The top 5 things to do in Italy

Italy is known for its fine cuisine, its history and culture and its stunning architecture. The amazing Amalfi Coast, the old centre of Naples and of course the historical attractions of Rome attract thousands of visitors each year. Five of the top things to do in Italy include:

The National Archaeological Museum, Naples

The National Archaeological Museum houses one of the most incredible collections of Roman artefacts in the world, including massive fresco and mosaic panels and sculptures from Pompeii and Herculaneum. Take a guided tour around the museum with a reputable tour company to fully enjoy the museum.

A Tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum

A day trip to Pompeii and Herculaneum, Italy is a must for history buffs. The ancient ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum are incredible, and you will get a real feel of how the city looked thousands of years ago. Combine a tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum with a visit to the National Archaeological Museum to make the most of your time in Italy.

Christmas in Rome

Rome is lit up with brilliant Christmas lights and beautifully decorated trees from the beginning of December. Major sites are decorated, including the Colosseum. As snow has fallen in Rome three times in the past three years you may be lucky enough to witness a white Christmas. Also, every December Piazza Navona hosts a colourful Christmas Market. Befana the witch, not Santa Claus is the star of this show on 6 January. According to Italian folklore, Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy.

The Amalfi Coast, Sorrento and the Italian Riviera

Enjoy a day trip from Naples along the Amalfi Coast, and enjoy stunning views over the Mediterranean. Take a trip to Sorrento and enjoy the sandy beaches and the sunshine, plus some of the best seafood restaurants in Italy. The islands of Ischia, Capri and Procida are also well worth a visit.

History in the centre of Naples

Wander around the centre of Naples and you will stumble across the best parts of the city. Take a free map of the old centre of the city from a tourist information point and enjoy the tour. The ‘storico antico’ is a mixture of old and modern, and this lively area of Naples is not for the faint hearted. Don’t forget your camera if you are exploring the centre of Naples. If you are planning a trip to Italy, book your guided activity tours, adventure tours or historical and cultural tours before you leave home to make the most of your stay.

Go Modern at MADRE, the Museum of Contemporary Art

Naples is swimming in antiquities and priceless art from centuries past, but did you know that there’s also a thriving modern art scene in Naples? If you’re tired of looking at old stuff, or you just want a different take on Italian art, then head straight for the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina - affectionately known as MADRE. The museum’s permanent collection features both Italian and international modern artists, and there are regular temporary shows as well. The museum is within walking distance from the historic center, so it’s easy to reach, and if you’re up for something old and something new in one day it’s also not too far from the Archaeological Museum. For those of you who are night owls but want a cultural option instead of a dance club option, MADRE is open until midnight on Saturday and Sunday. And for those of you who are cheap travelers, admission is free every Monday.

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