Italy Holidays Guide
Italy is of particular interest to foodies, Classicists, sun-seekers, honeymooners, pilgrims, senior travellers, fashionistas, walkers, artists and architects, children, adults and… well, just about anyone who is alive and breathing. One of the dynamos of European culture and history and stuffed full of iconic cities, Italy also has picturesque vineyards, olive groves, sun-kissed beaches, quiet islands, clear seas and alpine mountains. It's famous for a relaxed approach to life, charming locals and some of the best food on the planet. What more could anyone possibly want? Even sulky, video-gaming obsessed teenagers will enjoy visiting the locations from Assassin's Creed.
Italy Holidays Planner
Rome has some world famous sights, including the Collosseum, the Pantheon, and the Spanish Steps. Technically the Vatican isn't part of Italy, but geographically it too is in Rome. But the capital, magnificent though it is, is one highlight in a country dripping with spectacular sights – there's a wealth of other destinations. Take a romantic gondola ride in Venice, or admire the architecture and museums in Florence. Admire the views on the Almalfi Coast or in Cinque Terre. Rural Tuscany is famed for its rustic charm, while schoolchildren the world over are fascinated with Pompeii. Milan is, of course, one of the great world fashion centres, and distinctly more businesslike than the rest of Italy.
You can take to the waters at beautiful Lake Como. It's also a popular area for hiking and hillwalking, although you can hop on the funicular railway to enjoy the view without the sweat. Also in the North, Pisa is synonymous with its Leaning Tower. In the south of the country, Puglia is becoming increasingly trendy, because of its regional food and laid-back atmosphere. Sicily is noted for its Mafiosi, although you're more likely to visit because of its amazing Greek and Roman ruins. Sardinia is where the Italians go on holiday – and, on that basis alone, must be truly fantastic!