Explore the highlights of Italy
Italy isn’t just for tourists who crave the world’s best kinds of pasta, pizzas, and wines. The scrumptious food and classic wine in this unique and amazing country is one reason to add it to your bucket list, however, the historic cities, mesmerizing mountains, pristine shorelines and astounding museums will tell you that one visit is not enough. Italy is possibly not the first country that pops up in mind when you hear the phrase, “deserted islands.” However, those travellers who are seeking white-sand beaches, turquoise water and postcard-worthy fishing towns Sicily’s Pelagie Islands is the must visit place for them. Also, do not forget to visit Lampione to explore a truly uninhabited paradise.
• The days are brighter and sunnier from March to October • If you're exploring the countryside or cities then it's more relaxing and less crowded during the quieter periods of the year (November to February) • From November to June many outdoor swimming pools are closed and from November to May a number of beaches are not accessible. We advise checking with your Personal Travel Expert before travel to avoid disappointment.
Italy holiday highlights
Italy is a real bucket list destination; a treasure trove of artistic masterpieces, jaw-dropping natural beauty and exciting gastronomy. It’s one of the most intriguing and charming countries in the world and whatever the season the history, food, the landscapes and the treasured Italian culture will wow you.
Where is Italy?
In southern Europe, in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy is made up of the Italian Peninsula and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. It’s a country of regions, as diverse as they are similar, where you can venture from the ancient ruins of obliterated Pompeii to the sculpted rolling hills of Tuscany in just a few hours.
From the dramatic Colosseum to the peaceful Palatine, Rome is a city like no other. Wander from one ancient ruin to another, discovering the city’s medieval piazzas, monumental basilicas and towering masterpieces of Reniassance architecture. Glide by gondola down the Grand Canal in Venice – a city of epic grandeur, and a perfect mosaic of islands linked by an intricate network of canals – and discover pure Italian romance in the city of Verona, where pretty piazzas, ancient operas and Shakespeare lies at its heart. Visit Florence – a feast for the eyes and the driving force of the Renaissance, which created an irresistibly beautiful city of cultural and artistic treasures. And compare this with stylish Milan, the immaculate and fast-paced metropolis of the north, and a designer city of the future.
In rural Tuscany, make sure you book tickets to the Palio in Siena, the most famous bareback horserace in history. Discover the medieval charms of San Gimignano, an iconic hilltop town that dominates the surrounding hills, or experience one of Italy's oldest folklore displays with the famous Festa di Ceri in Gubbio, Umbria. The city of Matera in remote Basilicata is beautifully carved out of the white rocky cliffs. Wander around the underground labyrinth of streets and churches, and discover the region’s incredible caves. Explore the picturesque town of Alberobello in Puglia, which is famous for the distinctive conical roofs of the white-washed Trulli houses that pepper the pretty landscape.
Food & Drink
Where do you start with food and drink in Italy? As one of the most diverse and ingenious gastronomic destinations in the world, eating in Italy is serious business. Italian cuisine is a regional affair so there’s plenty of variety. If a Mediterranean-style diet tickles your tastebuds, we recommend heading down south to Campania. There’s lots of olive oil, vegetables, fresh fish and fruit used in this region, and with the humble pizza originating in Neapolitan cuisine, Naples produces some of the best pizzas in the world. In central Italy, particularly around Tuscany and Umbria, food is simplistic, and often more rustic. You’ll find lots of meat, beans and pasta on the menus, as well as delicious regional wines like Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Carmignano. Up north, the diet becomes much more rich and substantial – pasta is replaced with creamy risottos and polenta, and you’ll find lots of truffle and pesto used on the menus. With tiramisu and panna cottas a favourite on the pudding menus, you may think you’re sorted for dessert, but you can’t experience a trip to Italy without trying a scoop of authentic Italian gelato – head to one of the many artisanal gelaterias after dinner to try this tantalisingly creamy ice-cream with exciting flavour variations and combinations.
With so many Italian cities hitting your bucket list, hiring a car is one of the best ways to discover all that Italy has to offer. It gives you the freedom to explore historical sites and beautiful landscapes at your own pace, and, what’s more, you’ll have more of a chance to escape the crowds and venture off the beaten track. Follow winding roads through rolling hills peppered with tiny villages and castle ruins; explore the rugged coastline and find secluded beaches and coves; or choose your own wine route and stop off at vineyards for tastings and exquisite local cuisine. Driving around Italy opens up a world of fascinating sights and scenery, from the winding clifftop roads of the Amalfi Coast to Tuscany’s glorious countryside and medieval towns, and the majestic peaks that border the romantic shores of Italy’s lakes. It's also a great way to really get an authentic taste of your chosen destination – enjoy traditional meals in family-run trattorias, sip espressos with the locals in sleepy hamlets, and stop off at a farm shop to buy freshly-baked bread, delicious cheeses and organic olive oill.
The Complete Oman Tour Planned by Experts
- A multi-centre holiday – we recommend combining an art or culture-based city break with a beach, lake or countryside stay
- Foodies will be in their element in Italy and we have culinary themed tours in Sicily and Tuscany
- Spotting A-listers on the shores of Lake Como in one of the region’s grand hotels
- A tranquil escape, as well as fine food and wine, with a stay in a converted monastery overlooking Chianti’s rolling hills
- To discover the more adventurous side of Italy, spend a few nights in an ancient sassi, or cave, in the town of Matera, Basilicata.
Resorts & hotels in Italy
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Rome is one of the most popular cities in the list of tourist attraction. It offers several things to explore from food to adventure to cultural history. The Forum, the Pantheon, the Palatine Hill, and the Colosseum are few top attractions you should explore in the beautiful city Rome.
Let's fall in love with this beautiful city where the streets are made of water, the mode of transportation are boats. The hub of the city St. Mark Square, Piazza San Marco, consist of various top tourist attractions. So are you ready to explore this beautiful destination with your loved ones?
Florence is heaven on earth! Sometimes it looks like a museum. Its beautiful surroundings and ancient beauty makes it the most popular stunning tourist attraction in Italy. Here you will find numerous museums with amazing art and sculpture. So if you are one of those who loves art and culture, this place should be in your bucket list!
Como is Italy's most beautiful lake which is famous for its beauty, view, and seashores. Travellers love to visit this place in summers. During a trip to Rome If you need peace, calm, and relaxing environment, Lake Como is the perfect place for you.
Italy is a shopper's heaven. Luxury goods such as jewellery, clothes, luggage and accessories can be found in Milan, Rome, Venice and Florence. Delicacies such as cheese, salami, parma ham, olive oil and wine are widely available – as well as the famous Italian espresso.
• A tourist tax applies to hotels in certain regions of Italy and is only payable locally.
• Italy's public beaches are free while its private beaches incur a supplement (payable locally) which includes access to the beach and a sunlounger.
A service charge of 15-18% will usually be added to your bill.