A Guide to the Ideal Italian Holiday

 

 

 

 

Italy is well renowned for its varied treasures and historical heritage, and as such each region around the

country has its own folklore and cultural character that reflects Italy’s overall diversity in its many

forms—from its artistic and architectural wonders imbued with the wisdom of millennia, to the natural

habitats and wonderful Mediterranean nature which add to its unique and diverse character. Where to start,

when deciding to go on an Italian holiday? There are so many places to see and visit (including secluded

spots away from the crowds) that you must choose wisely to enjoy your vacation to the fullest!

 

Rome, the eternal city, has a history that goes back to the 8 th Century B.C. and has its general origins in the

story of Romulus and Remus, the two brothers who began laying the foundations around the 7 capitol hills.

But it goes even farther back to the time of Troy, and specifically to Aeneas, a refugee from the Trojan War

who was the first to land at the shores of the Tiber and establish the first settlements. With this is mind, if we

consider the Greek and Roman influences it is easy to see why it holds the most fantastic treasures of the

ancient world—from ancient temples, Cathedrals, Churches filled with intricate mosaics, castles and

perfectly preserved monuments. A visit to St. Peter’s is enough to convince you of the extraordinary skills of

sculptors and painters like Leonardo Da Vinci and Botticelli. Shopping is the name of the game and what

also makes this city unique – with the best designer fashion shops around this is also a lady’s vacation in

style. Your kids can also have a blast taking pictures with gladiators in full costume at the Colosseum, and

yes there are great toys including swords and gladiator helmet replicas at the local shops!

 

When it comes to regions in general, Tuscany is renowned for its rolling hills of cypress trees and lovely

vineyards where you can sample the best food (try tagliatelle with Boar Sauce and you will know what I

mean) and the greatest wines of Tuscany. Napa Valley, in California tried to emulate this balanced

ecosystem to a certain or lesser degree! Visit the Uffizi in Florence for some of the greatest art collections in

the world and take a midnight stroll along the Ponte Vecchio for a romantic moonlight escapade.

 

Sicily has been known since ancient times as the Jewel of the Mediterranean and the Gateway to Europe, and

its cosmopolitan character is shaped by the many civilizations that visited or settled in the country for over

3000 years (Greeks, Romans, Arabs, North Africans, Spanish, Northern Europeans and more) up through the

crusades and all the way up to the Renaissance Period. It has the best diversity of local customs and some of

the best preserved ancient Greco-Roman temples (the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento comprises the 5 th

Century B.C. Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Temples of Juno and Hercules), Amphitheaters (like the one in

Taormina), and Arab and Norman Cathedrals. It is also a great place for visitors that want to enjoy the

vacation immersed in the life of the locals, and there is a rising trend among tourists to rent vacation

homes including beachfront villas directly from local owners at great budget prices through sites like

Wishsicily.

 

The Amalfi Coast is where the crème de la crème of high society enjoys their vacations in style and luxury.

Filled with beautiful beaches and high-end resorts, yacht clubs and scenic bars, this is the place to be if

you’ve got money to spend and want to live like a celebrity. Don’t be too surprised if you see a famous actor

or the odd billionaire sipping a cocktail next to you at a local restaurant! The towns of Salerno and Amalfi

are celebrated for their wonderful art, churches and cathedrals like the Duomo di Amalfi holding the remains

of St Andrew the Apostle and the Byzantine influences of the 9 th -11 th Century. The 8 th Century Arechi Castle

in Salerno is another must-see: a fortification perched on top of a hill with majestic views of Salerno and the

Mediterranean.

*Written in collaboration with Mary.D

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52 thoughts on “A Guide to the Ideal Italian Holiday

  1. I love Italy, can’t wait to go back and show my man around Venice

    1. admin

      I would love to revisit Venice, I went when I was about 11 and have always wanted to go back x

  2. The Amalfi Coast is on my bucket list, I’d love to go and visit this year x

    1. admin

      Fingers crossed you will get to visit x

  3. I used to have a friend from Sciliy and I have always wanted to visit it is beautiful. What a great guide to an Italian getaway x

    1. admin

      We have plans to tour Italy when my Daughter is older so many places we want to see x

  4. I’d love to go to Italy, there are so many things to do and see.

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      It is somewhere we plan on touring one day x

  5. There is so much history in Italy and it would be a wonderful place for a holiday. I would love to visit Florence to see all of the art and of course Rome would be fantastic for all of the historic buildings too x

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      My parents took my Daughter on a cruise and one of the places they visited was Rome, very tiring doing it in one day but said it was worth it x

  6. Wow!! I am dying to go to Italy. It’s so beautiful and there is so much to see it would be a great vacation! hopefully I get to go soon 🙂

  7. theres a lot of places in italy i would love to visit. ive only been to rome and milan but would love to spend time on the coast

  8. I cannot believe that I am yet to travel to Italy. I’d love to go purely to see all of the historic buildings xxx

  9. I want to go to pretty much everywhere in Italy as it’s such a stunning place. I’m planning a holiday in October to cover Rome and Venice and I can not wait x

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      That will be an amazing trip, I have been to Venice for a day trip when I was about 11, would love to go again x

  10. Kristina Maggiora

    Just been to Italy a couple of months ago, can’t wait to go back!

    1. admin

      Very nice, where did you visit, there are so many lovely places x

  11. Italy is one of those places that I can’t wait to see. There are so many beautiful regions that it’s hard to choose – thanks for the guide!

    1. admin

      I know there is just so much to see and do, I am definitely going to tour around Italy one day x

  12. I would love to visit Italy one day. It look so beautiful. Very lovely post. xx

    1. admin

      Italy is such a beautiful country x

  13. If we headed to Italy we’d try out ROME first, with so much history and fantastic architecture it would be a sin to miss x

    1. admin

      Rome and Venice are on my list, would love to visit x

  14. I really enjoyed this post! I have not yet been to Italy but it’s definitely on my bucket list (especially Rome!). It looks and sounds so beautiful. 😀
    Ashton xx

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      My Daughter has been to Rome when she went away with my parents on a cruise and they said it was amazing x

  15. Wow this looks amazing. Italy is the one place I am yet to visit. I need to go and this makes me want to 🙂 x

    1. admin

      Hope you get to visit soon x

  16. Italy sounds amazing , I have always want to go there one day!

    1. admin

      It is definitely somewhere I would love to visit and tour myself x

  17. I really want to go to Italy. There are just too many places to visit and things to do!!! Where do you think is the best place to visit first?

    1. admin

      There are so many beautiful places in Italy I would not know where to start, I suppose it depends on what you want from your trip Venice and Rome are two must go places I think x

  18. I’ve only been to Italy once, and it was years ago – Pompeii is on my bucket list though, so will tick that off one day hopefully!

    1. admin

      I have been to Venice for a day trip when I was about 11, I really would like to tour around Italy one day x

  19. Italy is beautiful. Been to Rome, Venice and Florence. Keen to do tuscany though! x

    1. admin

      I have wanted to visit Florence for years x

  20. Italy is one of my favourites and I take any chance i can to go there. I still have so much of it to see though!

    1. admin

      I really want to tour Italy one day, just visit all the places we want to with no time limits x

  21. I went to Italy when I was younger but I don’t really remember it all too well. I want to go to Rome so badly though x

    1. admin

      I really want to go to Rome as well x

  22. I have been to Italy twice and it never fails to amaze me. I love the food!!

    1. admin

      Italian food is my favourite x

  23. This is such a great recap of some of the most visited places in Italy. Very inspirational post.

    1. admin

      It makes you want to pop on a plane and visit x

  24. Dannii

    Oh you have really made me miss Italy. As long as I have wine, pizza and a good view, then I’m happy!

    1. admin

      That would make anyone happy 🙂

  25. Francesca

    Awesome Italian holiday guide here!! I’ve never been but its at the top of my list right now!

    1. admin

      I think we are all dreaming of being away somewhere hot and sunny x

  26. What a lovely post. I was in Milan earlier this year. I would love to visit Rome next.

    1. admin

      I would love to visit Rome too,

  27. I need to go to Italy very soon! My parents say it’s a beautiful location!

    1. admin

      It is lovely, and somewhere I would love to visit soon x

  28. danasia fantastic

    I’ve never been to Italy, but I’m hoping to visit there sometime this year. I’m dying to check out the Amalfi Coast.

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