One thing is for sure. Wherever you go, whichever Italy hotel you check into, this charming country will wow from the moment you arrive...
Italians are renowned as masters of seduction and, if the beautiful architecture, art, culture and history don't seduce you, the golden beaches, food, wine and gelato certainly will!
So let’s get on with showcasing the very best bits of this wonderful nation. Read on to find out where to stay, what attractions you shouldn’t miss, and which annual events might spring off the calendar and into your holiday memories.
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In most of the cities in Italy, hotels offer only bed and breakfast. Major chains are well represented here, from Crowne Plaza to Best Western, but there are hundreds of smaller hotels, many in the suburbs, that offer good accommodation on a budget, so it pays to shop around.
So where will you stay when you visit Italy? Read on to discover more about some of the main tourist destinations, including Rome, Milan, Tuscany, and the Naples and Amalfi region.
The Romans thought the city of Rome would survive forever, no matter how many other empires fell, and they were right in one sense; its beauty is still unparalleled today. It‘s a vibrant, lively city, but still maintains its classic good looks and cultural heritage. There are many small, privately owned hotels in Rome, as well as large, luxurious hotels and many run by well-known brands such as Radisson, Sheraton, Best Western, and Barcelo.
Milan is the economic and business centre of Italy. A wealthy city, it’s famous for fashion and clothes design, as well as for opera. As you might expect from a city with money, hotels in Milan range from those at the top of the market, at the height of luxury, to mid-priced three and four-star accommodation.
The Tuscany region of Italy has a great range of locations for short breaks and extended holidays. The town of Pisa, where the main airport is situated, hosts the Campa di Miracoli where the Leaning Tower rests, but the architecture of the surrounding buildings is equally beautiful. Florence, meanwhile, is a city full of palaces, churches and museums. The San Lorenzo library is a magnificent example of Michelangelo's architectural work, while the best views of the city can be seen from the top of the hill where the church of San Miniato al Monte sits.
The busy city of Naples, with its lovely shops, ancient city of Pompeii and the still-active volcano of Vesuvius as a backdrop, has many museums, galleries and churches. It’s the perfect starting point for a drive along the Amalfi coast to Sorrento, where the scent of lemons and bougainvillea hangs heavy in the air. Hotels on the Amalfi coast range from boutique accommodation to a converted 18th-century palazzo, and most offer half-board.
Other holiday hotspots in Italy include Venice, Turin, Portofino, the Italian Lakes (such as Lake Como) and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. You’ll find a wealth of information on each of these destinations, and many more, on TravelSupermarket.
There’s a holiday for everyone in Italy. Our top picks of places only skim the surface of this varied and beautiful destination...
Top five attractions
Rome for history
In all directions there are reminders of the city’s history. Take a walk through the Roman Empire via the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Roman Forum or exchange a coin for a wish at the Trevi fountain.
Milan for shopping
Shoppers of expensive taste will find solace in the many designer clothes stores, and sneak previews of next season's Prada and Gucci designs can be spied during Milan Fashion Week.
Tuscany for wine
Visit in late September for Wine Week and taste some of the best the Tuscan wine region has to offer. The countryside between Florence and Siena is the heart of Chianti country.
Capri for romance
From either Naples or Sorrento, visitors can take a ferry across to the island of Capri. Formerly a millionaires' playground, the island is now popular among honeymooners thanks to its lovely array of hotels and romantic atmosphere.
Sardinia for beaches
There are sublime beaches all around the boot of Italy, but Sardinia’s shores are very special. The Costa Smeralda, for example, in the north of the island, is blessed with beaches of white sands, clear shallow waters and rugged mountain backdrops. If it weren’t for the sweet scent of the pines instead of swaying palms, you’d think you were on a Caribbean island.
Italians celebrate local life, history and produce in a variety of ways. Here are just a few events from a long and diverse annual calendar...
Milan Fashion Week; February/March and September/October: The fashion elite huddle around the catwalks in Milan twice a year as models glide effortlessly along catwalks parading the latest threads.
Venice Carnival; February/March: If you attend only one carnival in your life, it has to be the Carnevale di Venezia. This elaborate party is a riot of costumes, masks, balls, dinners and events.
Natale di Roma; April: Rome isn’t known for its annual events, but this springtime birthday party for the city is one worth attending. Romulus and Remus are said to have founded Rome on April 21 753BC and the annual celebration shows no signs of running out of puff. That’s a lot of birthday candles!
L’Ardia di San Costantino; July: Book a summer holiday in Sardinia and journey to the town of Sedilo to witness one of the most incredibly atmospheric horses races you’re ever likely to see.
Palio: July/August: A contender in the thrilling horse-race stakes, the Tuscan city of Siena hosts the Palio twice every summer. Locals ride bareback to claim the honours for their home city district.
Any of these top events is likely to draw huge crowds, especially the fashion weeks of Milan, the carnival in Venice and Siena’s Palio. It’s always wise to book hotels in Italy well in advance of travel, but especially so during these events.
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