Seven Treasures of Italy

by | 7 Nov 2018

Italy – a haven for art buffs and foodies alike, this alluring country is like no other. The birthplace of the Renaissance and a gastronomic haven, travelers are met with delight at every corner. However, with so much choice, it can be difficult to decide on what to do and where to head first. To help you out, here are seven of our favourite Insight Experiences to enjoy in Italy – enjoy!

1. Explore Vatican City in VIP style

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One cannot head to Rome without heading to Vatican City. The world’s smallest sovereign state is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, holding a fascinating history and iconic artwork, including the ancient Roman sculpture Laocoön and His Sons and the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. With Insight, you’ll gain VIP fast-track access into the Vatican Museums and admire the genius of Michelangelo’s painted ceiling in the Sistine Chapel.

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2. Learn to cook with a local chef in Orvieto

Don’t just savor Italy’s delicious delicacies, learn to cook them too! In the northern Umbrian town of Orvieto in Tuscany you’ll be welcomed into the kitchen of zesty, Etruscan chef, Lorenzo Polegri. Famed for his divine pasta fresca which combines local staples of olive oil, cheese, prosciutto and focaccia, you’ll learn his secrets before dining on this memorable Highlight Lunch – all washed down with a chilled glass of Orvieto Classico wine of course.

Related trip: Country Roads of Italy 

3. Glassblowing in Venice

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Venice is famous for its glass making, and what better way to learn more about this ancient Venetian craft than witnessing the skill in action? Meet artisans who will demonstrate how this age-old craft is still used today, as they create these delicate works of art before you.

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4. Take a gondola in Venice

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No trip to Venice would be complete without a trip on a gondola. Be serenaded with your fellow travellers as you meet a gondolier and learn about the age-old tradition of gondola navigation.

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5. Learn more about Pompeii with a local guide

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The ancient city of Pompeii is a fascinating archaeological site, and one not to be missed. Based in Southern Italy’s Campania region, this former Roman city was buried under ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Walk its cobbled streets with Insight and learn more about its unique history with a local guide. The forum, baths, a few villas and many houses still remain.

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6. Enjoy a local foodie experience in Italy’s Chianti region

Famous for its wine and olive oil, the Chianti region in Tuscany is a worthy stop on your trip. Enjoy a scenic drive through the area’s rolling countryside before heading to the esteemed estate of Rocca di Castagnoli. Once here you’ll also enjoy a cooking lesson, where you’ll prepare two different types of pasta, a meat dish and a desert.

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7. Ride the funicular to town on the Isle of Dreams

Nicknamed the “Isle of Dreams”, the Isle of Capri offers magnificent scenery at every turn. Once here take the funicular railway to Capri Town, taking in its breath taking sea views along the way.

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Alex is the Editor of Insightful, and has over 10 years' experience as a writer and editor within the travel industry. In his professional travels, he has been all over the world – from road-tripping in Australia and New Zealand, to eating his way around the Canadian Maritimes and criss-crossing Italy from Sardinia to Emilia-Romagna.