Our Top Holiday Destinations in Italy for 2017

This is certainly not an exhaustive list but does include some of our favourite cities and regions to visit in Italy in 2017.



Florence_pano3.jpgTuscany is one of Italy’s most famous regions and is known across the world for its pretty country landscape and iconic wines. However, setting the Chianti wine region aside, Tuscany has so many other charming towns and small cities to discover, and so we’re placing it firmly as our Number 1 region in Italy to visit in 2017.

Our Favourite Cities to Visit in Tuscany

Lucca is one of our favourite small cities in Tuscany and maintains the charm of authentic Tuscan life while also having plenty of attractions to enjoy on a holiday in Tuscany. If you’re visiting in July and August, be sure to check out the Lucca Summer Festival, which takes place annually and attracts musicians and pop stars, with previous acts including Lionel Richie, Backstreet Boys, Elton John, Bryan Adams, Thirty Seconds to Mars and The Killers.

Pistoia recently appeared in Lonely Planet’s top cities to visit in 2017 as the city takes its turn as Italy’s Capital of Culture. It is full of charm and character, with a traditional market and pretty Baptistery, but, as it is a small city, we would recommend combining it in a multi-city tour of Tuscany, perhaps including Florence, Lucca and Siena as well.

Viareggio is Tuscany’s beach resort and is home to grand, luxury hotels with stunning sea views, a boutique shopping district and a lively social scene.

No trip to Tuscany would be complete without at least a little time in Florence. The city is undeniably beautiful and is so full of artistic masterpieces that it is almost overwhelming! However, one of our favourite things about Florence is its annual Gelato Festival, which takes place in late April and is a great time to visit the city if you want to sample creamy gelato ice-cream in the sunshine.



Italy_Rome-st-pauls.jpgIf you’ve never been to Italy before, then the Eternal City surely has to be top of the cities in Italy to visit in 2017. If you’re a fan of the rugby, then head to Rome in February or March to see Italy v Wales or Italy v Ireland, or if you’re a runner, check out the Rome Marathon, which takes place in early April.

There are also plenty of Rome festivals in 2017 that you can enjoy on a city break in Italy, including the City Birthday Celebrations on April 21st, the Noantri Festival (celebrating music and folklore) in mid-July, and the Chestnut Festivals that take place all around Lazio in September and October.


Cinque Terre

Manarola2.jpgThe Cinque Terre is a stretch of coastline in Liguria that is made up of five charming fishing villages called Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The region is full of charm, wildlife and pretty sea views, and has been steadily gaining popularity as a holiday resort. However, despite its growing popularity, the region has stayed true to its roots and has a feel of authenticity and quaintness that makes it one of our most favourite resorts in Italy for a relaxing vacation.

As well as romantic walking trails and boat tours, it also hosts a lemon festival in Monterosso, called Sagra del Limone, which takes place in May (most likely on the 20th in 2017), and is a wonderfully vibrant time to visit the Cinque Terre.



Verona-amphitheatre.jpgIf you’re looking for a romantic city to visit in 2017, perhaps for a honeymoon in Italy or romantic trip, then put Verona on your list. The city is famous as the backdrop to Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet and maintains an atmosphere of romantic charm through its architecture, which includes Juliet’s famous balcony at Casa di Giulietta.

The city also has a selection of refined cultural festivals to enjoy, such as the Opera Festival, which takes place between June and August, and in 2017 features a special gala with Plácido Domingo on 21st July. There’s also the Vinitaly Wine Festival in April 2017, which is the largest wine exhibition in the world and a wonderful time to visit Verona for exquisite food, vintage wines and unforgettable entertainment.


If you’re looking for a vacation in Italy for 2017, why not consider one of our tailor-made multi-centre holidays, which allow you to visit more than one Italian city in a single trip. We offer a complete vacation planning service, which means that your personal travel expert will take care of all your holiday plans, from flights and airport transfers to luxury accommodation and optional tours and activities. To find out more about our hand-crafted Italy holidays, please call a member of our team on (UK) 01223 637331 or (US) 1-347-594-5500, or click here to send on online enquiry and we’ll get back to you right away.

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