during the day and learn more about the Colosseum’s history from your guide.
There really is something for every type of adventurer in this stunning country. Whether you want to get off the beaten track or experience some of Italy’s most notable destinations, but in a different way, there are countless exciting options to choose from.