Holidays to Italy in 2014

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Discover Italy

Holidays in Italy conjure up an array of fabulous images, from the Colosseum in Rome to the picturesque Tuscan countryside. Whatever your reason for visiting, whether it’s the art, the food or the historic intrigue, Italy has plenty to offer.

Despite being known as one of Europe’s most sophisticated destinations, with magnificent architecture adorning its cities, the country is far from intimidating. The people are friendly, the atmosphere is welcoming and the festivals are numerous and celebrated by all. From the buzzing north to the peaceful, agricultural south, Italy boasts the best in classic culture and amazing sights.

Where to stay and go in Italy

Find your Tuscan villa or Roman guesthouse

There are so many fantastic places to stay in this vibrant country that holidays in Italy will have you returning year after year. Rome is a buzzing capital city bursting with famous archaeological sites. The area around the Colosseum is fantastic for views, or you could opt for the historic Centro Storico and stay among the twisting streets and alleyways.

Venice, meanwhile, is famous worldwide for its streets made of water, complete with shining barges and boats. It’s a romantic choice for an Italian break, and the hotels in San Marco are close to all the best sightseeing hotspots. For a tantalising taste of Tuscany, Florence is packed with amazing museums and surrounded by gorgeous countryside.

Great weather, delicious food and stunning buildings await

There’s a high chance you’ll already have tried the food of Italy but there’s no comparison with tasting it first-hand. The Mediterranean diet offers plenty of delicious fish, herbs, ripe tomatoes and olives, and – best of all – it’s all very healthy; even gelato, Italy’s version of ice cream, is a healthier choice.

No matter what Italy holidays mean for you, you won’t want to miss out on the beauty that is found in its great outdoors. The cities are full of wonderful architecture and statues, with Rome boasting nearly 300 fountains. Beyond the urban areas, walking tours offer a great chance to get away from the traffic with the region of Cinque Terre being entirely car-free.

It’s also simple to travel around in Italy. If you want to pack as much into your holiday as you can, it’s easy to take the high-speed train from Milan to Naples or many other cities across the country. A seamless transition from the bustling streets of a city to the tranquil calm of the countryside means that you can get even more from your trip than you ever thought possible.

Out and about in Italy

Rome hits the mark for all the tourist hotspots including the Vatican, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Visit the museums containing ancient art and marvel at Michelangelo’s Piazza del Campidoglio.

Architecture enthusiasts will also love the 16th century buildings of Vincenza, along with Sicily’s Greek ruins and Ravenna’s Byzantine mosaics.

For art lovers, holidays to Italy are sure to impress. The Uffizi Gallery in Florence has the best collection of Renaissance paintings on earth or you could visit da Vinci’s masterpiece The Last Supper in Milan. The city of Urbino is also a wonderful testament to Renaissance artworks.

Moving into the country, the amazing landscape of the Dolomites is perfect for hiking with plenty of trails to follow. If you just want to relax on the beach, southern Italy holidays have some of the best sunbathing spots you’ll ever see. Try the Costa Smerelda for a secluded hideout – Sardinia’s mesmerising coastline ranks among the most beautiful in the world.

For more inspiration on what to on your holiday in Italy, check out our things to do guide.

Important Information

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Language: Italian
Currency: Euros
Local time: GMT +1

Hotel Artis

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Rome City, Rome

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Hotel Arcadia

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Rome City, Rome

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Hotel Goldoni

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Florence City, Florence

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Hotel Saint Paul Rome

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Rome City, Rome

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Hotel President

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Mestre, Venice

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Top Cities

A holiday to Italy has a lot to offer, and with such a short flight time from the UK it’s the perfect place for a city break. Some of the best locations include Rome for its breathtaking architecture and Milan for its fashion forward shopping and nightlife. A trip to Naples promises you the best pizza you’ve ever tasted, while Venice and Florence offer unbeatable romantic breaks for couples.

Attractions

Boasting an impressive selection of museums and art galleries housing some of the worlds most famous paintings including The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci, Milan, Florence and Rome have a renowned reputation for galleries that are a must see on your Italy trip. Another ideal way to spend the afternoon is gliding through the busy waterways of Venice on a Gondola, the ultimate way to see the city in style.

Nightlife

Italy’s reputation for opera and theatre will not disappoint those coming on an Italy trip looking for evening entertainment, nor will the selection of restaurants serving the best in local and other European cuisine.

Architecture

The country’s architecture is some of the most photographed in the world, and no holiday to Italy would be complete without visiting the gravity defying Leaning Tower of Pisa, compelling Coliseum or once in a lifetime Vatican.