Italy’s glossy good looks are something straight out of a magazine – culture, scrumptious food, beautiful towns, cities and natural landscapes. Plus sun, sea and sand thrown in for good measure.
Perhaps you’re planning an Italian few days’ getaway to admire the stunning architecture of Rome, gondola rides in Venice or the breath-taking history and fascination of Pompeii. Or a family holiday is on the cards to soak up the sun on a beach holiday, Italy will inspire, relax and energise you all at the same time.
Wherever you choose to visit, around almost every corner in Italy you’ll find fascinating ancient sites or other-worldly scenery. If you fancy the south of the country and the splendour of the Mediterranean, the Amalfi Coast is a couples’ delight, with seaside towns such as Positano and Sorrento providing idyllic backdrops to a perfect few days away. Further north, Italy boasts treasures such as Lido di Jesolo and its golden sands, an area that’s bound to add the wow factor to any Italian holiday! Some of the islands off of Italy’s south coast are also great choices for a break, with Sicily’s welcoming hospitality and picturesque shores, or Sardinia and all the fascinating exploration and adventure that it offers. Add the famous 34-mile Costa Smeralda to the mix, with its seemingly never-ending beaches, and we’re not making your holiday decision-making process any easier.
At least whichever part of Italy you choose, you can rest assured that you’ll never have to venture too far for the next delicious glass of wine or heavenly antipasti platter. Buon appetito!
The capital city of the ancient world, and to this day a capital city for holidays and weekend city breaks, welcome to Rome. Exploring Rome isn’t just for history buffs either, visitors of all ages will love its unique blend of old and new.
Whether you want to follow the footsteps of the gladiators in the Colosseum, bask in the splendour of the Pantheon’s dome, or let your mind drift back in time with a walk around the excavated Forum, the Roman remnants are spellbinding. The Vatican is also a must-see, and once you’ve taken in your fill of sightseeing for the day, head to the nearby Via Cola di Rienzo for shopping therapy as well as delicious restaurants and wine bars.
Where better than Venice for a romantic holiday? The beautiful northern-Italian city is famed for its canal network and car-free centre. The city is made up of almost 100 small islands in the Adriatic Sea, so you’d best get booking your gondola and motoscafo trips!
There’s culture around every corner. A gondola ride along the central Grand Canal and the maze of smaller waterways will give first-hand views of this truly unique city. Lie back and admire Byzantine architecture, narrow nooks and crannies, and the simple sense of history around every corner. The Piazza San Marco and its views over the lagoon, Gothic and Renaissance styles and the stunning St. Mark’s Basilica combine to give Venice a magnetic pull. Round off the day in style and watch the sun set over the city’s red rooftops from the Campanile bell tower.
Milan is a spot that captures all that’s good about Italian culture. Found in the north of Italy, in the Lombardy region, it’s a wealthy, luxurious area. It’s reputation as a fashion and financial powerhouse has resulted in a spectacular gothic cathedral and surrounding lawns contrasted with art displays and high-end shops and restaurants. The Museo Poldi Pezzoli is home to the work of many of the grand masters of art, or the planetarium will take you out of this world! Visit the Parco Sempione and its rolling lakes and trees, and fall in love all over again.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
A tourist favourite, the unintentionally leaning bell tower of Pisa’s cathedral is a must-see when you’re in Italy. Once you’ve taken the famous photo of yourself holding up the tower, you should take a stroll through the ornate streets of the city and try a delicious lunch at one of the street cafés. As well as its lean, you’ll also enjoy the delicate and ornate nature of the tower, and a guided tour will give you fascinating insight into the world-renowned landmark.
If downright gorgeous could be summed up by one place, then Lake Como would most likely be it. The deep and dramatic waters of the lake at the foot of the Alps provide some of the most spectacular scenery on earth. The lake is also flanked by the beautiful towns of Como, Bellagio and Brunate, all of which are chock full of culture, quaint shops and bistros, radiating a bustling but relaxed way of life.
St. Mark’s Basilica
If you’re in Venice, then you simply must visit St. Mark’s Basilica – the main cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice. Finished in 1117, it is now one of the most recognisably famous churches in the world. Its stunning Byzantine contours and golden glow make for a remarkable sight.
The headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, Vatican City is an essential part of your cultural sightseeing of Italy. That said, you’ll actually be leaving Italy for the duration of your visit since the Vatican City is technically the world’s smallest independent state. Visit the Vatican Museum to admire its inspiring collection of Roman treasures, Renaissance-era frescoes, and of course the stunning Sistine Chapel complete with Michelangelo’s ceiling. Visitors young and old will be inspired by the hallowed walls of the Vatican.
City breaks, long weekends, peaceful retreats or full-blown beach holidays. Whatever type of holiday you’re after, Italy can deliver. Italy’s dramatic coastline, rugged mountain ranges, cultural cities, and quaint and sleepy hillside villages will delight and inspire even the most seasoned traveller.
Action and adventure fans won’t have to look too far for water skiing, diving, jet skiing or other high-adrenaline pastimes. While lovers of serenity can head to the hills of Lake Como where the only sounds are birds chirping and the waves of the lake lapping at the shores below. For a faster-paced getaway, Rome and its ancient history continues to hold its own on most bucket lists. It’s as though every wall, street and building in this majestic city has a story to tell.
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