As always, we have drawn on personal experience to create authentic experiences of Italy, with an amazing choice of cookery courses, wine appreciation, garden tour holidays, opera stays and breaks that incorporate local Italian festivals. These tailor-made holidays for individuals offer a real flavour of authentic Italy. Trips for small groups are also offered including garden tours and cookery courses. From the snow-capped mountains of the north to the arid boot in the south, Italy is a country of remarkable contrasts with more Unesco World Heritage sites than any other country on the planet. Italian cities are almost unbelievably beautiful and well preserved; Italy's countryside is a picture-postcard collage of hilltop villages and vineyards; Italy's islands are fringed with bone-white beach and turquoise coves. And through it all, Italy’s passion for food and fashion, for family and fun, its sheer appetite for life, is summed up in two words: dolce vita – it’s Italy in a nutshell.Popular options for holidays in Italy are touring itineraries and rail holidays to and within Italy, as there are so many iconic attractions to visit. To the far north, the Dolomites offer spectacular walking, the Alps have wonderful skiing, while the cities just below them – Verona, Turin, Milan, Bologna and Venice – drip so tangibly with antiquity, each city more improbably beautiful than the last, that at times you just have to put down the guide book, sit back in a piazza café, and soak it all up over a long, lazy cappuccino. In the middle of the country, Tuscany is awash with treasures, from Siena and Florence to Pisa and San Gimignano, Renaissance gems rising above winding, cobbled streets. Littered with enchanting yet luxurious hotels, Tuscany – and its less visited but no less lovely Umbria – make for a fabulous holiday. South of Tuscany, the countryside flattens in the heat, the pace of life slows to a languorous, elegant stop, but the beauty of the landscape and its myriad attractions make it impossible to slow with it. You can’t help but explore. The Amalfi Coast, Rome, Naples, Sicily, the vineyards of Puglia – they’re each worth a holiday on their own.Wonderful climate, a glut of architectural and cultural treasures, a nation of warm effervescent, beautiful people – it’s possible you may never want to travel anywhere else again after a holiday in Italy. Every evening Italians stroll the streets in a tradition known as the passeggiata. A gentle, timeless celebration of simply being, it’s everything we love about Italy – and everything we feel sure you’ll fall in love with too.
Highlights of a holiday in Italy include: Hiking and skiing in the Alps and Dolomites; the simple pleasure of sightseeing between gelati; regional cuisine; Lake Como and the other stunning northern Lakes; Renaissance architecture and art in towns and cities throughout the north; walking the Cinque Terre’s perilously cliff-hugging footpath between its spectacular villages on the Ligurian coast; the cities and hilltop village of Tuscany and Umbria; the Amalfi Coast; the antiquities of Rome; the Vatican; the little visited region of Le Marche; the pageantry and drama of the Palio horse race around Siena’s ancient main square; truffle season in Piedmont; Pompeii; climbing Mt Vesuvius; seafood restaurants and sultry chaos of Naples; stepping back in time on Sicily; the beach holiday islands of Elba and Sardinia, as well as quieter Ponza and Pantelleria; the passeggiata – nothing is more infectiously Italian.
Roads are good in most of Italy, with excellent autostrada links between cities, although these often come with heavy traffic and tolls. Off the main routes, most roads are quiet and well maintained, making cycling a very pleasant – and popular – way of getting about. In terms of public transport, the easiest way to get around Italy is by train. Italian trains are among the least expensive in Europe, pretty comprehensive, and in the north of the country at least, pretty efficient. It’s also far preferable over long distances to the fragmented, localised, often grindingly slow bus service.
Flights time from London to Italy is between 2 and 3 hours, depending upon which area you fly into. Italy’s airports are served by several airlines from the UK, including British Airways and Alitalia.
In addition to holidays by air, you may also be interested in holidays by rail (including the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and an overnight sleeper service from Paris to Italy), rail travel whilst you are in Italy or taking your own car all the way to
Italy (self-drive holidays).
Our top 10 all-time favourite hotels and resorts in Italy
Tours of stunning Italian gardens.
Borgo Egnazia has a village-like atmosphere of hotel and villas amid olive groves.
The Verdura Golf & Spa Resort is a luxurious resort hotel with superb facilities on the coast.
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The Villa Sant'Andrea is a charming hotel of quality on the sea beneath Taormina
Stunning cuisine, a divine spa and convenient proximity to Lake Iseo.
Hotel Castello is an exclusive hotel within the resort, with an independent feel
The Rocco Forte Hotel de Russie is a highly desirable place to stay at the heart
The Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy is stylish, attractive and classically contemporary
Anahita The Resort in Mauritius is a thrilling, beautiful resort offering one- t
The Grand Hotel de Cala Rossa near Porto-Vechio is a stylish and extremely attra
The open-air pavilions of The Oberoi face a pond rich with golden carp and water
Kahanda Kanda near Galle offers the ultimate in relaxation, seclusion and intima
Le Meridien Limassol offers <a href="/Featured-Holidays/Flawless-family-faciliti
The BodyHoliday is a world-leading wellness centre set in an all Inclusive resor
Biras Creek is a very special place. It is informal, relaxed, sophisticated and
Find out more about Italy
CapitalRome AirportThere is a very good scattering of international airports in Italy, with the main ones being Venice, Pisa, Milan, Rome, Bologna, Naples, Genoa, Turin and Bari; on Sicily, Catania is served by several airlines from the UK and on Sardinia you fly to Cagliari or Olbia.CurrencyEuro (£1 = Euro 1.24) SizeItaly is roughly 650 miles long, but only about 100 miles wide Population60 million Average temperatureItaly's temperature varies dramatically, from about 4 degrees in Turin in winter to 33 degrees in Sicily in summer, with snow year-round on the summits of the Pyrenees and Alps National holidays in Italy Some tourist attractions as well as banks etc may close on the following days: 1 January 6 January (Epiphany) Easter Monday 25 April (Liberation Day) 1 May (Labour Day) 15 August (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary) 1 November (All Saints) 8 December (Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary) Christmas Day Boxing Day There are a number of local feast days that can affect conditions locally. In addition to the above days, museums are often closed on Mondays in Italy.
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