Along with great cuisine, Italy holidays serve up stunning scenery, impossibly picturesque towns and seemingly no end of ancient sights.
Picture postcard-perfect landscapes, beautiful beaches and cities packed with world-famous sights – the boot-shaped Italy manages to pack a lot between its borders. No matter which part of the long-legged country you visit, you will find fantastic food, fine wines and a strong dose of la dolce vita.
To the north of the country, romantic Venice leads the way, while nearby Lido di Jesolo supplies the beaches. Further south is Campania, home to the dramatic Amalfi Coast and cliff-hugging towns like Ravello, Sorrento and Positano.
Holidays in Italy are not just restricted to the mainland. At Italy’s boot’s toe is Sicily, which includes beautiful beaches, ancient ruins and welcoming resorts. Then there is Sardinia, with its rugged inland areas and sun-soaked beaches. Olbia is your gateway to the most stretch of coastline on the island – the 55-kilometer-long (34 miles) Costa Smeralda.
For holidays to Italy it is worth noting almost all of Italy features a Mediterranean type of climate, which means cool and rainy winters and hot and dry summers. Winter temperatures on and along the southern Italian coasts seldom fall to freezing in winter, and in summer temperatures often reach 32 degrees Celsius (90 Fahrenheit) or higher.
Comprising of stunning crystal-clear freshwater lakes such as Lago di Como and Lago di Garda, the Italian Lakes have long been a favorite holiday destination for Italians and visitors alike on holidays in Italy. With the vibrant colors of medieval villages, the lushness of the forested mountains, and emerald-green waters, they are hard to beat in terms of pure beauty.
On the Italian Riviera there’s Portofino – a glamorous film star retreat – to the more rural but just as spectacular villages of Cinque Terre, or the Italian Riviera, with its beautiful turquoise-sea views, is another top selection for memorable Italy holidays.
Of course, no tour of Italy would be finished without seeing the incredible canals of Venice, a city built on about 115 islands, and linked by more than 400 bridges.
In Florence you can view the Renaissance masterpieces housed in the Uffizi Gallery, and admire the delicate architectural tapestry that makes up the cathedral, before heading to the Piazzale Michelangelo for a great panoramic view of the entire city.
In the capital, Rome, do not miss the Roman Forum’s captivating ruined temples, visit the astonishing ancient Colosseum, and be sure to see other entrancing sights such as the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and the Vatican with its incredible Sistine Chapel on holidays to Italy.
In Italy's lively deep south, Campania is the site of the incredible volcano-ravaged city of Pompeii, the busy and ancient port of Naples, the charismatic Amalfi Coast with its striking rocky coves, and the extraordinary Palace of Caserta.
In Sicily visit the remarkably well preserved ancient town of Ragusa, see the imposing Palazzo dei Normanni of Palermo, make an excursion to Mount Etna, or simply relax on the island’s great sandy beaches.
There are about 38,000 hotels for Italy holidays. Prices vary according to rating, season, the services available and the location. In tourist heavy cities, such as Verona and Venice, a tourist tax of 2 Euro per person/day needs to be paid. Guests are legally obligated to obtain a receipt when staying in hotels.
Bed and breakfasts and home stays (where breakfast isn’t included) are becoming increasingly popular across Italy and visitors have the chance to meet with local people in their own homes. This type of accommodation ranges from simple to luxurious.
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The temperatures in summer in Italy are cause to smile. On the islands of Sicily and Sardinia the mercury hits around the 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) mark in July through August, while on the mainland temperatures start from around 27 degrees Celsius (80 Fahrenheit) on the Venetian Riviera to 30 degrees Celsius plus (86 Fahrenheit plus) in Campania.
If you prefer milder temperatures, spring and autumn are ideal times to visit – temperatures in the low to mid-20s degrees Celsius (70s Fahrenheit) are normal. Most of the rain in Italy falls during the winter months.
The simplest way of beginning your holidays in Italy is by flight. Rail connections to the remainder of Europe are also good and connect well into the extensive national rail network.
Of scheduled airlines flying Italian routes for Italy vacations, British Airways and the Italian carrier Alitalia serve most of the country regularly including Milan, Turin, Rome, Cagliari, Catania, Bologna, Venice, Pisa, Verona and Naples.
When you are greeting people in Italy, shake hands with them or kiss both of their cheeks and say buongiorno (good day) or buona sera (good evening). Only use their first names if you are invited to when you are on Italy holidays.
Restaurants typically have a cover charge (coperto) of 2 to 3 Euro.
When you are visiting religious sites dress modestly to avoid offence: cover your shoulders, torso and thighs.
On Italy vacations, in the main tourist centers you will find that English is reasonably widely spoken, however in rural areas and to Rome’s south learning a few key Italian phrases will make your holiday more fun more enjoyable.
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Italy is arguably the most enticing country in Europe, it charms visitors with sumptuous food, vast history, incredible architecture, varied scenery and art that is unparalleled. In fact, Italy is so packed with possibilities for visitors it can almost be overwhelming.
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