The unmistakeable boot of the Mediterranean, Italy is one of those special destinations which never grow stale. Italy is the gastronomic capital of the world, spectacularly beautiful in any season and boasting a simply breathtaking range of world class city breaks.
Most countries would be lucky to be able to count any one of the cities from Italy’s peerless showcase its own. You could spend a week in any of Italy’s magnificent cities and you’ll have barely scratched the surface. There is a delightful democracy to Italy’s artistic treasures, spread evenly throughout the country. When in Venice, see the Grand Canal. While in Florence, see Michelangelo’s David. And when in Rome, see almost everything else!
Italy is often nicknamed the Bel Paese, and ‘beautiful country’ is an understatement. You can be skiing in the Italian Alps one day, cruising Venetian canals or sunning yourself on a Sicilian courtyard the next. Inland, travel through vast vineyards and rustic villages, encountering wonderfully distinct cultures, cuisines and dialects as you go. Alternatively, prepare to be amazed by the colourful towns of Positano and Ravello clinging to the rugged cliffs of the glorious Amalfi Coast.
Italy is home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. Simply, it’s the heartbeat of Western culture. From the Roman Empire to the Renaissance and beyond, throughout history we have looked to Italy for inspiration – whether that’s how to create masterpieces on canvas or in the kitchen. While Italy can be seen as one enormous classroom, don’t miss the opportunity to let the beauty of Italy simply wash over you.
Here's a small snapshot about what Italy can offer you, so you can make sure you come home with amazing memories, instead of a bunch of those dreaded what ifs!
What Milan does today in the fashion arena, the world does tomorrow. With fairs in the spring and the autumn, attracting swarms of designers and supermodels, Milan is a place to see and be seen. Together with the glorious Duomo di Milano, and sights including Leonardo di Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’, Milan is no poor relation to Rome.
SARDINIA AND SICILY
Out in the Mediterranean, each of the two Italian islands of Sardinia and Sicily offer a refreshing take on Italian life – and in particular, a delicious new angle on its cuisine. With beautiful scenery, fascinating history and glorious beaches, a sun-soaked summer escape on either Sardinia or Sicily is an unforgettable experience!
While the Uffizi Museum (Florence), Brera Art Gallery (Milan) and The Vatican Museum (technically not Italy at all!) are all world-class named attractions with instantly recognisable exhibits, you’ll find that practically every city has a museum or gallery which is well worth a visit. The cultural wealth of Italy is second to none.