Italy is a country of sophistication, finesse and vast culture. Those looking to truly lose themselves in the best of European culture need look no further. Whether it’s fashion, food, fast cities or quiet tranquil bays, Italy has it all.
A perfect place for a romantic getaway, its beautiful cities all offer something a little different. It may be hard to choose which ones you plan to visit, but with this brief guide, you’ll be rushing to book your holiday by the time you’ve finished reading.
A wonder of the modern world, Venice is a city without roads. Its waterways and canals twist and turn for miles through ancient passageways, bridges, piazzas and houses. If you’re looking for somewhere truly original, then Venice is for you.
Unwind as the gondoliers sing outside your window, sit and people-watch with one of Europe’s finest coffees in St Mark’s Square, or visit the famous glassworks of Murano. Take the boat along the Grand Canal or visit one of the many museums and art galleries. Venice holidays are truly unforgettable.
The buzzing capital of Italy is not only a hive of energy but of culture too. Rome holidays will see you exploring the very best of European culture with the famous Colosseum and the remnants of the Roman Empire that still stand proud today.
If that sounds a little too exhausting, you can sit back in one of the city’s great restaurants and sample some authentic cuisine. Or if you’re feeling energetic there are plenty of boutiques where you can shop till you drop, while no visit to Rome is complete without a trip to the Vatican.
One of the unofficial culture capitals of Europe, holidays to Milan will see you wandering street after street of chic fashion boutiques, cutting edge bars and restaurants.
One of the fashion powerhouses of the world, it’s a great place to pick up some of the latest trends before they hit the high street. Whether you want to lose yourself in the city’s prestigious art galleries and museums or be immersed amongst the darlings of the fashion world, this is your city.
Milan also receives fewer tourists than Rome or Venice and is a great option if you want to really get away from it all.
The ancient city of Florence is ideal for lovers of culture. Holidays to Florence are the perfect place for a romantic getaway as you stroll the streets with their Renaissance flavour, gaze upon the statues carved by Michelangelo himself and sit hand-in-hand at one of the city’s cafes.
Many of the galleries and museums are also free of charge and the streets of Florence are a photographer’s dream come true.
The port city of Naples is much more of a locals’ getaway. With holidays to Naples you will find some of the best seafood around and the chance to take a peaceful boat ride out around the coastline and the outlying islands.
Those interested in enhancing their trip to Italy further could also benefit from reading the advice on popular tourism websites like Trip Advisor.
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