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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.

Three-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.

Four-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.

Five-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.

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

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Italy fly-drives

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

Pisa fly-drive holidays

Opel Crossland or similar
  Flights +   7 days car hire
Toyota Yaris or similar
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Hyundai i10 or similar
  Flights +   7 days car hire

Milan fly-drive holidays

Hyundai i10 or similar
  Flights +   7 days car hire
Fiat Panda or similar
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Citroen C3 or similar
  Flights +   7 days car hire

Rome fly-drives

Fiat 500 or similar
  Flights +   7 days car hire
Jeep Renegade or similar
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Renault Clio or similar
  Flights +   7 days car hire

Florence fly-drive holidays

Hyundai i10 or similar
  Flights +   7 days car hire
Fiat Panda or similar
  Flights +   7 days car hire
Renault Captur or similar
  Flights +   7 days car hire

Italy holiday FAQs

Where are the best places to visit during Italy holidays?

Although you can easily embark on a Rome city break, the city is so full of historic attractions that you can enjoy longer Rome holidays, too. Milan holidays and Florence holidays are perfect for culture vultures, while Venice holidays tend to attract lovebirds. The rugged Amalfi coast and pristine beaches of Sardinia provide a nice natural respite from the hustle and bustle of Italy's busy cities.

Where are the best places to go in Italy?

Nature lovers can look forward to ski holidays in Italy and consuming gelato during lovely beach holidays on the Italian Riviera. (Don't worry, you can enjoy gelato during city breaks in Italy, too.) Top-notch Rome attractions include the Pantheon and Colosseum, but the many museums and art galleries are also worthwhile places to visit in Rome. Many keep fashionistas flock to Milan to shop, and the city's Teatro Alla Scala boasts world-renowned live entertainment. Meanwhile, fun things to do in Venice include riding a gondola and touring the small neighbouring islands of Murano and Burano.

Which type of Italy holiday will suit me?

There's no shortage of package holidays to Italy, but not every holiday type will suit you. You can often find cheap holidays to Italy by searching for short breaks to Rome and other cities. Another way to manage your beach trip budget is to book all-inclusive holidays in Italy, in destinations like Sardinia. Family Italy holidays are well spent in countryside villas in tranquil Tuscany or overlooking the sea in Sicily.

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 luxury hotels.

Italy’s art is priceless, but holidays there don’t have to be. Pick one of our cheap holidays – 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 luxury holidays in Italy. 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  family holidays, and staff make everyone feel welcome.

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