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It is difficult – if not impossible – to limit a list of things to do in Italy to 100, and even more difficult to put them in order of descending significance or entertainment value: home to Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Etruscans, Greeks and Romans, with islands as diverse as dour Sicily and African-influenced Pantelleria and cultures as far apart as Renaissance Venice and the prehistoric Trulli in Alberobello, Italy is a vibrant and colorful hotch-potch, a land of stark and passionately defended contrasts.
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95. Basilicata Adventure Parks
Basilicata, aka as Lucania, is a region in southern Italy (between the “heel” and the “toe” of the boot!). The Lucania Park in the village of Cirigliano (Matera district) offers a wide range of adventurous activities such as tree-canopying and archery; in nearby Castelmezzano, a terrifying zipwire experience (Il volo dell’Angelo) is on offer for kids over 12 with an adult (or over 16 unaccompanied); a similar ride (Il volo dell’Aquila) can be had at San Costantino Albanese. These two daredevil experiences constitute a major tourist attraction in the area.
Bari Palese (178.5 km) or Lamezia Terme (249 km) are the closest airports, car rental is advised.
96. Frasassi Caves
The Frasassi cave system in Genga, central eastern Italy, was discovered in 1971 and has become one of the most popular cave systems in Italy. Richly endowed with stalactites and stalagmites and illuminated for eerie and dramatic effect, the caves are a perfect activity for a rainy day! A number of guided tours are on offer, lasting from 1 to 3 hours. Visitors are advised to book in advance.
The Falconara Marittima airport is 56 km from Genga (49 minutes by car). Public transport is poor; car rental is advised.
97. Sorrento Ice and Pizza Cooking Course
Sorrento in the Campania region in southern Italy (on the Gulf of Naples) offers a somewhat different holiday experience – lessons in making pizza and gelato. At the Villa Capo Santa Fortunata, it is possible to book a four day, three night stay with all ingredients, courses, PDF of recipes and a souvenir apron included. A really fun activity and an unforgettable experience, this course will really boost your cooking skills!
Naples airport is only 50 km from Sorrento, which is just over 1 hour by bus or train.