Holidays to Italy
Shaped like an elegant boot dipping its stylish toe into the glittery Mediterranean, Italy has something for everyone – unspoilt countryside in Tuscany, Rome’s mix of old and new, the sparkling waters of Lake Garda, the Alpine mountains in the north and pretty Puglia in the south.
Where are the best places to go in Italy?
You’ll find that Italy is studded with beautiful cities. Rome, with the Sistine Chapel, Trevi Fountain, breathtaking Colosseum and the Vatican containing Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, is a must-visit for culture vultures. As are the museums and galleries of Florence, with its iconic domed cathedral. Don’t forget about nearby UNESCO World Heritage site, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, either. Shoppers should head for clothes capital Milan, while nothing can prepare you for the first glimpse of Venice’s main thoroughfare – the Grand Canal.
Don your designer shades and head to the Amalfi Coast, with its hill towns – or take in the extraordinarily-well preserved Roman city of Pompeii, in the shadow of volcanic Mount Vesuvius. For superb sightseeing and excellent beaches, the island of Sicily ticks the boxes, as does chic Sardinia with its rocky coastline and smart hotels.
The grand resorts of Lake Maggiore are superb for relaxed people-watching, or choose smaller Lake Orta for a quieter break. Meanwhile, active types should head to Lake Garda for watersports and hiking around its wooded shores.
When to go to Italy
Don’t miss Venice Carnival (February to March) or Siena’s Palio (July and August). In Sicily, the weather is already warming up in March. Southern Puglia is good for an early or late season break. It’s a delight to visit Tuscany in October, for its rich harvest and local village festivals.