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Italy Holidays

Famous for food, fashion and some spectacularly cultural cities, discover this multifaceted country for yourself on Italy holidays.

Europe’s most stylish destination

The cool kid in Europe's playground, Italy has long been world leaders in art and fashion but the natural surroundings of this country will also never fail to impress.

Whether you're exploring the Italian Lakes, sampling wine in the Tuscany hills or sailing through the streets of Venice, you'll find beauty at almost every turn on holidays to Italy.

Holiday Hypermarket offers getaways in some of Italy's most scenic locations with Sicily, Lake Garda and the Neapolitan Riviera being just some of the highlights to choose from. Couples of all ages will fall in love with the perfectly placed restaurants while families also have exciting options to keep everyone happy.

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Volcanos, lakes and beaches

Italy enjoys a Mediterranean climate that is sprinkled with the occasional shower making almost the entire country and its islands vibrantly floral all year round. Italian gardens are well cared for on the hills of the Neapolitan Riviera while the forests in Sardinia are naturally scenic.

If you're looking for a beach getaway underneath the summer sun then you have an array of options on holidays to Italy. Lido di Jesolo in the Venetian Riviera, Cefalu in Sicily and Costa Smeralda in Sardinia are just some of the superb beach resorts found across the country.

The mountain ranges of Italy grace the landscapes from all regions but none are more menacing than the dominating figure of Mount Vesuvius in the Neapolitan Riviera.

Up along the central regions of the country are the Italian Lakes where hills, mountains and forests sit by the waters of Garda, Como and Maggiore, creating some of the most picturesque views around.

From Romans to Renaissance

Italy's history needs no introduction with Roman folklore being known the world over. Buildings and ruins in Sicily, the Neapolitan Riviera and Tuscany display evidence of the civilisation's long and fascinating history.

Tuscany is said to be the birthplace of the Renaissance era and the city of Florence played a major part in this movement. Famous artists, inventors and innovators lived in the cultural city and have left many monuments and artwork here since.

Venice is a truly unique destination floating in the middle of the Venetian Riviera. A city built across dozens of small islands, the roads have been replaced by canals and the buildings look as if they're floating on the water.

Family fun across the country

Younger visitors will be glad to hear it's not all gardens, mountains and vineyards to be found in Italy. Both the Venetian Riviera and Sardinia have large waterparks to enjoy while Lake Garda is home to the major theme park Gardaland.

Across most beach resorts you can take the opportunity to try a water sport out on the waves while many also offer exciting boat trips around the coast. The Italian Lakes also offer the same luxury on the landlocked water areas with regular boat trips, ferries and other water activities.

Music bars and coastal clubs

Nights out in Italy can't be compared to the wild, crazy and occasionally messy nights of other European cities. The bars and clubs found in certain parts of Italy are considered more stylish and high-class with some great venues.

Sicily's beach is home to a couple of great clubs right by the sand while Taormina is a town with a lot to offer at night. Clubs and music bars can be found by the water in Lake Garda and Lake Como while the majority of resorts offer at least some outdoor bars and restaurants to unwind in.

Italian cuisine

Get ready to pack on those carbs as Italy's world famous specialties of pasta and pizza are presented in a variety of delicious dishes. Restaurants and pizzerias are never hard to come by in any Italian resort, town or city as the locals take their food very seriously.

Outside of meal times, ice cream, coffee and wine are all treats that Italy is famous for providing. The café culture is prominent here meaning you'll often find a great place to people watch out in the sun or after dark too.

World leaders in fashion

Armani, Versace, Gucci, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana are just some of Italy's many world famous clothing brands. High-end fashion is displayed and sold in many locations and visitors also have the chance to purchase delicious reds and whites from the country's wineries.

Getting there

Flight time from the UK to various parts of Italy usually takes between two to three hours. Depending on your destination will determine how long your transfer to your resort will be.

There is a train line servicing Italy from the very top of the country right down to the island of Sicily. There is even a railway service on the island of Sardinia to help you get around.

Car hire is widely available from the airports and towns in Italy and this is the easiest way to move around with freedom.

Where to stay in Italy & Islands


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Best time of year to visit

The coastal areas and the south of Italy are akin to the typical Mediterranean climate while northern and central Italy is considered cooler. The summers are mostly dry and hot all over though and reach the high twenties in the north and hit 30C in the south.

From May until September many visitors choose to visit Italy as the weather is likely to be hot with a smaller chance of rain. Those looking for a beach holiday should aim for the summer but visitors who crave a cultural adventure can enjoy the sights of Italy at any time of year.

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