Italy

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

The Colosseum at night

The Colosseum at night

If you think you can even begin to discover the brilliance of Italy, and all the adventure that lies within her beautiful borders, in a trip or two you have another thing coming.

There is simply too much culture-rich history and too much adventure-packed ground to cover for those looking for exotic and adrenaline-filled activities.

But just getting a taste of Italy will make for wonderful memories and help to satisfy your hunger for adventure. The question is this: Where do you start? And only you can answer that one.

From the exquisite artwork to the sumptuous cuisine and the stunning architecture to the awe-inspiring landscapes, Italy truly has it all.

The people are warm and friendly and have a welcoming nature, and they’re used to sharing the treasures of their country with tourists and seem to enjoy the interactions.

For cold-weather adventure seekers you can head north to the Alps. Go south to the Mediterranean Sea for the best in water-related experiences, and enjoy all the unsurpassed culture in between.

The bottom line: Italy adventure travel is unique and offers something for everyone. It can be a bit pricy, so check out how your currency fares against the Euro.

There are a lot of incredible adventure travel destinations in Europe, but Italy should be towards the very top of the list.

Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

The Colosseum in Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Michelangelo, Rome, Venice, Florence… the list seems endless of things that are exotic in Italy.

Take in the sights along the beautiful Mediterranean coastline, the scenic country side, the majestic Alps and the iconic architecture.

Feel the rhythm of the culture and bask in the warmth of a friendly and outgoing people.

Sense the history as you walk in the footsteps of historical legends. And enjoy the romance of present day luxury destinations like Tuscany.

You can step back in time and explore the lifestyles of days gone by or enjoy modern day adrenaline adventures like nowhere else in the world.

From the age-old Roman ruins to the modern day museums, and adrenaline filled adventures in the air, on land and in the water, exotic Italy adventure travel experiences will leave an indelible impression on your heart and mind.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

When it comes to cultural offerings, this country is jam packed with more than one person could experience in a lifetime. If I were open to giving extra credit to a place, Italy would definitely get an extra star here.

If you like art or architecture you’re biggest problem will be trying to figure out where to begin. So, just choose a place Rome, Florence, Venice? Take your pick, and don’t waste time trying to make a decision, just go.

If you want to combine an art and architecture experience together you may want to make your way to the Sistine Chapel.

The same could be said for those who love timeless music, theatre and other cultural experiences. Follow the pithy slogan that advises you to “just do it.”

Chances are you’re already familiar with Italian food, but keep in mind that it’s actually very different in Italy than you’ll find in North America or Western Europe.

Granted, authentic Italian dishes and the international variations are all delicious, but in Italy you’ll notice that the cuisine is quite diverse and there are specialties that vary from region to region and sometimes even city to city.

With that said, you’ll surely find out why Italy is known for their pastas, wines, cheeses, olives and so much more. You’re in for a treat.

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

From the snow-capped Alps to the gorgeous Mediterranean coastline, and all the beautiful landscapes in between, Italy has all the adventure travel bases covered.

Just about any winter sport you can think of can be found in Italy’s grand mountains from dog sledding to snow skiing.

Along the coast you can indulge in some incredible scuba diving, snorkeling and sailing, and throughout the country you can trek to your heart’s content, bicycle your way along scenic roadways, find flying tours with breathtaking views and take some of the most interesting cultural tours in the world.

There are full-force adrenaline activities and soft experiences as well, so everyone interested in Italy adventures will have plenty to fill up there memory books.

Here’s a list with the most popular adventure travel activities that Italy has to offer.

Hard

  • Bungee jumping
  • Canoeing
  • Dog sledding
  • Four wheel drive trips
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Ice climbing
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Orienteering
  • Overlanding
  • Paragliding
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Sea kayaking
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkeling
  • Snow shoeing
  • Snow skiing
  • Soaring (gliding)
  • Spelunking (caving)
  • Surfing
  • Survival training
  • White water rafting
  • Windsurfing

Soft

  • Birdwatching
  • Cultural tours
  • Eco tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours
  • Whale watching

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Canopy tours / Ziplines
  • Fishing
  • Flying
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Quad-biking / ATVs
  • Sailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching
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