Best Places in Italy for a Last-minute Holiday

Italy is an excellent choice for a vacation at any time of year, and this makes it particularly attractive as a last-minute holiday destination. However, while you may be hoping that, with a last-minute holiday to Italy, you can enjoy a budget vacation, due to its popularity as a holiday resort, prices in Italy tend to increase as the time of travel approaches and many of the best hotels become fully booked, meaning there is limited availability.

For this reason, to get the best-priced holiday deal to Italy, we highly recommend booking as far in advance as possible. That said, we know that this is not always possible. So, if you’re looking for a last-minute holiday to Italy, here are some tips, as well as our top picks for a last-minute holiday package to Italy.


Tips for booking a last-minute holiday to Italy

Be realistic

Time for some honest talk: booking a last-minute holiday to Italy, especially in the high season (May to October), is likely to be more costly than booking further in advance.

For this reason, we recommend first thinking about your holiday budget and how much you would like to spend. If you have a tighter budget, then consider enjoying a city break or long weekend in Italy, or a few days by the sea, rather than a touring holiday featuring stops in two or three cities.

In addition, it’s worth noting that many of the top-rated hotels in the popular resorts are fully booked well in advance during peak season. If you can, be open to alternative hotels – Italy has so many wonderful attractions that, in many of its destinations, you don’t need to rely on luxury accommodation for an enjoyable holiday and can instead opt for a functional hotel that serves as a comfortable base for exploring. You could also consider hotels that are a little outside of the city centre, which tend to be less popular and thus have more availability – if you go for this option, look for a hotel that offers a free shuttle service to the centre so that you can still sightsee with ease.


Be flight savvy

Being a popular destination, many big airlines offer several flights a day during peak season to the top cities in Italy. If you’re struggling to find a flight that fits your budget, look for the less popular flights that leave early in the morning – although it means an early start, you will have more time to enjoy Italy and you could save money!


Start with the big cities

As a general rule, the larger cities in Italy will be more likely to have hotel availability than the smaller, popular coastal towns that have only a few hotels. For this reason, we recommend selecting a large Italian city for your last-minute vacation, such as:

  • Rome
  • Milan
  • Florence
  • Venice
  • Catania or Palermo

If you would like to combine a visit to one of the larger cities with a break by the coast, we recommend considering some of the lesser-known coastal resorts, such as the beaches of Monte Argentario, the Calabria coast or Apulia. As a part of our tailor-made holiday planning service, we can recommend the best beaches and coastal towns to enjoy on a last-minute holiday to Italy – contact us for a tailor-made quote.


Don’t delay!

If you are booking a holiday through a tour operator that specialises in tailored holidays to Italy, such as Bellarome, it is worth noting that holiday quotes usually have a validity period, after which the price of the quote is no longer valid due to the highly changeable flight and hotel prices. If you find a customised holiday to Italy that fits all your needs and comes in on budget, we recommend snapping it up to avoid losing out or paying more.


Our favourite destinations

If you’ve settled on Italy for a last-minute summer vacation, here are some of our favourite combinations.


Rome & Calabria

rome-colosseum2.jpgThis is a great choice if you have not been to Italy before and would like to enjoy a combination of iconic landmarks, such as the Colosseum and Vatican City, and coastal vistas on your last-minute summer holiday to Italy.

While Rome brings all the history and culture you could wish for, the idyllic coastlines and beach resorts in Calabria bring plenty of time for relaxation, and we particularly recommend Tropea for its sun-soaked beaches and pretty scenery.


Milan & Lake Como

Lake-Como.jpgWe love the combination of Milan and Lake Como for a chic last-minute holiday to Italy that combines city vibrancy and the fashion district of Milan with the untouched beauty of the lakeside towns that line the banks of Lake Como.

Lake Como is one of the main three lakes in the Italian Lake District: the other two being Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. Any one of these lakes could be combined with Milan for a last-minute twin-centre holiday, but Lake Como tends to be a little quieter, making it a better option.


Florence & the beaches of Monte Argentario

Florence_pano2.jpgWe love this Tuscany twin-centre holiday as it truly allows you to discover the diversity of this famous region.

In Florence, you can discover Renaissance sights and its beautiful and vibrant culture of art – although be sure to book entry tickets in advance if you would like to visit the art galleries in Florence as it is nearly impossible to get entry on the day. Meanwhile, Monte Argentario on Tuscany’s west coast, being largely undiscovered by modern-day tourists, brings quiet beaches and pretty seaside towns, giving you the opportunity to completely relax.


Venice & the Dolomites

dolomites-flowers.jpgThe Dolomites are a stunning mountain range in North Italy, where you can enjoy walking during the summer months and skiing in the winter. This last-minute twin-city vacation to Venice and the Dolomites gives you the chance to enjoy diverse Italian scenery, featuring gondolas bobbing along the canals of Venice and epic natural scenery in the Dolomites. It is a good choice if you want to combine something romantic with something a little more active, as the Dolomites have plenty of hiking and cycling trails to enjoy.


Palermo & Catania

Catania-duomo.jpgIf you would like to visit Sicily on a last-minute holiday, then we love the combination of the island’s two main cities: Palermo (the capital) and Catania. This last-minute holiday package to Sicily gives you the opportunity to explore the attractions on both the west and east faces of the island, which have quite different characters, attractions and cuisine. Plus, from Catania, you can visit the epic Mount Etna for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step foot on an active volcano, perhaps for wine-tasting or a walking tour.


If you’re thinking about a last-minute holiday to Italy and aren’t sure where to go or which cities and resorts are best to combine for the best experience, why not speak to one of our travel experts? We specialise in tailor-made holidays to Italy and can custom create a holiday itinerary just for you and suited to your budget, no matter when you would like to travel. To find out more, please call a member of our expert team on (UK) 01223 637331 or (US) 1-347-594-5000. Alternatively, for a personalised last-minute holiday quote, please complete an enquiry form and we’ll get back to you right away – typically within 24 hours.

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