View of the Amalfi Coast by boat, for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom
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26 Magical Experiences You Can Have in Italy

I am writing this as the entire world is essentially on lock-down, encouraging social distancing & self-isolation due to the new corona virus. It’s 2020, but governments are shutting down borders and flight routes are being cancelled by the minute. We have nowhere to travel to but our own backyards.

However I work as a travel agent and always see the passion people have for travel. For adventure, perspective, relaxation, learning, and endless other reasons. I’ve been learning from other travel agents what it was like to work through 9/11, or even the rise of the internet with online booking sites. How the travel industry has shifted, but their service of curating dreams for others did not. The travel industry is always changing and morphing, but it always exists. It will continue to exist.

So while we are restricted from traveling now, we can still prepare & dream for when the privilege is once more made available.

In the spirit of staying inspired, here are 26 truly amazing experiences you can have from Italy travel. (One of my favorite destinations from a recent 6-month trip around the world!)

Italy travel inspo if you want to know the top things to do in Italy

1. Try to evade vertigo while climbing the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Ellen at the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom

2. Taste wines in the absolutely picturesque vineyards of Tuscany.

Wine tasting in Tuscany, Italy for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom
Vineyards in Tuscany, Italy for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom

3. Indulge in a new flavor of rich gelato from a different shop each day, because you can.

4. Claim a beach chair at one of the beach clubs of the famous & picturesque Amalfi Coast.

Ellen on the beach in Positano, Italy for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom

5. Crowd into Vatican City to lay eyes on the Sistine Chapel. 

(Appreciate that a rule against photography allows you to stay in the moment!)

6. Seek out the little-known Colosso dell’Appennino cave sculpture.

Colosso dell'Appennino outside of Florence, Italy for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom

7. Tour the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum and imagine ancient times.

Waiting to tour the Colosseum, for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom

8. Eat freshly-made pasta tossed in a flaming Parmesan cheese wheel. Feel inspired to take your own cooking class.

Pasta tossed in a freshly melted Parmesan cheese wheel in Florence, Italy for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom

9. Boat over to the island of Capri to behold the yachts & glamour. 

A hidden beach in Capri, Italy for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom
Famous coastal rock formation Faraglioni in Capri, Italy for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom

10. Visit the smaller Venice islands of Murano & Burano to see brightly colored fishermen’s houses, handmade lace, and blown glass.

The colorful fisherman houses on the island of Burano in Venice, Italy, for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom

11. Take in sweeping vistas from the rugged coastlines of Cinque Terre.

12. Feel giddy during a sunrise hike or at an alpine lake in the Dolomites.

Tre Cime in the Alps of the Dolomites in northern Italy, for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom
A hike around Lago di Braies in northern Italy, for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom

13. View more famous artwork than you can keep track of in the museums of Florence, like Michelangelo’s Statue of David.

The Statue of David by Michelangelo at Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence, Italy, for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom

14. Order espressos from charming cafes, then stand at the counter as you drink them from demitasse cups.

15. Ride in a cable car through the Alps, with the sound of cow bells ringing up through the valleys. A quintessential Alps experience.

Ellen finding cows during a hike in Tre Cime of the Dolomites, for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom

16. Wander through the surreal streets of Pompeii, and hike the volcano that wiped out the ancient city, Mt. Vesuvius. 

The ruined streets of Pompeii, with Mount Vesuvius looming in the background, for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom

17. Walk the cobblestone streets of a medieval town.

Ellen walking through the streets of the medieval town Montefioralle, Italy for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom

18. Lounge lakeside or stroll along the banks of Lake Como.

19. Try your favorite Italian foods in the regions where they originated. Cannoli: Sicily. Pesto: Genoa. Pizza: Naples.

Fresh Cannoli in Florence, Italy for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom

20. View The Last Supper fresco by Leonardo da Vinci in Milan.

21. Hire a gondola to ride through the romantic canals of Venice.

The canals of Venice, Italy, for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom
Ellen looking over the canals of Venice, Italy, for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom

22. Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain for good fortune.

The Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom

23. Sip limoncello as a disgestif after some of the best multi-course dinners of your life.

24. Hike the Path of the Gods, a hiking trail from Positano along the Amalfi Coast, taking in unreal coastal views.

Views of the Amalfi Coast from the ferry for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom

25. Receive a Papal blessing from the Pope in Saint Peter’s Square.

A nighttime stroll through Saint Peter's Square, for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom

26. Lose track of the number of stunning basilicas & piazzas you visit.

Altare della Patria in Rome, Italy for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom
View of Florence, Italy from Piazzale Michelangelo for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom

So there, in no particular order, are 26 amazing amazing things you can do in Italy. Everyone can find something to fall in love with! Comment below if I am missing some of your favorite experiences/day dreams.

Speaking of travel dreams, there is definitely a lull in planning & booking new trips for clients right now. So in my new downtime I am working on additional training & certifications. But also getting so carried away researching new destinations & itineraries, and getting inspired for the future! I feel giddy just from the planning stages, so I think I’m in the right profession.

If you are ready to plan for future travel, or if you are curious about the process of using a travel agent in general, you can email me at ellen@dreamavoo.com. 

Italy travel ideas, including Colosso dell'Appennino in Florence and other inspiration in northern Italy
Here are some top things to do in Italy for Italy travel, including travel to Venice Canals
Things to do in Florence, Italy for Florence travel inspiration
Attractions & things to do in Rome, Italy if you are planning to travel to the ancient city

Ellen Blazer

I am an avid traveler & I work as a Travel Agent for Dreamavoo Travel & Tours (CCRA-certified, registered with TPI, member of Ensemble). I specialize in the Caribbean, Mexico, honeymoons, Europe, and SE Asia travel. My travel blog To Travel and Bloom is designed to instill confidence in my clients & inspire them as they consider destinations around the world.

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