Oh Italy, what can we say? It’s so easy to fall in love with your beautiful buildings, beautiful ice cream and beautiful people, that picking just 5 highlights seems almost impossible…

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This boot shaped peninsula really does have it all; from the snow-capped Alps in the North, to the balmy poplar lined rolling hills of Tuscany to southern mountains of Calabria. It has more history than you can shake a spear at and enough attractions to last a life time. Here is just a taster of what you can discover…


Piazza di Spagna in Rome, Italy

The best way to explore this ancient city is to get lost in it. Around every corner is a new discovery, a fabulous fountain, a momentous monument, even a ginormous gelato (or seven). Not to be missed is the Vatican (take at least half a day to see it properly), the Colosseum (be wary of the Russell Crowe look-alikes dressed in gladiator costumes by the entrance charging €30 a picture), and the forum, which feels like a great stage on which history was played out. Sitting in the afternoon sun on the Spanish steps, watching the life of the city sweep by is a perfect way to end a day in the eternal city, though one day will never be enough in Rome.

The Last Supper Fresco by Leonardo da Vinci in the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy

The Last Supper Fresco by Leonardo da Vinci in the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy


Italy has produced some the greatest artists the world has even known. Leonardo, Donatello,Raphael, Michelangelo and many others who were not immortalized in Ninja Turtle form.

The Vatican and its museums are obvious draws, and it’s hard not to feel a little awed gazing up at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel or into the eyes of Leonardo da Vinci’s Saint Jerome. Outside the capital are other gems such as the Last Supper fresco on the walls of a convent in Milan and the birth of Venus (that one where she’s coming out of the shell) which hangs in Uffizi Gallery in Florence.


The City of Pompeii

Much of the history of Italy can seem so removed from the present that it’s hard to imagine what the lives of the people who once walked the streets could have been like.

However, Pompeii provides an enthralling, if sometimes quite gruesome, antidote to this distance. The casts of the victims of Vesuvius’ eruption, which include sleeping figures, embracing couples and even dogs and pigs, along with some beautifully preserved architecture, tell an incredible story which will stay with you long after you leave its ancient streets.



Italy is a country dominated by its fabulous cities; and while Verona, Genoa and Milan are fantastic additions to any itinerary, why not get back to nature and go for a trek among the beautiful Dolomites.


Unbelievable scenery coupled with bracing mountain air and delicious local food will clear the smoke from your lungs and leave you with a new lease of life… and very tired feet!


Gandola ride through the canals in Venice, Italy

The capital of masquerade (if that was a thing) and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Venice has suffered somewhat from its incredible popularity. If you’re heading to Italy in peak season, the crowds of people are so enormous that it’s best to skip Venice and come back when you can actually see the Rialto Bridge!

Pick the right time however and the winding maze of canals, stunning (if subsiding) architecture and a history, which is in equal parts bloody and romantic, will simply take your breath away.
If you’re ready to fall a little bit in love with the beauty of Italy, take a look at the Italy pages of our website and our selection of adventure tours to help you see the best of the country on your own Italian adventure.

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