Best Destinations in Italy
Italy is a perennial holiday-maker favourite, with ancient ruins, stunning beaches and romantic cities drawing in all kinds of tourists. It’s a country with plenty to offer, but with so many fantasic destinations available it can be difficult to narrow it down. Luckily we’ve rounded up some of the best Italian destinations to suit all tastes and budgets, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect holiday for you.
Wandering through the countless designer boutiques, it won’t surprise you that Milan is one of the richest cities in Europe, but there’s far more to the city than expensive bags and shoes. As well as the beautiful Duomo and a vibrant culinary scene, the city is also home to treasures such as Da Vinci’s famous ‘Last Supper’ painting and the La Scala Opera House, both of which survived heavy bombing during the Second World War.
Literally translating as “Five Lands”, Cinque Terre is made up of five villages – Manarola, Monterosso, Cornigli, Riomaggiore and Vernazza and is one of the most Pinterest-worthy destinations in the world. Think steep cliff-sides home to colourful Mediterranean houses, views of startling blue waters, hiking paths and wine terraces more than 100 years old.
The Lake District
Boasting pleasant temperatures all year round, the lakes covering much of the country’s north is are surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. Lake Garda is the largest of the lakes and one of the most popular resorts, but you can find equally stunning scenery without as many tourists in the resorts of Maggiore.
Tuscany is Italy’s most famous region and for good reason. As well as exploring famous museums in the charming city of Florence, you can visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa, sample some of the world’s best wine in Chianti and relax and unwind in San Gimignano all whilst enjoying the scenery of the olive groves, vineyards, cypress trees and dramatic rolling hills that the region is famous for.
The Amalfi Coast
If you’re looking for a romantic destination, The Amalfi Coast should be your first port of call. Think shimmering blue waters, dramatic coastlines, colourful villas and fragrant lemon gardens and you start to get an idea of what this peninsula, stretching thirty miles along the coast, is all about. Don’t miss out on a visit to mega-rich Positano to marvel at its pastel houses, pretty beaches and dramatic mountains and be sure to visit the town of Amalfi to explore traditional Italian plazas and sample some of that famous Italian cooking.
Of course, how could we write up the best Italian destinations without including the capital of Rome? A great introduction and starting point for first-time visitors to Italy, the ancient city has been THE home of culture for more than 2,500 years and is home to must-visit attractions such as the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Vatican Museums, Pantheon and countless galleries, plazas and cathedrals. In fact, there’s so much to see here that it would take years to do it all!