A holiday in Italy is sure to capture your imagination, and wherever you decide to stay, there’s something for everyone. It’s no surprise it’s one of Europe’s hottest holiday hotspots; you can take a break in a bustling city, plan an island escape, experience a cultural adventure, or kick back and relax on one of the country’s beautiful beaches. You’ll find amazing architecture, Roman ruins, rustic villages, amazing wines, and fantastic food around every corner. Grab a gelato and wander along a waterfront, or go shopping in some of the high-end shops to be found in the resorts and cities. Italy’s full of romance and iconic places to visit, such as Rome’s Colosseum, Sicily’s majestic Mount Etna and the treasures of the Bay of Naples area. For some stunning sights, head further south to explore Pompeii or the Amalfi Coast. Italy’s perfect for couples and honeymooners. However, if you’re planning a holiday to Italy with some partying in mind, Milan and Sicily have some superb nightlife, from relaxed drinks to an all-night party. With so much to choose from, an Italy holiday can be whatever you want it to be.

Things to do

There are so many ‘must-sees’ in Italy that there’s probably no such thing as a comprehensive list! However, few Italy holidays would be complete without paying a visit to the grandiose Vatican buildings, eating pizza in its birth-place of Naples, or catching an opera in the amphitheatre in Verona. A trip to Pompeii is a fascinating look at one of the world’s most famous archaeological wonders. Touring Tuscany’s winding roads and vibrant vineyards is ideal for those who want to try some of the best of Italian food and wine. Take a leisurely boat trip along the southern coast, or wander the atmospheric waterfront promenades. If you’re on holiday in Italy with kids, keep them busy playing water sports on the beach, learning to ski, or unleashing their inner Sir Lancelot with a visit to one of the many medieval castles.

Where to stay

Cities like Rome, Naples and Florence in central Italy are home to some of the country’s best cultural attractions.  Further south, the sun-drenched coastal towns such as Sorrento, and the Bay of Naples area, offer a delightful piece of traditional Italian life, authentic experiences, excellent food and wonderfully fresh locally grown produce.  Sardinia’s wild coastlines and secluded cloves make it perfect for sightseeing by car. If you’re after culture, then Sicily is packed with sights to see, such as the original Greek settlement of Ortigia in Syracuse, breathtaking baroque towns like Modica and Ragusa Ibla, as well as beautiful coastal landscapes.

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Italy enjoys a varied climate; with hot summers in areas like Sicily and Sardinia, and perfectly warm temperatures from April onwards in the Bay of Naples. The conditions in the Alps during winter are also perfect for skiing. 

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The main international airports in Italy 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, Olbia and Comiso.

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