Already daydreaming about your next Italian adventure? Perhaps you’re beyond the Pinterest phase and ready to start booking a hotel in Tuscany. Wherever you are, Italy awaits you in all her majesty. Here at Dievole we’ve assembled seven bucket-list adventures you simply must experience during your Italian holidays. Check it out.
Enjoy pizza in Naples
Bite deep into a delicious pizza Napolatena. The ingredients of a good pizza are simple: fresh basil, mozzarella, tomatoes—just like the flag—a simple dough, and extra-virgin olive oil. They’re assembled with love and cooked with finesse at extreme temperatures for 90 seconds or less as per tradition. There’s typically more sauce than cheese on a Neapolitan pizza, so the centers are soupy, and savory. For this reason, they are best served as little personal pies, not slices. Buon appetito!
Taste wine where it’s made
So, you know whether you’re a sparkling, red, white, or rosé kind of gal, but have you savored the wine where it’s made? The vineyards of the Chianti Classico region spread from Florence to Siena, and they’re unanimously known as the cradle of the world’s best wines. Interested in expanding your wine knowledge? The best way to learn is from the producers themselves. Plan a wine tasting for your next Italian holiday. No need to look far, Dievole offers wine tastings right here.
Ride a Vespa
Cue up Audrey Hepburn behind Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday, or if you’re of the younger generation, a certain Lizzie McGuire movie – the romance of the 2-wheeled Italian icon is always alive in our imaginations. The first-time Vespa experience can be enjoyed solo or with a group of girlfriends by riding safely behind a guide. Companies like Scooteroma and Florencetown offer vespa tours in Rome and Florence, and every major city will offer something similar.
Stay in an authentic agriturismo
Booking your stay at an authentic Agriturismo, or a farm-stay, is one of the most relaxing and rewarding ways to enjoy the beauty of the Italian countryside. It’s even more incredible if that agriturismo doubles as a winery, which here at Dievole we are both. What makes an agriturismo special is that you’re in touch with nature, and can usually visit the vines, kitchen garden, honey production or other things the place makes.
Experience the Palio in Siena
The Palio di Siena is an intense bareback horse race where ten of Siena’s neighborhoods, or contrade, compete. The event isn’t for tourists, it’s a heavily felt, local tradition. The Palio is held twice a year July 2 and August 16 in honor of the Blessed Mother and to he delight of passionate locals. It’s the heart and soul of Siena. Rivalries are intense. If you plan to go, mark your territory in Piazza del Campo especially early. The Piazza fills up to the brim, and you’ll want a clear view. Regardless of the heat, you really, really won’t want to miss this event. Bring sunscreen, lots of water, and a fan.
Gaze at sunflower fields
You’ve seen the sunflower fields in photographs and films, but you haven’t seen them yet in Italy. Why is this, you ask? It may just not be a sunflower year. We recommend researching this before you go looking for them. If the stars align just so, and you find that the sunflowers are in bloom, definitely make time for the adventure during your Italian holiday. That image of you standing amongst the happy blooms is sure to be your profile photo for at least a year to come.
Jump in the Mediterranean sea
What’s more ideal than swimming in the crystal clear of the Mediterranean Sea? A day at the beach sure beats the city heat, and a dip in the sea, or mare, will leave your mind, body and soul refreshed. Check out our blog post about the best beaches to consider when planning your Italian holidays.
Freshen-up with an ice-cream in Florence
Nothing like a delicious and refreshing gelato to recover strength after visiting such iconic places as the Ponte Vecchio or the Duomo and steeping yourself in the art of the Galleria dell’Accademia or the Galleria Uffizi. The ice-cream parlours are one of the most sought-out places in the city of Florence. Look out for the genuine creamy Italian-made gelatos in coppetta or in cone. They are delicious! The only problem is that you will have to choose among many different flavours.
words by Angela Sanders