Italy has some of the most impressive and well-known architecture in Europe. When visiting Rome, both the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain must be seen to be believed. Italy also boasts landmarks such as the lost city of Pompeii to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, so no matter where you spend your holiday, the history and culture that the Italians are so proud of is never far away.
Italy offers so many options for a memorable holiday. The pristine cities of Rome and Venice are both perfect destinations for a short break. The stunning Sorrento Coast or the island of Sicily are both glorious and offer a relaxing holiday by the sea. Lake Garda is nothing short of majestic with its small lakeside towns and mountain backdrops.
So many Italian designers, so little time. As the saying goes – ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do’. Italy has to be the European hub of fashion and design, so why not treat yourself while on holiday to a little souvenir, or two. Via Cola Di Rienzo is the best place in Rome to head to for all those designer brands. Florence and Naples also have great shopping districts. Additionally, take in a little culture and head to an Opera in the evening. Ticket prices are surprisingly reasonable so that everyone gets a chance to experience this unique spectacle.
You will be spoilt for choice in Italy with the freshest, healthiest and most delicious food choices. Each region has their own specialities but also offer firm favourites. Pizza and pasta gets taken to a whole new level and local the seafood is beyond compare. Be sure to leave room for dessert though as the Italians love their gelato with more flavours being concocted every year. It’s worth spending your holiday in Italy for the food alone.
With over 40 kilometres of canals and more than 400 bridges, it’s easy to see how one can happily pass the time exploring Venice. The largest canal, the Grand Canal, meanders through the heart of the city and is a wonderful sight. Perhaps more so are the tiny canals which a gondola can only just squeeze down. Be transported back to the time when Venice was an independent country with its bustling markets days. There are now over 400 gondolas in Venice, all being carefully manoeuvred by your very own licensed gondolier – it takes many hours of practice to make the grade, so you will be in safe hands on your holiday.
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and is separated from Italy by just over three kilometres of water. Sicily has always been a popular choice of holiday destination for rich and famous Italians. The secret is now well and truly out though, and the island is growing in popularity with British holidaymakers. It’s very easy to see why. The island is home to the some of the very best beaches in the Mediterranean – many would even put the Caribbean to shame with sweeping white sandy beaches. Sicily is also home to imposing Mount Etna, one of the highest volcanoes in Europe and well worth visiting. It can be reached by cable car for a truly unique day out.
The natural beauty and rolling hills of Tuscany are mind-blowing in their own right. Together with the climate, the lush and fertile land lends itself perfectly as a producer of spectacular Italian wines. Enjoy a tour of the vineyards to learn about the art of making wine and what makes these local wines so special. Of course, sampling can be arranged and what better way to enjoy your Tuscan holiday than by enjoying a tipple whilst watching a spectacular sunset. Tuscany is also famous for producing delicious Pecorino cheese and Tuscan olives – the most perfect accompaniments.
Italy is the birthplace of pizza, and the late 18th century saw an increase in overseas trade which lead to an influx of workers moving to Naples. These workers needed quick, tasty and cheap meals, hence the creation of the humble pizza. Over the years, pizza toppings have become more weird and wonderful, but you can still expect some of the most delicious pizzas you will ever taste on your holiday to Italy.
In the summer, temperatures can reach temperatures up to the mid-30s especially in the more southerly parts of the country. Spring and autumn will be cooler with occasional rain showers.
If you are a British citizen, you don’t need a visa to enter Italy but you must have a valid passport. For the latest information on European travel regulations, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy.
The currency in Italy is the Euro (EUR).
In Italy, the main language spoken is Italian.