10 Things To Add To Your Italy Travel Bucket List
We've always been big fans of The Buried Life, first an MTV show, then a NY Times bestseller encouraging people to make their bucket list dreams come true. So when we heard #56 on their bucket list was to write for a major publication, we couldn't resist! Here's the Buried Life's ultimate travel bucket list for Italy.
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[Please note: The Epic Bucket List 2014 contest has ended. This contest was only available for those between the ages of 18-35 as the grand prize is offered by Contiki, a tour company specializing in trips for 18-35-year-olds.]
1. See Tuscany by Fiat
Even if they say you’re too big to Fiat, don’t trust them! Find your way around the rolling Italian countryside in a car that brings you ever closer to the smells and sights of this enchanting land. (Photo shown above).
2. Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain
This one seems self-explanatory. The ancient, mystical Trevi Fountain in Rome can grant any wish you desire. I, for example, wished for a mermaid. And I got my wish. Sort of…
3. Go back in time
The joy of Italy is that you are swept off your feet into the wonders of the past. There’s no avoiding it. The entire country is filled with mystery and delight. Our advice: find a costume that goes with it. You won’t regret it. Also, if you're ever in Florence, make sure to ask for Napoleon’s sister's house. That’s how we found this treasure.
4. Do as the locals do
When you come back from your vacation to Italy, ask yourself, "Do I have a photo that captures the essence of my trip?" The important part is not the photo itself but the feeling it would give you if you captured it. Did you go outside your comfort zone? Did you experience it... as the locals do?
5. Put yourself out there
This may seem odd to the uninitiated, but Tinder, a mobile "dating" app, is actually a great way to ask locals and learn about what is fun to do in their city. It need not be anything more than that—unless it becomes something more on it's own.
6. Conquer the area!
If you need a list of things to do in Italy (or any country for that matter) look no further than UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It may surprise you how close you are to an unknown treasure—or a well-known treasure, like the Roman Colosseum!
7. Relax and give back
There is a saying that goes, “In Italy, they pick the olives off the tree. In Greece, they wait for them to fall.” This list is meant to be all about Italy, but surely Greece is a hotspot, too. No matter which country you pick, don’t forget to relax once you’re there. Need a quick fix? Buy a bottle of wine, draw your own label for it, and leave it for a lucky stranger on next visit. That’s what we did in Florence.
8. Eat pizza at Pisa
No explanation necessary. It’s delicious. And fun. (As you can tell.)
9. Do something nice for a stranger
While we were in Italy, we helped reunite two long lost friends who hadn’t seen each other in more than 10 years! They'd had a crush on each other in grade school but lost touch when their families moved. With a little help from Contiki, we brought them together again. Click here to see the video of their long-awaited reunion.
10. Go to Venice
Just go. It's not worth trying to explain it. The smells, the whip of the air, the feeling it gives you. This is a city like no other. Stop reading... and go!
-The Buried Life Boys