Italy

Wherever you go in Italy and whatever you do, la dolce vita reigns supreme. It’s a way of life that inhabits every social aperitivo on every piazza, every shared pancetta penne and every polite request for directions.

Find your way to Rome for the Colosseum and the Vatican, see the legacy of a thousand ancient cultures in Tuscany, ski the Dolomites in winter and chill out on the sunkissed Amalfi Coast in summer. Italy truly ‘ha tutto’.

Rome

There is so much to see in this amazing city that you’ll need more than a couple of days and several espresso coffee stops to explore all it has to offer, with its fantastic architecture and history on every corner. Take in the Colosseum, St Peter’s, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps, to name only a few of the remarkable sights in this city. If you want museums, art galleries and outstanding restaurants, Rome is for you.

Amalfi Coast and Capri

The beguiling beauty of the Amalfi Coast comes dressed with towering mountains, crazy crags and pretty harbour towns. This enchanting coastal area in southwest Italy is where you’ll find the charming and vibrant town of Sorrento, along with many picturesque towns and hilltop villages. The main town of Amalfi is a great base for touring the area. Take the winding road down to Positano. Hop on a boat to the glitzy isle of Capri and don’t miss the famous Blue Grotto, carved out of soft limestone.

Florence

This is the cultural centre of Italy. It is crammed with galleries, architecture, and art treasures. The architectural masterpiece of the city has to be the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as the Duomo. Take a stroll around the street to discover many Renaissance works of art. And don’t miss the unique Ponte Vecchio with its shops and houses built in.

Italian Lakes

Renowned for their sublime beauty, the Italian Lakes are in the north of Italy, with Lake Garda, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore probably the best known. Lake Garda is the largest of the Italian lakes, stretching between the Dolomites and the Alps. Here you’ll find plenty of catamarans and hydrofoils to take you to Sirmione, Gardone and Salò. Lake Como, also known as Lake Lario, is particularly attractive to walkers or for those who prefer boating. One of the most popular places to visit on the lake is Bellagio with its narrow cobbled stairways packed with shops. Legend has it that the water of Lake Maggiore is said to be made of the teardrops of romantic poets and unrequited love. In the centre of the lake are the exquisite Borromean islands. The Italian Lakes have something for everyone – beautiful scenery, romance, great nightlife, outdoor activities and a whole lot of magic.

Naples and Pompeii

Naples is often described as chaotic and spectacular. Experience its vibrant old city to experience first hand the authentic Naples with narrow medieval streets, markets and mingle with the residents. From Naples, travel to Mount Vesuvius, famous for its eruption in 79 AD causing the destruction of Pompeii and the lesser known but equally impressive Herculaneum. Discover these cities frozen in time, with large areas incredibly preserved by more than 60 feet of ash and pumice.

Pisa

Don’t be misled into thinking that all Pisa has to offer is its famous Leaning Tower. That’s a pretty impressive sight and should be on your must-see list, but don’t overlook the rest of the walled Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles) which houses the Leaning Tower – also worth your attention are the Cathedral of St Zeno and the massive Camposanto. This is one of the best UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Spend time wandering through the streets of the old town, admiring medieval palaces. For shopping, try the upmarket Borgo Stretto and the many little shops in the back streets.

Venice

Arguably the most beautiful city in Europe, Venice is made up of an intricate network of canals and narrow lanes linked by ornate bridges. It is bursting with romance, culture and history. The Grand Canal sweeps in an elegant curve through the centre. Hop on a water bus and be charmed by over 300 palaces. Explore the narrow waterways by gondola and soak up the city’s rich history. Spend a might at the opera in La Fenice opera house. Top up your tan at the Lido, Venice’s seaside.

Tuscany

Explore Tuscany’s idyllic landscape, with all its vineyards, olive groves and fields of sunflowers to brighten up your day. This area has a rich artistic legacy and wonderful cuisine.  See the ancient walled towns, stately cypress trees, or relax on the honey-coloured beaches on the Tuscan Riviera. For wine lovers, time spent in the Chianti region with its abundance of wine tasting and impressive cellars will be time well spent.