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.
Places 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.
What should I pack?
If you’re heading to Italy in the summer months, you’ll almost certainly need plenty of sun cream, a hat and some sunglasses, while if you’re planning a beach break here then swimwear and something to cover up with is also essential.
Don’t forget your camera, as you’ll find plenty of scenic destinations and historic monuments to photograph. We recommend you pack an extra memory card too, especially if you’re heading for super-scenic locations like Rome, Florence, or Venice.
For trips during the winter months, a light jacket or waterproof is a good idea for rainy days or cooler evenings, while comfortable footwear is a must for sightseeing.
More Travel Guides
We also have travel guides available for destinations including: Amalfi | Ischia Porto | Lake Garda | Limone | Malcesine | Sardinia | Sicily | Sorrento | Venetian Riviera