Venice, Rome's incredible ruins, or the eerie streets of Pompeii. Rome is an obvious choice if you want to package up a fabulous city break that's full of culture, history, and amazing food, but beyond the capital there are so many more places to go in Italy. Why not visit Herculaneum, and its better-known neighbour, Pompeii? Or a visit to the Santuario di San Giuseppe church, in Sant' Agnello? If you're in the north of the country, Lake Garda is one of the most popular destinations for the rich and famous, and is also home to one of Italy's best castles, the Castello Scaligero. If you love the outdoors, then there are mountains to climb, such as Monte Baldo and Monte Epomeo. If you've got the kids with you then Italy's beaches such as the sandy Maronti Beach offer soft sand, warm waters, and plenty of things to do. In Italy, you'll always have something new and exciting to discover.

Attractions

Italy attractions range from the naturally beautiful, such as the Emerald Grotto, to the family-friendly like the wonderful Aqualandia Jesolo water park and Gardaland Park, where you'll find rides, roller coasters, and a host of entertainment for the kids. If your holiday to Italy is all about relaxing in the sun then you have hundreds of beaches to choose from. Our favourites are Lido Di Jesolo Beach, a Blue Flag beach with 17km of golden, powder-soft sands that stretches along the Venetian Riviera, and the charming Maronti Beach in Ischia Porto. Our top tip: hire a car and seek out your own little slice of paradise, as there's plenty of secret coves and beaches to discover all along the coast.

Places to visit

There are so many places to visit in Italy that you'll want to come back again and again. Hop over to Sicily and visit the Valley of the Temples and the brooding Mount Etna volcano, or spend two weeks exploring the beautiful Amalfi coast. Mix with the celebs on Capri Island, or spend some quality time with your other half on a wine tasting tour in Sardinia. There are so many attractions in Italy that it's difficult to narrow it down to just a few. From Sorrento's gorgeous central Piazza to the Emerald and Blue Grottos of Amalfi, you are bound to find something in Italy that makes your holiday special. Ready to go exploring? Book your holiday today and take a browse of our top pick of things to do in Italy below.    

44 Things to do in Italy