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Holidays to Italy offer a feast for the senses; flavours from one of the world’s best-loved cuisines; scents of mountain air and coastal breezes; warmth on your skin from the Mediterranean sun, and the sights and sounds of a place exuding history and charm at every corner.

Discover the stunning lakes and mountains of Northern Italy, in Lombardy, Trentino-Alto Adige and the Veneto, where the elegant resorts, sumptuous villas and fragrant gardens that fringe the shores of Lake Garda, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore provide the framework for a memorable Italy holiday, especially when combined with a tour of great Italian cities like Milan, Turin, Verona and Venice, the last justifiably amongst the world’s most popular wish-list destinations. 

Head south, into the plain of Emilia-Romagna, to find renowned centres of gastronomy like Modena and Bologna – ‘the Fat’ – and other small Italian cities, such as Mantova and Ferrara, bursting with colour and romance. Continue into Tuscany, the thrilling heart of Renaissance Italy, where jewels like Pisa, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano and peerless Florence stud a landscape of rolling hills, cypress trees and vineyards. Take time to discover each city’s delights, revel in great art and wonder at some of Europe’s most striking buildings and monuments.  

Eternal City Rome, set between the prosperous north and the rugged, largely agrarian south, is the cultural glue that holds the country together, its three-thousand-year-old history, reflected in its truly awe-inspiring ruins and monuments, combining with its irrepressible zest for la dolce vita to ensure the city ranks amongst any on the world stage. Wander past ancient sights agog at their preserved glory, shop in some of the world’s most stylish streets, throw coins in a fountain, dine wonderfully – and not always expensively - on dishes drawn from throughout the country, and simply sit and watch the Roman world go by.

Southern Italy

Italy’s south begins in Campania, where one of the country’s most enthralling cities – noisy, independent, pizza-loving Naples - one of its most striking natural sights – brooding, conical Vesuvius – and some of its most alluring coastlines, the stunning bays of Naples and Salerno, draw the eye and flood the senses of delighted visitors. Don’t miss Naples’ verve and vigour, lemon-scented Sorrento’s colourful charms, the dizzying Amalfi Drive, and gorgeous resorts like Positano, Amalfi, Ravello and Salerno, all awash with Southern Italian colour and crumbling charm. Offshore, Capri epitomises island idyll and expensive chic – a must-do, must-see bucket-list favourite.

Further south still, in the dusty provinces of Puglia, Basilicata and Calabria, another Italy awaits, one shaped as much by successive invaders as by its hardy inhabitants, where Spanish, Greek and even Arab influences are keenly felt in the towns and cities, the culture and the cuisine of Italy’s sun-baked foot. Discover Bari’s souks, Alberobello’s iconic, conical trulli, Lecce’s Baroque treasures, the barren beauty of Le Murge hills and some of the Adriatic’s bluest, most inviting waters on the gorgeous, verdant Gargano peninsula – all part of Puglia’s increasingly popular attraction.  

Completing the mainland south, known as the mezzogiorno – literally midday, but flowing to the region’s sun-filled days – the provinces of Basilicata and Calabria are the country’s least populated, most rugged of all, with Matera’s famed sassi caves, some recently inhabited by some of the country’s poorest souls, others much renovated and sought after, drawing increasing numbers from across the globe. Calabria, Italy’s toe, faces west to the Tyrrhenian Sea and east towards the Ionian, across which its former Greek colonisers once sailed. Largely ignored by all but the most intrepid traveller, places like pretty cliff-top Tropea, on Calabria’s west coast, university seat Cosenza, the wild, protected Sila National Park and the ancient Greek relics at Locri on the Ionian coast, all await discovery and exploration.

 

THINGS TO SEE ON A TOUR TO ITALY

Capri, Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast
A full day on the Isle of Capri - Visiting the preserved ruins of Roman Pompeii - A journey along the Amalfi Drive
  • 4 customer rating
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  • 8 days from: £823.20pp
  • Was: £1029pp
  • 10 airports
  • 13 dates available
  • Jun 2019 - Oct 2019
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Etna, Taormina & Classic Sicily
Discover Etna, Europe's most celebrated active volcano - Syracuse, one of Sicily’s most important ancient sites - Exploring the beautiful Aeolian Islands by boat
  • 3.5 customer rating
  • 8 days from: £847.20pp
  • Was: £1059pp
  • 4 airports
  • 8 dates available
  • Jun 2019 - Oct 2019
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Portofino, Florence & Tuscany
Discover the wonderful cities of Pisa and Lucca - Spend a day in beautiful Florence - Discover Santa Margherita Ligure's scenic bay
  • 4 customer rating
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  • 8 days from: £727.20pp
  • Was: £909pp
  • 15 airports
  • 30 dates available
  • May 2019 - Sep 2020
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Sardinia & Corsica
Ancient Alghero and the views across to the Capo Caccia - The hill-top town of Bonifacio, including a train ride - The amazing rock formations of the Calanques de Piana
  • 3.5 customer rating
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  • 8 days from: £1219pp
  • 4 airports
  • 6 dates available
  • Jun 2019 - Oct 2019
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Sorrento & the Bay of Naples
The chance to discover Vesuvius and the Roman ruins at Pompeii - An optional excursion to Monte Cassino - An optional excursion to the island of Capri
  • 4 customer rating
  • 8 days from: £689pp
  • 10 airports
  • 13 dates available
  • Jun 2019 - Oct 2019
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Tuscany
The chance to stroll around Montecatini - Excellent shopping and a fine array of restaurants - Enjoy a host of wellness therapies and treatments
  • 4 customer rating
  • 8 days from: £589pp
  • 13 airports
  • 17 dates available
  • May 2019 - Oct 2019
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Tuscany Late Deals
The chance to stroll around Montecatini - Excellent shopping and a fine array of restaurants - Enjoy a host of wellness therapies and treatments
  • 8 days from: £399pp
  • 3 airports
  • 3 dates available
  • May 2019 - Jun 2019
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Puglia & the South - Undiscovered Italy
Relaxing in a comfortable hotel beside the Adriatic Sea - A visit to the medieval village of Cisternino - Alberobello's traditional, conical Trulli houses
  • 4.5 customer rating
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  • 8 days from: £899pp
  • 3 airports
  • 21 dates available
  • Jun 2019 - Sep 2020
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Lake Como & Alpine Railways
Enjoy the magic of Italy's romantic lake - Discover lakeside Como Town - Ride on the historic Como-Brunate funicular
  • 4.5 customer rating
  • 6 days from: £629pp
  • 7 airports
  • 7 dates available
  • Nov 2019 - Apr 2020
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Italian Riviera, Monte Carlo & Cinque Terre
Discover glittering Monte Carlo - Explore the villages and coves of the Cinque Terre - Soak up the sun on a private beach in Pietra Ligure
  • 3.5 customer rating
  • 8 days from: £899pp
  • 8 airports
  • 8 dates available
  • May 2019 - Oct 2019
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Sicily - Palermo, Agrigento & the Aeolian Islands
Spend seven nighats in a wonderful beachside hotel - Explore historic Palermo's Quattro Canti - Visit the volcanic off-shore Aeolian Isles
  • 8 days from: £824.25pp
  • Was: £1099pp
  • 4 airports
  • 7 dates available
  • Jun 2019 - Oct 2019
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Verona Opera & Vineyards
Wander fair Verona, Romeo and Juliet's exquisite city - A famous opera performed in Verona's Roman amphitheatre - Explore Villa Pisani's house and formal gardens
  • 6 days from: £919pp
  • 7 airports
  • 6 dates available
  • Jun 2019 - Sep 2019
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Venice, Verona & Lake Garda
Enjoy a tour of Lake Garda and its surroundings - A full-day visit to incomparable Venice, La Serenissima - Explore Verona, Romeo & Juliet’s exquisite city
  • 4.5 customer rating
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  • 8 days from: £637.50pp
  • Was: £850pp
  • 20 airports
  • 27 dates available
  • May 2019 - Oct 2019
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Lake Como, St Moritz & the Bernina Express
Discover Bellagio, 'Italy's most beautiful town' - Enjoy a cruise on Lake Como - Ride the Bernina Express to St Moritz
  • 4 customer rating
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  • 8 days from: £719.20pp
  • Was: £899pp
  • 14 airports
  • 16 dates available
  • May 2019 - Oct 2019
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Lake Como
Relax and enjoy the amenities at your chosen hotel - Enjoy peaceful lake-shore strolls - Lunch in a shore-side cafe or restaurant
  • 8 days from: £635pp
  • 14 airports
  • 16 dates available
  • May 2019 - Oct 2019
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THINGS TO DO IN ITALY

As with so many countries, to see everything that Italy has to offer could take months, or even years. Even getting around some of the major sites of interest can be quite a job; taking in Rome’s ancient streets, the lakes of the north, Capri and Milan alone could take the better part of a week or two. We’ve narrowed down the must-see, must-do things for your Italian holiday.

FOOD & DRINK IN ITALY

There is probably no better way to understand modern-day Italy than through its food. Food and a pride in the nations favourite dishes is nothing less than a source of national unity.

Each region in Italy produces and protects its share of the world’s favourite dishes, and some of its most revered produce, meaning a trip through the country is a culinary event unlike any other. Popular local dishes include pizza and pasta. While in Lake Garda, try yota – a stew made with beans, ham and garlic or ‘pike and polenta’. Pike is one of the species fished straight from the lake and is delicious served traditionally with a ‘Gardesana’ sauce and creamy polenta. Don’t forget to round off your meal with an ice-cream from one of the many gelatarie – we recommend stracciatella flavour, milk-based ice-cream with fine, irregular shavings of chocolate.

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