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Amazing architecture? Ancient ruins? Stunning beaches? Fine Italian food? Italy has got it all! An Italy holiday package is the ultimate dream for many travellers looking to embark on a life-changing journey to experience UK and Europe holidays.
Whether you’re after an exploration through Rome, a trip to Sicily, a canal cruise in Venice or an exquisite pasta in Tuscany, here are some of Italy’s best highlights to incorporate into your next tour of Italy.
From the first to the last breath, Rome is a city thriving with culture. And one of the best examples of ancient architecture in Rome – and one of Italy’s most-visited monuments – is the Colosseum. This structure was completed in 80 A.D. and was the home of many gladiator contests, executions and dramas. The Pantheon is also a must-see in Rome. Located in the city’s northeast, it was built around 126 A.D. and presents visitors with an amazing trip back in time. If you’re here, also ensure that the Roman Forum, Vatican City, St Peter’s Basilica and the Spanish Steps are all on your tourism list.
The largest Mediterranean island located in southern Italy, Sicily is a wonderful blend of incredible history and beautiful beaches. A visit to the Doric Temples and the Valley of the Temples is a must, as is a trip to Palermo, where bustling streets, vibrant markets and amazing cuisines are to be found.
Mount Etna is also worth a visit, even if it is the largest, active volcano in all of Europe and tours here, whether by bus or helicopter, are common. If you’re keen on seeing more volcanoes, catch a ferry out to the Aeolian Islands, where you can bathe in the thermal hot pools and dip into the beautiful beaches.
Castles and temples are also abound in Sicily. Popular castles here include Castello a Mare (Palermo), Castello di Caccamo (San Leonardo), Castello di Donnafugata (Ragusa) and Castello di Milazzo (Milazzo).
There’s no doubt about it – your Italy holiday package MUST include Venice! This iconic floating city is one of Italy’s most spectacular destinations. In Venice, you can cruise down the Grand Canal in a beautiful gondola, visit St. Mark’s square (or the Piazza San Marco) where you’ll find the Basilica San Marco, the Bell Tower, Doge’s Palace and much more. Don’t forget to also try your shopping luck at the Rialto markets and take a stroll over the Rialto Bridge. If you’re keen on art, the Academia Gallery also features dozens of works by Renaissance artists including Bellini and Titian. Once you’ve exhausted Venice, the island of Burano is a delight, particularly for its less-crowded atmosphere and its brightly coloured buildings.
Situated on Italy’s west coast, the region of Tuscany is known for its incredible culture and its diverse geography, from gorgeous coastlines to medieval castles. The best thing about Tuscany is that your holiday here can be whatever you want it to be – soak up the museums and amazing artworks in Florence, head out to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, discover the beauty of the city of Lucca or discover the Renaissance in Montepulciano. Tuscan cuisine is also wonderfully simple and it’s a great way to experience the roots of some of Italy’s best food. If you’re travelling in October or November, don’t forget to try the San Miniato truffles!
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