Many travellers and tourists fall into the trap of thinking that Italy peaks in the summer. However, when winter comes around and the crowds die down there are some truly extraordinary things you can see and do.
Spending winter in Italy may not be something you’ve previously considered, but the country is just as spectacular at this time of year as it is over summer (maybe even more so!). So, take a look at some of the wonderful events and experiences you can attend, making your winter break to Italy unforgettable.
Take a Cooking Class
Italy is famous for its delicious food and fine wine, and taking an authentic cooking class will open your mind and taste buds to some sensational flavours.
Take a cooking class from a local chef and learn how to replicate some of the most exquisite Italian dishes at home. This is a great activity to do if the weather isn’t on your side, as you can escape the harsh weather whilst still enjoying your holiday.
Stay in Dream Accommodation
Winter is the perfect season to travel in as the majority of airlines drop their prices. You can then use your saved money to stay at a luxury boutique hotel, right in the heart of Rome.
A popular choice is the Casa Montani, which is only a 15-minute walk from the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Saint Peters.
Head to the Theatre
Purchasing a ticket for the theatre in Italy is one of the smartest moves you can make. You will not only escape the cold but will also get the opportunity to view some of the most unique shows in Europe.
Italian theatres are famous for their astonishing beauty and architecture, but be sure to do your research as some theatres only open in the seasonal months.
In the summer season, Rome is incredibly busy. Tourists flock to popular historic attractions, and it is almost impossible to take in the beauty of these structures. However, winter brings a whole different atmosphere to the city.
Popular places like the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and the Sistine Chapel are noticeably quieter, which means you will be able to enjoy the view without getting lost in the crowds.
Visit A Winery
For the self-proclaimed wine enthusiast, visiting a winery may be the perfect winter activity for you. The grape harvest would have just finished but the cellars are now full of new-born bottles. Enthusiastic owners will love to show off their new creations to you on your visit.
Enjoy the Mountains
If you would like to indulge in some winter sport, then head to the mountains. Italy is a peninsula and this makes for beautiful scenery. However, having two of the higher mountains chains in Europe makes the winter even better.
You can explore the Alps and Apennines and try out skiing, alpine skiing, snowboarding, and trekking. There are more than 400 Italian ski areas throughout the country.
Take Your Time in a Museum
Visiting a museum can be an extraordinary experience, even more so when in a country with as much cultural heritage and history as Italy.
Hosting 2/3 of the worlds artistic heritage, it’s no wonder the museums here are always packed during peak season. In winter, crowds are considerably reduced making your visit peaceful and relaxed.
Italy is one place you must visit in your lifetime as it is full of rustic charm, delicious food and a fantastic atmosphere, which can be better enjoyed in the winter months. So, it is definitely time to start planning that last-minute winter break!
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