Where to go in Italy, from the romantic ‘Floating City’ of Venice to the sophistication of the Amalfi Coast

From the north to the south, in Italy you’ll be spoilt for choice with varying regions, cities and landscapes to visit. For history, art and a touch of la dolce vita, while away your days in the cultural hearts of Rome, Florence and Sicily. If you’re after a bit of peace and quiet in the country, then the rolling hills of Tuscany and Umbria will seduce you with their tranquillity and rustic charms. For a cosmopolitan stay where the A-list are likely to frequent the shores, you’ll be spoilt for choice between the Mediterranean sophistication of the Amalfi Coast, the dreamy white-sand beaches of Sardinia, and the sumptuous villas and classic villages of the glitzy Italian Lakes. Romantics will be enchanted by the star-crossed city of Verona and the timeless charm of Venice, while adventurists will love the national parks and volcanic landscape of rural Basilicata. 


Our recommendations for the best places to visit in Italy


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Neapolitan Riviera

Amalfi lemons picked daily to make gorgeous limoncello, the scent of wisteria and jasmine along scenic coastal paths, a hydrofoil whizzing you over to...

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Italian Lakes

The moment you dip into your floating swimming pool on the edge of Lake Como you realise that sometimes the best summer holidays aren’t about the beac...

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One moment you’ll be in the hot hills of a mountain village among dancing lizards and the sound of sheep bells, the next a mere speck on the horizon a...

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Aeolian Islands

Forming a volcanic archipelago off Sicily’s northern coast that bridges the gap between Vesuvius and Etna are the Aeolian Islands; formed a million ye...

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As the jet set crowd drop anchor for the long summer season and you open your balcony doors for that wake-up view of a turquoise blue Mediterranean Se...

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Holidays to Rome are as impeccably composed as the thousands of desirable addresses you’ll stumble upon in a city that celebrates history, art, fashio...

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Sipping macchiatos for breakfast, stopping for cicchetti come lunch and drinking cocktails created by George Clooney at the Hollywood A-list’s favouri...

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Florence is all about intriguing Medici history, Michelin-starred restaurants and museums that silently hold tight to prized works of art. As you make...

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Whether you’re scribbling a love letter on the stone walls beneath Juliet’s balcony or shopping at Chanel along glitzy Via Mazzini, you’ll feel the st...

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A fashion-lover's paradise, stylish Milan is modern and vibrant, yet still manages to keep its past alive with a well-maintained historic complex and ...

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From tangerine and ochre tinted rolling fields and castles in the sky to golden sands where wealthy Italians spend their weekends, Tuscany holidays ar...

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Set at the top of Italy’s ‘boot’, this striking north-east region borders France and offers one of Italy’s most beautiful stretches of coastline. Ligu...

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Puglia & Basilicata

There’s your first view of those unique hobbit-sized cone-roofed Trulli houses that look like they’ve come straight out of a fairytale book. Then ther...

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Surrounded by snowy peaks in South Tyrol, the pretty town of Merano has a long history of wellness. Its pure mountain air and thermal springs have att...

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