The India-Italy connection has existed for over 2,000 years—right from trade on the spice route to Marco Polo’s epic journey, to political and economic relations today. Not only do many Italians call India their home, but did you know that the Indian community is rather large in Italy? When in Italy, there are some quintessential things one can do. As films over the years have taught us—right from Roman Holiday to the latest Bollywood numbers—Italy packs in a punch and whether you’re in the north or the south, every region brings something unique to the table. Walk around Rome and put your hand in the ‘Mouth of Truth’, toss a coin in the Trevi fountain; savour a gelato or some pasta made with the freshest ingredients; check out museums dedicated to fashion and automobiles; take a gondola ride in Venice or serenade a loved one at Juliet’s Balcony in Verona; there’s no dearth of things to do in Italy. However, thanks to direct flights from India, when you reach Italy, you must make sure to experience the following that will truly make your Italian stay worthwhile:
Where else to eat pizza but its birth place? Head to Naples, stand in queue, at a pizzeria, then when you get the Margherita in your hand, savour every bite! The combination of crust, cheese, tomatoes and herbs makes for a gorgeous treat.
To see something unique, head to Pompeii which was buried under ash when Mt Vesuvius erupted in 79CE. Frozen in time for centuries, this gives a spectacular insight into the lives of the people at that time.
San Marino is one of the smallest and Vatican City is the smallest country in the world, and both are surrounded by Italy! Visit the oldest sovereign state in the world founded in 301CE and be mesmerized by its fortresses and steep hills; then spend the day where the Pope lives and enjoy the iconic art and architecture.
The Pisa selfie
How can you resist? Go to the town of Pisa from Rome or Florence and stand at a distance. Pose as if you’re trying to prop up the Leaning Tower of Pisa and then take a picture you’ll always remember clicking. The leaning stone edifice is one of the most visited attractions in the country.
Think taking a boat to a dark cave that glows blue. Yes, it actually does. The Blue Grotto cave in Capri is unique and while it attracts tourists by the dozen, it’s something of a unique Italian adventure.
Imagine the most beautiful bookshop in the world and you’ll think of Venice’s Libreria Acqua Alta where books are kept in bathtubs, waterproof bins and even a gondola to keep them safe during floods.
So, if these experiences aren’t enough, we bring you much, much more to leave you with an Italian wanderlust. Just stay tuned, we say!