Offbeat and fun experiences in Italy

A hot-air balloon ride over Fontainebleau, Offbeat tours, Italy, Italy (Photo courtesy of
A hot-air balloon ride over Fontainebleau

Weird, random, oddball, and just plain fun tours and activities you can sign up for in Italy

OK, ideally your entire trip will be fun. I get that. But this page is dedicated to exhorting you to seek out the quirky, oddball, weird, and truly memorable experiences throughout your Italian vacation.

After all, as long as you're shelling our big bucks for an overpriced 45-minute gondola ride, why not pay just a bit more to take a two-hour gondola driving lesson?

You can take gladiator lessons in Rome, or a cooking class in FlorenceShop the fashion outlets of Tuscany or Milan. Have an audience with the Pope, a dinner cruise on the Tiber, a Segway tour of Florence, or a ghost tour of Venice. Go horseback riding in the Chiantiexplore Underground Turin, take a wine tour of Piemonte, or enjoy a private viewing of the Sistine Chapel.

You can find brochures on fun and offbear tours at local tourism offices in Italy, or book ahead via one of our partner sights:

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A rowing lesson in Venice (Photo courtesy of Carolyn Spencer Brown)

Be a gondolier for the day: Take rowing lessons in a bona-fide gondola or other classic Venetian boat

Gladiators duke it out (Photo courtesy of Viator)
Gladiator lessons
Rome: Outside the walls

Learn what it took to do battle in the Colosseum with a half-day Roman gladiator school