Italy is one of the greatest European travel destination. It is one of those places with enormously rich historical and cultural heritage. There are so many things to do in Italy so if you plan a vacation in this beautiful European country, you should plan to spend as much as possible of your available time. Starting from the capital city Rome, the romantic city of Venice, the beautiful city of Milan or the amazing Sicilian islands, there are so many places to go during your stay. Check out our Travel Guide to Italy for more useful information.
Spring – Lakes region spa break
The Lakes region of northern Italy is spectacularly beautiful. Landscapes are almost fjord like with mountains rising steeply out of emerald green water. Along the shoreline are colourful towns with promenades along the water and lush green gardens. The area gets busy during summer months – around Lake Garda in particular. For that reason, Lake Garda holidays are ideal during spring means fewer crowds, wider accommodation choices, and more comfortable temperatures. A few of the towns around Lake Garda, Lake Como, and Lake Maggiore are built on natural hot water springs, where warm water bubbles up to the surface at about 40° C. The warm, healing waters are used in thermal baths at spas many of which have accommodation attached.
Summer – Beaches of Sardinia
As the summer sun heats mainland Italy, head to the coast, or better still, one of the islands off Italy’s coast. The island of Sardinia, for example, has a welcome offshore breeze, cooling the otherwise stifling temperatures. Sardinia is ideal for summer holidays with its crystal clear waters and soft, sandy, pristine beaches nestled amongst its abundance of rocky coves. The medieval town of Alghero is full of car-free narrow lanes with bars, cafes, and restaurants. Nearby limestone caves can be explored and the ancient palace of Nuraghe di Palmavera visited. The food of Sardinia is fantastic; with a wealth of olive and lemon trees growing, local dishes are based around seafood and stews thickened with bread. Dishes are a celebration of the island’s produce served up with delicious wines.
Autumn – Foodie break in Tuscany
Tuscany is famed for its rolling hills, pretty villages, and fantastic food. Autumn is an ideal time to visit Tuscany as you will reap the rewards of the harvest. Put off any thoughts of dieting and enjoy feasting on the typically Tuscan dishes of pasta, seafood, and bruschetta, flavored with garlic and tomatoes, and topped with cheese. Treat yourself to some local salami and sausages, bean soups and mushrooms. To accompany these mouth-watering dishes Tuscany helpfully produces a lot of wine thanks to its rolling landscapes filled with vineyards. Chianti is one the region’s best known wine exports and should not be missed. Tours of the vineyards and wine cellars are recommended, not least for the wine tasting that accompanies them!
Winter – Skiing in the Dolomites
Even the chilly winter months can be enjoyed outdoors here; to make the most of the snowfall head to the Dolomites in north eastern Italy. Here, reaching up to the staggering height of 3,343m, the mountains take on distinctive rock formations, and form one of Europe’s best ski areas. Val di Fassa, Selva, and Ortisei are amongst the biggest resorts in the Dolomites ski area, each of which offer a fantastic range of slopes suitable for beginners through to experts. After a long day’s skiing or snowboarding curl up in front of the fire in cosy traditional log cabins and tuck in to some hearty Italian food.There are so many things to do in Italy. It makes it one of the greatest European destination.