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Holidays in Italy

Can’t decide what type of holiday you’d like? With holidays to Italy, there’s no need to choose. Exciting city breaks, nightlife and cuisine go hand-in-hand, while beach life and adventure beckon in the north. Charming and traditional little towns speckle the south coast, linked by historical sights and glorious waterfronts ideal for wandering along with a gelato.

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Spring and early summer provides plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures for sightseeing.

2.5 hours

Italy’s main international airports are Malpensa Airport in Milan and Leonardo da Vinci Airport (also known as Fiumicino) in Rome, although visitors also frequently fly to smaller airports including Venice Marco Polo, Naples or Palermo.

Book your Thomas Cook holiday to Italy now to see the Colosseum up close, sail across Lake Garda and try the best pizza you’ll ever taste.

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Harry's Hotel

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Mar Hotel Alimuri & Spa

Meta Di Sorrento, Neapolitan Riviera

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Sun Hotel Majestic Palace

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  • Outdoor and indoor swimming pool
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Maximilian Hotel

Malcesine, Lake Garda

  • Spa centre with steam room and sauna
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Grand Hotel Capodimonte

Sorrento, Neapolitan Riviera

  • Five cascading swimming pools
  • Two restaurants
  • Clifftop location on main road

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Grand Hotel De La Ville

Sorrento, Neapolitan Riviera

  • Two outdoor swimming pools
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Cities like Rome, Naples and Florence in central Italy are home to some of the country’s best cultural attractions. The famously beautiful cities are the perfect place to experience Italy’s thriving arts and culture, as well as sampling the superb local wine, cheese and pizza. Further south, the sun-drenched coastal towns offer a delightful piece of traditional Italian life, with wild coastlines perfect for sightseeing by car. If you’re more interested in winter sports, northern Italy is home to fantastic ski slopes and resorts, as well as the world-famous Lake Como and Lake Maggiore. 

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  • Only 100m from bars‚ restaurants and shops
  • Great for families and couples
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Italy is home to some of Europe’s finest attractions, from Roman landmarks to the dazzling lakes in the north – not to mention the world-class cuisine. When the sun goes down, spend balmy evenings sipping wine on a pavement bar and choosing from a delicious range of local specialties and Italian classics. Take a leisurely boat trip along the southern coast or wander the atmospheric waterfront promenades, and if you’re on holiday in Italy with kids, keep them busy playing water sports on the beach, learning to ski or bringing out their inner knight exploring fascinating medieval castles.

At the top of any list of Italy’s attractions will be its food. Its fertile green landscapes, traditional towns and coastline produce a famous array of culinary treasures, with signature dishes varying by region. The best places in Italy for foodies include Emilia-Romagna, home of Parma ham and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and Tuscany for the country’s best olive oil and Chianti. Don’t forget to stop in Naples, site of the world’s first pizzeria. The humble pizza is a brand new experience in its authentic state – think fresh buffalo mozzarella, handmade dough and sweet, juicy tomatoes.

Italy’s attractions are some of the most famous in the world. Think of European culture and you think of Rome’s Trevi Fountain, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the winding canals of Venice. Visit Pompeii, the perfectly preserved city near Mount Vesuvius, or the capital’s staggering Colosseum. The golden ribbon of the Amalfi Coast is an inviting stretch of waterfront towns, beaches and rugged green scenery. Kids will love the beaches and exploring the countryside on their bikes. If you’re planning a romantic getaway, the dreamy dinners, cosy wine bars and boutique hotels are the perfect environment. 

When you’re thinking of places to visit in Italy, chances are its many ancient cities come to mind. The country’s natural attractions may surprise you – the north is home to sparkling Alpine ski resorts and the trio of natural wonders that are Lake Como, Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. There are plenty of things for kids to do in Italy’s great outdoors, with sweeping landscapes and lakeside towns for camping, sailing and adventure. If you’d prefer something a little more relaxing, the south has gems like Capri, a tiny island adrift in the Mediterranean.

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Conca Azzurra Beach Resort

Massa Lubrense, Neapolitan Riviera

  • Outdoor whirlpool in the gardens
  • Dive centre
  • Unique seafront location

What is included?

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£556

Cesare Augustus

Lido di Jesolo, Venetian Riviera

  • Only 100m from bars‚ restaurants and shops
  • Great for families and couples
  • Private beach

What is included?

from

£419

Astoria Hotel

Malcesine, Lake Garda

  • Swimming pool in the garden
  • On the main lakeside road leading to resort centre
  • Family–run hotel

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£413

ITALY IS BEST FOR...

Foodies: Each of Italy’s unique regions produce authentic culinary delights that have established the country’s reputation for world-class cuisine.

Couples: A gondola tour down Venice’s canals, candlelit dinners in Florence or the heady nightlife of Milan – Italy is one romantic destination.

Nature lovers: The lakes, islands and scenery in Italy are a treasure trove of adventure.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Italy is Italian

Currency: The currency used in Italy is the Euro (€)

Local time: Italy is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Italy’s main international airports are Malpensa Airport in Milan and Leonardo da Vinci Airport (also known as Fiumicino) in Rome, although visitors also frequently fly to smaller airports including Venice Marco Polo, Naples or Palermo

Flight time from UK: Approximately 2.5 hours

Tourist Information: Further Italy tourist information can be found at www.italia.it/en/home.html

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Italy.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Mid 20s during the summer, often creeping up to 30°C during July. In the Alps, winter temperatures drop below 0°C in January. 

Best time to visit: Spring and early summer provides plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures for sightseeing.

The weather in Italy varies between north and south. The Alps in the north cause sharper changes between the seasons, whilst mild central Italy provides reliably warm summers and bright springs.


GETTING AROUND

By bike: Italy’s smaller towns and cities are beautiful to sightsee on a bicycle. Bring your own or rent one when you get here, as the trains and ferries are ready to transport them free of charge.

By train: For longer journeys, there’s no beating the incredible views that roll ceaselessly past your window from the country’s speedy and affordable train network.

By taxi: When you need a cab, remember authorised taxis are white and fitted with a meter, and you can grab on from the many yellow taxi ranks.


EVENTS

Classic Carnival: January and February sees Carnival celebrated across the country, with none as elaborate as the celebrations in Venice. Carnevale di Venezia is two weeks of parties, performances, masquerade balls and outdoor theatre in the piazzas.

For wine buffs: The largest wine fair in Italy, Vinitaly, hits Verona in April, where you can taste and learn about thousands of the country’s finest wines.

Lights, camera, action: The legendary Venice International Film Festival occurs between August and September. Unlike many film festivals, there are tickets for film screenings open to the public, plus the chance to dress up and celeb-spot by the red carpet.


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