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Here’s How You Can Visit Italy Without Leaving Your Living Room

Exploring a new country without leaving your home is way easier than you think.

Margo Gothelf · 5 months ago

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Exploring a new country without leaving your home is way easier than you think. Just because the trip isn’t in person does not mean that you can’t experience some of the highlights of a new place. Check out the suggestions below to see how you can easily visit the best areas of Italy without leaving your living room!

Grab Your Passport

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Orbon Alija / Getty Images

Let’s be real, no matter how old you are, it’s still exciting to collect stamps in your passport. While you won’t need a real passport for this trip, it’s a blast to create a homemade passport and fill it with stamps! Creating a homemade passport is simple with this free DIY template, which can easily be made with some basic crafting supplies.

Exploring The Maps

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Hill Street Studios / Getty Images

Understanding the lay of the land is key when you’re exploring a new country. While Italy isn’t a giant country, it still has several major cities. Have your family explore the land with these printable maps or this picture book. After reading the book, see if your family can label the map and find the cities they will be visiting.

Virtual Tours

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Alexander Spatari / Getty Images

Now that you have your map ready to go, it’s time to check out the major cities. Google Arts & Culture has put together a collection of major Italian attractions to check out virtually. Some highlights include the ruins of Pompeii, the Milan Duomo, and The Canals of Venice. Cast the images and tours right to your television screen or share them on a tablet to get the full experience.

Learning The Language

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David Madison / Getty Images

Learning a few words of Italian will definitely make your virtual trip more authentic. Many different resources are available to learn the basics of the language, including picture books and YouTube videos.

Art Tours Up-Close

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Jupiterimages / Getty Images

Italy is known for its vast collection of famous pieces in the art world. Luckily, many of the most visited museums in Italy have virtual tours. Visit the Vatican Museum in Vatican City and see Michelangelo’s fresco paintings up close and personal. After that, head to Florence to check out the latest exhibits from the Uffizi Gallery.

Bonus activity! After learning all about The Sistine Chapel, see if your family can pull off a painting like Michelangelo. Simply tape blank sheets of paper underneath a table. Then get to work with some crayons and markers to create a masterpiece just like the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

Cooking Classes At Home

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alle12 / Getty Images

A trip to Italy wouldn’t be complete without some pizza, pasta, and gelato! If you are not the most experienced cook, there is no need to worry. There are tons of cooking classes with professional chefs that can be streamed right to your devices. Alongside step-by-step instructions, the chefs will provide a list of ingredients that can be delivered right to your door.

If you are a bit more adventurous, you can try your hand at crafting a meal without an instructor. Your family can try fresh pasta, pizza dough, or gelato to get started. Don’t feel intimidated by the process, it will be especially easy if the whole family gets involved. Bon appetit!

Italy Themed Crafts

Now that you’ve ventured through the cities, museums, and sites of Italy, it’s time to bring them to life! These DIY projects will give you souvenirs so you’ll never forget your virtual trip. There is no limit to how many you can make!

Create A Scrapbook

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Hill Street Studios / Getty Images

Now that the trip is over, it’s finally time to head home. To remember all of the great moments you had, make a family scrapbook. Follow these DIY instructions to make a blank scrapbook. Then give each family member a page to write and draw their favorite memory from the trip.