Italy Holidays 2019/2020

There's a very good reason why Italy is known as 'Bella Italia,' and that's because this country is truly beautiful. From the amazing natural features of the Italian Lakes to the architectural splendours of Tuscany, you're always going to find something to wow you here.

Italy Holiday Deals 2019/2020

Grand Hotel Parco Del Sole

Sorrento, Neapolitan Riviera, Italy

(1846)

10 Nights

27th Mar 2020

All Inclusive

London Gatwick

Based On Double Room with Balcony or Terrace


Price from £677pp£925pp

Save £248

Costa Verde Hotel

Cefalu, Sicily, Italy

(1010)

14 Nights

3rd May 2020

Half Board

Manchester

Based On Double Room with Balcony


Price from £529pp£653pp

Save £124

Parchotel Olimpo

Letojanni, Sicily, Italy

(1174)

7 Nights

11th Oct 2020

Half Board

London Luton

Based On Annexe Twin Room with Balcony


Price from £404pp£430pp

Save £26

Italy, where style and natural beauty dominate

The Italians have a wonderful phrase for putting your best foot forward. It’s ‘bella figura’ – which literally means making the best of yourself. When you wander around Italy, you’ll notice that this is a country that oozes style.

Whether it’s in the hilltop villages of Tuscany or the wonders of the Neapolitan Riviera, you’re sure to come across some jaw dropping sites when travelling through this beautiful country.

Even when people-watching in a local cafe or sunning by the beach in Alghero, Sardinia you’ll be overwhelmed by the Italian vibe. Prada, Gucci and Ferrari all come from Italy, and there’s something quite magical about sitting in the warm sun and gazing at a wonderful view that inspires creativity and talent.


Currency: Euro

Language: Italian

Time Difference: GMT +1

Population: 60 million

Religion: Roman Catholic

Regions

Calabria

Located in the 'toe' of boot-shaped Italy, Calabria is a gorgeous region of unspoilt coastlines, villages perched on craggy mountains and aromatic groves of bergamot. With its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, the region is an undiscovered gem waiting to be explored.

Dolomites

Take a walk on the wild side with a holiday to the Dolomites, an Italian mountain range full of surprises. Home to 18 peaks, a skiing paradise, mountain climbing and a UNESCO protected site, the ultimate adventure has arrived.

Lake Como

Set just behind the snow-topped peaks of the Rhaetian Alps, lies the shimmering waters of Lake Como. Holidaymakers have been flocking to this hillside beauty since the days of the Roman Empire, admiring its natural wonders and Italian culture.

Lake Garda

Picture Italy's largest lake, with the mountains tumbling over the water edge, medieval forts showcasing stories of a time gone by and vineyards dotting the tranquil landscape, you'd be hard pressed for a more diverse or beautiful setting than Lake Garda.

Lake Maggiore

Let your next adventure begin along the twinkling waterfront of Italy's second largest lake. You'll be welcomed by lush green mountains, cascading waterfalls and enchanting islands, all of which call the impressive Lake Maggiore home.

Neapolitan Riviera

The Neapolitan Riviera, south of Naples, offers stunning hilly scenery and sea views. Its relaxed pace and fabulous beaches make it ideal for families, friends and couples. There's also plenty to see and do, with rural countryside to explore, spectacular buildings to admire and lots of history to discover.

Puglia

Puglia is one of Italy's most beautiful and unspoilt regions. With miles of sun-kissed coastline, charming whitewashed villages perched on hilltops, and enchanting ancient olive groves, it offers something for both nature and culture lovers alike.

Rome

The bustling, vibrant, stylish and romantic capital of Italy is one of the most popular city breaks in the world for so many reasons. Good food, hot coffee, hotter sunshine and sublime shopping make this cultural treasure a holiday joy.

Sardinia

Situated off Italy's west coast, the island of Sardinia has a bevvy of beaches, delicious cuisine, ancient monuments and four million sheep! Whether you have a sense of adventure and want diving or watersports, or simply to worship the sun on a pristine beach, holidays in Sardinia will cast a spell over you.

Sicily

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, complete with scenic mountains, lush lemon groves and miles of vineyards. Its ancient castles and fascinating history make Sicily holidays the perfect choice for cultural exploration, while it also offers superb beaches with plenty of opportunities for snorkelling, diving and sailing.

Tuscany

Those enjoying Tuscan holidays will find themselves an elegant Italian region that is romantic, historically rich and deeply beautiful. Birthplace of the Renaissance and a centre of modern tourism, experiences here redefine your holiday expectations. Fine wines, good food and warm personalities make a visit to Tuscany a must.

Venetian Riviera

Modern resorts meet classic Italian style on Venetian Riviera holidays, where sunkissed shores are yours for the taking. Famous Venice is the centerpiece of this region, but exploring the surrounding beaches, countryside and islands offers plenty in the way of cuisine, culture and excitement.

Location

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Contrasting views

The very old lives in close proximity to the very new in Italy. Take your Italy holidays in one of the more traditional towns such as Ravello and you’ll see some beautiful formal gardens created by English landscape designers in the 19th century. Just a heartbeat away in Positano however, you’ll find some of the most upbeat and cool nightclubs you’ll be able to visit in this part of Italy.

The countryside varies here too, from the rugged cliffs along the Neapolitan Riviera to the hilltop beauties of Tuscany. Before you leave, be sure to check out the calm coastline along the Venetian Riviera too.

La Dolce Vita

Italians don’t just sit revelling in the beauty of their towns and landscape – they like a good party too. If you’re staying on the Neapolitan Riviera then the towns of Positano and Sorrento have some fantastic nightclubs where you can chill out to the very best dance tunes around.

Sicily has some uber-special cocktail bars, and if you’re looking for night-time fun in the Italian Lakes you can either sample the bars around Lake Garda or dance on the rocks by Lake Maggiore. Our Italy holiday All Inclusive packages are always fun, and offer plenty of destinations in which to release your inner party animal.

Architecture rules

Italians are justifiably proud of their stunning architecture and you’ll find some wonderful gems in the more popular destinations such as Venice and Florence. In fact, the magnificence of St Mark’s Square or the glories of the Uffizzi Palace are hard to beat. You’ll soon see however that most towns in Italy have some beautiful monuments, churches or even just a stunning fountain in a village square.

If you’re staying in the Neapolitan Riviera, a day trip to Pompeii is easy and a visit to this extraordinary archaeological site is fascinating. While Sicily has been invaded by nearly everyone over the years, and all of these visitors have left their mark on the local architecture.

Beaches and beauty

Cefalu is a fantastic resort for a beach holiday in Sicily. The main beach, Lungomare, is a generous five kilometres of sandy space where you can worship the sun, and families can swim in its shallow waters.

You’ll find that Cefalu is much more than just a beach though. Wander around the town you can lose yourself in its medieval walkways among the Norman cathedral and a bathhouse that dates back to the Saracens.

Sardinia’s Alghero may be renowned for its kilometres of sand, but the town itself is also well worth a visit. The old town is medieval and is where you’ll find many of the best restaurants in the area, situated in some of the town’s most beautiful buildings.

Or for a more resort-type beach holiday, which is quite hard to find in Italy, head to the purpose-built Lido di Jesolo on the Venetian Riviera. It has the longest beach in mainland Italy plus a funfair and waterpark.

And then there’s the food and the wine

While the French may claim their cuisine is the foundation of European cooking, the Italians would passionately disagree. Everywhere you visit in this beautiful country you’re sure to understand why the Italians are so passionate about food and drink.

From humble pizza best eaten in its founding town, Naples, to the slow-roasted meats and game stews of Tuscany, this country’s food will keep you coming back for more. The Italians extend their love of style to to their passion for food, and very often the plate carrying your meal will be presented like an artist’s palette.

Each region of Italy is also famous for its own alcohol. When staying in the Italian Lakes for instance, the selection of local wines is usually quite exceptional. Tuscan wines are renowned the world over and the fiery reds of both Sicily and Sardinia are vibrant and tasty.