Italy holidays 2019
Acknowledged as one of the birthplaces of Western culture and home to the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the planet – it’s safe to say your 2019 Italy holiday will be a fascinating affair. Whether you arrive in search of artistic wonders in Florence, historical awe in Rome, delectable cuisine in Tuscany, or stunning scenery at Lake Como, Italy holidays will never fail to disappoint.
With 20 regions, each displaying a unique character, you’ll find a world of opportunity on Italy holidays – whether you’re looking to whisk away your other half on a romantic all inclusive holidays to the Neapolitan Riviera or uncover the country’s incomparable artistic treasures on the Amalfi Coast with a bargain break, we've got you covered..
Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll be wowed by the diverse and fascinating range of Italy attractions – just grab your passport and bags, hop on any number of the flights to destinations up and down Italy, and jump right in! We offer week-long getaways or short breaks to the most beautiful cities and the most alluring Italian coastlines.
Most popular hotels in Italy
Hotel Pulitzer Roma
Fragrance ST Peter Hotel
The K Boutique Hotel
Best Western Hotel Roma Tor Vergata
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Despite being immersed in historical and cultural attractions during your holidays to Italy, you’ll never be too far from some awe-inspiring scenery. Among the regions displaying this beauty is Tuscany, one of Italy’s top holiday destinations. The region is home to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Siena, as well as an alluring coastline, historic cities, and a wonderful regional cuisine, complemented perfectly by local wine.
There are many options if you're looking for Italian lake holidays. In the north of the country is the retreat of Lake Como, famed for its clean air, clear water and striking mountains, making this area a perfect paradisiacal escape. Along the lake’s edge are numerous beautiful little towns that cling to the water, while a bustling outdoor pursuit and water sports scene attract holidaymakers seeking more than just some rest and relaxation. Another super popular Italian lake is Lake Garda, not far from Venice and Milan.
Beach holidays in Italy are also a great choice as the country boasts some beautiful islands, none more significant than Sardinia and Sicily. These large islands are situated in the Tyrrhenian Sea and offer a mixture of different culture and wonderful landscapes to holidaymakers. Sicily is a rugged island, home to ancient ruins, a great trekking scene and the imposing Mount Etna, while Sardinia is a little more sedate, known as a haven for nature lovers who come in search of natural parks, stunning beaches and a vibrant sailing culture. A luxury hotel on either Sardinia or Sicily is a top holiday choice.
Immerse yourself in the spirit of this vibrant destination by donning your dancing shoes and heading out after dark. With a selection of some of the best city breaks in Europe, how could you not?
The stylish city of Milan is home to a plethora of nightclubs considered to be among the best in the world – from chic jazz bars to the famed Dolce and Gabanna Club Gold, a restaurant and cocktail bar made of gold.
Party animals thinking about what to do in Italy should head to Florence, where you’ll find a thriving electronic music scene and bustling clubs boasting DJs, dancing and neon lights. If you fancy something a little less energetic, head to the traditional trattorias of Rome for delicious homemade fare washed down with the house wine.
Campania is a bustling region with Naples at its heart, Tuscany is the best place to sip wine, and the southern "heel" of Italy, Puglia, has bustling coastal towns. You'll find unparalled luxury along the Neopolitan Riviera, pure class along the Amalfi Coast and splendour on the Venetian Riviera.
Booking a holiday to Italy is easy! You can book flights to any destination up and down the country and with a choice of plenty of resorts and quieter hotels, you can easily shape your holidays around the action. Nights on an Italian holiday are bound to be busy.
Italy’s dazzling history and culture are best captured in one of its many remarkable cities. Choosing which one to visit can sometimes be the most stressful aspect of your Italy holidays, with so many grand and significant destinations dotted around the country, all boasting luxury hotels. However, with our cheap holidays to Italy, its never been easier to book a short break to Italy.
Rome is one of the world’s great cities, adorning many a holidaymaker’s bucket list - an obvious stop for any Italy break. A centre of power for over 1,000 years, Rome boasts stunning Roman wonders like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Pantheon, combined with Catholic grandeur found in the form of the Vatican and over 900 churches.
Florence, a Renaissance city of art and architecture. Don’t miss the stunning Duomo, the masterful Uffizi Gallery and the beautiful Ponte Vecchio.
Venice is another must-see, the ultimate city of romance, with its unique network of canals snaking around sites such as St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge.
From the romance of Rome nights to the meandering canals of Venice, Italy has long been considered a destination of love. From Lake Garda to Sardinia, there's scenery and beauty abound. For those seeking Italy attractions with their other half, it is well worth heading to the Amalfi Coast. Cobalt blue waters, dramatic coastlines and stunning views are sure to bring out your inner-Casanova, while a drop or two of the local wine in Sorrento offers a great complement to your Italian getaway.
Take a boat ride alongside the glittering Italian Riviera, experience a moonlit gondola ride on Venice nights or recreate that famous movie kiss from La Dolce Vita at Rome’s Trevi Fountain – you’re sure to fall in love with Italy and each other.
Italy holidays offer plenty of cultural things to do for all ages, worth leaving your hotel for. First off, let’s discuss Venice Carnival. For a week in February every year, Venice lights up with colour, fancy dress, music, drinking, and lots and lots of eating! For a moment of peace in all the action, head out along the Venetian Riviera. Opera season in Verona is a beautiful time to be alive, or perhaps Rome’s Cinema Festival in autumn will tick the boxes for you.
It would be a crime not to mention Italy’s best-loved sport - football, so if you can catch a game while you’re on holiday, you won’t regret the passion with which the Italians watch sport!
Jam-packed full of cultural offerings, there is a myriad of things to do during your Italy holidays for those seeking history and heritage. Each region boasts its own stories and sights, from Campania, to Tuscany, to the magnificent Neapolitan Riviera. Soak in the history of this stunning country one gorgeous destination at a time.
Once an ancient city, Rome is now home to a mass of restored ruins, fascinating monuments and churches. Catch a glimpse of the architectural skills of the ancient Roman people with a visit to the Colosseum and Roman Forum or make the journey to nearby Vatican City to browse through famous paintings, sculptures and artwork from centuries ago. From the Leaning Tower of Pisa to the unrivalled splendour of Mount Vesuvius, or Sorrento’s cliff-side, rambling streets, you’ll find some great Italy attractions worthy of a space on your camera.
A country famed for its cuisine, Italian nights are focused on food and wine. Adorned with olive groves and orange trees and rolling hills beneath vast vineyards, this country’s produce is evident in its landscapes, leaving you to enjoy delicious olive oil and a hearty glass of red. While one of the main Italy attractions is its tantalising pasta dishes, you’ll find the best pizza in Rome. Journey down cobbled streets away from the tourist mass to discover freshly baked pizza by the slice, before indulging in a hefty dose of gelato for dessert.
Tuscany boasts some of the finest wine regions in the world, and the seaside nibbles along the Amalfi Coast, Campania's dramatically situated seafood restaurants and the range of restaurants in Sorrento will keep your Italy holidays all about the food! If you want to try some more seafood, where better to base yourself than on the islands of Sicily or Sardinia?
Don’t forget, many hotels are bound to have a striking Italian menu! Ask for the local cuisine!
Whether you’re looking to kick back and enjoy the Italian sunshine from the beach, or explore a heady Italian city and teach the little ones a spot of Italian to show off at school, we have a great range of family holidays to Italy. We have to recommend the Amalfi Coast as the best place to start your search, maybe try a hotel in Sorrento? This way you can mix the convenience of a central town with the beauty of the Amalfi coastline.
In Italy, the importance of family time is big. And we mean really big. That means, families are welcomed with open arms, and there’s a never-ending list of things for families to get stuck into. From Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii in Naples to the delectable wonders of Tuscany, or perhaps the sailing adventures on Lake Garda, families will have a ball on an Italian holiday together. There are so many family-friendly hotels in Italy just waiting to welcome you with Italian hospitality. Simply get browsing!
Action & Adventure
For adventurous types wondering what to do in Italy, you’ll be pleased to find that these breath-taking landscapes make a great setting for action-packed activities. From mountain biking in the Tuscan countryside to horse riding in the Chianti region, you’re sure to find something to suit your thrill level on your holiday in Italy. The Amalfi Coast boasts some of the best cliffside hikes in Europe, with some of the best views. Join a hiking tour along the rocky Cilento coast or embrace the variety of water-sports that can be found on Italy’s wonderful alpine lakes. Of course, for those with a penchant for a wetsuit, there is no-where better than Lake Garda– embrace an exhilarating swim or try your hand at sailing a yacht. You'll find some beautiful hotels in the Lake Garda region to return to after a long day.
Beach holidays in Italy
A weekend break for a beach holiday in Italy has never been better! With a whopping coastline, Italy’s shores are dotted with stunning beaches. From the dramatic coastline of Campania, to a beautiful spot on the cliffs of Sorrento, Italy holidays 2018 offer massive beach variety. Glorious weather, beautifully clear water, and delicious local cuisine make for simply stupendous Italian beach holidays.
Beach resorts and quaint hotels litter the coastline. Tuscany is perfect for a traditional seaside holiday in the sunshine. Well-groomed sand is met by pretty houses and cafes, which run along the shore. For a city break with a little sea and sand thrown in, look no further than Venice’s Lido - a 7-mile long sandbar in Venice Lagoon, located along the Venetian Riviera.
Head to southern Italy, and the wonders of Calabria, to experience ‘the Caribbean of Italy.’ Beautiful beaches contrast with rugged, pale cliffs, as well as hotels equipped with crisp pools. Families will surely love Puglia, and the variety it offers. Beautiful beaches, welcoming locals, and a vibrant yet comfortable pace make for a stunning destination.
The Amalfi Coast is located on the Sorrentine peninsula in the Campania region and has been the playground of the rich and famous for a hundred years. Thankfully, you don't need to be rolling in it to enjoy a day rolling along its golden coastline. The Amalfi Coast boasts dramatic cliffs, beautiful pebbly beaches, and an atmosphere you'll love. A great place to base yourself would be the town of Sorrento.