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Italy exhibits culture and history from top to toe – and she’s a rare natural beauty, too. The country’s empurpled Tuscan hills, fascinating ancient cities, glistening Italian lakes and spellbinding coastlines have enticed visitors for centuries, continuing to do so today.

Those seeking peace and relaxation should head to the verdant region of Umbria – a picture of rolling hillsides, vineyard estates and traditional Medieval towns. Otherwise, you can soak up the sun on a secluded beach in Sardinia, or discover the legendary allure of the Amalfi Coast, where the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea fringe vertical clifftop villages with fragrant lemon groves. Pristine beach coves meet whitewashed hill towns in southern Puglia, one of Italy’s most forgotten destinations, while the island of Sicily continues to seduce travellers with its dramatic landscapes and abundant cultural treasures. Simply book flights to Italy to discover it all.

Echoes from the past are everywhere in Italy. Don’t miss the Colosseum in Rome, the Renaissance masterpieces of Florence and Venice’s intricate network of romantic canals – or follow Leonardo da Vinci to Milan, Italy’s metropolitan hub of fashion and design. Italian cities can become flooded by descending tourists keen to see it all – but you can easily head out of the city to breathe in the fresh air around the Italian Lakes. And whilst everyone wants to photograph one very famous leaning tower, there are plenty of quieter hinterlands to explore, too, whether you aim to ski in the Alps or sip Chianti on a Tuscan terrace.

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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 luxury hotels in Italy. Some even 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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Italian beach holidays

Sicily flights + 7 nights hotel

From£287 pp

from London, Mar 2023

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Sardinia (Olbia) flights + 7 nights hotel

From£298 pp

from London, Sep 2023

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Bari flights + 7 nights hotel

From£364 pp

from London, Mar 2023

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Sardinia (Cagliari) flights + 7 nights hotel

From£440 pp

from London, Apr 2023

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City breaks

Venice flights + 2 nights hotel

From£149 pp

from London, Mar 2023

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Bologna flights + 2 nights hotel

From£149 pp

from London, Jan 2023

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Milan flights + 2 nights hotel

From£149 pp

from London, Jan 2023

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Naples flights + 2 nights hotel

From£149 pp

from London, May 2023

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The Trevi Fountain in Rome is one of the oldest water sources in the world

Etan Smallman for British Airways

Tuscany fly-drive holidays

Hiring a car on holiday allows for the ultimate freedom to explore.

Volkswagen T-Cross or similar
  Flights +   7 days car hire
From£199pp
Fiat 500X or similar
  Flights +   7 days car hire
From£199pp
Toyota Yaris or similar
  Flights +   7 days car hire
From£199pp

Choose your ideal Italian holiday

Italy’s beaches come in some fantastic settings, from the sun-ripened shores of Sicily to lovely Puglia, on Italy’s sandy heel. The beachside town of Viareggio in Tuscany has some lovely fish restaurants, Belle Epoque villas, and the Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte – a five-star hotel where your party can choose between a mix of classically decorated and modern rooms. Convene at the pool terrace to compare notes on both.

Italy’s art is priceless, but holidays there don’t have to be. Pick one of our great value hotels – and save money when you book a package holiday. Head to Rome, where the popular Dei Mellini offers well-priced rooms – plus a complimentary breakfast which will fill you up before a tour of the sights. The Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain and the park at Villa Borghese are all free to visit.

A Riva parked on the shore of Lake Como, seats for Verona’s opera season in hand, tickets to Milan’s fashion week: there are many ways to enjoy Italy’s luxury side. Why not start in Venice? The canal city is filled to the gills with luxury waterside hotels. Stay at Belmond Hotel Cipriani on Giudecca island and enjoy its Olympic swimming pool, and the unique, romantic views over the lagoon.

Treat your bambinos to a warm welcome in Italy. They’ll love the food (pasta and pizza for days!) and the history (gladiators and battles!), plus there are plenty of family-friendly hotels. Older children better be on their best behaviour at the immaculate five-star Villa Cora in Florence, but there’s plenty of space in the rooms for the family, and staff make everyone feel welcome.

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Channel Italian glamour‘La Dolce Vita’-styleat the Trevi Fountain

Etan Smallman,  for British Airways

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