Italy, your ideal gap year destination

Italy offers so many possibilities for a gap year adventure, from stunning landscapes, art treasures, historical cities, cultural and music events, delicious food and wines, friendly locals and easy access with numerous airports and high-speed trains. You will find a myriad of opportunities to enrich your knowledge, indulge in your passions, live unforgettable experiences and of course share them with your friends on social media.

Italy is a nation that hosts unique and fascinating events of international resonance throughout the year, providing innumerable opportunities for experiencing intense emotions. Art exhibitions are inspired by over a thousand years of heritage and events such as the Venice Biennale, with its design and contemporary art focus, are coupled with theatre and ballet performances. Italy is a synonym for music and art in every form. It also offers a wide range of traditional and modern cultural events, such as literary festivals or the many Carnivals held, most notably, in Venice but also in many other regions, and the various historical and religious representations that fill Italy with fantasy and vitality throughout the year.

VELA; Matteo Bertolin; © Unionpress, all rights reserved

Italy offers endless and amazing opportunities for those seeking a vacation dedicated to sports and physical activity—for those who want to be in close contact with nature in both summer and winter, surrounded by breathtaking scenery and unique landscapes.

Gelato in piazza a Roma –  Lazio – GettyImages-691984562; UGUR KESKIN

For water sports lovers, Italy’s countless marinas and ports, and various tourist organisations offer opportunities to indulge in windsurfing, kitesurfing, swimming and waterskiing.
For mountain lovers, there are infinite options; during the summer: biking, walking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting and kayaking along streams and rapids, fishing in the pristine waters of rivers and lakes, paragliding and hang-gliding over spectacular landscapes; during the winter, the mountains become a paradise for those who wish to practise winter sports. Italy is the perfect background for cycling and rafting, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding along amazing bridle paths…and many other outdoor sports.

Trentino – credits Trentino Sviluppo S.p.A.

Italy is also a trendsetter in eco-friendly travel, thanks to its bio-hotels, electric vehicles, hydrogen-powered public buses, certified municipalities, protected areas with guided routes, plastic and smoke-free eco-beaches, carbon-free travel, bike routes and bike stations, map-app appointed walking routes, solar panel-fuelled night clubs, e-bikes, blue flags, walk-art and eco-projects.

Bologna – credits APT Servizi

Whatever the season, whatever the passion, Italy is the ideal place for an unforgettable journey of discovery!
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This article was in partnership with ENIT – Agenzia Nazionale Del Turismo

Featured image: Amici e neve 2 – GettyImages-852543274; oneinchpunch

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