Italy is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, from the magical canals of Venice and the medieval streets of Florence, to the dramatic beauty of the Amalfi Coast, and much more besides.
What's exciting about holidays to Italy is that you have historical cities sitting beside bustling fashion hubs which, in turn, rub shoulders with the stunning Italian countryside, coastal stretches and mountain ranges. Within two and a half hours of Milan you have the fair cities of Verona and Venice, as well as the staggering beauty of the Italian Lakes.
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In the North of Italy you have an amazing mix of destinations. Turin is a historical wonder, with elegant architecture, sweeping town squares and landmark cathedrals. Just an hour and half from cultured Turin you have cosmopolitan Milan. This is a vibrant city full of life and passion – the top two passions on its agenda being fashion and football. Down the country you'll hit the rolling vineyards of Tuscany, boasting beautiful Florence and Pisa with its infamous leaning tower.
Then comes the majestic capital city of Rome, where Vatican City, the Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps are just a snippet of the must see highlights. From Rome it's an easy two hours to Naples, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, a dramatic stretch lined with sheer cliffs, fragrant lemon groves and postcard-perfect towns. Italy has so much to offer but luckily with Thomascook Airlines flying to both the north and south of Italy can be very affordable – which means you can visit as often as you like!
Top 5 things to do in Italy
Taste some Italian delights, pizza, pasta and ice cream (or gelato as it is known here) are all on the menu in Italy. Check out the famous coffee houses of Turin, with Caffe San Carlo being a must see for its gilded interior and huge chandeliers.
Shopping in Milan
Those who love their designer labels will find the flagship stores of the core Italian designers in Milan, including Armani, Versace, Prada, Dolce and Gabbana, Pucci and Gucci. Head for the Golden Quad area for a once in a lifetime shopping experience – just don't forget your credit card!
Experience some seriously breath-taking history at the renowned ruins of Pompeii in Naples. This world-famous site was once a powerful city, destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 79 AD. Today it is one of Italy’s most visited landmarks.
Admire the incredible art of the Italian Renaissance at the Uffizi Gallery in beautiful Florence. This renowned gallery is home to some of Italy’s finest works of art, including many by Leonardo da Vinci himself.
Great lakes of Northern Italy
Camp under the moonlight or rent a chalet by the beautiful great lakes of northern Italy. Lakes Como, Maggiore, Garda, Lugano and Iseo offer some of Europe’s finest scenery with green forests and olive groves bordering warm blue waters perfect for relaxing by.
10 facts about Italy
Italy borders France, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, San Marino and Vatican City - perfect for a spot of country hopping then.
The volcanic landscape of Naples is home to Mount Vesuvius, the only active volcano in Europe - a must see for the brave!
The impressive Mole Antonelliana in Turin is Italy’s highest monument. Visitors can take the elevator to the top for panoramic views of the city.
Naples, the birthplace of espresso, pizza and gelato, is a foodie’s dream. Try a traditional margarita pizza followed by Neapolitan ice cream – when in Naples!
The Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples is home to world-class collections of ancient Greek and Roman artefacts including many from the ruins of Pompeii.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa was constantly moving until it was restored in 2008! It was built in 1173 and remains one of Italy’s most iconic sights.
On the first Sunday of September, Venice holds its famous Regatta, where brightly decorated boats take to the Grand Canal to race for thousands of spectators.
Europe’s largest open-air market is the Porta Palazzo in Turin. The maze of stalls is the perfect place to find traditional Italian ingredients like porcini mushrooms.
From the Alps to the Dolomites, Italy offers hundreds of kilometres of ski slopes to zoom down, whatever your age or ability.
Chianti wine was invented in Tuscany, where Italy’s vineyards offer some of the world’s most famous wines – all the more reason to try some then.