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.
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.