Where to go in Italy on holiday

Italy is a reasonably small country, but it packs a great deal into it. From world-famous cities full of history and culture, to remote beaches and stunning lakes, there are so many options to choose from. In fact, this is what makes choosing where to go in the country so difficult.

Here are some suggestions for places that you could visit during your holiday to help you plan your trip.

Cities of Italy
Many people planning a holiday to Italy will want to see at least one of the major cities during their time there, even if just for a weekend. Some of the best you can visit include:


  • Milan, which is the financial hub of the country. Famous for its fashion, the city offers much for shoppers. It is also home to AC Milan, so you could try and catch a football match during your stay. Highlights include the Brera Art Gallery, La Scala Opera House and The Last Supper, Leonardo’s famous painting in the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent. Check out The Guardian's section on Milan for the latest information and news.


  • Rome is the capital of Italy, and it is a place where history comes alive. Explore the Vatican Museums, see the ancient Roman Forum, marvel at the Colosseum and walk through St Peter’s Basilica.


  • Venice is the romantic capital of the country, famous for its canals and gondolas. Get lost exploring its ancient buildings, pop into a tiny art gallery, and see attractions including San Marco Basilica, Piazza San Marco and the Grand Canal.


  • Florence is the capital of Tuscany, and it was once the home of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. It is a beautiful city, and a place where you can discover the Renaissance in all its glory. Top attractions include the Pitti Palace, the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia Gallery, Michelangelo’s David and the Duomo.

Visit the different regions
As well as heading to one or more of the cities above, you could also explore various regions of Italy. This is easy to do on Italian holidays when you book a multi-trip holiday to the country, which we would be happy to arrange for you at Bellarome. Some of the best regions include:


  • Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean, which is popular for its history as much as its beaches. Discover beautiful countryside, and head to top destinations like Alghero in the West with its stunning beaches, or Cagliari, the capital, with its Art Nouveau architecture.


  • Umbria, a small region that is famous for its mountains. Discover the Apennines by going on a short or long hike, and visit top destinations like Perugia, Assisi and Lake Trasimeno.


  • Abruzzo, which is bordered by the Adriatic Sea on one side and mountains on the other. Discover 150 km of beautiful beaches, or combine a beach holiday with a walking holiday. You could even go skiing here in the winter.


  • Sicily, an autonomous region of Italy that is famous for its beaches and architecture. Visit Palermo, the capital, or head to Giardini Naxos, a popular beach resort. And don't miss the chance to cross over to the Aeolian Islands or to see Mount Etna in all its glory.

See as much as you can
Because Italy is fairly small, travelling around the country is a breeze. You can travel by train, car or plane, and you can easily visit numerous cities or different regions of the country.

So when you start planning your holiday, don’t think that you have to stick to one place. There is so much to see that it would be a shame not to see at least two destinations during your trip!

If you would like Bellarome to put together a customised holiday package in Italy just for you, please contact a member of the team on (UK) 01223 637331 or (US) 1-347-594-5500 or send us an enquiry.

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