Italy

Italy is a trove of historical treasures – from the Colosseum in the eternal city, Rome, to Milan’s soaring Gothic Duomo cathedral. From the top of the Leaning Tower, Pisa’s cityscape unfolds, and art-lovers can look for their favourite Renaissance paintings in Florence. Drink in Italy’s seductive natural beauty – from the dramatic seascape of the Amalfi Coast and verdant olive groves of Tuscany, to Sardinia’s awe-inspiring gorges and pristine beaches.

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City breaks in Italy

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In vibrant Naples, dine with the locals in historic Spaccanapolis' trattorias. In glamorous Milan, dress to kill and sip decadent cocktails with model-like people. Hear Italian opera in their rightful home, at Rome’s 19th-century Teatro dellOpera. If you prefer your city break a little more earthy, try university town Bologna, where bars and clubs are packed with a young term-time crowd.

Romantic getaways in Italy

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Throw a coin into Rome’s Trevi Fountain at midnight, or glide down a Venice canal in a gondola. Romeo and Juliet was set in elegant Verona; practice serenading from under the famous balcony at the 12th-century Juliet’s House. From Bari's medieval alleyways, follow the curvaceous palm-edged promenade to moored fishing boats for a romantic picnic.

Family holidays in Italy

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Watch the bellowing volcano Mount Etna glowering over Catania. Kids of all ages will love Gardaland amusement park near Verona, and they can get up close to sharks in Genoa's aquarium. Dip into the warm waters along the Amalfi Coast overlooked by craggy cliffs. Turin's belle poque cafés are the place to fill the kids up with the city's famous chocolaty goodies.

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See Italy’s iconic cities and breathtaking natural scenery on a multi-centre holiday

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Begin your Italian journey in magnificent Rome, where the majestic dome of St Peter’s Basilica stands guard over a city bursting at the seams with artistic masterpieces and architectural icons. Then drive to Naples in its awe-inspiring location overlooked by mighty Mount Vesuvius. Nearby, the ruined Roman civilisation of Pompeii is a poignant reminder of this volcano’s devastating strength. Continue to Sorrento via the exquisite beauty of the Amalfi Coast, where verdant lemon groves and pastel-painted villas cling to higgledy-piggledy cliffs overlooking an azure sea.

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Skiing in Italy

Renowned for its fairly quiet pistes, great hospitality and delicious cuisine, skiing in Italy is also an affordable alternative to other European resorts. Not only can you ski the incredible Dolomite Mountains, you can hop over into Austria, France and Switzerland very easily using the Milky Way ski area. Italian ski holidays are laid-back affairs with plenty of great skiing.

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Hack the weekend: Rome

Rome wasn’t built in a day – so it’s no surprise that even a few days in the Eternal City isn’t enough to take in all of its ancient sights, creative cuisine and classic architecture. But you can still enjoy a city break without eating into your holiday time. Here’s how to make the most of your weekend when you only have 48 hours to spare.

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