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From food to fashion and many of the world’s greatest masterpieces, Italy holidays offer pure inspiration. Get set to indulge in the sweet life on a backdrop of natural and manmade wonders. 

Walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans and gaze at Michelangelo’s works of art. With a whopping 55 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Italy’s cultural riches are unparalleled. Nature’s paintbrush works its magic here too. Heavenly beaches, rolling sunflower fields and glacial lakes ensure that outdoor adventures compete for attention with extraordinary architecture. Love fashion? Welcome to the home of Prada, Armani and Versace. 

A culinary adventure

Naturally, you’ll eat your fill of pizza on Italy holidays. However, this food-obsessed country offers regional specialities no matter where you go. Try carbonara in Rome, Parmigiano in Bologna and risotto in Milan. Enjoy alfresco dining on sunny summer days and warming winter dishes in cosy trattorias. Autumn and spring deliver seasonal treats within an explosion of colourful landscapes – the ideal time for a city break!

Why book Italy holidays

Top attractions to visit

Colosseum, Venice Canals, Pompeii, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Lake Como

Explore the city

City breaks to Rome are a long weekend must!

Discover the best beaches

We love the Amalfi Coast's picturesque beaches and pastel colours

Try the local wine

Enjoy a glass of classic Chianti with your dinner

Sample the local food

Proper Neapolitan pizza, fresh pasta and colourful gelato are just some of the culinary delights here

Sample the cafe culture

Italy is the ultimate place for cappuccino drinking & people watching

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Food and drink in Italy

Food and drink in Italy

If you did nothing else but eat in Italy, you’d make holiday memories to cherish forever. The best way to tackle this gastronomic paradise is to eat your way around the regions. 

  • The thick-rimmed Pizza Napoletana is cooked in a wood-burning oven and topped simply with mozzarella and tomato sauce. Get your fill in Naples and throughout Campania. 
  • Emilia-Romagna is home to the cities of Bologna, Modena, Parma and Reggio-Emilia, the names of which are enough to make your mouth water in anticipation of the cuisine from each.  
  • The classic Milanese veal dish of Ossobuco melts in the mouth. It’s usually served with another Lombardy speciality, Risotto alla Milanese. 
  • Truffles are king in Italy and Piedmont is the home of gourmet royalty. Harvest season is celebrated throughout the region, with food festivals and truffle hunts. 
  • If you love gathering your own scrumptious food, you’ll find plenty of markets to raid. Head to the Rialto Fish Market in Venice, Mercato Centrale in Bologna and Testaccio Market in Rome.  
  • What’s for dessert, you might ask? Just for starters, how about gelato, cannoli, tiramisu and panna cotta? 
  • Along with aperitivo to prepare your digestive system for mounds of food, sip on classic Bellini cocktails, zesty Limoncello, Campari and a strong Ristretto in the morning. 
Nightlife in Italy

Nightlife in Italy

Life revolves around socialising in Italy, whether that’s dining in atmospheric plazas or dancing at world-class nightclubs. As this is the original home of opera, don’t forget to book your tickets in advance. 

  • Locals take partying seriously in Milan, which is one of Europe’s top nightlife destinations. Start with aperitivo and move on to craft cocktail bars, jazz clubs and all-night discos. 
  • Take your pick from clubs and bars in Rome. However, much of the city’s nightlife centres on dining, with late meals leading into dancing at hotspots that kick off at around midnight. Head to the neighbourhoods of Trastevere and Testaccio. 
  • Founded in 1737, the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples is the oldest continually running opera house in Italy. Whether you’re there in opera or ballet season, dress up for a glamorous night of performing arts. 
  • End your days basking on the beach with the dazzling nightlife of the Riviera Romagnola. From glamorous resorts to the lush hills, you’ll find upscale nightclubs and luxurious bars. 
  • As the sun goes down on Venice, mysterious laneways glitter with sophisticated wine bars and traditional taverns. Watch a classical music concert at the sumptuous Teatro La Fenice. 

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Where to go in Italy

Where to go in Italy

Soak up the dolce vita with our essential guide to where to go in Italy. From the glamorous capital of Rome to medieval time capsules in Tuscany, we’ve picked out the best destinations in Italy for your holiday. Food, beaches, history, culture…we’ve got all the Italian highlights ...

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Italy weather

Italy weather
Jan
12°C
Avg. Dry Days 17
Feb
13°C
Avg. Dry Days 13
Mar
15°C
Avg. Dry Days 16
Apr
19°C
Avg. Dry Days 15
Nov
17°C
Avg. Dry Days 14
Dec
13°C
Avg. Dry Days 16

Your Italy questions answered

Which airlines fly to Italy from the UK?

You’ll find direct flights to Italy from the UK with airlines including British Airways, easyJet, Norwegian Air, Vueling, Alitalia and Ryanair. The flight time from London to Rome is about two and a half hours. Other arrival airports include Milan, Naples, Genoa and Sicily. 

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