Art and architecture go hand-in-hand with Italy, as does the ubiquitous, fresh cuisine made with delicious home-grown produce that the Italian climate ensures is in plentiful supply. Add picture-perfect countryside, some of the world’s best wine-producing regions, classic terracotta-hued cities and sophisticated coastal resorts and you will quickly fall under the spell of ‘la dolce vita’.
Italy has the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, so your thirst for art, antiquities and architecture will be more than quenched. The Uffizi in Florence is a treasure trove of Renaissance masterpieces, whilst Rome is an incredible place to admire iconic monuments including the Baroque Trevi Fountain and buildings such as the imposing Colosseum where you can stand exactly where mighty Roman gladiators once triumphed.
If it’s the quintessential Italian romantic break you seek, Venice is rather special with its winding canals, pretty piazzas and narrow streets crammed with eye-catching window displays of gilded Venetian masks and Murano glass. For a special token of your love, the artisan jewellers along the Ponte Vecchio in Florence won’t disappoint and the backdrop has seen many flawless proposals.
Lake Como and Garda promise tranquillity, compact elegant towns, evening strolls along the promenade, private boat trips and alfresco lunches beside the water. But for an adrenaline rush, drive along the Amalfi Coast where towns including Sorrento, Positano and Ravello cling dramatically to the cliffs. Or put a Ferrari through its paces in the rolling Tuscany countryside where some of Italy’s finest olive oil, cured meats and Chianti wines are produced. For fresh fish, Portofino on the Ligurian Coast is hard to beat.
The islands offer some of Italy’s best beaches and each has a different personality from the party scene of Capri to Sardinia which dole out near-perfect luxury holidays on the Costa Smeralda for both families and those who like upmarket nightlife. Whatever makes up your ideal holiday, Italy has it in abundance.
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