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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.
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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From top to toe, take yourself on a grand tour of the marvels of Italy. Enjoy great shopping and the world-famous food all the way down. Book a car with British Airways, and get ready for your Italian adventure.
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Gorgeous hilltop towns, sweeping pastoral valleys and world-class art galleries are among Tuscany’s endless treasures. Travels to Tuscany usually begin in Florence, Italy’s cultural epicentre of Renaissance art, where you can marvel at Michelangelo’s ‘Statue of David’, view Botticelli’s works in the Uffizi Gallery and ascend Florence’s Duomo for unforgettable city views. Pisa’s famous leaning tower, Lucca’s well-preserved city walls, and Sienna’s Medieval centre sit around an hour outside of Florence, while the region’s diverse scenery covers the rugged Apennine Mountains, the verdant vineyards of Montalcino, Elba island’s beaches and a series of smaller villages that will capture your heart and imagination.
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The Puglia region of south-eastern Italy appeals to those craving rustic charm on the coast. Peppered with white-sand beaches, walled clifftop towns and ancient olive groves, this destination remains surprisingly underrated. Book flights to Bari or flights to Brindisi, both of which act as gateways for exploring other Pugliese towns, beaches and the neighbouring Basilicata region. Roam the cobbled streets of Bari’s old town, unwind on the beaches of Torre dell’ Orso and take in the baroque splendour of Lecce, the ‘Florence of the South’. Don’t miss the quaint, UNESCO-protected town of Alberobello with its unique, conical-roofed trullo buildings.
Italy’s southern Campania region promises spectacular coastal scenery and incredible ancient sites. Fly to Naples, the regional capital, which sits below looming Mount Vesuvius, alongside the sublime Gulf of Naples. Head southwards to ascend the rugged mountains towards Sorrento, passing lush vineyards and the world-famous archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Stop along the Amalfi Coast’s gorgeous string of pastel-hued towns − including Positano, Amalfi and Ravello −which are nestled in the clifftops, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Then take a boat to the exclusive island of Capri for a taste of the high life.
Rocky mountain peaks and vast pinewood forests overlook Sardinia’s picture-perfect peninsulas. You can start your Sardinian sojourn in the south, discovering the island’s authentic charm and captivating capital, Cagliari, while the north allures travellers with its untouched natural landscapes and glamourous Costa Smeralda strip. Lose yourself among some of Europe’s most breathtaking beaches, snorkel in the clearest Mediterranean waters, hike spectacular mountain ranges and venture further inland in search of ancient archaeological gems. Its cities and traditional towns are brimming with historic landmarks, sophisticated squares and palatial palazzos.
The island of Sicily is as diverse as it is beautiful. Nature enthusiasts are charmed by its emerald-green hillsides which roll down onto secluded beach coves. While sightseers are drawn to numerous ancient sites, including the valley of Greek temples and the impressive Roman villa at Piazza Armerina. On your holidays to Sicily, spend time in bustling Palermo, dining at authentic trattorias, shopping at local markets and relaxing on sunny beaches. You can also feel the buzz of Catania, take in the timeless beauty of Siracusa and visit the delightful clifftop town of Taormina for unbeatable vistas of the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna.
Alpine lakes and mountains holidays
When the snow goes, the Alps become a sublimely beautiful summer holiday destination. Scale the granite heights of the Dolomites in Italy, or stretch out along the gorgeous shores of grand Lake Garda. Plus, explore Switzerland, Austria and France with our guide to the best Alpine holidays.
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Lombardy is perhaps best known for its style-conscious capital, Milan. Milan holidays typically involve visiting the gothic cathedral, admiring Leonardo da Vinci’s renowned mural painting and browsing designer shop windows in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. However, with great public transport connections, Milan is also the ideal starting point for trips to the Italian Lakes. To the north of the city, you’ll find Lake Como, the most glamorous of Italy’s lakes, where idyllic villages are encompassed by snow-capped mountains. Lake Garda’s traditional towns and islands are located further east, while Lake Maggiore’s peaceful alpine shores lie north-west of Milan.
Lazio boarders the west coast of central Italy, with Rome at its centre. Discover the endless wonders of Italy’s ancient capital, from the iconic Colosseum to the Vatican’s precious Sistine Chapel. Afterwards, you can explore Lazio’s hidden coastal towns, the nearest from Rome being Ostia, or venture further afield to uncover the region’s volcanic lakes, historic towns and wild nature reserves. Holidays in Rome can also involve a daytrip to the hilltop city of Tivoli, home to the renowned Renaissance gardens of Villa d'Este and the UNESCO-protected ruins of Hadrian's Villa.
Tucked between Southern France and Tuscany, Italy’s Ligurian region features a unique crescent-shaped coastline, backed by the rugged mountains of the Alps and Apennines. The port city of Genoa is packed full of character, and the coastline beyond is famed for its cascading seaside towns. Visit the five pastel-shaded fishing villages – known as Cinque Terre − and the upmarket coastal villages of Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure, or simply hop on a ferry from Genoa to scenic Sardinia.
Often overlooked in favour of neighbouring Tuscany, Italy’s northern Emilia-Romagna region is not to be missed. Its varied landscapes stretch from the Po Delta wetlands to the seaside resorts on the Adriatic coast, sweeping past fertile lands where some of Italy’s culinary staples were first produced – including prosciutto, balsamic vinegar, parmesan cheese and Bolognese sauce. While gastronomes will be in their element here, there’s plenty to do besides dining and drinking. Book your flights to Bologna, the region’s vibrant capital, before discovering the charming nearby towns of Parma, Modena and Ravenna.
Most Piedmont holidays start in Turin, the stately capital of Italy's second largest region. It’s here that you can admire baroque-style buildings, soak up the cafe culture, drop into the fascinating National Cinema Museum and witness spectacular alpine views from Mole Antonelliana’s panoramic terrace. The gastronomic centre of Alba is close by, celebrated for its production of white truffles, local wines, dark chocolates and even Nutella. Within an hour of central Turin, you’ll also find the stunning landscapes of the Alps and Gran Paradiso National Park, where you can enjoy summer hikes or winter skiing.
Umbria is one of Italy’s best kept secrets. Known as the country’s ‘green heart’, its characterised by undulating landscapes, dotted with dense woodlands, winding streams and classic medieval towns. Most visitors fly to Perugia first, ready to wander ancient streets and acclaimed museums. From here, you can explore the destination’s other towns and villages, all of which are overflowing with artistic and architectural treasures, from Assisi’s beautiful basilica to the magnificent medieval monuments of Orvieto. The hilltop towns of Spoleto, Spello and Todi are all visually stunning, while the dramatic inclines of the Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini promise unrivalled hiking experiences.
Most visitors to Veneto understandably head straight to Venice, the romantic regional capital where days can be spent strolling across canals, navigating narrow alleyways, floating along on gondolas and dining on exquisite Italian cuisine. However, you can easily hop on a train to discover nearby Verona, home to one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheatres and the principal setting of Shakespeare’s greatest love story, Romeo and Juliet. Or go off the beaten path to Padua, one of the prettiest cities in northern Italy, venture out to Valpolicella’s vineyards, journey towards the Dolomites mountain range or explore the stunning eastern shores of Lake Garda.
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Venture east of Verona to the magnificent Villa Cortine Palace Hotel, on the edge of Lake Garda. Lounge around on the private jetty sundeck, charter the hotel’s boat or hire a skipper to explore. Then wine and dine – starting with an aperitif at Maria Callas Cocktail Bar. Where’s your favourite spot along the Italian Lakes? Visit ba.com/villacortine #verona #lakegarda #italy #villacortinepalacehotel #luxury #travel #britishairwaysholidays
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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.