Italy holidays can be whatever you want them to be – and they call it the ‘beautiful country’ for a reason. The long, narrow, boot-shaped nation is edged by a 7600 kilometre coastline, which encompasses rolling vineyards, white beaches, towns and villages sprung from romantic fairytales, and towering mountain ranges that turn into a winter sports playground during the ski season.
This country has always excelled at the finer things in life – whether fashion, design, coffee, or ice-cream. But there’s also so much else to enjoy on holidays to Italy, from Michelangelo’s artworks to outdoor opera, and from coastal clubbing to drinks on sun-dappled piazzas.
If you like to holiday with your toes dabbling in warm Mediterranean, head to the Puglian, Sardinian or Sicilian coasts. For art and architecture, the cities of Rome, Florence and Naples are practically bursting with masterpieces, as well as some of the world’s most famous ancient sites, including Pompeii and the Colosseum. Venice is a city that seems to float on its historic canals, lined by extraordinarily picturesque palaces and churches. Other highlights include pastel-painted villages clinging to the Amalfi Coast, the volcanic summit of Mount Vesuvius overlooking the Bay of Naples, the rich culture and cuisine of Sicily, and the celebrity-thronged lakes of Como and Garda. Style hunters and art lovers will want to head to sophisticated Milan, Italy’s fashion and design capital and home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. With everything from scenic splendour to the perfect pizza, Italy is the ideal setting for a memorable holiday.