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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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Carefully-selected holidays in Italy

Book your Italian holiday with British Airways and get ready to enjoy the romantic, the gastronomic and the historic. Our carefully-selected holidays suit every traveller.

If you’re seeking sunshine, find it on Italy’s heel in Puglia, where you can stay at the luxurious Borgo Egnazia and play on the hotel’s massive 72-hole golf course.

Lake Como is widely renowned as a luxury destination, where the rich and famous hide away in summer. Join them at Grand Hotel Tremezzo, a gorgeous historic hotel set on the lake shore, with three swimming pools and a fleet of ‘water limousines’ ready to whizz you around the lake.

Maybe you, like Hepburn, are in the market for a Roman holiday. Stay at the Rome Times Hotel, a modern four-star set on one of the capital’s popular shopping streets, and you’ll have the whole city at your fingertips.

3 star holidays

You don’t ned to push the gondola out to have a great Italian holiday. Our budget hotels have all been carefully-selected, whether you want wallet-friendly wanderings in Tuscany or a cheap city break in Naples. Want to watch your spending whilst you’re there? There’s nothing quite like Italian street food for a cheap and tasty meal: pizza, arancini – and gelato for afters.

4 star holidays

Choose from our carefully-selected four-star hotels. Choose a room on the Amalfi coast, a balcony in Verona, or a handy pad in Rome. Relax into the Italian way of life with your pick of our premium accommodation, whatever kind of Italian adventure you’re having.

5 star holidays

Palazzos in Rome, retreats in Tuscany and classy establishments on the shores of Lake Como. There are plenty of hotels in Italy that see more than their fair share of Hollywood celebrities and royal guests. Get treated like a star with our selection of luxury holidays in Italy.

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City breaks in Italy

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.

Family holidays in Italy

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.

Romantic getaways in Italy

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.

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.

Arabba

A quiet, picturesque village on the fantastic Sella Ronda circuit, Arabba is located in the heart of the Dolomites. Ideal for the more advanced skier, Arabba’s local slopes have some of the steepest runs on the circuit. It is also part of the Dolomiti Superski, which as the largest ski area in Europe, offers some stunning skiing alongside spellbinding views of the idyllic surrounding mountains. Après ski is very quiet and would not suit those looking for a raucous break, and is more for skiing enthusiasts looking to get first lifts.

Arabba ski facts
Nearest airport
Ski season December to April
Piste area 63 km
Resort height 1610 m
Lifts 28
Runs Total 40
Beginner 21
Intermediate 16
Advanced 3

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Bardonecchia

A small but lively market town with access to some epic skiing, Bardonecchia is perfect for beginners and competent skiers. Sat in a delightful valley in the southern Alps, you will find long sweeping blues and tree-lined red runs down to the resort. Advanced skiers will not find many difficult pistes, but the bowls above the treeline at Jafferau are exciting with gullies and bumps to navigate. The town itself has some great little bistros and bars, and the après ski is surprisingly lively. Weekends can become quite busy, however the resort is very friendly and copes well.

Bardonecchia ski facts
Nearest airport
Ski season December to April
Piste area 100 km
Resort height 1300 m
Lifts 23
Runs
Total 46
Beginner 23
Intermediate 20
Advanced 3

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Cervinia

Linked to Zermatt in Switzerland, Cervinia is a snow-sure resort lying on the southern side of the mighty Matterhorn. The two resorts share 350 kilometres of pistes, alongside some fantastic off-piste for the more advanced skiers and snowboarders. Those new to skiing will enjoy the wide, easy slopes, slowly making their way down the often sun-drenched pistes. But Cervinia best serves the intermediate skier, with lots of difficult blues and challenging reds for your enjoyment. There is also a lively après ski scene in the resort, ranging from traditional osterias to more modern bars serving great Italian food and delicious local wine.

Cervinia ski facts
Nearest airport
Ski season December to April
Piste area 350 km
Resort height 2050 m
Lifts 52
Runs Total 116
Beginner 23
Intermediate 67
Advanced 26

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Cortina d’Amprezzo

Well-known as a snow sports hub since the 1930s, Cortina d’Amprezzo is often referred to as the Queen of the Dolomites. Since hosting the 1956 Winter Olympics – Italy’s first – it has been on the map for luxury ski holidays. Much like Courchevel or St Moritz, the resort is often frequented by celebrities, but that doesn’t take away from the unbelievable skiing available. Wide, well-groomed pistes are perfect for beginners, and advanced skiers can take the opportunity to try out the Sella Ronda circuit. Après ski is a time to parade your style and drink an Aperol spritz or two.

Cortina d’Amprezzo ski facts
Nearest airport
Ski season Late November to May
Piste area 140 km
Resort height 1224 m
Lifts 42
Runs Total 99
Beginner 60
Intermediate 25
Advanced 1

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Courmayeur

Sat at the foot of the majestic Mont Blanc, on the Italian side, Courmayeur is a beautiful village with picturesque churches and cobbled streets. The Via Roma, its main thoroughfare, is packed with mouth-watering bistros, exciting boutiques and bustling bars. Skiing here, while it is a smaller resort, is perfect for that weekend away in a chic and stylish resort. Challenging for beginners, it is ideal for those more versed in mountain life, however, more advanced skiers will find the terrain too simple. But it is close by to neighbouring Chamonix, and has some great après ski options for the evening.

Courmayeur ski facts
Nearest airport
Ski season December to May
Piste area 100 km
Resort height 1224 m
Lifts 18
Runs Total 116
Beginner 23
Intermediate 67
Advanced 26

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La Thuile

One half of the international Espace San Bernardo ski area, La Thuile enjoys fantastic conditions and captivating views of the iconic Matterhorn and sublime Mont Blanc. French resort La Rosière is the other half of the duo, and is easily accessible after skiing the sweeping red runs that make up the majority of the pistes here. The more challenging runs are generally back down to the resort, with some freeskiing potential and there are fairly cheap heli-skiing options for hard core off-piste fans. The village is a modernised resort which has luckily kept its alpine charm intact, with superb restaurants and lively après ski.

La Thuile ski facts
Nearest airport
Ski season December to early April
Piste area 150 km
Resort height 1450 m
Lifts 37
Runs
Total 80
Beginner 26
Intermediate 42
Advanced 12

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Livigno

The picturesque town of Livigno sits in a stunning valley, creating a long mall with plenty of shops, restaurants and some fantastic après ski bars. The skiing is first rate, with the bulk of the pistes being long reds. There are quite a few beginner slopes for those new to the sport, and also some difficult blacks above the tree line on the Giorgio Rocca trail. There is an impressive freestyle zone, and even a snow park for children to learn tricks early. The après ski is brilliant, especially 1816 - Birrificio Livigno, where you can try smoked beer at Europe’s highest brewery.

Livigno ski facts
Nearest airport
Ski season Late November to May
Piste area 115 km
Resort height 1806 m
Lifts 31
Runs
Total 78
Beginner 27
Intermediate 37
Advanced 13

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Madonna di Campiglio

High up in the Brenta Dolomites, Madonna di Campiglio is considered one of the best resorts in the Italian Alps. It has a traditional and almost fairy tale-esque atmosphere, in the middle of a stunning valley, making it discreet and elegant. This area is ideal for intermediates, with a few gondolas going from the centre to the heart of the mountain’s action. Sweeping long reds and even some wide blacks cater for those more versed, and experts will fall in love with the long ‘Amazzonia’ run through incredible scenery. You’ll find excellent pizzerias, exciting and varied bars for après ski, and some clubs to dance well into the night.

Madonna di Campiglio ski facts
Nearest airport
Ski season December to April
Piste area 150 km
Resort height 1300 m
Lifts 47
Runs Total 38
Beginner 21
Intermediate 13
Advanced 4

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Passo Tonale

Sitting comfortably between the regions of Trentino and Lombardy, Passo Tonale is a purpose built ski resort ideal for beginners and kids. Short learner slopes and easy blues flow down the mountain, with some good pistes for intermediates too. More skilled skiers may find the lack of difficult runs a bit disappointing, but there is some good off-piste to be had off the glacier. Also, in the Ponte di Legno area there are some decent hair-raising blacks through the trees. Après ski is varied, but being in Italy means amazing food and free snacks with your aperitivo.

Passo Tonale ski facts
Nearest airport
Ski season December to April
Piste area 100 km
Resort height 1120 m
Lifts 28
Runs Total 42
Beginner 10
Intermediate 26
Advanced 6

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Santa Cristina

Santa Cristina is located in the Val Gardena region of Alto Adige (South Tyrol), which is a beautiful and sunny place to visit. On the Sella Ronda circuit, beginners and intermediates will definitely find some epic runs within the 175 kilometres of piste. However, it is also part of the Dolomiti Superski, which has an incredibly vast area to search for whatever you enjoy. Santa Cristina’s famous Saslong piste is an FIS Ski World Cup run, and veterans will love its steep undulating terrain. Après ski is not particularly busy as the resort is spread out, but you will find delicious food and traditional taverns.

Santa Cristina
Nearest airport
Ski season December to April
Piste area 175 km
Resort height 1560 m
Lifts 80
Runs Total 58
Beginner 32
Intermediate 23
Advanced 3

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Sauze d’Oulx

Sauze d’Oulx is known for its lively apres ski and fantastic nightlife, but that isn’t all it can offer. As part of the huge Milky Way area, it has some superb skiing too – from beginner slopes to terrifying expert runs – which will cater for any ski fan. Advanced skiers will love the World Championship Kandahar run in Sestriere, and the Moncrons area which offers some fresh powder off-piste. As Sauze d’Oulx sits on the border of Italy and France, visitors get the best of both cultures, such as fine dining, great hospitality and excellent Piedmontise wine.

Sauze d’Oulx ski facts
Nearest airport
Ski season December to April
Piste area 320 km
Resort height 1360 m
Lifts 70
Runs Total 238
Beginner 88
Intermediate 109
Advanced 41

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Selva

Sitting in the Val Gardena and part of the massive Dolomiti Superski area, you’ll find the picturesque village of Selva. Breathtaking scenery and world-class skiing conditions await you, and as Selva is in South Tyrol, you’ll find an overlap of Italian and Austrian culture. Beginners will find some exciting blues, but the real challenge starts for the more competent skier. Tree-lined red pistes sweep down the mountain, and FIS World Cup-standard runs can be found along the legendary Saslong slope. The town itself offers traditional après ski and superb dining options, try a Tyrolean Radler – a refreshing take on the lemonade shandy.

Selva ski facts
Nearest airport
Ski season December to April
Piste area 175 km
Resort height 1563 m
Lifts 81
Runs Total 58
Beginner 32
Intermediate 23
Advanced 3

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Sestriere

Sestriere is a resort renowned for its great location, high up in the Milky Way ski area with access to some of the best skiing on the French-Italian border. Quieter than nearby Sauze d’Oulx there is still plenty to do off the mountain and some great après ski. But Sestriere is fantastic for skiing and snowboarding – lots of runs for everyone, including sweeping blues and some difficult red slopes. Experts will find the famous Kandahar Slalom and Kandahar Banchetta here too, so expect some difficult and speedy races back down to the resort.

Sestriere ski facts
Nearest airport
Ski season December to April
Piste area 320 km
Resort height 1360 m
Lifts 70
Runs Total 238
Beginner 88
Intermediate 109
Advanced 41

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