Taking your loved one to Italy for Valentine’s Day is a pretty safe bet considering it’s one of the most romantic countries in the world, but if you and your partner are more into seeking out thrills than seeking out spas, then you’ve really hit the jackpot. A couple’s trip to Italy doesn’t have to be about sipping San Pellegrino while gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes in front of a Margarita pizza, there are plenty of activities to do in this fabulous historic country.
With activities varying in degrees of extremeness, you are bound to find a perfect and unforgettable experience to share with your sweetheart. Simply just visiting cities like Venice, Milan, Rome, Florence, is already a win, but combining it with a paragliding flight, hot air balloon ride or a memorable canyoning session, you’re guaranteed to be smiling for weeks after.
Read on to discover are top picks for activities to share as a couple in Italy:
Climbing in Lake Garda
The largest lake in the country is in northern Italy, halfway between Venice and Milan, in an alpine region formed by glaciers at the end of the last ice age. Alive with blue waters, steep green mountains and cliffs, Lake Garda is a true paradise for outdoor sports and mountain activities, notably, climbing. Climbing is the perfect activity to share as a couple, and Italy is the perfect place to try it, so strap on your harness and learn to climb a vertical wall with bare hands accompanied by approved professionals.
Paragliding in the Aosta Valley
Fly in the shadow of the mighty Matterhorn with a tandem paraglide flight. The Aosta Valley is a region in north-western Italy on the border of France and Switzerland that extends into the Western Alps, it’s famous for the iconic snow-capped peaks of the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso. Covered with either a beautiful blanket of snow or a patchwork of wild flowers, this border region showcases what Mother Nature has to offer. Get ready to explore the secret mountain villages and snow-capped peaks with panoramic tandem paragliding flights in the Aosta Valley.
Helicopter Flight around Venice
Experience the “City of Lovers” from a bird’s-eye view. Between the turquoise blue lagoon of Venice dotted with islands, the Adriatic Sea and the Dolomites, enjoy the chance to admire majestic views during a private helicopter flight. Be enchanted by Venice as you fly through centuries of history! Journey from the southern part of the lagoon, with the Lido di Venezia and the San Marco basin to the northern part and its famous beaches of Jesolo. Note that this aerial adventure is also available in Rome, the capital city, which truly is an open-air museum.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Sardinia
Discover the secrets of Sardinia with this SUP adventure along the northern coast. Explore hidden beaches, turquoise bays, limestone caves and a wide variety of wildlife on this guided tour of the Mediterranean coast. Paddle at your own pace through the clear waters of Platamona Beach, standing on your big surfboard, and enjoy the exceptional panorama that surrounds you.
Snorkelling in Cinque Terre
Go on an incredible snorkelling trip along the coast of Porto Venere and Lerici. This is the perfect opportunity to spend a fun day in love while exploring the crystal-clear waters of the Cinque Terre. During the activity you’ll be accompanied by a professional instructor and marine biologist who will show you incredible marine life, such as pufferfish, jellyfish, lobsters, and more! Snorkelling is perfect for everyone, allowing you to explore the sandy seabed, rocky reefs and caves, while also learning about the history and traditions of the villages and areas along the way. Keep a look out for the Portovenere Natural Park, Lerici San Terenzo and Tellaro.
Parachute Jump near Naples
Experience the wonder that is Amalfi from a slightly more unique perspective. Set at the foot of steep cliffs, in a naturally spectacular setting, this town on the south-west coast of Italy is only a few kilometres from Naples. Jump from the exceptional altitude of 4500 meters and enjoy the breath-taking views of the Sorrento’s Amalfi Coast, Ischia, Vesuvius and the Greek temples of Paestum, before exploring one of the most beautiful coastal landscapes in Europe.
Heliski in Courmayeur
Enjoy this great freeride experience in the highest municipality of Western Europe, located on the Italian border in the heart of the Alps. Courmayeur is one of Europe’s best-known spots for mountaineering and skiing, and because of its privileged location, you’ll have access with Chamonix resort and the slopes in the famous Vallée Blanche. This heliskiing descent is organised with an experienced alpine guide, who’ll navigate you through powder runs and forest tracks.
Diving in the Aeolian Islands
The Aeolian Islands have welcomed several civilizations throughout history, making it home to many archaeological sites, some of which date back to 4000 BC. Explore the different islands of Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari, Panarea, Salini, Stromboli and Vulcano while enjoy the beautiful fishing villages. With the strong volcanic activity giving shape to the island and creating a rocky seabed environment, you’ll be able to explore sunken volcanoes and caves that offer incredible secrets, such as rows of glistening obsidian stones with sand pumice and white and black sand. A dive here will satisfy the likes of beginners to dive experts, offering up opportunities to see starfish, corals, anemones, turbots, jellyfish and, if you’re lucky, whales and dolphins! For an added extra you can also snoop around archaeological sites and find vestiges of ancient civilizations.
Surf in Santa Maria di Leuca
Italy may not be the first place in Europe you’d think about when looking for a surf spot, and yet, this sport is very popular here, especially in the Liguria region, with spots in Varazze and Levanto. But in the region of Puglia located in the south of Italy, at the heel of the boot, there is a superb surf spot. In Santa Maria di Leuca, in the municipality of Castrignano del Capo, there is a beautiful place to surf with a few less tourists (and a few more locals) but especially a breath-taking view that is well worth the detour.
Hot Air Balloon Flight in Milan
Experience an unforgettable hot air balloon flight while gazing down upon the magnificent Parco del Ticino, a natural park located just 30 km from Milan. When the pilot reaches the optimal height, you’ll be able to see Milan, Pavia and Piacenza, as well as the Alps and the Apennines. Once up to the maximum height of 500 meters you’ll be able to see the Po, the largest Italian river, and the typical Lombardy countryside, full of intrigue with its fascinating geometric design.
Canyoning in Laino Borgo
Go on a thrilling excursion to the Iannello River, located in Laino Borgo within Pollino National Park in Calabria. This fabulous canyoning trip is perfect for those who love adventure and nature. Given its torrential flow is considerably lower than that of Laos, the Iannello River offers the perfect platform for outdoor sports, including canyoning and white-water hiking. The route is characterised by innumerable jumps, small waterfalls with pools of crystal-clear water surrounded by lush vegetation, making this activity a treat for all the senses.