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Italy has so much to offer. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on a 21-day trip to Italy. Starting in Sicily and moving all the way up the boot to Milan, there was so much to experience. The culture and history are palpable no matter where you are in the country.

Whether you want to visit the beach towns or soak in all the Roman history, there’s something for everyone when visiting Italy. To follow is my list of 52 Reasons to Visit Italy. This list doesn’t even cover it all! But it definitely covers my favorites.

  1. See the Colosseum and hear the history behind it.
  2. Walk along the old streets of the Roman Forum.
  3. Eat gelato. Lots of gelato.
  4. Throw coins into the Trevi Fountain.
  5. Take a jumping picture in front of the Arch of Constantine.
  6. Shop at a roadside fruit stand in Sicily.
  7. Marvel at the art in the Vatican Museums.
  8. Hike to the Basilica Cattedrale di S. Bartolomeo in Lipari.
  9. Stop in Naples for pizza.
  10. Go to a secluded beach in Lipari – ask for Bubu to take you there.
  11. Pick up some of the Italian language!
  12. Go to a wine tasting at a Tuscan winery.
  13. Ride a Vespa through the countryside.
  14. Window shop at the designer fashion stores in Milan.
  15. Explore the roof of the Duomo di Milano.
  16. Stare at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
  17. Take the chairlift to the top of Mount Solaro in Anacapri for 360-degree stunning views.
  18. Swim in the Blue Grotto.
  19. Rent a boat and cruise around the island of Capri.
  20. Drive your boat under the Faraglioni rock formation and make a wish.
  21. Buy a genuine Italian leather item from the shops on the Ponte Vecchio.
  22. Watch a street artist in Florence.
  23. Take in the views from Ravello.
  24. Eat on the beachside patio of Le Tre Sorelle in Positano.
  25. Enjoy live music in the town square of Amalfi.
  26. Walk through Venice without a map. Get lost!
  27. Drink some authentic Amalfi lemoncello.
  28. Explore the gardens of Villa San Michele.
  29. Pay six euros for a delicious Coca-Cola.
  30. Sip Bellini’s and listen to the quartets in Piazza San Marco.
  31. Take a gondola ride and befriend your gondolier.
  32. Make the climb to Monreale.
  33. Eat fresh Italian cuisine.
  34. Spot celebrities while visiting Capri.
  35. Order the cioccolato gelato at Café Ponte Vecchio.
  36. Explore the ruins of Pompeii.
  37. Take your picture holding up the Tower of Pisa.
  38. Splurge on a massage at a fancy Italian spa.
  39. Brave the crowds on the Rialto Bridge.
  40. Take expensive pictures with the Gladiators outside the Colosseum, just for the story.
  41. People watch at the Spanish Steps and Trastevere.
  42. Explore the Catacombs of Rome.
  43. Attend an Italian opera.
  44. Sunbathe under the Tuscan sun.
  45. Appreciate the architecture of buildings, churches and fountains galore.
  46. Partake in the Capri nightlife.
  47. Have an Italian sing to you while on a boat – gondola or not.
  48. Understand and enjoy a new culture.
  49. Crash an Italian wedding.
  50. Be inspired by the cliffside landscapes and how the sky meets the sea seamlessly.
  51. Take part in Venice’s Carnevale.
  52. Enjoy the lakes of Milan.