Hidden Gems in Italy – 8 Most Unique Experiences

Italy is a country filled with grandeur, culture, and beauty. But some of the most unique experiences in Italy are tucked away in its vastness. These hidden gems in Italy are some of the most sought-after for travelers to the country.

From 150-year-old coffee factories to active volcanos, Italy’s hidden gems will take you on a journey through time and make you fall in love with the country. Here are our favorite Italian once-in-a-lifetime experiences that will leave lasting memories and show you an Italy off the beaten path.

Explore Florence Beyond the Museums

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When you think of Florence, the first things that come to mind are likely art and museums. But, believe it or not, the Renaissance City has so much more to offer. If you want to experience the raw historical energy of Florence, our Florence Full Day Tour without Museums – Architectural Wonders, History & Flavors is the way to go. With this captivating and unique tour, we’ll take you to an Italy off the beaten path, showing you a Florence known only to the locals. Starting with a guided walking tour through the cobbled streets, you’ll admire the external architecture and learn about the city’s history without stepping into any manmade museums. Then, it’s off to the Storico Mercato Centrale for a guided food tour amongst the local shoppers and vendors. Finish off the day like a true Italian, sipping on an aperitivo while the sun sets before you!

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Visit a 150-Year Old Coffee Factory in the Tuscan Countryside

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Visiting an authentic Tuscan winery is a classic experience on almost every Tuscany travel bucket list. But if you consider yourself more of a coffee drinker, your cravings can also be more than satisfied in Tuscany. Coffee Tourism in Tuscany is widely predicted to be the next big thing, and we’re ready to help you get ahead of the trend. Whisking you off from Florence through the Tuscan countryside, The Original Coffee Experience takes you on an immersive journey through the history of Italian espresso. You’ll visit a world-renowned espresso academy then stop for lunch in a beautiful Tuscan village. Next, explore a 150-year-old coffee factory, sample a range of espresso roasts, and even learn the art of being a barista! 

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See an Opera in Verona’s Outdoor Ancient Roman Amphitheater

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The Arena di Verona is an ancient Roman amphitheater that dates back to the 1st century AD found in the Italian city of Verona. Every summer, it hosts a world-class opera festival where you can experience some of the greatest works in music history under the stars. 

With its majestic architecture and captivating performances, this is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences for any traveler. Try to visit during the late spring or early summer months when the weather will be mild and enjoyable. To get the most out of your visit to the amphitheater, join a guided walking tour. With this, you’ll be able to also visit the surrounding areas and skip the potentially long lines at the entrance.

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Take a Postcard Photo at Alberobello’s Picturesque Trulli Houses

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The small town of Alberobello in the Puglia region is home to some of Italy’s most unique and picturesque scenery. Its streets are lined with trulli houses, which are traditional white-washed conical structures made from 14th-century stone. Visiting these distinctive homes is one of the more unique things to do in Italy and makes for a stunning photo opportunity that you can only find off the beaten path. We recommend visiting this hidden gem during spring or autumn when it will be less crowded and the weather will be agreeable for sightseeing.

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Meet Local Artisans on the Venetian Lagoon

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If you’re looking for unique places to visit in Italy, head to two small Venetian islands and explore the lesser-known neighborhoods of Murano and Burano. Murano is famous for its century-old glassblowing artwork, while Burano is known for its brightly-colored houses and lace production. On both islands, you can meet local artisans who will demonstrate the traditional process of creating these works of art. As a bonus, these artisanal creations make for the perfect Italy souvenirs!

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Kayak Along the Cinque Terre Coastline at Sunset

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Cinque Terre is a stunning region along the Italian Riviera and one of the most treasured hidden gems in Italy. For the ultimate experience, take a kayak tour at sunset. You’ll glide through crystal-clear waters, marvel at the colorful hillside houses, and take in breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea. This activity is ideally done during warmer months when you can enjoy long days without bad weather conditions.

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Horseback Ride Through the Hills of Tuscany and the Iconic Chianti Vineyards

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The rolling hills and iconic Chianti vineyards of Tuscany make it one of the most picturesque regions in Italy. The best way to take in its beauty is on a horseback tour. This will allow you to explore the winding country roads and breathtaking landscapes while sampling some of the finest Tuscany wines. 

For an even more unforgettable experience, book an overnight stay at one of the many farmhouses that dot the region – think romantic Italian dinners under starry skies and morning rides through verdant fields. The ideal time to go horseback riding in the Tuscan countryside is during the late spring and early summer months when temperatures are mild and the landscape is at its most picturesque. If horseback riding isn’t for you, many other tours of Tuscany will give you a beautiful experience in the region.

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Explore the Inactive Craters on Europe’s Highest Active Volcano: Mount Etna

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Mount Etna is Europe’s highest active volcano and one of its most impressive natural wonders. Located on the Italian island of Sicily, Mount Etna stands at just over 10,000 feet tall and has been erupting for thousands of years. Its spectacular terrain features numerous inactive craters that are perfect for exploration. From lava cave excursions to food and wine tours of the area, there are unique Italian experiences for everyone here. 

We suggest visiting Mount Etna during the spring or fall. At this time, temperatures are milder than in summer but still warm enough to enjoy outdoor activities, like a horseback tour.

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Create a Vacation That Rocks With These Hidden Gems in Italy!

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With sites like these, Italy is sure to keep your wanderlust at bay. From the ancient Roman Amphitheatre in Verona to the craters of Mount Etna, unique experiences in Italy are in abundance. If you are looking for a memorable and extraordinary journey through time and culture, try a tour from Tourist Italy. Our Italy package tours take you to see all these hidden gems in Italy and more with the help of expert guides. You can also read our blogs to design your perfect vacation. These include the best Italy travel experiences, travel times, food, and hotels in Italy.

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