Every time I visit Italy, I fall a little more in love with the country whether I head to the coast, to the lakes or to the busy city centres. I think it’s down to the perfect combination of the food, the views, the history and even the people – I’ve always felt welcome in Italy. It is a place which has truly stolen a piece of my heart and every time I leave, I’m always pining for my next return. As it’s a country that I’m always thinking about and planning trips to, I wanted to share a Bucket List for the places I want to visit in Italy so that you can share my *healthy* obsession.
The Amalfi Coast
I first visited the coast when I was a little girl and even then I could appreciate how beautiful it was, even if I was missing most of the views because I preoccupied with diving into a swimming pool. Not only is it picturesque, but it has little towns dotted along the coast to make your visit even more special. I think I liked it so much when I visited because it had a little bit of everything from views, beaches, food options and of course, a lovely local atmosphere which made me feel incredibly welcome. I would love to return here as an adult and appreciate the Amalfi Coast in its entirety. Having looked at the cost of travelling to the Amalfi Coast, I know it can be a little pricey so here’s a blog I liked about doing this visit on a budget – perhaps I’ll put it to good use very soon.
Ahh, Capri. A beautiful little island that has remained popular with visitors and it’s really not hard to see why. Known for its wonderful hotel and shopping options, approaching the island of Capri is meant to be very scenic and incredibly photogenic. However, the island is very small so it is possible to visit for just a day trip and as it’s in Italy’s Bay of Naples, this is very easy to do and many tour guides would be able to organise this trip for you. I would love to spend a whole weekend soaking up the culture of Capri and maybe take a relaxing boat trip around the island – it’s the stuff dreams are made of.
Although I’ve visited Florence which falls into this region, I have spent very little time exploring the Tuscan countryside during my visits to Italy, which is a shame. I would love to spend some time in a vineyard in this region, sampling some super fresh wine and having the wonderful experience of seeing how the products are made. Heck, I’d even like to stomp on a few of the grapes myself just to say I took part in the pigeage process! The Roman Guy tours do a wonderful wine day experience in the Chianti Hills with picturesque views of Tuscan villages and lots of wine involved and it’s a tour which I am absolutely dying to go on when I manage to book some time in Tuscany.
Pompeii is an archaeological site just south of Naples and is an almost perfectly preserved ancient city. It was once a thriving Roman city but was destroyed by a volcanic eruption from Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD although many of the ruins remain surprisingly in tact and this is why it attracts 2.5million tourists on average each year and remains one of Italy’s top attractions. The history nerd in me would absolutely love to visit Pompeii to see what remains of this city.
Naples really appeals to me because although it is home to some incredible architecture and works of art, it is also a city known for its pizza. When I visited Rome this year, we were repeatedly told how Neapolitan pizza could not be beaten with its rustic feel, with the authentic pizzas having been cooked in wood fire ovens. All I want is to eat a classic Margherita pizza in the sunshine, sitting outside a restaurant in the streets of Naples. But I’d be more than happy to visit all of the gorgeous sights the city has to offer too.
I’m sure there are many travel bloggers out there who could recommend other wonderful places to visit in Italy but these are a few places on my list of priorities for the next few years. I would love to learn more about all of these cities and regions and get to experience them first hand, trying all the food and wine along the way with a camera in hand to capture all of the sights! One day, I hope that I’ll be able to move to Italy, at least for a short period of time so that I can make my Italian dream my reality! But for now, I guess I will have to settle for regular visits. What places are on your Italian bucket list?