Italy Holidays - A classic holiday destination
Package holidays to Italy offer a variety of different destinations all with an endearing friendly atmosphere. This is a fascinating country, which is a delight to explore, with day trips that range from exhilarating to purely pleasurable. Charter flights operate to several airports in Italy. On the north east coast of the Adriatic is the Venetian Riviera with the popular resort of Lido di Jesolo and of course the stunning city of Venice. Pisa is a growing holiday destination and home to the famous Leaning Tower.
The restaurants and bars are superb
Many of the most popular package holiday destinations in Italy are on the west coast of the country around the Neapolitan Riviera and Sorrento Peninsula. Sorrento offers a fantastic base from which to make excursions including trips to Rome, the Capital. Some of the greatest paintings are hung in the galleries of this incredible city. You can also take day trips to Pompeii from here, the rediscovered city that is one of the biggest excavation sites in the world, buried for hundreds of years after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
Full of tradition, culture and a fascinating history
Italy offers extravagant landscapes on the trip between Sorrento and Amalfi on a winding coastal road with the deep blue Mediterranean a daunting 500 metres below. This is a country full of tradition, culture and a fascinating history. The standard of service in the restaurants and bars is superb and the food you will be delighted by the menus of pastas with succulent fresh seafood sauces. Sorrento has the unusual black sandy beaches, some of this coastal area doesn’t have beaches and access to the water comes from small jetties.
Weather in Italy
Italy’s uniquely varied climate offers visitors great winter skiing conditions in the north; warm, sunny spring days around the lakes region of Como, Maggiore, and Garda and the renowned wine region of Tuscany; and searing hot summers for that perfect tan in the stylish resorts of the south. Summer temperatures regularly reach 30 degrees Celsius, as tourist hotspots such as Rome, Venice and Florence pull in the eager crowds. Spring is a beautiful season to visit. Temperatures are comfortable at around 15 to 19 degrees Celsius, and Italy’s countryside is abundant with wild flowers and fresh greenery. March and April can be rainy, but by May days are getting pleasantly longer and drier.
All-inclusive holidays in Italy
All-inclusive holidays in Italy are a popular option with UK holidaymakers seeking quality hotels and stylish resorts. You will find fewer all-inclusive hotels here than in Spain and Portugal, but standards tend to be higher. The best hotels come with beautiful pools, classy restaurants and easy access to beautifully clean beaches. Many of the best Italian all-inclusive hotels have their own stretch of private beach. A uniquely Italian family-friendly atmosphere makes beach resorts here an ideal family holiday choice. Larger resort-style hotels frequently lay on entertainment and organised activities for children.
Self-catering in Italy
Italy is renowned for its delicious cuisine, so there is no doubt you will want to experience some of the fantastic restaurants found here when you visit. Eating out every night can work out expensive however, so to save money it’s a good idea to opt for a self-catering option. This does not mean having to miss out on the famous Italian culinary experience however-instead you get to learn how to make some classic Italian dishes yourself.
The key to Italian cooking is using few ingredients, but ones of very high quality. All you have to do is find your local shop - or better still market - and you’ll be able to pick up all manner of fresh, top-quality produce for your meals.
Self-catering accommodation is found throughout Italy, from the Amalfi Coast to Tuscany. You’ll find self-catering apartments fitted with kitchenettes in the towns and cities, or head to the countryside for villas with large, full kitchens equipped with everything you’ll need to make the perfect meal.
Self-catering is generally considered the most cost-effective way of holidaying in Italy, as well as providing the flexibility to eat in or out as you please.
More useful information
- For official Italy tourist information click here - Italian Tourism Official Website
- The FCO occasionally release travel advisory warnings for Italy. Check the latest on the Foreign Travel Advice website.
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