Italy Holidays 2014 - 2015

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Invigorating Italy

Acknowledged as one of the birthplaces of Western culture and home to the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the planet – it’s safe to say your Italy holidays will be a fascinating affair. Whether you arrive in search of artistic wonders, historical awe, delectable cuisine or stunning scenery, Italy is a country that will never fail to disappoint.

From ancient and historically significant cities that boast diverse culture and some of the world’s true wonders, to beautiful and rugged landscapes that are home to vineyards, groves and nature parks. Throw into the mix an endless supply of dramatic coastal scenery and unique islands such as that of Sicily, with its own personal identity and ethos, and you may just be visiting the planet’s most enthralling destination during your holidays in Italy.

The Most Captivating of Histories

Italy’s dazzling history and culture is best captured in one of its many remarkable and intriguing cities. Choosing which one to visit can sometimes be the most stressful aspect of your Italy holidays, with so many grand and significant destinations dotted around the country. Rome however is one of the world’s great cities, adorning many a holidaymaker’s bucket list - an obvious stop for any Italy break. A centre of power for over 1,000 years and defining culture, Rome boasts stunning Roman wonders like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Pantheon, combined with Catholic grandeur found in the form of the Vatican and over 900 churches.

Florence runs Rome close as Italy’s most fascinating destination, a Renaissance city of art and architecture that will take your breath away. Don’t miss the stunning Duomo, the masterful Uffizi Gallery and the beautiful Ponte Vecchio. Venice is another must-see, the ultimate city of romance, with its unique network of canals snaking around sites such as St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge. In each and every one of Italy’s famed cities you’ll encounter a wonderful culinary scene and an array of great Italy hotels in which to rest your head – and you’ll need your beauty sleep when you find yourself with so many things to do and see.

Outstanding Natural Beauty

Despite being immersed in historical and cultural attractions during your holidays to Italy, you’ll never be too far from some beautiful countryside and awe-inspiring scenery. Among the regions displaying this beauty is Tuscany, one of Italy’s top holiday destinations. The region is home to the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and breath-taking Siena, as well as an alluring coastline and a wonderful regional cuisine, complimented perfectly by some delicious local wine.

In the north of the country is the fantastic retreat of Lake Como, famed for its clean air, clear water and striking mountains, making this area a perfect paradisiacal escape. Along the lake’s edge are numerous beautiful little towns that cling to the water, while a bustling outdoor pursuits and water sports scene attracts more than just holidaymakers seeking some rest and relaxation.

Italy also boasts some beautiful islands, none more significant than Sardinia and Sicily. These large islands are situated in the Tyrrhenian Sea and offer a mixture of differing culture and wonderful landscapes to holidaymakers. Sicily is a rugged island, home to ancient ruins, a great trekking scene and the imposing Mount Etna, while Sardinia is a little more sedate, known as a haven for nature lovers who come in search of natural parks, stunning beaches and a vibrant sailing culture.

Important Information

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

Hotel Anthony

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Mestre, Venice

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Hotel Portamaggiore

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Rome City, Rome

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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 Alinari

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Florence City, Florence

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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.