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Holidays in Italy

Holidays to Italy can be any kind of holiday you like! One of Europe’s hottest holiday hotspots, you can take a break in a bustling city, a country retreat, 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. Grab a gelato and wander along a waterfront, or go shopping in some of the high-end shopping malls. Packed with romance and iconic places to visit, such as Rome’s Colosseum, the gondola-strewn waterways of Venice, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy is perfect for couples and honeymooners. It’s also family friendly, and the kids will get spoilt rotten as the Italians adore ‘bambinos’! However, if you’re taking your Italy holidays with some partying in mind, Milan and Sicily have some superb nightlife, whether you’re looking for a late-night coffee or an all-night party. With so much to choose from, an Italy holiday can be whatever you want it to be.

8-26 °C

Italy enjoys a varied climate; with hot summers in areas like Sicily and Lake Garda, and perfect ski conditions in the Alps during winter.

Approximately two and a half hours

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, and 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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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. 

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.

Italy is famous across the world for its food. You’ll find versions of the same dish across each of the country’s regions, with each one laying claim to its creation and authenticity! Check out 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, alleged site of the world’s first pizzeria! 

Italy is packed with some of the most famous attractions in the world. From Rome’s Trevi Fountain to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the winding canals of Venice, there’s something to see, no matter where you’ve decided to take your break. Beyond the big cities, there are beautiful villages, stunning beaches and superb countryside to explore.

The Romans aren’t responsible for all of Italy’s attractions, Mother Nature has her own special spots in Italy too! Head north and see lakes Como, Garda and Maggiore. To the south, the island of Capri’s crags, coves and caves are begging to be explored. The sweeping Tuscan valleys are littered with villages, while the Springs of Saturnia make an exciting and fascinating day out.

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Foodies: Italy’s world-class reputation as a culinary hotspot is on show in everything from the finest restaurants to rustic tavernas. Try authentic pasta and you’ll never eat that dried stuff again! Each region has its own specialities, washed down with a glass of the local wine, the perfect accompaniment to your meal.

Couples: Italy is one of the most romantic countries in the world, inspiring Shakespeare to write Romeo and Juliet!  You can relax on a gondola tour down Venice’s canals, enjoy candlelit dinners in Florence, or get your glad-rags on for the heady nightlife of Milan.

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


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Italy is Italian. While most of the staff in hotels, bars and restaurants speak some English, a casual ‘per favore’ and ‘grazie’ can go a long way!

Currency: You’ll need to change-up your pounds and pence for Euros, before taking your holidays to Italy.

Local time: Italy is one hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: The 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 and Palermo

Flight time from UK: Approximately two and a half hours.

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

Local tax: In most areas of Italy you’ll be charged a local tax fee and pay approximately 1.5 - 4 euros per person, per night, to the hotel. Children under 18 don’t pay the tax.  Charges can be higher if you are staying in one of the major Italian cities.

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

Depending on where you go on your holidays to Italy, the climate can vary, particularly between the north and south. In general, summers are warm and bright, with temperatures climbing to around 26°C in Sicily and up to 30°C in Lake Garda. The spring and autumn months offer plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures for sightseeing, while, in winter, temperatures can drop to below freezing in the Alps, providing the perfect conditions for a winter skiing holiday.


GETTING AROUND

By bike: Italy’s smaller towns offer excellent sightseeing opportunities from the saddle of a bicycle. Bring your own or rent one when you arrive; the trains and ferries transport them free of charge.

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

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


EVENTS

Classic Carnival: February sees Carnival erupt across the country, with all the colour, celebration and fervour you might expect from the Italians. If you really want to immerse yourself in the experience, head to Venice’s ‘Carnevale di Venezia’ and lose yourself in two weeks of piazza parties, performances, masquerade balls and outdoor theatre performances.

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 put on your best clothes and do some serious celebrity spotting, by the red carpet.


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