In 2022, over 10 million tourists visited Italy, and for good reason too. Famed for pizza, pasta and top notch gelato, Italy is a hotspot for food and cultural history.
However, there are other ways to make the most from your trip, so we’ve put together a top four list of ways to make the most of your travels.
1. Go Hiking
Italy is famous for its beautiful mountainous regions and stunning landscapes. Among the notable sightseeing opportunities are the Dolomites, the Sella-Herbetet Traverse, the Amalfi Coast, and Stromboli.
From dizzying heights, you can see for miles, or take the time to stroll through the extraordinary landscape.
If you’re new to hiking, you may want to experiment with some gentle routes first. If you’re visiting in the summer months, the average temperature can spike to around 32 degrees celsius, so ensure you are properly kitted out with the right shoes, plenty of water, electrolytes, snacks and a first aid kit.
2. Study While You Travel!
Thanks to the flexibility of distance learning courses, you can now take a gap year without delaying your studies.
Universities like Anglia Ruskin offer distance learning degree courses that can be studied from anywhere in the world. All you have to do is keep track of your deadlines, and the rest of the content can be learned from anywhere else. All you need is a device you can study and write on, like a laptop, and a solid internet connection.
This is perfect for students who want to travel around Italy in a motorhome, or are looking to stay in an Airbnb.
3. Learn the Language
If you’re an immersive traveller and want to become fully engrossed in Italian culture, the best way to join in with the Italian lifestyle is to learn the language.
Not only will this be a big help to you in running daily errands, and navigating your way around, but it will also help you to build relationships with the people you meet.
You can use apps like Duolingo to help you learn Italian before and during your travels. With daily tests and goals to complete, you’ll be fluent in no time!
4. Learn to Cook in Italy
Learning to cook the authentic Italian way will be a life-changing experience for any budding chef, and these are skills you can return home with and use again and again.
You can find cooking classes from companies like Castello di Montalero, who offer a variety of cooking courses including a 3 day, 5 day and 8 day course that will help you become an Italian masterchef in no time.
This is the perfect way for a food lover to relax on their travels, and create some stunning food as a result. Plus, home cooking in your Airbnb is also a great choice for those travelling on a budget!
Do you have any tips for learning new skills while travelling in Italy? Leave your answer in the comments section below!